The not so glamorous side of transformation

When it comes to creating, nothing puts the damper on things like waiting for the Permit and Resource Management Department, or PRMD.  That is who approves building or remodeling when you are outside the city limits.  And that is who we have been waiting on for the last couple of months of 2014, so we could begin the renovation on the Vintage River Cottage project.

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Layers are not just for fall and winter anymore…

This past year has been an interesting reminder that good design is about “big picture” thinking. I spoke a little about this in an earlier post discussing a plan starting from the entry on the property, up to the house and all the pieces surrounding. This is true whether you have acreage or if it is a city lot, you don’t need to put in place all the pieces at the same time but you do have to have a plan or a design strategy in mind so you can make good choices as you move along in the project.

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The Birth of White Oak

Let me catch you up to date, I am living my own version of the seven rings of hell. I keep telling myself that it is good to practice what you preach. Which for me is "change is good," and "do it the right way the first and only time." Well, I find myself, my 6 foot husband, a small Havanese dog and a 17 pound long-haired Siamese cat all living in our master bedroom and bathroom. This, because I insisted we put in all new wood floors throughout our house. Believe me when I say, none of us are happy right now. 

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Practicing What We Preach

I cannot believe how fast this year is marching along. Here we go into the holidays and before we know it, it will be 2015! Being that my life is all about a good renovation…I decided to sign myself up for a whirlwind reno that we are fitting in just before Thanksgiving. Call me crazy, but I suppose that it is always good practice to know, live and understand just what you are putting your clients through.

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The Art of Planning by Design

We are heading into the last quarter of the year, which typically quiets down, in my work life, but this year feels different. Instead of waning, things seem to be picking up. Part of my curating life outside of my design business is representing my late father’s estate of art. This week was marked by a visit from the Winfield Gallery in Carmel.

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