This Valentine's Day... Make it About You

In a time of empowerment and understanding of self-worth, use this day to shower yourself with love! You deserve a beautiful, sustainable, functional home. I also know that realistically we can’t always gut and remodel our homes (most of the projects I work on), but that doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a little kush.

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Northwest Contemporary going Modern

We have cherry (?) in the kitchen, fir trimming the doors and windows, bamboo flooring, AND knotty pine on the vaulted ceilings upstairs and basement ceilings downstairs. Without replacing major elements, and painting out a bunch of gorgeous woodwork, how do we make all these different finishes work together?

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Bamboo is Not Dead

Bamboo was a huge sustainable trend in the 90’s. It has a naturally modern look, is a rapidly renewable resource, and does not require masses of pesticides and labor to produce. This makes it kind of a no-brainer. The problme with huge trends is that they have huge collapses, regardless of how much sense they make. So, sometimes, we just need to look at bamboo in a different way.

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General Contractor Red Flags

When working with a designer and a general contractor, it is important that they work well together. How does an owner ensure this if the pair have never worked together before?

I LOVE General Contractors. I have many that I work with happily and truly enjoy every interaction. I can name at least three that I talk to regularly just to catch up and talk about work. Most contractors I work very well with and am very impressed by their knowledge, experience, and professionalism.

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West Seattle Townhome

I confess that I questioned for a minute whether the first email I received from this client was a scam… so polite and so full of relevent information, too good to be true. It turns out, this was a very real and very good client! I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him. When he described his favorite things as Halloween, the ocean, and autumn, I knew we were a good fit.

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Vintage or Modern?

When updating an old home, should you go authentic and maintain the old charm, or update with modern choices? The answer- both. There are certain areas where function plays a part, but other areas where it comes down to styling and authentic craftsmanship

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Big Firm/Little Firm?

Waldron Designs is a small firm. Not only are we small, we are young in the realm of design firms. For a while I felt a bit down about this, as though I was not providing my clients with the kind of service they could get from a larger firm. I was right… but I was not looking at the perks my clients get that they do not receive from a large firm. For some, a large firm is ideal where in other situations, small is best. Read on to hear the pros and cons of each in full disclosure and honesty:

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Do I Need a Permit for a Tiny Home

Tiny homes are all the rage right now, and I am going to come out with an unpopular opinion. I am not a fan, except in very rare circumstances. I hear people say that they will solve affordable housing crises, but this is not how they are being used. I hear people say that they help people to live responsibly with less waste. This may be so, but they work for a select few, which takes flexibility out of living and produces more waste in the end. These are not affordable, they cost a lot to build! The reason we hear of all the inexpensive tiny homes? They are not including all the costs.

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