Secret Interior Design Tricks and Tips You Should Know!

After 25 years in the interior design business, I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve uncovered secret interior design tricks and tips you should know, so I’m sharing them. I learned the hard way through trial and error so you don’t have to. Here are some answers to some, “Dear Jane” questions I’ve received, with some answers.

You’ve Got to See This Office’s Colorful Transformation

Last summer, Kate Lewis was named chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, and a big promotion (with a new office) calls for a major office makeover. Kate wanted her space to be comfortable and stylish, not stark or super corporate. Her inspiration: living rooms on Pinterest with homey, mid-century-modern vibes, and layers of colors and textures in the form of velvet sofas and Moroccan rugs.

Creative Tile Turns a Scary ’90s Bathroom Into a Fresh, Fun Space

“It was…interesting,” says designer SuzAnn Kletzien of the “before” state of a recent bathroom project for clients in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Kletzien is being diplomatic; the bath in question, before she got her hands on it, was downright scary, a veritable mashup of 1990s design elements in an oddly oversized space that, somehow, still felt cramped. “It was just so strange—there was so much wasted space,” says the designer.”

Quartz Vs. Granite: Which Is Best for Your Countertops?

It’s easy to agonize over every decision in a kitchen renovation. Once the excitement of the project wanes and the pressure to get it right kicks in, suddenly all of the choices that go into creating a dream kitchen feel like the difference between failure and success. And one of those seemingly make-or-break judgments is often which countertops to pick: the popular quartz, or the equally popular granite.

A “She Shed” I Can Get Behind

They say it can be hard to mix business and friendship, but not in the case of this Dallas design project, featured in designer Cathy Kincaid’s new book, The Well-Adorned Home,out this fall. Kincaid had been friends with the owner for years before taking on a refresh of the French country-style house, a project that resulted in the addition of one exceptionally chic “She Shed,” which packs a slew of global references into a single, understated space.