Color Me Happy!

 Typically my accent color tastes run to the red and the blue tones. But when I stepped foot into Free Range in Petaluma, I fell in love with these Kelly green enamel canisters. I was compelled to purchase two, without a plan for where they would go.

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The Well Made Bed...

Oh, the joys of simplicity. As I get older, I am truly understanding the value of good quality. That to me, does not mean that it is the most expensive or purchased for name brand bragging rights. What it means is good, quality workmanship, true value and lasting, time proven results. It usually does involve an investment but it is worth it's weight in gold in the long run.

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Starting with the Basics

"Interior Design is the process of shaping the experience of interior space, through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment. Not to be confused with interior decoration, interior design draws on aspects of environmental psychology, architecture, and product design in addition to traditional decoration".

Freshome Design & Architecture Magazine

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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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Welcome to 2015 – I can’t wait to get started!

My social media guru, Jenna Evans of Evans Real Estate Concierge Services, thought it would be of interest to interview me about my business and chosen profession. Hopefully, you find an interesting tidbit or two. It turns out we had a good laugh while going through the process. Thank god she didn’t want to video tape the interview!

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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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Just the Right Hue

Life around here has been really busy with on-going projects, new clients, meetings and planning. I have not had as much time as I would like to put towards curating new finds. But, I have had a bit of time to put together my current go-to paint favorites. Benjamin Moore is my paint of choice. They have a lovely selection of historic and traditional colors. Their paints tend to be the more classic, grayed colors, which suit my design style quite nicely.

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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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The Design Trio

Here is the create piece. The last two weeks have been very busy and full with a trio of residential design/renovation projects. One is in the waiting stages. We chose a redesigned floor plan that added square footage and function, made decisions on the majority of the material specification and dropped the permit set plans off at the County to get the go-ahead to start demolition and reconstruction.

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