penelope voisen

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

No matter what holiday you honor in your home, we decorate our homes to please ourselves and to welcome family and friends during the holidays. Although this time of year seems to be hectic for most of us, transforming our homes with dazzling decorations for the tree, sprucing up the mantel (no pun intended), setting a new, inventive holiday table scape, or hanging an exquisite…


Home decor: Engaging in a bit of ‘pillow talk’

Rancho Santa Fe interior designer Penelope Voisen engages in a bit of ‘pillow talk’ You can never have too many pillows on a bed. The warm, inviting, and comfortable feeling you get when you enter a bedroom and see lots of pillows on the bed instantly gives a relaxed sense of being. What is it about pillows? We always seem to need more of them….


Le Style Francais

‘Add fresh color by pairing an exuberant yellow paisley with a blue check fabric, or mix a rustic red Provencal floral with a green plaid, and c’est si bon! In France, a room isn’t finished unless it has many different patterns and colors, so throw away the idea that everything has to match.’ The French have a legendary sense of style. French Country design is…


Fresh squeezed orange is the way to go for fall

The  color orange punches up a room like no other color.  Orange’s bright hues and sunny disposition adds zest and surprise to any style interior.   Wake up any room in your home with bold splashes of orange accents.  Use it sparingly or get drenched in it. Orange glows with warmth and positive energy.  Without a doubt, orange is the happiest color in the spectrum. …


Black Magic: Opaque color works wonders in any room

In interior design, black is as dramatic as it is couture. Think of classic Audrey Hepburn – the little black dress, the perfect pair of high heels, the quilted black Chanel bag or the sporty black slim pants. Casual to dressy, there isn’t anything that doesn’t look good in black. And the same goes for interiors. To some, black may seem to be the most…