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Design Changes Lives Blog
Design Changes Lives Blog
August 7, 2023
We are so fortunate to choose from an ever-growing library of fabrics for both indoors and outdoors. Fabric mills have expanded the offering and hand of Solution Dyed Acrylic Fabrics. Some are as soft as the blanket if the photo. Others are very...
July 10, 2023
Window Treatments are sometimes a challenge. Floor-to-ceiling windows are beautiful, but the sun streams in and is damaging. How to protect from the sun, insulate the house, give privacy are jobs for window treatments. Shades of all descriptions,...
June 9, 2023
The Luxury of Hardwood Flooring
What to do when you decide to update to hardwood floors? Times are changing. Large format flooring is what you want to upgrade to. Your 2-1/4” oak flooring is showing age. The most common width today is 7-1/2”. Large scale statements are very...
May 8, 2023
Update Your Bath
There is a revolution happening in the Master Bath. It all started with people putting antique claw foot bath tubs back in their baths. Now the movement to replace the tub built into a tub deck with a free standing tub has taken hold. Don’t those...
April 10, 2023
Wool Built the First British Empire
Wool is produced by shearing sheep, carding and spinning. There is a natural wave in each fiber, called crimp, which makes spinning easier and helps the fibers attach to each other. This creates greater bulk than other natural textiles and holds...
March 9, 2023
Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives
Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the cotton plant which, incidentally caused the American Civil War. It is soft and fluffy, but strong, creating a tough wear-and-tear resistant fabric. It is also absorbent, breathable, holds dye well and has...
February 9, 2023
Silk: The Story of Luxury & Power
The story of silk is the story of luxury and power. “Silk has been a luxury for 5,000 years and has traveled organically. Every culture has embraced it and infused their own ways of life into it.” It is the longest and strongest fiber. It takes...
January 9, 2023
Once I meet with the client and the determine the scope of the project and the client’s vision, the next steps are space planning and fabric selection. Why start with selecting fabrics? In my world, fabric is endless and exciting. In my...
December 9, 2022
How to use Interior Design to promote sleep
Can Interior design cure insomnia? I say, Yes! Experts agree that certain criteria are necessary to encourage a good night’s sleep. They all have found that calming, clutter-free rooms are essential. If you need to get a better night’s sleep,...
November 18, 2022
Guidelines for Displaying Collections
The rule used in choosing today’s accessories is the phrase “large statement”. It goes along with the philosophy of clean lines and simplification. Thinking outside the box, I am showing photos of small objects making a big statement. Most of...
November 4, 2022
The Power of Black & White
High Contrast, Drama, Purity of Line, Ebony & Ivory, Black & White are always current in interiors. Just remember those black and white movies, photography. They still resonate today. Walk through any retail furniture store and you will see many...
October 28, 2022
BLUE: The Most Popular Color
It’s all around us, Sky Blue, Ocean Blue, Watery Blue, French Blue, Azure Blue, Navy Blue, Baby Blue, Sea Foam, Cobalt, Robin’s Egg, Ink, Teal, and always places first in “What’s your favorite color?” Using blue in interiors can elicit many...
October 21, 2022
We all know the power of gold. It is used mainly as accents in interiors and it always makes a powerful statement. Gold leaf on walls becomes very formal; lovely to see in a museum setting, but overwhelming for our informal lifestyle. In the...
October 14, 2022
The Star Power of Silver
The use of silver in interiors is constantly evolving. Its reflective quality is magical. We are drawn to the cool light that is reflected from silver metal, as well as the cool sparkle of crystals, sequins, diamonds. Just think of all the...
October 7, 2022
The joy of using Neutrals
The calmness and peacefulness of the family of neutrals in our interiors is always a force. Every fabric and wallpaper designer knows that neutrals will sell better than any other color way in every new collection. They can be easygoing, friendly,...
September 30, 2022
The World of White
If you look at a paint deck, you would see the vast variety of whites. Whatever colors have popularity at a given time, white is always in the mix, either as a subtle support or in contrast. In the photograph there are a number of whites layering...
September 18, 2022
What Paint Sheen Will You Choose?
Walls are the background of our homes. For decades builders applied a knock-down texture when finishing the drywall. It is an easy way to finish a wall. Today we see that texture for what it was, a cover-up for potential uneven drywall...
September 5, 2022
Large Scale Patterns
Scale has become an increasing element in fashion, as well as in the home. We are enjoying large scale patterns in our art, fabrics as well as our wall paper. The examples I have chosen also are saturated with color. The Mater Bedroom wallpaper...
September 1, 2022
Lin Lee's 10 Rules of Renovation
This is the time to do it right. Make the changes that will allow you and your family to live in your home in this new world. 2) Create a wish list. Look through shelter magazines and internet sites for options that you like and do not like. ...
August 23, 2022
I want to share a part of my business that keeps me inspired and makes me appreciate those who supply my clients with unique and beautiful pieces to grace their homes. Custom design is my passion. I can design with-in a tight budget or the sky can...
August 23, 2022
The singular design element that changes lives is Lighting. We need our spaces lit, but well lit adds another dimension. Lighting brings out the magic in interior and exterior spaces. At the same time it can be a crucial element in helping people...
August 23, 2022
Design Changes Lives
I am calling my blog “Design Changes Lives” because that is my experience as an Interior Designer in every project I work on. I have included 2 photos, one “before” and the other “after” and I will explain each element that went into changing...
August 10, 2022
Pillows As Design
Decorative pillows on a chair, sofa or bed speak comfort. They also have function. There is no greater luxury than reclining on pillows reading a book in bed on a cold night. They prop you up and conform to your body. On a bed, I prefer a fill of...