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Rachel McBraggypants

That should be my new name, because my last post was about how I'm.... um.... the BEST. And, now I have to share that I WON AN AWARD!!! It is such an honor, and it still feels a bit surreal. I am absolutely floored. I designed a space that I entered into a competition with hundreds of other designers... and I won second place in the 2014 Northwest Design Awards. 


I am bouncing back and forth between thinking, "Well, of course I won! It is a BEAUTIFUL kitchen. We did SO MUCH on a tight budget and it came together wonderfully" and "That was my FIRST project as an entrepreneur. How could it possibly win in a competition?!" It's like I just pushed my toddler out into the Olympics and he came in second in a race. I went from toddling to flying in a heartbeat. Could it really be real?

Yup, it's real. Take a look:

My husband compared me today to the dad from the moving "A Christmas Story" with his "Fra-gee-lay" leg lamp. He's not far off. When that award arrives, it will receive a very special place in my office where I can view it while I work!


The project that won this award may be viewed here.

Stay tuned- I have more photos coming up next month on a master bath and more still in June of a work in progress- a full home remodel!

Accent Walls

While I will not mention names, I recently read something in a well-known publication stating that painting a single wall a dark color will create interest without making the room look small. Sure, that is possible, but not necessarily true.  


When selecting an accent wall, several things should be taken into consideration, such as: how dominating is this wall? Are there any major features on the wall (artwork, fireplace, cabinetry, etc.)? How does the light hit this particular wall? How does this wall connect to the adjacent walls? What is the size of the accent wall in comparison to the other walls in the room?


Once the wall has been selected, the color will also need careful consideration. I have found that the average homeowner will select colors at least two shades darker than they should, based on a paint sample. The color of the adjacent walls, the furnishings, and the accessories in the room must also be considered.

Lastly, the feeling that you are going for should be carefully reviewed. Are you hoping for a spa retreat? A cozy warm cabin feeling? Perhaps you are looking for bright and airy.

A color consultation is usually inexpensive and painless. Let a professional guide you through this process. It’s a lot less time-consuming than buying the wrong paint just to find that you need a lighter paint and more back-breaking work… and who knows if that will go right?! Save yourself the time and energy, and talk to a pro! That is what we are here for!