Creating a romantic bedroom retreat.

It’s getting cold out there!  Just the time of the year to create a romantic bedroom retreat for you and your honey…or just you!  Here are some key details to make your room look more luxurious, even if you are just starting out.

1.  Create nice-looking easy-to-use storage.

Your goal is to hide items that tend to make a mess. If you tend to empty your pockets on the dresser, find an attractive box or basket you love, use this to hold your wallet, keys, and loose change for the evening.

Banish clutter. It’s tempting to use your bedroom space to store gifts, odds and ends,
things that don’t yet have a home. Try not to do this. Pick a closet for things
you’d like to use, but aren’t ready for just yet. If you don’t have a closet,
seek a basement, attic space, or commercial storage for new items, your wedding
dress, or out of season items. Now is the time to find a new home for duplicate
pieces or furniture that just doesn’t fit in your bedroom.

2. Help your combined furniture to cooperate

Your bedroom furniture doesn’t have to match to work together. Perfectly matched
sets can look a bit impersonal or out of touch with your vibe as a couple. In
the short term, if you must choose between dressers, choose the one that best
fits your things or your space, and go from there. Using similar color or
texture can help match pieces coming from different places.

You may find your tastes run in opposite directions, as in, she loves modern, he
loves antiques. Blending these styles together can make a room look like it
truly belongs to both of you. To combine your different preferences together,
first decide which style predominates among the pieces you are keeping. Treat
this as the main style, with accents coming from the other look. Let each
unique piece have its own voice. Similarities like color and line can allow
different items to work together.

3. Warm up the color scheme

Choose a favorite item, like a photo, a soft throw, a bedspread, and make this the
basis of your color scheme. Colors that add a sense of luxury and excitement
include gold, or burgundy, or a rich violet. Just the right dash of bold, warm
color can go a long way to spark excitement and sex appeal.

4. Highlight the bed.

It is a bedroom, after all. Don’t be afraid to make the bed the focus and make the
message romantic. If you don’t have a headboard, call on a little creativity to
help make the bed attractive and inviting. Paint can be useful here. Use a warm
accent color on the wall behind the bed. Paint the rest of the room a softer

If your situation doesn’t allow for painting, you can hang a group of pictures
above the bed, or images from your honeymoon or a special trip together. Look
for a special item like a quilt, a series of photos, or even a well-crafted
gate borrowed from the garden for a unique, expressive headboard.

Use luxurious linens on the bed. Take advantage of the cozy feel and inviting
texture of fabric. Place a soft throw, a folded plush blanket or a few accent
pillows on your bed to dial up the romance factor.

5. Take inspiration from something you both love

For inspiration, search for  images that are high in romance.  Determine what you both
like, and enjoy the process of exploring how to mix and match your different

If you find you just can’t get things to work together the way you want, stop and
take a breath. You’re not alone. You can always get some professional advice to
keep the process easy and fun.  An interior designer can help you create a special romantic retreat you will both enjoy for years to come.


Welcome Introduction.

Hello World!
Welcome to my new blog. I’ve been thinking for weeks about my first post and finally decided to just tell you a little about myself and the work that I do. It’s common for people to think that I am a “decorator” and that what I do is help people choose fabrics for drapery and furniture and select wall colors. However, my work is so much more complex. I design “retreat” spaces. What do I mean by “retreat” spaces. Well, I mean that I design hospitality spaces for commercial clients however, a very rewarding aspect of my work is designing for residential clients.
I believe that one’s home is a retreat from the outside world. It is the place that we spend the majority of our time, the place we begin and end our day. That place should be special and should be a reflection of you and who you are. It should make you feel safe, comfortable, relaxed and at ease. At times, it should also make you feel vibrant, alive and fun.

Designing for my residential clients is interesting, challenging and fun because the look and feel of a home is such a personal preference. Each of my clients have different needs for the functionality of their home. While they hire me for my aesthetic, they also hire me for my analytical abilities to help them plan their space.
A huge factor in designing a space is budget. A common misconception is that designers are too expensive and that we specify only custom designed furniture. My belief is that the benefits of good design should be available to all. My clients are average, everyday families desiring to enhance their home life. They do not have unlimited budgets and they do not re-design their home every 2 years.
To put things in perspective, I will tell you about a current project I am designing. At the moment I am helping a couple with a complete home renovation. They are a couple with adult children who are both out of the house, married and looking to expand the family with grandchildren. The couple has lived in their home for 40 years and has never renovated the interior. As they move into their retirement years and begin welcoming grandchildren, their desire was to create a space that would function better for their changing needs, allow them to relax more at home and enjoy opening up their home to entertaining.
The couple has worked hard over the years and has saved their money for this renovation. As you can imagine, it has been an emotional process for everyone. Whole home renovations bring about an exorbitant amount of change, which can be a very trying process. Needless to say, it was important to take time in making decisions and ensure that everyone involved was happy with selections. The renovation is so important to this family and rightfully so. They are doing this once, no second takes. That is why it was so important to hire an interior designer. They needed someone to help them visualize their space, someone to help them choose products in budget and someone to help oversee the construction process. They weren’t driven by the materiality that the design world can portray, they were driven to find design elements that were pleasing to them within budget, that would suit their needs.
This has been such a satisfying process for me because at the end of each day, I know that I am leaving a lasting impression on this family. Their lives will be forever changed by the work that we’ve done together. They will soon have a home that will allow them to grow old gracefully with their changing needs. Just knowing that I have been able to touch their lives in such a special way, is as rewarding as it gets.