Millwork: Quality millwork is like good bone structure. Well-proportioned, well-executed millwork gives a home substance. It will look and feel good even if empty.
Mirrors: I liken mirrors to a Swiss Army knife in my designer arsenal. They make a space look bigger, bounce light around and can look like a piece of jewelry, a modern sculpture or nearly disappear. And they come in so many variations: antique, contemporary, wall-to-wall, installed in doors and at backsplashes. I’m a big fan as you can tell.
Wallpaper: Wallpaper is another versatile, impactful element. Obviously there are wallcoverings in bold patterns, textures and colors that can make a big splash. But sometimes we install them just to soften a space. We installed a white basketweave in a master bedroom recently that is undetectable in photos, but makes a huge difference in person. The bedroom has a lot of millwork and very tall ceilings, so wrapping the room with a subtle texture softened the acoustics and makes the space feel more nurturing.
Vessel Sinks: They tend to be controversial, but I find them very practical. A vessel sink can actually create more counter space in a small bathroom and can be anything from ceramic to glass to stone. I have a petrified wood vessel sink in my own first floor bath and my guests always rave about it.