Monday, February 3, 2014

Make a Goal Not An Excuse for Your Home

Here it is February; did you make goals in January that you’ve already let go by the way side? No worries, you still have time for Goals!!! 
Our lives are mostly surrounded by our home….where we come to hide from the world, heal our souls and grow in our families, faith and lives. So why not make goals, for our home the same way we do for our lives.  After all we make goals  to exercise more, eat right, read more, watch less TV, Video’s and computer screens, visit and keep in touch with more of our family and friends, so why not do the same for our home…. Here’s how to start even if it’s February.
What kind of goal would you like to make for your home?

For real success I recommend that you should have SMART goals for your home.

In other words, instead of stating a general goal as, "I want to do something new with my home office”. You set a SMART goal something like “I will de-clutter the home office every Saturday morning in February”.
Home Office Before
 SMART means:  That your goal is specific, that it is measurable, that it is attainable, that it is realistic and that it is timely.  

 So instead of making a general announcement - you are making more of a commitment that you will actually be able to achieve & have the satisfaction of crossing off your list - or using that to create another SMART goal...

Home Office After
 IF you would like to re-decorate your home, or just update a room or two, or just have new draperies in one of your rooms, but you don’t know where to start - set a SMART goal for it.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be - "Watch a few HGTV home decorating shows to get ideas". Take a look at and Pinterest too, there you can store your ideas in an on line file.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – “Call several interior decorators to see what services they may have within your budget that would help you to get started”.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – “Make a consultation appointment with the decorator to just get ideas that have not yet occurred to you on where to start or how to begin”.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – "Make a file for each room of the house, within which you will place a collection of magazine pictures, brochures, paint and fabric samples". 

WHAT ever works for you - don't spend yet another year thinking broadly about what you know you should do - instead make a SMART goal & tackle one thing at a time... Before you know it - it will be 2015 and you will have done that “…something new with your home office”.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid aka... Joy, Love and Health!

Pantone, the global authority in color, announced PANTONE®18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014. Wow!

Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
Used here on the ceiling only Benjamin Moore's 2072-40 Wild Orchid,
is a sure fire way to incorporate a neutral room with a splash of color energy.
So what exactly is Radiant Orchid?  Is it pink, purple or fuchsia? This peppy pinky, purple color is happy and looks good on all skin tones.  Expect to see everything from nail polish, hair color, cars, and home accessories in this "it" color.  In the darker shades it is masculine and in the brighter shades it becomes feminine. Is it a well-rounded color that suits everyone? Maybe not, but take a look at how great it could make your home sparkle!
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
Similarly, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces. Click here to see Benjamin Moore's 2017-40 Wild Orchid
 An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health, something we could all use in 2014!
Try a few of these little gems in your rooms, just to give a little joy to the space!

Ready to try it but not sure how...schedule a Color Consultation and let me show you?
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mood Swings? Might be caused by your home!

Emotionally speaking, our homes play a bigger part in how we feel than we may think. It doesn't matter how good each piece looks. If it isn't functioning properly as a whole, we're just not comfortable.
In this once gloomy living room/dining room, heavy draperies have been removed to admit more natural light; the sofa, chairs and coffee table have been regrouped to create a conversation area; lots of pillows were added to make the space more inviting; and a dark, patterned area rug was taken out to uncover the off-white carpeting, which reflects more light.
That became painfully obvious at our house last month, when all at once our toilets quit working due to septic problems; our microwave wouldn't heat anything up; and some of our lighting fixtures went on the blink.
Happening suddenly and simultaneously, those problems got me down. But now that these things have been fixed, my outlook is much better. The experience got me thinking: The mood we experience almost subliminally in our homes affects how we feel.
Here are some ideas about how to lighten the mood at your place -- after taking care of any major problems like the ones I had.
In the dining end of this combination living room/dining room, the table has been set at an angle to open up access to the kitchen; heavy draperies have been taken down to admit more daylight; a dark area rug has been removed to allow the off-white carpeting to reflect light; and the entire space has been de-cluttered.

1. Let there be light. If your space doesn't have optimal lighting, here are some small improvements you can make: Add mirrors, open blinds, use lighter material for curtains, put a light-colored area rug under the furniture and use brighter, more energy-efficient lamps on tables, in the ceiling or both.
2. Change up traffic patterns. Observe how traffic flows in your space. If the flow is poor, move your furniture. Place it at an angle; create a conversation nook; move your sofa away from the wall so you can move behind it.
3. Do a thorough cleaning. Sometimes what gets us down is a buildup of grime and gunk. Tackle one space at a time: Clean the top of just one table, then just one bookshelf, and so on. And don't forget carpets, linens, blinds and the tops of ceiling fans.
4. Weed things out. If you don't love something, use it often or attach sentimental value to it, get rid of it.
5. Create some DIY time. Contributing to your living space can give you a sense of pride and responsibility. The change needn't be huge. Fix a dripping faucet, recover a pillow or change a light fixture.
Remember, it's not just about decorating; it's the TLC we give our homes that makes us feel great!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What's Your Style, Take A Quiz To Find Out!

Do you know what decorating style best describes you? If you've ever wanted to know for sure, I have discovered how you can find out and have a little fun doing it. Just go to and take this little on-line quiz. Its easy and very visual- you simply take a look at a series of photos of rooms and give your reaction to each ranging from hate to love, and it analyzes your style based on your answers.
After taking the quiz myself, it said my personal style was mostly Classic and Traditional. I was skeptical of the quiz at first but I have to admit, it was right on the money. Here's how they accurately describe my Classic taste or style in room design;
"What's old is new again! The beauty of Classic style is how well it takes all of the beautiful forms, colors and textures of the past and reinvents them in a way that feels both fresh and inspired.The style itself is a mix of European influences, French, English, Italian antiques and replicas are often used together. Furniture is well proportioned and comfortable and the rooms give off an air of sophistication and grace. Oil paintings depicting still- life or nature scenes and emphasizing symmetry of pairs helps maintain the traditional nature of the room. Windows are often covered with opulent fabric shades and/or drapery.Traditional rooms give off an air of history that seems to say "I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone." And yet, even with this level of sophistication, the rooms are soft and inviting."And its true, I love mixing old antiques with modern furnishings. I love beautiful fabrics at the windows and spread all over the room. And most of all I love to show off my European, Italian heritage in my rooms. I believe every room in my home should have a little "Italian" something in it, just for fun!
Go ahead, take the quiz, you might be surprised at the results!

Want to do a room in your home in your "decorating style"? Call or email me to make an appointment for a free 15 minute phone consultation!