Book Club, Interiors

Copycat Decorating and Living: Stepping Away from the Group

I had a conversation this week with a friend and colleague about "sameness". The urge that affects some people to have the same entry tile as their neighbor, to duplicate the other neighbor's wall colors and even to wear the same brand of shoes, drive a similar car and carry the same purse as other… Continue reading Copycat Decorating and Living: Stepping Away from the Group

Before and After, Interiors

Retrofit Me: A Home in a Church

One of my first studio projects in college was a retrofit of an old church into a residence.  Unlike now, when I have 15+ clients at any given time, I devoted an embarrassing amount of time and thought to this project.  So much time and thought that I remember it better than some projects from… Continue reading Retrofit Me: A Home in a Church

Interiors

Pinteresting Isn’t Interesting: Creating Your Personal Style

I'm tired of looking at Pinterest.  I never cared for Houzz, but my interest in Pinterest lasted a while.  I stopped looking at it (except for my client's boards) last year and whenever I go back into that world to take a look I feel bored.  In order to understand your personal style and your… Continue reading Pinteresting Isn’t Interesting: Creating Your Personal Style

Uncategorized

Artist and Art Installer Jeremy Burns: Tips for hanging art and his latest mural!

Jeremy Burns, a Colorado native, has another spirited mural up in town.  This one is on an enormous  50' x 200' finned wall at the corner of 38th Street and Arkins Street in Denver.   Here's a pic from Jeremy: Jeremy writes:  "It took a month, 65 gallons of paint, a few boom lifts, and… Continue reading Artist and Art Installer Jeremy Burns: Tips for hanging art and his latest mural!

Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Sunshine on My Shoulders: Site Visits in Fall Snow

We just went through what felt like a record number of overcast days here in the Denver area and  my energy level and my happiness level plummeted like a stone thrown into a still lake.  Cold, gray and dreary in early October is unpleasant, unwelcome and it is causing me to be over-dramatic about everything… Continue reading Sunshine on My Shoulders: Site Visits in Fall Snow

Interiors, Trends

The End of Minimalism: Needing More From Your Home

I love minimal interiors.  They promise a life I think I could have if I didn't have such a needy personality when it comes to my home.  I need things from my environment besides the basics of shelter.  I feel reassured by family photographs.  I feel like myself when I look at favorite books and… Continue reading The End of Minimalism: Needing More From Your Home

Interiors, Trends

Previous Owners: The Haunting of Resale Value

I see a lot of houses in my line of work.  Like a doctor who sees mainly sick people, I see homes that are in need of help.  I rarely walk into a home that's "perfect".  Usually there are multiple things going on in the home that need updating, fixing or changing.  One person's gorgeous… Continue reading Previous Owners: The Haunting of Resale Value

Interiors, Kitchen

The Summer of Our Discontent: This Old House Part 6

After living without a sink for about 2 months (felt like 6 months), struggling to install the sink for 2 days (felt like 6 days) we finally got our sink hooked up and functional!  And when I say "we" I mean Dave got our sink hooked up and functional.  I would celebrate but I'm too… Continue reading The Summer of Our Discontent: This Old House Part 6

Interiors, Trends

Top Interior Design Trends to Help Sell Your Home

Hi everyone, this week I did a blog swap with West + Main Homes, a Denver real estate company.  You can check out my post on their site called "7 Staging Tips to Make Your Home Irresistible" Here are some tips from West + Main Homes: If you’re looking to sell your home, the top interior design… Continue reading Top Interior Design Trends to Help Sell Your Home

Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Trend Alert: The Return of Knotty Pine

We recently tore out cabinets from the 1950's during our kitchen renovation. They served their purpose for over 60 years but they were really showing their age. They were also full on yellow/orange knotty pine with v-channel vertical plank doors. Good luck ignoring this type of knotty pine. It's like a loud talker in a… Continue reading Trend Alert: The Return of Knotty Pine