With each season there comes an opportunity to clean and organize. Just as in the days of long ago, it’s still necessary to prepare our homes for the upcoming change in weather. We’re all familiar with spring cleaning, especially those of us who endure long winters and can’t wait to open the windows and get outside. But what about the… Read More

Shorter days, longer nights. It’s time to get ready for fall!

I’m at it once again…downsizing! And it feels so good! We once had a house full of kids, toys, animals, friends…to name a few! But as time has gone on, my babies have spread their wings and left the nest, taking all things associated with them. I’m left with the animals…! Well, that’s not exactly true. I still have my… Read More

Bigger is NOT always better.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…”A great design doesn’t overlook the details!”. The details are what makes a space unique. Gives it personality! I often find that’s where I can really draw upon my clients’ life experiences and characteristics to make a newly designed room feel like it was meant to be theirs from… Read More

You light up my life!

Picture this: You’ve spent countless hours researching and designing your beautiful new kitchen with a stunning tile backsplash. You’re ready for the final touches. And your electrician installs the typical white, plastic outlet and switch plates.

It’s like the music stopped and you’re thinking to yourself, “What’s wrong with this picture? Something doesn’t look right.”

I’ll tell you what… Read More

How ’bout a switch, or two?

There’s no denying it…back to school is right around the corner. In these last few weeks of summer you simply can’t avoid it! My mailbox is filled with back to school catalogs from every store in the nation! Walk into a retail store…bam! Back to school promotions everywhere!

While I refuse to accept that school is fast approaching, I do… Read More

Voted “Coolest Room on Campus”!

If you are loving these long summer days as much as I am, then you will love these pretty design ideas for a perfect evening dining al fresco! There is nothing better than ending your day with the stars above and the grass tickling your toes. That’s why I love to take dinner outside! Although, come to think… Read More

Dining under the stars

One of the most daunting tasks for my clients is choosing a color palette. It’s one of the first questions I ask, and it often leaves people speechless! That’s ok! In fact, it can actually be a really good thing because it allows me to present some ideas and color combinations that my clients may not have even dreamed of!… Read More

Ready for some fun with color?

Who goes to NYC to relax?! Well….me!! Last weekend I hopped on the train and headed for the Big Apple in hopes to recharge my batteries with color and shapes. I can’t imagine a better city to max out your visual cortex!

One of my “go-tos” for inspiration is always Jonathan Adler. Trained as a potter,… Read More

“I’m in a New York state of mind!”

It’s summer, time to play in the beautiful weather! These are the long days filled with fun outdoor activities. Whether  you play hard or work hard in the outdoor sun, showering alfresco has to be the best way to end your day! Trust me, you don’t have to be at the beach to reap the benefits of showering in… Read More

Outdoor showers…not just for the beach!

If you have kids, no matter what their age, then surely at some point along the way you bought a big swing set, complete with a climbing wall, slide and perhaps a clubhouse. And now that big wooden structure is the focal point of your backyard. It can go weeks without anyone playing on it other than the squirrels. But… Read More

Backyard fun & function!

It’s officially summer!! School is out. We’ve celebrated summer solstice. And the weather is FINALLY nice! With all that happy stuff comes time for summer gatherings. Since summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family, you don’t want to be running around like a crazy person, trying to pull off a casual summer party.… Read More

Essential Summer Party Tips!

MEET OUR DOGGIE DESIGN TEAM!

These furry guys keep us on our toes and smiling, that’s for sure! Each of these dogs has their own special talents…Harper can get anything she want’s with those eyes. I mean seriously, who would say no to those blues??! Riley, well, Riley has mastered the “lean”. If you go anywhere near him, he’s going… Read More

Some “doggone” great ideas!

Father’s Day is right around the corner! So we figured, why not celebrate dad with a little Mad Men inspired décor? It’s all the rage and he’ll appreciate a space that’s hip, cool and, most importantly, all his own! I am not one to promote the idea of a “man cave”, however, I do feel that everyone needs to have… Read More

Mad about Dad!

Is it really necessary to stage your home to sell it?

The short answer to that question is YES!!

And here’s why…

∗ You will sell your home faster:  95% of professionally staged homes sell on average in 11 days or less and sell for 17% more

∗ Your online photos will stand out:  90% of potential buyers… Read More

Staged to SELL

Now that the warmer weather is here, my projects are heading outdoors, yay! I love to create a landscape design because it’s so much fun and brings it’s own design challenges along with it. Whether I am designing a pool and the surrounding landscape, patio or deck, I am always sure to incorporate a lot of native, easy… Read More

It’s alive!!

The official definition of VOLUNTEERISM is as follows:

“the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.”

But in my opinion, it should be something like this:

“a group of good-hearted people coming together to volunteer their time (which they don’t have a lot… Read More

It takes a village!

Well, should your belt match your shoes? I remember growing up, one of my girlfriends always told me to match my belt to my shoes – and if I really wanted to go the extra mile, I should match my purse too! But times have changed. Fashion today allows us to make some pretty dramatic color decisions, break all… Read More

Does your front door match your shutters?

Cinco de Mayo is Muy Caliente! And I am feeling fiery today! I love this holiday for it’s bold use of color….ok, I also love an excuse to eat lots of guacamole and perhaps a margarita too!

Let’s face it, the oranges, blues, and hot pinks are so fun and vibrant…I just can’t resist! So, if you’re looking for… Read More

Spicy décor inspired by Cinco de Mayo!

So, if you are reading this email somewhere in your house, close your eyes.Tell me how many switches or plugs are in the room. What color are they? What do they operate (or not!)? Anything lucky enough to be on a dimmer?

The truth of it is, most of us don’t even give a second thought to how these operate… Read More

Switching Things Up

Move over silver and polished nickel! Brass is back…FOR REAL!

I know, the idea of it may give you flashbacks to a few decades ago, when every home had inexpensive shiny “faux” brass chandeliers and door knobs. Yuck! But brass has changed…and it’s for the better!

Brass has actually been quietly making a comeback for a couple of years. It’s… Read More

It’s all about the brass, ’bout the brass, ’bout the brass. No silver!