5 Design Rules to IGNORE!!!!

Yes, rules guide us on the right path and are important in shaping our life.

But being always told what to adhere to and what to avoid kills the whole fun, don’t you think?

Think about it; you won’t be able to use your creativity!
No brainstorming!
No innovative ideas!

Of all the industries, wouldn’t this be especially scary for the interior design service provider?

A highly visual and subjective medium, interior design is a service that requires a creative “eye” for pulling it off, to determine whether a room looks stylish and successfully put together. The success or lack thereof lies in the eyes of the beholder. While designing requires one to follow certain rules, restricting would be limiting your bandwidth.

While I believe that there are some rules that keep one from making the most egregious design mistakes, there are others that are no longer relevant. Here are a few design rules that you no longer should fret over:


Only paint small rooms in light colours.

People’s hesitation is understandable, considering the myth that is being passed on as to how a dark colour makes a small room look even smaller. But such is not the case, and instead, a dark colour would visually expand a small space. A dark painted room can actually make a small room look larger because it allows the corners of a room to recede and disappear. Below is an image that illustrates this concept.

How you can further give the impression of a big room is by hanging mirrors strategically and opting for a few windows or none at all.


Large furniture should only be used in large rooms

Quite the contrary, I always recommend using large-scale furniture in a small room. Using larger furniture tricks the eyes’ sense of proportion. In addition to this, it causes one’s eyes to move around the room less. This allows us to take a zoomed-out view of the room. It is an optical illusion that works marvellously.


You can not mix modern design elements with traditional design elements

Quite simply, yes, you can; it is called transitional design! You can mix rustic with modern, the country with modern, etc…… Mixing styles add depth to any space.

Mixing vintage designs such as art deco, Victorian, or mid-century modern might look difficult, but can be easily done. Below is a modern and Victorian mix……


If the room has a fireplace, it should always be the focal point.

The fireplace undoubtedly makes for a beautiful focal point, but it does not always need to be the star of the room. If one’s home has access to a breathtaking view, or one should possess museum-quality art, both would supersede the fireplace’s status in that space.

The designer above smartly made the view the star of this room. The lack of window treatments allows the window moulding to “frame” this home’s gorgeous view.


The ceiling must always be white.

The ceiling is a room’s fifth (and forgotten) wall. Homeowners often forget that it also holds the opportunity to showcase your style. I love to paint children’s room ceilings a contrasting colour, and wallpaper the ceiling of a powder room or master bedroom closet.

The family room below makes the ceiling a focal point by adding coffered moulding and using a deep grey to showcase this detail. This look is always a show-stopper!  

Add a metallic ceiling to a dining room or a gold-flecked paper to your powder room. Don’t be afraid to try it. If it doesn’t work for you, a few swipes of white paint and you are back to where you started.


Interior doors should always be painted white.

There is nothing chicer than a black high-gloss interior door. The French have been doing this for decades. A black high-gloss door is dramatic and makes a statement; it is the exclamation point added to a room. It lets all those who enter know that those who reside on the other side of that beautifully glossy door, live a little North Of Chic. Try it and let your guests bedazzled with its sheer enigmatic presence. 

So, these are some of the rules that you shouldn’t mind overlooking when designing the interior of your home. Let your creativity flow! Or a better option lets a professional interior design service provider take care of it for you and give you the desired results.

Instaroll-Currently Coveting…..

Hello Friends,

When one’s job is to shop all day every day, it takes something really special or unique to grab one’s attention.  The physical rush when I see that perfect piece causes my heart to beat a little faster and I lose all sense of my surroundings.

Some of the pieces below are pieces I have recently found, and a few are ones that I fall in love with a little more each time I see them.  The lines and proportions of the tuxedo sofa below are simply perfect!!! The ebonized fluted cocktail table is the punctuation mark in any statement room.  Each of these pieces are beautiful  and unique and add that special something to any room.

I am at a place where I do my best to only buy pieces for my home that I truly love.  I have come to realize that if I am totally mesmerized by something and it gives me joy each time I look at it, it will not become a piece that I am looking to replace in 6 months.

I hope some of these pieces serve to inspire you.


Vanguard sofa and cocktail table, Serena & Lily basket, PB Teen zebra rug, Circa ceiling light, Worlds Away mirror

Instaroll-Current Musings

Current Musings:


A quick post on some trends I am seeing.  I predict GREEN is going to be the next “it” color!  With maximalism coming back in a big (but in a more restrained and edited way – which seems like an oxymoronic statement), you will see bold and saturated colors popping up in everything from furniture to rugs to accessories.  Color is back.

Love it or hate it, white appliances are coming back!  Since things never come back in quite the same way as before, this white will be more of a white glass vs a white plastic or white aluminum of years’ past.  It is actually quite nice.  According to my friends at Monogram appliances, white is where it’s at!

Lastly, with the return of color and my love all things Parisian, I couldn’t help but post on one of my favorite pastimes while in Paris; photographing all of the beautifully painted doors.  I hope this serves to inspire you as much as it did me 🙂


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Valentine’s Day Inspiration

What’s not to love about the Valentine’s Day color palette?  The colors for this holiday are happy, fun and vibrant.  Also, with the right shade, EVERYONE looks good in pink!

I have been obsessed with this pink and red silk dress from Staud Clothing FOREVER!!  It is simple and pretty, which is how I like my rooms 🙂  The second pantsuit is bolder with a strong silhouette.  Knowing the way you dress, is important when planning out any room in your home.  More than once, I have designed a room inspired by an outfit.  This is also one reason I tell people “If you don’t like the way a designer dresses himself/herself, you will not like the way he/she dresses your home”.

My design interpretation of the color palette above would look something like this:

The black is a really important element in this design, as it serves to keep this room from looking overly sweet and juvenile.  Mixing gold elements like the floor lamp, side table and mirrors give the room a luxe touch.

There are no shortage of pink and red elements available.  These two colors (especially pink) have been hot in home decor for some time.  Some decor Items I love for this color inspired room are :

Framed printRed striped art, Poppy Art, Pink and Red swirlBlush Art


Dot pillowMid Century chaise, Drapes, red pillow, geo table, red chairpink pillowred lampstulip pillow, side table, feather art, baskets

Would you ever do a room in this scheme?  If you have, what was the element you feel made the biggest impact? If not, what is stopping you?

I hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day inspired post 🙂

Wishing you love and happiness this Valentine’s Day!



Top Trends of 2018

January is one of my least favorite months.  It is long, cold and by the end of the month I am starting to realize that my zeal for achieving my resolutions is starting to wane :0  One of the only reasons I like January, is the excitement in seeing the new trends in home design.  Some people have an aversion to trends (even the word itself launches some into a soliloquy on how style should be timeless, blah blah  blah.  I have a blog post saved up just for this topic).

In the beginning of January everyone is throwing out his or her predictions for the new trends.  However, by the end of January, the Industry Influencers have spoken and the trends have been set.  Here are some of my favorite trends forecasted for 2018:


New Year, New Trends


I love abstract anything!  I love when it is left to the individual to interpret what he or she is seeing; I feel that it makes an object more interesting.  This is how I feel about abstract floral prints.  The subject is timeless, but its expression is more modern.  This is why pairing an abstract floral with geometric patterns look so rich.


Using vintage items in a more modern space will be all the rage for 2018.  This has been one of my favorite and most satisfying additions in my projects with clients.  Using vintage elements takes the “newness” out of a recently redesigned room.  It gives the room a more curated feel, as if the room unfolded over time.  I LOVE this vintage Parisian Salon Mirror from Wisteria.  It adds the perfect dose of history and glamour to this dining room.



Fall 2017 was all about the jewel-tones and rich velvet.  2018 is calling for a “palette cleanser” of whites.  White painted rooms are by far one of the hardest to get right, but when done right, they take a room to a whole new level!  There are so many undertones to white that choosing the best white for your room is based on SO MANY factors:  the direction the room faces, the tones of other elements in the room, light sources in the room, etc…. Enlisting an expert really is key to getting this color done right!  Here are some of my favorite white paint colors:


Like the addition of vintage elements, you will see a lot of curvy furniture in 2018!  We have had a long run of minimalist decor.  Modern Farmhouse is a trend with very square edges and clean lines; a very no frills look.  Love it or hate it, this trend is on the decline.  Curvy, more ornate furniture will be big for 2018.  The KEY to getting this look right, is using only ONE piece in a room.  Using more than this, will put you over into the “overly traditional” category.  If that’s your thing, great; otherwise, stick with using just one piece of furniture in this style.


Hallelujah to the end of the stainless trend!  While I think stainless appliances were a nice addition to kitchen design, like granite counters, they have had their run!  It is time to add color and different finishes to kitchen appliances!

This GORGEOUS Le Cornue stove is such a work of art!  The black finish and mixed metals are so stunning and such a statement piece, that I can’t imagine this stove ever going out of style!  Since I think mixing appliance materials is a definite “design-do” (limit to a max of two finishes) I think having all stainless or all black appliances and mixing in a stove like this would be beyond stunning!


Gold metal has been big for the last 5 years.  Industry Influencers have predicted that it will continue to be “the metal” for another 10 years.  I still have a lot of clients that are hesitant to embrace this trend.  However, the clients that have made the leap have never turned back!  Gold gives a warmth and richness that chrome just can’t achieve!  While I like chrome, it conveys a completely different look.  Builders are still using chrome for their spec houses (and a lot are still using granite :0 )

If you are going to choose a metal, choose gold or brass.  If you are still unsure, at least choose pieces that are mixed metal pieces.  For a few years now, mixing metals in kitchens and bathrooms has been popular.  I love the way it looks to mix!  You won’t regret choosing gold or brass over chrome.

I hope you enjoyed my trend forecast for 2018.  Let me know if there are any trends I’ve missed.