Category: Renovations

Island Dining

I love to eat… love to dine… love to design kitchens. In this post I share my design philosophy about kitchen island seating. The experience of eating can become dining. Slowing down… not just eat and go, but talking, savoring, and enjoying the experience. Life is so fast paced. We tend to rush through everything, eating includes. Dining gives us the opportunity to not just eat, but connect with those we care about. See great examples of kitchen island dining.

Picking the Perfect Kitchen Appliances: What’s New, What’s Next?

So, are you thinking about replacing your old kitchen appliances? Are you looking for an updated appearance with improved usability? Are you contemplating a total kitchen renovation to have your ideal kitchen that is well organized, well-equipped, comfortable, meets the needs of the people that use it? Appliance selection is a big part of that… Read more »

Problems Picking Paint Colors?

Do you have problems picking paint colors? This seems to be a frustrating issue for most people. The frustration begins with the number of color choices. So, where do you begin?

2011 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

My recap of NKBA annual kitchen and bath design trends survey. Many choices have to be made when taking on a kitchen or bath project. It is important to look at the trends, since they are good guides to help you identify what appeals to you and remain current in your selections. The most important considerations in any new project are budget, personal preferences, and lifestyle. An interior designer is invaluable in helping you get the best possible outcome for your needs and work within your budget.

Master Bathroom Facelift

I love my master bathroom, but it recently was in need of a little facelift. I designed and had my house built 17 years ago. My bathroom has seen some redecorating over the years, but the cabinets, tile, fixtures and mirror have remained the same. I almost always recommend white or neutral tile and fixtures… Read more »

DIY Lamp Update

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. But not this time. This is an update the old to look like new!

The New Year is a great time to clear out no longer needed or wanted items. But before you get too enthusiastic, take a second look. Repurposing and modifying items you already have is a very sustainable practice (aka “green”), let alone a great money saver!

I have two old lamps from the 1980″s. They were good lamps at the time, but the colors were dated. So I gave them an inexpensive update, and wala new lamps!

So here is how I did it.

Great Guest Rooms

What makes a great guest room? A gracious and comfortable guest room, that is designed with attention to every detail, shows visiting family and friends just how much you care. In a guest room, less is more—more space, more comfortable, more welcoming. Clear out the clutter, keep only the most useful items, and provide space… Read more »

Master Bathroom Renovation – Dated to Timeless! (Part 2)

I am so excited to share this transformation of a dated, uninspiring master bathroom to one of tranquility, luxury, and timeless qualities. The concept was to create a spa-like experience with elements of nature. I think this was achieved and more! See what you think!

Master Bathroom Renovation – Dated to Timeless! (Part 1)

One of the most exciting projects to me is a master bath renovation. To transform this personal space from chaos to calm, dated to timeless, is quite exciting! For this project, the homeowners wanted a spa-like experience with elements of nature. Before the renovation, this 1990’s master bathroom was dated, and not the most relaxing… Read more »