Thursday, August 28, 2008

Working with a Interior Designer

Many people feel intimidated to work with an interior designer and that designers are only for the rich and famous. This is not true-most designers will work with a variety of different budgets. Designers, because of there training and expertise and experienced will help you solve problems and avoid costly mistakes. Designers also help you optimize your funds. Saves money and time by purchasing products for you.

What happens when you decide to work with a designer:

  • They will make an appointment for the initial consultation. Some designers do not charge for this but many will charge you an hourly rate.The designers will come out to the space and talk to you to get an idea of what you are looking for.

  • Take pictures and measure existing spaces and pieces of furniture and anything else that will help them.

  • Go back to the studio and put together a presentation. This may take a couple of weeks depending on the size of the project.

  • The designer will present a presentation with samples, drawings, and idea of budget numbers.

  • If everything is OK they go ahead with your consent and implement what was presented.

  • Expect anything that needs to be custom made or special ordered at least 6-8 weeks for delivery.


Ways designer charge for there services:



  • An hourly rate

  • Hourly rate, plus commission

  • Flat fee

  • Flat fee, plus commission

  • Straight commission

  • Price per square foot

  • Net cost, plus fee

  • Retainer

  • Or a combination of the above

Some other tips:

  • Go through magazines and tare out pictures of things you like and don’t like this will help the designer find out what direction to go.

  • Think about what type of budget you have and talk to the designer about it. Many people don’t want to talk about money but this helps the designer with what to show you. Even if your budget is small and you need to do things piece by piece be up front with the designer they will be more then happy to work with you.

  • Time frame issues -be up front with the designer, design work takes time. Designer are not magician they for the most part can not make things happen over night like the reality TV shows like you to think.

  • Keep an open mind, communicate-If the designer is going a way you do not like tell them

  • Look around your home is there something that you just love show it to the designer it may be the starting point of the room.

Late Summer Tomatoes

I love this time of year you can feel change in the air. Summer is winding down, nights are cooler, and kids are getting ready to go back to school. BUT I love it also because of fresh Tomatoes -there is nothing better. I am having a bummer crop this year I can barley keep up with them! Last weekend I made fresh tomato sauce it was more time consuming then expected but the end result so Yummy.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Lake House Cottage Hideaway

This is such a cute little hideaway. This cottage is on the second floor over a garage, up in the trees looking out over the water. We just finished the window treatments which I think are too cute!

This daybed sofa is an old Stickley antique I think maybe from the 1920's. My upholsterer did an outstanding job on this piece all the cushions are new. The back cushions have a great little loop over each of the knobs. The coral Chair is from CR Laine. The bedroom has such a nostalgic bed. We just put up the Roman shade that really helps adding warmth to the room. Most of the furniture we found at Pottery Barn. We are still working on this room we need to add rugs and artwork.

I must say I think this is my favorite window treatment that I have done. What fun.....

Sunday, August 17, 2008

8-8-08 Party

I have finally recovered from the party last weekend. I thought I would post some pictures I hope someone took some pictures of the desserts because they were just too beautiful. It was a blast planning it and doing with all sorts of fun details that I love to do.
Here are some shots:
These invitation were very cool







Wrapped Silverware

Favors inside were sugar cookie 8's



Amazing floral arrangements




Bar with citrus center piece and custom tablecloth that I designed


The day really started off terribly with the skies just opening up and gushing water! We scrambled at last minute to find a tent (what were we thinking not having one to begin with) but the evening turned out beautiful.

Everyone pitched in scrambling at last minute to set up the bar under the tent. It was amazing they sent over such a cute tent with the yellow stripes it matched the citrus arrangement perfectly.






Few Shots from the party

Bella Notte Bedding

I am so excited, I have just added Bella Notte Bedding to our ever growing list of sources. http://www.bellanottelinens.com/bedding/ .I LOVE Bella Notte's bedding. I have been wanting to added it for sometime.



Check it out:


The great thing about this company is the ease of it. All of the product is washer/dryer friendly which is a huge thing for me The fabric choices are endless and everything is died to order. They use a low-impact dyeing process that is unique to Bella Notte. This process is kinder to the environment .You really can create an amazing oasis for any bedroom with this bedding.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I am back!

I feel like I have been away for months. I have been on vacation and have been planning a 65th party for my father.The party was so much fun and a huge success it was on 8-8-08. However it completely all consuming I have been working on it since February! I am now back and I will be posting soon! Here are some summer pictures:

I think this sums up Summer!

I love Hydrangeas I think they are my favorite flower

Lily just can not get enough of the water