Why a Shade different than the Usual makes all the Difference

Why a Shade, a Valance, Drapery or a Cornice
makes all the Difference in a Room
Photo courtesy of Samuel & Sons
Now that Thanksgiving weekend is over, I'm back to work on my interior design projects.  Most of the rooms I'm designing need new window treatments. It's always interesting to see how a room comes together, when the window treatment is installed.


So much thought goes into window treatments. Besides the function of the window treatment (control of light, heat, sound) is the decision on the type or color of fabric, whether it is lined or interlined and if it requires hardware (poles, rods, etc.) at installation.


Not only does designing a window treatment require alot of thought, it requires collaboration with the fabricator, the fabric suppliers and the installer. It challenges the designer to mix together all the elements of design for the purpose of pleasing her client's eye and transforming a space.


I can't wait to see the fabrics I'll find at the fabric showrooms this week - it's where the transformation of those windows will begin to take shape!

Mary Alice Smith, based in New Jersey, is an interior designer the New Jersey and metropolitan New York areas. 
She can be reached at 732 690-2030 or at masmith729@comcast.net.

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Don't worry, be happy! Just follow your Intuition to decorate your Home

Put on  a 'Happy Face' - Follow your Intuition when decorating your Home


Case Study Story:

Recently, a client mentioned that she didn't want a stainless sink or a cast iron sink for her new kitchen. However, it was a detail that could wait, while we worked on other decisions for her new home.

So, when she discussed her kitchen sink challenge, I decided to check out the Blanco sink , the Silgranit II (*see information below) to see if it would give her what she wanted.


So besides listening to my client's concern and also following my intuition, I found a solution that would afford the best outcome for her needs. My client's intuition told her she would not be happy with the usual kitchen sink selection. My experience and intuition told me that we had to find the best sink for her needs. 

Result: We both listened to our intuition, which led us to discover the satisfaction of finding a solution that made her happy while it kept us on track with the kitchen design progress.

PS The sink is now installed and it looks great!


Mary Alice Smith, based in New Jersey, is an interior designer serving homeowners in the New Jersey and metropolitan New York areas.  She can be reached at 732 690-2030 or at masmith729@comcast.net.

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*From Blanco's website:"...featuring an ultra-durable and cleanable surface made of 80% rock-hard granite, SILGRANIT II resists scratches, stains and heat and holds 7 patents for its advanced technology. And with 22 shapes to choose from'...".

Just think - You can have your Chocolate and Live in it too!

Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

And to celebrate the occasion, just think about living in a room that is the color of something you love. Chocolate walls with accents in almond, to play up a dramatic dark versus light contrast.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore and Pottery Barn

Benjamin Moore and Pottery Barn cooked up the palette above, that features the paint color aptly named 'Bittersweet Chocolate'  (2114-10). This deep dark brown pairs perfectly with Benjamin Moore's 'Pale Almond' (OC-2).

Mary Alice Smith, based in New Jersey, is an interior designer serving homeowners in the New Jersey and metropolitan New York areas. She can be reached at 732 690-2030 or at masmith729@comcast.net.

After you read this blog - check out my website and blogs:
M. A. Smith Ltd.,Interior Design
Best Design Coach Blog
House Zen Garden Blog