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5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

Sit on it, lie down on it, hang your feet over the arms. This means NOT to buy it online unless you have been in person to that very model number you see at a super price in an online store. There are great buys out there that you can see in person! Buy Made in the...

Little Red Toolbox

Little Red Toolbox

Holding my sleeping, sweet baby girl, I read an article that has stayed with me for many years.  I read that piece over thirty-four years ago, actually.  The article, in a women’s church magazine, was by an interior decorator,...

Proceeding with an Overall Plan

Proceeding with an Overall Plan

Formula: Paint the bedroom a fabulous color. Hang sheers at the ceiling. Add a pop of color in an occasional chair.  Boom!  You have a recipe for a great design scheme----right?  Only maybe…designing a beautiful home doesn’t come in the vacuum...

Babies and Design

Babies and Design

I just returned to Virginia from the NYC area where I spent a week with my dearest daughter in law Laura and her new baby…and her precious preschooler, 2 cats and her husband (our son). They live in a typical NYC area apartment that is smaller than they would like and...

Crazy Over Collections

Crazy Over Collections

My favorite thrift store is 9 miles from our house and I love to stop by every two weeks to see what is new. I have definitely found some treasures there---an antique Biedermeier Austrian wardrobe for less than $200 and a graceful marble sculpture for $40. But...

If I Only Had $25 to Spend On Design…

If I Only Had $25 to Spend On Design…

If I had only $25 to spend to make a design impact in a room, what would I buy? It’s an interesting question that a client recently asked and here are a few of my choices: Paint! (1 gallon at $24.99) An accent wall, a door, trim, windows are all completely changed by...

Loving All Things French in Provence!

Loving All Things French in Provence!

John and I are presently in the south of France in Provence and are seriously loving it. We’ve rented an apartment in Aix-en Provence and we are “temporary locals”, as Rick Steves likes to say. We have hit the market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and...

A Lamp that Says “I Love You”

A Lamp that Says “I Love You”

Husband John was leaving for Afghanistan in a few weeks and would be gone for a year. I busied my mind, which is prone to excessive worry, with making sure he had all that he would need while he was at the US Embassy in Kabul. I ordered flannel lined jeans for the...

Time to Edit My Space?

Time to Edit My Space?

“Robi, our house is starting to look like Cracker Barrel!!” was my husband’s comment that made me realize that my collecting and dumpster diving was making our living space look cluttered. Wow, did that grab my attention! I love a great breakfast at Cracker Barrel,...

Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

I always seem to be on a decorator budget (who isn’t?) and am discouraged every time I go into a frame shop to look at matting and framing. It is hideously expensive! But I have found some ways to change the look of art pieces I really like, but don’t like the mat...