What’s Your Scheme?

There are several types of color schemes:  complementary, monochromatic, split complementary, achromatic, analogous…  definitions that you probably don’t think about when thinking about designing a space.  But we do. Following are definitions of common color schemes and some examples that we found on the internet. Monochromatic:  Using any shade, tint, or tone of one color. […]

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Project Spotlight – 1948 Edina Rambler

This unique 1948 Edina rambler was built with a modern influence, but a 1970’s update left it with shaggy yellow carpet and wild wallpaper reminiscent of brightly dyed easter eggs. The new owners were looking to update the finishes and change the layout to work for their family. Originally built with many small rooms, the […]

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Honed Vitality

Another color trend for 2013 is one that Sherwin-Williams calls “Honed Vitality”.  We’ve already looked at two other trend palettes this year, “Midnight Mystery” and “High Voltage“, and this one is a complete opposite.  Think beach, weathered wood, soft hues, matte finishes, restful, organic, and homemade.  We love all of the forecasted color trends for this […]

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Hardware with a Purpose

We think of cabinet hardware as the “jewelry” of the kitchen or bath.  I just ran across this relatively new line from Notting Hill; it’s beautiful and it serves more of a purpose than opening doors and drawers. From Notting Hill:HOPE BLOSSOM knobs and pulls are elegantly designed and hand-cast of solid fine pewter and […]

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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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Now We Are Here in Xanadu

Who remembers the Xanadu house in Wisconsin Dells? I went there on a family vacation, I’m sure it was in the early 1980’s, and I will never forget that house.  I thought it was the most amazing place ever and I wanted so badly for my family to move to Wisconsin Dells so I could live […]

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The Wearing of the Blue?

In Irish mythology, sovereignty was represented as a woman in a blue robe, and blue was originally associated with Saint Patrick.  Over time, though, green became the favored association that we know and love today.  According to popular history, Saint Patrick used the green shamrock with its three leaves to explain the Trinity to the Irish in the […]

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Mark Your Calendars for the Remodelers Showcase!

Spring is a great time to think about new beginnings.  It’s no surprise that for the last 26 years the local Remodeler’s Showcase tour has helped countless people plan for a fresh start in their kitchen, bathroom, or their whole house.  Being able to see a remodeling project in a house like yours, in a […]

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The Color Wheel

Isaac Newton invented the color wheel in 1666.  I have had the same color wheel for almost 20 years.  Why get a new one, the information doesn’t change.  I keep it by my desk and read the definitions and study it every so often. Following is a primer on color definitions: Primary Colors:  Red, yellow, […]

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