Friday, February 28, 2014

Bold Ceiling Colors

Interior designer Jennifer Ott writes at Houzz, It'standard operating procedure to paint your walls a color while keeping the ceiling white. We've been told this makes the room feel larger and brighter. While there's no doubt a white ceiling will brighten a room, certain ceiling colors can actually make a room appear more expansive. The key to using a bold or dark color on the ceiling without the space becoming cave-like is to make sure you have adequate lighting or limit the adjacent wall colors to white or another light hue."

Two ceilings that wow me:

Beautiful Counter Top

Denise McGaha Interiors has the photo of a green counter top that wows:

Learn A New Word


Thanks to interior designer/stylist Scot Meacham Wood, I 've learned a new word. Bobeche is the little cup at the base of the candle.  It's usefulness is a hold-over from an earlier time when the bobeche would catch dripping wax from the burning candles.  In modern pieces, especially in the crystal fixtures, they are also used to hang decorative prisms.  As a more decorative element, it is also used at the top of the fixture - just below the mounting "hanger loop."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kravet Fabrics And An Old Sofa

I love the creativity of taking a classic, but tired sofa and applying some fresh ideas.

"What was once a shell of something beautiful, has been transformed into a striking settee with a great sense of humor. We used rich chenille Kravet fabrics to make a statement from any angle and the convenient double sided seat cushion gives it a new personality everytime it is flipped over."

Don't Be Afraid Of Color

Came across IBB Design and an article on color. This room grabbed my attention:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Zillow Digs of the Week

My Zillow email arrived today and this time featured:

Shannon Ponciano
Architecture, General Contracting, Interior Design, Home Building, Portland, OR

Vidabelo is an interior design company that works with both residential and commercial clients on projects of all sizes. Whether you are building new construction, remodeling, or simply need a few hours of design advice, please call or email to set up an initial consultation.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Help For Job Seekers

We have over 90 million unemployed people in the U.S. who have given up looking for work and many more millions who have exhausted their long-term unemployment benefits. Now the unemployed have an ally: Glassdoor.  Glassdoor shows you which companies are hiring, with over 6 million reviews of companies and what it’s like to work there. Since finding a job can be helped by your connections, you can see who you know at a particular company based on Facebook or other social media. It’s all in one place on their website and there’s a mobile app for iOS or android.

Here’s a specific example: BuildDirect's Glass Door page.

The site has five reviews currently, along with tabs for Overview, Salaries, Interviews, Jobs and more. As you scroll down the page, you’ll notice the recent news section.

Suppose the idea of working for BuildDirect is appealing or you just want to find out more information, you can then go to BuildDirect’s Crunchbase page. This page describes BuildDirect or any company in the database. Crunchbase gives you the names of the officers, the social media links, recent news and anything else the company wants you to know to make a decision to apply. I found the video by the CEO describing his company very enlightening.

BTW, BuildDirect took a look at the channel for the construction industry. The channel starts with the manufacturer, then the wholesaler, the distributor, next is the retailer and finally, the contractor or end user.  The industry consists of thousands of manufacturers all over the world each with its own marketing and sales departments, spending money on trade shows, advertising and agents.

BuildDirect thought that was a very inefficient and devised a new business model where they become the front office, so to speak, for the manufacturers. BudgetDirect would be doing the marketing, sales and order fulfillment. It’s an intriguing model and has been receiving considerable venture capital interest. This new model could increase the profit margins for manufacturers and lower costs for consumers. Something I’m all for.

Great Design!

Domitalia’s Bouchon chair system, designed by Radice & Orlandini Design, has won the Good Design Award for worldwide design excellence by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

The award, established in 1950, targets projects every year that stand out for their high quality and high creative and innovative content.

Bouchon is a simple project aiming at a formal, evocative and extremely straightforward language. The bottle cap chair, for example, has acork seat that is actually pressed into the metal structure without the use of screws, taking advantage of the natural fiction of the material. The iconic reference to a sparkling wine cap is immediate and comprehensive.

- See more at:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Floating Chesterfield

That same article in The Las Vegas Review on home trends 2014 featured this Chesterfield sofa:

A Chesterfield-inspired sofa is taken to new heights in Viper, part of Sunpan’s Club Collection. It’s stocked in two bonded leathers, peanut (shown) or gray. The cantilevered base is stainless steel.

Light It Right

Couldn't help but notice that Portland's Heidi Semler was quoted in The Morning Call. "Light it right" says something may be missing in your home and it's not a painting or a piece of furniture. It may be light.

"In general, light and airy beats dark, which often equates with dreary, says Heidi Semler, an interior designer in Portland, Ore. Living in a perpetually rainy climate, Semler often uses lighting strategies to brighten rooms."


"Another issue could be lack of task lighting. "If you haven't changed anything about your lighting in years, you probably should," van Koolbergen says. "As we get older, we need more light in work areas."

"Task lighting under kitchen counters helps tired eyes, Semler says. Track lighting can also help illuminate those tiny washing instructions in a windowless laundry room."

You can reach Heidi Semler Interior Design, LLC in Portland, Oregon at(503) 222-7600 or email her at
The Las Vegas Review Journal featured an article about home design trends for 2014. Included in the article was Stanley Furniture and their Coastal Living Cottage collection which  features a palette of colors that draws inspiration from the varied landscapes of the coast. The sea, in all its many moods, plays a central role, as do the dunes, marsh grasses, shells, sun and boardwalks of America’s coasts.

"It’s acceptable inland, not just limited to the coast,” said Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Mike and I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day and celebrate the day with this lovely poem;

Love's Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea--
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Congrats Lori Brock!

Did you get this email from Zillow?

All That Glitters is Not (Only) Gold

As the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off, all eyes will be on the precious metals our U.S. athletes are sure to take home. But gold, silver and bronze can translate to your home, too.

Metallics are a popular design trend as accent pieces and light fixtures show off shiny hues.Check out some creative ways to add metallics to your home.

Bronzed Beauty

Aged bronze accents make a neutral room feel warmer. Iron elements, including a wrought-iron chandelier, tie the room together. See more from designer Lori Brock.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes

Aisha Sultan - Special to the Daily Herald asked designers in the American Society of Interior Designers Missouri East chapter how to prevent decorating mistakes that can be costly and unsightly.

  1. Painting the walls before choosing furnishings.
  2. Buying pieces out of proportion.
  3. Choosing a rug that is too small for a room.
  4. Inadequately lighting a room.
  5. Hanging window treatments too low.
  6. Scattering collections all over the house.
  7. Decorating each room in a bubble.
  8. Not using family photos in the living spaces.
  9. Thinking every wall needs a piece of art.
  10. Hanging art too high.
  11. Using all matching furniture.
  12. Being swayed solely by looks without giving as much consideration to how a piece of furniture will function or feel.
  13. Pushing the furniture against the walls.
  14. Keeping too much clutter on furniture.
  15. Discarding existing pieces too quickly.
Let me add one more to the list:
#16. Hire an interior designer. You will save time and money!