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Paint Color Matches- Are they all equal?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Separate but equal? You decide.  Do you go to the Big Box Store to get your paint?  Is it the same as Sherwin Williams?  Well, this week I conducted a paint sample study for a client of mine.  We like Sherwin Williams paint color #6036 Angora.  It is a soft color with that reads as a neutral and will make a beautiful backdrop for her home.  Can you save money going to the Big Box Store to mix up the paint color?  Yes, you can.  Will you end up with the same color?  You be the judge. Which one is the real Sherwin Williams paint #6036 Angora? Cheers, DeAnna...

Should I Reupholster my Furniture?

  Photo Credit- Davies Imaging I have a few rules when it comes to reupholstering a piece of furniture. The first one is “does it have good bones?” By that I mean is it a good quality piece of furniture? If it is from a reputable brand of furniture and hand crafted and made to withstand the test of time I do recommend reupholstering it. If it is a piece made of MDF board and stapled together I am NOT inclined to recommend reupholstering the piece. Some things to note when reupholstering a piece of furniture. While the labor is pricey you can sometimes save money by choosing a less...

Exterior Paint Color Choices

One of my favorite things to do is choose paint colors.  I have a complete process that I go through where I analyze the existing colors in the space as well as contemplate the new possibilities of color.  I start with an inspiration photo and begin a collaborative process with the client.  Then we look at color swatches and discuss them.  We toss out ones that don’t work until we have a great look that we both like. This time, the client is myself as I am painting the exterior of my home.  My inspiration was an image from...

To Reupholster or Not

I have a few rules when it comes to reupholstering a piece of furniture. The first one is “does it have good bones?” By that I mean is it a good quality piece of furniture? If it is from a reputable brand of furniture and hand crafted and made to withstand the test of time I do recommend reupholstering it. If it is a piece made of MDF board and stapled together I am NOT inclined to recommend reupholstering the piece. Some things to note when reupholstering a piece of furniture. While the labor is pricey you can sometimes save money by choosing a less expensive fabric. The labor is well...

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Craigslist Design, REALLY???

This was a fun challenge from a friend of mine in Berkeley.  We came up with the idea to furnish her entire apartment at thrift stores and on Craigslist.  Our goal and mantra was FREE or Cheap.  We scoured the “Free” section on craigslist daily and discussed our findings.  Next we mapped out a route to pick up our loot.  We rented a ZIP van and started our adventure.  It was hilarious!  At one point we drove in the driveway of a house in the “hood” only to find out it was the wrong house and we had interrupted a serious group of men enjoying their...

Barbara Barry – Design Icon Honoree 2014

  I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation to Barbara Barry in Las Vegas this week.  She was being awarded the 2014 Design Icon Honoree for her inspiring work.  Her speech or rather I should say her “conversation” with us flowed as smoothly as butter across fresh baked bread.  I was mesmerized by her ability to captivate the entire room with her soft, spoken voice and beautiful photos of interior design.  She wasn’t the least bit pretentious and spoke to us as if we were old friends. Her honors include ASID “Designer of Distinction,” and becoming an ASID...

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

       From blog FlowerEmpowered She used cut leaves from Nandina because they stay fresh long after being cut.  I like the way she incorporated nature in the design and simlicity. 2. DIY from blog Tatertotsandjello This is a simple DIY project you can do with little pumpkins purchased at the grocery store.  Use unscented tea lights on the dinner table so the smells of your cooking are the star. 3. Pinterest – no website identified This is an idea captured on Pinterest.  Unfortunately the website wasn’t identified but you can still enjoy the design.  Once again this person...

Thanksgiving is almost here. . .

The countdown is fast approaching to Thanksgiving Day and I want to be ready.  I have found a couple more things to order in time for the big day. Henriette Melchiorsen salt and pepper from lumens.com A small DIY project that was featured on http://www.hippanonymous.com/2013/07/diy-wooden-place-cards.html nightowlpapergoods.com has the wooden cards You can always use extra seating in the form of a banquet table from Target. Make a list of things to do and things to purchase for Thanksgiving Day and go after it one day at a time! Cheers,...

Two weeks till Thanksgiving

It is two weeks until Thanksgiving and I’ve come up with a list of DeAnna’s Favorites.  Small things can do alot to brighten my day and I’m hoping you find a small thing to brighten yours. 1.  Linens Auntieoti.com napkins Pottery Barn linens   2.  Candlesticks   Modern Tapers from West Elm 3.  Apron Tik Tak from hedleyandbennett.com Stay tuned for more tips, soon. Cheers,...
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