Monday, October 11, 2010

Check out my interview with HGTV designer Martin Amado!

I always like it when I get to ask the experts design questions that seem basic enough, but we tend to forget. They always leave me saying "ohhhh yeahh..." Well I was offered the opportunity to ask Martin a few questions and came up with a few that either I always seem to need help with or that I get a lot from readers. Here are my questions...

1. For those who love to rearrange and change things around in their home a lot, what’s the most cost efficient way to “change” up your décor? In other words, what décor change gets you the most bang for your buck?

2. If one can only make one purchase or change to improve the eco-friendliness or green rating of their home, what singular purchase/installment would you suggest?

3. What is the most valuable lesson learned from a renovation/redecorating “mistake” you made in the beginning of your career that others can learn from?

4. This is one I get a lot - a young family moves into an old home with great original architectural elements – for example – dark wood paneling, floors, and molding. If painting or altering the wood in anyway is 100% out of the question, what design tips and tricks do you suggest for adding some youth, funk, style, and modern flair? How do you lighten up the space and “ungrannify” it with decorating elements other than paint?

Watch to hear me ask Martin these questions and to hear his really great answers:

Thanks again to Martin for his wise words of wisdom! To see some of Martin's fab work or to learn more about him, go to his website.


diane@onlinefabricstore said...

Just fyi...I dont like videos as blog posts. It does not allow me to scan or listen in a quiet place like a waiting room, office or when my kids are sleeping in the next room. I know they are all the rage but I prefer text. just thought you might like to know.

but he post on MOnday mornings was cute...beautiful bedrooms especially the all white one in the first pic.

Cristin @ Simplified Bee™ said...

Oh how fun! Loved your last question.

I got to interview him too and am posting tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hey Diane - ever heard of headphones? They were all the rage in 1940 when they were invented...and solved the problem you seem to still suffer from.

Perhaps you don't belong online. Go back to typwriters and abacus'.

Ashley said...

Hi guys, Ashley here. My favorite part of Decorology has always been the wonderful community and readers that I have. I am addressing the comment left by "Anonymous." Under no circumstances do I condone nastiness or bullying. I do however, welcome constructive criticism. True, Diane could use headphones, but I imagine with kids she'd prefer not to wear headphones so she can hear if her kids need her. Regardless of Diane's reasons for not liking videos as blog posts, I respect her opinion. I do not particularly like video, but I feel that when I do use them, it is appropriately. Also, I think this is only the 2nd or 3rd video I have ever posted on Decorology in it's 2 1/2 years. Diane and "Anonymous", I hope that you do continue to visit Decorology, but it is very important to me that it stay a positive, welcoming place. Again, if you have thoughts or suggestions, I more than welcome them. Also feel free to email me with them. In the future, any comments that I feel are solely for the purpose of being hurtful will be deleted promptly from the comment list. I hope that I have offended no one, and again you guys mean the world to me. Thanks and best, Ashley Decorology founder

Ashley said...

I also want to stress again that I want you to feel free to comment on a post if there is something about it you don't like. It helps me provide better content for my readers. However, please do not be cruel to one another - I prefer this to be a helpful place.


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