Archive : August 2014


Modern Meets Vintage

This modern yet vintage bedroom is perfect for someone looking for a tranquil space with character. Nature was our biggest inspiration here with a variety of textures and tranquil colors. It makes for the perfect calming sensory environment.

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-Deborah Rosenberg

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InAFix - Decorating On A Budget!! How Many Ways Can We Slice It.

Decorating On A Budget!! How Many Ways Can We Slice It.

Deborah DiMare

I was a designer on The Learning Channel’s “In a Fix.”  The show took place over a 3 day period.  In that time, I along with an incredibly talented cast of carpenters and about 50 behind the scene crew members (shhhh…that was the part viewers weren’t supposed to know about), would transform a space that was in major disrepair for a needy family.  It was wonderful to know that our very hard work helped a family that really needed it.  We had a very sparse budget.

 What I learned about decorating on a dime is that one has to think as far out of the box as one can.  I’m talkin’ – reaching out into the galaxy for ideas. Check out this site I created a wall with chicken wire and candles. I made a beer tap out of a fire hydrant (the owner was a fireman). I created tables with books and window treatments with handkerchiefs.  It was great!!! Nothing was a no-no.  Every crazy thing I created had a purpose and that’s what was important. Nothing was wasted.

 So, when you are designing a space with a few pennies, first decide on the purpose of the space, and then have an image of a space that you love and mimic it in your own “unique, special way.” Can’t afford that gorgeous crystal vase appearing in the magazine?  Well, that plastic clear pitcher from Walmart could easily work.  Hang a beaded necklace around it and call it your own or find one at Jewelry shopping!!!

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 -Deborah Rosenberg

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Classic Meets Modern European

Sophia Loren, Italy’s most renowned, gorgeous and sexiest actress,  was our inspiration when we created this living room. It’s an international beauty, just like Sophia, classic and modern European.

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 -Deborah Rosenberg

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Kids Sharing Spaces

Deborah DiMare

I’m often asked how to please everyone in shared spaces, especially kids.

I had the privilege of designing a home in Arkansas for an extremely large family.  You might have heard of them.  Their name is “Duggar,” Jim Bob and Michelle Dugger from Fayetville, Arkansas. They are celebs in their own right. They’ve had a show on TLC for many years and I was the host/designer of “16 and counting.” It was a memorable and invaluable experience.

I had to be extremely efficient with my space planning, furniture selections and budget, while making a very large family happy with the results.  They are a very close, loving group and the kids all wanted to sleep in the same room.  So, we created two “wings” to the house, a boys and a girls.

I got the kids involved in the creative process. We had an official meeting with notes and dialogue.  By doing that, it gave them a feeling of control and confidence and it was a lot of fun.  Most importantly, all 16 kids were “heard.”  Isn’t that what all of us want anyway? Kids are the same.  They want to know that their opinion counts.  I think that kids and adults lose their temper and self-control over the frustration of feeling invisible.

 So, although I wasn’t able to include everything on the Duggar’s kids wish list, I made sure to include what seemed the most important to them.  I listened.

 -Deborah Rosenberg

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