Thursday, January 18, 2018

My word for 2018

Several years ago I attended a workshop by Rosie Molinary on setting goals, creating a vision board and finding your word for the year. I love this idea because each year as the new year approaches I begin to think about what my word for the next year will be. This word is based on the direction I want to take my life and my business in.  This word guides me in my daily actions and sets the intentions I would like to base my year on.

This year my word is Engage, my goal is to be present and engage in the moment of every intention and action I have and in every conversation, encounter and action I take.


Having a word and thinking about it each day is a wonderful way to keep you focused on what's important in our lives. It's quite different than a new years resolution because there are no disappointments attached to your word.

Now writing your word down and sharing it with the world will help you stay true to yourself and your intentions. This is where a vision board comes in handy. Putting your intention on a vision board and keeping your board in a place where you can see it is important. Since creating my first board I have to admit I've never made another one, I just keep adding to it every year. The goals I have and the things I enjoy doing are still the same as when I initially made the board,  I just  build on it every year.
I suppose this vision board is a good reflection of who I am, what is important to me, what I want out of life and where I want to go.

If you haven't selected your word this year, it's not too late give it a go and if you have some spare time, create a vision board.

I'd love to know your word of the year and why you chose it.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rosa Dest Interiors

Would you say You POP or You BLEND?
Before you answer that question or wonder what I am even talking about, let me explain...

Our reaction to color affects so many parts of our lives and when it comes to the spaces we live and work in, color has a profound effect on us. I love to surround myself with colors that make me feel happy and bring a smile to my face.

Through an understanding of my client's color sense I gain an insight into their likes and dislikes. One of the best ways to do so is by understanding my POP vs. BLEND technique.

This technique comes from answering the simple question of whether you  prefer to see a POP of color or a BLEND of color in your space. In order to figure this out, it's best to have an understanding of color value and the relationship colors have to  each other.

When I talk about color value, I am referring  to the lightness or darkness of a color. Color value influences the colors we enjoy surrounding ourselves with and identifying the mood we are trying to set within a particular room. Once we know the color values we are drawn to, and whether we want our rooms to POP or BLEND,  the process of selecting  the color palette  becomes a little easier. Of course there are many other factors to consider but then again, that's why you would call me to help you figure it out!

When a color POPS it tends to be either  brighter or darker  in value than the other colors around it.
Without getting into too much color theory, it also depends on their position on the color wheel as to how they react to each other. There is a misconception that only brights or primary colors pop, but it really just depends on the color they are next to.
These colors are incorporated into a room using furniture, fabric, art and accessories, etc. evoking an energetic and vibrant feeling. This color scheme needs to be controlled carefully as to avoid a jarring feeling. Tobi Fairley does a beautiful job by introducing painted furniture and pops of color through art into the bedroom below.

                                                                    Tobi Fairley Home  

By keeping the patterns and colors controlled, one fabric is allowed to Pop and your space will come alive.

                                                                Rosa Dest Interiors
When I refer to a color palette as one that BLENDS, it tends to be a combination of muted colors such as pastels or neutrals. For example a monochromatic color schemes is one that uses shades of one color throughout the room evoking a feeling of  and calm and cozy. For example, Suzanne Kasler uses similar shades of blue in this beautiful dining room to elicit a feeling of calm.

                                                            Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Another example is to use pattern. You can achieve a  beautiful blend by selecting a combination of patterns that are similar in value and as a result a serene and comfortable design.

                                                                       Rosa Dest Interiors
There is no right or wrong answer to this exercise... the key is to figure out which you prefer and commit!

Now to the question:

Do you Pop or do you Blend??

Five ways to help you determine whether you Pop or Blend:

1. What colors are your eyes naturally drawn to?
     •Is it the softer colors or neutrals?
     •Is it the brighter more vibrant colors?
2. Do you like to add pattern or texture into the mix?
     •Do you like to see texture in the same colors?
     •Do you like to have a contrast between the pattern and the colors?
3. What mood do you want your room to convey?
     •A peaceful serene feeling?
     •A bright and cheerful feeling?
4. Do you want to feel like saying OOOHHH  or WOW!!  as you walk in?
5. Consider your personal style and  how you like to dress, it oftentimes reflects your home.
     •Your closet says it all, how we dress is usually an indication of the colors we like to surround ourselves with.

My job is to create  both a WOW and an OOOHHH in your spaces. By determining whether you prefer a pop of color or a blend of color gives me an insight into your color sense. What it really comes down to, is making the colors you like  - WORK for YOU! 

                           Feeling Color challenged?
                                         Let's talk about your project !

Colorfully yours,


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thinking about Downsizing?

My top tips for simplifying and streamlining the process to make a CHANGE right from the start!

Change is never an easy thing to embrace, it always seems to come with a little bit of fear.
In honor of Father's Day, I would like to send a big shout out to my dad Mario who was fearless in his decision 50 years ago to immigrate to the United States with my mom and five children. On June 17th our family will be celebrating a decision that changed our life for ever.

We all don't need to immigrate to make life changing decisions but deciding to embrace a remodel or deciding to downsize are overwhelming decisions that require courage and patience. This is totally understandable and why calling a professional will help simplify and streamline the process.

Recently I started working with a lady who is soon to be 81 and she is making the big transition from her forever home to a smaller place. This transition comes with a lot of emotions and anxiety and my job is not only to help her create a comfortable and beautiful home that will meet her needs, but most importantly to help her make the transition on time and on budget.

Have a Plan
Deciding what downsizing looks like is key to making it happen. Consider the following questions: Where am I going to go? When is this going to happen? How is this going to happen? What does the new place need? Which of my pieces will fit into the new place? What is my budget?
These are all questions to consider when creating your plan and it is the beginning of making the change happen for you.
A good professional will be able to help you resolve the concerns you have.

1. Your potential budget
Having a good idea of what your potential budget  is critical to knowing exactly what you can do. It also gives the professionals involved a clear understanding of your expectations and gives us direction as to how to best guide you.

2. Begin by purging
This is a dreaded task, but actually a very important one in bringing clarity and helping you downsize without the baggage we all collect over our lifetimes.

A. I recommend making three piles-
    1. The Love, got to have pile.
    2. The Maybe my kids will want this pile. (they won't)
    3. The Oh My Gosh, I can't believe I still have this and it's got  to go pile.

B. Revisit #2 and #3 and break those piles down into do I love or need these, if you don't, immediately proceed C.

C. Call Habitat, Good Will, the Veterans and get rid of it!

3. Make a List
Make a list of everything you are going to need in your new home.
Make another list of your furniture pieces that you would like to take with you and please make a list of the ones you think you would like to take, but not sure if they will fit before you give meaningful and valuable pieces away.

Here again, hiring a professional who can guide you with scale, size and creative ways to use your furniture is extremely valuable.

4. Inspirational images
This is a new beginning so make it special...dream. Begin collecting inspirational images and save them to Pinterest boards or Houzz idea books , so you can share them easily.

5. Architect,Designer,General Contractor
Depending on your project and your needs you will most likely want to begin with the right team to begin making changes.
At Rosa Dest Interiors, we love to be the very first professionals you call, whether you are ready for a designer or not. We can guide you with trades, make recommendations and point you in the right direction.

 I'd like to encourage those considering a change to embrace it, get the right help and enjoy the ride.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Celebrating 50 years of living in the USA

Happy Birthday America!

In celebration of our country's birthday and the 50th anniversary of my family coming to America, I wanted to follow up on last months newsletter on 'Change' and share my family's story.

On June 17th I posted a picture on Facebook of our family taken by the Rock Hill Herald upon our arrival to the United States. I received so many questions and comments that I decided to share my story with all of you. I know this is not design related but it will give an indication of where I came from
My dad studied at the University of Illinois and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1957. After finishing his studies he went back to Colombia, married my mother and started a family. He worked in Colombia for several years and knew he wanted to eventually work in the states. When an opportunity to interview for a position with Bowaters Paper Mill in Lancaster was presented. He flew to SC, interviewed for the position, was offered a job and immediately took it.
Over the course of the next 12 years we moved quite a bit until finally settling in Charlotte in 1978.
My family moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1967 leaving behind their family and friends, their language and their culture.  They were the first in their families to move away.  My mother spoke absolutely NO English and came to the states with five young children and expecting number six. Needless to say we were an anomaly in Rock Hill, with such a large family and speaking a different language. I can't even begin to imagine the challenges and heart aches they faced. 

The people of Rock Hill embraced our family and were so accommodating and helpful to all of us especially to my mom as she adjusted to her new life. Neighbors helping her learn a new  language and a new way of living. The sisters at St. Annes school providing transportation for us kids and my dads colleagues providing support to all of us.
Fortunately, a few of us kids knew English as we had studied in an American school in Cali.
We grew up in two worlds; American by day (at school) and Colombian after 3pm (at home). This was not always easy as we got older but somehow it worked.
I admire my parents courage to leave their family and friends in search of better opportunities. They instilled a love of family and culture in all of us and we have maintained strong family ties in Colombia throughout our lives. I am so fortunate to have been exposed to two cultures, two languages and two countries I love.

So as you think about change regardless of how it applies to you, let me leave you with a quote from Nelson Mandela
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears"

Plaza family 1967 featured in the Rock Hill Herald

              Celebrating my dad's 80th birthday in 2015. He is dressed in a traditional Colombian garb.

Happy Birthday America!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trending at High Point Spring Market 2017

Millennial Pink was one of the hottest colors I saw throughout market. From lamps to Yes my pants to Quartz chandeliers and upholstery. It was everywhere! What do you think? Do you love it or hate it? I'd love to know.

My very favorite spotting was this amazing hardware by Addison Weeks, made locally in Charlotte, NC. If you are into semi precious stones, this is perfect for you. Add a touch of GLAM to your favorite cabinet or piece of furniture. And if that's not glamorous enough, she also sells jewelry. I could not walk away empty handed so I bought this amazing cuff.

With Cuba in the news it is no surprise to see so many palms and rattan in the market place.  Perfect for a summer home or to simply add a punch of color to a room. If this is too much for you, try adding a palm tree into your decor. All you need is a sunny window.

If all of this doesn't put a smile on your face and make you think spring or summer, you can add a touch of sunshine to your home with Yellow. Yellow, the happy color pairs nicely with many colors such as black, white, grey, blue or purple - and will definitely make you smile. Hooker furniture did just that with their club chair.  I would love to hear your thoughts on my style spotting from the High Point Market.

What do you think about what I saw at the High Point Market

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Designing for Today and Planning for Tomorrow

I went to a Lunch and Learn recently and the topic was all about planning to stay in your current home.  This is so relevant to design and remodeling.  We remodel with the objective of creating a fresh new look, but at the same time it's important to be able to enjoy and grow in your new home for many years going forward.

This idea can be brought to life with any room in your home.  More than 90% of us want to stay in our homes as we age.  Keeping this in mind,  there are so many aspects of designing a room that can apply.

* Good Design is Universal Design-

When this logic is applied, your room can not only be beautiful, but also functional. Almost as an unseen element, functionality creates a long lasting usefulness.  This under counter oven from Sub Zero Wolf is a perfect example.

Rosa Dest Interiors

* Remember the Lighting-

Keeping at least 20% of your budget for lighting is essential when planning to stay in your current home. Always make sure that under your toe kicks and cabinets are well lit. This will not only look nice,  it will also be valued as we grow older.

* Accessibility is Important-

Roll out shelves, single lever faucets, front mount control on appliances and easy maintenance are some of the aspects of your home you should consider as your remodel your home.  All of these can be appreciated when designing for today and beyond.

And remember.........

Planning ahead is always a good thing, at any stage in life and in all aspects of life.  Let me know if you have any questions or are ready to dream a new dream for your forever home.

Colorfully Yours,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Three ways to use Green in your home

Spring Fever

Green is Refreshing and Revitalizing for sure!
I don't know about you but I love it! Green makes me feel happy.
Three fresh ways to use green in your home
1. Add greenery to your home

Instead of thinking you have to bring in new pillows to add that pop of green, try adding fresh greenery to your home.
Try a fiddle leaf fig tree, they are a go to for designers. They look beautiful anywhere you place them.The beautiful sitting room below uses a variety of plants makes the room feel inviting.
I also love the way ZenComa used an old tool box to plant succulents. An arrangement like this would be so much fun in a kitchen or a sunny laundry room.

2. Play with pattern and texture

Don't be afraid to mix it up. Large scale pattern with plaids and textures such as embroidered fabrics work beautifully together.

If you love pattern, have fun with it. Just make sure to balance it with solids.

3. Add a Conversation Piece

Have some fun! Add one piece of furniture that you can have some fun with. A conversation piece!

This enameled green bamboo bar cart adds a punch of color and  lots of excitement to a party.

NOTE: There are many shades of greens: blue/greens, yellow/greens, gray/greens and so many off shoots from those.
If you love the color green and 'Greenery' is not your color but your looking for ways to incorporate into your home, Email me at and I am happy to help you out.