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Clever Painting Ideas for a Dramatic Effect!

Summer is my favorite season of the year in the Seattle area to work on painting projects, create color schemes, and play with paint colors and sheens. As a designer, I enjoy bringing drama into a space by creating an interesting focal point. An accent color wall is a great way to do this. I like working with different paint sheens to make […]


“Before” & “After” Bathroom Transformations

You’re pondering how much or how little to remodel your bathroom. The biggest remodeling challenge that homeowners face is how to go about creating “a design concept” that both goes with the architectural style of the house, and also makes the overall look of the home flow in a cohesive manner.  Let’s assume you’re stuck with […]


Multifunctional Furniture Saves Space and Can Be Fun!

A piece of multifunctional furniture is a space saver, and it can be great fun, too. I have seen a lot of ottomans with storage space inside them; that’s a great trend. Have you seen some other kinds of multifunctional furniture?  Multifunctional Furniture Can Be Both Simple and Clever When I saw this tray which […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Simple Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

  Organizing Your Kitchen doesn’t need to be a daunting chore. There are many different ways to organize a kitchen, and many of them require very few outside purchases. Room organization needs to be personalized, so mixing and matching ideas with some creative innovations of your own will work best. Here are some simple tips […]