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 […]

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 […]

Art: Part Two

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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

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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

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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 […]