Guest Blog:How to Work with An Interior Designer

As I’m gearing up for the “busy season” of the design cycle, I’m fielding calls and emails about design projects and answering a lot of questions. I began to wonder — what resources do people have for knowing how to work with a designer? Naturally I’ve never shopped for an interior designer, nor have I ever considered using one. BUT– I sure have thought about when the time comes to build my dream home… how do I work with an architect or building professional? Hm. Well, since my home base is on Houzz, I started looking for information there. A it turns out, they have several articles about working with design professionals in various allied fields. The one for interior design spot on! Please, take a moment to click through the article/ideabook and tell me what you think! I want to know how YOU work with your interior designer.



Awash With Color: Modern Coastal Palettes

Coastal Color Palettes
don’t have to be the same ‘ol-same ‘ol


Living on the coast I have the opportunity to design waterfront homes from time to time. Some clients have a strong opinion on what colors they want for their home  based on ideas they’ve seen, hotels they’ve stayed in, or their favorite beach-side stores.  But other clients are afraid of color selection– thinking that their space will end up looking like a colorful fish-shack or a boring whitewashed wonder.  I’ve created some Sherwin-Williams Chip Cards to explore what inspirations can be used for a beautiful coastal home without being coy or boring.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
A forgotten avian artifact litters the coast but produces wonderful inspiration with Sherwin-Williams Color.

Many times the sand, surf, and sky are plentiful inspiration for a coastal color palette. Reminiscent of a cut of sandstone, the graduation of Sanderling, Copper Mountain, and Tricorn Black soothes and balances while the airy tones Atmospheric and Extra White This palette would be excellent for a main living area; it provides mid tones, highlights, and deeper accents for a sophisticated, casual look.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
Romance doesn’t have to be dated. Spark fresh femininity with clear, bright hues and soft neutrals.

There’s a softer side of the beach with romance and hint of blush. This vibrant bouquet gives you fresh mineral tones Cucumber and Early Grey reminding you of the water and rocks then scatters and handful of fragrant petals, adding softness and femininity. Zany Pink and Lavish Lavender are no dusty rose, though– these full-toned accents are zippy and bright for ageless girly accents.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
Time-tested metal and creeping moss explode with color and texture. This jewel-toned palette is anything but boring!

Modern interiors vary widely in their use of color. The interior surfaces, especially vertical ones, can be a blank canvas for the placement of fine art, the more subtle shifting of light through the architecture, or an homage to the minimal. Imagine these jewel-toned comrades brightening a fresh and lively kitchen space or powder bath balanced by the softer neutrals Lucent Yellow, Roman Column, and Tricorn Black.