Dish & Design: Design Is in the Details

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Looking for an easy way to switch your decor as the seasons change? Double it up.

Consider double-sided pillows, slipcovers or quilts, says Homestyle’s own Jeanine Matlow, one of several speakers at Wednesday's Dish & Design event at EuroAmerica Design in Troy.

When it comes to using accessories, Matlow says think about changing out books, artwork and pillows.

“You don’t have to follow the rules,” says Matlow, who writes Homestyle’s Smart Solutions column. “You don’t have to do light in the summer and dark in the winter. Sometimes, in the winter, we need light.”

More than 100 readers turned out for Wednesday’s event, which focused on the details of design. Experts talked about using color in home decor, updating a kitchen on any budget, and making summer flower arrangements.

Interior designer Linda Shears of Linda Shears Designs in Troy says color affects our moods. Red, for example, is great for dining rooms because it stimulates appetites or conversations. But red wouldn’t be appropriate in a cardiologist’s office.

Shears says color also impacts our perception of a room’s size.

“Warm colors advance a room’s size, cool colors recede it,” she says.

Jeffrey Jucewicz of Jeffrey Floral Architecture demonstrated how to create floral arrangements using everything from sunflowers to apples.

In a long rectangular glass vase, he placed 10 Granny Smith apples. Each one was cored and inside he place a Fuji mum.

“That’s so unexpected — but very inexpensive,” says Jucewicz.

He then layered some symbian orchids on top the arrangement.

“Suddenly you have something that looks very chic,” he says.

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, Diane Hancock, a designer with EuroAmerica Design, says there are four main elements to consider cabinets, appliances, lighting, and miscellaneous items like hardware and flooring.

“Think about focal points,” she says.

For those on a budget, Hancock suggested considering replacing just a few cabinet doors. And lighting is key.

“If a kitchen is lit properly, it makes such a difference,” says Hancock.

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