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Floor Plans, One More Time

Floor Plans, One More Time

  • 23rd October 2016
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I’ve written about the importance of floor plans before. A few times. But it bears repeating because of the number of times I still see awkward furniture placements that could so easily be avoided if a floor plan had been used. I know that most of you are now computer…
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Room Usage

Room Usage

  • 25th September 2016
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How to choose the furniture you should have in a specific room seems to cause way too much trouble for a lot of people. I see too many huge sofas occupied by one or two people. I see cumbersome recliners which take up as much floor space as a twin…
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A Bakers Dozen of Tips

A Bakers Dozen of Tips

  • 16th September 2016
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1.Just because you have a wall doesn't mean the furniture must be smooshed up against it. It's all about usage and traffic flow. 2. If your room is tiny, pull the furniture out from the wall two inches. The walls will appear further away and the room will be perceived…
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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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