Month: February 2013

The 411 on Decorating Measurements

Here we go… 36 inches is how far the bottom of a dining room chandelier should hang above the table.  (Do you have really high ceilings? Add an inch for every additional foot of ceiling). How big should an overhead light fixture be?  Just add the length and width of the room in feet and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter.  So a 12 x 18 foot room would need a 30 inch wide chandelier.  (Bunny Williams) 26 inches is how far a dining room rug should extend past the table on all sides so chairs can scoot in and out without getting caught on the carpet. About 55-58-ish inches is where the approximate center of a piece of art should hang from the floor.   (Or eye level for an average person). Curtains should be 2 ½ to 3 times the width of the window.  So if you are doing two panels, each should be 1 ¼ to 1 ½ times the window width.  Buy a rod that’s about 20 inches wider than …

Creating Joy at Home–It’s Not Just About Decorating, It’s About Dancing…

 A Pep Talk from Kid President to You Ok…so I try to be an upbeat sort of person.  “Life is too short to be boring” is part of my unspoken mission.  I really try to help people embody joy in how they live so when I saw this on the Today show I was inspired all over again. Robby Novak is a 9 year old who has been making these hilarious pep talk videos with his brother-in-law.  The videos have been seen over 4 million times and he can be found on the YouTube channel SoulPancake, a website co-created by Rainn Wilson of the “The Office”.  Robby, or “Kid President” as he is called isn’t just talking the talk either—he’s walking it (or dancing it).  He has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (a brittle bone condition) and has had over 75 breaks since he was born. So to hear him say “Less complaining, more dancing” is pretty cool. “I think we all need a pep talk,” Novak says at the start of one of his videos “The world …

Three Simple Decorating Tips To Get You Unstuck

  I am with a client standing in their dining room only I can’t see them and they can’t see me.  No, we didn’t have our eyes closed and it wasn’t a blackout at midnight.   It was because there were so many moving boxes piled up we were both trapped between dish pack mayhem.   “So when did you move in?” I yelled.  The client jumped up behind her cardboard wall and I fleetingly heard “About 4 years ago”… So many people are afraid of making a decorating mistake, a spending mistake, or making any decision whatsoever that they live in limbo land making excuses well past the statute of limitations on what is acceptable for “We just moved in”. Doing nothing is not making a decision.  It’s making a decision to do nothing. Here are 3 somethings to do now that help get more bang for your buck: 1.  Start small.  Sit on the couch and tear out pictures from decorating magazines that speak to you.  Go ahead and watch TV while you do it!  …