Tag Archives: interior design

Fresh paint brings home into 21st century

Colorful homes are my signature. But sometimes it’s just too much, as in this case of my client Leslie’s home in Bend. Time for a change! The first thing you noticed was how dark the house felt, despite the high … Continue reading

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How to create an unfriendly home

Minimalism taken to the extreme in this Amsterdam apartment is just plain depressing. Continue reading

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French chef + handy husband = Amazing Kitchen

We dined the other night at the home of Hervé and Chantal, a retired couple who live in Besançon, France. Chantal is a wonderful cook, and her husband likes to build beautiful things. Their kitchen was typical 1980s ugly, of … Continue reading

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Proportion matters!

Proportion matters in how graceful a building is and how comfortable the space. Look at these examples and then look around you with fresh eyes to appreciate proportion. Continue reading

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Transforming an empty white loft apartment

Me, the color queen… and I find myself renting a stark white loft apartment in a converted turn-of-the-century warehouse in NW Portland’s Pearl District. Time for another makeover – my first in a home I do not own. Most tenants and … Continue reading

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When good color goes bad…

Office environments deserve great color. But interior designers can go overboard and sacrifice worker comfort and practicality. This is a prime example of color gone bad. Continue reading

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Paint your rooms with a color palette from art or nature

Stumped by choosing paint colors? Create a palette based on what’s in your garden, art you already own, a piece of furniture… Continue reading

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Granite & marble in the home: sublime or ridiculous

This weekend I toured the Getty Villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, CA. Spectacular collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in a spectacular setting. But the extravagant use of marble got me thinking. Humans have loved colorful polished stone, like … Continue reading

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Wabi sabi: reframing imperfection

Very roughly translated, the Japanese terms “wabi” and “sabi” together mean the beauty of the imperfect, the unpolished, the rustic – a natural state that takes into consideration the effects of time’s passage on everything. In my work (and personal … Continue reading

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Art on the walls – 6 rules to consider

At 75% of my site visits I see major art problems.  If you’re going to hang art, let it work FOR you, not against you.  Some things to think about: Your art should bear some relationship to your current life … Continue reading

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