Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome to my World of Design

As an introduction to this blog, I first want to thank my Granddaughter, Erica, for the suggestion that I start this adventure.
Most of my family and friends know that my passion in life is Interior Design. Even as a small child, I remember picturing rooms in different colors and forms.
It has only been in my later years that I have been able to express this passion. I have had the benefit of being associated with two designers, one a very talented unknown and the other a very well known celebrity in the Design World. Both have encouraged me to pursue my passion.
Through this blog I hope to share all my thoughts (epiphanies). I have been known to change rooms at 3 AM ---just about whenever an idea comes to mind.
I am not sure what format this blog will take on. I might let it just fall into place and evolve like design does.


  1. YAY! i can't wait to be a loyal reader! this will be cool! :)

  2. Congratulations on your new blog. I look forward to reading it weekly. The one thing you left out of your first post, however, was the mention of your right-hand-man'... the one who moves all the furniture and paints all the cabinets and walls after one of your epiphanies... what would a designer be without someone to complete the vision... you two make a GREAT TEAM!

  3. Comment noted:
    My right-hand man has been added on home page. Without Emil this entire project would be impossible. He is at my side with support both in mind and body. Thanks Honey, I love you.

  4. This is great! As we start on our own design adventure, I will look forward to reading your posts as inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  5. Hi Patty,
    Congratulations for starting your blog and I'm looking forward to reading your epiphanies every Wednesday.
    Who would have thought you, Linda and I would be become cyber friends because of our appreciation of the best and nicest interior designer there is, Kenneth Brown! How wonderful and surprising life can be, even at our age!
    Like you, I'm constantly wondering what to change in my home. My husband is a patient man who puts up with my constant moving things about or as he put it "taking things for a walk, again",
    Good luck with your blog!

  6. looking good....glad to see this is coming together and you are finding your 'voice'....We love the stories about Bill's ghost...just curious, did he follow you to Charlotte?...one suggestion, a Q&A segment would be fun, i.e., sending in design problems, pictures looking for solutions or general advice.
    Congratulations, keep this on, and in the meantime, I will find out how we can make some money on this!!!! a few ads here and there can't hurt :)

  7. I'd love to see you give hints on how to install crown molding. Pat wants to add it in our living room and the bedrooms. It scares me.
    Also, tips for refinishing kitchen cabinets!

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  9. I have finished the painting and am ready to tackle the next project; answering Hap's question.

    I attempted crown moulding once and that was more than enough! First of all, don't even think about it unless you have a compound miter saw. They start at about $100 at your local, neighborhood big box store. Before investing in the saw, however, get all the help you can by Googling "install crown mouldings". Three good sites are
    You will be amazed at how much info you can get by going through the many sites you will see. I discovered during my first and last attempt that not all walls are square. If you have exactly 90 degree corners all around, it is a whole lot easier. The chances of that happening is somewhere between none and slim. Crown moulding is not cheap and a few wrong cuts will really destroy the whole project. My advice, although it pains me to say it, is to get it done professionally. Once you check the price they will charge, you will probably learn to live with plain ceilings.

    Patty pretty much answered the cabinet re-finishing question. I found that the Paint Department guy at Home Depot was very helpful and suggested the best type of paint for the project. Be sure to clean the doors/cabinets to be painted very well. Use TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate for you non-chemists. Take off the doors and remove the hardware. Be sure to use a good roller and have plenty of room to let the doors dry. I found that the most difficult part of the job was eliminating the roller marks. You just have to be really careful. Again, I will send you to Google to get all sorts of good info on doing it. We painted rather than stained our cabinets. Staining is REALLY work, as you have to do some serious sanding.

    Good luck on your project.

  10. Hap,
    I want to fill in what I deleted. I decided to have the expert answer your question himself. He was in the middle of another painting project that I will go into later.
    I had stated that we first used a primer and then a semi gloss paint for the doors and cabinet fronts. Please forgive us while we learn all the ins and outs of the blog. Thanks.