Posts tagged "remodel"

Planning A Design Project for 2014

 Planning A Design Project for 2014
Is summer really coming?  Based on today, yes!  It is!  It’s time to look forward and check out what’s happening in the Design World for the new season. Some aspects of the construction/design/architecture industry are on an upswing again.   It seems that folks are recognizing that the projects they have been denying and avoiding are... Read more »

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home
Is your house falling apart?  Does it look uncared-for and aging?  This actually means:  “Is what’s inside your house falling apart?”  Roof and gutters are not included here.  You may not remember how old your furniture, carpet, blinds, paint job and other products are.  Unless you just furnished your place, can relate the purchases to... Read more »

Starting a Design Project -- Properly

Starting a Design Project -- Properly
Reload!  This is important if you are entering the world of  Interior Design Projects, so yes, I am re-posting! OK… You know you can’t properly do this design project alone.  You kind of know what you will need, so what are your options? Referrals are best… and hopefully from personal experience. If you are looking... Read more »
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DIY Projects You CAN Do Yourself!

DIY Projects You CAN Do Yourself!
I’ve spent blogging time discouraging readers from taking on over-reaching Do-It-Yourself projects, but there certainly are home-oriented tasks that can be perfect for a few hours, a weekend or a few weeks’ work. De-Cluttering:  You pretty much have to do this before you take on many household repairs and updates.  If your kitchen is messy,... Read more »

Re-doing, Keeping Up, Keeping It Together

Re-doing, Keeping Up, Keeping It Together
“If you don’t keep up the work on your house, it will become an overwhelming proposition.” I heard that quite a while ago from one of my most experienced clients…meaning that she had years of experience doing and waiting and trying to keep up!  I completely agree with her, and have repeated this quote many,... Read more »

Loving Your Home

Loving Your Home
Why does loving your home matter?  It matters because if you are happy in your home, you feel settled, you’re calmer and that extends into other aspects of your life.  I was noting Sunday that I have lived in this house longer than anywhere else.  When I was a little kid, and my parents acclimated... Read more »
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What's Wrong With This - Kitchen?

Lots of details, $$, 'fraid it won't "hold up" aesthetically for long.
OK.  Biggie topic with a biggie point of view (mine)  There are so many reasons why a kitchen looks ugly.  First, the kitchen is dated and old.: Nowadays not too much seamless vinyl (Congoleum, etc) anymore and few colored cabinets or tops with no décor and not a lot of walls totally wallpapered…or even bordered…on... Read more »

What's Wrong With This - (Old) Trend?

A blog topic to love:  Dated Interior Design Trends – OR how to use a trend Ineffectively.   I guess I will have write and focus on trends that endure or return:  like Lucite (acrylic) from the 1920′s, then to 1970′s and 80′s and back again now. With DEEP respect of James Swan and “101 Things I hate About Your House”... Read more »

Ch..Ch..Changes (Pt. 1)

If you could do three things for your home tomorrow, what would you choose?  Paint? Carpet?  Kitchen cabinets? Throw pillows? La Z Boy? Fireplace?   I’d pick insulating the crawlspace (so my bedroom and kitchen floors would be warmer in the winter), re-doing the deck with something that won’t need much upkeep and buying a fascinating... Read more »
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Making it Truly New!

Last night I had the awesome privilege to listening to professional praise from people who had seen my clients’ home, but never met me before. A couple of years ago, my (architect) husband, Mark, and I were invited to discuss remodeling several elements of a 1963 high-rise apartment with a view of Belmont Harbor (kitchen... Read more »