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

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

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)

Before and After, Interiors, Kitchen

Country Living near Denver: Adding Rustic Charm to a Builder Grade Home

This week I thought I'd give you a glimpse of the design process with a fun before photo paired with a sketch idea of "after".  I have a lively young family who just bought a home with some land very close to Denver - it's Country Living 20 minutes away from the city which is… Continue reading Country Living near Denver: Adding Rustic Charm to a Builder Grade Home

Bathrooms, Interiors

10 Gorgeous Black and White Bathrooms for a Vintage Look

I adore a simple black and white tiled vintage and/or vintage-inspired bathroom.  The Denver area has a lot of homes from the 1910's-1930's and I get a lot of clients who want to update their bathrooms, but keep a vintage look.  For those of you out there who want a little bit of history with your design… Continue reading 10 Gorgeous Black and White Bathrooms for a Vintage Look

Before and After, Interiors

Before and After: Ranch House Love in Denver

I'm excited to share some finished photo's of a house I recently wrapped up!  This is a beautiful little 1950's ranch house located in Denver's Crestmoor neighborhood - an area filled with large trees and big yards.  Like many Denver neighborhoods, smaller, period homes co-exist here with supersized homes that are either new builds or over-sized pop-tops.  This… Continue reading Before and After: Ranch House Love in Denver