5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

When we interior designers begin our careers, we’re encouraged to create ‘portfolio-worthy’ projects. In retrospect, it’s easy to see that these projects are more about the design firm than the client. As a well-seasoned designer, I’ve come to realize it’s much more fun to create spaces for other people. Gratitude and happy faces motivate me. … Continue reading 5 Things I Won’t Do as Your Interior Designer

5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

You know a move manager would help, but it’s an expense and you’re not sure if it’s justified. After all, you’ve moved before and survived, right? After managing hundreds of moves, I’ve found 5 indicators that a move manager will be an investment that pays you back in time, energy, and sanity: You get panicked … Continue reading 5 Signs You’re Ready for a Move Manager

Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens

Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens

How full is your closet with linens you don’t use? Maybe you have a soft blanket but it’s stained, or a high-quality percale sheet that’s fraying. You think you should keep it, and suddenly your storage is stuffed. Here’s my professional organizer’s tip for what to do with old linens: donate them to Animal Rescue … Continue reading Organizer Tip: Where to Donate Your Old Linens

Downsizing Dilemma: What to Do with Your Wedding Dress

Downsizing Dilemma: What to Do with Your Wedding Dress

It’s amazing what treasures get unearthed when you begin to downsize: travel souvenirs, heirloom quilts, and yes, wedding dresses! Suddenly you’re face to face with things you haven’t seen in years and they (hopefully) bring back all kinds of wonderful memories. This is one of my favorite stories about bringing meaningful things out from storage … Continue reading Downsizing Dilemma: What to Do with Your Wedding Dress

How to Design Like a Pro: My Top 4 Secrets

How to Design Like a Pro: My Top 4 Secrets

Ever flip through a home design magazine and wonder what it is about those rooms that make them look so ‘designed?’ Of course, there’s no clutter and everything is perfectly placed, but it’s more than that. There are four ‘secrets’ that interior designers rely on to create beautiful spaces. Applying them can be a challenge, … Continue reading How to Design Like a Pro: My Top 4 Secrets

Downsizing When Your Children Don’t Want Your Stuff

Downsizing When Your Children Don’t Want Your Stuff

Telling people who are downsizing into smaller homes that their adult children don’t want their stuff is one of the hardest parts of my job. Many people have a dream of passing along their china and antiques to their children and grandchildren. The reality is that the next generation wants to create a home that … Continue reading Downsizing When Your Children Don’t Want Your Stuff