Friday’s Photo: Best colors for a windowless room

Most people believe they should paint the walls in a dark or windowless room a light color. It seems counter intuitive but just the opposite is true. If there is no natural light, such as in a basement, the best way to treat the walls is to paint them a rich dark color. Without natural light, walls that are painted a light color will simply look lifeless and dingy.

“A light color will never come to life in a dark room but a rich, deep color can make a dim, somber space feel warm and luminous – even though it receives no natural light.” Donald Kaufman


The secret to keep the room from looking like a cave is to use plenty of light or bright colors in the rest of the space. Light furniture, a light carpet, bright artwork and most important, lots and lots of artificial light. Table lamps, floor lamps, and ceiling lights are absolutely essential in a dark windowless room.


Friday’s Photo: Is this art?

There is a video that recently went viral showing Joshua Bell, a world class violinist playing in the NYC subway system. Bell is one of the most celebrated and gifted musicians of our time but because he was out of context people just walked by as he played and gave little notice.

Years ago I walked into a modern art show at a Boston gallery. There was a drill and a tool belt laying on the floor in the corner. I looked at it for the longest time trying to decide if it was part of the exhibit of just left there temporarily by a worker. It really didn’t matter, the point is, art can be and is absolutely everywhere. We don’t have to be at a museum or art gallery to “see” art.

rusty mailboxWMI know everyone is in agreement that nature is the most amazing art of all but what about simple everyday objects? What if my neighbor’s rusting mail box is the most spectacular work of art the world has never seen? Look at the colors, the textures and the complexity of layers. To me it is a masterpiece…what do you think?  Is it art?


Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Here is a clever DIY wall art idea that I saw while at Spring market. A collection of vintage National Geographic magazines used not only as the art work but for added color in this otherwise neutral room.

Magazines as artwork

Magazines as artwork

Wouldn’t this be perfect for a basement where there are often long expanses of windowless walls?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Chemo week one: So many of you have been so incredibly kind to reach out and inquire how I am handling the chemo and wondering how I am feeling. Here is a quick summary of week one for those who are interested. I had four good days, two days of feeling like crap and one day that felt like I went to the most awesome party of my life (that I have no memory of) drank 2-3 bottles of champagne, danced non-stop all night, at some point fell out of a second story window, then for some reason went to bed with a ball of tinfoil in my mouth. Obviously I am joking but let me just say day three of chemo is not for wimps! 

Luckily, my team will tweak my meds so that I can skip this “morning after party” next time around. One week down, eleven to go!


Friday’s Photo: Turquoise and yellow dining room

Who says dining rooms have to be boring? I’m still thinking about this gorgeous turquoise and yellow dining room from the Lillian August show room at High Point Market.

Lillian August

Lillian August

So fresh and inviting don’t you think?

Have a great weekend everyone.

You may have noticed that I have been a bit remiss with my regular Tuesday posts but please bare with me as I am juggling one too many balls and my blog has had to take a back seat for the moment. I plan to be back on schedule very soon.

Friday’s Photo: Spring’s hot new color

If you read my earlier post about the colors of High Point Spring Market you would know that Blush is one of this Spring’s new “it” colors in both fashion and interiors. This bedroom designed by Tobi Fairley for C.R. Laine is a beautiful example and use of the color.

Tobi Fairley bedroom

The one thing about Blush is that if you don’t want it read too “girly” you need to balance this feminine color with a stronger more “masculine color”. Tobi accomplished this by using striking black art work (from her new collection for Sochier Marin Art) and black side tables.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blush?

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out the furniture or to simply relax for a few minutes.

One lucky afternoon I just happen to get this “person free” image at Wesley Hall.  I had about 5 seconds before someone walked back into the frame and sat down on the chair.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

Just look at how much thought went into styling and decorating this one small space. The green in the art work perfectly coordinates with the green leather sofa. The flowers on the tray which is angled “just so” is a perfect compliment to the floral fabric on the chair. My absolute favorite detail though is the small red crystal on the chandelier that forms a little color triangle with the floral fabric and the red pillow on the sofa.

Call me crazy but it’s these perfectly thought out design details that gets me so excited about design.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think here in New England we are going to have our first absolutely gorgeous weekend.

Color trends High Point Market Spring 2015

Last week was my second time attending High Point Market. If you are a designer and have never been, I can’t recommend it enough. It is such an exciting and inspiration trip. I saw so many beautiful show rooms and new products. I have gone through all my photos and I have identified six major trends.

1. Color 2. Organics 3. Exposed wood grain 4. Metallics 5. Geometrics 6. Texture

I will be highlighting all six of these trends with lot’s of photos over the next few weeks. I will start with color since that is what I know everyone loves to hear about.

Color: Blue still seems to be hugely popular this Spring. I noticed less turquoise than last Spring but plenty of deep saturated Mediterranean blues. Navy was also highly represented.

Hickory Chair Show Room

Hickory Chair Show Room

Several show rooms used deep saturated blue on an accent wall. (note: accent walls were very prevalent at Market)


Tobi Fairlet collection for C.R.Laine

Check out the blue and white fabric on these new chairs from Tobi Fairley for C.R.Laine. This animal print fabric must have been the top selling fabric this Spring. It was featured in at least half a dozen showrooms used on everything from sofas to chairs to beds.


Kristin Drohan new collection

Besides the popularity of blue, the big buzz around market and on Instagram was all about “Blush”. Designer Suzanne Kasler debuted her new collection for Hickory Chair in Blush and it was a huge hit.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

I just love this round drum shade pendant. It’s so fresh and unexpected, even more so since it is above a very traditional brown dining table.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Blush which is really just another name for light pink was also trending in art work.


This large scale photo of pink flowers from Dunes and Duchess was even chosen by one of “High Points Style Spotters”.

Dunes and Duchess

Dunes and Duchess

After seeing the above image I was inspired to take a couple of my own flower photos from a pink arrangement at the Thibaut showroom. What do you think? Should I super size one and frame it for my own house?

flowers for blog2

flower for blogWM

I saw a lot more Red this Spring than last especially for furniture and accessories.

red at HP



Red for blog

Larry Laslo for Chaddock

I still remember the striking red room Alexa Hampton did for Spring 2014 for Hickory Chair and this year she chose to use red once again.

Alexa hampton for Hickory Chair

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Now that I have showed you Blue, Blush and Red, as all trending, I am going to end with this: If I had to choose one color that was undeniably the number one color this Spring at High Point it would be Gold.

Mr. Brown High Point

Mr. Brown High Point

That my friends is an entire blog post coming up soon under the trend Metallics. Wait until you see all the Gold!!

Sooo….which color are you most excited about?



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