6141 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay Varina
My design signature: I have no design signature as each project is different and revolves around my clients. I can daydream in monochromatic modern just as well as charming classic. However, I do have a common theme when it comes to products and furnishings and it is “Made in America.” With the current manufacturing climate, I’m simply more trusting of products made here at home.
Favorite trend right now: We are seeing a resurgence of the Bohemian style, full of pattern, texture and color. I’ve seen Boho trends in a wide style range from a monochromatic room with colorful accents to full-fledged anything goes. As I do like color, it’s fun for me. This is a great time for anyone with an inner hippie to let it show.
Advice for holiday decorating: This time of year is full of traditions regardless of your religion. I enjoy using sentimental pieces that represent people and places. It may be an old glass ornament from my parents or my husband’s favorite childhood drum. However, ornaments are not just for the tree. Whether they are used on the mantel with garland, gathered in a crystal bowl as a centerpiece for your table or sideboard, hung from the banister as garland or a few tucked on the powder room vanity, ornaments of all kinds and sizes can look quite nice almost anywhere. No need to make it fussy, just merely sincere.
Ideas for a table centerpiece: It can be as simple as cut greenery from your yard arranged on a table with some candles or a straight line of potted seasonal flowers. Is there a favorite bowl you can display or do you have a larger holiday decoration? All blend seamlessly with battery-powered string lights tucked here and there. For the holidays, sending a floral arrangement or bouquet annually not only provides the recipients with no concerns for their tabletop but also leaves them with a little bobble to save or share.
Next project at your house and why: The master bedroom will be getting a new color palette with window treatments, bedding, wallpaper and artwork. Originally the room was based on a pair of porcelain lamps. After 20 years with the pair, I’m ready for a change.
Best $150 makeover: Changing regular light switches to dimmers or drivers will allow you to change the ambiance as you like — any time you like. Some areas to consider: the foyer, dining room, kitchen and master bath. You can have your foyer bright enough for pizza delivery or soft enough for a nightlight.The licensed and insured electrical contractor I work with charges about $95 for the first hour. You can purchase your switches or buy them from the contractor. The incandescent ones start at around $13 at a big box store. The LED drivers start around $35. You can get a lot accomplished in one hour. One word of caution: LED lights are not made to work with incandescent lighting dimmers. Be sure to talk with your design professional or contractor for advice.
Best way to make a statement in a bedroom: It still amazes me what a difference window treatments make in any room. Coordinated with the comforter or quilt sets the tone immediately as to your style.
Favorite way to add character in a bathroom: If room allows, try adding a lamp. Buffet lamps are tall and thin, and can work on many vanities. A powder room may only allow for a small lamp or stylish nightlight.
Design blog or website you love: I have always gone to Houzz for inspiration, but the more I learn about Pinterest, the more I’ll be heading in that direction.
How to choose a paint color: The paint color should really come last after the rugs and fabrics have been selected. It’s much easier to custom match a paint to the rug or fabric. After those decisions are made, choose a paint color from the color palette within.
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