8 Must-Have Features Every Laundry Room Needs

Big or small, laundry rooms have taken on many roles. Did you know on average Americans spend 8 hours per week in the laundry room? Clients have actually told me they don’t really need a dining room or a living room but they simply cannot live without a great laundry room. In the days of multi-function spaces, the laundry room has become the star. No longer relegated to the basement, these rooms have become integrated into the main levels of today’s home. More than just for “airing...

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2 Fashionable & Easy Ways to Bring Color and Pattern into your Home Today

2  Fashionable & Easy Ways to Bring Color and Pattern into your Home Today In  January I blogged about my 10 Top 2017 Home Design Trends. Inspired by that post, I want to share two tried and true, fashionable and easy ways to bring color and pattern into your home today.  Being trendy can be scary. What if you try it and don’t like it?   We all know trends come and go but there is no reason to fear testing one out. When we look back at old photos or even movies, we see many trends...

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How Running Made Me a Better Designer

How training for a half marathon made me a better designer Design Inspiration is all around us. As a I designer look for inspiration everywhere. From fashion to textiles, from art to architecture you never know where inspiration will strike.  People always ask where I find my design inspirations. Last fall I found it in an unlikely place…. it came from an unusual source, a local half marathon. I cannot say I have a bucket list of experiences to check off but I do like to set goals and...

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Style Update 2017: 10 Top Home Design Trends

Is your home ready for some comfortable luxury? I don’t know about you but mine is. What makes you feel happy and content? What can you add to your home to get that feeling? There is so much research done each year on what is trending I have compiled my Style Update 2017: 10 Top Home Design Trends. I am Happy to say Blue and White is Everywhere. Post-holiday windows are hinting at what spring will bring. I love blue and white. Blue goes with everything and it gives a softer feel than black....

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How to choose the best-built cabinetry

With so many options, it is tough to know how choose the best-built cabinetry for your home. Cabinetry must not only look good, it must function well. Just like building a house, you must start with a good foundation. Without it, the house cannot stand strong. Choosing the best-built cabinetry for your home is starting with a good foundation. It will be supporting the appliances and the counter tops you choose. The better the construction, the better the support. Here are the key qualities...

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Why You Need a Warming Drawer in Your Kitchen

You are remodeling your kitchen. You have chosen all of your appliances from refrigerator and oven to dishwasher and sink. But have you thought of a warming drawer? You might wonder “why do I need a warming drawer in my kitchen?” I love all my appliances but my favorite by far is my warming drawer. Warming lights have been a staple of restaurant kitchens forever. Why not have the same convenience in your home? My warming drawer is the hardest working appliance in my kitchen...

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Hello, Spring!

Trees are blooming, bulbs are blossoming and nothing says "Hello, Spring" like cherry blossoms in DC. It is also start of remodeling season. If you have been considering a renovation we have some tips on how some of your old items can help others while being kind to the earth.

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Fresh Air

Even in the depths of winter, I crave fresh air! It’s my habit to open the windows for a few minutes every day, which helps clear out the stuffiness that accumulates from heat, dust and pets. As I do that, my attention is drawn to the room’s woodwork . . . and it occurs to me that a fresh coat of paint on the trim will do wonders to add new spark to a space.

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Pathways

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. Made with enthusiasm, they often quickly fall by the wayside. Resolutions were never a big thing for me but in the fall, a friend predicted that a new cycle in my life would begin in 2016 . . . that it was time for me to clear out the cobwebs and take the first step on a new path. Well, the challenge of a new path . . . that sounded interesting. So I am going to begin this journey right at my front door. First stop is right in my clothes closet....

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Are the Hot Bathroom Trends for You?

The latest trends in bathroom design aside from all white everything are freestanding tubs and walk-in showers. How do you know if these are right for you? For most of us, our bathrooms are a haven. They can be a place to relax, unwind and pamper ourselves for a bit. You do not need to have a cavernous room in order to create an in-home retreat. All you need for a great design is a blend of a beautiful color palate, just the right materials and your choice of amenities. Always consult a design...

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