Our Favorite Ways to Organize & Store Shoes

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I know it might sound trivial but in my world I am constantly designing places to store shoes and some collections contain hundreds of pairs. The first step to finding a home for your shoes is to go through and purge if possible. The next step is decide where they will be stored; in their own closet, or one that also contains clothes or out in the open. Today, I want to walk you through glam (tons of space) to jam (almost no space) shoe storage ideas and how to implement them into your home.

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How To Select Dining Room Chairs

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Dozens of questions come in each month about dining room chairs and how to select them so I decided it was time to share some of my favorite tips with our readers. The concept of the formal dining room has changed drastically over the years, even in multi-million dollar homes that I design my clients are looking to create dining rooms that are aesthetically interesting and inviting with a more relaxed feel. Read more

Creating Coastal Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal creates the first impression people receive before entering your home or when passing by. It is the opportunity to create a style or identity for your home that is all of its own, join me as I share some of my favorite ideas for creating “coastal” curb appeal. Read more

How To Design Your Dream Home Office

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The home office has become a standard for many of us these days with one out of five Americans working from home, reported by Forbes. Here are a few tips to consider when designing your work-space to help make it as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Read more

Five Steps To Design Your Bathroom

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Whether you are renovating an existing bathroom or building a new home there are certain tips for designing and renovating that I follow every time. Read more

How To Design a White Room

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This seems like it would be an easy task, purchase everything white and toss it in a room but there is actually just as much planning that goes into a white room as a room full of color. Today I am sharing a few simple steps to my approach of designing in white and how to create the look so many of us adore, a fresh white room. Read more

Passion for Powder Rooms

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This week I received several questions about powder rooms and creative ways to make them feel special. I decided to post another solution from our Just Ask category where I solve design dilemmas for you daily.  

The definition of a powder room or half bath is a room that contains a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower stall. Based on the scale of the room there is not a lot of opportunity to create design details or bring in a wow factor. This means each decision has to be well thought out and purposeful. Here are five steps you can follow to help you through the design process that will help you create a well designed powder room with personality. Read more

How to Design the “L” Shape Room?

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Solving design dilemmas in Just Ask is one of my favorite parts of the blog. This week I received a record number of questions, so if you’re waiting for a response no worries its on the way. I answer every question I receive giving each question my undivided attention and I select a topic that several readers asked about. Today we are talking “L” shaped rooms and how to layout the furniture.

Q. We live in a cape cod that has an “L” shaped living room dining room combination. There is a fireplace and beautiful windows, but I have no idea how to decorate it. Joan

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