Category Archives: Walls

Single Professional Female Seeking a Warm Cozy Home

No more bare soulless windows!

The windows are the perfect place to start warming up the “feel” of a room. This particular client is a young, single professional female seeking a warm contemporary look for her family room windows.  “ I like the look of draperies with valances but I don’t want it to look like my mothers. She has great taste, but I want a younger style”.  I heard her loud and clear and after a couple of sketches, this one got an immediate reaction, “I love it!”.  Ahhh, the perfect response and with the help of Maria, my fabricator, we went from this vision…

Quick sketch

…to this beautiful, well dressed cozy window design!  The orange print fabric exudes modern vitality.  The curves add a sexy twist to a standard board mounted valance while the grommets ensure a casual vibe to the overall look.

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And my favorite detail of all are the chrome nail heads in the banding of the valance.  They pair well with the brushed nickel hardware and add a touch of the unexpected.

Family room close up

My favorite part of this installation was my clients’ smile of pure happiness every time she looked at her draperies. “Finally after 3 years my house is starting to look like a home”.  Another perfect match!

Breakfast table valances Coordinating pleated valances for the kitchen table area.

Wallpaper Revealed

Embrace, surround, explore and celebrate the many uses of wallpaper.   Here’s the skinny on some things you should know.

Revelation# 1:  It’s easy to calculate the quantity of wallpaper you need for your project


Revelation #2:  Wallpaper is packaged in double rolls but sold as single rolls.

Decades ago, manufacturers offered several different sizes of rolls (single, double, triple) with a standard of pricing by the single roll.  The pricing remains as it always has been – by the single roll. I know it’s confusing and just because its always been done that way doesn’t mean it always has to be. There is an added advantage to double roll packaging.  You are working with a longer continuous length; therefore, there is a greater amount of usable material (less waste when matching the pattern).

Info via Seabrook Wallpaper, answers to more wallpaper FAQ’s here

Revelation #3:  Look up to be inspired!

Use it on the ceiling.

The powder room is the perfect place to WOW a quest with wallpaper.  And yes, that’s wallpaper (grass cloth) on the ceiling too.

Revelation #4:  Put it on a focal wall.


Revelation #5: Put it “in”, “over” and “down” under.


Punctuated with rich velvety brown molding, natural wallpaper is placed above the chair rail, under the chair rail and within the picture molding of the wainscoting.  I’m loving it!  The white makes it less saturated and fresh on the eyes.

Revelation #6: Wallpaper has the power to dictate a design style


How darling is this transformation.  Kudos’s to this homeowner for seeing the potential in what could have been a tattered old cupboard. It’s gone from “granny” sad to “cougar” fine, ough-la-la!

Revelation #7: Use wallpaper as decoration for your furniture.

Via, see more artful furniture designs here

HotDOG I’m loving this room!  What a vibrant color combination. Of course, I’m a free spirited orange luving girl anyway – but to pair it with purple is awesome.

Revelation #8:  Use wallpaper to tell a story.


What’s up city slicker?! This kitchen mural would not have the same energy with any other design. Now you INSTANTLY get the felling of stepping out on a Friday night to enjoy the city with friends -and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.  Many wallpaper murals are available in various styles.

Revelation #9:  Kitchen and wallpapers make a very good marriage

Via, see more great kitchen wallpaper designs here

I like this! Camouflage old cabinets with corner to corner wallpaper. If you can’t lick ’em – join ’em.

Revelation #10:  Wallpaper panels – framed art for your walls


I hope you’ve been inspired to discover which wallpaper designs are right for your project. Now get out there and start a WALLPAPER REVOLUTION!!!


Achitectural Molding – Cosmetic Surgery For Your Home

via Miriam Payne

It’s amazing how a room can completely transform with a little plastic surgery! As evident in the formal dining room above; crown molding, baseboards, chair rails, picture frame molding greatly enhance the appearance of this space. Painting all the trim in a champagne metallic finish created a high end-couture  look. I liken it to implants (and you know where).  A couple of finishing details can upgrade a linear unappealing form to a more shapely, attention grabbing, visually appealing form. Just the right amount of molding in Miriam’s room created an ultra formal dining space.

BEFORE via PCL Interiors

AFTER via PCL Interiors

Keeping it short and sweet with  basic molding additions (surrounding wallpaper in the above image) is often all that’s needed for a fresh modern room.  Painting it white married it to the existing fireplace mantel and surround.  Sometimes keeping it simple is the best enhancement.  Just like Botox injections, basic trim can rejuvenate tired worn areas.

So, are you planning to have a little reconstructive surgery around your home?  Don’t keep it a secret Nibblers! Tell me about it.

Design Tip: Moderation is essential.  We all know what happens when you take it too far.

Enter to Win Our “Spring Fling” Contest

You could win a $100.00 Gift Certificate to purchase some fabulous ART! All you have to do is tell me what you are doing or plan to do, to celebrate Spring within your home.  Keep reading to get the details.

One way to celebrate your “Spring Fling” is with new art on your walls!  That’s right, have a wild affair with accessorizing your favorite space for springtime.  You will be amazed at how adding or changing just one piece of art will invigorate you and your home!

Coastal Rain via

From the tranquility of blue skies after an April shower…

Gingko Branch II via

… to the optimism of fresh foliage and butterflies fluttering around, Spring is in the air and it’s time to bring it  indoors.

Recently, I chimed in on a discussion lead by Suzanne Salk who had some bright  ideas on how to take your room design to the next level displaying art.  More importantly, we both agreed that you don’t have to spend tons of money on art when there are fabulous options right at your finger tips (especially through my FAVORITE on-line art haven),!.

Suzanne shared her 5 most popular art themes for Spring.  You will find them all through,  my preferred on-line vendor for one-stop-shopping. I’ve included some tips on how to incorporate them into your design plan.  When you finish, leave a comment on what you have done or plan to do to invigorate your home for Spring.  *****To be eligible to win, you must post your comment at the bottom of this post, not Facebook, not Twitter nor via email. *****Your name will be included in a drawing and I will post the winners name on May 7th. Read a little further to see what the winner of the $100.00 Gift Certificate can purchase!

1. Charming  and Whimsical

Singh via

These pieces are a great way to express the FUN side of you. Perfect for inviting spaces such as hallways, kitchens, mudrooms or laundry rooms.  When grouping them, mix it up with different frames and matting.  No rules apply here.

2. Fresh Botanicals

Gingko Branch by Asia Jensen via

Buy a few framed botanicals and rest them on a mantel or shelf for a relaxed elegant look. Such images are a delicate way to ease a floral design into a room of a homeowner that is usually adverse to a floral pattern. Big graphic designs are always fun and when you have a soft wall color like buttercup, they play well against one another.

3. Metallic Highlights

Gold Swirls by Lisa Kowalski via

Metallic finishes are perfect for master suites, living rooms and dining rooms.  They add sophistication and elegance to any modern room.  Pair it with something like a rough textured table like stone, unfinished or reclaimed wood and the contrast is amazing.  This metallic can be in the print itself or in the frame.  It’s the shimmer that counts.

4. Red, Black and White

Artist Norman Wyatt Jr., see more

Notice how just a little bit of red in this print goes a long way.  This may be all you need to wake up an otherwise dull space within your home.  These colors will have more impact if they are mounted gallery style. A row of 4 or 5 red, black and white images will be stunning in a space that is primarily yellow, black and white.

By the way, I really like Wyatt’s work.  If you are into modern design to any degree here are a few more images of his to enjoy.

Rebirth by Wyatts via

Rich and Smooth IV (for the kitchen) via

5. Pretty in Plum

Original art via Volk, see more

Plum is HOT right now! Indulge! There’s just a touch in this abstract but that’s exactly where your eye is drawn too.  Plum is sweet with metallic! It’s great for a master bedroom because it’s both masculine and feminine.  Add gray against it and plum becomes sultry.  Cluster several images and just a few with plum and it will create depth and interest to the entire room.

Art tends to be a very personal thing.  You don’t have to stick with one theme by any means. Find what excites you and incorporate that into your space. As I mentioned before, I love Vintage Posters, and I recently purchased 3 Slamming  Vintage Art posters to hang on my stairway wall.

Bal Negre via

Meeting d’ Aviation Nice Via

Nippon Soul Cannon Ball Addlerly via

Once I get them framed and mounted I’ll share some pics with you! So tell me, what are your plans for your house this Spring?

Leave me a comment (on this post) and your name will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate towards any purchase from! It’s so easy to look for art on their website – just enter the subject, style, color or artist.  The winners name will be posted on May 7th! Good Luck!

Adults Like Writing On The Wall Too!

This post goes out to all my readers that like a little whimsy with their serious.  I just placed an order for a commercial client that wanted a contemporary, clean, simple way to display some of their products such as countertop, upholstery and cabinetry.

Right on the Walls was the answer to my prayers.  I needed a RUSH order placed because I have to install this unit next week. Yikes!!!

A big shout out goes to Christy at ROTW for pushing the order through after several emails and revisions!! You ROCK girly!!!  Once I get the delivery next week I’ll have to go into my FREAK-A-RATOR mode to get these units installed before a big event my client has. (Don’t get too alarmed this is still a Family Rated Blog.) Freak-a-rator is my action title for when a “decorator in the deadline zone”! Ha!

Anywho – I would have been up the creek if Right On The Walls had not come through.

I wanted to share this FUN company with you because they have mush much to offer.  From serious commercial applications...

to romantic

to inviting

to youthful

to whimsical or just about anything you can image.

Right On The Wall, wall decals and vinyl wall words are a great way to express your self visually. Indulge yourself and you will get hooked!