a love affair with a hutch

August 4, 2016

Of all the corners, nooks and vignettes in my house, I’m pretty sure the built-in hutch in my breakfast room is the most photographed, by far!  (If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know this to be especially true!)  This little corner of our home gets beautiful morning light, looks out over our deck,…

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make the most of your space: corner built-ins

April 14, 2016

There are so many advantages of having an open floor plan – it’s great for entertaining, it makes your home feel even larger and is a great way to bounce natural light around (not to mention, it’s a great way to keep an eye on littles when you’re trying to make dinner or cleanup!).  I…

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an amazing before + after for the kiddos

April 17, 2015

While scouring Pinterest the other day for some creative and inspiring use of space for our plan to turn our room over the garage into another bedroom, full bath and walk-in closet, I about died when I saw this cramped attic-turned-chic kids room by Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of LA-based design firm LIFE.STYLE.  Not…

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5 ways to style vaulted walls

March 26, 2015

The last two e-designs I’ve worked on have, coincidentally, included requests for help with rooms with vaulted ceilings by clients who were at a loss as to how to style their soaring walls.  This is a design dilemma I can certainly relate to as my own living room, kitchen and breakfast nook are all open…

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my bookshelves, restyled

June 14, 2013

One of the benefits of the occasional bout of insomnia is all the things I get accomplished around the house in the middle of the night/wee hours of the morning. To say I am unbearable without a good night’s sleep is the understatement of the century, but when I see all the work I get…

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double duty

November 29, 2012

I’ve always loved the idea of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in a dining room-such a lovely way to add character AND storage!  I firmly believe that a space isn’t quite finished unless it’s filled with things that hold the most meaning and it doesn’t get more personal than shelves filled to the brim with your favorite books. …

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get your shake on!

July 10, 2012

A few months back, I started working with a client on the family room of her 1972 rancher.  We’ve come a long way since then, whitewashing her brick fireplace, beefing up her built-ins and trim, painting the walls a beautiful steel gray/blue and adding window treatments and a gallery wall.  Like any major overhaul, it…

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beef up built-ins and crown molding with inexpensive trim pieces

June 27, 2012

A few months back, I began working with a lovely client who was exasperated with her 1972 rancher.  She wanted to see if I could help her fall in love with it again, otherwise, it was going on the market, quick, fast and in a hurry.  Challenge accepted!  We decided to start with the family…

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before + after: my corner built-ins

April 17, 2012

It’s time I started keeping up with posting finished projects around my house, so first up are my corner built-ins in our family room! You might remember this is how we watched TV for the first year we were in our home: You can’t really tell in the photo below, but this was a tricky…

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new hutch is in!

November 28, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!  We spent the long weekend in what felt like food and alcohol-induced comas and it was wonderful to do nothing but spend time with family!  From the time we chose and tweaked the floorplan for our home I knew I wanted a hutch in the breakfast area…

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