A reader asks: "I waited years to refurbish my living room and spared no expense. Why am I not happy with the outcome?"
Napa Valley designer Patti Cowger helps a couple revive their 1907 Dutch Colonial home.
Interior designer Patti Cowger discusses the decisions she and homeowners made about decorating a historic Napa home.
Napa Valley designer Patti Cowger dislikes most granites -- but not always.
If you’ve been shopping for a new kitchen or bath countertop, you may have found your head spinning. Here's help in navigating all the choices.
Interior designer Patti Cowger shares an alternative for electrical plates, toggles, sockets, rotary dimmers, pushbuttons, and wall-mounted media controls — those pesky, but necessary gadgets that disrupt otherwise pretty walls.
Napa Valley interior designer Patti Cowger shares a few of her favorite discoveries for her home during a year in quarantine.
A reader asks Napa designer Patti Cowger for help in recreating a small garden space in her new retirement home.
A reader has a problem balancing a table with art.
What is a balanced room? It’s the result of arranging positive elements with negative space in a way that one area does not overpower the others.
When working with contractors, set clear expectations to avoid disappointments.
If you’ve ever thought about updating or remodeling your kitchen, you most likely have asked yourself a few questions about the cabinets. Here are some answers.
Paint companies have announced their colors of the year for 2021. Gray is out; brown is in.
Patti finds a solution for over-sized rock fireplaces -- from another designer.
When Lewis Carroll wrote “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” in 1871, I wonder if he knew that mirrors had such an intrigui…
How do you make a blah room beautiful or a fine one fabulous? How do you put the awe in awesome? The following steps and credos will get you there.
Thirty years ago, I was a computer programmer in San Francisco’s Financial District. I had been one for eight years and a math teacher the pre…