Magazine, June 2001
a new homeowner, Jeanine Matlow was thrilled to show off her Farmington
Hills condo, but "nobody cared about the house. They all cared
about this miniature shopping cart [in the kitchen]."
with artificial fruit, the cart started conversations-and inspired
the name of Matlow's design business, Conversation Pieces.
matter what your house offers, it's the details that make a difference,"
recommending paint colors to creating wall displays, Matlow solves
problems. One client was disappointed with the way stencils looked
on a wall. "They just didn't stick out. I suggested putting
a frame around them [to] look like a picture. She loved the idea."
insists that home is more than a place to live. "It's where
you can feel safe to be yourself.
is a sanctuary. We're told to work and work and work so we can build
this home but we're never in it. More people are working from home,
using their home in more ways, more of the time. Home is who you
on creative, affordable redecorating:
recently held a seminar at The Print Gallery in Southfield, where
she offered these "tips":
conventional uses-put pictures in a plate rack or frame a placemat
as art. "Function is important, but people get hung up on
drawer pulls, doorknobs and switch plates for quick updates.
a scarf over a table or tie guest towels with bracelets. "We
have beautiful things in drawers. Why not take them out?"
hatboxes to make an end table that stores off-season items.
the outside in-a terra cotta tile and metal garden table elevates
books or paintings on music stands or easels.
a mirror, corkboard or chalkboard, or use a wall mirror as a tray.
save money, enliven furniture with colorful pillows, or buy reproductions
instead of antiques.
pictures lower to add warmth to a room.
pencils in a mug, display flowers in an oversized teacup or turn
a glass upside down to make a candleholder.
your pet-ceramic food and water bowls look better than the metal
written by Lynne Schreiber and reprinted courtesy of Style Magazine
at the Jewish News (June 2001 edition).