Author Archives: 2013

Scents of the Season

I’m looking forward to this Thursday – all the yummy smells that broadcast the start of the yummy smell season!  I dug a little into why that is such a comforting thought; and why we are investing money in aromatherapy technology in our homes.  Interesting stuff: Lavender and orange citrus scents have both been proven […]

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Architectural Problem Solving

Most of us add on to our homes when we need more space and don’t want to move.  And of course most of us are on a budget.  It’s a designer’s job to help identify how much additional space is needed and how to lay it out most economically, staying within a client’s budget and […]

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Contemporary Office Design

There is an emerging trend in office design and office furniture design that really captures the way residential architecture started heading in the 1980’s.  Remember when all the rooms is our houses were cut off from each other like a “Leave It To Beaver” house?  Then the walls came down and the “open concept” was […]

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Using Animal Influences In Your Home Interiors

I came across this really fun blog that I wanted to share.  We work hard to keep pets in mind in our designs, but sometimes there’s a need for a little animal influence beyond the live family member variety.  Enjoy the ideas. http://zen.homezada.com/2013/08/26/incorporating-animals-in-your-home-design/#more-2309

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Decorating with Books

I came across a blog today that really captured my attention.  (The link is below.)   It’s a story of decluttering by giving up what you love most.  The goal is of course a simpler, cleaner life.  The theory is good; in fact generally speaking I subscribe to it.  I’m not a collector so I don’t […]

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Is Brass Back?

I was at IMS in Minneapolis the other day and a new trend caught my eye.  (Well actually I was looking for it.)  Brass!  It is no longer called brass, probably because homeowners are still taking shiny brass doorknobs out of their homes and no manufacturer wants to cut off a potential sale, but the […]

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St. Paul Adirondack Ski Chair

I live in a family of skiers –snow and water both-so when I passed this adorable Adirondack chair in a St. Paul front yard I had to snap a picture.  With a little ingenuity, a décor really can tastefully and inexpensively reflect who lives there!  Check out other ideas with leftover/outdated ski equipment.  And just […]

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Creating a Light Filled Interior

We all love rooms filled with light.  Certainly we also have our days when we crave the coziness of a dark paneled library, a good book and a glass of red wine, but maybe that’s why homes need balance.  I was inspired today by a photo in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune of a remodel […]

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Wicker vs. Rattan

  It’s a hot summer day – finally and I’m thinking of porches and lemonade!  This got me thinking about the difference between Wicker, Cane and Rattan.  I did a little digging and here is what I learned: Wicker: Wicker is the type of weaving we often see on porch furniture, usually woven with cane, […]

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