Words of Inspiration- Design Quotes

Happy Aloha Friday!

The weekend is slowly kicking off and you’re still working on that one project.  If you’re like me, the weekend doesn’t matter, we still hustle.  If you’re NOT like me and need to get things done because you want to enjoy weekend, well then darling, just take a deep breath…and smile.

When you’re in a design rut and need time to unwind, here are some motivational quotes from our industry’s best to help you get re-inspired.


“When you are stuck, walk away from the computer and draw. It will teach you how to see.”-Gerard Huerta

“There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.” –Massimo Vignelli

“There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.” –Irene Etzkorn

“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.’Hillman Curtis

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” –Daniel Pink

“When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” –Walt Disney

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” –Robert L. Peters

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” -James Whistler

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” -Mary Lou Cook

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain


Hope that helps.  Remember, you’re awesome. 😉



Trend Watch: Honey-Tone Woods

Light-colored woods have been considered outdated in the furnishing industry for years!

It’s about time that the world of furniture is finally taking a breathe of fresh air as 2014 will see a shift from darker wood to “honey-tone woods” such as pine, chestnut, oak and cherry.

There are various advantages of light colored wood.

Firstly,  smaller spaces benefit from lighter shades because it helps promote an open, spacious feel.  The light hue also mixes well with clean, white walls.  Additionally, it also works well with other colors since the natural color of wood when combined with subtle colors, gives a calm and inviting atmosphere.

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Light Wood Living Room
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Different wood types to consider:


My favorite light-wood furniture right now:

“Mestler” Dining Set from Ashley Furniture

Made of honey-pine veneers and solid, this dining collection takes the “Vintage Casual” to a new level!  Mix and match different dining chairs- from the elegant tufted fully upholstered side chair (pictured), to the white and antique-blue wood chairs.

Visit Ashley Furniture for more information, or Email Me for Hawaii pricing.


Home Fashion 2014: Black & White

Bold, geometric black and white is a hit this Spring 2014 season, from fashion designers such as Stella McCartney, Chanel, Missoni, Jil Sander and Fendi.

black and white spring summer 2014 fashion trend
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This classic palette can make the same impressive statement at home.

White walls, for example. They’re ba-ack!

L.A.-based designer Betsy Burnham describes white as the “ultimate palette cleanser”. “I used to think white walls looked unfinished,” she says. “It gives every space — even the most traditional — a modern edge, and sets the stage wonderfully for layers of color in upholstery, accessories, area rugs and art.”

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Black and white has been a popular combination in Europe, but Denise Turner, color forecaster and founder of Color Turners has noticed that it’s making its way across the pond. Turner suggests it will take over entire rooms and recommends pairing it with hot accent colors for the latest look.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?