Let There Be Light; How to Light Your Home

Mistakes to avoid when installing lighting in your home. Lighting is one of the most important elements in the home. Many people skimp on lighting thinking “a few lamps here and that should be enough”. In design speak, this is a lighting mistake. Think of dining at an amazing restaurant where you can’t really see what you are eating. We do feast with our eyes, remember? Poor lighting can make rooms uncomfortable to be in and some times can be dangerous. Lets take a look at...

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Easy to Add Living in Place Ideas for Your Home

We are not getting older just smarter No one likes to talk about getting older. I equate my aches and pains to years of racing triathlon, running half marathons and playing paddle tennis. We all love our active lifestyles but I realize as I have gotten older, I find I need more light to see what I am reading and prefer to not lift heavy plates and dishes into higher wall cabinets. I am not old but I realize that aging is a natural occurrence and this aging weekend warrior would like to make...

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10 Must Haves For The Ultimate In Bath Design

What’s Hot in Bathroom Design Luxurious bathrooms top my clients remodeling wish lists. Through the years the style trends may have changed but spa-like features and living in place details are leading the way in today’s bathrooms Here is my take with help from my clients on what’s hot in bathroom design 10 Must haves for the Ultimate In Bath Design In The Shower. Thermostatic controlled water temperature. These valves allow you to choose the actual temperature of the water in the...

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5 Pro Tips For Choosing Art For Your Home

How do you choose art for your home? Choosing art for a space is a lot like choosing a piece of jewelry for a dress or a tie for your suit. It completes the outfit.  Art does the same thing for your room. Blank walls long for a special something to help them say “welcome home”. What is the perfect piece of art? What is the best size for a wall? How do you choose the right art for your home? To help sort out these questions I turned to 2 of my favorite creative collaborators Cathy...

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Why Sustainable Design Matters

  If you follow any of my blogs, you know that I am a strong proponent of the Reuse, Renew, Re purpose concept. I spent several days paring down my own home resulting in a large donation of items. My team is committed to making sure our remodeling recycles as much material as possible. “Measure twice cut once”  is mantra  not just to prevent errors but also to eliminate unnecessary waste. Why is sustainable design important? Our environment is a very important player in our...

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5 Top Kitchen Trends 2019

What’s Moving Up and What’s Moving Out Clients always ask what is trending in kitchens. What should they select for the kitchen they have been dreaming of? Open floor plans integrating the kitchen into the whole home design is being driven by social interactions with friends and family centered around cooking. Warm and functional contemporary styles integrating unique materials are being requested. Wood is still in vogue but white is still hot. Here are my top picks for kitchens...

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Why Cook With Steam?

Cooking With Steam With today’s busy life style, healthy choices for both eating and preparing meals have taken center stage in the kitchen.  The new wave of steam appliances have added a new dimension to preparing healthy food for families. I have been lucky enough to use the Wolf built in steam oven and I will tell you it is amazing. Why cook with steam? Besides making baking and roasting a breeze, the food tastes amazing. What are the advantages of cooking with steam? Steam cooking...

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How to Save Time & Money: Hire a Kitchen Designer

Why hire a professional kitchen designer? Recently, I was speaking with a young professional and asked if he would ever consider hiring a professional kitchen designer. He looked at me with a little tilt of his head and asked why he would need one. “After all,” he said, “there is so much available online. Why wouldn’t I just try to do it myself?”  This was the perfect opportunity to explain why he should hire a kitchen designer. Making wise choices Designers help you make wise choices when...

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Why White Kitchens Work

Is a White Kitchen Right for Me? Change is the only constant right? Not when it comes to kitchens. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, white still tops the most popular color for kitchens. White kitchens have always been a favorite of mine. From cozy and quaint to crisp and contemporary, white kitchens never lose their style. Why are white kitchens so popular? White is the brightest color which makes small spaces feel large and brings light to gloomy spaces. White makes you...

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Chic Decorative Shelving Ideas for Every Style

Is the open shelving trend really for you? Almost every magazine is showcasing rooms with open shelving. At first glance, you might wonder if this design trend is for you. Believe it or not, open shelves actually help reduce clutter while making the room seem larger. Since you can see everything, organization is a breeze. There is no need to hunt for that hidden bowl or platter. The best part is they work in contemporary or traditional styles. Still not sure if this trend is for you? Here are...

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