‘Best of Houzz’ Winner

Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design, today announced the community’s 2013 picks for Best Of Houzz, a homeowner to homeowner guide to the top architects, interior designers, contractors and other residential remodeling professionals in the U.S. and around the world. read full press...

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High Point 2012

My Reflections on High Point Market – 2012 Exit Seattle with its lush green landscape and high tech culture, and Enter High Point, NC with its colorful fall foliage and its fashion driven furniture market.  Indeed, High Point is the “furniture capitol of the world.”  My goal, on this trip, was to discover new trends in furniture and textiles as well as draw in fresh...

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Downtown Seattle Condo

I recently completed a project with design challenges I have not faced to date.  The biggest challenge…. I never met with my client as he resides in Indonesia and my budget was 30K to completely furnish a 1600 square foot condo in the heart of Seattle. Challenge: The owner resides in Indonesia and provided a 30K budget to completely furnish the entire condo this included...

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HGTV and the Designer

I feel it is important that someone address the illusions created by the home design programs that flood our TV screens.  I must admit that some are interesting and fun to watch.  But herein lays the problem:  most viewers see the programming as real and factual, you know…the total makeover in 2 hours with a price tag of $1000. Great programming never revivals cost or...

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What’s Your Style?

WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?  Traditional, Contemporary, Modern or perhaps Transitional…. everyone has a style.  It may take some detective work to expose it, but believe me it’s there. Traditional: Design preferences are influenced from 18th, 19th and early 20th century European and American furnishings, colors and textures. Contemporary: Styles range from the later half of the...

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Demystifying Color

I have discovered an amazing website I want to share with you, ColorSchemeDesigner.com.   If you LOVE color, as much as I do, this site is super fun and can take the guesswork out of color relationships.    It allows you to design a color palette from monochromatic, complimentary to triad. Altering colors by reducing pigment or adding tints and shades to control their...

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