The Green clamshell chair

This poor lady was headed for the big bin. Here’s her before and after — slipcovered in the last of my 60’s print. This chair sat in the entry way of my Mom’s last home. Now it’s in the entry of a gal who was very special to Mom, someone she thought of as a daughter.

E’s Kitchen

Valances now are more formal. No fluffy things, few ruffles. Good fabric, good design, attention to detail. My software program allows me to take a picture of a window, design a window treatment and apply the chosen fabric, allowing you to see what it will look like before you decide. There are several examples of the use of this software on the website, as well as the Brown and Yellow Bedroom shown here in the gallery ( scroll down a bit). Watch for my  column in the Lakeshore News on January 30;  ‘Valances; the Good the Bad and the Ugly’.

International E-Zine Features ME!!

I am just thrilled. Minutes Matter has featured me in the designer spotlight for this issue of their E-Zine. Minutes Matter is a software company that supplies the international interior design trade with the most advanced software available. Click on the link below to see the feature

angle living room floorplan

How to deal with a corner fireplace.

One of the frequent design questions I am asked  is ‘How do I place the furniture around a corner fireplace?’ This is a bit of a problem. The guideline in design  that covers this is that the main piece of furniture in a living room (the sofa) should be oriented toward the focal point. In English this means that the sofa should be placed in front of the fireplace, on the same angle as the front  of the fireplace:  parallel.  Doing this creates a rectangle or square area around which the rest of the furniture will be placed.  That sounds easy and simple but the variables that enter in here make all the difference. For example: is there  enough room to put the sofa  where it should be? What do we do if the room is not big enough and the sofa must go against a wall? Well first of READ MORE

Pre-Made Drapery Panels

Well – a good thing or not? They are everywhere, they vary in price from quite inexpensive to very  costly. We can find a good assortment of styles –  grommet tops, tab tops  and even  fake pinch pleats. We now have access to longer length panels  and an astounding assortment of fabrics. They offer a very quick, relatively inexpensive solution – you can buy the panels and a rod and install them yourself . If what you want is a quick fix they are great. No doubt about it.  But they do have limitations and because I work on these panels more and more often, I thought you might like to know what my experience with them has been so you can make an informed choice.  Please  please please be aware of lining. You are simply throwing your money away if you buy a natural fiber panel with no lining; READ MORE

brown and yellow bedroo

Brown and Yellow Bedroom Done

This is the finished bedroom. The client will be selling her home in the spring so has opted not to paint the walls. If we were going to paint, we would use a really soft mocha. The little chair has several incarnations including as a 60’s Chair, one in black with 60-s abstract flowers. I  also used this mocha-based fabric to slipcover a wing backed chair. All the fabric came from the local Fabricland. The florals are both by Raymond Waites. Total fabric cost was about $250.00  The sheer was a steal at $2.99/meter, the throw was a remnant; $10.00, the floral was $6.00/meter and the bedspread is Rococco, color Maize.   The bedspread is actually a duvet cover with a 36″ extension at the top that allows for the pillow foldback.  Not shown is the bedskirt that is the same design as the valance, and the contrast pleated edging READ MORE

Brown and Yellow Bedroom Rendering

This is the design on a photograph rendering  for the window treatment.  We wanted a classic design, something without ruffles but one that  suggested a country feel. The rendering uses the actual fabric we chose.

Off-center window

This is the before. The window is off-center on the wall by 2 feet, so the sheers – a really cool eye-lash fabric- have been offset so the window treatment is centered on the wall.

The log home

Once again Rococco is the star fabric, the color is a bit off in the photo – it is actually a rich gold that compliments the log home beautifully. Dim-out lining provides great sun and cold protection on this south-facing window.