Cecilia Staniec

The Year’s “IT” Color: Emerald

As we begin a new year, I thought we’d chat about fresh color. Did you know that various companies make color predictions every year? And that each company predicts the “IT” color? A few of this year’s “IT” color predictions are: Emerald Green from Pantone Lemon Sorbet from Benjamin Moore Aloe from Sherwin-Williams Re-Blued from …

Need a last minute holiday gift? Make it!

This is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year!  I love that my little neighborhood is jolly with twinkling lights.  I love the empty boxes beckoning from my office corner to become brightly decorated gifts.  I even love the holiday music playing non-stop since Thanksgiving.  Yes, I’m a Christmas-aholic! Sometimes, rather than plow …

Inviting Thanksgiving Porches

Many of you will soon be opening your fall homes for loads of entertaining.  If you’re like me, the pre-Thanksgiving festivities will start around Halloween and run straight through turkey day.  So before the weather turns too chilly, time to focus on your front porch. The simplest and most obvious way to embellish your fall …

DIY-ing Your Rug

When I get a home project idea in my head, I have to find THE perfect items to complete my design.  My living room has been a work in progress for some time.  (I’ve literally been searching for side tables for years!)  But at the present moment, I’m focused on replacing the area rug. My …

Nature…..on the inside!

From a design perspective, 2012 has been a big year for natural-inspired interiors. I must admit that chatting about natural designs brings horrible flashbacks to “lodge” décor, where nature inspired rooms included black bears or references to the “ole hunting camp”. Eesh! Thankfully we have evolved into a less themed, simply elegant use of nature …

Personalizing your Fall home

Fall weather….ahhhhh……curling up in snugly blankets, sipping hot cider and building roaring fires. Don’t ‘cha just love it?! Cooler fall temps remind me that it’s time to cozy up my home decor too. If you’re like me, personalizing your fall home will include adding rich colors and loads of texture; pulling out the nubby, warm …

How to Choose and Mix Colors

Did you know that colors have personality?  Orange is energizing, blue is calming.  Red is daring, purple is regal.  Colors affect us both mentally and physically, so it’s no wonder that selecting colors for your home is difficult. I carry a color wheel in my design bag to share with my clients, particularly those who …

Choosing the Right-Sized Furniture & Decor!

One question that I receive from clients over and over again is “How do I choose the right sized furniture or décor for my home?”  A great question and one that carries a lot of explanation.  Designers have rough formulas that they use to assist with their selections, but they also rely heavily on their …