Interiors, Styling, Vintage

5 Easy Ways to Add Character and Charm to Your Home

As I write this, heavy snow is falling in Denver.  I was going to write about something practical today, like window coverings, but I absolutely can't do it on a single degree, snowy day in February.  SO - this week I'm writing about one of my favorite topics - how to add charm and character… Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Add Character and Charm to Your Home

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A Talk With..., Interiors

How to Hire an Interior Designer: 9 Tips from a Designer

I get emails and phone calls every week from potential clients who have never worked with an interior designer before.  There is usually nervousness about the process and some pre-conceived notions about who I am and how I work.  I know I feel nervous having another designer over to my own home so I can… Continue reading How to Hire an Interior Designer: 9 Tips from a Designer

Interiors, Kitchen

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Design: Products, Furniture and Art

Happy week before Christmas!  Are you still listening to holiday songs?  I had a brief flurry of listening with my family right after Thanksgiving and then it's been right back to alternative rock and podcasts.  I've never been one to drive around listening to Christmas music, but I know a lot of people who are… Continue reading Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen Design: Products, Furniture and Art

Current Sensibility

Opt Outside: Happy Thanksgiving

I've posted this blog post on the week of Thanksgiving for the past three years and my feeling is the same so I will run it again.  I am currently in Estes Park, Colorado.  We just finished a beautiful, snowy hike up to Mill Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I observed one tourist trying… Continue reading Opt Outside: Happy Thanksgiving

Before and After, Interiors

Retrofit Me: A Home in a Church

One of my first studio projects in college was a retrofit of an old church into a residence.  Unlike now, when I have 15+ clients at any given time, I devoted an embarrassing amount of time and thought to this project.  So much time and thought that I remember it better than some projects from… Continue reading Retrofit Me: A Home in a Church

Interiors

Pinteresting Isn’t Interesting: Creating Your Personal Style

I'm tired of looking at Pinterest.  I never cared for Houzz, but my interest in Pinterest lasted a while.  I stopped looking at it (except for my client's boards) last year and whenever I go back into that world to take a look I feel bored.  In order to understand your personal style and your… Continue reading Pinteresting Isn’t Interesting: Creating Your Personal Style

Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Sunshine on My Shoulders: Site Visits in Fall Snow

We just went through what felt like a record number of overcast days here in the Denver area and  my energy level and my happiness level plummeted like a stone thrown into a still lake.  Cold, gray and dreary in early October is unpleasant, unwelcome and it is causing me to be over-dramatic about everything… Continue reading Sunshine on My Shoulders: Site Visits in Fall Snow

Interiors, Kitchen

My Search for a Kitchen Faucet: Yes, but is it a good conversationalist?

A few weeks ago I shared my romantic comedy storylines for the kitchen sink. I wish I had similar flights of fancy about the kitchen faucet, but I tend to look at faucets as highly utilitarian.  Utilitarian, yet I do expect them to look like a supermodel.  I think I want my kitchen faucet to be the… Continue reading My Search for a Kitchen Faucet: Yes, but is it a good conversationalist?

Current Sensibility

Essentialism and Alligators

I scheduled this post to publish last Wednesday but, clearly, it was sitting in my drafts when I got back from vacation.  I am holding onto some of the residual vacation vibe as of 11:18 on Monday and I'm hoping to keep it for a few days more. We went to a magical part of… Continue reading Essentialism and Alligators

DIY, Interiors, Kitchen

The Cult of the Porcelain Light Socket: This Old House Part 4

Do you really need ice?  The first weekend we tore up the kitchen (read about that here) we moved the refrigerator across the room to let more light into the room.  We never hooked the water line up and we were suddenly sans ice.  I thought Dave was waiting on moving the water line, but I… Continue reading The Cult of the Porcelain Light Socket: This Old House Part 4