Kitchen Design Begins with the All-Important Countertop


By Barbara Kaplan – We’re surrounded by counters — particularly in the kitchen, home office and bathroom. 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 the design […]

Workspaces Need Personal Touches, Too


By Barbara Kaplan – Q: Should people be allowed to personalize their offices? If so, how do you “monitor” or “keep control” of the overall appearance? A: This question, of course, touches my heart because my answer is based on the philosophy of the Bajaro Method, which holds that everyone needs to live in their […]

Bring Personality into a Room with Eye-Catching Collectible Displays


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, […]

Trends For 2019


By Barbara Kaplan – Interior design trends for 2019 are all over the map. It’s no surprise when you look around the world, at what is going on politically, economically and socially. Design is always a reflection of people’s attitudes. It has become a global experience. After 2008, when our economy was suffering, colors were […]

Undesign: Big Redesign Jobs Start Simply — Just Move Something


By Barbara Kaplan – Question: 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. […]

A New School Year Means It’s Time to Revamp Study Areas


By Barbara Kaplan – Now that the kids are back in school, what changes do you need to make to your home to accommodate the new academic year? Your children have grown in size, and their maturity level has grown as well. This increase it may require a shift in the space for everyone, because […]

What is Feng Shui & Bajaro?


By Barbara Kaplan – Combining Feng Shui with Bajaro is believed to create the perfect combination of harmonizing the environment in which we live and work. For many people today, home and work, is the same which makes it even more important to understand these two philosophies. Together, they are the most powerful method of […]

Designing For Couples


By Barbara Kaplan – Over the years, I have led many couples on their journey of “couple design discovery.” By connecting their individual vision for their home, they create a style that is unique for them. For this to work, it is essential that both people be involved in the design process. It doesn’t mean […]

Design Trends 2018


By Barbara Kaplan – Interior design trends for 2018 are all over the map. It’s no surprise when you look around the world at what is going on politically, economically and socially. Design is always a reflection of people’s attitudes. It has become a global experience. After 2008 when our economy was suffering, colors were […]

Back Orders: Every Designer’s Worst Nightmare & Picking Paint for Your Walls


By Barbara Kaplan – Q: What happens, when something I have searched endlessly for and chosen is back-ordered or discontinued? A: Although it isn’t frequent, it does happen that something we selected is on back order, which means we must wait for it to come in. Worse case is when something we have ordered has […]