Obsessions

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

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

Bathrooms, Before and After, Interiors

Before and After in Denver: A Home Office Turned Vintage Style Bathroom

My clients live in a gorgeous old home on a tree-lined street in Denver's beautiful and historic Park Hill neighborhood.  It's the kind of neighborhood in which you could picture raising smart, well-read children while engaging in witty banter with the eccentric, yet friendly, activist neighbors. This particular home was built in the early 1900's… Continue reading Before and After in Denver: A Home Office Turned Vintage Style Bathroom

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

Before and After, Kitchen

Before and After: Rustic Modern Ranch (as Seen on HGTV)

Thank you to everyone who was able to sit down and watch my HGTV debut on Saturday's House Hunters Renovation.  If you don't have access to that channel, but you're an Amazon Prime member, you will be able to find the episode in about 3 weeks.  I think it's an entertaining episode - there's a… Continue reading Before and After: Rustic Modern Ranch (as Seen on HGTV)

A Talk With..., Interiors

Flooring Choices for Your Home: Pros and Cons of Carpet, Hardwood and Laminate

Hi everyone!  I was out recently on vacation with my family and Denver's Floor Club offered to write a guest post for me on picking the perfect floor for your home.  I am at The Floor Club almost once a week (sometimes more) with clients.  I interviewed one of their sales representatives, Jessica Cochran, last Spring… Continue reading Flooring Choices for Your Home: Pros and Cons of Carpet, Hardwood and Laminate

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