There are no hard-fast interior decorating rules. Yet, many of the things that your mother learned are now outdated.
Transitional design is the marriage of two or more interior design styles into a unified look.
I’m often asked abut my top decorating tips. It’s about time I wrote them down! Tip#1: Plan. Of course, I do believe in the serendipitous thrill of finding something great at a flea market, while on vacation, or when you go to Home Goods to buy sheets and come home with a lamp, but in… Continue reading Top Ten Decorating Tips
The crisp air has returned and leaves are turning fabulous colors of reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a great time to talk about the psychology of these warm colors and where to use them in your home. Color has an emotional effect on us; it can set a mood or conjure up a special feeling.… Continue reading Fall Into the Warm Color Palette
Vacations are an opportunity to find appealing and unique treasures from your travels to decorate your home. As I have mentioned many times, your home’s interior should tell a story. How do you add visual interest with vacation finds? Follow my three simple rules and you will be filling your suitcases with beautiful finds. First,… Continue reading Travel-inspired Interiors
The décor in my oceanfront home looks tired. I’ve had a beachy theme with pale blue colors for a very long time but I’m tired of seashells and starfish. Can you offer some other ideas for a fun coastal look? JoJo How about a tropical air with Palm Beach style? You don’t need a prestigious… Continue reading Palm Beach Style: Cheery and Chic
by Barbara Graceffa, Interior Decorator and Quilt ArtistSecretary of the Interior In his 2019 book, My Creative Space, Donald Rattner writes, “a creative thought is … the result of an intricate interplay of mind, body, and place.” In order to boost your creativity, focus on these three components. Adopt a creative mindset. Let your thoughts… Continue reading How to Boost Your Creativity
Does everyone have the “creativity gene?” The answer is yes! With confidence and motivation, creativity can be learned and enhanced – just as a budding athlete or musician commits to training and practice to improve their ability. There is an art and science to creativity. Think of right brain and left brain to better understand… Continue reading The Creativity Gene
Happy new year! What a great time to think about bringing more happiness into 2022 by sprucing up your home décor. So, what’s new in the new year? Let me tell you and let the decorating begin. When it comes to color, neutrals take center stage with beige replacing gray. If you’re a fan of… Continue reading New Year, New Decorating Trends for 2022
Ever heard of masstones and undertones when it comes to color? I’ll debunk the mystery! You know the three pure primary colors of red, yellow and blue, as well as the non-colors of basic white (the origin of all colors) and true black (the absence of color) and all colors are created by some combination… Continue reading Debunking Paint Colors: Understanding Undertones