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10 Easy Steps for Prepping Your Kitchen for the Holidays

It’s soon to be THAT time of year, prepping your house for the onslaught of holiday entertaining is something of a necessity! It’s officially holiday party time where you have holiday potlucks, gingerbread house building parties, and extravagant dinner parties. It’s also a time that can get pretty stressful if you’ve decided to host a …

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Do you make your bed everyday?

[ezcol_2third] Recently a friend on Facebook posed a question, “Do you make your bed everyday?” I was kind of surprised by the responses.  There was an overwhelming number of people who replied it was a MUST to make their bed everyday.  Maybe this surprises me because it is so far from my thoughts. [/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end] …

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DIY Magnetic Board

Hey ya’ll- Ashley here! So my inspiration for this magnetic board came from a Melissa and Doug magnetic doll for Laney last week. She showed immediate interest, but found it hard to dress the doll with the little stand it came with and the no flat surfaces we seemed to have for her disposal. (Insert …

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How Is A Remodeling Project Like Taking A Hike?

  I’d love to say, “Because it’s just a walk in the park!”, which would be great if everything always went according to plan. But as you probably know, life has a way of throwing us curve balls, and sometimes, we’re doing some throwing of our own. I enjoy hiking as my primary form of …

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Is Green Design a “Thing” Anymore?

     About 10 years ago, I began taking classes at UC Berkeley Extension to complete a certificate program in Sustainable Design. As I to worked my way through the program, I began to wonder if eventually, the terms Sustainable Design, or Green Design would become redundant, because all good design would automatically incorporate sustainability. …

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If It Makes You Happy

A couple of years ago, I was discussing a potential vacation with a good friend, and occasional travel companion. We had kicked around the idea of this trip for a while, and I was reluctant to commit to further planning. This was to be an international trip lasting a few weeks. “It’s just going to …

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Does Shopping Overwhelm You?

Does shopping overwhelm you? Too many choices, all the chaos, bright lights and noise, zapping your energy and leave you overwhelmed, warn out and feeling defeated?!   Guess what, me too! I am a firm believer that more of us need to be conscious of our environment and how it leaves us feeling. Many of …

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Keeping Up With The Jones’

Want to see what Keeping Up With The Jones’ looks like these days? Take a look at how your neighbors are remodeling their kitchens and bathrooms.   This past year the hottest trend we have seen so far is the White Shaker cabinetry with gray countertops, backsplash, walls, and floors. With this current trend, we …

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The Bad News and Good News

Happy post Thanksgiving! That glorious event where we cook for 10 hrs in a kitchen that is too small, over crowded, and inefficient. The counters are so full you now know how Jenga was invented. Grandma Jo was in your way trying to help (which isn’t helpful), and your fit bit beeped 10,000 steps before …

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3 Ways You’re Thinking Too Small

Getting ready to remodel a kitchen or bathroom?  My advise is to stop thinking small. What does that mean? So often we can’t see past what we have, to imagine what could be. This is where a designer can help you assess your needs, wants, and space to see outside the box and create the …

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