Reading In Bed

swing arm lamp
Love to read in bed? The typical height for a swing arm lamp is 42” from the bottom of the shade to the floor. Both Christopher Norman and Hinson-Hansen have good choices. Adding dimmers is advisable.


Update a Hallway

chalkboard paint wall


Do you have a boring hall wall? Add a chalkboard wall! The paint is available at most home improvement stores and with the popularity of dark gray walls and accents, continuity will ensue. A smooth wall is required.

Green Tips for Your Kitchen

A recycle, waste drawer has been a staple in the kitchens I have designed for over 15 years. Rev-A-Shelf has a soft close for heavy loads. The base works with 35 qt. and 50 qt. containers.

Beat the Summer Heat!

sealy mattress
Sealy mattress company has a new offering – Opticool – starting at $1200 that allows each half of the mattress to be cooled. Desert dwellers rejoice!


3-D Printers Change Design World Too

New technology that will change many of our future options-the 3-D printer. It is already used for custom fashion and at the cusp of fabric design. It is going to be an interesting development.

Read this article by Eric Schimelpfenig in Kitchen & Bath Design News!

Warm Up Your Design for Winter

212-24-10 smIn the cooler winter months, bring out your warm throws in jewel tone colors to warm up a room. Add draperies or at least fabric panels on the sides of windows. Velveteen options for draperies are available for inside and out. There are wonderful outdoor textured fabrics now for a warmer, comfortable look.

Rugs added inside or out make for a warmer more comfortable look.

Are you adding an outdoor seating area around a fireplace? You need to allow just as much space as you would for a sofa and chairs in the interior spaces – 14’ x14’ minimum.


Office Seating Option

MuvmanDo you spend long hours sitting at your computer? Stability balls have been around for some time, but computer use is making them more popular. The Technogym, Wellness Ball, Gaiam, Buoy from Turnstone, Muvman and Swopper from Aeris are some ergonomic options for increased well being.

Exercise ball vs Office chair.

TechnoGym stability ballTurnstone Buoy

Holiday Gift Idea!

putting green flags


If you or a friend have a putting green, add this great lighted flag for evening play!  Available at Hinkley’s Lighting Factory.  Ask for Eric! More details in this spec sheet.


New Color Choice

exclusive plum


Sherwin-Williams “Exclusive Plum” color is a gray/violet is subtle and intriguing!