I’ve been waiting to write this post forever because… well, it’s not quite done. We have a few finishing touches and when those are finished, we will do a professional shoot of the new space. In the meantime, here are a couple quick cell phone shots to share what I’ve been dreaming of- a design studio designed by me, for me. Who knew I would EVER be able to design my own space?!Read More
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I met the owner of this gorgeous bedroom when he was looking at a house across the street from my own, and it was fate... if I believed in fate... for us to be the best of friends. It didn't take us long to discover that we had children the same ages, similar interests, and similarly goofy personalities with a deep-seeded joy for being completely inappropriate.
When he asked me for a color consultation for the home he ended up in (not across the street), I was more than happy to help! When it evolved into more design, I was ecstatic.
During the schematic design phase of each project, I develop preliminary selections. I then confer with the product rep and contractor to broaden my awareness of that particular product and verify that my application is suitable.Read More
This beautiful farmhouse was screaming for an update. The 1920's kitchen had never been touched and the family had only one restroom on their main level in a home that frequently houses guests. I was so proud that they chose me to bring this beautiful home up to date, while preserving its original charm!Read More
This Spokane kitchen design was the first project that was "mine", in my first design job! To this day, I am thrilled and proud of the extraordinary creative space we created!Read More
Grey is in right now, and I am digging this trend. While grey is known as a cold color, I cannot disagree more. When I see grey, I think of cozy knit blankets, furry kittens (what?), and fuzzy mittens. Of course, if everything in my home was suddenly white or grey with no accents and cool lighting, I'd have to offer my guests a blanket or robe at the door to make them feel at ease! But, there are so many wonderful ways of warming up a grey space.Read More
I love Halloween. LOVE it. The smell of face paint combined with an itchy wig just gets me giddy. I love to surround myself in the decor, and when I say I surround myself, I do not mean that I stream fake cobwebs over every inch of my house, hang witches and ghosties from every tree, and try to make my front yard look like a cemetary. Honestly, I don't dig that. Here are some wonderful ideas for Halloween decor that I really DO dig: 1. Tattered books and Tarnished Silver
Take down all the year-round decor and use your landing spaces to group candles and tarnished silver. Add a tattered book, and a little spider for the finishing touch!
2. Creepy Art
It should still be art. A glitter fabric mural with a cartoon witch may be cute, but going abstract is what will really blow your guests away.
3. Magic Potion Jars
I've seen this done a few ways and it's always fantastic. Fill up mason jars with eyeballs, skulls, or worms from Archie McPhee or your local Dollar Store. Spray paint wine bottles black and make a new label that describes your poison of choice, line up antique apothecary bottles for a more vintage appeal, or stop over at Dot & Bo for some pre-made poison bottles.
4. Create a focal point
Every home should have a focal point anyway, so here's your chance to have some real fun with it. Pull the pretty candles and picture frames off the entry table and go a little overboard. But, just a little. Keep your cool!
A short blog with a process video showing this amazing, award-winning kitchen come to life!Read More
As I mentioned in my post about Driftwood furniture, this is an easy area to fall overboard with (bad pun). With any "theme" in design, it is important to think abstractly and veer from the literal interpretation. A wonderfully designed "beachy" home, will rarely have seashell photo frames, anchors on the wall and sailboat murals.
I'm going to tell you a secret. Ready? The idea is to look at what these things have in common and pull from this. Now, this gets complex, but the gist of it is this… we want a "beachy" theme, so what does the beach make you think of? Stop saying "sand, shells, boats" and look more at texture, line, shape, color, harmony, and gradation. Every beach is a little different, of course, but think of YOUR beach, the one that you want to be reminded of every time you step through the door.
My beach is sandy, and littered with broken sea shellls. It has wispy grass and pebbles closer to the water line. The water is a grey-blue and the skies are clear. My beach is brimming with life. There are crabs under every rock and clams squirting me with every step. I have a place to play and a place to relax and enjoy the sun. Now, to interpret this: My beach has the following textures: grainy, rough wood, and smooth ripples. Lines are horizontal and long. Shapes are random and imperfect. Harmony and gradation may be seen in the blue, blue-green, and green-yellow colors. See where I'm going with this?
Okay, now everyone go to your favorite online store and pick one item for my beach house! Or, even better- describe your beach and then show me an item you've selected for it and explain why.
These country geese will forever haunt me. I am pretty sure that I was traumatized by them. So, while I love the new coral print trend- it is relaxing and simultaneously colorful, what's not to love? Oh yeah, it's everywhere. Feel free to incorporate trends like this, but my advice is to do so with extreme moderation!