Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

This Spring, the focus has been on all the wonderful opportunities to refresh! Linens are always at the top of that list—Out with the old and in with the new!  They are a fascinating category, where some education is needed to fully understand them. My design clients always ask how a towel can be this price here, and another price there…. and sheets! There’s this thread count and that.

So, how do you maneuver through all that technical jargon?  It is not easy in a world that throws around terms like All-Natural, Percale, Sateen, and Cotton. Can all that lingo come in for a soft landing in your Happy Hive? Is there a gold standard to bring clarity to the chaos? My answer is yes!

This term has become the buzzword for marketing luxury sheets. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and is a good indicator for selecting your perfect match of comfort! Single-ply cotton sheeting with a thread count between 200 and 400 is ideal for bedding. Sheets with thread counts above or below that range tend to feel thicker or rougher.

This topic is confusing to most! The two most popular types of cotton sheet construction are Percale and Sateen. The best choice for you to make your bed is based on your lifestyle and texture preference: Percale will be lightweight with a matte finish and a crisp hand, whereas sateen is woven to create a silky surface, an elegant sheen, and tends to be a little thicker.

When looking to refresh a room and truly make the bed of your dreams, a lot more goes into it than just the right sheeting. Coverlets, Throws, and Pillows are additional options that (when done right) can turn “just a room” into a sweet sanctuary. And don’t forget to add the towels! Stone-washed, cotton towels that are thirsty and can dry in one cycle are a luxurious treat! Coordinate the bath linens with your bedding for the ultimate owner’s suite or a lavish guest-room getaway!

A cornerstone of our line is mixing & matching—If a client says CUSTOM, I’m ALL IN on creating the most fabulous fabrics with textures and patterns that are sophisticated and unique. It’s all about layering a look that is subtle but dimensional, using calming colorations and textural accents. The linens I use at Scarboro Designs, and that we proudly carry at The Hive Experience, are bee-yond luxurious. They are a practical way to achieve straightforward, stunning, relaxed luxury in your favorite spaces!

All of our Bed and Bath linens are generous in size and ready to create the look and feel that is perfectly you. We cover all the details—from washcloths and hand towels to pillow sham inserts—so you don’t have to run around pulling it all together! Want more inspiration?!— Don’t forget to check out (and save!) our Bed Diagram to create a textural dream design project that will have you sleeping soundly in no time!


Queen Size Bed


King Size Bed

4 Design Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Furniture

4 Design Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Furniture

Sitting outside and enjoying the weather is rejuvenating. Its a great time to trade urban grays for sunny days, to watch the new growth of plants and animal life, to be amazed at all the new little lives learning how to use their wings and take flight. My head fills with pulling together outdoor spaces and making them more inviting, adding touches that refresh. And how do I enhance my outdoor living space? I start with the perfect outdoor furniture.

Here are 4 design tips for the perfect outdoor furniture:

Tip 1: Quality pays off
Select outdoor furniture thats made with quality. Most of the manufacturers we sell have some craftsmen and trade secrets that youll want to take note of. Quality also matters because were filling our landfills daily with quick items that only last for a season. There are important steps in the manufacturing process to make outdoor living pieces that stand the test of time.


Tip 2: A lasting finish
Metal frames should be pre-finished with a nanoceramic ceramic pre-wash to increase paint adhesion. Each casting is hand polished to provide a smooth, finished surface for painting. After a multi-step cleaning process, the furniture receives a baked-on powder paint coat, much thicker and harder than conventional wet paint, followed by a hand applied antique finish. 



Tip 3: Durability in design
When you design your outdoor living space, look for cast aluminum with a superior grade molten aluminum hand-poured into molds made from exceptionally detailed woodcarvings; wrought aluminum features with heavy tubing, strengthened at stress points with interior wall supports and galvanized steel inserts, triple polished 360-degree welds and high-solids polyester, powder-coated finish.


Tip 4: Materials matter
Maximize your outdoor living space by choosing pieces that last. Stainless steel can offer both strength and corrosion-resistance for a long life if it has a high-grade content of chromium and nickel. Stainless steel with 360-degree welds that are hand polished offer maximum durability and a finished look.

The right fabrics boost outdoor performance when made with the finest materials and technology for longevity outdoors. Choose UV-resistant resin, vinyl and polyethylene wicker that is memory tested to 50,000 compressions and is hand-woven over the framesnatural teak thats plantation-harvested with frames with mortise and tenon construction. 

When designing your outdoor space remember less is often better, and that quality over quantity lends a simpler look and feel. And dont forget the accessories to add pops of character. The industry has stepped it up with outdoor rugs, trays and succulents that weather anything the weather has to offerin every season.  

Sweetly yours,


Cover Photo by Arcwind

How To Plan A Room: 3 Easy Steps

How To Plan A Room: 3 Easy Steps

Get A Room!

Have you ever meandered and wondered what the purpose of a particular room was used for in your own home? I have been in many homes, and I am always up for a game of name that room. I gently ask questions with my clients, “Where did you get that piece of furniture? How is the flooring working out in here? Who hangs out in this area?” If they answer only the cat or dog we are in serious trouble.

Photo by Alexandra Gorn

I have always enjoyed a good mystery. You have to piece things together to figure out what is going on. A room in your house should definitely not be a mystery. I am amazed to hear of people that have fully decorated a room and have spent some serious money and it is an unused space… What?!

Once a plan is in place, the mystery of the room can be solved. I have seen this over and over. As life changes take place, rooms need to be re-evaluated.

It’s best to come up with a room plan by first writing it down. Split it into three categories: Room, Purpose, and Function. E.g., When I was discussing the purpose of a client’s Family Room (Room) the husband disagreed on this being a space for homework. He considered the office a more suitable space. The wife did not want to give up her real estate in the office and have kids competing for time in her area that she needed for business. They talked through everything and reasoned that they would make the family room a place for children to play and accomplish study activities (Purpose).  It would be complete with individual desks on one wall for each child, sofa to watch movies, and game table for activities (Function).  They were both on the same plan.

Photo by Minh Pham

Step 1: Locating which Room needs your attention.

Step 2: Define the Purpose of the room. Is this room supposed to be an office, living room, or home gym, etc. What daily activities will be performed here. 

Step 3: Execute the Function of the room. Make a list of which items need to be here that help the purpose of the room. Moreover, note the items which need to be removed that hurt the purpose and the overall functionality of the room.

After that task is complete, it is time to execute the room plan. This is where the fun of designing and individualizing the area can take place. Sometimes a room is not being used because there is not enough light for the intended purpose. Limited seating can be a problem if this is their main entertainment area. Flooring can be problematic in a space if traffic flowing through can cause damage. So the elements of design are important for a good look but for functionality. It is always amazing when good communication takes place and the discussion leads to clients seeing how easy changes can be made to that room and it is well appreciated by every family member. It is a good feeling to know the purpose and function of each room.

Print out the printable below and get started on your Room Plan now!




Cover Photo by Collov Home Design

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hey, Sugar! What’s more Heartfelt than baking something sweet for (or with!) the ones you love? Enjoy our Queen Bee, Jeanette’s, absolute favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe from Betty Crocker!



1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Food colors, if desired
Colored sugar or candy sprinkles, if desired


In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the almond extract and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half; shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375°F.

Roll each disk on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters into desired shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts at least 2 inches apart.

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.

In a medium bowl, beat 3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired with colored sugar or candy sprinkles. Let stand for about 4 hours or until frosting is set. Store covered in an airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.


Cover Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

How I Start Off Thanksgiving

How I Start Off Thanksgiving

The Thankful Jar

Many years ago, a dear friend of mine gave me a book about being grateful and how it is beneficial to your health. I read it and it spoke to me! I was bursting with inspiration! I immediately started a personal journal after reading “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, and from there created The Thankful Jar.

Voskamp’s book is “a celebration of grace and a recognition of the power of gratitude,” and The Thankful Jar was the perfect, tangible way to express gratitude. And even better, we can REVISIT all the things that we are thankful for, especially in times when we need those reminders the most.

The jars are great for all ages and very visual. On Thanksgiving Day, I leave the jar out, along with colorful paper and beautiful pens, and have family members write what they are thankful for. At some point in the day, I read them out loud.

To be timeless, the designer in me loves to use GREEN ribbon on the outside. Then, these uplifting jars are a focused way to express gratitude all year round. Green & RED - Christmas. Green & PINK - Easter. Green & ORANGE - Fall. Buying sticky notes and ribbon in a rainbow of colors makes the jars versatile, creative, & gorgeous.

Any time I lose perspective of how abundantly blessed I am with good things in my life, I fill up my Thankful Jar. It truly helps me focus on being thankful in all the seasons of my life. And the ripple effect!! Seeing my children do the same throughout their college years, and even as young professionals, is a timeless gift that will continue to bring me joy and serve them and their families throughout their lives.

And to YOU! I hope The Thankful Jar can help illuminate all the wonderful things that are going on in your life on this day, on Thanksgiving Day, and beeyond.

Sweetly Yours,


How Design Effects The Quality Of Your Life

How Design Effects The Quality Of Your Life

Is your living space healthy?

I have never experienced in my lifetime all that has happened in this present year. I don’t do New Year's resolutions but have always enjoyed having a focus word. Ironically enough, the word for me this year has been “peace”. I don’t know how defining it is, when all that surrounds us screams unrest.

The changed environment has allowed me more time for education in my field. I always enjoy this, along with many the complicated conversations that come along during trying times. Designers as the “Gateway for Health” has been a main focus of my continuing education, along with bringing value to design by building trust in the health of buildings. 

To bring trust and health back into buildings is a tremendous responsibility, and I understand why this trust has been weakened in the views of so many people. On a personal note, my Mom is in a care facility, and unfortunately, I am not privy to the quality of her HVAC, drywall, carpet, and fabrics. I do know the standards for each and can only hope everything was done to ensure the building is safe and healthy. But the truth is, there are immense risks to the vulnerable when short cuts are made in design. Which is why now more than ever, designers are vital. 

Knowing this, I strive to make the invisible problems have visible solutions and impactful outcomes for my clients by providing safety in the longevity of the buildings I design. Making my projects a “Gateway for Health”. These outcomes directly impact how my clients live out their lives from here on. I am fully aware of the many areas in design that affect health. While working on projects, I share frequently the latest and greatest that could make the project better and healthier, in addition to beautiful. Clients with whom I have the privilege to work will always be educated on the technology that is available—even if the options are over budget. I do get my hand slapped from time to time over budgets and timelines, but I am hired to bring VALUE and IDEAS that are not always well known. 

Regardless if you are a design client or a lover of The Hive Experience, please let me know how we can help you make your space healthier for you and those you love!



Photo credit: Logan Nolin on Unsplash  

How to Make Your Home Reflect your Lifestyle

How to Make Your Home Reflect your Lifestyle

After years in the Interior Design business, I have found that time & time again homes perform at their very BEST when personality & function align. It is a winning combination that creates the ultimate, intentional space. In order to figure out how to pull your home together and get the design to work for your lifestyle you need to ask yourself: What pace of life am I living right now?  

Is your home an active household, always on the go? 

Or does your household serve as a relaxing retreat away from the hustle of the busy world? 

One of the biggest mistakes people can make that will clog up their lifestyle flow is having a design that works to the contrary of them-Essentially competing, instead of complimenting them. Design is supposed to ease your life. Ease your health. Ease your day-to-day!  

After determining the pace of your home, the next step is doing a walk-through of the space. With the previous step in mind, write down what you need each room to accomplish in your life. Make sure your space has maximized seating and lighting. Write down what pieces you need to add, and what pieces are not working for you anymore. With each room’s potential written down, you create a catalyst and a chain reaction in your space where the design and lifestyle elements perfectly come together. The solutions are found quickly when you figure out how you ‘do life’ in your home. (Check out our ‘Get A Room’ blog for more on a room's purpose and function.)   

After you have analyzed each room, then you can proceed to the “Subtracting and Adding” phase. Say goodbye to all the items that have been hindering your lifestyle’s flow so you can make way for your desired space and satisfaction. Then comes the fun part - Adding all the new items that will make your place snap together! At, we are experienced in consulting on cool, inspired ideas to give the house the feel” our clients are truly looking for. We continuously curate exceptional, unique, & high-quality pieces for our clients’ needs. 


In light of current health & safety conditions, you might be facing a huge lifestyle change such as working-from-home. Or perhaps you’ve recently encountered a new job, new home, or have become an empty nester. These are all wonderful opportunities to hit the reset button on your entire space. Clear out the things of old, start FRESH, and get a huge jump on that lifestyle change! 

The economy and the pressures of a pandemic have really affected how we do daily life. It has really put our home & work space to the test, and has forced us to evaluate & ask ourselves critical questions that will have a large effect on our overall lifestyle and well-being. So the question remains – How do YOU want to spend your life in the space that you are in? 



Cover photo credit by: Maxim Ilyahov

How To Take On Home Projects

How To Take On Home Projects

What's Your Project?

This is the question I try to answer on a daily basis with clients. When I come home and am seeking aesthetic improvement in my own personal space, I must answer that question and it is absolutely daunting!

Many times I listen to ramblings of all that needs to be accomplished, accompanied by several tangents. The ranting continues as I wander aimlessly, following them throughout the house, viewing areas of dissatisfaction. Many times there is a blame game, and refereeing skills are needed to break up spousal disagreements.


Photo by Creatv Eight 

The value of using a journal is important in so many areas, and this is another plus to bring clarity to your goals. Projects are goals for your home! I am competitive and always like to turn anything into a sporting match. Make a list of things that you would like to see changed. Many times, the reason we do not make a list is that we know there is money needed to be allocated for each project.

Quickly, jot down as many of your projects that come to mind. After they are written down, the next step is to evaluate whether to take on large projects or small projects and how many. Write the estimated costs next to each one … “just guesstimate”!


How much money do you have or what’s your budget?


Photo by Dose Media

The first thing I do when meeting with a new client is to ask this question. I very rarely get an answer. …*crickets chirping*… Most people do not know. The state of some people’s finances can be a little depressing, and other people just do not want to know. Many years ago, at the design company I worked at, I sold a sofa via credit card for $35,000.00….oops! I added an extra zero while running the credit card. Designer math is a little crazy! A few days later, the proper credit was made for the $3500 sofa. Days and years later, we have laughed that at least you are good for the money… Hee! Hee! It is good to know how much money you have and how you allocate that in your life.


How much money is dedicated to this particular project?

The word dedicated sounds nicer than budgeted. Spouses disagree on these things. The wife wants drapes and all the sudden that is not a line item on the budget. I enjoy asking the husband to show me his line item for “techy” stuff throughout the home. It is not asked like that BUT rather “Hey! What cool items are you dreaming of installing starting in the family room.” The conversation progresses at the size of the screen and there is no putting this lid back on the can. I then can start into negotiations for equal money distribution.

Let the project(s) begin!

Coming up with the Project Plan is your next step but first write down the projects!




Cover Photo by Theme Photos

5 Things About Textiles & Why Designer LOVE them!

5 Things About Textiles & Why Designer LOVE them!

Textiles. That word is being used more than ever. I know people in the interior design world who have graduated from places like the School of the Art Institute in Chicago — in Textile! I didn't even know that was a major. 

When I thought about what I would write in this post, my mind raced; I knew I wanted to share all of the increased textile knowledge that has just soared over the past years. Because no matter the client or project, fabric always comes up. When discussing textiles with clients, they’re amazed at the knowledge that flows — I can’t help it because textiles are game changers.

Here are five things I love about textiles, and why you should too!

1. Textiles are super easy to add to your home. First, and foremost, let’s establish that adding texture to your home, in the form of textiles, is super easy, and they’re so welcoming. Textiles include: rugs, pillows, linens, and drapes. I hope I didn’t lose you at drapes! There are so many wonderful, updated fabrics that really frame your windows, and the view you see through your windows. No matter the textile — they bring a home to life! They also wick moisture, add comfort, absorb sound acoustically, and keep colors vibrant.

Photo Credit: Studio G


2. Textiles perform. Durability is such a hot topic today. So, when dealing with upholstery fabric, be aware that there is a durability test— a rub count. The manufacture uses a machine to apply a standard amount of pressure and rubs it across the face of the fabric. If the fabric says 3,000 double rubs, that means it will first show wear at that count. The rub count is listed on all the fabrics in my studio, so it’s fun to see a client searching for the number to narrow their choices. Both natural and synthetic fabrics can also be rubbed in a way that provides superior durability. 


In the past, most of my clients never would have dreamed of using a nice fabric with kids and sippy cups around. But even a mother of four, with three of those being boys, can now find fabrics that withstand the wear and tear. And, the right textiles on a pillow can handle people who drool while napping on a pillow; I know, we hope it won’t happen, but you can plan on it!  Rugs will be walked on and unplanned spills are guaranteed, and I won’t even get started on our furry friends that keep homeowners on their game. Still, I have recommended outdoor rugs for indoors many times, because of their durability and the fact that they really no longer look like the outdoor rugs of yesterday.


3. Textile technology protects. Technology that was previously only available to the trade, and used strictly for commercial, is now available residentially. And that’s only the beginning of how technology has been applied to textiles. There are so many options to be used indoors and outdoors--UV and fade-resistant, mildew-resistant, and even bleach cleanable fabrics. Fabrics are engineered to combine the highest level of design and performance. Other textile technologies are Crypton, where most liquids just roll off, and microbial resistance to control fabric odor and is easy to clean. Nanotex is another fancy name that resists spills and still maintains the natural hand of the fabric as well as being eco-friendly in all its technology. And, finally, did you know there are upholstery and drape flammability tests?

Photo Credit: LebaTex


4. Textiles enhance. When designing a piece of furniture, we always include Frame – Finish – and Fabric. Just trying to land the frame style can be difficult with a custom seating piece such as a chair or sofa, then we have to select the wood finish. Each of our manufacturers has well over 25 or more finish samples. Next, we get to the textiles where we have more specifics such as cotton, polyester, leather, or a blend. Then you have solids and patterns. Creating luxurious vibes can be illuminated through modern-feel textures. 


My favorite for the past few years has been Ombre -- a fabric made by laying in wefts of yarn that are closely colored hues, and that after weaving created a shaded effect. It is purely described as a color fade. When I held an alpaca hombre pillow at market I was in heaven! Botanicals are sophisticated and they are rich in colors, or very tone on tone. Plaids are making a comeback and they are popping up everywhere. Solids are classic and the updated weaves add texture. 


5. Textiles have sustainability.  Sustainability has led to greater awareness on organics and textiles that are friendly to our environment. I was interviewed about the interior design world’s lean towards going green. Eco Cradle to Cradle Green Organic is the buzz. 

So with all of this info about textiles in interior design, you are now ready to go into nerd mode! But all of this textile knowledge isn’t just for the cool factor of knowing it, it’s to help you select the best for your space!!   

Sweetly Yours,




Information on LEED, consult the U.S. Green Building Council at

ACT & ACT Guidelines:




Crypton Green:



Cover Photo by Jaipur Living

Making It Through This Season

Making It Through This Season

‘Tis the Season!

As an adult I often ponder - WHY so much in so little time?! Doesn’t it seem like we have to pull ALL things together in just one month?!  Every. Year. How come it is all in one month!?!!

I do love the transparency and raw emotions in conversations during this time, though, that I would honestly take it 365 days a year, but there is just SO much to do! As a Designer, my favorite conversations are about decorating the tree. It is truly a very complicated floral arrangement to say the least, and it is approached differently by everyone. It’s the focal point in any space, so it needs to be a showstopper! (no pressure!)


In addition to the tree, there’s the gift buying that must take place for every single person that has been a part of your life for at least a decade...The endless lists that your children have conjured up overnight from ALL the influences hitting them at once...the meals...the relatives... the travel... the parking!!....

B R E A T H E.   

Take in the hygge of this magical season. – Sorry, new word hitting you! 



noun: hygge

  1. a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

Think steaming mugs of cocoa by a fire...egg nog...candles...evergreen scents…cozy socks…bundling up in a warm throw …

Sounds WONDERFUL, doesn’t it?!


With all the To-Do’s, it’s hard to remember to take it all in. To savor and enjoy the warmth & comfort this season has to offer.  “Celebrate each moment and enjoy the journey,” were the words I whispered under my breath as my 4th born (and only girl) was in her teenage years. I remembered that we would not pass this way again, and I needed to capture the little things that I treasured so dearly.  (I say this now, in another season that seems to be flying like film off a movie reel!!)

So HOW to we take in the "hygge," and those cherished moments, and savor the Season? Look for easy ways to check things off your list. (MAKE a list!) Start there! Get the ball rolling! Aim to accomplish a few things each day, but also remember YOU in the process and recharge with some hygge & self care each night!

Service is a big part of my DNA-- I continually strive to be there for many, but I also look for those that can be there for me. I rely on other experts to do THEIR thing.  At, for example, we’ve already done the heavy lifting to source, and plan, and curate unique items for you to GIVE or to snap together your space before everyone comes through the doors to celebrate!  By relying on experts to do THEIR thing, you’ll free up a few extra moments to savor, pamper, or whatever else--to do YOUR thing, and practice that Holiday Hygge!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Sweetly Yours,



How To Choose The RIGHT Wall Color

How To Choose The RIGHT Wall Color

Pulling Colors Together Like A Design Expert

A pinch of basic color theory and a dash of science should send you well on your way today!  A color wheel and something called the '60-30-10 Rule' will have you combining colors like an interior design pro in no time!

But, before you can successfully apply color theory to interior design, you have to understand how it works.  Selecting color has been one of my favorite and also my most challenging when working with a client or my own family. Color in paint, material, and cabinetry HAS to have balance in order to work. 

I hope I did not lose you in the opening of our blog! First, I am going to share a little trade secret, which is the BEST fast-track knowledge to being on trend with color. Learn the Color of the Year! 2021's Color of the Year for Sherwin Williams: URBANE BRONZE SW7048 and Benjamin Moore: AEGEAN TEAL BM2136-40.


Urbane Bronze - SW 7048


YOU, yes YOU are going to pop this color throughout your space starting NOW! And when you start using these colors, it will infuse a little street cred with those that happen to walk through your front door or enter your cubicle. Also very trendy is the white, gray and more gray shades. Turn up the color combinations to infuse a little interest.

The total beauty of a complementary color scheme is a science. The colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel. There is true balance with combinations of a warm hue with a cool hue. This adds a true sophistication when you walk into a room that is done well. I think the perception of color is truly fascinating! When someone says that person has an ‘eye for color’ it is a true statement! Roy G. Biv is NOT the only name when we talk about what colors truly exist. In 1790, researcher Thomas Young said the human eye sees only three primary colors of red, blue and yellow and all colors are a combination of these. Almost a century later, Ewald Hering introduced a “four unique hues theory” which held that humans process all the possible colors when red, green, yellow, and blue colors are mixed with white or black.  There are many more researchers that have moved history along in this amazing world of color.


Aegean Teal - BM 2136-40


Decorating is simplified for those who know and understand the “60/30/10 Rule”. Even people who don’t know how to decorate can pull together a fantastic indoor space if they know a few design and composition basics. Everyone knows when something looks unbalanced and awkward. The 60/30/10 Rule is as simple as it sounds. When selecting colors for decorating purposes, the dominant color should comprise 60 percent of the overall scheme, with the secondary and accent colors following accordingly. The human brain seems to incorporate this pattern more easily than others. In a typical room setting, the 60 percent portion of the color scheme should be the walls, 30 percent should be the upholstery and the remaining 10 percent should be the accent color. Accents can be great accessories staged in a room that snaps everything together. So, picking three colors randomly is not going to have a working color scheme. The colors will have to compliment or contrast (based on their position on the color wheel).

So, if you’re looking to update your space or have a fresh, new space to work with, get things moving along by painting a color that works!  Follow the rules and theories that have been shared and you are truly on your way! Don’t forget the items in the room can be a part of your color palate. Trending right now is furniture with pops of color. How yummy to add a blue velvet chair?! Perhaps, consider bringing the outdoors in by displaying artwork that features florals! Metal is also fashionable and on trend in accent pieces. Start by adding a side table that is functional to the area and features ONE of your colors. 

For more ideas, furniture, artwork, and accessories, check out! There you’ll find an endless collection of unique items that will add sophisticated color to all your rooms.

Sweetly Yours,


5 Reasons Why YOU Need An Interior Designer

5 Reasons Why YOU Need An Interior Designer

The past several years, I’ve been intrigued by the question—or maybe it’s a statement!

With all the articles written, I think people are still wondering if they know whether or not to hire a design professional. When I show up, I have every intention to fill the shoes. People spend plenty of money on their home and they need to have it look its best. Clients have great ideas but since they don’t have time to execute a design style in a timely manner, they need assistance pulling it together.  Interior design is a skill and an art that enhances a space and the quality of your life in that space.  They can turn a house into a home! They help tell a visual story. It is a choice that is wise and sensible. 

Many people make a statement that they can make it on their own, but you may change directions by reading through a few points.

Reason 1: Save Money 
Your home is one of the most expensive assets you own. Hiring a designer assures a plan is in place for where things are placed. Once a space is pulled together, stop the shopping and enjoy. People run out and keep hauling “stuff” home and it fails to produce a showcased design style.  Costly mistakes can be avoided by using a professional.

Reason 2: Plan of Action
This is where there is a professional assessment of your situation. Designers are trained to think spatially and out of the box. They can creatively visualize the end product and the best path to  get there. There is a trained eye that will notice things that you may miss. Having an action plan to include a timeline lets progress move along so there is an end result. Plan your space to fit the way you live life. Your home should reflect your personal style, lifestyle, and attitude towards life. If you look around and your space does not reflect this, you may want to hire a professional. Due to changes in your family and possibly at a different place in life, you may need assistance to tweak your space. Some people have the time and can pull together color, décor’, and finishes while others get overwhelmed. Anyone can purchase resources and move around items in a room, but an interior designer will sit down and connect on your personal style and determine your family lifestyle that determines the best selections.  They can plan your space to fit your life. A layout of the necessary components help bring the visual story together.

Reason 3: Resources
There is so much out there in the current marketplace. Frustration and stress comes from too many choices and deciding which ones will complete the desired design decision. It is great to take advantage of resources, but there is so much time wasted researching products, brands and price. There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources, and general merchandise. The goal is to use the right resources and make sure it pulls things together for a right look.  Many times, I have showed a client a product, only to have them pricing me all over the internet. Your Designer appreciates the fact that they can have the opportunity to inject new products and ideas. When that is done by a professional, there is more value than ordering it online. If you do want to order it online, there is a value to finding the perfect product. 

Reason 4: Connections 
A designer will be able to build stronger bridges between you and your architect or contractor. The best results are when this happens early in the process so there are no mishaps in the overall plan.  They speak the same language. Designers are trained to think on a timeline. You do not want to think about where the coffee maker is plugged in after the kitchen is remodeled. The key in today’s marketplace is identifying the most reliable contractors. 

Reason 5: Budget
Know your amount that you will allocate at the beginning of a project. You can have a low realistic amount and a must-not-go-over amount. A designer wants to know if they are considered in the budget.  It allows your designer to allocate time to meet expectation of time that will be required to complete your project. As a professional, they will move around their schedule to be there when decision have to be made. A written contract is a good thing so that everyone is communicating and there are no unmet expectations. They will look for products that will fit your design for your lifestyle, but also that will meet budget expectations. With all the resources out there, it is easier to achieve goals of great design and budget.

The decision to hire an interior designer can seem difficult, but in reality is not. It will require you to figure out how much help you want, and what you enjoy doing yourself. Hiring an interior designer can be the most rewarding decision you can make for a quality design job of your living space. Use these tips to guide you in your decision, it’s now yours to make!

Sweetly Yours,