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

Obsessions

New Year and a New Resolve

Do you guys create New Years resolutions?  I wasn't raised by parents who did - I have a feeling they think it's silly and that you should try to be the best person you can be every day, not just when a new year rolls around, but I've never confirmed this with them.  When I… Continue reading New Year and a New Resolve

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

Interiors, Kitchen

The Kitchen Desk: What To Do With It (Besides pile things on top)

A lot of my clients with large-ish kitchens have an area on the outskirts of the kitchen that holds a built-in desk.  It's always an area that faces a wall and it's typically stacked with mail, homework, games, art projects, etc - it's never set up as a desk.  Never.   I recently helped a client convert one in her… Continue reading The Kitchen Desk: What To Do With It (Besides pile things on top)

Book Club, Obsessions

December Obsessions: Clay Totems, Jonathan Strange and Seveneves

Making clay totems:  Sylvia and I have whiled away some enjoyable hours recently making clay totem pole inspired sculptures.  We were drawn to them first as a fun way to create a vertical sculpture with cute animals.  Before this, I didn't know much about the totem other than what I've gleaned from my years of watching Northern Exposure… Continue reading December Obsessions: Clay Totems, Jonathan Strange and Seveneves

Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Kitchen Inspiration Straight From Portland (And it’s probably not what you think)

Some restaurants have a style that you immediately want a part of and who cares what the food tastes like (well, within reason).  There are a lot of lovely restaurants in the Denver area right now that are filled with dark, reclaimed wood, bare bulbs (I do like the look - I am not knocking this!) and canning… Continue reading Kitchen Inspiration Straight From Portland (And it’s probably not what you think)