A Tale of Tiles

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Bathrooms | 0 comments

A Tale of Tiles

The technique known as wainscoting — paneling the lower half of a wall — is a lovely way to add texture, warmth and visual interest to a room. It’s often seen in dining rooms, libraries and other living areas in a home. We apply that same theory to bathrooms, but instead of wood, which can get moldy when wet, we use tile. Sometimes we tile an entire wall from floor to ceiling. Other times we use the wainscoting approach to tile from the floor to halfway up the wall, and then complement the tile with paint above it. Tile can be extended over...

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Dreamy Beds for Sweet Sleep

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Bedrooms | 0 comments

Dreamy Beds for Sweet Sleep

It’s not unusual to walk into a home store and find people drooling over the luscious beds on display. Those beds always look like you could just crawl in and enjoy a comfy, cozy nap. We like to create that same environment for our clients’ bedrooms. Here are a few tips on how to achieve a luxurious bed set-up. Stores use two or three comforters inside one duvet cover to make it look extra plump. While you might not want to take it that far, do be aware that comforters with synthetic fill hold their shape better than down comforters, which...

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Hanging Out with Chandeliers

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Lighting | 0 comments

Hanging Out with Chandeliers

I was reminded recently when we installed a $30,000 chandelier for a client how much I enjoy that design element. Yes, a chandelier at that price point is way beyond what we normally suggest for clients, but even an inexpensive chandelier has many of the same qualities as this luxury version. The best part about a chandelier is the WOW factor. This isn’t so much about size or bling, but the unexpected nature of it. A chandelier over a dining room table is de rigueur. But how about in a master bedroom closet? Or over a nightstand or soaking...

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Lights, Camera … Action!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Family Room/Media Room | 0 comments

Lights, Camera … Action!

It’s not enough to have a television in your family room these days! More and more we are being asked to create a home theater in a room especially for that purpose. And why not? It’s a fun way to relax with television shows, movies, gaming or even big-screen Internet use. Any room can work for a home theater from a 10 x 10 bedroom on up. But for the best results, you want to use a bonus space or larger enclosed space that allows you to be seated farther away from the screen. Ideally we like to build terraced seating so everyone has a...

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One-of-a-Kind Furniture? It’s Our Custom!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Furniture | 0 comments

One-of-a-Kind Furniture? It’s Our Custom!

Have you ever seen a piece of furniture — perhaps in a magazine or a model home — that you absolutely loved…until you read the price tag? Us too! As designers, we are always coming across beautiful items we want to use in our clients’ décor but they don’t work with the budget. Or even when the price is right, perhaps the piece doesn’t fit the space for some reason. Fortunately, we have a solution! We’ve developed trusted relationships with local woodworkers and craftsmen. These guys are truly amazing — we hand them a picture along with our...

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“Oops!” How to Avoid Design Mistakes

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Design Tips, Our Work | 0 comments

“Oops!” How to Avoid Design Mistakes

Most of the time our clients call us before they begin their remodel or décor work. But other times, we are called in to correct a project that didn’t quite turn out the way the client expected. I was reminded of this when I visited a client recently who had used a local firm that specializes in kitchen remodeling to do a gut-renovation of her kitchen. She admitted that the results weren’t exactly as she had hoped and that the remodeler did not use an actual designer for the plans. While the new kitchen certainly wasn’t bad, the space could...

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Before & After Kitchen: Tap the Refresh Button

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Kitchens | 0 comments

Before & After Kitchen: Tap the Refresh Button

We’ve been doing some amazing remodels over the last several months — including one we finished up just in time for the holidays. But we also realize not everyone wants or needs a full-scale remodel. Sometimes just a little “freshening” is all that’s necessary to give your home a new feel. For example, we recently gave a client’s kitchen a facelift. As you can see from the “before” photo, this wasn’t a kitchen that needed to be gut-renovated. The appliances and even the countertops were fine but the overall effect was a bit drab. So we...

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Baby, Baby! Designing for Multiples

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Children | 0 comments

It might be the holiday season but that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing our regular design work. And lately that work has been full of baby nurseries! We’ve talked before about how we approach nursery design — but what we didn’t discuss is what happens when that nursery is welcoming two or more bundles of joy. It’s been our pleasure recently to design comfy spaces for several clients expecting multiple births. Here’s how we do it. The most challenging is mixed-gender multiples, of course. The room needs to be boy-friendly and girl-friendly — but...

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Beyond Sketches: See Your New Room in 3D!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in New Products, Our Work | 0 comments

Beyond Sketches: See Your New Room in 3D!

Would you like to do some remodeling in your home but you’re concerned about what it will look like? Well, of course you are! And you should be — after all, you want the results to be exactly what you pictured in your mind. That’s why we use a variety of tools to help you “see” what the finished room will look like so you don’t have to try to imagine it. Instead, it’s right there in front of you on paper, and with our most advanced tool you can practically see a photo of the finished room before we even...

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Make Your Walls Talk Using Wood & Stone

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Design Tips | 0 comments

Make Your Walls Talk Using Wood & Stone

We are always looking for ways to think outside the box and bring visual interest to your home, whether it’s through creative use of accessories, furniture or wall treatments. For walls, we can always turn to the zillions of paint colors and wallpaper patterns available, but another option has recently become really popular too: adding actual wood planking or stone to walls. You’ve probably seen this look in lofts and other spaces but you don’t have to have existing wood or stone walls to offer that same character, texture and...

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