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 […]

Do You Treat Yourself Well At Home?


By Barbara Kaplan – How do you prefer to live? Do you take the time to treat yourself well at home? Do you do things in your home that make you happy and feel good? Last week I had a conversation with a client about bringing rituals and ceremony into her home. She had read […]

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, […]