Inspiration for Life

January 15th, 2013

I have been running for a long time; with 2 kids and a career in television it seems as though I have been running around forever. I used to be on air talent for HGTV, showing the world how to design and get creative with their interiors. During my 10 years in television I never stopped exercising and taking care of my body. Last summer one of my girlfriends and I challenged each other. I agreed to take a yoga class with her if she would run with me. The last yoga class I took wasn’t for me, all I could think about were the things I needed to do after I got out of there. It was so slow and boring and I thought all yoga was like this. I reluctantly sucked it up and went with her. I was surprised, this class wasn’t like any kind of yoga I’ve ever done. The room was hot, 95 degrees hot! It was fast passed and challenging with balancing poses and inversions, OMG I was hooked. After my show ended it came so naturally what to do next in my life. I wanted to get deeper and redesign for the well-being. So now in addition to being a designer and color expert, I am now a certified yoga instructor and on the path to becoming a nutritionist. I love how intertwined design, beauty, travel, exercise and food are, it’s life. The tagline on my website reads “inspiration for interiors”, it will read “inspiration for life”. I’m devoting this website to design and well-being walking hand in hand. After all, a house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Let’s inspire each other.

Here are a few people and things that inspire me…..

Karens Living/Dining room makeover.

May 21st, 2011

Every month last year I teamed up with Dutch boy Paints to host an internet program called Restore My Decor.  Participants upload photos of their troubled rooms and I picked a winner that would receive a virtual makeover.  On the program I featured their room, suppling them with a drawing, color ideas, furniture suggestions as well as answering questions from the on line viewers.  These “virtual” winners had the potential to be the grand prize winner, which was a  to complete a room makeover buy me personally.  When I featured Karen and her husbands living/dining room on the program little did we know that they would become the grand prize winners.  So, off to Columbus, Oh. I went with $4000 in my pocket to complete their traditional chic living room.


Living Room Before

When I visited Karens home she told me that they accumulated most of the furniture, it was way too bulky and took over the space.  Yet the dining area was scant and seemed disjointed. It needed to join the living/dining room spaces which was an issue because I only had $4000.   So I edited out a few pieces and added some chic, traditional elements.   The camel back sofa was in great condition, I liked it, so it stayed, which was great for the budget.  I shopped for a lot of accessories on line (I was relieved they were all there when I arrived)  and did a little shopping in Colombus (Great shopping by the way).


Homeowners painting used for design inspiration

Karen has a painting that means a lot to her and wanted it incorporated into the room. This became the design inspiration. A common mistake that some people make when designing a space around an object is taking it too literally. For example, the frame around Karen’s painting is gold but using too much gold would overwhelm the design and look garish.  I actually steered clear of any gold and incorporated antique brass and darker color metals. For example, the dark metal on the really cool lamp shades and coffee table. Flanking the sofa with darker wood like the espresso colored side tables, allows each furniture piece to stand out individually. I hung sconces on either side of the painting to stretch out it’s size so it didn’t appear to be lost on the large wall. The wing back chairs with solid oak legs and exposed frames with burnt oak drifted finish adds a traditional artistic element. The two little leather and metal ottomans provide additional seating white keeping the room spacious. Obviously, the colors for the room were also pulled from the painting. I used a sophisticated Golden-grey on the walls and dusty blue for the accent color. I hung the blue curtains close to the top of the ceiling and about

Living Room After

10 inches wider then the window to create more drama in the room and showcases the floor to ceiling window. The zebra rug is a playful element but also suggestive of the painting as fur lines the jacket of Napoleons wife in the painting. Animal furs and animal skins were often used in the making of clothes in the 1800’s and was a sign of wealth and rank in society. I used a glass coffee table, so you can see the pattern of the rug, adorned with a few of Karens keepsakes.


Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

After all this, surprising enough, I did not reach my budget.  Yeah!  I was so excited that I  was able to furnish the Dining room for Karen and hubby as well. Off to the stores again.  I was even more elated when I found a chest of drawers that was the same dusty blue that I was using in the room.  I snatched that up quickly found a mirror to hang above it and found a new dining table.  Voila!!!


The end result,  Karen was over the moon and even went as far to call me magical.  I had so much fun with this project.  A big thanks to Dutch Boy for making it possible.  Stay tuned for Restore my Decor in 2011, streaming in May.   You could be the next grand prize winner.






May 16th, 2011

Jen and I barely set foot into the Jacob Javits Center when spotted LZF.  LOVE, love, love. Check out this Spanish husband and wife teams’ story on 2Modern.

ICFF 2011: It’s Started!

May 16th, 2011

Video: Jen + Danielle

ICFF is here!!

May 13th, 2011

Yeah! I just touched ground and I’m resting up for the big day tomorrow at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. I am super excited to experience ICFF 2011 with Jennifer Sitko of 2Modern. We’ll be sourcing out the latest trends and hottest products on the design scene and keeping you posted. Check back regularly for pictures and live video so you too can feel like you’re part of the experience.

2Modern-Check it out!

November 23rd, 2010

From the design aficionados of 2modern comes 2MCollective, an exclusive and unique shopping destination – a member’s only home and décor boutique.

2M Collective is the first flash sale website solely dedicated to modern home and accessory products and membership to access these exclusive products is free to all consumers. Each item is offered for a short period of time at a significantly reduced price. You will see discounts of up to 80% off regular retail prices. All products shown on 2M Collective is sold on a first come, first serve. When it’s gone, it’s gone. As a member of 2M Collective, you will receive email notifications indicating which brands are featured in their upcoming sales. You have to move move quickly all items are sold on a first come, first serve. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Here’s what is featured this month.

Tree House

July 20th, 2010

Tree House Foundation

At the moment I have quite a few projects on my plate but to my children the most important one is a tree house. My Great friend, Bob Garrow, has implemented some creative ideas on the construction. It goes without saying that it was a necessity for the tree house to be safe but  we also didn’t want to harm the trees. After doing extensive research we discovered that piercing the tree would be kindest to the tree, kinda like an ear piercing. Bob attached a large turnbuckle to the bolt and then a heavy duty L bracket to the turnbuckle so that the foundation of the tree house sits on the L bracket. There are many great things about this system, one being when the trees move so will the house, like a bridge does. Another is if one tree grows at a different pace the buckle can be adjusted to keep the house level.


This is just the start of my children’s dream house. I will post more photos as we progress.


In researching tree houses I came across these on the web.

This is a treehouse in Maui that my husband and I spent 3 days of our honeymoon in. That was enough, I needed the Grand Wailea.

My Favorite The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant.

Swedens' Treehouse Hotel. The Cabin was designed by Cyrén & Cyrén and is a prefabricated unit located on a steep site and accessed via a footbridge.

Cabin layout

Cabin interior

Treehouse Hotel: The Invisible

The Invisible: Interior

Treehouse hotel: The Nest

The spherical tree house hotel on Vancouver Island


Restore My Decor #3

July 6th, 2010

Hi All
Here’s the link to my live web chat sponsored by Dutch Boy Paints. I hope to see you tonight 6pt/9et, pass it on….

Drawing, finished! Paint colors, awesome! Fabrics and furniture, “hott”! Join me tonight on Restore My Decor, 6pst/9est. I will reveal this months “Traditional Chic” Living/Dining room makeover, and of course answer all your design questions.

Ovangkol Wood

June 2nd, 2010

A question was asked yesterday on the Restore My Decor Web chat, if Ovangkole wood is good on floors.  The answer is yes, but click here for information on Ovangkol Wood.  Thanks for joining me last night.  See you July 6th for another episode.

Restore My Decor

June 1st, 2010

Here is the link for Restore my Decor live web Chat, tonight at 6 for you folks on the West coast and 9 for you East coasters.

I look forward to answering all your design questions.