What To Do With The Ashes

What To Do With The Ashes

  • 26th August 2016
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I recently lost a dear pet companion;with his cremation, I have some decisions to make about how to deal with the ashes. Because one of my goals for this column is to give you information you may not have the resources or time to find for yourself, I’m sharing what…
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Two ‘New’ Things

Two ‘New’ Things

  • 5th August 2016
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Two ‘New’ things. There are a few new things around I thought might interest you. First up, a new-to-me solar screen idea. The same fabric that is used in roller solar shades is applied flat to the outside of the window, attached to the frame. They don’t go up and…
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How My Columns Come to Be

How My Columns Come to Be

  • 27th July 2016
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What I write about comes directly from my contact with my clients, some tidbit I found in a magazine or something I saw or heard in my daily life. Sometimes I write about a design principle or concept. I try to pick something that will be of use and which…
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One Colour-confused House

One Colour-confused House

  • 14th July 2016
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(Update  since I wrote this column: The house I write about has been painted. I won't publish pictures of the house; obviously someone figured out that the colours were really bad and tried to fix it. But the colour lessons are important, I think. I was going to do a…
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Fixing MY Floorplan

Fixing MY Floorplan

  • 3rd July 2016
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First of all, any architect who designs a space with a corner fireplace should be required to submit reasonable furniture placement plans to the owners. A corner fireplace is the WORST architectural feature to deal with, I think. Worse than off-centre or odd-sized windows or no wall space for pictures.…
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What do I know?

What do I know?

  • 12th June 2016
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The other day a dinner companion asked me what it was that I do. She said,” What is it that you know that a non-decorator doesn’t know?” I thought it was a peculiar question at first, and then I realized it was a very valid question. Just what is it…
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Timeless and Classic – in Food AND Design

Timeless and Classic – in Food AND Design

  • 29th May 2016
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French women don’t get fat eating those wonderful pastries because they don’t eat five of them. They only need to eat a small one to be satisfied because good pastries have flavor and texture, not just sugar. They are Timeless and Classic. I asked a French (woman) pastry chef about…
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Stuff That Does Nothing

Stuff That Does Nothing

  • 15th May 2016
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In design school we learned that accessories fill no useful function other than visual interest --  such as a collection of glass balls. They aren’t truly useful at all, meaning they don’t act as potato peelers, or freshen the air, or do double duty as door stops. They are meant…
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Mistakes Happen

Mistakes Happen

  • 5th May 2016
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Sometimes design things go horribly wrong. Sometimes you just can’t predict what will happen and the best of intentions get sidelined with results which are beyond bad.  Yes, this means designers and decorators are fallible. I know, I know, bet you never thought a decorator would actually say that. The…
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Paint Color Matching?

Paint Color Matching?

  • 16th April 2016
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Lets pretend that you found a sweater that you coveted. The color was what grabbed you but the price was out of range. Not totally, but more than you wanted to pay for a sweater. So you started hunting and found one almost exactly the same color but for a…
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