Designing with Pattern

Pattern is a way in which we strive to create order.  To use pattern is an art and can be more difficult than it may seem.  The following info provides ideas and information you need to design a stylish and livable home using pattern with confidence and finesse. Choose a pattern theme and repeat it Read More


How to mix patterns in home décor

Have you ever felt a desire to do something wild and daring with your home but never had the chance? Have you spent countless hours looking at pictures of rooms with daring designs, furniture with unusual lines, patterns looking perfect against each other even though that never seemed possible? Combining different prints and patterns can Read More


Design 101: Wall Art

Turn ordinary walls into a dramatic backdrop.  Here are a few tips to help you display your private collection. Choose items in appropriate size and scale for the surface.  Objects that are grouped together appear visually related. Odd numbers work better than even numbers. Unify a collections of small pictures by staggering them. Avoid items Read More


Design 101: Focal Point

An emphasis or focal point is the dominant item in a room that your eye is most drawn to. This could be a chandelier, fireplace, a beautiful bed or a window with a beautiful view. You can enhance the built in focal point by arranging furniture around it to emphasize it or if a room that lacks such Read More


Design 101: Repetition

To add personality to a room, use the design principal, repetition. Repeating visual elements such as line, color, shape, texture, value or image tends to unify the total effect of a work of art as well as create rhythm. Repetition can take the form of an exact duplication (pattern), a near duplication, or duplication with Read More

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Design 101: Design Basics

Developing an eye for interior decorating/design is as simple as knowing your favorite color schemes, plus learning how to use the simple principals of good design. Design is so much more that creating a space that’s pretty, it’s about creating an environment that you love.  The most simple way to design a space is to decide Read More