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March 25, 2011 > Real Rooms For Real People: A Few Favorite Things for your Home

Real Rooms For Real People: A Few Favorite Things for your Home

To quote a song from the beloved movie, The Sound of Music, I've decided to call this column, "These are a few of my favorite things."

* Chandeliers in master bedrooms and bathrooms. Add a little glamour and romance in your bathroom by replacing the ordinary ceiling fixture with a delicate crystal chandelier. Don't forget the candles for additional ambience. As an alternative, consider replacing the ceiling light in your master bedroom or guest room with a chandelier. The look is spectacular.

* Mixing furniture styles. I love to see a beautiful antique piece mixed in with contemporary furnishings. And in one client's home, an Asian chest takes center stage in her traditional living room. Vary the look by mixing in some metals like iron, brass or chrome, and remember that not all the woods have to be the same. Variety is the spice of life.

* Lots of pillows on the bed. Throw pillows in a variety of colors, sizes and textures give your master bed a very luxurious feel.

* Using the "good dishes." What are you saving them for? Turn an ordinary day into a special occasion by using your fine china and stemware.

* Cabinet hardware with character. Personalize a bathroom vanity, dresser, or kitchen cabinet with new knobs and pulls. There is a style for every personality, from elegant to whimsical. A recent client chose painted ceramic knobs for the pantry cupboard in her new kitchen. You don't need to do the whole kitchen-select one cabinet for the special knobs. It adds a lot of personality.

* A place for everything, and everything in its place. I am forever drawn to clever organizational tools and storage containers. I love to hide everyday items in attractive containers. For instance, try storing DVDs in decorative boxes or lidded baskets. They will be easily accessible, and also look great on your shelf.

* Natural light. Do everything you can to maximize natural light in your home. When we remodeled our home, we added two skylights and three solar tubes. It was one of the best things we did, as it changed not only the look of our home but also the feel. Natural light makes rooms come alive.

* Fresh flowers. For a lovely touch in a bedroom or bathroom, hang some wall vases and keep them filled with fresh flowers. Flowers are always at home on the dining table or coffee table. A client of mine has tiny bud vases filled with flowers throughout her house-on nightstands, bathroom vanities, windowsills and tabletops.

* Natural materials. There is nothing like the real thing - slate, marble, granite, hardwood - these materials add a sense of luxury and richness to a space. I absolutely love glass tiles for a bathroom or kitchen backsplash, and the next time you renovate your shower, consider using river rocks for the shower pan. It will feel wonderful on your feet in the morning.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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