Creating Balance: Wood Finish Cabinets

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One of the design dilemmas that consistently comes up is what finish should kitchen cabinets be, white or a wood finish. There are so many factors that can drive the decision; does the kitchen open up into another room, amount of natural light, style of the home, current trends, but the most significant factor is simply, what do you like best? Today our House Tour features a kitchen with a stained wood finish on the cabinets verses the ever popular painted white kitchens that I design so often. Designer Heather Garret brings a fresh perspective to the interiors she creates, from French Modern to Southern Traditional and this renovation demonstrates how a wood finish can seamlessly integrate into a home and still feel light and airy. Read more

Window Seats: How & Where

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I am a huge fan of window seats and have designed dozens of them for my clients. The two questions that my clients often ask are; how will it be designed and where will it go? The basic design of any window seat looks similar to this one pictured above. The simplest, most cost effective way is to construct a box, add a door and hinges to the top, add panels to the front, trim and base molding. Design details to address (1) The face; recessed or raised panels, bead board, open shelves, doors or drawers? (2) How will you access the storage inside; a door on top of the seat or from the front which we just touched on. (3) The base; to the floor or a toe kick (open space)? (4) The top; will it have a cushion, a decorative slab of wood on top and will it need to open? Read more

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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Ready, Set, Entertain: Easter

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This year it is official, Easter is now my holiday to host. My Mom has always hosted Easter but she is passing the reins over to me. I want my table to be Easter chic and my menu to not feel like Thanksgiving. Today I am in search of table setting inspiration and simple decor ideas, I will worry about the menu and Easter Egg Hunt later in the week. The combination of a rustic farm-table with elegant china, a pop of yellow and the perfect place-card is just lovely. Read more