An Elegant Transformation – Before and After

This challenging space is one of our favorite projects that we’ve ever worked on! This odd-shaped room was once a closet/dressing room and was re-purposed to be a multi-purpose home office/craft/reading/relaxing space for our client…in other words, a “chick cave”! A few new furnishings were mixed in with pieces she already had… a beat up […]

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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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Home Technology Trends to Watch

For some reason,  I received a copy of a magazine called Electronic Lifestyles at my house.  Sometimes magazines just show up and I’m never sure what kind of mailing list I’ve ended up on.  I don’t live in a technologically tricked-out house, and I’m not sure that I ever will, but it’s good to keep up […]

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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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Color and Religion

I find world religions to be fascinating.  Pair world religions with color and there you have an article I can’t resist!  If you have an interest in the “rainbow body”, or the fascinating meaning of yellow in Hinduism, click here to read a great article by Kim Palmer in Sherwin-Williams STIR magazine.  

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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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