The tall wall dilemma


Recently, a client expressed her apprehension about the height of the walls in her new apartment. Without decor, tall walls can be intimidating and seem to take the focus of a space.

Here are a few solutions to this.

{1.} Paint~Selecting to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or a shade darker, lowers the perception of wall height.

{2.} Hanging fabric or tapestry~ Hang a beautiful batik from one of your travels or a meaningful tapestry on a rod. A long piece of fabric with design and color draws attention and adds interest to a space.

{3.} Series of largely framed photographs~Select your favorite photographs and enlarge them; 11x 14 would do just fine. Tie your photos by theme like bicycles spotted on travels or sunsets, OR make them black and white for an artistic flair. Using the same frames or frames of the same color bring a tasteful order or symmetry if you like.

{4.} Oversized decor items~ One way to make the most of your large “canvas” is to hang oversized pieces. A mirror, painting, or wood carving are some that come to mind. These are simple options that highlight your wall size stylishly.

{5.} Decals~ Trendy? Sure. But, there are some varied and artsy options that can be a temporary solution. Want a zen-like environment? Stick up tall bamboos. Wanting to reflect a piece of home? A San Francisco or NY skyline will do the trick. For some interesting designs, go to Etsy.

{6. } Marimekko wall coverings~ Oh, yeah! Last Friday’s Find are a perfect solution to adding color and pattern without committing to color.




Any other ideas out there for tall walls? Please feel free to share.


Inspiration board: Laos dream

So, something you may have noticed is that I’m a double blogger.

It just happened. I didn’t plan it that way.

It started out with a personal blog, Happy Impermanence. I wanted to chronicle the events of 2011 onward…the coming to a decision to shift out of my teaching career into interior design, the endless planning of moving from Korea to our next destination, the ping-ponging of emotions throughout the process.

In addition to documentation, it’s a place for inspiration and reflection.

Somebody’s Home, however, is a result of my love for interior design and my transition into the profession. It caters to the international inhabitant, the global/eclectic style aficionado, the mindful home dweller.

These two blogs are undeniably linked, mostly because they house me & my dreams.

The Laos Dream is one.

In October 2012, my husband and I are moving to Laos to begin new careers in the things we are most passionate about: design, yoga, coaching, and writing. We will wear many hats to get started and certainly go to the drawing board often. What the final outcome will be is a surprise.

Concept boards have a function in interior design. They bring forth ideas in color and style and arrangement, helping us visualize a space. Inspiration boards are closely related. These hold images that inspire something in us, be it motivation, hope, or beauty.

Today I’m sharing my inspiration board for Laos. Whenever I look at it, I feel a peaceful creativity.

I’m curious, what does it conjure up for you?