Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm headed off to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and brother.  I'm feeling very thankful these days.  We are through the move and are settling in.  My business has gathered steam.  We are all healthy (knock on wood).  Does anyone else do the knock on wood?  I hate verbalizing anything positive, so I always

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More High Lights

I have so much going on right now and there is so much to write about from Market.  Tonight, I have several dozen clients of a local realty company coming to my house for a cocktail party and design presentation.  Robert Allen, Peyton Home, and Sherwin Williams have all contributed to the swag bag.  So,

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New Before and After

As promised here is a project I recently finished in Va.  I want to point out that even with a modest budget you can get completely custom pieces with high style and function if you have great resources.    Family Room Before Family Room After Every piece of furniture in this make over, we had custom made. 

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High Lights continued…

In addition, to the Gray and Orange combo there were a lot of neutrals.  Out of the sea of neutrals I saw a "new" Blue emerging.  Here are some examples. Palecek Showroom…notice the wicker on the chair and the bathing beauty pillows.  Global Views More Global Views Annie Selkie for Vanguard   Thom Filicia for

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Pantone’s Color Forecast 2010

I recently received Pantone's color report for 2010.  Although, I don't decorate according to color trends, I still find the information very interesting.  Going forward, neutrals are apparently taking center stage.  So much so, that Pantone has added a neutral palette this year to the forecast. "Design and color trends are not conjured up in

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The House is done…

It has been a crazy last few days.  Thursday, the next batch of prototypes for my eco friendly line of upholstery were delivered.  They are better than I could have imagined.  We had to scramble to finish putting the beds together and get the house cleaned before my parents arrived that afternoon.  It was chaos. 

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Lucite Chairs

When I was in Paris this April visiting my Sister-in-law and her family (they have lived in Paris for the past four years on a government assignment), I came across this furniture store that had these really amazing bar stools in the window.  I happen to be with my hubby and SIL at the time. 

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I’m Back… Moving Sucks!

We have finally arrived in Concord. We moved out of the hotel last Thursday, got our internet working this weekend, and Jack(my hubby) and I haven't killed each other.  These are all huge achievements.  We've had a lot of "adventures" the past two weeks.  They don't surpass the last move from FL to VA,  when we were outrunning

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The Time Has Come…..

Well the packers are here and the move has officially begun.    I'm still trying to finish up some work amongst the rising chaos around me.  It is a bit depressing.  My emotions are all over the place.  One minute I'm excited, the next overwhelmed and pissed, and now I'm bawling because I just finished reading my

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Repurpose… Before and After Furniture

I have this really amazing group of friends that  are talented designers and artists here in Northern Va.  My interior design friend, Paula Grace and I are both blogging today about one of our mutual artist friends, Andie Samarelli  http://www.bojams.com/.  We are covering different projects so be sure to go to Paula's blog http://www.paulagracedesigns.blogspot.com/ and read about another cool

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Green Design Summit

I'm very excited to be attending Design Success University's Green Design Summit the next two days.  I look forward to sharing with you what I will have learned in future posts.  I also can't wait to tell you about my new eco-friendly custom designed upholstery line I'm launching in August.  I've collaborated with a company in Hickory,

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New Home Decor Magazine

With the demise of many shelter magazines in recent times, Fresh Home is a new quarterly whose second issue lands on the stands tomorrow. This magazine is geared towards do-it-your-selfers for today's conservative spending.  This issue focuses on providing affordable shopping guides, redecorating a bathroom for $500, and advising homeowners on creating a lush lawn on a

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Free Advice Friday

I often get asked where to hang drapes and how long should they be.  Personally, I like drapes to be hung as high as possible.  They should start just below the ceiling or right under the crown molding.  This helps make a short ceiling feel taller and tall ceilings to be softened acoustically.  It works

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Back to High Point Highlights

Okay, so I’ve digressed the last couples of posts. The last installment from High Point highlights will be covering the eco-friendly movement.  Over the past couple of years, the eco-friendly or green movement gets more and more play at each market.  This Spring was no exception.  In fact, not only did we see that trend

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Presentation is Everything

The design of food and interior decor are very similar.  Presentation of both delight many senses.  Recently, my husband and I had a lovely dining experience at Mini Bar http://cafeatlantico.com/miniBar/miniBar.htm in D.C.'s Penn Quarter.  Mini Bar is a six seat restaurant in the back corner of Cafe Atlantico's upstairs  dining room. The restaurant is Jose Andres' homage to

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Free Advice Friday

This reader recently purchased this chandelier for their 12 ft tall entryway.  They want to know how high to hang it.  I get asked this question a lot.  The "rule of thumb" is to hang it so that the bottom of the chandelier is 6' 8" from the floor.  This works for the majority of

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House Hunting in Boston

Who knew that house hunting in Boston would have challenges we'd never encountered before?  Bostonians, that's who.  We thought our goals were simple. Short commute for my husband, a great area for my business, great schools for the kids (the one thing that wasn't an issue) and a house a landlord would let me have

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Free Advice Friday

This reader sent in this picture of her front room.  She has no idea what to do with it.  She already has a family room, office, and media room in the home and with two small children a formal living room isn't needed.  In addition, she is on a very tight budget.  SOLUTION   1. 

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Before & After Photos

  Arlington Dining Room Before    Arlington Dining room After    Arlington Wine Fridge Before    Arlington Wine Fridge After    Arlington Kitchen Before    Arlington Kitchen After    Arlington Living Room Before    Arlington Living Room After    Arlington Master Bedroom Before    Arlington Master Bedroom After    Arlington Bathroom Before    Arlington Bathroom

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Kristin Drohan Interior Design – 770 837 2076, Atlanta, GA

Kristin Drohan, Interior Designer, CID, IDG, Green AP, Member of National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Biography Kristin Drohan, one of America’s most versatile interior designers, offers complete design services and her own furniture line to elite clients throughout the country. Kristin, whose work has appeared in print and on-line publications nationwide, works with industry

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