Putting Personality Into Your Rooms

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 […]

Put The Plan On Paper Before Moving In The Furniture

By Barbara Kaplan – Q: I’m going to decorate a room in my home. Is it important to do a furniture layout (plan) of my room before buying the first piece of furniture?  A: Yes, it is necessary. From the moment you begin a project to placing the last piece, you must consider the total […]

Art: Part Two

By Barbara Kaplan – Art can change everything in a room. When moving into a new home, it may feel uncomfortable, incomplete and not like home until the art is hung on the walls or the pedestals or statues are placed. Then all of a sudden the space is transformed and comes alive. There is […]

Art: Make It “Your” Choice

By Barbara Kaplan – Art was probably the first word I said as a baby…or so it seems. My parents were antiques importers and I grew up with 18th and 19th century incredible artifacts. It was after WWII and my father would travel to Germany and France to buy antiques. So I truly grew up […]

Change Your Decorating Choices, Change Your Life

By Barbara Kaplan – When buying a new home or redecorating an existing home, personal transition is happening. This can be overwhelming, as well as being an exciting time of new beginnings. Change requires a deeper look at personal needs and wants. A release from the past, to a shift into new directions. Often we […]

Date Your Dream Home (Before Making a Final Decision)

By Barbara Kaplan – Online dating and shopping for a new home have many similarities. And both can be the most important decisions you make in your life. They both begin by looking at pictures, then reading descriptions or comments and having a face to face meeting. When you find one that interests you, the […]

How to Inexpensively Decorate Your Dorm Room For Fashion And Function

By Barbara Kaplan – It’s a milestone when you move away from home to go to college. Living on your own, usually for the first time, becomes an opportunity to learn about yourself. It all begins with “interior” design. A time to discover how you want to live in your new environment. A good rule […]

Undesign To Redesign Starts Simply…Just Move Something

By Barbara Kaplan – Q. I am contemplating redecorating my home. I have some furnishings I still like, and other pieces I know I no longer want to live with. I have looked at magazines to figure out what I like now, but I’m confused. The thought of everything I have to consider overwhelms me. […]

29 Ways To Love Your Home

By Barbara Kaplan – Every month is “Love Your Home Month,” because, after all, loving your home is loving yourself! Here are just a few ways to love your home:  #5 – The Pillow Trick You’ve probably heard about the pillow trick. But sometimes it only takes one fabulous pillow to make the difference. Especially […]

21 + 1 Ways To Design Your Kitchen To Lose Weight And Live Healthier, Too!

By Barbara Kaplan – Now that a new year has begun and change is in the air, why not look at your kitchen in a new way, too? You may have made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or you may just want to eat and live healthier. Your kitchen is an easy place […]