The WOW Factor

What is it that makes you say WOW when you walk into a well appointed room?
is it the way the shapes and colors seem to work together or is it a particular object that stands out, something uniquely shaped or strikingly beautiful because of its sheen or texture?
The WOW factor is about more than any one element. It happens when an inspired creative mind uses all the elements of design together in a way that allows their love and passion for beauty to produce a design that is proportionally correct, balanced and flowing.
This type of result, the WOW factor, is different for everyone.
What would make you say WOW if you could create the room of your dreams?
Would it be a sparsely decorated room with neutral gray walls and furnishings, and a bright red chair?
Maybe your WOW factor is more about comfort than color contrast. Would you be more likely to say WOW if you walked into a butter yellow room with a soft chocolate brown velour Sofa?
Only you know what would make you feel that inner WOW. The question is, how do you get that image from your brain to your living space?
A good designer will take the time to help you decide what you really want.  She will listen carefully and show you many images. Good design does not happen on the Fly. She will help you plan your project and find the unique objects that will create the WOW factor you are hoping for.
A well thought out plan which will include all your wants and needs at a price you can afford, takes skill and experience. You will need the help of a highly organized, experienced person to guide you thru the land mines of a remodel or the redecoration of your home.
So many people try to bring their dreams to life on their own and end up with a nightmare.
People save money using a designer because they avoid making serious mistakes and having to replace things they purchased that didn’t work for one reason or another.
Most designers will be able to design and decorate any style, but it is wise to find out what they specialize in, if you really want that WOW factor, because we all do best when working from a place of passion.

Take time to get to know someone before hiring them to design your dream home. Finding a compatible designer can be the start of a beautiful relationship.

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Being a designer/decorator of interior spaces, and a student of psychology and human behavior, I am fascinated by how different people describe “beauty.”

The key word here is “different”.  It only stands to reason that since there is so much variety in people’s backgrounds,  intellects, educations and emotions, that they we should find that we are more comfortable surrounded by objects and colors that relate to who we are as individuals.


Did you ever wonder why some people want a minimalist environment while others love to surround themselves with “stuff?”

What about those who absolutely love wild patterns and colors as opposed to an environment consisting mostly of soft colors?

What if those two people with totally opposing tastes are living together and trying to create a surrounding that they will both be comfortable in?

Is there a right and wrong way to design or decorate a home?
Would you be surprised to hear that a good designer will never begin a project until she knows a lot about the ones who will be living in the space?

Did you ever think about doing a remodel or decorating your home but find that you don’t know what style you like?

To understand ourselves and our tastes well enough to put thousands of dollars into renovating our homes, it some-times takes another pair of eyes and ears, especially if those eyes and ears have years of experience helping people work through their design dilemmas.

As I said before we are all different.
Take the logical left- brained type. this person lives mostly in his or her head and doesn’t necessarily notice much about their surroundings, unless the colors get too bright or the patterns get too busy, or things get cluttered. If any or all of these conditions are present, they may begin to feel uncomfortable and irritable and not know why.
An out-going artistic or otherwise creative type, who is more right brained, loves people and entertaining, will probably feel bored and stifled unless they have some colorful interesting object around them.
There are endless personality combination’s but they will all benefit by learning more about their tastes, and thinking about why they prefer one thing over another.  This is where an experienced designer is a great help.


The homes that people grew up in, or places they have lived since, have an influence on them as well. Certain colors or styles will be preferred or disliked depending on what memories are associated with them.

While style and color may be the first thing one thinks of when considering a designers help, Making a clear plan based on the clients needs wishes and values, and establishing function as the priority, will always be the sign of a good designer.
Most designers are capable of both right and left brain activities and are very helpful in guiding their clients through the design process.They will  be quite helpful in keeping the project on budget and working as a liaison between the client and other professionals such as architects, builders and contractors.
They have access to products that are sold to the trade only and can find unique objects and furnishings so that the client doesn’t need to shop till they drop!

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A visit to Chelsea Design Centre in London

The weather was gloriously warm and sunny as my husband and I arrived in London the middle of April.  This was my first trip to London and after the first week of  seeing the usual tourist attractions and taking a few hundred pictures I new I couldn’t leave without seeing the design center. I am a designer after all. Unfortunately I had arrived in London a month too late to participate in London Design Week . (March 21st through March 26th.)

It would have been nice to be inspired by the new collections and mingle with influential designers while enjoying lectures and masterclasses, such as “Room’s with a View”, “Marketing Interior Design” The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular Furniture” “From Decoration to Architecture” “Color and Style”and “How I Discovered My Style”  given by such people as;  Suzy Hoodless, Charles Rutherfoord , Lulu Lyte, David Linley, Johathan Reed, Nicky Haslam, Lucia van der Post, Diana McKnight, Joa Studholme and Daniel Hopwood.

It was encouraging to learn that the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour welcomes visitors throughout the year except during their trade preview days in March and September. You can reach the “Design Centre” by e mail at or call 020 7225 9101 should you plan to be in London.

The Centre is beautifully designed as you can see from this photo and fortunately was within about a mile of the apartment we had rented in Chelsea.

I spent about three hours going through the various showrooms, just looking at shapes colors and designs and touching various fabrics and hard surfaces.I really go my design fix that day!

Some of the most recently opened showrooms are;

Mark Alexander (Luxury fabrics), Zinc (Bold tactile fabric) Original BTC Lighting company, Victoria & Albert Baths (using volcanic limestone in products), Samuel Heath “Uses traditional techniques to produce bathroom accessories), Glyn Peter Machin High end custom furniture.

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