Designs to Inspire

Great design brings people home. As a residential Interior Designer I think it's important that you love the home you are in, no matter what kind of budget you are on. This site is to help you start thinking about your home in a new way.

Thanksgiving wishes! November 25, 2009

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It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about the great people who have helped to shape our lives. – I’d like to say thank you to all of my clients and their support over the years. Without each of you my talent could not be expressed as your projects would never become a reality. – Thank you to my wonderful venders who have helped to make each project that much more special for each of my clients. Your work is exquisite and our collaborative efforts have had much success. – I’d also like to thank my family, for their support and patience during the growth of my business. Without you, life would definitely be less interesting. Your love and support is much appreciated.
Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to you all! Here’s to a another great year ahead!


Family Room Before/After November 20, 2009

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I’m happy to share this family room project that I completed for my clients this past February. The builder had left the room with potential greatness, which he failed to explore. The 2-story vaulted ceilings were left as that and squashed by a five foot brick fireplace with no appeal. My clients wanted to update the room, add family friendly furnishings and a new flat-panel TV, which meant a new TV cabinet. The room has many functions and there was no real focus when I started– the dainty fireplace, the TV cabinet, the window wall, and the computer desk all cluttered the space. To create a more welcoming relaxing space, I created a central focus for the room by taking the fireplace all the way to the ceiling 2-stories up! For a more modern effect we added no mantel and applied two finishes to the new maple cabinets– a dark ember finish and a warmer sandy finish . New cabinets were designed to surround the dramatic new fireplace and tuck up underneath the eyebrow windows. This allowed for the computer station to be placed to the left of the fireplace and to the right the new TV media cabinet. We incorporated the clients existing leather recliners into the new floor plan, adding a sofa, an oval cocktail ottoman which can be used for extra seating, and a chaise lounge. The wall color was warmed up 2 shades from the original.

I’ve attached snapshots of the projects progress to highlight all the details that go into this kind of renovation. With great care and planning the total demo and installation came together in two weeks while the client was on vacation. The furnishings were installed approximately one week after the painters left.


Bath Before/After November 18, 2009

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The 2009 ASID Kitchen and Bath Tour, which took place this past October, featured a bathroom project that I designed and contracted work for. For those of you who were unable to attend I have posted some before photos along with photos taken during the remodel to give you the full effect of what went into this project. I’ve included some after photos, but you can view a greater variety of the complete bathroom on my website:

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Fall inspiration… November 5, 2009

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I don’t know about you, but the changing of the seasons often inspires me to look at my home in a new light. Fall seems to have moved through rather quickly this year, those beautiful colors of nature as the season begins to cool just didn’t last with all the rain we’ve had. It’s still enough to get my personal desire for change into action. This falls project, my lower level bathroom. The painstaking task of wallpaper removal and some key updates, such as lighting and accessories. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can motivate you to make this change, which in a small space can make all the difference.

Unfortunately in my eagerness to get things started I forgot to take some before photos. Photos are a necessity in my business and a great way to keep you on task as well as show you what you’ve accomplished, whether big or small.

When looking to make home improvements it’s important to make a list. Start with the most important rooms first and mark down what it is about each space that isn’t working for you. This will be a great way for you to discover why you are uncomfortable with a room, keep you on task, and help you set a budget. As an Interior Designer, it’s easy for me to look at ones home and see what isn’t working. Sometimes it’s simply moving one piece of furniture to another space or rearranging the current furnishings. Color and light can affect how one feels about a particular space so it’s important to understand how you use or want to use the room. If you are looking to stay in your home long-term, structural changes and quality products along with your personal stamp are key. However, when getting a home ready for sale think universal design and not so much personal taste. Make the most impact for your dollar, but don’t skimp on the details.