Author: Sue Ridgeway

Sue Ridgeway


Speaking Interior Design 201

In an attempt to foster greater collaboration between builders, architects and designers, Lita Dirks & Co. recently shared a list of common interior design terms. To help building industry colleagues speak the “same language.” Here are a few more common interior design terms that designers use on a fairly regular basis. Lighting Terms Up lighting: […]


Speaking Interior Design

Sure, you probably know terms like drapery and sconce, but what about arabesque or jute? If you are a builder, architect or in any way involved in the home building industry and work with interior design professionals, speaking the same language of interior design can help secure the success of any housing-related collaboration. (We wouldn’t leave you hanging: […]


Designing a Reason to Smile in Every Model Home

There is that oft repeated saying “a place for everything and everything in its place.” And while there have been many interpretations to this saying (and several people attributed to its origin), for Lita Dirks & Co., this saying has a special meaning. To them, it means each detail and design decision in a home […]


Using Masculine Designs to Appeal to All Buyer Profiles

One of the key features of a successful model home is that it will appeal to all buyer profiles. Each model should reflect broad tastes—but incorporate the Third Layer Principle—that will allow every buyer to see him or herself in the home. Depending on your market, you may want to consider incorporating “she” or “he” […]


4 Ways to Create an Outdoor Oasis

Whether it’s designing to expand outdoor living space or the desire to incorporate more nature in our designs, creating an outdoor oasis in model homes is important. We want potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying, relaxing and appreciating the great outdoors all with the convenience and comfort of the indoors. To help create that indoor-outdoor living dream, the following […]


5 Ways to Add Flare to a Feature Wall

For years now, the inexpensive option of paint has been the “go-to” for creating a feature wall in homes. But lately, designers are starting to rely less on paint and are exploring other creative options to add flare, color, pattern and texture to a feature wall. Designers at Lita Dirks & Co. share their techniques […]


Designing Show-Stopping Amenities

Interior designers work with builders to create spaces that inspire dreams and evoke exceptional experiences. One area in particular that exceptional interior design can inspire dreams are in a community’s amenity space. A well-thought out and strategically designed amenity space can create a true sense of neighborhood and community. It can take the shape of […]


7 Design Tips to Make a Small Space Appear Larger

1. Light and Bright Darker shades are definitely design friendly these days, but in a small space they can make the room feel confined. Use these dramatic, deep tones in smaller doses on accents like decorative pillows, area rugs, or art. To create a bright, fresh feeling, keep lighter hues on larger surfaces such as […]