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Glass Hanging Chandelier


From Studio Bel Vetro                                                                                        Exciting and Fabulous Canoe Suspension Lights

They are Inspired by form and artfully expressed with texture. These glass elements incorporate several modern Venetian techniques in both the hot glass process and the cold glass process. Using 2 or more colors in each canoe, each distinct color offers a canvas for multiple textures to be carved onto the surface. This methodical process of hand carving the glass brings a tactile element, and a play of light as it catches the undulating and textured satin surface.

I am specifying them to hang above a kitchen island.  They will softly illuminate the kitchen especially wonderfully when the kitchen isn’s in use.


Scenic Vista and Interior Design


Last week I spent a day hiking and fishing with my husband.  The views were incredible.  Nature is the best designer!

This scene has outstanding arrangement, plentiful use of texture, lovely combinations of colors, focal points and depth.  Sounds  like a description of a wonderfully designed room.


It was time to take my own advice

It was time to take my own advice

It’s easy to recall special memories associated with photos, scents and music. But with furniture? I didn’t really think that was possible. Now I know better – and I understand how home décor can suffer when you’re overly sentimental.

We all tend to hold onto furniture pieces way past their usefulness. As an interior designer, I have helped many clients freshen up their homes by replacing old furniture with new pieces. In my own home, however, I was reluctant to heed some of the recommendations that I’d freely passed along to others

I a recently moved from my home of 16 years. Although we were very comfortable and settled in, it was time to start anew, freshen things up.

The first stage of moving required putting on my interior designer’s hat. As I’ve done with many clients over the years, I selected some furniture pieces that simply needed to go.

“That looks tired, that looks dated, give it away,” was my mantra but I found myself arguing with my inner soul. “I love that, we’ve traveled a lot of life together,” was the counter-argument.

This type of internal debate went on and on, for almost every piece of not quite with it furniture. It seemed the more dated a piece was, the tighter my grip.

The conflict peaked with my 20-year-old bedroom set, finely crafted of waxed knotty pine with very oversized posts. Just a glimpse of these wooden pieces transported me back to our first days in the Colorado mountains. Sure, the set was tired– but there was a certain nostalgia that overwhelmed me.

It was then that I realized it was much more than a bedroom set. It represented fond memories that could never be replaced. We bought the set shortly after moving from New York to Colorado, discovering our mountain connection through furniture.

One time, in the middle of the night, the dresser cracked, awakening us with a noise so loud it sounded like a bomb. A few weeks later, a furniture maker replaced the dresser, explaining to us the effects of high altitude on furniture, not to mention human skin (yikes!).

At that point, I knew we couldn’t keep any of the old pieces. Their time had come and gone. And I had finally come to grips with not wanting them anymore. That old furniture represented a lot of why we were moving in the first place.

I have no regrets. Actually, we could have tossed out more of our aging possessions. And when I look at our home makeover, I feel energized. The new décor is fantastic and we love it.

Once in a while, however, a little sadness creeps in. I think about my knotty pine bedroom set and all the great things that happened in 1994. I moved to the mountains of Colorado, we bought our first house, I met my best friend.

And I bought a whole lot of great new furniture.

This is from a column I write for The Vail Daily Newspaper.

Fabric and Wallpaper tell some of the story



Pictured are 3 different color, fabric and wallpaper options I presented to a client for their feedback for their living room remodel.  All the scenarios have the same vibe but with variations of color and texture.

Blueprints, renderings and sketches are very important to give a clients a look into the bones of their home’s interior design but textiles and wallpaper allow a client a glimpse into the rooms’ “story.”  Textile and Fabric samples, another tool in the bag.

Depending on where you live, designs may vary

5B living room

I create interior designs for homes in various regions of the state – in the mountains, city and country. The basic technique and process is virtually the same for all. I study and analyze the architecture, layout and style of each structure before exploring various design options.

Depending on the locale, however, there can be significant differences in the design. Most of the time, it’s not a conscious thing. I never really say to myself, “This project is in the city so I’ll use less pattern.” The design just seems to evolve organically and intuitively.

Here are some of the characteristics of “regional” design:

Mountain homes

They tend to be hardier, more practical and user-friendly. When rooms contain ski gear, bicycles and other sporting equipment – as well as sore bodies – a different set of design criteria is needed (when compared to a city residence).

The equipment and apparel usually found in a mountain home require a different type of storage. People with aching muscles want comfortable, and roomy, sofas and chairs. The design often demonstrates pride in Rocky Mountain life, with rugged arrangements of pictures and other room elements.

Homes in the Rockies frequently make abundant use of stone and wood that enhance a sense of the region’s uniqueness. Guest rooms and guest suites are perhaps more important than in other places because people tend to stay longer.

Heavier and more comfortable fabrics generally work well in mountain homes. Mixing colors can be very effective since warm and cool colors can make for some nice mountain-like combinations.

City homes

Space is usually at a premium in city homes so special care and planning go into every design decision. You always have to think, “Where should I put this and what’s the best way to use the space?”

Utilizing every square foot is imperative for optimum storage – and for creating a nice, livable space. In some cases, we ask the rooms to multi-task; for example, a family room can double as a home office. And with less room to play with, the design tends to be more consistent throughout the home. Using similar designs makes the space less choppy and it actually feels larger.

Fabrics tend to be slicker, finer and shinier. Solid colors and simple furnishings – with cleaner lines and fewer curves – work well in these situations.

Country homes

Classic designs with layered patterns look right at home in the country. Antiques are almost always a good fit and colors tend to accentuate that rural, down-home feel. Eclectic designs, even busy patterns and styles, generally work well.

Design sensibilities remain the same wherever we live. Our sense of style doesn’t really change. When our lifestyle requirements vary, however, so do our homes.

From my work at the Vail Daily Newspaper


All those Books


What to do with all those books

I am experiencing a personal interior design dilemma.

Neither my home nor my office has enough space for all the art and design books that I have been collecting for decades.

It’s an ongoing debate: Should I keep them? Give them away?

There are so many great art and design sites and blogs out there on the Web. But they’re not books. You can feel a book in your hand and it has a certain smell as you turn the pages. That makes it much more interactive and intimate.

Thumbing through a design book is an experience and can be inspiring at times. It’s just not the same as surfing the web, which feels like researching a car or a TV. So yes, I would like to keep all my books but the reality is I am tight on space.

As an interior designer, I should be able to come up with some sort of solution. And I have. So if you’re in a quandary about what to do with all your books, here are a few ideas:

Share the wealth: All of your books don’t need to be in the same physical space. Place them in different sections of the house. Tip: You might want to keep a log of where they’ve been placed so you can find them easily.

Not sure I got this one right. If the books are holding up the glass top, how are they easily accessible?

Build a side table with the books: It has a very funky, novel look. Use a 1-inch thick by 9×12-inch piece of wood slab for the pedestal, then stack books up to about 20 inches, staggering the directions. The books serve as the legs to the table. Top it off with a piece of glass approximately 16 inches in diameter. You can not only access the books easily but now you have a small table that can sit next to a chair, sofa or low bed.

Mix and match: Place the books under or alongside other design elements in a room, such as underneath vases or pottery. You can also put books underneath small plants or stack them under open tables.

Use as decorations: Books can look nice on a small chair, an antique ladder or on a coffee table.

Be creative: Books can add life to unused corners or hallways when placed on shelves. Think about placing books in atypical places. Use them as you would place art on a wall, in the kitchen or dining room.

Books add a warmth and interest to a room. They add a dose of history, excitement, intellectualism and worldliness. When organized in small spaces, books can be quite chic.

Be careful, though. When books aren’t kept tidy and organized, they can make a room feel sloppy and cluttered. They can also provide a new and wonderful dynamic to any room so don’t get rid of those old books just yet.

Check out this exciting site with fantastic bookcases: