Holiday Decorating, Interiors

Life Turbulence around the Holidays and a Book Review Podcast

How is your end of the year going?  I only ask because, for me, this December is rocky and frankly, unpleasant.   It's rocky because the stress is peppered with good things for me career-wise.  I feel like I'm experiencing a lot of turbulence with some extended stretches of smooth flying.  Let me tell you, the… Continue reading Life Turbulence around the Holidays and a Book Review Podcast

Before and After, Interiors, Kitchen

Before and After Kitchen: As Seen on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation

My second House Hunters Renovation episode aired this past weekend.  If you missed seeing it on television, it is Season 14, Episode 9 and is called: “Flying into a Renovation”.  It should be available on demand and I believe you can find it on YouTube as well.  It always blows my mind to see a… Continue reading Before and After Kitchen: As Seen on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation

Holiday Decorating, Interiors

The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Holiday Decorating

Hi dear reader!  I will be appearing in another House Hunters Renovation episode coming up this Saturday!  What great news!  I didn't get enough of her the first time around.  Now I get to watch her wave her hands around in the air again while she describes to stunned homeowners what she plans on doing… Continue reading The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Holiday Decorating

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

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