Before and After, Interiors

6 Tips for Living Through a Home Renovation

I have some sweet, patient clients who sent me this cartoon recently which summed up their feelings for living in their home during a major remodel.  As a designer, I go through one home renovation project after another.  The pain for homeowners is on my mind, but I can go weeks without thinking about it… Continue reading 6 Tips for Living Through a Home Renovation

Interiors

Less But Better: Design Principles to Live By

“Less But Better” isn't a philosophy that sits very well right now for most Americans.  Target has ever changing, always stylish displays filled with affordable things.  World Market, TJMaxx Home Goods, Wayfair, Overstock - you name it, you can find something stylish, very affordable and usually cheaply made.  I'm guilty of it.  I recently bought a… Continue reading Less But Better: Design Principles to Live By

Interiors, Kitchen

Swedish Kitchen Cabinet Design: Kitchen Inspiration and Thoughts on February

Happy mid-February!  When I lived in New York City and Maryland, February was generally a miserable little month that consisted of cold, icy weather with low clouds and no signs of spring.  Out here in Colorado, it's really not that bad of a month. However, due to this warm-ish weather, late last week my dogs… Continue reading Swedish Kitchen Cabinet Design: Kitchen Inspiration and Thoughts on February

Children's Rooms, Interiors

Budget Friendly Children’s Room: How to Create a Hidden Room Behind an Armoire

This past month, we took an existing closet from our bedroom, walled it off and created an opening to it in Sylvia's room (she previously had no closet).  Just for fun, I placed an armoire in front of the door opening.  I took part of the back off of the armoire and now she can… Continue reading Budget Friendly Children’s Room: How to Create a Hidden Room Behind an Armoire

Book Club, Interiors, Living Rooms

Make it Interesting: Transform Your Room With a Bold Rug

I've been into bold rugs recently.  I am starting to work my way into liking warmer color palettes and I think that the area rug is a fantastic way to interject some spirit and warmth into a home.  Paired with neutral seating, interesting art and a few plants and you've got a warm, inviting room.… Continue reading Make it Interesting: Transform Your Room With a Bold Rug

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