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Lamps with Clever Lighting Choices

October 29, 2016

Lamp in whimsy style

Lighting like no other…captivating whimsy in this little blossom.


Lighting of a different kind

Lighting of a different kind










Exciting lamp choices

Some lighting choices in lamps…each one is the one and only!



Lighting with character…enjoy your everyday light!

Lamps with something to look at…whimsy style

functioning light. The one and only lamp of its kind

made of demanding detail.

unique lighting in lamps

See the details that are
unique to each lamp


























San Diego Interior Paint Color Choices

February 7, 2013


 Interior Paint Color Choices for your Home and Office


Something of interest for those of you that are choosing a color scheme for your home or office paint project. In the interior design industry, the word Pantone is synonymous with color.

Simply said…it is the standardization of color formulas that remain consistant throughout everything in the world to do with color.

You don’t have to be this engaged in the “science of color” just to paint a room. I just want to share with you some fascinating history from where all this color craziness comes from. 

You will not only see the zillion choices of colors but also the tones, tints and saturation of colors in between all the choices.

Depending on your specific situation in choosing paint colors for a room, these slight variations in color choices can make or break a paint scheme once painted on the walls. It could be the very reason why the colors are not exactly what fell in love with in the magazine or paint store. 

It is a wise investment to consult a professional interior designer here in San Diego to guide you through all these color choices! It can save you lots of your time, big money and the huge dissappointment in the end when you just are not happy with your choice in paint colors.


Color Communication


Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.

Since then, Pantone has expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, textiles, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Pantone continues to develop color communication tools for a variety of industries and aggressively adopt new digital technology to address the color needs of design and production professionals of industries.


Paint Designs and Decorating Resource

November 13, 2012


Design Begins with Paint…

what color to paint the walls…

a serious design dilemma!


Interior designers all agree, choosing paint colors is something to be taken very seriously, most of us are not a good judge of color. It takes a keen sense and usually a design gene that’s past down to us…to be able to view color from an artistic stand point!

This information from Dunn Edwards Paints is sent to me as an interior designer in San Diego to keep up with what’s “chic” in paint trends.  As my clients personal designer, I pay special attention to the colors they can live with…what colors they feel comfortable surrounded by. 

Choosing a color scheme that is popular this year may become very outdated by next year. You never want to be tired of your wall colors… repainting can be a pricy do over. I prefer classic color combinations that are custom chosen for each client and meld beautifully into their environment. 

I have painted my own homes with Dunn Edward for many years and love the depth of  saturation of color on the wall. If you have not used DE paints…try it sometime.

If you feel like you need a little guidance, I am an expert colorist! We can select exactly what you are envisioning with a touch of inspiration from me… for that perfect paint palette. 



Change of the Seasons

As the leaves turn their fall hues, inspiration comes in rich colors. The emergence of precious metals mark a new trend, and we demonstrate the importance of what lies beneath.

Heavy Metal Design
11/06/12 Melinda Ashton Turner, Stylist/Interior Designer
Our guest writer Melinda Ashton Turner reveals how brass, bronze, pewter and copper could all be seen on almost every stand over London Design Festival and Maison et Objet. Materials that were used by past generations have been reborn in 2012 and paired with concrete, wood and marble. READ MORE
Fall Trend Peeping
11/06/12 Sara McLean, Color Marketing Manager, Dunn-Edwards

With the changing of the seasons, so comes a bounty of color and inspiration. From pinks to plums, cobalt to chocolate, vintage glam to geometric shapes – we take a look at some of the colors and design trends in the marketplace during this magical period. READ MORE

To Prime or Not to Prime
11/06/12 Dave Heiligenthal, Product Manager, Dunn-Edwards
There are a growing number of paint companies who claim that their paint is “self-priming,” but do these paints really eliminate the need to prime? We detail what proper priming really means and why it’s important to the longevity of your paint. READ MORE

San Diego Interior Designer shares inspirational Resources

October 27, 2012


Love this fabric! 

San Diego - Interior Design - Resources

This fabric is a nice melody of colors and pattern. An inspirational piece to set you off in the right design direction.

Bathroom Design Makeover

October 15, 2011


Bathroom Design Makeover…possibly the best room in the house!


Some may think of the bathroom as only a…”bathroom”, take care of your grooming rituals and get out! Interior designers will all agree on this one…The bathroom is definitely in the running for becoming the best room in the house!  Those special touches in creating your own personal sanctuary will entice you to stay longer…soak in the tub and take in some moments to enjoy the relaxing feeling of your own personal space…at least “space in time” if you share it with your family! If you don’t have a bathtub…put it on your new bathroom design dream list!

I believe…no matter the bathroom or powder room you’re redesigning…think about the experience you are creating for everyone who enters…you can really do some impressing! Bathrooms can be special spaces in our homes, these rooms are the exception to all the restrictions in designing a room…no rules in the bathroom! Especially if your bathroom is  separate from adjoining rooms. Be brave…be bold and do something overly wonderful in designing your bathroom!

  Bathroom Design Makeover Ideas                  

A Bathroom Makeover Challange…transitioning my clients existing slate floor with new tile on the tub and shower surround.  An unexpected, yet beautiful combination of stone, ceramic and glass tiles.


Bathroom Makeover Ideas…never thought of that!

I’d like to share with you some interior design pointers of bathroom makeovers.  For starters, painting the ceiling white will make the space look chopped up and smaller. Besides a white ceiling is so expected…be different! An option, choose one of the wall colors and run the color across the ceiling. No time to hold back on creativity…think of other ways, all the ways it’s never been painted!



Practical design decisions for your Bathroom Makeover 

Rip out as much of the old bathroom your projected budget will allow.  You must remove any tired old trends, such as a tile that is very out of style.  On the contrary…if the tile is classic 1920-1940’s, keep it! Design the bathroom around the colors in the tiles, you can have a lot of fun creating color schemes that are very original.  I am personally passionate about old architecture and believe we need to preserve what is still left standing. Designing around classic touches in the bathroom gives you the advantage of bringing in recent design classics too. 



What does your “Dream Bathroom Makeover” look like?

Take on the fun project of starting a portfolio of your makeover project. Pull pictures from magazines. Go to the library and look at design books for the bathroom. Collect your favorite colors…all the colors you love, ones you feel comfortable in. Write down all your design preferences…what is lacking in your bathroom…what have you always wanted in a bathroom? Start noticing patterns in fabric and wallpaper samples, at this stage of the design process you are really just gathering ideas and choosing what you have always really liked…the real you.



Customize your Bathroom Makeover where it counts.

You don’t need to spend $500 on a toilet, but you should spend more than $29.99 on the faucets! Always choose quality and style over price where it will be seen. The purpose of your bathroom design makeover is to make it your own…not the cookie cutter model at the home improvement store. I have done some classy bathroom makeovers shopping at Home Depot and Lowes.  The difference is not to mimic the sample boards in the stores, instead start with an idea then create the design theme from many sources, the result should be a perfect blend of all elements in the room.  So many do it yourselfers never think to create their own design, patterns and colors. Look at all the choices there are!



Bathroom Design “Intervention”

If you find yourself in the middle of a million decisions for your bathroom makeovers…call on a professional, interior designers are experts at sorting through all those choices and making sense of these decisions for you.





Designing your Room with a Theme

September 26, 2011


Design theme…do you have one?

Design theme is not to be mistaken with style, which is the description of a particular design trend in time.  Contemporary, Urban, Traditional, Craftsman, Modern …these all are considered styles. Some in particular are general in description with several classifications within that style…like Traditional for example. The furniture lines and finishes, colors of the walls and the patterns in fabrics are what identify the look of these trends.  You can love more than one style and design a room that takes on an eclectic look.  The essential link that gels all that great styling together… is the theme!


What does “theme less” look like?

We have all experienced “theme less” homes and office spaces.  As you look around these rooms, your visual preceptors in the brain are confused and firing off in all directions!   Every element in the room is demanding your attention all at once. Pieces of furniture are clashing with no relationship to one another. There is not a color transition from room to room. Your eyes are bouncing around looking for a spot in the room to rest upon…with no focal point, just being there makes you feel uneasy and distracted. What’s wrong? Classic case…the theme is off? 


Everything must jibe!

Think of the theme as the common thread that intertwines all the elements together in a room. Styles can be mixed together, colors can be blended or contrasted, fabrics and finishes can be different.  One rule… there must be a common denominator within the mix, all elements need to compliment one another. A well designed space should have a theme that runs through every paint chip, faucet, door, rug, light fixture, counter top, flooring material …right down the picture frames. If something is off it will stick out like a sore thumb and visually not jibe!


The design sense of an Interior designer

Designing a home or office with the theme playfully orchestrated throughout is a true design sense… aspects of design that are often overlooked or just not done. To design a space around a theme is an art, a skill most interior designers innately have wired in their DNA.  The theme is a personal touch, to every element in every space. Your brain responds to visual harmony in very positive ways. Creating an environment such as this has character, the personality of the person shines throughout the room in the art, color scheme; style of furniture and accessories…no mistake of who the space looks like, whom was it specially created for…your room should be a reflection of you!




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