The fine art of layering

One of the easiest yet unheralded tips for successful styling is the concept of layering.  In contrast to clothes, it's not about adding items on top of another (and stripping as the day gets warmer) but of adding and creating what we term vignette volume. Like one of our art-collector friends says:  "One is a … Continue reading The fine art of layering

Five stylish get-aways

It's that time of year, when you yearn for your own vacay get-away.  Those lucky enough to have more than one home typically choose a second one that contrasts from their primary one. Having a second location where you can create a fantasy interior style for your family and guests is a great privilege and … Continue reading Five stylish get-aways

Rustica renewed

The rustic style now trending heavily could not be more different than that of our recent post here.  The Marrakesh's Express' polar opposite has now pulled into the station, and it promises a rougher ride! By that we mean that it's all about rough-hewn, natural and recycled materials in muted colors, plus artful use of … Continue reading Rustica renewed

We’re feeling blue

HGTV  just announced the new color trends for spring:  over a dozen or so in all.  Yet perhaps our favorite, and one we use often here in the Southwest, is blue. But not any old blue will do.  The strong light and deep sky here almost demand we ramp up the hue. Saturated colors like … Continue reading We’re feeling blue

Barn Doors Galore (and how to use them)

It's almost ubiquitous in the shelter magazines these days.  Whether the house is in the country (where they are a natural, of course), the beach, or even in the city, seems like you are always seeing barn doors.  It's a trend that doesn't seem to be going away soon. Although some pundits say the trend … Continue reading Barn Doors Galore (and how to use them)