February 27, 2019

I had a lot of fun working on this design and the location is beautiful. The screen porch makes you feel like you're up in a tree fort, and the windows across the kitchen counter provide an amazing view and connection to the outdoors. 

This is where we started:

 And here...

February 21, 2019

I thought I'd share a couple photo's of a house I designed a couple of years ago. I love going back to walk through a place once it's complete! This one makes you feel as if you're in the middle of sunny forest. 

Here's the photo gallery, just click to scroll throu...

February 9, 2019

I just love a good "before & after"! Though who doesn't love seeing a good transformation? There's a lot of hard work involved and it can take a lot of time and money and initial planning, depending on the project. Seeing the after is always so satisfying.

In this proje...

December 20, 2016

What our simple Christmas decorating looks like this year.

December 9, 2016

A good designer will plan for the future. Invest in your home. By doing so early you may save yourself time, money and effort in the future. See this Playroom to Family room example.

May 27, 2016

How often do you move your furniture? Do you move it once a year to fit the Christmas tree in for a season? Perhaps every spring you move it, clean under it and put it right back where it was? Maybe you move it a lot more often? Personally I tend to fall into the "a lo...

May 17, 2016

So how do you add antiques to your home and style it so it looks right? I'll show you three ideas. I love incorporating old antique items in my home. It's not too hard to come up with new ways to use old things. Be creative. I like things that have a story to tell, thi...

April 1, 2016


If you are planning a building project for this summer it's time to get started on your drawings.


Remember for almost all construction projects you need a building permit. It's the law. To get your permit you need to apply, fill out the paper work and provide clear de...

March 14, 2016

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot, the wind blows cold, it's summer in the light & it's winter in the shade" - Charles Dickens


Isn't that the more perfect description of March? It's the month that acts as a bridge to Spring. We just had a great we...

February 8, 2016

The kitchen: Before, After and the Inbetween


It's okay to have an "inbetween",  making progress is something that should be celebrated.


The Kitchen story…


This is the dated, very dated, (very decorated?!) kitchen. It was in rough shape and hadn't had a lot of attention...

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