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Runway to Renovation

One of my favorite subjects to write about is the link between fashion and home decor.  So when the fashion bible, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF VOGUE!!!! appeared before me, I got down to business.

Each page was turned slowly to uncover the next gem of images.  Yes, my friends, I am obsessed with all things that say “Design”.  I swooned over each page, studying the details, the lighting, the way the clothes looked.   I soaked in the silhouettes, the layering and the trends. And thanked my lucky stars that I’m past the age where I felt the need to duplicate each look in my own wardrobe –(Truth:  I’m past the age where I could wear most of those looks even if I wanted to!)

And, you know what?  It hit me.  The looks and the trends and the stories that were being shown in Vogue sounded very familiar.  Interior design magazines were telling the same tale.

Flower Power:  There are wallcoverings that could be fashion layouts.  Riots of patterns and colors for your walls. Kate Moss, supermodel that she is, designed a collection of wallpaper for deGauney that rivals Dolce & Gabbana couture.  (Seriously, couldn’t you just wrap yourself up in this?)


Neutral Plus:  The immensely popular minimalist look of the past few years has been updated with a hint of color.  Blush is the new neutral both in fashion and home design. Benjamin Moore’s Tissue Pink is THE color designer’s are using everywhere.  (Benjamin Moore and Jimmy Choo – great minds….)









Luxury:  Both clothing and home décor reflect a desire for a little luxury in life – the fur throws are still with us, velvet is absolutely huge this season and soft polished metals like brass are showing up in new home designs.


Diversity:  From formal to bohemian, home design is embracing individual style. Gone is the “model home” look.  A more lived-in, personal look is taking hold.  Your own style is becoming the new trend.  Unique is what it’s all about.  (So as they say, “Express Yourself”)

Etro Fall 2017

Just like we wouldn’t copy the look in Vogue exactly (we’re not all 16 year old, 6ft tall models), take the concept of what you like in a décor magazine and tweak it to make it work for you and your lifestyle.

Your home, your way, your life.

If you’re looking for an interior designer, architect or builder, contact us at Design Match.  We’ll connect you with the perfect design partner that will make your design dreams come true!



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Flex That Design Muscle…

Hiring an interior designer is ALWAYS a good idea before you tackle a design project.  They have the experience and talent to make your design dreams come true.

But sometimes you just want to do a little something on your own – stretch your personal design muscle with a quick home refresh.  So here are 5 easy design tricks you can be confident doing (and finish in a weekend!)

EDIT  The old saying less is more is true.  Remove visual clutter from your rooms to create a feeling of openness and allows your eye to appreciate a focal point.

A single beautiful sculpture, large plant or treasured vase makes more of an impact than your entire collection of mini snow globes, 15 jelly glasses with plant rootings or all your aunt’s Wedgwood china on display.  The image below is a great example of how one large piece of art can make a design statement – adding the one large dog is just pure genius!


Artwork by C Ziang

IGNORE  Accept what cannot be changed (in a weekend).

If your fireplace is off-center, stop trying to arrange your furniture directly in front of it.  Ignore it!  Please your furniture were it makes the most sense in the room and for the flow of traffic – the fireplace w becomes an accent feature instead of an awkward design element.


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SWITCH  Change can be a good thing.  Refresh a room with a new purpose.  Let your inner design diva go crazy!

When was the last time you actually used your dining room (holidays don’t count).  Turn that formal, seldom-used space into a library or game room.  And yes, you can still use the table!  Bring in some comfy chairs, soft pillows and the right lighting (see #5).  Or better yet, turn it into a bar where you and your friends can avoid the Naples crowds and have Happy Hour at home!



CULTIVATE  Real plants add another dimension and great color to a space.  They also give off oxygen, which let’s face it, we’re all addicted to.

Visit your local garden center and pick up few easy to maintain greens like spider, English ivy or asparagus fern. For even more info check out DRIFTWOOD GARDEN CENTER in Naples.  If you really have no green in your thumbs, get some succulents.  They’re the introverts of the plant world and like to be left alone.

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ILLUMINATE  Light up your life!

Create a reading nook with a comfortable chair, small table and interesting reading lamp.  And don’t forget your outdoor space.  Pump up your landscape with some outdoor lighting like this beauty by Llum by Vondom, string up some fairy lights over your patio or add some battery-operated candles and you’ll be sitting outside long after sunset.



Llum by Vondom

So get going – the weekend will be here before you know it!

And please feel free to send us pics or descriptions of your weekend design hacks, ’cause sharing is caring…

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Comfy Cozy

I’ve found the perfect office! Soft, comfortable and soothing – I never want to leave.

It would, however, be a bit awkward trying to get my work done with customers constantly interrupting me.

Guess I’ll just have to settle for the wonderful opportunity I had to interview Angela Lossia, founder of Angela Fine Furnishings in Naples, Fl , lounging around on some of her beautiful luxury bedding.

Angela’s showroom has absolutely beautiful, one-of-a-kind items that will complete your home. She works with clients as well as interior designers to create amazing spaces that people rave about.

They say we’re a nation of sleep deprived individuals. I say lay down on this bedding and problem solved!

A “Joy”-ful find…

Interior designers are always looking to present something new to their clients. Something that will make their eyes pop and their heart’s beat a little faster.

When I met artist, Robin Joy, and saw her artwork, that’s exactly how I felt. Not only did her unique, whimsical and magical work speak to me personally; but all kinds of ideas went flying through my brain. This was art that lends itself to interior design in oh, so many ways!

Through her drawings, Robin Joy has created another world. She’s taken her patterns and characters and artwork and applied them to cups and saucers, dishes and teapots. Her designs have appeared on couture clothing, wall coverings and been the main characters in a couple of books.

Can you imagine being able to present your client with fabric or wall coverings that have been created specifically for them? What a rock star you’d be in their eyes! (And won’t all their neighbors be turning several different shades of green?)

And speaking of color, Robin can adapt her work with color in ways too numerous to mention here.

So you say your searching for something new? Something unique? Something that will blow your client’s mind?

Search no more! Take a look at the cover image – take a really close look. See? That’s the world of Robin Joy…….limitless in imagination.

Now it’s up to you to bring it into your home design – onto the walls, the table and into your client’s world….

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In the Hot Seat

Ever hear that expression: Walk a mile in my shoes? Well, in today’s video blog, I get to “walk” in one of my designer’s shoes.

Usually, I interview a Design Match team member, but Diane turned the tables and interviewed me this time.

Now I know what it feels like to be in the hot seat! A little nerve-wracking to say the least. But I also learned how quickly design professionals are asked to create, to answer difficult design questions and to solve problems for their clients.

Design professionals are often put in the hot seat by clients. Each design client is different, with different needs and expectations.

A great designer can take your likes and dislikes, your design dreams and wishes and create a home that is beautifully designed and is YOU.

A great interior designer, architect, landscape architect or builder is able to design a home that is unique to YOUR taste and YOUR lifestyle.

Being in the hot seat as a design professional is part of the job. It’s what our Design Match designers do best – what they excel at. And it’s what I’m going to leave to them.

I’ll just step into those stilettos and wrap that scarf around my neck and keep on matching YOU to the right design professional that will make YOUR design dreams come true.

Would love to hear from you – did you like this video? If so please share it.

Tell us when you’ve had the tables turned on you? Did you learn anything? Who would you like to turn the tables on in your world?


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Come Over to the Darkside

Are you afraid of the dark?

We’re going over to the dark side together. You’re gonna love it.

Now let’s not get all Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight Saga – I’m talking paint color here, my friends.

While we’re there, we’ll visit with some friends of mine that have really transformed those interior dark shadows into shades of chic, dramatic and poetic. Sherwin Williams, his good buddy Benjamin Moore and that dynamic duo Farrow & Ball.

Now Sherwin loves navy – the darker the better. Paint and accent wall in Sherwin Williams’ Naval, add some bright white trim and you’re ready to set sail into the sunset!

Renovation by Pinemar, Inc.

Ben, on the other hand is totally taken by all shades of green. Think , game room, old world elegance – cigars, cognac and male bonding. “I say, old boy, do tell that hunting story again!”

Benjamin Moore Forest Green
That crazy creative couple Farrow & Ball completely own dark grey and all shades of black. Rich, elegant and inviting. Fill this tub with bubbles and sip on chilled champagne while listening to your favorite music.

.Farrow & Ball’s Pelt No 254

50 Shades of Grey? Bah! There are hundreds of shades of grey and black, from pearl to smoke and from off-black to pitch.

Design Match designer Sharon G. states: “Using dark colors in a room or interior is a design tool that helps create contrast, which in turn, creates interest.

Here’s one of my favorite uses of a dark color in interior design. This young couple looked way beyond the traditional pastel colors for a nursery and painted their baby’s room a dark grey. With the accents of white and gold, this room is a soothing and comforting space. Imagine going to sleep in this environment – like being back in the womb. This baby has been blessed with incredibly creative parents!


If you decide that this style is for you, you’re gonna need The Professionals (fyi: 1966 film starring Burt Lancaster – thought this one may need explaining) to make sure it’s done right.

It’s important to rely on your interior designer to help you select the right shade of a dark paint color that works with your environment. There are several factors involved in making sure that the color will create the feeling you desire – sunlight and artificial light, size of space, how the room is utilized, etc.

If you’re ready to come over to the rich, deep and dramatic side of color, contact us and we’ll help you find the right designer who will be your beacon in the dark.