Front Doors

  We’ve been thinking about front doors lately-one of our clients has a uncovered entry  with a south facing exposure, a painted door and a storm door that is left on all year (as opposed to swapping out the glass panel for a screen panel).  In our tough climate, storm doors are very popular for […]

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Stencils

Back in the early 1990’s, I stenciled basketballs, baseballs and footballs around my young son’s bedroom. It was cute, kind of country-homey and survived until his pre-teen years. I have pretty much dismissed stencils since then. Now they are popping back up but not in the cozy country way of last century. The new stencils […]

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Check out the article about one of our favorite kitchen projects in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune. Of course, the truth is that all our projects become a favorite! Read it at StarTribune.com

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Flat Weave Rugs

  I’ve noticed a lot of design photos recently featuring flat weave rugs. These rugs are often colorful with interesting patterns and really tie the elements in the picture together. Since I am by no means a rug expert, I thought it would be helpful to learn a little about them. Here’s what I found […]

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New Countertop Options

We all know there are a plethora (I love that word!) of countertop materials out there.  Granite, quartz, butcher-block, laminate, glass and recycled glass, concrete and even recycled papers have become materials we’re used to hearing about.  But I came across three more than seem intuitively obvious but were new to me. First up, bamboo.  […]

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Little Free Libraries

Last summer, my husband and I were eating ice cream cones from Grand Ole Creamery and walking down the neighborhood streets.  We walked past what looked like a large mailbox that was full of books – a neighborhood library it seemed.  I was enchanted.  This winter, Sparrow & Stoll was working on a project in […]

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Kitchen Planters

People that know me know that I admire anyone who can grow anything.  But even I am inspired by these innovative ways to bring herbs and leafy greens into a kitchen. This hanging herb planter by Plow and Hearth is great looking and more importantly self-watering!  It can be used indoors as shown or outdoors.  […]

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When to Hire a Designer

When do you need an Interior Designer?  How about a Project Manager?  A General Contractor?  Making improvements to your home can raise all kinds of questions about what kind of help you may want to seek out.  And help can really make the process go more smoothly and guarantee that the end results be exactly […]

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Color Facts and a Theory

Normal color vision Red-green color deficiency/dichromate Did you know that around 8% of men but only 1/2% of women are color blind?  I am not color blind, which is of course very helpful in my profession, but sometimes we work with clients who are.  It’s helpful to know what a color blind person sees, or doesn’t […]

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