Design tips 3 of 4

More from House Beautiful: A coffee table should be at least 15” from the sofa. The usual height for a coffee table is 18” to 20”, but a tea table height or 24” to 26” is just right to set a drink on. End tables should be at least 30”Read More …

Designer tips (2 of 4)

The bench at the foot of the bed should be 2” narrower than the mattress. Never use a sconce over the bathroom mirror. It casts unflattering shadows. Put them on either side of the mirror. A 36” high bathroom vanity is much more comfortable. If you use velvet on sofasRead More …

Designer’s tips (1 of 4)

House Beautiful shared these tips from some of their designers: If you are going to paint the walls white, you need art. Hang art 63” on center from the floor. It’s the perfect height for most pieces. If you are hanging a series of pictures, hang them about 2” apartRead More …

Why “consultant” not “designer”

The term designer often get confused with decorator even though the two have very different credentials. When you are thinking of remodeling having someone who: help you stay focused, sort out priorities, assist with scope of work to get apples to apples bids, clarify communications from the architect, supplier andRead More …

A lot of Pop for the dollar

I just received the pictures of the latest project. It was an fun challenge. She had the chance to have the house her way and had to please no one but herself. Her only requirement was that she wanted a WOW. No definition, just a wow with money to travelRead More …

Moen’s bath solutions

I always find the “things we like” columns in home magazines a great source for new or improved products. This month had a couple of nice ones from Moen. One is the Magnetix shower head. It is a handheld with a magnetic attachment feature instead of a clip so theRead More …

Budget solution

This room was all one long narrow space intended to be both living and dining rooms with the fireplace right next to the hall leading into the kitchen. (The picture was taken from the entry to the kitchen.) The dining room had always been in front of the fireplace andRead More …

X-ray Vision for Walls

Now available in the US, a 3-D imaging device, WalabotDIY, for an Android phone that lets you see what is inside your walls. Besides studs, pipes, and wires you can also spot termite and rodent damage. Probably even spot the little guys at work. I wish we had known aboutRead More …

Sofa Theories

Every designer has her own way of dealing with the largest piece of furniture in most living rooms – the sofa. Here are a few gathered from shelter magazines over the years. Some make sense and others are personal preference options. Want subtle and calm – upholster the sofa theRead More …

Santa Fe out, California contemporary in

    The house was a riot of Santa Fe colors, the style circa 1980s and had been enjoyed.  It was time to move on to the new century. We tackled the living, family room, dining rooms and the foyer in phase one. In the living room the fireplace wasRead More …