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Seeing beauty where others see a mess is a special talent.  Our Ugly Duckling chair story.  The Before Most people would look at this piece of furniture and see trash. However, Seth Woods of Wood’s Refinishing recognized that this chair was a fine handmade piece of......

We see fads and wonder if they will become trends; something accepted more long term.   Flowers and bouquets are back with a fresh new twist for your home. This look can add a pop of color or a fresh feel to a more muted design......

Have you seen our new website yet?  We worked with Chris Fullman of Antimatter Co. to update it earlier this year. In the midst of our makeover, we decided it was time to demonstrate how we can use technology to help you visualize our designs......

When Jones Custom Homes asked us to be their interior designer for “The Modena” at Homearama 2018, we had no idea what an opportunity it would be to showcase our designs.  So many people made this home beautiful, executing our designs and showing off their talents......

We keep coming with new ways to accent and highlight with wallpaper in Richmond, Va.  Wall coverings have come a long way since the ’80s.  New printing techniques, specialty inks and textured substrates have me wallpapering the world! While wallpapering an entire room might be......

One of our strengths over the years has been bringing the perfect details, materials, and designs to our projects. We get to know our clients and their style, then seek out the perfect details that reflect them so every project is distinctive and special. Our......

Choosing paint colors for your home can be overwhelming. Luckily, picking the right paint color is an interior designer’s specialty. When this family of four moved from Arizona to Richmond, Va., I helped them take their style from Southwest to refined Southern with a pallet......

The right design style and the right scale can often be difficult to find.  Custom designed and locally made furniture get both right.  And you get to enjoy an original, unique piece of furniture that was designed just for you.  Custom furniture sounds great, but......

We have designed some fun commercial spaces in the Greater Richmond area that have never been featured on our website until now. I often talk about helping my clients design their dream homes, but did you know I do the same for business owners? Commercial......

Steampunk is a trend that involves the interaction of history, art and technology—sometimes called retro future.  The often avant-garde style can seem so far out there for most of my clients.  However, I do believe there are bits and pieces we can incorporate into our......

When we finally get out of the office (or the house), we are looking for more than just refreshment. We seek the experience and the escape. Special features are an important part of hospitality design.  I admire the restaurants, bars and hotels that set the stage......

As I was seeking inspiration for a recent project I noticed that I had taken a series of photos from Paris to Ft. Lauderdale with a similar color theme.  Is black, white and red an emerging trend? And could it be right for my next......

Step aside overstuffed corduroy recliners and tacky football posters. I recently created a mood board for a gentleman’s lounge that is attractive enough to appeal to women, too. In order to do this, I combined masculine decor elements like animal skins, leather, ammo and a lighter......

I swear, it has nothing to do with the fact that this is Halloween month, but I’m spotting body parts everywhere. These designs fall somewhere between sculptural art and gothic fashion to add a fun surprise within the home. Skulls like this Seletti piece have......

A fad is a revolution and a trend is evolution.  Where do they start, when do they catch on and when are they over done? And who cares?  Many of my clients are asking for grey and it’s up to me to caution them about......

As you know, I’m always seeking out the latest and greatest in trends for my customers. Right now tile is on my mind. In my travels to market and in my ongoing research I’m seeing it used in new ways like never before. Here are......

Kitchens are often multi-function rooms, making lighting challenging. You need the right light for cutting, chopping and reading recipes; catching up with the family and maybe providing a little homework help; and even dining when it’s not a formal affair. The best way to tackle......

You have been traumatized by it, you are now frightened by it.  The dreaded wallpaper.  There’s no need to grab a paper bag to hyperventilate!  Take a moment, pour a glass of wine, sit back and relax.  It is time for “wallpaper therapy”. When some......

I explored the High Point Market, finding the absolute most comfortable chairs for my clients.  When you select a piece of furniture for your home, you want to be sure it’s functional, stylish and, of utmost importance, comfortable. It doesn’t matter how great a new......

“I just love how the light filters through the stairwell…”—taking a client comment seriously and turning it into reality. Being an interior designer isn’t just about having a good eye and technical knowledge. You also have to be able to listen to your clients and......

What is the worst thing that spills and stains in your house? Mine is ketchup. Okay, maybe red wine, but I’d rather pick one we can blame on the kids. As an interior designer, of course it’s important to me that the homes I design......

Amazing things happen when creative people put their heads together for a good cause. Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Richmond, Va., is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families. The organization’s goal is to ease the......

First you had a land line. Then came a cell phone. Today, you might have a personal phone, a work phone, a tablet, a laptop… and that doesn’t include your spouse or your kids! With so many devices in one house, it’s hard to find......

Downsizing is difficult. Purging years of possessions takes long enough without having to think about decor for your new place. This can also be a great time to reinvent your style, though. The help of an expert can make your transition seamless. Magnolia Green is......

Light up your look with decorative lighters. Each is a conversation piece suitable for formal dining to grilling.   The table is set with beautiful accessories such as these Apothec candles and you’re guests are about to arrive. What do you light your candles with?......

In interior design, we often focus on one room at a time. But in reality, the kitchen, the dining room, the family room and all those other rooms all add up to make a home. And it’s important that your home flow cohesively. Problem solved:......

Warm Up Your Home It’s March and it seems funny to be writing about keeping warm. But sadly, we’re still wrapping up in layers to keep warm. Warm layers for your home can make it feel more cozy and inviting while cold weather swirls outside.......

Contractors are reaching out to help in an unexpected way. This caught my attention with the play on words from “Doctors Without Borders.” I think this is a beautiful cause and I wanted to share it with you. You might not normally think of plumbers......

How do you add a fireplace to room that does not have a chimney? Installing a bio-ethanol fuel burning fireplace unit is the answer. Here is the one as seen in the Richmond Symphony Designer House this fall. No chimney! No gas! No smoke! It......

We will continue to feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room in the Richmond Symphony Designer House.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. For the past 15 years, Diane Williams of......

We will continue to feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room at the Richmond Symphony Designer House.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. LHS Designs is a fabrication Studio in Midlothian,......

Leading up to the opening of the Richmond Symphony Designer House we will feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. Henry Clifford founded Livewire in......

Leading up to the opening of the Richmond Symphony Designer House we will feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. Barden’s Decorating has been offering painting......

Leading up to the opening of the Richmond Symphony Designer House we will feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. Small Axe Forge has been......

Leading up to the opening of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s  Designer House we will feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room.  With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms.   Woods’ Refinishing......

Leading up to the opening of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s Richmond Symphony Designer House we will feature the contributors to the “Enchanted Forest”: a second floor family room/game room. With these amazing resources and talents we can create truly unique and beautiful rooms. Our......

I always reflect on my market trips to see if any trends stand out.  The April High Point Market had quite a few. Here are some of my favorites. These market trends will be arriving all summer At Market.  Come in and see our newly......

–> Sometimes what’s available in the local furniture store just isn’t quite right. So, I often design custom furniture to work with a design concept, fill a client need and/or fit in a non-standard place. Three-dimensional design is a great way to show a client......

Some design concepts can be complex enough that a mere description won’t do. Three dimensional design is a great way to show a client just what the room will look like. The Before: Plain white walls, but a great little niche with the sink.  I......

Live edge wood slabs are one of the hottest trends in interior design. These pieces of wood, which have been finished to incorporate the natural edge, are upscale yet rustic. Furniture pieces featuring them are an automatic centerpiece in any room. I’ve got some ideas......

Stone on an accent wall or to update a mantle and fireplace surround. Stone veneer is a fun way to update a room. The options are endless and can be used in so many different ways. Here are some of my favorite looks: This is......

Want to impress your guests with a festive drink this holiday? Try a rosemary-infused pear cosmo—it’s a recipe that will have your friends talking for years to come. To really amp your cocktail up, go shopping for fun martini glasses. These have LED lights—they’re certain......

Freshen your furniture at a fraction of the cost. This High Point Market trend makes it easy to update your home without buying a new piece of furniture. I’m back from market and full of inspiration! Once I’ve made it home, I always look back......

–>I have a prediction: the next big trend in home furnishings is going to be camouflage. Duck Dynasty is the number-one TV program, and it’s rare that one episode goes by without that familiar pattern showing up. It was only in one showroom in High......

Every room doesn’t need stark white walls—consider wallpaper to really amp up your style. One of my favorite ways to add a design element without overwhelming a room is using an accent wall—papering one or two strategically placed walls in a room to add a......

Check out this bedroom remodel I recently completed in Richmond, VA. We converted a small space into a beautiful bathroom! The before: The bedroom featured a dormer that we converted into a shower—can you believe we snuck a full-size shower into that space? With a......

Favorite Casual Pendants Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨ Whether granite countertops, a custom kitchen island, or built-in wine holders are new kitchen musts, discover thousands of kitchen designs to help make your dream come true.Share photos of the kitchen cabinets and kitchen sinks you like......

The game room, the man cave, the play room—these can be some of the toughest rooms to tackle design-wise because they need to be functional, fun and stylish all at once. You want games your family can enjoy but that also add something appealing to......

Soft London shades are my favorite window treatments. They are simple and functional, yet they add a ton of style to any room. Plus, different fabrics and prints can be complementary or show-stoppers, depending on the look you’re going for. Here are some of my......

Now that your grill is set up and your porch is looking good, why not invite a few friends over? One of the best things about living in Virginia during July is peach season. Fresh peaches are readily available all over the city. For a......

Designing with technology is one of the things that makes it even easier for me to turn my customers’ dreams into reality. I can mock up a bunch of different ideas for a part of a room before anyone spends a nickel. And, it keeps......

Rolling Storage General contractors, home builders, and more ∨ Ideas for your living spaces, lighting and landscape design.Find inspiring decorating ideas, from tufted headboards to custom window treatments, to help you redesign your bedroom....

Adding new chairs is an easy way to breathe new life into an old room. That’s why I’ve planned a casual dining chair trunk show in my shop At Market on May 2-4. The show will kick off with a wine and cheese reception on......

Sure, it sounds easy, but with so many different types of light bulbs on the market today, it can get a bit confusing. How many watts do you need? What is a lumen anyway? I’ve got some simple tips on buying the right bulb.  This......

Great rooms are staples in many houses and they make wonderful family gathering places, but laying them out can be a problem. You need room to talk, work and relax in one space, and it all needs to remain organized with a cohesive look and......

Have fun in the kitchen with 35 colors and 72 fabrics. To see the options visit DeCOR, 19 South Belmont Avenue or AtMarket-KCI.com. The Tanner Chair The Hampton Chair The Pavillion Chair   ...

We often spend a lot of time thinking about our living, dining and other main family rooms, but what about bedroom design for kids? Choosing a space that’s organized and makes your child happy can be tough, but with two kids of my own, it’s......

Who will be bold enough to step out and spice up their decor? In my constant search for fabrics I often come across prints or textures that are wild, ridiculous, amazing, creative or clever. However, I hardly ever have an end use for them. They......

I recently conquered a fun and exciting challenge: adding personality to a room with extra tall walls. Figuring out how to most effectively use large walls can be difficult. It’s great when I can step in and help my customers love their high ceilings. Here’s......

We always talk about pillows as the go-to accessory for freshening up living and dining rooms… so what’s the equivalent for kitchens, powder rooms and bathrooms? Luxury artistic towels like Fresco Towels. These little room additions are perfect for pampering the body and soul. Made from......

Want a quick, affordable way to spruce up your home or change the look of a room? Change up your throw pillows. Finishing details for your home like these are one of the best ways to create a quick, new look.    Here are some of......

Announcing The  At Market App with Kathy Corbet Interiors  Why do you need this? special App only deals event invitations product previews market news home decor ideas Download now Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod....

Part of one my favorite home décor designers, Jonathan Adler’s manifesto is, “we believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing.” I have to agree, and candles are some of my favorite ways to enhance a table or room. Different types of candles can enhance décor and really......

The temperatures are starting to drop, making this the perfect time of the year to curl up on your couch under a cozy blanket. But, if you’re anything like me, your dog often joins you on the couch while you watch TV, and before you......

The Butler’s Pantry at the Richmond Symphony Designer House Thank you to all who visited in September–all 6800 of you. The swivel stool was a favorite.  It comes in so many colors.  Check them all out here. The Silver Closet designed by Georgia Kukoski of......

I’m designing the Butler’s Pantry for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer Show House. Here’s the work in progress. I’ve started transforming the space. Check out this computer rendering that will become reality in just a few days. The colors are inspired by the home’s......

Making a room beautiful is easy.  When I tackle interior design projects, one of the challenges I face most often is making a room functional too. Family rooms in particular tend to need practical storage solutions for family items like blankets, legos, magazines, dog toys......

Behold, the Kohler Numi Toilet. I’m not sure if it’s a design for geeks or the very obsessive! It opens, closes and flushes automatically. A touch-pad remote allows you to heat the seat, heat your feet, operate the bidet and the dryer, play music and......

Often, people think of indoor and outdoor furniture as two completely separate categories—this doesn’t always have to be the case. I love chic outdoor furniture that can also be brought inside. In fact, this month the On The Shelf area in my At Market shop......

There’s some exciting news at Kathy Corbet Interiors! My design was selected for this year’s Butler’s Pantry! Check out the drawing: In case you haven’t been before, The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer House is the area’s premier chance to see interior designers flex their......

Wine and Design Thursday, June 7th6-8 pm19 South Belmont AvenueRichmond, VA 23221 The designers and vendors at DeCOR would like to invite you and a friend to an evening dedicated to your home.  Barrel Thief will be there with a selection of summer wines for......

Of course we all want those elegant, perfect, all-white homes we see in décor magazines, but many of us also have not-so-perfect pets and families that create clutter, spills and mishaps, making it hard to keep your home pristine. As both a mom and a......

Earlier this spring, my family and I took a trip to Argentina. Of course, I took some time to relax and bond with my loved ones, but as an interior designer, I’m also always keeping my eye out for inspiration and cool styles to bring......

 Richmond pets are notorious.   We are crazy about our four legged friends. Enjoy this occasional chair for animal lovers: a classic style with a twist.  Great for a bedroom, foyer, hallway or any spot in the home that needs something fun.  What a great......

Wow, check out this vibrant color—Tango Tangerine is one of the season’s hottest shades, both in fashion and the home. In fact, it was just named Pantone 2012 Color of the Year. Personally, I love this photo, especially since I just got back from Argentina,......

Meditating the Mix:  Color Issues Every major shelter magazine starts spring with an issue dedicated to color. Their “color issue” makes many of us think about our own color issues—how do you select the great paint colors for your home? Here are some of my......

Spring is when we usually start to think about cleaning up and caring for our homes. This year, put taking care of your furniture at the top of your to-do list—I know I don’t do it enough! Taking the time to clean and care for......

I’m excited to announce a new addition to our business at Market.  Our new retail space! We open in late March as part of DéCOR, a network of interior-focused mini shops located at 19 S. Belmont Ave. At Market will bring the best items I find......

One of my favorite ways to add a twist to a traditional dining table is mixing up the chair selection. Your chairs don’t always have to match exactly—you can create a dining room with style by mixing and matching chairs to showcase your own, unique......

A furniture plan is one of the most important tools when you’re redesigning or filling a room. Before you make a costly mistake, let Kathy Corbet Interiors come to the rescue! We create computer-generated furniture plans that allow you to envision your existing furniture in......

Perching chairs are one of my favorite ways to spice up a room with an unusual touch. These space-saving seating alternatives come in a variety of styles and can quickly transform a typical sitting area into a cozy conversation area. The classic shape of this......

THE MIX:  INSPIRED BY ART Many of you know my passion for art.  The access to art in Richmond is incredible.  The newly renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was the state’s gift to me…I think. I often read about color trends for the home......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH High Point Market had one obvious color trend: Purple. It also had one that was a surprise: Red!  I say a surprise because it never really showed up in any of the forecasts I follow–not that it matters.  The colors you live......

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HOME AGAIN Wouldn’t you love to clear all of that stuff off your counters?  Wouldn’t you love to un-clutter the cabinets and drawers?  The walk-in pantry has come back into favor to help us accomplish this goal.   It allows......

The Mix The Shockoe Design District is Located in historic downtown Richmond, Virginia,the Shockoe Design District celebrates the creativity and innovation of our city. Inspired by events of 2011, retailers, architects, advertising agencies, restaurants, and residents have come together to make this part of Richmond our......

The Endless Search Every house has one:   a large empty wall.     When a cathedral ceiling is involved:   you have tall, wide and empty! I am always on the look out for ideas for empty walls.  A recent trade show had many creative solutions.......

The Endless Search Over-dyed Rugs I have to admit I wore over-dyed denim jeans back in the 80″s…pink of course.  I figured it would be back in style one day; I just wasn’t expecting it as a new area rug trend! I first saw it......

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HOME AGAIN Creative and Clever Ways to Light Your Home Twinkle lights for home decorating was a common theme throughout the recent market I attended in New York City.  These branch balls have led lights at the tips and plug......

The Endless Search Trend Watch:  Feathers Feathers for Your Hair, Feathers for Your Home This summer my daughter asked if she could get her hair feathered.  My answer?  “I did not know it was in style again, I thought it was over with in the 70’s.”......

THE MIX What a great way to update old furniture.  Bright high gloss paint and a contrasting bright print–POW!  Out of date furniture becomes chic again.This Teen Recreation Room needed some updating.  It just wasn’t very cool for this far west end family.  This was just......

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HOME AGAIN Welcome to the new formal dining room. The furniture was all inherited and needed the right back drop to bring it to life!...

IMAGINE THIS Before: My design drawing using technology: After: It really is incredible to be able to draw a window treatment and insert the fabric to give my client a clear idea of what the finished room will look like....

THE ENDLESS SEARCH Singapore Singapore is full of contrasts as you move from one section of town to the other. Arab Street and Little India were packed with one one fabric store after the other. I just loved how they displayed the many choices. My......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH Singapore The Raffles Hotel was originally built in 1886 by the British who were establishing Singapore as a major port on their trading routes. The decor is the Colonial British “Exotic East” look. We often see it described as “Hemingway” style. White......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH Singapore The Little India section of Singapore may be the most cheerful and colorful place I have ever been. I never really thought much about the traditional Sari and what style the women have when putting their ensembles together. I think I......

LOVE YOUR HOME We all have that one empty wall that stares at us. It is out of place, in a tight spot and does nothing but hold up the ceiling. What function can it serve? What can we do so that you love that......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH Earlier this spring I spent some time in Holland. My daughter was invited to represent the US on a sailing team and her lucky mother was her chaperone. While she was floating around, I made my way to Delft, Leiden, Amsterdam and......

LOVE YOUR HOME We love our dogs. My dog Scout rules the roost. We have rearranged our lives and our furniture for her. I have had a lot of fun placing dog themed items in my client’s homes. A DOG LOVER’S POWDER ROOM These intelligent......

CONFLICT IN THE HOME Remember that great looking dress I wore to my anniversary party? You know, the one my sister bought for me in Paris? Well guess where I found that print? TARGET! And no, it was not a dress it was a lampshade,......

I am looking to build my email list to reach more home style enthusiasts. Between now and May 1st sign up for my Home Style Trends News to win! If you already receive it: invite your friends to sign up by emailing this link to......

CONFLICT IN THE HOME They finish a room. They make a statement. They cushion your back, prop your head, and give you a place to rest your arm. They get in the way too… TRADITIONAL TRANSITIONAL FUNKY ECLECTIC CLASSIC CONTEMPORARY WILD Do you love them......

LOVE YOUR HOME DRAPERIES, SWAGS AND VALENCES Custom window treatments are a luxury item and an investment. Proper care and cleaning can increase the longevity of your window treatments and accessories. Dry cleaning is not recommended, since the face fabric, interlining and lining can react......

LOVE YOUR HOME I decided to live on the edge and try something new! After 10 years in business what the heck! I put together a slide show of a few of the photos from my party. Enjoy! Many thanks to Custom Kitchens and Debi......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH If you missed my guest blog with Debi Shawcross, here it is for you: Pleasant conversation with friends, nibbling on tasty appetizers, sipping a refreshing beverage; these are the moments we crave most when we entertain in our homes. More often than......

LOVE YOUR HOME Kathy Corbet Interiors would like to invite you and a guest to attend an enjoyable evening of friends, wine and delicious food with Debi Shawcross, chef and author of “Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club Cookbook”. Debi will talk about......

LOVE YOUR HOME A mutual friend introduced me to Debi Shawcross. This is a woman who embraces food, entertaining, friendships and business with incredible style! To her they are all one big package. This is a person my clients and fellow home design groupies need......

IMAGINE THIS Many of my clients are bringing me their family heirlooms or flea market finds to turn them into that special piece of furniture that just seems to make a room more exciting. BEFORE: AFTER: I transformed this Chippendale sofa with an oversized cut-velvet......

IMAGINE THIS Baby’s rooms, toddler’s rooms, school age children’s rooms, tween and teen rooms– lets make the process manageable and enjoyable for all of you. Kathy Corbet Interiors would like to offer easy interior design or redesign for children’s bedrooms for a fixed price. This......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH “Barbecue” in the USA usually conjures up images of the 4th of July; all red, white and blue. In Argentina it takes on a whole new atmosphere that is found everywhere you go. This “parrilla” style grill is in a private residence......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH I travel to odd places to shop markets for clients, or to take one of my daughters figure skating and the other sailing! Work and pleasure are always getting mixed up! I am in Argentina this week for a sailing regatta and......

LOVE YOUR HOME The many offerings of natural fiber rugs have increased exponentially. The one shown above is actual size! This large and chunky pattern is 100% sisal. This is far more exotic than the basic sisals we started out with! It is made by......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH Conant Metal & Light has been a favorite supplier of mine for many years. I generally use their exterior lighting for my client’s vacation homes. They are reliable, do great custom work, manufacture quickly and they sure are nice people to work......

THE ENDLESS SEARCH On a recent Friday I was pleased to see a number of galleries crowded with art enthusiasts enjoying and purchasing the many offerings. And now a new resource has opened for business with a refreshing take on contemporary art and photography. There......

I just read a great blog about men moving from the garden shed to the kitchen for their tinkering. In my life it is not the garden shed they will leave but the garage or basement workroom. Should we allow them in the house to......

Even though you usually eat standing over the sink, it would be nice to know you have a bar or counter stool so you can linger over a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper! Upholstery is usually what seats us best… When my clients......

I am getting sleepy writing this! This daybed/porch swing is made locally by Willis Custom Craft, llc. It is shown here on a basic wood frame but can be installed from the ceiling in your screen porch, deck or sunroom. Willis Custom Craft has several......

I recently attended an event with several other designers and contractors. We all agreed that the copper sinks were worth blogging about! If the look is right for you, you now have an alternative to stainless steel! To see more: Fergusons 2703 Ackley Road, Richmond...

This is the bar at the Inn at Perry Cabin. I love the polished teak top and the high gloss horizontal v joint boards. The dark wood finish on the barstools highlights it all very nicely. This is Chesapeake nautical! Horizontal v joint boards for......

What an incredible work of art on the over mantle at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland! The Chesapeake Bay captured in it’s entirety in a 6′ x 8′ area! On the opposite side of the room we find an amazing breakfront......

An old salvaged door becomes a Queen Size Headboard after some crown moulding and posts are added! I frequently work with clients on remodeling their homes and I can’t tell you how many times homeowners are reluctant to send the old doors to the dump.......

Found while antiquing: Vintage Ferragamo “Kelly” bag in lucite! My first reaction was: “Wow! Love it! How much?” Then I thought about putting my stuff in it..worn out wallet, business card holder, beat up sketch book, lipstick, over-stocked key chain, breath mints, a few wadded......

BEFORE AFTER The fabric and trim selection was made to bring out the blue accents in the room. I added contrasting yellow trim and a very short box pleat skirt to give a little extra detail to the pieces....

Traditional, modern, handcrafted, machine made…you name it and it can be found in Paris at the flea markets! There was so much to see that I forgot to take pictures! I did manage to squeeze a few items into my suitcase to bring home: 2......

This is the alley style entrance to the Marche Vernaison at Les Puces de Paris–the notorious flea markets in Paris! The colorful graffiti turned the harsh security shutter into something more interesting to look at! My very colorful daughter poses with some black and white......

These 3 homes show a subdued mix of neutral colors. The high gloss white trim accents each one nicely and gives it unity. If it were not for the stone texture these colors would not be at all appealing.The pale colors of the homes in......

Everything I photographed on my recent trip to Weymouth was loaded with pattern and texture but very subtle with color. Enjoy the wildflowers!...

Dorset is a coastline of stone. I found the colors, patterns and combinations to be very inspiring. Here are a few examples! Many of the beaches are stones! I love the colors and the soft shapes! The stone has stacked up in circular layers for......

I made a trip to the Jurassic Coast of England last month. It is in southern England along the Channel. These photos were all taken in Weymouth and the Island of Portland in Dorset. I thought I would show you some odd building details! This......

Sometimes I wonder how and why I come up with the selections I do for my clients. Nature, art, film, market items and more can influence me subconsciously. I recently snapped some pictures at the beach; then I went through some of my portfolio photos......

I love taking walks on the beach to look for shells. I focus on finding the perfect, whole shells with pretty colors. My children are always picking up the broken ones! They like the color or the shape; they just see something in it that......

I have always loved the line up of flags along the dunes at the beach. The sunset on Friday night just added to the ambiance. The breeze had every flag flying and waving–Happy Fourth of July! What a classic scene! The dune fencing, the crisp......

My fist thought with this series of photos is “accessorize”! Someone put a lot of thought into the finishing touches on displaying this gelato. The details are incredible: a lemon is sliced and carved with a ric-rac pattern, the berries are sliced, mixed and set......

I took these pictures at Stephanie’s on Newbury in Boston. I loved the orange painted in the back of this classic built in sideboard. What a great way to update an antique! The color has allowed the rest of the decor in the room to......

I recently visited Rappahannock Masonry Supply with a client to select stone veneer for her fireplace. I was inspired by their clever and creative ideas! The picture at left is a close up showing a piece of stone cut in the shape of a fish!......

This is my last posting of design inspiration from the Netherlands! Enjoy! I love the way the two urns were painted avocado green and placed outside this town house door. This entrance is directly off the road and this gives it a “front landing” to......

Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft had so many beautiful, old homes that had updated architectural details and windows that I found to be incredible. Sometimes the architectural details were replaced with windows! All in all it is very clever and creative....

I find such great home accents and furniture at market! Now you can shop at MARKET too! Garden Week only at The Shops at 5807 M-F, 10 to 6 pm; Sat, 10 to 5 pm Saturday, April 17th to Saturday, April 24th 5807 West Patterson......

The baby changing table in this rest room was…elegant? Could it be? I love the black and white changing pad, the black console/changing table and the pail. Note the wall tile–it measured 22 x 12–a large and unusual size....

This adorable restroom for children is scaled for their size! The door itself is about 4’6″ high. The sink is about 20″ from the floor, no step stool needed here! Even the toilet is low to the floor! I just love the bright colors and......

These photos were taken on April 7th at the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. Even the cafe was colorful!...

Delft, Netherlands The delft tile tradition is taken very seriously in the town that bears it’s name!...

This little sitting area is so chic. The orange and brown combination is so 1970’s! The use of funky corner chairs with a metallic fabric, the large medallion pattern wallpaper and textured velvet pillows brings it into 21st century. The craziest thing was that I......

This drawbridge is over a small canal in Leiden, NL. I love the old world design adapted to use current materials, giving it a contemporary look. This may be my favorite type of design–influenced by the past and reinterpreted for today....

I am blogging from Leiden, Netherlands! We are enjoying the Dutch countryside as spring arrives! One of the local markets had the most creative wreathes and arrangements. Colorful containers, bulbs arranged in patterns and the use of eggs as part of the decoration....

When your friends ask you where you bought it, tell them: Garden Week only at the Shops at 5807 5807 West Patterson Avenue Saturday April 17th to Saturday, April 24th M-F 10 to 6; Sat 10 to 5 Please drop in for Wine & Design:......

Make sure you pick up the current issue of RHome Magazine! I love the photos, I love the article! Megan Marconyak really captured my personal style so nicely! Beth Furgurson took great photos!...

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Captivative Concrete creates stamped concrete anything! Walkways, floors, fireplaces, tub surrounds all of the stuff you have seen. What caught my attention was how realistic some of their stamped textures are. Check out this faux bois! Think of it on the wall of a “woodland”......

If you are working on a new kitchen or bathroom I highly recommend stopping by Renovation Resources at 18 West Broad Street. They have sinks, faucets, tile and hardware that you can’t find anywhere else in Richmond. They carry many suppliers that I have ventured......

Today I will post a series of really cool things I saw at the Mac Events Home Show. My first posting is Shelf Genie! They will organize and modernize the inside of your cabinets. Perfect for older cabinets and pantries that lack the rollout drawers,......

All of the art in “Hearth and Soul” was provided by Page Bond Gallery at 1625 West Main Street in Richmond. For more information visit: www.pagebondgallery.com Roy Carter of Just Hanging, Inc. came in to transport and hang the art. It was a tricky installation!......

These furnishings were provided by Maurice Beane Studio in Richmond, VA 2 Star General’s Lamp–this piece is made of tools and gadgets and very funky!…..$795 Ebonized Oak Table, circa 1950…$850 Ceramic Sculpture Vase, signed by artist…$575 Modernage Table–set of 2–circa 1940’s…$1800 for the pair...

The Maymont Flower & Garden and Mac Events Home Show was a big success. I thought I would show some of the items from my vignette in detail. All items are for sale! This table is made by an English Furniture Company using traditioanl materials......

I would like to thank the following suppliers for making this happen: Page Bond Gallery www.pagebondgallery.com Maurice Beane Studio www.mauricebeanestudio.com Hirsch Oriental Rugs www.whirschrugs.com Charles Luck Stone www.charlesluck.com Bon Air Better Living www.bonairbetterlivingproducts.com Handled With Care SP Williamson, wallpaper hangers Andrew Norris Inc., drapery installations......

From the Master Bedroom this bathroom is welcoming and soothing. Enter to find a roomy vanity built for two: Around the bend is a shower with lots of space to stretch out and relax. Soap and shampoo storage is concealed in a nook in the......

A Fresh Take on Tradition in the Breakfast Nook and Keeping Room Kathy Corbet Interiors at the Mac Events Home Show & Maymont Flower and Garden Show The Greater Richmond Convention Center February 18 to 21, 2010 Enter a room where formality is relaxed by......

This is the closet of your dreams! I took an outdated mirrored closet and transformed it into a classy and classic dressing room. The mirrors are functional yet subtle when inserted into the recessed panels of the doors. The ottoman top lifts for a conveniently......

“I am so decorating my house like this when I grow up!”, SSR exclaims as she is walking out the door! CS hugged her favorite chair as she said good-bye! My 5th and 6th graders loved the colors, the comforts and fun on their field......

Elephant’s Toe Antiques 5808 Grove Avenue The store takes it’s name from the “booboo” on the elephant’s toe according to Jim Strickland, the owner! The “booboo” can be seen on the elephant’s foot shown here! The history of interior furnishings is not something most people......

Kathy Corbet Interiors would like to congratulate Stanley Antiques & Fine Art on the grand opening of their retail store at 5612 Grove Avenue (On the corner of Grove and Granite, open 10-4 Mon-Sat) Stanley Fine Arts has been providing classic & timelessly styled 18th......

SAVE THE DATE! Kathy Corbet Interiors at the Mac Events Home Show & Maymont Flower and Garden Show The Greater Richmond Convention Center February 18 to 21, 2010 Hearth and Soul A Fresh Take on Tradition in the Breakfast Nook and Keeping Room Showcased at......

We all need a little extra Vitamin C during this cold snap! I would like to share a special recipe for one of my yummy martinis. I have also provided a child friendly version! Plan ahead, the vanilla sugar takes a month to make! (or......

Interior Design Selections I am teaching Interior Design to a group of 5th & 6th graders at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond! For our first class I gave them a chance to make fabric and color selections for a either a living room, dining room......

Everyone attending the R Home for the Holidays event loved my BIG storage baskets! I had them at a great price too!I am willing to offer them, as well as additional sizes and shapes, great prices until the end of the year. Please let me......

The final word on tables from High Point: Garden stools have been around for ages, recently you have seen them as accent tables. They are a wonderful way to update a room and add a colorful accent. Note the many shapes! How about a crabby......

These are great display and storage pieces to make a room special! Display treasures in style, stack up books for easy access, add height to a corner or create a focal point with shelving. There are some pieces for your formal dining room, another for......

Great coffee tables and cocktails from High Point Market– can anyone tell me what the difference is?! (I also included a few other tables worth noting!) Note the rivet details and shapes. One look is industrial, one is curvilinear and the other linear. These would......

Please join Kathy Corbet Interiors at the Virginia Historical Society Monday November 16th 6:00 to 9:00pm This event will support the Richmond Ballet School’s student scholarship fund! I have tickets to give away to the first four fans who email me at: rsvp@KathyCorbetInteriors.com The featured......

This is the first in a series of pages from my High Point Notebook! This month we will focus on Occasional furniture: end tables, cocktail tables, shelving and more! The steamer trunk look in stainless, leather and mock crocodile; these would make great night tables......

You are cordially invited to… create value in your home with professional advice on remodeling and design! Informative topics will include: Increasing & maintaining the value of your home by keeping up with market trends. Presented by Tom Innes & Stanton Thalhimer with RE/MAX Commonwealth.......

I often say that my job is to make people happy. In this case I made my client’s dog very happy with a cozy napping nook! Here is the wide angle view of the breakfast room; that is the James River in the background. My......

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Javier Tapia, a Richmond artist. His work is incredible! You can see it at: http://tinyurl.com/yjq8tlx I took some photos in his studio. I decided not to photograph his art, you can see that at The......

You are cordially invited to… create value in your home with professional advice on remodeling and design! Informative topics will include: Increasing & maintaining the value of your home by keeping up with market trends. Presented by Tom Innes & Stanton Thalhimer with RE/MAX Commonwealth.......

We have been hearing many statistics on how America is cutting back in the “down economy”. A recent industry report quoted a Forbes’ survey stating that people were willing to cut back 64 to 82% of their expenses on going out to eat, entertainment outside......

Recently we put together a line sheet of baskets to help a client organize piano music for the living room, toys in the playroom, and magazines and recycling in the office. We would like to extend the designer pricing this month to our fans and......

Mix It Up! Incorporating Contemporary Styles Into a Traditional Home Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors will demonstrate how to incorporate some of today’s new styles, colors and trends into your traditional home. Simple touches can provide a smooth visual transition when combining periods and......

On Thursday, September 24th I accepted an award from Mayor Jones recognizing Kathy Corbet Interiors for outstanding contributions to the economy in the City of Richmond! Here is Mayor Jones reading the proclamation declaring September 24th as a day to recognize the economic contributions of......

I found a great supplier of reclaimed wood tables and accent pieces. Many sizes and shapes are available and all are one of a kind. Some of these tables were HUGE! I am always hunting for big cocktail tables for the big great rooms so......

A great way to update a room is with throw pillows. Creativity is at it’s best with this assortment of pillows! All are available through Kathy Corbet Interiors! contact: Kathy@kathycorbetinteriors.com...

Chairs in every shape and size were at the show in New York this summer. I would like to share some of them with you. Here they are right from my notebook!...

DOG BAR I recently traveled to Newport, Rhode Island for a week of sailing for my children. (to see the photos, please be my friend on facebook: www.facebook.com) The Clarke Cookhouse on Bannisters Wharf provided refreshments for dogs as well as humans! How about adding......

Marigold, Butterscotch, Lemon, Mustard Acacia Restaurant 2601 West Cary Street Richmond, Virginia According to Benjamin Moore’s Color Guide “A Stroke of Brilliance”, yellow is “the most difficult color for the eye to process and see, yellow is the least popular color on the spectrum. Yellow......

I traveled up to New York City earlier this month to attend the ICFF—International Contemporary Furniture Show. There were so many great products and new ideas to see. By far, the most exciting category was lighting. We have seen many pendants in vibrant colors in......

The weather is perfect to relax on the porch with one of my special martinis—I call this one the “Lime-opolitan”, (my secret recipe is below!) Before you start mixing, let’s talk home design! One of the services I offer is room planning and layouts. Do......

PROBLEM: You have lots of great photos and don’t know how to display them or You have a long/high, empty wall and need to fill it with “something”SOLUTION: A great looking collage of photos with fabulous frames! On a recent trip to New York City......

How To Improve The Value Of Your Home I recently attended a seminar given by Nelson Pollard of Pollard Appraisals with the answer to the above question as a “Who, What, Why, Where, When” discussion. My blog today covers that discussion.Who? (As in who should......

“Colors With Great Names” is a story in the May 2009 issue of “House Beautiful” magazine. We do color selections all of the time for our clients and often find ourselves wondering: “Who comes up with those color names and what were they thinking?”. Here......

“Brilliantly Neutral” is from the Spring 2009 issue of URGE Magazine. To view the magazine on line go to www.URGEonline.com...

BEFORE: Kathy Corbet Interiors takes an older kitchen and transforms it into an efficient workspace . To respect the family’s passion for their older home and their environmental concerns, the kitchen cabinets were refaced and dressed with crown molding to prevent a complete gutting of......

“Book” Shelf Is it magic? No! It is a new way to display your books! These book shelves are by UMBRA and are available at LaDifference on 14th Street in Richmond. You can link to their website at http://www.ladiff.com/ or call 648.6210 for more information....

Designs for Living at theMac Events Home Show and Maymont Flower & Garden ShowFebruary 19 to 22, 2009Greater Richmond Convention Center Kathy will be one of the featured speakers at the Mac Events Home Show and Maymont Flower & Garden Show, February 19 to 22,......

I visited Mrs. Curry’s classroom on Friday and talked to a group of 4th graders about Interior Design. I gave them room settings and a stack of fabrics to make selections. They made their selections and were all pleased with the results!...

Kathy Corbet talks about some of the latest color trends her clients are loving! Click Here To Read About Color Trends For Your Home Decorating & Interior Design...

Read about one of Kathy Corbet Interiors fun and challenging projects as printed in The Richmond Times Dispatch, January 2007. Read More About Signature Interior Design Styles and Remodeling Challenges...

  View my short movie demonstrating computerized interior design and see how you can visualize your room before making it a reality. Kathy...

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