Trending Now: Coastal

Not to be confused with Beach Style, Coastal reflects key choices of modern art, ocean elements, wovens and glass. Mix in leather for a high-low style.


Similar trunk baskets are available at Napa Home & Garden. Pillows are by Square Feathers, table is Oggetti, area rug is by Capel, sofa is Massoud, lighting is Troy Lighting, and table lights are by Barbara Cosgrove.


Color or Hue? Tone or Tint or Shade? What do they mean! Why does it matter?!?!?

Lately I’ve been noticing that a lot of folks have been getting their design jargon a bit mixed up. Hey, it’s easy to do because there is so much of it, I do daily! So I thought a bit of a refresher might be good for me!

What is color and hue?
Color and hue are basically interchangeable. They deal with the light properties visible in the color spectrum like red, blue, green, or yellow. So if you want to “warm up” a room, you add the “color”  or “hue” of red or yellow, and to “cool things down” you add blue or green. Below is an image of absolute (I’ll explain in a bit) red, green, and blue.




So what’s a tone?
When you hear people say, “oh, I think we need to add a red tone to this room.” What they’re saying is “we need to take “absolute red” (red with no black, no white or no gray added to it) and then add some grey. Thus reducing the brightness of the red. Here’s an example of red with 50% of black (at 50% black is gray, not black) added to it. It’s now a “tone”. It takes on a more muted look. Is still warm, but just not as glaringly bright as absolute red.



So what’s a tint?
A tint is an absolute color that you’ve added white to (think pink!). Again, you’ve reduced the color or hue’s intensity, but you’ve gone “lighter” vs. “darker” by adding white and therefore you’re creating a cooler “tint” of red. Take a look…same absolute red, all I’ve done is add white.




Okay, now that we’re clear as mud, let’s look at “Shades”. Shades are very similar to “tones” and most designers use these words interchangeably. And you know what, it’s probably just fine. Here’s a look at our absolute red, with almost pure black added to it. Same red as in the original image, all I did was add black.



So why am I giving “us” this lesson in color, hue, tone, tint, and shade? ‘Cause sometimes it drives me a bit batty trying to remember which is which, and then sometimes people mean color or hue when they say tone, shade when then say tint, tint when they mean tone, tone when they mean tint and on, and on, and on. So just remember three: tint (white) and tone (grey) and color/hue and you and I will do just fine in the world of design! 😉

Eclectic Taste? Design an Eclectic Dining Room!

Like Antiques? Does your design style run toward Modern and Contemporary, and a little shabby chic? Are you a little bit traditional? Don’t want to mix some of one with another? Just Do it!

The best rooms designed today are not all about one theme, they cross over and bring in elements from several design styles to create a unique room that’s comfortable and suits your needs.

Here’s a dining room that mixes a trestle table with leather and upholstered chairs, a bench, limestone flooring, modern art, lighting from Restoration Hardware, and natural wood on the walls and barn door. The kitchen, seen through the doorway, is totally modern and compact.

So go ahead! Embrace several design styles to make your home your own!


Pressed Glass | Play | Ensign Pressed | Materials | 3form

Love this new material from 3Form. Part of their Full Circle Product line. Here’s the story of Full Circle.

Full Circle product development really starts with understanding the capabilities of the community.

Ndem, Senegal feels special. There is a preservation of craft here that is quite rare to other communities. Our job is to find a marriage between the look of these traditional crafts and contemporary patterning that is desired today.

We have to look at what raw materials they have available, what skills they possess and how they are combining these two things in order to ideate about new products. more







Pressed Glass | Play | Ensign Pressed | Materials | 3form.

Elevate Your Elevations Through Rendering!

It seems this week is all about rendering. When studying interior design we learn to hand render first. Oh, the groans and tears would flow! For many of us, drawing does not come naturally (some of us are numbers people, remember?). These classes involved hours and hours of drawing with pens, pencils and markers.

As I mentioned before, rendering helps our clients visualize what the end result will be before any demolition has begun. Elevations are an integral part of an interior designer’s tool box. Rendering those elevations makes them POP with color, depth, and texture. Below you’ll see an elevation straight out of CAD (boring). One with some materials and colors added (better). And then the addition of shadows, gradients, and accessories (best).

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Help your clients see and understand your vision with rendered elevations and floor plans, it will pay off in spades. Your clients will appreciate the extra effort and possibly embrace your designs that much quicker!

Need help elevating your elevations? Give us a call, we’d love to help!

Finish Boards: Help Your Clients Visualize The End Result


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CLIENTS LOVE PICTURES! Not everyone is visual thinker… WHAT?! Yep, some of us are numbers people. Some of us aren’t. Some of us are more visual and need to see imagery to understand how something will look. So, often times … Continue reading