blissful bedrooms

December 2nd, 2014

As we jump back on our tour of incredible spaces, let’s adjourn to the bedroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:    Think COMFORT – soft textures, pleasant lighting, cozy furniture.  Think RELAXING – chose colors and patterns that make you happy and peaceful.  Think PERSONAL – this is one of the most private and sacred rooms in your home.  Create a space to nurture and honor yourself.

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    Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

many thanks

November 27th, 2014

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!



sensational stairs

November 25th, 2014

Stair systems can be pretty standard.  Rise, run, railing – end of story.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  The following images illustrate how a staircase can contribute to the interest and character of a home.

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stair 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

cozy corners

November 11th, 2014

If you ask me, every home should have a cozy corner of some sort.  Check these out:

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

lovely living rooms

October 29th, 2014

Depending on the size of the home, some families may have both a living room and a family room.  For others, these terms may be interchangeable.  I consider living rooms to be more mature, slightly more formal in nature, whereas family rooms are kid-friendly and casual.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  comfortable seating, appropriate materials, and extra pillows or blankets for snuggly moments.  Carefully consider what activities this room must accommodate as well.  For example, include a side table and lamp for reading, flexible furniture arrangement for morning yoga or family dance party, and storage for board games/movies/books/etc.

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 56

dandy dining rooms

October 14th, 2014

Next on our merry tour of wonderful spaces, the dining room.  Often reserved for more formal occasions, I would love to see this room evolve into a functional medley of sorts.  For example, large tables work exceptionally well for puzzle making, crafting, homework, gift-wrapping, and more.  A word of caution: be tidy and organized – you don’t want this to become the largest catch-all in your home.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  storage for specialty dinnerware/ linens/candlesticks/etc., layers of (dimmable) light can help create the right mood, and be mindful of chair movement and table proportions when selecting an area rug.

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

pleasing pantries

September 30th, 2014

Beg your pardon while I pause to peruse these pictures of pleasant pantries :)

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Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

captivating kitchens

September 16th, 2014

As we continue our tour of sensational spaces, we move from the mudroom to the kitchen.  This is one of the most important rooms in your home – not just for daily function and family time, but as a major selling point for your house.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  durable/easy to clean materials, an efficient work triangle, and several layers of effective lighting.  Other details to consider include quality cabinetry, abundant storage opportunities, desk area for bill paying or homework, and well-suited for conversation/entertaining.

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kitchen 5

 Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

marvelous mudrooms

September 2nd, 2014

I’ve been wrestling with writers block for months.  So rather than write, let’s explore some fantastic spaces, room by room.

Our adventure begins with what is typically the primary entrance to the home – the mudroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  durable/easy to clean surfaces, oodles of storage, and a strategy to stay organized.  I like a variety of open (shelves or cubbies) and closed storage (i.e. drawers, cabinets or closets) for easy to access items and the flexibility to hide my mess.

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mudroom 3

mudroom 4

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

another solid summer

August 19th, 2014

Months have passed since my last post.  I could have backdated this entry and no one would have been the wiser, but my guilt has got the best of me.

June came and went with bittersweet swiftness.  Aside from the customary hiking, kayaking, and household chores, June included an idyllic honeymoon vacation, out-of-state family visitors, and a reunion of monumental proportions (152 relatives, color coded by family - of course).  Sadly, June also marked the sudden passing of a dear friend and mentor.  ”We were but stones…. his light made us stars.”

July, as it so happens, seems to have passed with a unique velocity all it’s own.  It should come as no surprise that mourning a friend, working two jobs, and the brilliant blessing of a new puppy all equate to a month of blurred memories.

And so we find ourselves in August – but it’s not time to throw in the towel just yet.  Despite the early arrival of cooler temperatures, there is still time left to enjoy summer.

carpe diem


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