Kitchen Islands: Sizing, Seating, Lighting and All the Extras!

Kitchen islands are a unique element that has changed the way we use our kitchens. Today, we’re using them as an extra meal prep station, eating area, additional storage, as a serving area and as the homework/ workspace spot. With all the open floor plans, our kitchens have also become a gathering spot while entertaining.…

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Selecting a Countertop: Pros & Cons

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I’m continually asked “what’s the best countertop” to use? Quite honestly there isn’t one simple answer. I usually ask questions such as, “Do you cook lots of meals?” “Do you meal prep or bake often?” “Are you a spaghetti sauce or wine connoisseur?” “Do you or your family members clean up a spill right away?”…

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Mixing Metals in Your Space Like a Design Pro

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Mixing metals used to be a major faux pas, but not anymore. There are no rules that say every finish has to match. So, here’s a suggestion: Don’t be overly matchy. For me, the magic happens when you mix metals. It creates visual interest, is more stylish and helps to make your space unique. Below…

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Spring Cleaning in Four Simple Steps

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Decluttering and organizing might seem like a daunting task. But, if you schedule it and start simple, you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be. Not to mention all the new-found space you’ll gain. My rule of thumb is if I haven’t worn it in two seasons or if it doesn’t fit (my dryer…

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Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

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These days, many people turn to TV shows, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media outlets to gain inspiration for their next project. Building a home or doing a renovation is fun and exciting. But, these projects also come with their challenges. It’s crucial for you to collaborate with experts you can rely on such as…

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Gift Wrapping and Decorating And After Christmas Tips

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Now that you’ve selected the perfect gift for your family and friends, you’ve got to wrap them. Sure, you can use gift bags, but most people enjoy tearing into the wrapping paper. With that being said, you’ll likely want your gifts to look professionally wrapped under the tree. Some people are skilled at wrapping the…

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Christmas Trees: Trending Styles and Decorating Like A Pro

Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be over and decorating for Christmas is front and center. We all know decorating a Christmas tree isn’t always easy and they usually don’t look as good as those in the Hallmark movies. But, I’ve been practicing and picking a few of my designer friends’ brains so I can…

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Decorating your Home for the Fall

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Fall marks the transition from summer to winter and with any luck, it will bring us some cooler temperatures. Whimsical Pumpkins on the porch, wreaths draped with autumn leaves, and a chunky throw adorning the sofa are all classic fall favorites. Below are a few ways you can decorate your home for the fall season…

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Creating a “Study / Homework” Space at Home

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School is back in session! For many parents, this means alarms in the morning, making lunches, carpool, extra-curricular activities and evenings filled with homework. Whew, I’m tired already! Kids have a lot going on these days, and when it comes to homework and studying, they need a dedicated space to settle in and concentrate. Below…

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