Diamond in the Rough – Before and After Magic Voila!

"Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest challenge." - Thomas S. Monson" Location Location Location is a common Investment consideration. In the case of this project these fabulous clients had an opportunity to purchase a 30+ year home on a beautiful street in a grand estate community. Of course your specific families’ needs are always paramount - so when you‘ve exhausted options on a perfect lot the cost of building from scratch “exactly” what you want - a … [Read more...]

Cottage at home

Two paramount priorities to consider when pondering any renovation - Location and Location!  In the case of this project, these fabulous clients had an opportunity to privately purchase a 25+ year old home on a quiet street, in an estate property, in a booming community.  Take that criteria and overlap your families specific needs within the home, a Maximized design plan and you likely have your hands on real estate gold!!  I find my clientele constantly struggle with the value of renovation … [Read more...]

In the Que – Basement Oasis- In hot demand!

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."— Charles Eames Happy Monday Everyone!! This is the first official day of the work week, its end of May and June is just around the corner.. Wow can you believe it's mid year already – where does the time go? As always we are working on a few exciting projects.. Today’s Topic is ravishing recreation areas- As of late basements and secondary family spaces have been a hot request. I … [Read more...]

Interior Design Lighting Trends

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Foyers -How to spruce up your design

"Every exit is an entry somewhere else."-Tom Stoppard Making an entrance is all about first impressions. You have a 5 second opportunity to take glimpse of the homeowner’s unique style and taste and flare. A well executed foyer should literally leave you begging to see more. Creating a sense of anticipation with what lies beyond. Entrances are a great place to make add wow. Make a statement -while harmonizing and or setting the tone with the rest of your interior design. Function is … [Read more...]

Sunday Secret – How to clean your baseboards…

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. Phyllis Diller I know, I know, don't throw things at the screen.. Its not sexy, glamourous or fun. But certainly Fun-ctional- we all have dust bunnies. It drives me wild to see grunge formulating in those little hard to reach spots. Admittedly Im not down cleaning them weekly so I thought this may be a useful post. To help you in your quest to keep your own dust bunnies at … [Read more...]

Garden Designs

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed." -Walt Whitman Its a wonderful weekend everyone- Take some time and be inspired by the wonders of the world. Today my inspiration is grass- plants – flowers and in general a few images of incredible inspirational settings “Gardens” Although sadly I do not have a green thumb myself, I certainly do have a fond appreciation for those of you who spend hours ,days, even weeks, Preparing these gorgeous … [Read more...]

Before’s – afters- the journey- the experience – the end!!

”Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein Before’s and afters- the journey- the experience – the end!! You know it never ceases to amaze me – the few elements in life that truly bring me the most joy. Yes of course my family, my amazing kiddies and hubs. (Im so blessed) But a close second would next be my work. Truly!! Design gives me oxygen!  Sounds strange but even on the most stressful days, I can review a project. Analyze; … [Read more...]

Going Rogue

“There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. . . / Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass- Ralph Waldo Emerson Going Rogue When I first heard this expression- I immediately chuckled. As I heard the story, I completely fell into a fit of laughter!! ( No I cannot share the story- but you will soon get the idea) This is officially my new favorite design term, and as always this blog is for sharing understanding and most importantly educating… (Insert –learned … [Read more...]

In the Que- whats new- and yet another lesson learned….

Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our values are and how great the mission they represent. Jan Peter Balkenede Hello everyone, Ive missed you!! As you know I love design.. I gather after all of my posts this last year this is not exactly a secret?! Regular readers may have noticed the last couple of weeks I have not been blogging as regularly. I have had to take a short, albeit necessary hiatus. Sometimes life has a way of taking us off course. I used to stress, have … [Read more...]