Right-Size Rather Than Down-Size!


By Barbara Kaplan – Many people are becoming empty nesters or retiring and look around at the space they occupy and realize it no longer suits their needs. Less space is needed and the spaces are used differently for things like hobbies, exercise, home offices and meditation and reading rooms. Now is the time to […]

Good Design Is Comfortable Design


By Barbara Kaplan – The single most important characteristic people tell me they want in their home is comfort, and I believe you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the look you want. Good design comforts — but everyone has a different definition of what comfort means to them. What is warm and comfortable for […]

What Is Bajaro?


By Barbara Kaplan – For most people their home is a refuge – a place where they can forget about the outside world. A place that allows them to go within to create healing for the things they cannot control. This is what I refer to as a person’s “sacred space” or “healing environment.” Everyone […]

Spring Reflection


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]