Bathroom Detail

When it comes to most anything, it is true that the design is in the details. Taking a space and going one step further can make all the difference. The bathroom, particularly the powder room, is the perfect room to make a statement or do the unexpected. Maybe adding some character or a much need conversation piece is what your space needs.

It is a room that can dare to be different. You and your guests will love the element of character that you so cleverly added.

Note the use of the stool and bucket to make this wall mounted faucet work in this small yet original powder room.


Bathroom Detail

This horizontal wall treatment is ideal for this rustic bath. The simple pedestal and glass vessel are perfect for this room for they are clean and simple.

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Wood countertops have been making their way back into the desgin scence as of late. I love the application in these baths and are a new and welcomed choice for a countertop.

The wood countertop with the integrated bowl is a work of art in this contemporary bath.

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Bathroom Details

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Think outside of the box and use a piece of furniture for your vanity. Many companies make vanities to look like pieces of furniture but you can also use a piece of your own furniture. Most vanities in bathrooms are 30″ high to accommodate children but you can break the rules and use any height that works for you.

Bathroom Details

Bathroom Details - Interior Walls Designs

Bath Detail - Interior Walls Designs

I think tile is a great way to add that piece of “jewelry” or “art” to a room. There are thousands of tile choices today and I even get overwhelmed when I go hunting for that perfect tile.

This black and white tile is stunning in its pattern and application. The floor is bold and daring while the curved wall has the small, stripe pattern to perfectly compliment the floor.

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This tiled wall is all the art you need in this bath. The hanging light fixtures are the perfect selection in my opinion. A wall mounted fixture would have taken away from the tiled wall therefore making these lights an excellent choice.

Bath Details

Suspended mirrors in front of this large window are ideal for this bathroom. It is a great use of space and light.

Bathroom Details - Interior Walls Designs

A two-sided vanity works well in a bath if you are limited on space.  This configuration can work well if you do not have wall large enough to accommodate a double vanity.

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Buy What You Love

Buy what you love and it will all come together. I always try and communicate this to my clients or friends when designing a room. The fact is that it is less expensive to design a room the right way the first time, than it is the wrong way a second time. It has been proven many times in my career that it is more satisfying and less expensive to buy what you love.

It can be as simple as purchasing wallpaper for a room or a mirror for over the fireplace…one detail can enhance the whole look of the room.


Buy What You Love


Buy what you Love

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Many people are consistent shoppers and hunt the isles of the local home decor stores. I have found many deals and steals there for sure. Trust me…sometimes there are awesome deals at bargain prices. BUT only buy it if you love, love, love it. If it is on sale or at a bargain price and you are not sure how long you will even “like” it, much less love it, then do not buy it. To me you have just wasted your money. My theory is “Buy what you love and the rest will fall into place”.

The hardest aspect for most people in terms of design is visualization. For me it is second nature. I can see it instantly in my mind; a complete picture all of it is in my mind. If we use this pillow, on this sofa, with this rug…right there; a picture in my mind.

Others struggle with even the smallest selections. I understand that for most people it is extremely overwhelming to choose one or two items, much less a whole room. That is why I love my job. I actually love it…it ignites me inside and feeds my soul. I love what I do!


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I love to design a room with personal items that tell the story of that person or that family. Some people bring home great finds from their travels and adventures. Others like to fill their space with photos of friends and family. How about that favorite accessory that used to sit on your grandparents table in the living room? Any and all items relating to family and friends makes a space more personal and collected over time.

These four pieces of art were hanging in my grandfather’s study before I was born. Every time I look at them now in my foyer, I think of my grandfather and his worn, hunter-green leather club chair that sat across the room from these prints. The black, back-painted glass make it appears that it has a mat but it is actually back-painted which makes it even more unique and special.



What would I buy at any time on any given day where money wasn’t a concern? Art.

On a recent girl’s trip to Maine, we visited many different towns as we made our way through the state and always happened upon the town’s art galleries to check out the local color. Each of us would peruse the gallery at our leisure, then we all meet back and walk through together to point out what we would buy if we had an endless budget. My friend and I picked the same artist at the Camden Falls Gallery. These pieces by Janis Sanders are oils on canvas. I love all of his work from this series.


Buy  What You Love

Interior Walls Design - Buy What you Love

 Artist Janis Sanders


If you are on a budget and want some original pieces, there are plenty of artists and photographers at colleges or art institutes that sell their art at reasonable prices. Or consider your local galleries for many artists offer commissioned pieces.

If you are a pet lover, maybe you would want to have your pet’s likeness painted like this piece by Happy Menocal.


Buy What You Love

portrait of dog by Happy Menocal


Buy What you Love

I think a portrait of a pet adds character to any space and tells the story of the people that live there. I adore this cat and the contrast of the black and white. This work and many other originals and prints by Kate Pugsley can be found at Etsy.

One piece in the home that I feel needs to be evaluated when purchasing more than most other pieces is your sofa. This piece can typically stay in your home for five or ten years, or maybe even more. I was in a meeting with a potential client recently and she voiced that she bought her sofa five years ago for $900. Never really loved it when she bought it, but is now stuck with it for it was $900. She noted that if she had bought the $1600 one that she really wanted, she would not be so unhappy all these years. Quick calculation… that is $140 more a year, or should I say, 38 cents more per day to be happy.  Seems like a small price to me to be in love with your sofa. Once again, buy what you love and it will all come together.


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For the Love of…Sisal and Seagrass

When designing, I typically feel that a rug can set the tone and define the space in any room. Sometimes it can actually make or break a space. Many times choosing a rug or carpet is a starting point for my designs. But sometimes the room just calls for the simple styling and natural tones and fibers of a seagrass or sisal rug.


For the Love of Sisal and Seagrass

Seagrass and sisal rugs have been popular for more than a decade and have continued to remain an accepted choice for rugs or wall to wall installation. These two natural fibers are sometimes confused for they both have a similar look, but they are very different fibers.

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Most people who have seagrass in their home sing its praises, especially on how well it wears. It is extremely durable therefore you may tire of it before it will ever wear out. Since it is grown in water, this product is basically non-absorbent and is a strong, sturdy fiber. It is static-free and typically does not attract dirt and dust. To the touch, it almost feels like it has a wax coating on it.


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Sisal has a rougher texture and with loose, visible hair-like fibers which can sometimes shed. Sisal is made from the agave plant and is more absorbent and can sometimes stain. But sisal has come a long way as far as patterns and colors in the past several years. It continues to be one of my favorite choices for not only its texture but the abundance of patterns and colors that are available.

For the love of Sisal and Seagrass

For the love of sisal and seagrass

For the Love of Seagrass and Sisal

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A wall to wall installation is common with both seagrass and sisal. It is a great background for layering other rugs on top of it as shown here with this hide.


For the love of sisal and seagrass

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When selecting either of these for your home, read the warranties and waivers that come with each product. Some fibers tend to have a grass-like smell which is essentially the nature of the beast. Also note that some products can have somewhat of slick surface and I would therefore use caution when installing this on stairs.

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Mirrored Walls – Time to Reflect

Take any space and add a reflective surface and it will instantly enlarge that area and add some much needed dimension. Mirrored areas can reflect or redirect light.  When using mirrors in a space, you can essentially echo another part of the room to visually trick the eye to make a space feel larger.


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Mirrored walls or a large freestanding mirror in the room can open up an area instantly. This foyer has a freestanding mirror behind the console table which gives added dimension to the space. Note the floor to ceiling application emphasizes the high ceiling.

Time to Reflect  - Interior Walls Designs

Time to Relect - Interior Walls Designs

Interior Walls Designs - Time to Reflect

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Consider adding artwork to the mirrored wall just as you would on any wall in a room. By mirroring the side walls along with the main wall of this alcove, it then creates more reflective surfaces while adding interest to the space.

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The mirror you see in a typical bathroom or in a framed mirror is usually a back-silvered mirror. The reflective surface applied to the back is typically aluminium or non-toxic silver that is seen through a thin layer of glass.

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Antique mirrors have an aged or distressed quality to them. This is achieved by distressing or removing portions of the backing of the mirror.

Mirrored tiles, especially antiqued ones, can be added to an existing wall or to a back-splash area. Many applications include rosettes where the corners of the mirror meet.

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This application at the stairwell is a great addition to this space. The glass wall reflects the same design elements as the mirrored section on the wall and becomes a great architectural feature in the space.

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Why Not White?

I love nothing more than a white room, or a room done in all shades of white. It is crisp and clean and welcoming to me.

It is often asked if white is the absence or presence of all color. If you are talking about white in terms of pigment, it is the absence of color. If you are referring to white in the aspect of light, then white it is the presence of all colors.

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I have found that I really have a fixation for white in many aspects of my life…and maybe more than I probably should.  I love my eggshell white walls and white tile in the bath. I find it hard to deviate from this color. Maybe because in the 80’s I had eggplant purple walls and a teal sofa and tired of it oh so quickly.

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My sheet and towels have to be white. And yes, I have all white dinnerware. I love white orchards and peonies flowers. My countertops and tile selections are usually white. There is nothing more classic than a white subway tile with white grout.

Why Not White?

Why Not White - Interior Walls Designs

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Interior Walls Designs - Why Not White?

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I love mixing different shades of white in the same room. These shades need to play off one another in order for it to not read flat or boring.

If you have ever gone to the paint store to figure out what color white to paint your trim or walls, you will know that there are a thousand shades of white. It is a hard color to choose and will definitely require buying a quart or two for test swatches.

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