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Using Color In Your Ktichen

    A kitchen comprised of white shaker cabinets is classic. White will expand a space and make the whole room lighter.  Why not use swatches of color to create a mood. My client connects to the sea.  I have chosen rich blue accents to give them that sensation.  Zephyer’s Range Hood subtle glamor of ambient […]

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Tips for Millenials on Home Improvement

  As a designer, I normally help clients create an individual space that encompasses their own unique view. I have recently dipped my toe into the staging world and thus have expanded my own view on design.       A family in a single-family home can be expected to stay in the home approximately 13 […]

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Day One of Christmas Bulbs and Pine Coffee Table Arrangement

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Urban Safari Nursery Room Design

Make designing any room easier by choosing a theme and giving yourself a reference point to design around. I scoured baby blogs for ideas and came upon these amazing baby animal prints (featured in the center). These jungle cuties have the most endearing expressions, making it in easy inspiration to design the room around. This Urban Safari […]

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Office Design: Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern was a significant movement in interior design that developed during the late 30’s through the 60’s. Clean lines and organic shapes, as well as new or reinvented materials, like metal and plastic, defined this movement. It’s a great time to invest in these period pieces, they are abundant and affordable. A perfect template […]

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Outdoor Design: Al Fresco Livingroom

Creating a great outdoor design doesn’t have to break the bank. Innovative designs that are common to resorts are now being marketed to home owners.  When creating a unique outdoor design for your patio, consider finishes other than wood or wrought iron and look for interesting solutions for materials, construction and lighting. The roof structure […]

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A Lodge Design Inspired by Ralph Lauren

I was asked by dear friends of mine to give them ideas to freshen-up their lodge designed town home. The focal point is a stone fireplace and the furnishings include a leather arm-chair and an ultra-suede sofa. Stone and leather are key components to a lodge design. I wanted a more sophisticated version of the lodge […]

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