Ask A Designer: Making a Room Fresh for Summer

Q. I would like help making my living room feel fresh and cooler in the summer. All of my furnishings were bought for my previous house in New York, but I had beautiful window treatments made since I moved. The fabrics are dark red, black, olive, and gold. Everything is European and a little formal. I love what I have, and it looks magical during the holidays, but it drives me crazy when it is hot and sunny. I can afford to makeover the room, but my husband says it is “senseless.” I truly love what I have. Is there …

Making a Room Fresh for Summer

Q. I would like help making my living room feel fresh and cooler in the summer. All of my furnishings were bought for my previous house in New York, but I had beautiful window treatments made since I moved. The fabrics are dark red, black, olive, and gold. Everything is European and a little formal. I love what I have, and it looks magical during the holidays, but it drives me crazy when it is hot and sunny. I can afford to makeover the room, but my husband says it is “senseless.” I truly love what I have. Is there …

Ask A Designer: Long Bedroom with Contrasting Wall

Q. I would like your opinion about a few ideas for my new bedroom. The room is long with a sitting area on one side. I plan to place the headboard on the smaller wall even though the model has the bed going the other way. My bed is a platform bed with lights around the headboard. I want to make the wall a contrast wall—but I don’t want a busy wall covering, because it would take away from the lights. I have art, but I’d rather treat the wall and keep it simple. Is there a color of paint …

Ask A Designer: Combining Details for a Fabulous Space

Combining Detials for A Fabulous Space Q. I have a new house decorated in all neutrals. I love the clean, new look, but now I’m bored. I want some pattern and color. My husband “borrowed” some paintings and decor from his mother’s house to let me experiment. She has good taste, but everything looks like it needs to be in her house. I’ve been looking at magazines, and it seems like anything goes!

Ask A Designer: What Will Bring Style to My New Home?

What Will Bring Style to My New Home? Q. I have a house that was built a few years ago. It has a nice floor plan, but there is no trim and there are no interesting windows. What can I do to give it a more substantial look? I want it to look “designed” not just decorated with pillows and things. On the other hand, I can’t afford to rip up perfectly good floors and walls. I want something more than paint, but less than a remodel. What suggestions might you make?—K.J.

Ask A Designer: Timeless Vintage?

Ask A Designer – Timeless Vintage? Q. We have had a house built for us that has some nice upgrades, but it isn’t our dream home. I insisted we hold back on the construction cost so I could decorate it nicely. Now, I’m shopping and I’m disappointed at all the neutral furniture and rustic decor that I see.

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor

Kitchen Styles for Timeless Decor Q.I’m thrilled to be in the process of building a custom home that I have dreamed of for many years. I’ve had to make some style adjustments from my original plans, because styles have changed so much during the time I’ve been waiting and hoping. One of the most obvious changes is in wood finishes. It seems the dark cherry I planned is out. Can you give me some advice about kitchens? What is new?  We plan to keep this home until we retire and downsize in about 12 years. How do I do something …