Musings of a Designer

October 24, 2017

As a designer, I always have clients and friends who think I must have the most fabulously decorated home, detailed to perfection.  The truth is, in my own home I probably under-decorate. I like things understated, to look as though a lot of thought went into it, (kind of like my wardrobe)vases when essentially, its simple and pleasing to the eye. Items in my home have meaning to me, such as the various hurricane vases that hold memories of trips such as collected sand dollars and beach glass, wine corks from fun times with family and friends, or a collection of cards I’ve received from happy clients. I want my home to be comfortable, welcoming, livable colorful, but not museum-like where you can’t sit on the furniture or go into a room.

I know verredy well that furniture gets dinged, clawed at and ripped. Depending on what it is, I will purchase very good quality long term items such as a dining table or couch, and other times I bring in consignment or thrift finds, suwhitedrawersch as my red metal storage cabinet that once graced someone’s garage, or this adorable cabinet pictured to the right, abandoned near the lake, and lovingly restored.

My family can attest that I am an extremely picky buyer of all that comes into the house (the dreaded “ask mom if she’ll allow it!”). If I’m looking to replace something such as an entryway rug, a couch or to fill a recently vacant space, I will leave it be until I find the prefect piece for it.

To me, less is more. I so love working working with clients on a daily basis shopping for the perfect tile, rug, couch or cabinet, but for our home, it can be a painstaking process for me.

couchThis couch is a recent purchase. I’d been looking for a long time, and this literally jumped out at me as I was walking through Pottery Barn. We do let our animals enjoy the furniture too!

I encourage you to bring into your home pieces you love that have meaning, memories or that make you happy. You never know when that perfect piece will come into your life. We found the dresser pictured below many years ago in a junk shop, and it was on it’s last legs. We had it lovingly restored and have loved it every since.

Here’s to loving our homes!





Most of my design time is spent in the remodeling world, specifying products and project managing remodels of bathrooms, kitchens, whole homes and partial homes, which I adore doing!  While I may not be decorating a room with furniture as often, I still know the importance of furniture and how it can set the tone for a room or a home.

I also believe that our homes, like our growing families, go through different phases, and different furniture and or arrangements also occur in our homes during those phases.  I have been in client homes before that don’t seem to have a hang out space, and it will leave me wondering “where do they hang out?”  I have teenagers, and love for their friends to be at our home.  I was noticing that my 20 year old couch that I loved, seemed too short for more than one person to sit comfortably, and that our club chairs were worn and not well liked. The furniture desperately  needed to be replaced despite my best efforts to hide the fabric tears in the chairs with duck tape and hidden with pretty pillows, and the couch was terribly faded! The family room we hang out in just didn’t seem to fit even four people comfortably especially when a dog and two cats join in!

While I had my eye out for some new couches I am a picky buyer, and would rather do without until I find the perfect piece.  I also believe that the perfect piece of furniture can happen along when least expected. I found my husband when least expected 23 years ago, too!

Favorite couchOne day recently after a quick trip to the mall, my daughter and I happened to be walking though Pottery Barn on the way to our car. She pleaded we not walk though since I “always have to go through there”. Even though I wasn’t going to look at furniture, I couldn’t help to instantly fall in love with this couch my daughter happened to sit on.  It was Memorial Day weekend, a great furniture sale weekend, and I LOVED this couch.  It fit all the ‘wants’ I had on my imaginary list; grey, fit 2-3 people comfortably, cushy, price, and they had two!

It didn’t take long to start the  process of renting a box van to transport my new finds to my home. My family room is now the happy recipient of two of these beauties flanking each other. They have been a hit, as family asked why I didn’t do this earlier. And I LOVE walking in and seeing my family, animals and friends happily sprawled out on the furniture. It makes my heart happy!  Who knew furniture could help bring a family together?

Do you have a great story about how furniture has brought your family together?  I’d love to hear about it!


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