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. … More In Praise of Small Bathrooms: Two Small, Stylish Bathrooms

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

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

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 … More January Obsessions: Coltrane, Ghost Wood and Neil Gaiman

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 … More Beyond the Pale: Painted Kitchen Cabinets Now and Then

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