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 […]

See The Humor In Interior Design


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


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


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 […]