A Talk With...

A Talk With: Colorado Interior Designer Laura Medicus – An excerpt from Luxe Magazine’s “The Insider”

 Yes, you read the headline correctly and I swear I'm not interviewing myself Rupert Pupkin-style from The King of Comedy.  An interview I gave entitled "The Insider" with Christine DeOrio for Luxe Interiors + Design Colorado came out this month (the March/April issue is out in stores now) and I thought I would share an excerpt and a little more of… Continue reading A Talk With: Colorado Interior Designer Laura Medicus – An excerpt from Luxe Magazine’s “The Insider”

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

Book Club, Obsessions

February Books: Dorothy Draper and Wyoming’s Red Desert

Dorothy Draper:  A few years ago my mom gave me a first edition of Dorothy Draper's 1939 book "Decorating is Fun!"  I'm just now diving into it and it's a fantastic read.  Lines like: "Doors are usually orphans - nobody pays any attention to them," and dramatic statements about color:  "It is the rock on which your… Continue reading February Books: Dorothy Draper and Wyoming’s Red Desert

A Talk With...

A Talk With Denver Photographer Ghost Lenz about Being Self Taught, Light, Beauty and the Darkness

Ghost Lenz's photographs jump out at me with a gritty vibrancy and heart that feel immediate and raw.   Human moments - connections with strangers - his photographs are beating with life.  He shared his thoughts with me recently about being a self-taught photographer, taking risks, curiosity about the unseen and the origins and meaning of his name.… Continue reading A Talk With Denver Photographer Ghost Lenz about Being Self Taught, Light, Beauty and the Darkness

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

Book Club, Obsessions

January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme on vinyl In the liner notes for A Love Supreme, Coltrane writes:  "In the year of 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening, which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life."  Earlier in 1957, Coltrane was addicted to heroin and alcohol, fired from Miles… Continue reading January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman