Design Work

This client needed a little help with space planning and color.  She also needed a little reassurance about durability for her kids.

My tips for kids and design:

1) Buy rugs with tons of pattern.  That way little spills and stains will blend in to the pattern.

2) Taupey Charcoal fabrics are your best friend.  I fondly refer to this as “dirt” color.  With busy families, this color will save you a world of problems.  I also think it is a lovely color that works with tons of accents (orange, slate blue, grellow, fresh tomato red, black, turquoise, even some purples).

3) Don’t sacrifice design just because you have kids.  Buy some things of quality and mix them with things that are durable and kid friendly that you won’t mourn if they are ruined.

Here is the family room I designed for this client:

If you would like help creating the home of your dreams, email me at to inquire about my design services.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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