It’s a question we get asked all the time – what’s the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood? Is one more durable than the other? What’s the price difference? When remodeling or building a new home you want to make sure you are making the right choices, and that can be hard to do because there are SO many decisions to make. In this little series we’ll crack the code for you on common questions we hear from clients. First up: solid hardwood vs. engineered hardwood! Read More
The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blossoming! Three telltale signs that summer is just around the corner. With summer weather comes barbeques, patio happy hours, bonfires, and anything else that gives us an excuse to go outside. This means that you need to have your deck, patio, or whatever your outdoor space entails be in tip top shape for full enjoyment! Read More
A lot of you have expressed one of your main hurdles when decorating your home is properly arranging furniture. There are many factors to take into account when space planning which is why it can get tricky fast. And while every space is different – size, orientation, shape, location – there are a few guidelines to follow that will help you achieve an aesthetically pleasing and functional space! Read More
Don’t get me wrong, I love white cabinets! Especially in a kitchen or bathroom. They create a clean, classic look that is bright and cheery. They are all the rage right now and for good reason. But as a designer, I see them every day and am consistently getting clients who default to white without question. Sometimes – correction, ALL THE TIME – it’s fun to go outside the box and pick an unexpected color that still delivers a fresh look. So if you are one of those people who want something new and different – whether its your kitchen, bathroom, office, or mudroom – you should definitely consider one of these cabinet color options: Read More
Recently, Kim and I took a day to refresh our design palettes by exploring a handful of buzzed-about local boutiques and shops in Seattle.. And boy were we in heaven! We started at the design center and worked our way out of Georgetown into Madison Park, where we also stopped for a delicious lunch at Madison Kitchen (seriously, you need to try this place!), took our full tummies to Capitol Hill, made our way on over to Ballard, and ended our journey in Greenwood. From high end furnishings to unique consignment finds, we saw a lot and want to share with you some of our faves: Read More
Hosting Easter Brunch or Dinner and need some serious help with how to style your table? You’ve come to the right place! It’s stressful enough having to cook for a group of people, clean your home, and make sure your guests are entertained – so the last thing you need is to add something else to the list! Here’s a quick round up of some ideas to make your dining table the center of attention.
We’ve made it fellow Seattleites – we are days away from the first day of spring! The dark period is finally over and we have been getting some teasers of what the coming months will feel like (YAS!). But now that we are nearing the days of summer, is anyone else getting the itch to refresh their home? Maybe take that box of stuff in the garage to goodwill finally? Or start digging in on some yard work? After all, it is called spring cleaning! Read More
Whenever a client is up for adding wallpaper somewhere in their home we jump at that chance! You know why? Because there is still a lingering stigma engrained in some people’s brains that wallpaper hasn’t changed since the 1980s. But let me tell you it has changed my friend – A LOT! Wallpaper is a great way to bring in color, texture, and another layer to your home. You have so many options, too. Grasscloth, embellished grasscloth, print, texture, vinyl, metallic, faux finishes, and the list goes on. If it were up to me, I would easily pick a space to put wallpaper in every person’s home I design. But since that’s not the case, here are some of my favorite spaces to add wallpaper that will hopefully give you the inspiration to jump on the wallpaper train! Read More
There is a myriad of flooring options out there which can make things extra difficult when trying to figure out what the best fit is for you. Whether you are looking for something eco-friendly, durable, or just want a hardwood look-a-like that won’t break the bank – this is the post for you!
Alright – we are going to let you in on a little secret. We KNOW and understand your struggle when it comes to picking the RIGHT furnishings for your home. Will the rug go with your dining table? Is the sofa too big for your living room? Are you going to ruin the feng shui of your office if you add that piece of art? We hear ya loud and clear – designing your own home is difficult! But we are here to help – we want to take some of the guess work out of it for you. Read More
When clients become friends, it's a truly beautiful thing. But when your clients are already your best friends, it's a different level of joy and satisfaction getting to help them transform and design their dream kitchen. That's the story of this kitchen. Tyler and Jenn are lifers for me and my husband. They are the friends we plan on growing old and senile with. We hope that our daughters will grow up being besties and so far, we're well on our way. So, designing this kitchen was special. I could so easily envision the memories that not only they would be able to make here, but also the meals and conversations our families would share here. Read More