Interiors, Kitchen

The Sentimental Eat-In Kitchen: 7 Kitchens with Dining Tables

Homeowners have been taking walls down in kitchens for about as long as it's been "okay" for men to cook for their families.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  It's still something that I get asked about on every kitchen project with an older home.  I know some people prefer the kitchen separate (speak up!  I haven't met you… Continue reading The Sentimental Eat-In Kitchen: 7 Kitchens with Dining Tables

Children's Rooms, Interiors

New Year: Already Behind

I started last week thinking that Tuesday was Monday and then proceeded to get caught up in reacting to emails, reacting to phone calls, washing the same load of laundry twice (still not folded!) and I had the audacity to think that I was somewhat on task - while being a full day behind.  … Continue reading New Year: Already Behind

Bathrooms, Interiors, Kitchen

Reflections: Career, Happiness and a Year of Renovations

Happy end of 2017!  Professionally and personally it was a really good year (I'm choosing not to touch politics on this blog). It's not every year I get asked to do two HGTV shows; it's not every year I get to travel to unique places like Haida Gwaii; it's not every year I'm the mother… Continue reading Reflections: Career, Happiness and a Year of Renovations

A Talk With...

The Last Christmas Cookie: A Reflection on Perfection and Being a Woman

Hi everyone - this time of year is a little stressful, isn't it?  I've been thinking about the "pressure" I feel and realizing that most of this holiday stress is self-imposed.  Why do I feel the need to match what I think everyone else is doing?  Why would I assume that my family expects baked… Continue reading The Last Christmas Cookie: A Reflection on Perfection and Being a Woman

Bedrooms, Interiors

How to Make Your Bedroom Warm and Cozy for the Winter

Hi everyone, I have a guest blogger this week and I will get to that shortly.  As an interior designer I drive a lot.  Many days I'm in my car for over 2 hours just getting from house to house, to showroom to showroom.  I know, such a glamorous job - don't be so jealous.… Continue reading How to Make Your Bedroom Warm and Cozy for the Winter

Before and After, Kitchen

Before and After: Rustic Modern Ranch (as Seen on HGTV)

Thank you to everyone who was able to sit down and watch my HGTV debut on Saturday's House Hunters Renovation.  If you don't have access to that channel, but you're an Amazon Prime member, you will be able to find the episode in about 3 weeks.  I think it's an entertaining episode - there's a… Continue reading Before and After: Rustic Modern Ranch (as Seen on HGTV)

A Talk With...

House Hunters Renovation: Look for me on HGTV this Saturday!

Some of you know this already and I apologize in advance for the re-telling. This summer I received a surprising (and quite wonderful) invitation from an HGTV production company to be featured as a designer for their show House Hunters Renovation.  Naturally, I accepted, and was assigned to a cute couple (and their new home).… Continue reading House Hunters Renovation: Look for me on HGTV this Saturday!

Obsessions

#OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

REI's retail decision to #OptOutside again (3rd year in a row) and be closed for Black Friday still resonates with me.  I've posted this blog post on the week of Thanksgiving for the past two years and my feeling is the same so I will run it again.  I am currently in Tuscon, Arizona enjoying… Continue reading #OptOutside: Opt Out of the Retail Frenzy

Interiors

When Darkness Falls: Making Your Dining Room Memorable

As most of my design work will attest to, I love "light and bright" interiors.  One of my favorite interior paint colors is "Simply White" (sadly true and kind of funny).  However, this time of year I am ready to flip the switch and go all out dark and moody.  I've been taken in recently… Continue reading When Darkness Falls: Making Your Dining Room Memorable

A Talk With..., Garden Style

Making Fall Household Chores Fun with Author Paul Deniken

This week author Paul Denikin, from Dad Knows DIY, guest blogs and shares some smart tips on how to make some necessary home chores interesting for your children.  Paul is a father of two - his youngest child, Maggie, has special needs.   Paul has come into being "handy" through necessity and he is passionate about… Continue reading Making Fall Household Chores Fun with Author Paul Deniken