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I am 42 year old wife and mother of 4, I enjoy decorating , cutting hair, gardening(horticulture), cooking, art(all different mediums). I have my cosmetology license, attended college for art, and taught faux finishing for about 14years as well as fauxed peoples homes and furniture. I worked for 3 interior buisnesses, and after faux finishing for the 1st and 2cnd one, I apprenticed for "Still Water Gallery", where I developed a great sense of design, and begin studing and reading anything to do with the field. It was there I assisted the head designer, and developed a clientle, and later lead me to "Maggies Place", where I was a consultant for 2 years. I have rescently gone on my own, and have my faithful clients, but I have enjoyed staying at home with my kids, and participating in there activites. I have met Candice Olsen, and my mentor Betty Lou Phillips, who is an amazing designer specializing in french design, and has written many books. I hope that some day I can do something else creative, and continue to help others make there spaces a comfortable retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Determining Your Style~

Sometimes choosing a style is the hardest thing to determine, however I have found that for my clients, a simple question or two usually can be a helpful tool in this process.

It's a good idea if you have absolutely no clue at all; to take a field trip to the book store, pickup several appealing decorating magazines and thumb through to see if the general mood is one that evokes a sense of comfort to you, and is something you feel would fit your life style. If magazines are not helping you determine this, go to the decorating book section, and do the same. I find that if a client can keep a folder with ideas in it, such as color chips from the paint store, and magazine cut outs, that is a good basis for following a path. If you have a favorite piece of art, or a great rug or fabric with a range of colors, this can also help make a statement in determining the rest of the rooms. If your life style is laid back & uncomplicated, maybe country or contemporary can work for you. The casual feel of country pieces, make for a cozy and enjoyable setting, on the other hand, contemporary can also do this. The clean lines and up to date crispness of contemporary, usually paired with less clutter, can make for a no fuss look, that keeps everyday living more calming. Take the time to do these first steps, and you will be well on your way to making your home your personal story!


  1. I know what style I'd LIKE to decorate my home in but it never seems to go that direction. Seems like in order to do what I REALLY want to do, I'd have to chuck everything I have and start completely over.
    My biggest issue at the moment is finding/making window treatments that will not break the bank. Also, determining the type of treatment. I have ideas but am never sure if it will look ridiculous and I truly cannot afford to make many mistakes when it comes to investing in things like window treatments! Ideally, I'd like to have plantation shutters on the entire main floor. If not those, I get totally confused. I actually am tempted to stop into a neighboring home and ask the lady if i could look at her treatments because from the road they look fantastic!
    I think I am a decorators worst nightmare.

  2. Oh and besides "The Nester" who's blog address I already gave you, this is the other decorating blog I follow:
    He is adorable!