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Countertops and Finishes

Here are some quick tips to consider when thinking about buying stone for new countertops. If you are confused by what kind of stone to buy, you’re not alone. Everyone has heard of granite countertops, but there are other kinds as well. Quartz Quartz (above) is very popular, and we use it a lot in our […]


Tips for Buying a New Rug — Parameters to Consider

You’re going to buy a new rug, and wish you knew which parameters to consider. The purpose of having rugs is to help you define and soften spaces. What do I mean by that? Say, for example, in a living-room type of space, a good rug will help you define the area by bringing a […]


Pop of Color: Transform Your Home to Welcome Spring!

Emerging from our gray and rainy winter in Seattle, we Pacific Northwesterners are amazed to see such a beautiful color blue in the sky! How about bringing this gorgeous sky blue, or another color, into a room–or your whole house, for that matter–to make it look like spring? Spending as much or as little time […]


Creating a Home Improvement Plan

Is remodeling on your radar screen? If you are thinking about remodeling and feel overwhelmed by the possibilities and scope of it all, then you are not alone! As a design professional, I meet so many families that are unsure about how to move forward. Before you actually do anything, first create a plan for […]


How to Hang Your Art

People are always asking me about hanging pictures in their homes. Are you on the lookout for new ideas about hanging paintings and/or photographs on your walls? Option 1: Making a statement with a single picture Hanging one on a wall is, of course, simple enough. If you’d like to hang just one picture, make sure […]


Turn Your Home into a Mid-Century Style Modern Showcase

Do you watch Mad Men? Have you been inspired by the 1960s décor? I am a huge fan of mid-century style Modern furnishings and accessories — what better way to bring the popular style of the Mad Men series into your own home? Mad Men has been one of my favorite TV shows. It’s known as much for […]


The Perfect Balance of Warm and Cool Tones in Your Color Scheme

Before having your home interior painted, first look at the finishes around the home — the flooring, fireplace, windows, etc. I have seen hundreds of homes that don’t have a balanced coordination of colors between the walls and the finishes. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters are rainy and long. That is why I […]


Quick Tips to Simplify a Home Makeover

Are you thinking about organizing and doing a makeover of your home? It is an overwhelming project for most families! Wouldn’t it be nice to hire an interior designer to do that… But if you don’t want to or can’t, you can still do a home makeover on your own. You can simplify your life. […]


Open Space and Furniture Arrangement

Furniture takes up space — no doubt about it!  If you’re tired of that feeling, look at these quick tips to help you understand open space: how to rearrange your furniture the next time you are thinking about doing something different with your living space. Arrange furniture mostly along the sides of the room. In […]


Shower Niche in a Bathroom Remodel

Why include a shower niche in a bathroom remodel? When you begin thinking about your bathroom makeover, why not give a thought to recessed shower/soap/towel niches? Niches certainly ought to be part of your consideration. They are quite trendy, not to mention the huge variety of niches there are these days. It’s amazing how a […]