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Lighting Fixtures Become Focal Points

We are impressed with how beautiful and elegant lighting fixtures have become. We’ve had clients who were very particular about how they wanted their light fixtures to look. In the process of searching vendors’ web sites for light fixtures, we’ve had a lot of fun ooh-ing and aah-ing over some of the spectacular designs we’ve […]


Versatile Spaces, or How Do We Help Clients Remodel?

Versatile rooms allow for creativity. Versatility is what may really be wanted and needed in a space, but the process for getting there sometimes tends to be a bit mysterious. A friend of ours was looking at the “demolish kitchen” photo on our last blog about our summer remodeling projects. She was amazed that the […]


Home Remodeling Is Busy in the Summer

Hello, Fans & Readers, Amazing how busy we’ve been these months doing several very large home remodeling projects. Many of our clients are buying new houses and we get to design and remodel them! We are taking many houses built in the ’80s or even ’90s to create better functional homes with modern designs. Although we […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]