Painting your kitchen cabinets

May 2, 2019

Painting your Kitchen Cabinets

Should you paint the kitchen the cabinets? I’ve seen kitchen cabinets that the only thing that is going to save them is a paint job. The biggest problem, I think is the paint job itself. If it’s done right, it can look amazing, but if an amateur does it, well let’s say, not so lovely.

The other problem is what color to paint the kitchen cabinets. Dark? Light? Medium? Perhaps a color? That all depends on your preference. Unless of course, you are selling your home.

I do like white cabinets. When you are shopping for kitchen cabinets, you will see samples of kitchen cabinets in many shades of natural wood, shades of white, antique white, and some shades of color. 

Here are some samples of painted kitchen cabinets.

As you can see, painting the cabinets completely changes the look of the kitchen. That’s why I highly recommend it.

You can then change the countertops and backsplash to change the look of your kitchen further. Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update the look of your kitchen without breaking your budget.

Are there any colors out there that you have used and found that works well when you’ve painted the kitchen cabinets?

All imagines Via Pinterest

Styling your foyer

April 18, 2019

Styling your Foyer

You know the old saying, “You only have one chance to make a good impression“?Well, your foyer is that “One Chance” to make that good impression. It should reflect your style. 

Many times this area is neglected or just overlooked. But I think it’s a valuable space, if not the most important space in your home.

This is the space that will welcome your quest. It set the tone for the rest of your home. So if it’s neglected what is that saying about your home?

I believe your foyer is a great place to try different design elements you may not have considered before. Here are some ideas you can implement in your space.

1.  Love the color but was afraid to add it to your space? The foyer may be a great place to add color. It’s small enough space that you can try out a new bold color.

2. Scale is everything!! If you have a large foyer, then make sure you put in the right amount of furniture. That’s very important. Too many times I see the entrance is packed with too many pieces.

3. Your foyer will set the tone to your home’s style. If you have a contemporary home, then your entrance should reflect that style. It lends to the character of your home. It gives balance to your place.

4. Don’t be afraid to add an area rug. It will add color, introduce patterns and add depth and dimension to your foyer. Just make sure it can stand up to heavy traffic.

5. Don’t be afraid to go bold in your designs. Add geometric shapes, unique decor and generally have fun with it. Show your personality.

6. Do you love wallpaper but were scared to use it in another room? Then why not try it out in your foyer. Just make sure the wallpaper you use will easily transition from the entrance to the rest of the home.
7. Add some local flavor to the space. If you live in a tropical area, then don’t be afraid to add some tropical designs element. In this case, the stairway depicts the local landscape.
8. Sometime a foyer will be a transitional zone, where the indoor meets the outdoors. This allows you to add some outdoor element in that space.
9. The foyer is the first place you enter when you’re coming home. So it should have a place to put your stuff, like keys, gloves, and scarf. Don’t be afraid to add a dresser (if space permits it), console table or even a chest
As you can see, there are many ways to design your foyer. The most important to remember is to create it!! Don’t neglect it. Make it the space warm and inviting to your guests.

All Images Via Pinterest


Office design

April 4, 2019

Office Redesign

As you know, I recently painted my desk with Fusion paint. I love how it came out. But now I look around my office and realize it needs some tender loving care— time to work on it.
You see when I moved into this house two years ago; I did not do anything to this office. I kept the original color because I happen to like it. I still do. But I was not happy with the look of the walls. The walls had holes and could use some patching.

And although I liked the color, I decided to go a bit warmer in tone. So I set off to redo my office. And oh boy did I take on a project!! 

This was my office before I did any work as you can see it’s nice enough.

I did not like those sliding doors!! Especially that piece of trim!! What exactly was the purpose of that?!!!

First I wanted to paint the walls, that meant doing some patching. Lots of patching. And I realized why they had that piece of trim. It was to cover up the track!!

Then I went about and removed all the trims that were there, including the baseboard trims.

This was the trim they had installed. It looked like they ran out of one trim and decided to use whatever they had left. Geez, what horrible artistry!!

This is what I had in mind. As you can see they are no right angles!! So no 45-degree cuts. That’s the beauty of this project. And even though I have a miter saw, I have never cut right corners. This seemed the perfect solution to adding trim work.

I had to spackle all the holes and fill in the small gaps with caulking.

Came out beautifully. I was pleased with the results.

And all the baseboards trim match!! No more mismatch. Filled in all the gaps and freshly painted.

So much better than before. 

Well, this project is done. It took me a couple of weekends to do. But it was worth doing it on to the next project. 

Painting my desk with Fusion paint

March 21, 2019

Painting my desk with Fusion paint

Recently  I wrote how beautiful Fusion paint is. And I decided I wanted to paint my desk.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I have been postponing it because I would have to empty my desk and I wouldn’t be able to use it until it dries. 

I use my desk every day. It’s where I do business, so it wasn’t easy for me to give it up. I also love the color of my desk, but you will see there were worn spots that bothered me and even some chips and nicks I wanted to address. So I decided to paint it.

As you can see it’s a nice finish, but I was not too fond of that worn out spot.

 I emptied most of my desk. I had to move my computer to another area.

You can see how beautiful this paint finish is. I love it. I did wind up putting varnish on it only because my desk takes a lot of abuse. I wanted that extra durability.

Ok, all said and one. I love how it turned out. Do you have any projects you want to tackle? Then consider using Fusion paint. It won’t disappoint!!
All imagines via Pinterest

Mural wall treatments!

March 7, 2019

Mural Wall Treatments

This coming year you will be seeing murals taking over our homes. This new trend is just as exciting as painting accent walls were back in the old days.

These mural are big, bold and add a “wow” factor to any room. Unlike wallpaper, there are no repeat patterns. Instead, it’s a bold statement.

Some of these murals are even self-adhesive. They are making it very easy to apply and peel off. There are pre-cut designs, so all you have to do is peel and stick, it can’t get any easier than that.

I don’t know about you, BUT I all love these design murals. I think where I can put them? How about you? Is this something you would do?

All imagines via Pinterest

What you need to know about chairs.

February 21, 2019

What you need to know about accent chairs.

Chairs can complement the decor in any room. They play a significant role in defining the space. Accent chairs refer to many different types of chairs and styles. So it’s important to know what’s out there and what best suits your style.
Below are some of the options that are available. 

Types of Accent Chairs:
1. Arm Chair– One of the most popular style. They have comfortable sides to rest your arms. Armchairs come in a variety of material, colors, & sizes.
2. Slipper Chair – Gives you an extra place to sit without taking up space. Sleek and streamed-lined. These chairs have no armrest.
3. Side Chair– One of the most versatile chair. Petite profile. They don’t have arms, similar to the slipper chair. They can fit anywhere and are used mostly in dining rooms.
4. Barrel Chair– Got its name from its shape. The back of the chair looks like a barrel. Comfort is essential for this style of chair. 
5. Lounge Chair–  Just what the name implies, you lounge in this chair. Comfort is the goal, and most of the chairs have a place to rest your feet. Some may come with ottomans.
6. Wingback Chair– The high back and winged shape are foremost in this design. This design does tend to be bulky, so it is not ideal if you plan on moving them around.
7. Club Chair – Have a deeper seat than most normal chairs, high arms and are very comfortable. They are great for living rooms.
8. Parson Chair– These chairs are streamlined and sleek. They can go in any space but are mostly used in dining rooms.
9. Papasan Chair– These chairs have frames that are made from rattan. Their overall design is in the shape of a dish. Extremely comfortable. Mostly used in sunrooms or patios.
10. Ballon Chair– Sometimes called an egg chair, due to their shape. It’s a unique look. Some of these chairs can be mounted on the ceiling.
11. Chesterfield Chair– Incredible comfortable chair with a very formal look. They tend to have rolled arms and nailheads. This style of chairs works well with any design.
Types of Styles:

1. Modern– This style gets its design elements from the modern movement. The style tends to be streamlined and straightforward.
2. Contemporary – Similar to modern but it is known for its stark simplicity. Curves are a common design element as well.

3. Traditional – Classic authentic look. Traditional style is warm, relaxed and not at all exceptional design. They can even look slightly outdated. The goal of this style is function over design.

4. Transitional– Its a blend of tradition and contemporary design. The best of both worlds. Clean lines and an emphasis on comfort, all in one package.
5. Rustic– Simple laid back design. They have a basic design that highlights natural beauty. Most have natural elements like wood or metal.
6. Country– Sometimes called cottage or even shabby chic. This is a laid back design that tends to incorporate bright colors.
7. Glam– Adds sparkle to any space. Elegance is its core design, and it creates a big statement in any area.
8. Coastal– Think beach house. It has a simple look and combines natural materials.
9. Mid Century Modern – A modern design with a more updated look. Classic style with a vintage look that dates the 50s era.
10. Industrial– Incredible functional and humble design. This style has a raw, organic, feel to it. Can use metal and wood as part of the design.

As you can see, there are many options. Of course, cost and budget is always a factor, and that will depend on the style you choose. Prices can range from $150 to $1,000 per chair!! But the cost isn’t the only factor to consider. How will the chairs be used? Is style the primary consideration? Or is the function?

Just remember that accent chair will dictate the style of that space, so choose wisely!!

All imagines via Pinterest

What is Fusion Paint?

February 7, 2019

What is Fusion Paint?

Fusion Paint is 100% acrylic, water-based paint. Once cures, fusion paint is both stain and waterproof. The best part, no primer or topcoat is required — a one-step process paint.

So you’re probably wondering right about now, what’s the difference between chalk paint and fusion paint.I’m glad you asked. There is some difference, and they are noteworthy.

Check it out.

Fusion Paint                                                                  Chalk Paint

Prep Time? Little to none                                                  Prep Time? Little to none
Consistency? Light, thin,
self-leveling with minimal         Consistency? Thick, finish shows more               

 texture                                                                                 texture
Can colors be mixed? Yes                                                 Can colors mixYes  
Can you distress? Yes                                                       Can you distress?  Yes
Can you antique? Yes                                                       Can you antique? Yes
Waterproof? Yes                                                               Waterproof? NO!!
Stainproof? Yes                                                                 Stainproof? NO!!
Requires sealing with topcoat? No                                  Requires sealing w/topcoat? No
Toxic? No, low VOC, no toxic fillers                                Toxic? Some brands latex, Ethylene Glycol,                 
                                                                                            and methanol and all harmful.
Cost? $20.50 per pint                                                         Cost? $35-40 per quart.
As you can see, there are more benefits to using fusion paint rather than chalk paint. Fusion paint makes it easier to use and produces long term results. It’s also more affordable. And it comes in metallic as well!!

All imagines via Pinterest

Window Treatments

January 24, 2019

Window Treatments!!

There are so many options when it comes to window treatment; it can be overwhelming! There are many things to consider, functionality, aesthetics, and design.

Well, I am here to help you understand the different types of window treatments that are available. Some you may know, others you may not.

Let’s get started.

1. Hard Window Treatments– These are shutters, that can be louvered or fixed slats. It is made of either wood or plastic. They offer privacy and control the amount of light being filtered.

2. Woven Shades – Sometimes called bamboo shades. Great way to add texture to any space. They can also have an exotic surface like reeds, grasses, and wood.
3. Cellular Shades – Look like honeycombs. They are energy efficient and help insulate your home. They can be light filtering or room blackout. They are made of cloth-like materials. They can come in a single, double, or triple honeycomb.
4. Pleated Shades– Similar to cellular shades, but no honeycomb. They pull up to sit flat at the top of the window. They are thereby giving you an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
5. Venetian Blinds– They can be made from wood, metal, or plastic (not my favorite as they can break easily). The slats rotate, so they overlap, blocking the light from coming in. Slats can also come in many different widths, from micromini to 2 1/2 ” slats.
6. Shoji Pane Screens– Originate in Japan, they are made from translucent rice paper. Easily allows light into the room, so not great for bedrooms. But they do offer an exotic look to any living room or dining area. They are made out of wood or bamboo.
7. Panel Tracks – Often referred to as sliding window panels. They are great for patio doors or picture windows. Come in many different shades of colors and widths.

8. Vertical Blinds – They can be custom made. Come in fabric, plastic, metal or faux wood. They were very popular during the ’90s not so much today.
9. Roller Shades– They are called roller shade merely because they roll up!! You may remember them from your grandmother’s house, but I can assure you, they are not the same. They come in many colors, texture, and features — a simple and elegant way to treat a window.
10. Roman Shades – Fabric that hangs flat when closed. They fold into pleats when raised. Come in many different styles, fabrics, and offer insulating features — a beautiful way to add fabric into space without the cumbersome bulk of drapery.
11. Silhouettes– The vanes appear to float between two sheer panels to create shading. When blades are opened, they provide sheer light diffusion. When closed they offer privacy.

12. Drapery – Also known as curtains. They come in a variety of shapes, materials, colors, patterns, and sizes. They are the most versatile and most likely the least expensive window treatment.

Pole Pocket

Pinched Pleat

Tailored pleat

Inverted Pleat


13. Sheer – Made from translucent fabric. They don’t offer much privacy, but it does prevent people from looking directly into your space. Comes in many different colors and textures.
14. Cafe Curtains – They may cover the lower portion of the window or the upper part of the window. Sometimes they can do both. It allows light to filter in a while keeping the room private.
15. Austrian Shades– Fabric that is gathered into scallops when down and pulls into tighter scallops when pulled up. Fabric can be sheer. I do not like these as they are very “heavy.” Honestly, they remind me of Dracula’s coffin!! No thanks!!
16. Swag – Material that swags across the pole. Can be free-form or custom made. They were very popular in the ’90s. I still see them in homes today, but they are outdated in my opinion.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider. It can be overwhelming at times. No worries, if you need help, reach out to me. I’ll be more than happy to help!! 

“All imagines Via Pinterest.”

Coffee Tables

January 17, 2019

Coffee Tables

Have you ever gone shopping for coffee tables? The sheer volume only sends most people running. It’s impressive, to say the least. There are many purposes and functions to coffee table; they are not merely decorative.

They are many different types, stylesand materials. Each one is unique. Not all will work in your space. This may help alleviate the confusion.

Types of tables:

1. Coffee Table – Used in living rooms and placed in front of the sofa. Great for putting food, drinks or displaying decorative objects.

2. Accent Table – This covers a variety of tables. The most important thing to remember is they are small and can be placed anywhere.

4. Console Table – Also known as sofa tables. They are long, thin, narrow and fit nicely behind the sofa. They are also used for TV placement.

5. Side Table – Fits beside a sofa. Great for lamps or drinks. Sometimes called an end table.

6. C-Table– They are unique C-shaped. This allows them to go over beds or sofa. They can hold your drinks or laptop.

7. Nesting Tables – Sometimes called bunching tables. They are two or more tables that fit together. This is a great option when space is limited.

8. Drum Table – They were created in the 1700s. Most often called round table. They can come in many different finishes and heights.

9. Ottoman – This is a very versatile table as it can double as a table. Comes in many different shapes, sizes and some come with storage. Ideal for families.

Styles of Tables:

1. Shabby Chic– Also known as cottage table. Usually, whitewashed or painted. Can be distressed, real country look. 

2. Shaker – This simply style table works in just about in any room. It has straight legs and simple lines. Minimalist in its design since there are no carvings or inlays. They can come with drawers.

3. Mid-Century– Created in the 1950s – 1060s they are characterized by their clean, simple lines. Extremely popular in today’s designs. Works well with may design styles.

4. Parson– Modern table with four flush equal, square legs that are equally as thick as the top. The table can rectangular or square. 

5. Modern – This furniture was produced in the 20th century. Simple, clean lines, clean shapes.
6. Contemporary– Very similar to modern, the difference? Contemporary refers to what is popular in today market.

7. Rustic– Countryside, old fashion best describes this style of table. Most of the time the material is wood, it may have metal.

8. Coastal – Made famous by coastal living. These pieces are light in color. They tend to be wood and have natural shapes — a casual and organic feel to them.

9. Industrial – They tend to have the look and feel of factory tools. They utilize metal and wood. More of a rough-hewn construction. Very appealing in many designs.

10. Vintage– From the days-gone-by. But they can also be quirky in design. Think flea make finds.

11. Folding Table– Great for saving spaces. They are flexible, portable and convenient. 

Materials Styles:

1. Wood – There are many different varieties of grains and color. By far the most popular material. But wood is susceptible to water, so you must be careful.

2. Metal – Easy-to-clean, durable and very popular in design. Usually complemented with glass, wood, or stone.

3. Glass– This style can be traditional or modern. Keep in mind rings and spills will be visible on the glass. Needs to be cleaned often, may not be sensible with young children.

4. Stone – Slate, stone, marble, to name a few. There will be upkeep to this as the stone will need to be sealed.

5. Acrylic – Has the look of glass but allows for versatility. It can be shaped into any form. Much safer than glass. It was once popular in the ’50s and is now making a huge comeback. Tends to lend it’s self to a more contemporary design.

6. Upholstered– If you want a cushy place to rest your feet, then look no further. These tables can be covered in fabric, faux leather or genuine leather. They can also have storage. 

The last thing you should know before choosing your table is the height and width. The height of the table should be anywhere from 1″-3″ below the sofa. The optimal height for the coffee table should 18″ -20″.  Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee table and sofa. That’s it!! 
“All Imagines Via Pinterest”

How to install pendants

January 10, 2019

How to install pendants!

Pendant lighting is trending these days. It serves a dual purpose, offering light in a much-needed area, and changing the design look of the space. Pendant lights come in all sort of colors, finishes, styles, and lengths.

As an Interior Decorator, I often get asked these two questions; how many will I need? And how big should they be? Good questions!! As with anything in design, there are guidelines. 

1. How big requires a little bit of math:
Generally speaking, you want 12″-16″ from the end of the island. The most common is 12″. Let’s say you have a kitchen island that is 120,” and you want four lights. With four pendants, you will have five open spaces, one on each end, and 3 in the middle (one between each pendant). Using 12″ x 5 (open spaces) = 60″.  Subtract that from 120,” and you are left with 60″. Divide 60″ by the number of pendants (4 pendants), and you are left with 15″. This will be the diameter for your fixture. Can you figure out what the diameter would be if you were using three pendants? (Hint 24″)


2. How many?
The Rule of 3. In the design world, odd numbers seem to work the best. That being said, rules are made to be broken. In the example I gave above, I use four pendants. Why? Because the island is very long and can handle four pendants. Just keep this in mind, if you’re going with less, use slightly larger pendants. If you’re using more, use slightly smaller pendants. Above all, scale matters!!

3. Last but not least what height should I hang my pendants? They should hang 36″ to 48″ from the top of the counter. Be considerate of sight lines. You don’t want the pendant to obstruct anyone views, nor do you want them to hit their heads!!