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.