Interiors, Kitchen

Rip Your Upper Cabinets Out Tonight: 7 Stylish Kitchens with Open Shelving

Open shelves are still really popular with my Denver area clients.  I love the casual look, although I'm sure kitchen cabinet people are over them and over the trend of having no upper cabinets.  I like the airy and open look they give a kitchen and I love the opportunity to put in a sconce or… Continue reading Rip Your Upper Cabinets Out Tonight: 7 Stylish Kitchens with Open Shelving

Interiors, Kitchen

Minimal Kitchens in Cool Locations: Imagine You’re a Local

We just got back from a fantastic VRBO in Taos, New Mexico.  It's amazing to rent a home in a different state and experience life as a local.  It satisfies my love for change and for houses.  I got sucked in the other day on my lunch break looking at these luxury vacation rentals in New York… Continue reading Minimal Kitchens in Cool Locations: Imagine You’re a Local

Bathrooms, Interiors, Trends

Songs from the Wood: 7 Bathrooms with Natural Wood

I love seeing natural wood used in a bathroom.  I design quite a few bathrooms every year and they typically involve hours of my time spent with tile, thinking about tile, drawing tile and then having conversations with the homeowner and the contractor about the tile.  (It's a very exciting job, get a grip on your jealousy).… Continue reading Songs from the Wood: 7 Bathrooms with Natural Wood

Color My World, Interiors, Trends

Color My World: How to Use Navy Blue in Your Home

Navy blue is classic and bold.  It looks fresh and preppy most of the time, especially when paired with crisp white.  I have been using navy in almost every project for the past 5-8 years.  Navy front doors, navy offices, navy kitchens, navy bathroom cabinets, navy master bedrooms, navy foyers and, at least one navy dining… Continue reading Color My World: How to Use Navy Blue in Your Home

Kitchen, Trends

Kitchen Cabinet Trend: 6 Kitchens with Slab Front Cabinet Doors

Since you asked, my favorite kitchen cabinet door is the shaker door.  In general, I've never been a fan of flat front cabinets in a kitchen due to the cheap craftsmanship of most of them when they were briefly popular in the 80's.  However, I'm currently working on a mid-century modern style kitchen and I'm looking at a… Continue reading Kitchen Cabinet Trend: 6 Kitchens with Slab Front Cabinet Doors

Interiors, Styling

When Pianos Try to Be Guitars: How to Make an Upright Piano Look Hip

I love the piano but I think we can all agree they're not known for being the cool kid at the rock concert.  They're big, rectangular boxes that you need to sit or stand fairly still while you play them with a limited amount of head banging.  I've been seeing quite a few upright pianos featured recently in the… Continue reading When Pianos Try to Be Guitars: How to Make an Upright Piano Look Hip

Bathrooms, Before and After

In Praise of Small Bathrooms: Two Small, Stylish Bathrooms

Lets talk small bathrooms.  I'm going to vent first about my own, un-renovated bathroom so you understand where I'm coming from.  My bathroom is incredibly small and quite beige.  There's no storage at all in it, no counter space and the tile that a previous owner put in everywhere is imitation, polished beige marble.  That's right.… Continue reading In Praise of Small Bathrooms: Two Small, Stylish Bathrooms

Bathrooms, Before and After, Interiors

Before and After: A Bold Bathroom Remodel in Golden, Colorado

I take a lot of photos for my job.  I take photographs of all kinds of things to remind myself of the space when I sit at my desk and do the work.  I have awkward captures of clients trying to backpedal out of the way of my camera, pets lounging, kids running through the scene and even… Continue reading Before and After: A Bold Bathroom Remodel in Golden, Colorado

Interiors, Office Space

Working From Home: 7 Spaces to Inspire You to Get the Work Done

I recently overheard some women at the Design Center talking disparagingly about designers who work at the dining table with kids and dogs running around (their words) and I felt simultaneously embarrassed about their view of designers who work from home, proud that I no longer was at that dining table, and then annoyed that somehow… Continue reading Working From Home: 7 Spaces to Inspire You to Get the Work Done

Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Beyond the Pale: Painted Kitchen Cabinets Now and Then

Color is creeping back in style as an option for painted kitchen cabinets.  This past year with my small design studio, I've designed 2 variations of navy blue kitchens (one modern, the other rustic), I painted my kitchen cabinets black (love them) and recently had a client's kitchen painted a beautiful, soft blue/gray.  White will… Continue reading Beyond the Pale: Painted Kitchen Cabinets Now and Then