“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our design firm is “old”. Years ago a very young feature writer called us “an established design firm with years of experience”. What this really means to us is that we have built relationships that are important to us. We continue to be blessed with clients who allow us to come into their homes and become part of their families. We have as many memories of their homes as they do. When it’s time to pass “our” home onto the next family it can be bittersweet.
On nearly every Mom’s want list is an area where everyone coming in the house can hang up and store things like coats and backpacks. Nowadays, let’s add in charging stations while we are at it. Surely if we have a beautiful, built in system like we see everywhere on Pinterest, our days will be transformed. Except…
How many times do we hear, “There are just not enough hours in a day!” Who isn’t busy? It’s the way life is and most of us don’t want it any other way. However, we do want our homes to offer the calming, soothing sanctuaries we need to recharge. Let’s take a few clues from some Great Danes …they know how to do this!
DOES LIVING WITH LESS HELP DEFINE OUR WANTS AND NEEDS?
Have you ever googled the definition of the two words Need and Want? Probably not because we all think we know the difference. Go ahead and do a search and you will see that Webster, Wikipedia and many other online sources seem to be blurring this line indeed!
3 NEUTRAL PAINT COLORS WITH A PROVEN RECORD FOR SUCCESS!
How do I choose the right shade of white?
Designers have always had a love affair with the colors of “white”. Colors so soft they almost melt on the walls. Colors that look like they feel like velvet and like we could dip our fingers straight thru them. The creamier the better. Colors that stay true day or night.
But man…finding just the right white is a bear isn’t it? We have to laugh when we read about the “signature white” of any certain designer and clients want to use “only” that color. Or when a paint manufacturer calls a paint “Decorator White” and then sells it to everyone without a clue what their home looks like. Really? And if you do venture past the recommendation of the paint guy…how many little swatches of “white” are there at any given paint store? If it was easy to pick the very best, perfect white for your home you’d never need us!
Remember how we started off the idea of this blog….we said we’d talk about topics of interest to us. We’d mix in questions that come up during our projects. We have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful clients. Lately we are getting similar questions about the use of color. “Is color coming back?” What colors are “in”? “Can I use a little color…I’m tired of gray?” We suspect gray is a tad tired of us too.