Interior Design

Spark of Color: Vintage Wonderland

Color stories for your interior design can be influenced by many things such as nature, artwork, and sometimes, just things from your everyday life.  I took this picture in front of an antique store in Lambertville, N.J. called America Antiques and Design.  Among many things, they specialize in large clocks.  I used this image for today’s color inspiration.

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Vintage Wonderland photographed by Susan Haney


  1. Ombre Pop Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Multi,
  2. Butte 24″ Cone Aged Brass Pendant,
  3. Meyer Lemon & Sage Prints,
  4. Safavieh Boris Red Coffee Table,
  5. Nantucket Roll Arm Sofa,
  6. Elise & James Home Dalis Decorative Pillow,
  7. Lemon Sorbet Paint,
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Scenic Inspirations

Coastal Calm

Nothing sets the mood of a room like color.  Cool colors (blues, greens, violet combinations) promote tranquility.  Cool colors recede and are great for making a small room look larger.   Warm colors (orange, red, yellow combinations) advance projecting a feeling of comfort. Warm colors are used to make a big room feel cozier.  When deciding on paint colors and furnishings, consider both the size of the room and the mood that you want to establish.  A good tool is to use an inspirational image, either from a magazine, photograph or other source, that evokes an emotion that would like to translate to a room.

To illustrate this concept, I am using a photograph that I took in Key West.  I call this image “Taking Flight”.  While I love a great variety of design styles, one my favorite is “Coastal”. There is nothing like a beach scene to communicate coastal living.  Below the photograph is a mood board for a living room with paint and furnishings influenced by this image.  Share your inspiration and related mood board for your next project.


Taking Flight, photographed by Susan Haney

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  1. Vanguard Hart Coastal Teal Coral Rope Back Ivory Armchair,
  2. Safavieh Cape Cod Natural/Blue Area Rug,
  3. Blossom Beguile I Indoor Decorative Pillow,
  4. Watery, Behr Marquee Paint
  5. Ava Slipcovered Sofa,
  6. Harlow Small Coffee Table: Gunmetal,
  7. Palecek Reyna Coastal Grey Stripe Cream Rattan Stool Table,
  8. Carol Benson-Cobb, Mesa’s End No. 2,
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My Latest Spark:

Ticking Stripes Forever

From humble beginnings to, what is now, a staple in Farmhouse style design; ticking stripe canvas was a heavy-duty material used to cover feather mattresses.  The word ticking comes from the Greek word theka, meaning case or covering.  American designer, Sister Parish, introduced ticking stripe to high society in the 1940’s when she paired it with chintz.

What I love most about ticking stripe is its clean simplicity and ability to match with many other fabrics.  My favorite is to contrast it with floral or sundial patterns.  See below for some inspiration and share your ideas.


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Interior Design 101

Let’s Start at the Beginning

Getting started on an interior design project can be overwhelming and even more so if you are new to it.  There are so many styles, colors and patterns that there is a good chance that you may love more than one.  The best way to start any project is with inspiration.   Utilize resources such as home décor magazines, websites, blogs and boutique stores with vignettes already imagined.  Depending on your preference, there are a couple different ways to capture your ideas:

  • Pinterest
  • Digital Folders
  • Physical Folders with clippings, photographs and print-outs

Once you feel that you have gathered enough inspiration, take a closer look to see what common themes begin to emerge.  In this common theme you most likely find your true style or combination of styles.  Narrow down the choices and create a mood board.

This is an example of an “inspirational” mood board that I put together for a kitchen that I am working on.  What I find helpful is to look at the colors, prints and styles all together to make sure they coordinate.  When something doesn’t fit it always stands out and gives you a chance to reconsider another choice before you are too far into the project. Have fun with this and share your creative process and inspiration mood boards.

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