My Top 5 Design Tips

Here are 5 of my favorite design tips when designing busy family spaces! I use these elements over and over again and today I am going to share them with you.


Incorporate worn, rustic finishes to the busiest

surfaces in your home to help automatically conceal  dings and dents. 


Follow the three rules of lighting by including natural light, overhead light and eye level lamps or wall sconces.  I recommend using dimmers wherever possible but especially in kitchens and baths where you usually begin and end your day.


Create beautiful texture by adding architectural wall details in high traffic areas like kitchens, baths and mudrooms.  Beadboard, ship lap, board & batten and wainscoting are all great examples.  More durable than sheetrock, these wall surfaces are painted with a higher sheen meaning they are easier to clean and less likely to get dinged or dented.


Always have a little greenery on hand by using real or artificial plants with modern shapes and colors.   Greenery adds instant life and energy to a space and helps purify the air.

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Choose durable natural rugs like seagrass, jute or vintage oushaks for high traffic areas.  Synthetic versions and indoor/outdoor rugs are great for kitchens and dining rooms.