Gardening Tips and Tricks

(for the green thumb in all of us)

After a long week indoors at the office, there’s no better thing than being outside on a Saturday morning. I talk walks, have a little morning tea, chat with the neighbors, stop and smell the flowers. Saturday mornings help me reset my mind and body, and yellow sunshine and fresh air are a big part of that. 

The Magic of Light!

Here are a few ideas to consider as you analyze the lighting in your home for possible improvements:

Light Seating Areas – but not too brightly!  Make sure you plan for a balanced approach including a bit of overhead lighting (preferably above a table at the center of the seating area) and then add lower lighting that will feel more intimate in the form of table lamps and floor lamps.  The right kind of lighting will draw people to a seating area.

An Organized Home

Our neighborhood is getting ready to host a community yard sale – which has gotten me to go thru closets and drawers and to think a lot about organizing one’s life.

With that goal in mind, I’ve given some thought to what we’ve done in the past to work organization into our design plans for clients, as well as a few new ideas I’m thinking of incorporating for my own home:

A Well Dressed Home for the Holidays

Here are a few simple ideas on how to prepare your home for the winter holiday season of entertaining:

All Aglow:  We all look best with warm light at face level instead of just from above.  Candles are great for this – but also consider adding beautiful lamps to your buffet or server.  Remember – Atmosphere is half the battle! 

Common Design Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them!

Over the past couple of decades working as a designer, I have observed there are a few common mistakes that are often made that cause an interior space to not have as much harmony and balance as would be possible.

Here are a few that I've seen along with some tips on how to avoid them.

 

Scale & Proportion:  Or rather, the lack of good scale and proportion!   

This element of design applies to all aspects of a project, whether it is with scale and proportions of furnishings fitting together, kitchen details or even accessories.

Creating a Pet Friendly Home

I think pets are such a wonderful enhancement to quality of life. I know not all of my friends would agree with me on this one – but I can’t imagine going thru life without the playful company of a four legged friend.

Here are a few ideas on how you can make your home environment one that will work well for both you and your canine or kitty companion.

Kitchen Remodeling with Essential Ingredients!

The weather is beautiful and this year I am finally getting the back garden to the next level of completeness with some new trees and grass (likely the green no-mow variety).  So for the first time in a couple of years I’m feeling like I’ll be ready to enjoy some back garden dinner parties once again!!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas I’ve collected over the years for creating a patio worthy of a party – whether it be for two or two hundred!

Kitchen Remodeling with Essential Ingredients!

We work on a lot of kitchens every year, but this year I am preparing to upgrade my own kitchen, which means I have Kitchens on my Brain more than usual!

Like many of my clients, our kitchen’s existing footprint isn’t quite as large as we think would be ideal, but our home was built in 1913 and I am resisting moving any walls which would change the flow of the home in ways I would prefer to avoid.  So, like many, I am looking to maximize the existing kitchen’s floor plan in ways that will make it function better!

A Home Improvement Plan:  Five Steps Forward!

If you are thinking about remodeling and are overwhelmed by the possibilities and scope of it all – you are not alone!  As a design professional, I meet individuals and couples all the time that feel unsure of how to move forward.

A Bath Made Better; interior design tips from Sasha Witte a Long Beach interior designer

Do you have a bathroom you'd like to make better by putting every inch of its space to work - and stylishly?

Here are a few ideas to consider if you are looking to improve one or more of your home's bathrooms!

How to Select Window Treatments

Whether your windows frame a beautiful view, or simply gather sunlight, they offer an opportunity to add another layer of beautiful detail to your space at the same time you deal with practical concerns.

Here are a few important things to consider as you integrate your window treatment plans into your home décor. 

Color 101:  Creating a Color Palette for Your Home

For the person looking to make some profound improvements to the interior of their home, without spending a great deal of money to do so, there is nothing better than the addition of a well thought out color palette!  

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