” Our Designer Says”

Great whites

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Staying true to one color doesn’t mean playing it safe. White can be the ultimate blank slate. It’s a starting point, a place to splash color and pattern.

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Milk Glass (DEW 358) -main house
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White Heat (DEW 338)- small spaces
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Cloud White (967)-ceilings
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White (DEW 380)-crisp trim

Black and Bold

Black and Beautiful

Black and Beautiful

Black doors are always an unexpected addition to a home. Sure, you could keep your standard white door for the interior of your home, but why not step out of the box?
6 reasons why a BLACK door is BOLD and BEAUTIFUL
1. A Black door makes a ceiling look taller
2. A Black door is classy
3. A Black door is timeless
4. A Black door makes any stock door look special
5. A Black door marks a destination
6. A Black door makes little “fingerprints” disappear

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” our designer says”

Unexpected brick backsplash really gives this kitchen the country feel the owners were looking for.

Unexpected brick backsplash really gives this kitchen the country feel the owners were looking for.

My sister's kitchen! Designing runs in the family.  She did an amazing job in this grand kitchen.  Brick, travertine, copper sink, wood beams, custom cabinets and incredible rock work.  It's the whole package…kudos, sistah!

My sister’s kitchen! Designing runs in the family. She did an amazing job in this grand kitchen. Brick, travertine, copper sink, wood beams, custom cabinets and incredible rock work. It’s the whole package…kudos, sistah!

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if you have a small kitchen to work with, make the best of it. Here I added an interesting pattern on the floor using hardwood and tile to draw attention to the island. Beautiful custom cabinets (from my lovely cabinet maker) stained in a walnut finish unifies the space.

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One of my favorites! I had the best time remodeling this entire home. The kitchen was the most fun. Adding beams to the ceiling, breaking up the floor by adding small black 2 x 2 tiles intermixed with the Broadway Grey 20 x 20 tiles defined the kitchen area. I like to add black in every room. Here I added a black island with white marble counters to really make a statement. The contemporary feel and color scheme is consistent throughout the house.

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Details are important! Replace the existing “standard” island corbel with something beautiful. You’ll be happy you did. Well worth the extra money.

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This wasn’t an island…it was a continent! I loved this kitchen and all it’s custom details. The custom refrigerator panel with its big iron handles was my favorite. When I designed this kitchen from scratch, the working space was so spread out I had to make sure the kitchen was equipped with 2 of everything. 2 dishwashers (if you entertain a lot, do it…so great to have), 2 sinks. A farm sink (not pictured here) but absolutely amazing, a prep sink in kitchen island, 2 refrigerators and 2 pantries.

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Rock it! My favorite part of this kitchen was the bar connected to the kitchen. The owners wanted a wine cellar so why not rock the entire wall surrounding the new custom wine cellar to really bring the rustic feel to life? Custom cabinets and island really made for an entertainer’s dream.

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Budget always dictates the project. Here, the cabinets (which were originally espresso brown but brand spanking new) were in great shape. The only problem was my clients wanted a contemporary home, not a traditional one. They didn’t like the color brown, at all. My job was to transform the entire home (in less than 3 weeks) from a sea of brown traditional style house to a black and white contemporary home. Great fun! The project was super fast and fun…just the way I like to work. More on this project, later.

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The original island was awkward and really didn’t help the flow of the kitchen. So, I removed it! I left the existing cabinets and refinished them in a vanilla bean distressed color. The wooden beams, new hard wood floors, kitchen island and new granite countertops and backsplash made this kitchen stunning! It now flows, there is a great contrast, it’s easy on the eyes and the homeowners were 100% satisfied. As a designer, that’s all you can ask for.

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The custom window treatments I designed and had my workroom make really tied in the family room and kitchen-seamlessly!

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Be creative. Here I used different size and colored travertine for the backsplash. In a large area, sometimes you want to break things up-visually. Adding hardware to the existing cabinets also added to the overall look and feel of the kitchen.

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My projects are big and small. Here you see a compact space (a small condo). I kept the cabinet and floor color the same and added contrast by using darker furnishings. The black granite counter tops tie everything together. Simple, clean and functional.

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So what do you do if you can’t afford backsplash? Use a bold color in your kitchen! A pop of color really makes a big impact on a small space.

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Grey is the new beige. Remember when everyone wanted brown, beige and earth tones? Well, the new hot trend (and I hope it’s here to stay for a long while) is grey. I love the elegance and classic look of grey and white. This is a tiny kitchen but looks and feels expansive. It has everything a cook needs and stylish, too.

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Love it when a project comes together.

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Most people gravitate to the kitchen.  It should be beautiful, functional and a friendly place.  I LOVE designing, building and remodeling kitchens.  Ironically, I don’t cook!  That’s right, with the exception of a few large gatherings and or family celebrations, I don’t do the cooking in my family.  Truth be told, it’s the OCD in me.  I hate the mess.  Lucky me, my husband is a great cook!  Pat makes the best salmon on the planet!  Now, I may not do a lot of cooking, but I do know how to make a kitchen function for my clients.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1.  MAKE IT FLOW.  The design should merge your space seamlessly into another room.

2.  MAKE A LIST.  What appliances do you prefer to use and or “need” to use, daily.

3.  KEEP IT SIMPLE.  Use the finishes that make you happy.

 

 

Unsightly TV niches…what to do?

Do you have a huge tv opening (a niche) in your family room/living room area and you don’t know what to do with it? Many of the homes in our neighborhood were built to house the big old tv sets…you know the ones with the enormous back and big screen. Well, now that the flat screen is here to stay, most people are stuck with a huge opening to store their older tv sets/equipment but it just doesn’t work anymore. So, what can we do about this? I’ve come up with several solutions for my clients. Whether you are a contemporary person or a traditionalist at heart, you can easily have that big opening revamped to meet your needs.

Look familiar? Ugh, the old fireplace/tv niche combo found in most homes in Nevada

Look familiar? Ugh, the old fireplace/tv niche combo found in most homes in Nevada

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This is what I did to revamp the old niche. If the fireplace is in working order and can be cleaned- do it! I removed the old stone and swapped it out for a beautiful tile. The old tv niche area was ripped out and replaced with a new contemporary storage area and bench for extra seating.

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This is a typical TV area that is in need of some series help. I reworked the wall to be able to house the new flat screen tv and toys the homeowners purchased. Giving this basement a well deserved update is just what the doctor ordered!

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The final result! The new flat screen tv has a new home!

 

When you can't enclose the opening, you have to find a creative way to rework the situation.  Here, I found a beautiful blue sideboard to serve as the base for the existing tv.  The fireplace to the right was given a new mantel to bring the two areas together in style.

AFTER PHOTO:  When you can’t enclose the opening, you have to find a creative way to rework the situation. Here, I found a beautiful blue sideboard to serve as the base for the existing tv. The fireplace to the right was given a new mantel to bring the two areas together in style.

The old niche had a built in as you can see that didn't really serve a purpose except collect dust.  The fireplace tile was really pretty so I simply added a wooden mantel to complete the area

IN PROCESS:  The old niche had a built in as you can see that didn’t really serve a purpose except collect dust. The fireplace tile was really pretty so I simply added a wooden mantel to complete the area

BEFORE:  The 22 ft wall was really not "saying" anything.  It needed a few minor changes to make a big impact.

BEFORE: The 22 ft wall was really not “saying” anything. It needed a few minor changes to make a big impact.