Elan Wollitzer’s images capture a moment in time, a special place, and always an extraordinary experience. The earth is changing faster than we know, where we know, and how we know. It is his belief that every photograph taken is capturing a unique time and place on this beautiful earth. MORE!
Moving Appliances When Renovating Can Enhance Aesthetics and Livability – At McKenzie Architectural Kitchens in Scottsdale, Arizona, we encourage our clients to keep an open mind when approaching a kitchen remodeling project. This is an opportunity to take your existing Scottsdale kitchen and reimagine it into a space that not only pleases aesthetically, but also improves functionality. MORE!
Congratulations Camille Griffith the winner of the Mother’s Day drawing. Her comment on on our Mother’s Day post won her mom an interior design consultation with Barbara Kaplan!
Mother’s Day brings me thoughts of my mother and the influence she had on my design life. I guess you can say she helped design my life. My mother taught me one of the great joys in my life, which is to “love beauty.” That is, of course, my version of what I think is beautiful. We all have our own definition of what beauty is and after all as the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” This she taught me too, by never criticizing my taste but by showing me what good taste looks like. Then I could form it to what my version of good taste is. And then I could decide how I would like to express it.
- Ask if there is something special she would like for the house. It could be as simple as a plant, pillow or lamp by her reading chair.
- Family portrait framed to match the décor of the home.
- Make dinner and treat her as a guest in her own home. Serve it in the dining room or garden.
- Put candles around the tub and fill it with bubble bath and add a luxurious towel in her favorite color.
- Play her favorite music. Ask her to dance. What fun to dance in your home!
- Watch her favorite movies with her.
Where to find your gift? Go to the Barbara’s Picks & Clicks Online Directory and you will find the best resources for the person who put her heart into creating home. Décor. Image consulting. Organizing. A personal chef. A spa day. MORE!
AZADI Fine Rugs has been providing exquisite antique, contemporary and custom designed rugs and extraordinary service for over two centuries. AZADI is certified and recognized globally as a child-labor free rug company. We look forward to the opportunity to provide you with an authentic experience by sharing each individual story behind our pivotal rugs and how they will deliver your rich vision. Visit one of our 6 Fine Rug Galleries and enjoy generations of talented artisans and their spectacular woven masterpieces. In addition to offering exquisite hand-woven area rugs, AZADI Fine Rugs provides a long list of specialty services including: Conservation & Restoration, Antique Rug Preservation, Appraisals, World-Wide Shipping & Delivery, Lifetime Rug Exchange, Insurance, 24-Hour Trial Period. MORE on Directory page.
Kravet Fabrics has an entire collection of bargellos. What you may ask is a bargello? It is a straight stitch worked in a high and low relief pattern to form a variety of zigzag or obique designs. They are beautiful and have so many design opportunities! The term was first used in the early 1920s when 2 chairs were embroidered with the stitch and put in the Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy. MORE!
When thinking about building an entertainment center, there are a lot of things to consider. This piece is usually a focal point in your home that everyone will see. Let Classy Closets help you create the perfect piece! Whether it is a free standing unit, built-in wall cabinets custom made for a particular place in your home – we can custom design and build the perfect look for the space you have. We can match your existing cabinetry or create a whole new look with a custom piece.
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Question #1: Should people be allowed to personalize their offices? If so, how do you “monitor” or “keep control” of the overall appearance?
A: This question, of course, touches my heart because my answer is based on the philosophy of the Bajaro Method, which holds that everyone needs to live in their own personal expression. It is helpful when everyone has a personalized space in which to function and be productive, since this is where so many of us spend most of our waking hours. Whether we are in an office, showroom, store or vehicle, we need to be comfortable and feel supported in our work space.
Keeping control of this has its challenges; however, it is well worth the exercise because people react differently to colors and styles. Giving people choices such as the colors they want to work in will empower and help them be productive and reach their maximum potential.
Start the process by determining how open the employer is to this concept rather than how much personal expression you want. Next consider if the public is entering your space.
For instance, if you have a private office, it is easy to make a statement with color and style. If you have an open, modular office space you must modify your personal statement to be less conspicuous in your decoration choices, keeping them more subtle.
In a retail business, you might work from an open desk—this is where you might have a picture, personal desk blotter and chair that are meaningful to you. Or a nice vase of flowers or interesting bookends may be your only private statement.
If you are in your vehicle all day, you have lots of opportunity to bring things into your car such as pictures, pillows, blankets, refreshments in special containers, music, motivational tapes or writing materials.
It isn’t necessary for others to notice the items you have chosen to have around you. Try keeping your choices generic enough so as not to offend anyone else who is working with in the same space. Keep things that make you smile tucked away in drawers.
If there are no guidelines in place for items brought from home, you may want to create a company standard. This can be detailed by size, color and subject. I recommend that if anyone objects to a particular item, this is reason enough not to have it there.
Question #2: Why is it that no one pays attention to workplace decorating after the initial move in?
A: This isn’t always true because we react to the layout or decorations we inherit from the previous tenant. In many situations we tend to overlook things we see every day, not realizing their impact.
Often the need to move in may be urgent, giving us little time to “fix it up” before. Then we either get used to seeing the same thing or we are so busy with other things that we forget to pay attention to what bothers us.
Here’s a question for you: What do you look at when you are on the telephone? Most often we stare in a certain direction and spend hours of the day looking at things that may not please us without even realizing this is happening.
It is important to be aware of your surroundings and the effect they have on you.
No matter what space we are in, we are consciously or unconsciously reacting to where we are. Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
“Staging” is a term traditionally used by designers and realtors for creating a desirable setting that will appeal to buyers and will motivate them in purchasing a home. However, this is not the only reason!
Often after I have staged a home with the furnishings of the current homeowner, I hear, “If I had known my home could look this good, I wouldn’t have wanted to move.” This always saddens me and inspires me to wonder, “Why wait?” Hopefully they will apply this valuable awareness in their new home. Knowing most people can’t look at their home with eyes of a decorator or designer, I believe everyone should have a design consultation for their new home and then on an as-needed basis. Just like we have annual check-ups at the doctor, we often need a professional opinion.
It is the same experience walking into a model home because it is decorated not only to appeal to your desires for the home but also for the “lifestyle” staged. Why not do this for yourself, now!
As an interior designer, once I get to know my clients, I see the possibilities that will make a room look and feel best for the people who live there. However, so often we do not see that for ourselves. We focus on the furniture pieces we have and possibly don’t like anymore. We are tired of the accessories we have seen for so long. We need to look at our homes with fresh eyes. I call this “refreshing” your environment.
In our current housing situation many people may not be living in homes of their choosing. Some are reluctant to put more money into their homes because the value has diminished. I believe that you are the most important consideration. Invest in you! If you are staying in this home for a while, do some things that will make a difference for you to be happy and don’t focus on what the house needs.
This is a great opportunity to start to refresh. Begin by walking through your home and:
Give away or sell anything you don’t like
Throw away anything that is broken
Get rid of anything too dirty to clean (the biggest offender is silk flowers and plants)
Now you are on your way! Next, either re-arrange the furniture or if it is easier for you to see the empty room, start over by taking everything out and bring back one piece at a time. Keep looking with fresh eyes. You can either close your eyes and open periodically, turn around and back again or walk out and return a moment later. When you get overwhelmed stop and come back later.
You don’t have to bring everything back. Use only the pieces you still want to live with. Some of the pieces might look better in other rooms and there may be pieces elsewhere in the house you can bring in. Don’t forget the great pieces you put away in cupboards because they were too good to use. Now is the time to enjoy them!
Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!