How Does A Designer Nail A Paint Color Every Time? How can you?

I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE IS HAVING

0493FD12-0349-45BB-9333-B553CA7ABAE5It’s so easy to look at a photo in a magazine, on Pinterest or Instagram and identify with the decor of a particular room.  To see ourselves living in the very space, especially like the one above that are so lovely with layers of a creamy white and off white color palette.  We like it, even love it, and want to recreate the look in our own homes.  How do rooms like these evolve?  How do we choose just the right paints to use the first time around? It can be so simple…

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Instant Ways Home Offices Go From Boring To Beautiful!

Traditional Home Desk In A Window, Herringbone Wood Floor, Metal Bookcases

 5 THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A HOME OFFICE AMAZING!

In 2013, one in five American’s worked from home.  By 2016 the number was up to 24%.  The term for working from home, while employed by someone is called “working remotely”.  Being self employed often means a home office is a must.  Statistics show that not being in a traditional office environment increases productivity, lowers stress, reduces turnover, and lowers real estate costs to employers.  Globally, working remotely has been more the norm and is part of the future for many people everywhere.  Setting up an office at home can be done pretty quickly.  Creating a personalized space that inspires us may take a bit more thought….but boy can it be worth the effort!

 

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The “Cottage” Estate At Little Hills

Stone Steps, Wood Decorative Glass Entry Door, Black Canvas Awning

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE A HOUSE  TOO MUCH?

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our design firm is “old”.  Years ago a very young feature writer called us “an established design firm with years of experience”.  What this really means to us is that we have built relationships that are important to us.  We continue to be blessed with clients who allow us to come into their homes and become part of their families.   We have as many memories of their homes as they do.  When it’s time to pass “our” home onto the next family it can be bittersweet.

Little Hills Is One Of These Properties. 

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Is It Time For Back To School Already? Is Your Homework Area Ready?

5 PROS OF SETTING UP A HOMEWORK STATION

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Let’s face it, the thought of homework does not conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings for kids or parents.  In reality the memories are more likely of lost assignments, mad dashes to Walgreens, crowded dinner tables ladled with supplies, frustrated kids who don’t “get this” and the bedtime clock looming in the background.  What if we could count on our homes to help make homework time better?

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Do You Need A Designer?

HOW TO MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE YOUR HOME

The real estate agent has done a bang up job of finding a house in the neighborhood you love.  The mechanics of the house are strong.  The previous owners have kept up nicely with maintenance.  Yet, something is still not as you imagined.  You want to make this house your home.

Can you do this alone or should you hire a designer?

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Living Large in Under 1000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Converted warehouses and commercial buildings are another type of building where a minimal decor works very well.  These structures are loaded with architectural details and have an abundance of light from oversize windows. The developers of these conversions do all they can to preserve as many of the original finishes as possible.  What is appealing to so many, however, can be daunting when thinking about creating a comfortable lifestyle….even for the most seasoned minimalist.  Designers, like me, love the possibilities!

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Living Large in Under 2000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT A MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Continuing with another example of how minimalism in decor looks and functions, is a 1751′ condo that started out as a basic builder grade, new build.  Not unlike other areas in the country, communities are emerging everywhere that offer limited floorpans and selections.  If you view the concept of having “less” as minimalism,  these homes qualify because they  really have “nothing” in terms of architectural features.  Wasn’t that one of our must haves for making minimalism work?  Yes it was.

 

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