It’s official!

Designer in a Box is launching next week and I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that Thursday, June 28 is the date – so mark your calendars!

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a story that came up a few weeks ago.

As you might recall, I’ve occasionally made references to our rustic family cabin, nestled in the woods.

The one made out of logs.

In fact, I recently wrote about it in a post called “How to Decorate a Log Cabin”. That article was all about honoring the unique style of architecture in such a home.

This story refers to an unused shed on the premises that was converted to a guest cabin many years ago.

I know, that sounds fancy.

But trust me, it really isn’t.

What I love most about the guest cabin, is its small size.

It’s snug and cozy.

Yet, it contains everything you could possibly need, including a private bath. Although, I will admit, said bathroom isn’t much larger than what you’d find on an airplane.

Which is how we unwittingly flooded the place this past Spring, when we turned the water system back on.

Unbeknownst to us, the shower head was facing into the room, instead of the shower stall – and had also been left in the ‘on’ position.


Needless to say, that is how we managed to ruin the bedroom carpet since it was in close proximity.

It wasn’t a huge loss, though.



Are you familiar with the term trompe l’oeil, French for ‘fool the eye’?

At some point, you’ve probably seen a painting, or wall finish, which looks so realistic you’d swear it was the real thing.

Except that it isn’t.

Paintings can be especially deceiving. You might find yourself looking at a still-life arrangement of books, or writing implements that are so convincingly 3-dimensional you feel you could reach into the painting and pick them up.

It literally fools the eye.

When it comes to countertop finishes, the eye can also be fooled, especially in the presence of a highly qualified artisan who specializes in faux.

I met such an artisan recently, and was intrigued by the possibilities. I browsed through all the samples, realizing there wasn’t an ounce of actual stone in the entire lot, even though everything appeared to be granite or marble.

That’s right. Everything I saw was a painted finish, yet it looked and even felt like the real thing.

Now, you might be wondering, why would you choose to go faux?

Is it less expensive than natural stone? Not necessarily. You wouldn’t choose a faux finish in the hopes of reducing costs, because anytime you hire an artist who excels at his craft, you are paying for his expertise and creativity.

That is the lure. As it says on their business card:  “…distinctive finishes for the discriminating client”.

That said, the cost of a faux finish might be comparable to natural stone, depending on your selection. Plus, there may be savings in other areas.

As with anything in the world of interior design, custom work means custom pricing.

The benefit to you? You get exactly what you want.

Listed below are 5 reasons for ‘Going Faux’, instead of choosing something more traditional.


You’ll Save on Demolition

When it comes to countertops, a faux finish can typically be applied directly over the existing surface. How great is that?