HomeGoods Blogger: Cathy
Interior Designer
Cathy

What's Cathy's story?

I’m an independent interior designer in Orange County, CA, and have been writing here for HomeGoods since Feb. 2007. I never get tired of talking “shop” and love to share my passion with you. I believe good design is all about how YOU want to live, artistically edited and arranged. I love all styles of design if executed well, but my favorite is an eclectic aesthetic, the best of many styles and periods.
Favorite part of planning a dinner party:
Probably decorating the table and lighting the room to bring that all-important ambiance to the setting. I do this well in advance of the party so I can devote time to the menu.
Three things that make my home happy:
  • A beautiful chair. It’s like a piece of sculpture in a room.
  • A light, neutral colored, simple, classic designed sofa.
  • A large beautifully framed mirror makes any room sparkle.

Also by Cathy:


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What says summer more than shells and sea life? The simple addition of some stylish shells can turn a tabletop into an instant vacation and extend summer for just a little bit longer. I always … Continue reading




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Sometimes even the smallest things can make a big impact. Who knew the age-old, versatile garden stool could add such a chic and charming touch to indoor and outdoor living? Yes, the iconic garden stool … Continue reading




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Love is in bloom, wedding season is here and you’re invited to celebrate the happy day. I’m always looking for wedding gifts that are creative, unique and budget-friendly. Usually to get all three, you have … Continue reading




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What colors summer more than red, white and blue? The iconic color trio are decorating many a porch, patio and pathway as the Fourth of July marches patriotically forward. Photo by Cathy Mortensen Design I love seeing … Continue reading




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“Home is how you make it,” and part of home is that wonderful outdoor space that makes home even better. Outdoor living is here and making it ours is how we like to live. How … Continue reading




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Life’s too short to live with dull boring things! So a little glitz and glam could go a long way to add some shimmer and shine to the humble abode. It’s time to put some bling … Continue reading




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What inspires a direction for room decoration? Anything can, even a change of season. Buds, bulbs and blossoms are enough to inspire any decorating endeavor. I had a room that needed to bloom. So, I tried to … Continue reading




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With the growing popularity of hard surface flooring, area rugs are more in demand than ever. Many of us who have turned to ease-of-care hardwood, stone, tile, laminate and concrete (among many other durable floorings), like the … Continue reading




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Spring, in all its eye-popping color, just makes you want to get outside and beautify the yard. But sometimes it’s difficult finding colors to use in outdoor living spaces that will create cohesive curb appeal and compliment … Continue reading




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I always like a pretty powder room for family and guests that visit, so it’s nice to freshen them up once in a while. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make … Continue reading