Custom drapery, phenomenal artwork, sky high ceiling, and grand trim moulding

See how we made this great room both approachable and comfortable. Also get answers to your common questions about decorating a larger than life spaces.

Thoughts on Displaying Family Photos

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While eating breakfast one morning, I stared at a blank wall in my kitchen and brainstormed about ideas for creating a family wall. Here are a couple pics currently in my inspiration file. The image on the left from Metropolitan Home is one of my favorite displays of family photographs. Very clean and classic, black and white images can make an inexpensive frame job look custom. The image on the right is simply adorable with its…

Flipping Out Over Reunion Episode

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Someone please hand me a (virtual) tissue… Did you watch the reunion episode of Bravo TV’s “Flipping Out” last night? Totally heartbreaking. Two people who make such beautiful (design) music must reconcile! Let’s pause for a moment of reflection…in the meantime, have a Happy Hump Day!

Tastemaker Tuesday: Ryan Brown

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Known as the better half of the real estate flipping duo in the Bravo series, Flipping Out, and owner of Brown Design + Development, Ryan Brown is high on my list of mentors (though he doesn’t know it yet). His design aesthetic is the perfect marriage of Californian, Modern, Rustic, and Eco-Chic. He uses texture and pattern to capture interest in his earthy color palettes and accentuates his design with beautiful travel finds. His rooms always…


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Today’s Tastemaker Tuesday features a hammer toting, Gucci tool belt wearing woman who is seriously talented and serious about style and great design. Who else can be fierce in stilettos while on a construction site, but Nicole Sassaman. Having a keen eye for building and reinventing homes for her celebrity clientel and other fat wallets, Nicole Sassaman has been flipping houses from Hollywood to Malibu and is also an interior designer and builder. She’s a triple…

If Walls Could Talk, They’d Ask for This…

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“To be successful, a room must contain the element of contrast – in forms as well as in colors and textures.” – Michael Taylor We all know that a coat of paint does wonders for a space and can even make your old stuff appear new. The same can be done using wallpaper. There are tons of affordable options out there and easy installation methods you can employ on your own. One of my favorite wallpaper…

The Beginner’s Guide to Mixing Patterns

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For a beginner, accent pillows are a great place to start when experimenting with colors, textures, and patterns. Blend contemporary with traditional by using patterns with sophisticated color palettes. Try using patterns that vary in scale to add interest to the mix. For example, in the above image PATTERN #1 is the sofa fabric with it’s large scale leaf motif and in a vibrant red! Talk about being the strongest statement fabric in the room…PATTERN #2,…

Sharing Spaces – Tips for Hosting Loved Ones During a Recession

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” – Unknown In today’s glooming economy, many families have lost jobs, depleted their savings, and broken their nest eggs in an effort to survive. Friends and families are welcoming displaced loved ones into their homes and at times the transition can be a bit rough. Here are a few tips to help thetransition go a bit smoother; the getting along part is a whole different topic. If your home…

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