"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", or Color, Part Two!

Last week I started a four-part series on the color forecast for 2010. I’m sure you would agree that it’s a very exciting topic! Today we’ll look at a very sophisticated, elegant palette, which Sherwin-Williams calls “Simplified”. There is nothing simple about colors called “Enigma” or “Magnetic Gray”! However, this palette embraces the concept of […]

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The New Colors are Here!

There are many things I love about this time of year, but one of the most exciting is that the next year’s color trends are announced! As designers, we see colors come and go, and come back again, sometimes in slightly different shades. Based on a wide variety of factors, color trends are largely influenced […]

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Coastal Living in Minnesota?

I don’t know exactly how, but I’ve ended up on the mailing list for Coastal Living magazine. As a designer, it’s important to keep up on design trends from around the country, but much of it doesn’t pertain to our particular climate and the suburban or city homes that most of our clients live in. […]

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Mother Nature’s Perfect Design

My husband and I spent this past weekend on the north shore, camping and hiking and generally renewing our spirits. As avid birdwatchers, we spent the better part of an hour watching an osprey preening itself atop a tree trunk high above the Cascade River. Although I’m no Thoreau, the experience gave me the idea […]

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The Classic Toile

Back in 1760, in the French village of Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles, a cotton print manufactory was started and a design phenomenon was born. Toile de Jouy, often just called toile, was originally made to compete with expensive silks. The target market was the general public as interest in decorating had greatly increased at that time, […]

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Rug Rules, or Rugs Rule!

Rugs are like art. They are personal, unique, and their patterns can have fascinating history. I have a brother-in-law from Egypt, and each time he and my sister visit his family there, they bring me back a small rug. Each one is different from the other, and I treasure them as I do my other […]

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Lights Out for Incandescents?

Adapted from an article by Sherwin-Williams What do changing energy requirements for light bulbs mean for your house? You’ve probably heard that a recent U.S. energy bill will outlaw incandescent light bulbs and require the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was signed by President Bush, […]

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What is the NKBA, and why does it matter?

I have been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) since I started in this industry over 10 years ago. The NKBA has been promoting the kitchen and bath industry for almost 50 years. The local chapter typically meets once a month, often at a fashionable showroom in the area. We drink […]

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I will master Julia’s Beouf Bourguignon!

I saw the movie Julie & Julia this weekend. It was fabulously entertaining! Even as a child in the 1970’s I enjoyed watching her TV show. I had forgotten how tall she was– 6’2”. She is quoted as having said, “If we ever get into the money, I am going to have a kitchen where […]

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