Category: Dear Kelly

Just A Reminder

January 5, 2018

I just wanted to let you know that the January 2018 issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 7! This issue is packed with great content:

* This month’s special post is for those who are looking to update their master bedroom suite:

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* This issue answers this month’s Reader Question, “ Hi Kelly, I have a grey sofa and Brown lazy boy chair I’m trying to match a loveseat or 2 chairs do you have any suggestions please help.”

* In this newsletter I also share a few ‘Beautiful Bedroom Accessory Finds’ to finish off your bedroom redesign.

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Reminder Tip for Fixing Those Too Small Area Rugs

November 25, 2017

I feel I just posted about this but I have run across this rug issue at a client’s this past week and wanted to share:

Sometimes because of not measuring correctly or  because of size availability,  we buy the wrong size area rug for our space and it looks too small:

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This rug is not large enough with the table and chairs as you can see.  All chair legs should be on the rug when pushed back and it also just looks out of proportion in this large space.Read More

Guest Room Transformation with Amazing Before & After Photos

November 11, 2017

Marsha, we have outdone ourselves this time with your guest bedroom makeover!  As always, working with you has been such a pleasure. I love how well we work together searching and finding the next perfect piece to our design puzzle. Your new guest room is just beautiful! :

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Marsha and I have worked on several home projects online together in the past few years. She lives in Illinois, I am in New Hampshire. This time she was looking to update her guest room:

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How To Warm Up an All White Kitchen

August 12, 2017

A reader recently wrote and asked,  “I have always wanted an all white kitchen and now that I have my dream white kitchen, it seems boring and uninteresting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can warm up my cold, sterile looking kitchen? ”

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I have come across this dilemma with clients before. We see all of these beautiful photos of all white kitchens and want to duplicate the look so everything brought into the room is white. I too love the look of white kitchens, but sometimes they can feel too plain and lack personality.

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My first suggestion is to bring fabric into the room. Using fabric can soften a space as well as bringing in color with items such as window treatments:

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Review of Paint Finishes

July 25, 2017

This is an older post, but I thought since I have received so many questions from readers lately about which paint finish is best to use where, I thought I would post again:

I seem to get asked quite a bit, which paint finish/sheen should be used on the ceiling, walls and trim. Here are a few quick and easy ways I use to remember paint finishes:

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* Paint finish means the same as paint sheen.

* Another way to think of sheen is to think of amount of shine your want.

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Trim- It’s All About the Size

June 20, 2017

I recently worked with a client who had questions regarding the trim in her home:

We are currently redoing the exterior of our house to have more craftsman look. So, now that we are at the point of putting trim around new windows and doors, we are starting to be forced to know what we will do with the interior. We currently love the wood floors and the style of the new front door, despite that it’s darker than we anticipated.

I’m hoping you are comfortable as one designer’s opinion of what would look best if we want to continue integrating craftsman style, yet contemporary mixed in, into the inside. Here is what we are debating:

1. White trim or stained trim (I think white will brighten and not make it so much brown as we currently have going on).

If we do wide white trim (craftsman look above doors), do we do white doors or attempt to re-stain our doors. Or, buy new doors – white or stained? “

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My first thought, before even considering the color of the new trim, was the size of the baseboard that currently exists. Looking at the photo, the molding looks a bit too small and out of proportion with the wall:Read More