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Outdoor decks are wonderful.  Done right, they are true quality-of-life enhancers that can absolutely help to expand your living space and enjoyment of your outdoor space. But done poorly, if deck design fails to maximize furniture layout, desired use gets crushed. In addition, the wrong deck choice can create real estate resale challenges, not to…
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Whether you’ve been with your partner for 4 years or 40 years, few things prepare you for the unique challenges that come along with trying to decorate a home together. To give you the knowhow you need to make sure both parties are heard, check out our very first blog round-up! We’ve gathered 5 timeless…
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This month I have a special guest coming on to discuss a big misconception about buying and selling your home. Martin Millner of Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors has three nuggets of wisdom to share with you if you’ve ever said “I was going to move this winter, but…” This is a conversation I often have with clients.…
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If I could clone the PERfect builder, I’d have to include the traits of so many of the amazing builders I’ve worked with.  In fact, many of the builders I know have ALL of my favorite traits.  But as in any industry, there’s always the guy at the head of the class, and then the…
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I used to LOVE to entertain. So did my aunts. But ever since I opened my design business, my bandwidth and energy level both contracted. Yet, I still love to host people here in the beautiful home I designed for my family and me…I mean c’mon! Part of the joy of having a beautiful nest…
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I’ve gotta hand it to the multi-billion dollar home furnishings industry. It can’t be easy to produce giant, bulky, heavy to transport stuff, and do so in lasting quality, in beautiful form and craftsmanship… AND at a price the consumer wants. So there’s the rub. You can’t have it ALL. You want the good stuff?…
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I love a good back stage scoop; that mischievously off limits glimpse at what you’re not supposed to see, to know or to hear. Let’s do it peeps. Wanna know what my industry really thinks of you? Below are the survey results that we found when I interviewed professional designers across the US and into…
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Gloves off time. When it comes to beautiful window treatments, no pain no gain. You know those HOUZZ rooms you’re drooling over? Custom window treatments. Your Pinterest pinboards? Custom window treatments. Ripped out and saved pages from design magazines? Ditto. Custom window treatments: Gorgeous. Correct fullness. Correct proportions. Correct linings. Correct interlining. Aesthetically strategic face…
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I never knew I had curly hair until I was 49! I was so used to straightening it that in my late 20’s I actually paid to have my hair permed. My favorite ice cream flavors is: All of them. Dammit. When we dropped our daughter Anna off at college for the first time, I…
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Listen, you paid for all this square footage, so why on earth do you relegate entire rooms to “look, but don’t touch.” I say, reclaim all your square footage!  Happily, so many clients are allowing us to help them re-imagine their living rooms. One by one, we are erasing those dead, unused spaces and creating…
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