Interior Design | Add a touch of romance using red Reply

Just a little Valentine’s Day inspiration to start your day. We love red. It is romantic, passionate, and exciting…adding pops of red will instantly energize any space. Amore!touch of romance

Interior Design| What’s Your Design Inspiration? Reply

Have you ever said, I know what I want the space to look like, but I can’t seem to make it happen? . . .Today we are introducing a new blog series, Interior Design Guide, your guide to understanding how great design comes to life. Learn from professional interior designers some of the key processes of interior design, and how those processes lead to creating beautiful spaces.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

One of the first things your designer will ask you to do prior to your initial design consultation, is to collect photos that inspire you the most; whole rooms, objects, colors, fabrics, architectural details, etc.  Think of design inspirations as all of your favorite things; flowers, family heirlooms, nature, colors, textures, patterns, comfy clothes, cool crisp fresh air, summer nights, cherished memories, and on and on.  Design inspirations can be anything!  Sharing your design inspirations is key to understanding your style.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Inspirations are everywhere so be sure to notice the simplest of details. Glass table scatter translates into beautiful rich jewel tones, interesting geometrical forms, and brilliant bling…is there ever enough bling?


Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

We love visiting fabric stores for inspirations…sometimes patterns speak most, sometimes texture and color combinations speak the most. Take time to explore the world around you.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Don’t forget to stop and take in the scenery along the route.  This lovely backdrop of the waterfall, natural textures, and woodland colors resonates a sense of relaxed serenity.  Can’t you just feel the breeze from the falls and the sun on your shoulders?

Designer Tip: Take lots of photos everywhere you go because you never know what will inspire you the most!

Once you have collected your photos, you will want to organize them. Organizing is easy. Just cut & paste your favorite photos from magazines, Pin photos onto Pinterest boards, or if you are tech savvy, create a Photoshop collage similar to our weekly Saturday Sampler, Interior Design Collections to Inspire.

We enjoy using Pinterest to explore thousands of photos because it’s quick, easy to use, and doesn’t require sticky glue.  We can also control client privacy by creating a “Secret Board“.  Secret boards are perfect for sharing photos that only clients and staff can see and pin to.  Our clients love working with us through Pinterest since it’s a great way to communicate our design ideas!

Designer Tip: Make notes on each photo about your likes or dislikes to share with your designer. 

Websites for inspiration

If you are not the “photographerish” type, there are plenty of websites out there that you can visit to find inspirations . . . Houzz is a popular and resourceful website that allows you to collect and share inspirational photos.  Remember, inspirations can be found anywhere, so be sure to visit a variety website genres; science, fine art, history, photography, fashion, etc., but keep in mind the copyright laws and don’t overstep your boundaries. When in doubt, get permission to use other’s photos!

What inspires you most? Share your inspirational photos with us, we would love to see them!


Corinne Gail

Universal Design | Our 100th Blog Post | Happy New Year 2015 2

It’s a wrap 2014. . .welcome to our 100th blog post!  Wow, it seems like yesterday that we sat down and began clicking the keyboard to post our first blog…time truly flies.  We are deeply grateful to our readers, fans, and followers, YOU!  We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts and design ideas over the last 99 blog posts, and look forward to sharing many more in 2015.  Happy New Year!


Before we pop open the bubbly tonight to celebrate the beginning of the New Year,  we wanted to take time to look back on 2014 and also share what lies ahead for us in 2015.

2014 was truly exciting and fun! Living the jet-set life for a few months (so it seemed anyway), we were very thankful for the opportunities to attend the Architectural Digest Home Show held in New York last Spring, the Las Vegas Market held in the heat of July, and a return visit to New York in August!  Some of our travel highlights included reconnecting with our dear friends, meeting new friends and colleagues, and starting new design connections. . .Not to mention hugging on Donny Osmond, attending a fantabulous pajama party with other designers from around the country, champagne lunches, and sharing lots of laughs!

Aside from our marvelous travels, we were very excited to achieve over 3000 Twitter followers and look forward to 3000 more!  Our thanks continue with the most important thanks of all, we are very, very thankful for our dedicated clients and new clients we were blessed with during the past year!  Cheers to a great 2014…

With fond memories of 2014, we look ahead to 2015 and the many positive changes coming our way.  Yes, travel is still on the horizon…look out New York, Las Vegas, California, and hmmm ???  Over the next couple of months we will be launching a new and promising website that is uplifting and fresh full of new projects and design ideas.  Our blog will be taking on a new look as well. Look for our featured “Interior Design Guide” for inspirations, how to’s, and designer tips and design guidance. We are excited about these changes and can’t wait to share them with you.  Change is good!

More good changes coming our way with the addition of NAHB’s (National Association of Home Builder’s) CAPS certification.  CAPS (certified aging-in-place specialist) certification will open up a new avenue for our design business, and will lead the way to helping others to be able to live in their homes no matter what ages or physical challenges they may face.  Designing for all ages is near and dear to our hearts and we are honored to be able to offer this new service on our design menu.  Stay tuned!

Well, it’s been great sharing our look back and what lies ahead with you. We hope you enjoyed reminiscing with us and learning about our new exciting services.  Thank you again for your continued support.  Here’s to a very Happy New Year . . . welcome 2015!


Corinne Gail

Interior Design| Our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs and Holiday Treats 2014 2

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our home to yours!  This year we have included special yummy Holiday Treats to Our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs.  We hope you enjoy our selections for 2014.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Corinne Gail

Nutter Butters on a stick. CUTE. Nutter Butter Reindeer Cookies

Haven't made these in years!  Have your kiddos help make these no-bake cookies by adding the red cinnamon candies and their favorite sprinkles! No bake Christmas Wreaths

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes Recipe ~ An adorable addition to your holiday party! Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes

DSC_1231A Salted Carmel Butter Bars

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies with a simple holly decoration. Perfect for a Christmas party when things are busy! Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies with a simple holly decoration.

Eggnog Truffles, smooth eggnog and white chocolate centers, would be perfect as a Christmas/hostess gift! Eggnog Truffles, smooth eggnog and white chocolate centers.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

How to Make Olaf Cookies Disney Olaf Cookies

Peppermint Meltaways Recipe Peppermint Meltaways Christmas Tutorial ~ Easy Poinsettia Cookie Platter

Recipe: Snowy Chocolate Pinecones (made from nutella and cereal) - so cool!

www.handmadecharlotte Snowy Chocolate Pinecones made from nutella and cereal.

Interior Design | How to Create a Designer Garland Reply

December 1st is here at last. . .

“Trim up the tree with Christmas stuff like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff. Trim up the town with goowho gums and bizilbix and wums. Trim every blessed window and trim every blessed door. Hang up whoboohoo bricks, then run out and get some more!”

Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite children’s author and the world’s most genius wordsmith (yes, I do believe he is). You may remember learning to read from some of his classics like, “Green Eggs and Ham” , “The Cat in The Hat” or “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, but my all time favorite has to be, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It seems like yesterday when we couldn’t wait to watch the annual television presentation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. I enjoyed watching every scene, singing every song, and following along with the script out loud! Even today, that green grumpy Grinch continues to be a part of my family’s Christmas tradition. I wonder, could it be that that’s where my passion for decorating for Christmas comes from…or as in Who-ville, it’s just because I like Christmas a lot!?

It’s clearly evident that I like Christmas a lot, and I look forward to decorating for the holiday inside and out. This year we are changing things up from our traditional white light decor to adding festive color and more, more, MORE! Sorry, I couldn’t resist adding that little “Seuss-rhyme”.  I’ve been designing 27′ of colorful lighted garlands and a new wreath for the front entry, and wanted to share with you how-to create your own designer garland. Although sharing an actual video would be nice, it’s only 5:30 a.m., 17 degrees out with snow on the ground, and I’m staying in my bathrobe . . . you’ll just have to bear with me while I use my words!

Step 1: Gather Your Garland Supplies

What you will need: Garland (artificial or fresh, with or without lights), floral wire, scissors, wire cutters, assortment of ornaments (non-breakable is best for storage), pine cones.

Step 2: Get Organized

If you are using wired artificial garland, stretch it out and fluff up the limbs to look natural before adding decorations.


Sort ornaments by color, size, style and finish. I purchased a 70 piece variety set in red, green and gold for each 9′ garland.


Step 3: Create Your Floral Picks (picks are items wired for attachment)

Wire up your pine cones. Cut a 8-10″ fine floral wire and wrap and secure by twisting around the base of the pine cone.  Layout your pine cones spacing them out using an odd number of cones (traditionally 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.). Attach wired pine cones to the garland when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Wear lightweight gloves when handling pine cones, they can be prickly and difficult to handle!



Organize ornaments into small groupings of 3. I like mixing different colors, styles and finishes to create my ornament picks.  Wire them together. Tip: You may have single ornaments left over that we will use later, go ahead add wire to them.



Step 4: Assemble the Garland

You should have all of the pine cones wired onto the garland before adding ornaments (see above). Begin adding the ornaments. Start with the largest ornaments making sure to space them out evenly along the garland length.  Remember to use odd numbers if possible. Tip: Layout your ornaments before wiring to garland. Once you are happy with the layout, go back and wire them in.


Layout your sets of 3 ornaments next to the pine cones and large ornaments. Wire in when you are happy with the layout. Tip: Stagger the ornaments so you don’t end up with a straight line of color.


Continue adding clusters and individual ornaments to open needy spaces on the garland.


Fluff up the greenery for a more natural look.


Congratulations. . .you are ready to deck the halls! Tip: If you are installing your garland outside and want to add ribbon, be sure to use wired ribbon appropriate for outdoor use.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my inspirational roots to Dr. Seuss and my passion for Christmas decor.  Whether you choose to decorate a little or a lot this holiday season, you can save significant money by building your own designer decorations such as garlands and wreaths*. Click here to learn how-to build a designer Christmas Wreath.

Well, it’s time to push back from the keyboard, get dressed, and hang our designer garland!  I want to leave you with one of my favorite lines from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” that helps keep me grounded amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, “Christmas…It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags!”

Welcome Christmas, welcome indeed!

Corinne Gail

Interior Design |Fall Favorites Home Decor Ideas Reply

As the temperatures cool down outside…warm up the interior with some of our Fall favorites from Pottery Barn, Sur La Table and more!



Corinne Gail

Interior Design| How to create a welcoming guest space at home 1

Seems like yesterday (2012) when we originally posted this blog on Home Hospitality makeover – how to create an at home hotel experience guest room.

Since we are in the height of the travel season, we thought it would be nice to re-share our thoughts on creating the perfect guest space for your visitors, as well as some great preparing for and hosting house guest tips from Houzz .

You too can create a welcoming hotel like atmosphere for your house guests just by adding a few hospitality touches to the space.  Here are a few tips you can borrow from reputable hotels that will help make your home more welcoming and comfortable for your guests.

There is just something about a freshly made bed of crisp white linens and billowy soft pillows that screams luxury.  When choosing bed linens for your guest space, a higher thread count doesn’t always matter.  I good rule of thumb to follow is to select sheets of a minimum 400 thread count out of Egyptian cotton or Pima cotton. These are affordable, soft and very luxurious to the touch.

Comfortable bed pillows will make or break a restful night’s sleep and your guests may be most comfortable with a medium firm pillow, but it’s always nice to give your guests options.  Place a few pillows of different firmness with varying fillers on the bed to let your guests decide which one is right for them.

Keep in mind that travel restrictions and luggage limitations makes it difficult for travelers to pack all the comforts of home, so consider providing the convenience of a bathrobe and slippers for your guest’s use while visiting.

To complete your home hospitality make-over, add a couple finishing touches to the space such as a local event magazine, water, and fresh towels for your guest’s comfort and enjoyment while visiting.

Want to create the perfect guest experience but don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design |Update…Container gardening with texture and color! 2

Earlier this summer we shared our container gardening tips…loving the combination of heights, colors and textures we added to our rain or shine patio garden display.  Check out how our garden grew this summer!

20140609_062231Before: Starter plants generously spaced to allow for maturity.

containergrownVarying heights, colors, and textures will add beautiful interest to any container!

Remember, gardening doesn’t have to be labor intensive.  Container gardening is an easy fix for adding color and texture to any outdoor space.  For more container gardening ideas check out Southern Living: 101 Container Gardening Ideas!  Don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Get out and enjoy your garden.


Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.


Interior Design |Las Vegas Summer Market 2014 Reply

Ah, finally refreshed after returning from Las Vegas World Market Summer 2014…We had so much fun reconnecting with colleagues, greeting vendors and making new friends, that I’m not sure where to start!  In any case, stay with me here, there’s a lot to cover!


Not everything that happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas…secrets be told when pigs fly…uh-oh!


Let’s begin with sharing a few design trends and what’s hot on the interior design front. Burlap, washed wood beachy-esque continues to influence the 2014 interior design market.  Don’t you just love the sophisticated relaxed look of this dining space?  Nail head upholstery details or slip covers, neutral palettes and relaxed natural fabrics, create a comfortable and welcoming dining experience.




How do you feel about mixing a crystal chandelier with burlap?  The blending of elegant touches like a crystal chandelier with casual furnishings is a perfect marriage for today’s homes and lifestyles.


Bright and bold, energetic colors and patterns for home accessories…toss pillows that are fun and interesting can add that much needed pop of color to any space.


Lighting is one of my favorite design elements, and one of the most important accessories for the home.  We were loving this cluster of globe lights, they were stunning in the showroom.


Table lamps in jewel toned glass, painted glass with painted shades, and artistic statement lights are simple ways to add beautiful interest to your home.




Market is also the perfect time to launch new products.  There’s no better way to end a Monday, then to have the pleasure of meeting one of America’s pop icons Donny Osmond at the official launch of Donny Osmond Home by Donny and Debbie Osmond.  Everything for your home, decor, rugs, lighting, accent furniture, fireplace, home improvements, bath and outdoor! Thanks to KAS for hosting such a welcoming event!





I must admit, knowing I would meet Donna Osmond was sort of like getting ready for prom…Is my outfit OK? How is my hair? Does this dress make me look…?  Well, you know what I mean…Why was I stressing so much?! LOL.  Many thanks to Donny for the photo op!


Hope you enjoyed our brief highlights from this summer’s market. Contact us if you have inquiries about products presented in today’s blog (Donny excluded), we will be happy to assist you.

Go InJoy your day!

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design | Las Vegas Market Summer 2014 Reply

Off to #LVMKT … stay tuned for what’s hot in interior design this summer!


We’ll resume our regularly scheduled blogs shortly…time to shop!



Corinne Gail Interior Design