colors of fall

Fall is upon us, and golly if I don't remember Pantone's color report for the season. Here's a reminder for all of us. Tangerine Tango is everywhere, but I can't say Pink Flambé has caught my eye lately. I'll be looking out for these colors around the web -- let me know if you come …

say ‘no’ to solid sofas

Most people automatically assume that a sofa should be a solid neutral color. It's often the largest element in the room -- a neutral fabric prevents it from overwhelming the space. When upholstered in a boldly patterned fabric, a sofa becomes a dramatic focal point. Start with a piece with simple, clean lines and a …

a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers -- Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily -- but mixes different styles together so …

my first virtual mood board

I just discovered Olioboard, an online moodboard creator. I started playing around with it yesterday, and got sucked in for an hour. What do you think? For this board, I started with the chair and the trio of bookcases, and wanted to add some fun color and whimsical florals for a feminine touch. The metallic …

rocking chair refresh

I spotted this rocker in a local thrift shop. The curved back, carved frame, and overall proportions are lovely, not to mention incredibly comfortable. Reupholstered in this whimsical, bold floral fabric, this old lady could be made young again. I'd keep the dark wood frame, cleaned up and finished with a simple clear wax. Perfect for …

kitchen before-and-after

I had a lot of fun designing my first kitchen project. There is a level of detail in designing kitchens that is dizzying, but the most critical part is the floor plan. I picture myself using the space, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and the design flows from there. This condo is on the third floor of …