Spring Reflection

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By Barbara Kaplan – As Spring begins it is a time for reflection. I also find it hard to work and stay focused because I want to stop for a short time. I want to stop doing and just be. When anticipating Spring, I think about how I can make my life better. I also […]

Eye-Catching Collectible Displays Bring Personality Into A Room

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By Barbara Kaplan – Q: My home décor is eclectic. I like the feeling and would like to keep all the fun accents I’ve collected. However, I would like to redecorate so my collections make more of a statement. Should I do it with color, new furniture or lighting? What will give me the quickest, […]

Let Go Of The Past To Find Your Own Style

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By Barbara Kaplan – I frequently get asked how I help people decorate when they have bad taste. My response:  There is no such thing as bad taste.  What you like and don’t like is purely subjective.  If you like something, no one can tell you it is wrong. If it feels right, it is […]

Kitchen Design Begins With The All-Important Countertop

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By Barbara Kaplan – We’re surrounded by counters – particularly in the kitchen, bathroom, home office….and so much more. We take them for granted and don’t realize the impact they have on us.  Their colors, patterns and textures affect our feelings daily. Choosing the material is a decision based on style, function and cost, whereas […]

Color Can Tell A Story Going Upstairs And Down

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By Barbara Kaplan – Q: My husband and I just purchased a new home. We quickly painted the downstairs; it has a casual look with yellow and burnt orange. The couches are covered in blue denim fabric. We haven’t done anything upstairs, except for our baby’s room. Should we tie the downstairs to the upstairs? […]

Design & Lifestyle Market Comes To Scottsdale

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Barbara’s Picks has declared February “Love Your Home Month,” and for one day only, Saturday, February 27, more than 30 design and lifestyle vendors will come together at Allstate Appliances at 15250 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale to showcase their products and services to the public. Known as Barbara’s Picks, each of these vendors are […]

Mirrors, Mirrors On The Wall – Reflect It All

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By Barbara Kaplan – Mirrors create a wonderful design effect. They can make a significant difference in a room. When selecting the use and placement of a mirror, consider two things: function and aesthetic. The most important consideration in deciding where a mirror should be placed is “what is being reflected in the mirror?” Whatever […]

See The Humor In Interior Design

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By Barbara Kaplan – Thank goodness for beginnings and endings. I always welcome them because I can get so caught up in life that I don’t know how to stop feeling like I’m on a carousel. It’s important to have a beginning and an ending to mark the time, to stop and take a breath. […]

Holidays Speak To Us Through The Decorations We Cherish

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By Barbara Kaplan – As I was putting my Halloween decorations out this year, I thought what a pleasure it gives me to have these symbols of the holidays. The pieces I’ve chosen have become sweet memories. For instance, I have a large white porcelain pumpkin that matches my black-and-white home. I adorn it with […]

Putting Personality Into Your Rooms

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By Barbara Kaplan – I recently held a forum for consumers to discuss their design issues. Here is some of the conversation and questions we had. Q: I would love to use some bold patterns on my upholstery. What do I have to know to successfully do this? A: Using big, bold patterns definitely makes […]