Most people’s homes are not fully reflective of a particular era unless they are a design purist who is fully committed to one design aesthetic. The majority of us have a mixture of various styles and trends which ultimately form these personally curated spaces that we call “home.”  At its core, our homes absolutely should […]

I could sit down and talk about area rugs for daaaaaaays. There is so much to consider when choosing the one. 😍Regardless of the materials and styles that make up the rug world, there are a few quick and dirty ground rules that you need to know. Let’s get started.     Rug Rule #1   When […]

There was an interior design business that I worked at for a few years in New Orleans. One of the most exciting elements of the job for me was the textile library – particularly the passementerie. There are so many types of trimming that can totally transform a piece by adding an ornamental flair. It’s […]

80 decades ago, when I was in middle-school, my parents moved to a house which allowed me and my sisters to each have a room of our own. My parents allowed us to paint our rooms any color that we wanted. At the time, I was ridiculously obsessed with Lisa Frank and I channeled her […]

Word to the wise: Never work with an interior designer! It’s reeeeeeally a stressful process and it’s just not worth the headache. Juuuuuuust kidding! It’s actually a pretty painless process, but there are still some things that you should know. For the first-timer, hiring a designer can be somewhat intimidating so soak up this read […]

I once worked with an interior designer who I’m pretty sure had kenophobia. For those who don’t know, kenophobia is when someone fears empty spaces. Imagine that – an interior designer who fears empty space. He felt the need to fill any and every available space. I seriously mean like every space, which resulted in […]

A few years ago my mom decided to renovate several rooms in her Texas home at the same time … by herself. Just the THOUGHT of renovating several rooms at a time sounds beyond daunting to me. Now take that idea and add DIY renos to the mix! I should also mention that she had […]

Brooklyn hipsters. Real life Portlandia people. Old ladies. What do they all have in common? They love vintage things. I don’t know about you, but most of the people in my inner circle wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a genuine vintage piece and a reproduction if their lives depended on it. So, […]

Years ago, when Jo & I moved into our first apartment in New York, I spent MONTHS trying out paint colors in the living room. I wanted a light gray, but I felt like I couldn’t find the one. Jo was losing it because I’d repainted the living room FOUR times before I could truly […]

Let’s for a moment entertain the idea of a world without interior designers. My visceral response: Ewww, no thanks. Honestly, my brain cannot even fathom what that would be like. But for the sake of entertainment, let us pretend. What would a world without interior designers look like? How would we go on surviving? Short […]