A Fresh Start

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Spring is the perfect opportunity to start fresh, with flowers blooming and birds chirping why not get your projects in motion, get organized and start spring cleaning. I decided that my House Tour category was the perfect place to talk about home organization and spring cleaning as we tour a renovated barn in Gerona close to the border of France. Why not make the surroundings lovely as we tackle a tough job.

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High Alpine Ranch: Montana

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A while back I was designing the interior of a home in the Adirondacks’s and found this image of a dining room by the talented Lisa Kanning to show my client how fabulous dark window trim can be in a lodge inspired vacation home. I became instantly obsessed with so many of the design details in this authentically Montana ranch that I had to share it with you today in our House Tour category. Read more

A Barcelona Beauty

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Our House Tour is straight from Barcelona, Spain and the Natural Park of Collserola. This picturesque home is located in a protected natural area with woodlands, meadows, wetlands and diverse wildlife, featured in El Mueble. Immediately I am drawn to the arches in the entrance and foyer, antique oak floor boards, tinted concrete walls and rustic beams. The interior reflects the concept of bringing the outdoors in, embracing the natural surroundings in the design decisions. Read more

Luxury Log Home

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I have a passion for log homes; renting them each summer in Maine or New Hampshire where we like to vacation. It is only fitting then, as I spent the week looking at dozens of log homes on various lakes for our summer rental, that today’s House Tour is a log home. Not just any log home, a Barna Log Home. Read more

Coastal Creation

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I don’t know about you but I am just about ready for a vacation and a coastal retreat would be lovely. Today our House Tour is a fabulous summer cottage by the talented Kristin Peake, a custom designed shingle-style home built with all the gracious architectural character of days gone . Read more

Attic Attention

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Our Just Ask category is the place to go to solve your design dilemmas and project questions. Send in your questions and pictures and I will figure out the best design options giving you the tools to get your project complete.

Q. I have an upstairs “attic” style bedroom that we plan to use as a guest room. I need help with decor/furniture to keep it open and feeling spacious since the ceiling slants on both sides making it feel smaller. Katy

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Master Bedroom Dilemma: Carpet vs. Wood

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We received several questions over the past few weeks in Just Ask about using carpet in the bedroom verses hardwood floors; maybe because the weather is so frigid outside LOL. Today lets talk about what people are doing more of and why, the pros and cons of each, my favorite flooring products and cost comparison.

Q. We are renovating our master bedroom and my husband wants carpet but I want hardwood. What do you recommend and why? Annie

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The World of Window Treatments

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Whether you have a new or existing home the task of designing and specifying window treatments can be daunting. Today I want to help you work through the process and teach you the simple ways to infuse some wow into those windows without the stress. The first step is to identify the two types of window treatments you may need; HARD- the functional window coverings such as blinds and SOFT- these are the decorative treatments made out of fabric. Above is an example of combining hard and soft window treatments using my favorite plantation shutters and simple side panels for a touch of warmth. Also a good example of how simply going a few shades darker than the wall with the fabric choice can create a finished look without the fuss. Read more

San Francisco Style: California

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House Tour is one of my favorite categories on my blog because it allows me to take a break from designing and tour a beautiful home with you. Like a mini vacation for an interior designer, which is probably why I can’t get enough of House Hunters International. Today, it is the home of designer Catherine Kwong featured in CA Home & Design; a chic 1,300-square-foot space in San Francisco’s Jackson Square. This is such a hip neighborhood encompassing only five blocks but boasting twenty-five furniture and decorative art galleries. A design lovers dream neighborhood. Also spot the fabulous architectural elements and details when stopping in for a visit, like this building above. Read more

Exposed Brick Bliss

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I am obsessed with exposing brick when designing interiors. It doesn’t matter if the environment is modern or traditional the earthy character and warmth it can bring to a space is unmatched. In essence exposing brick is like adding an accent wall or a wow factor into your design. It blends with any color scheme, instantly adds a cool factor to your space and you can hang whatever you want on it (how to hang; read here). Above this work space shows how brick can even work when incorporating alittle shabby chic vibe and pastel hues. Read more