Hire A Designer - Mood Board

Visioning In Design

Whenever I start a new design project with a client, I always tell them the most important part of the design process is the visioning. Visioning in design captures the aesthetic, mood, and style of the home. Basically, it drives the whole design process, and any decision relating to the design of the home goes back to the original visioning. If the vision is tight, it makes the design process so much easier. If the vision hasn’t been clearly defined, it makes the design process longer and messier. As an…

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Holidays - Printable

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Have you ever stumbled across a recipe and feel like you’ve hit the jackpot? There are two recipes in my personal collection that I feel that way about. The first is my Valentine sugar cookies recipe, and the other is my cinnamon rolls recipe. I didn’t invent either of them; they were just passed along to me at some point in my life, but I cherish them. Anytime I’ve made either of these recipes for family and friends, it never fails that I’m always asked for the recipe – they’re…

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Holidays - Homemaking

My Love Affair With Chocolate

I know a lot of people who say they love chocolate, but I think I take it to the extreme. My love affair with chocolate began when I was a child. Every Christmas morning, the first thing I would do is go straight to my Christmas stocking to open the Hershey kiss candy cane before I ever even looked at a present. Growing up, on special occasions my parents would buy an expensive box of Godiva chocolates and give each of us one a day (there were seven in my…

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Holidays - Interiors

Pink And Red Vignette

There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I like to create a pink and red vignette on my sideboard with offerings of sugar cookies, drinks, and hearts. It’s my little way of paying homage to the love-inspired holiday. I’m especially inspired this year by enduring love stories since my parents and Andy’s parents will be celebrating 50 years of marriage this year! One of my favorite quotes about love is from Henry Miller, and it says: “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the…

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Interiors - The Turnaround House

Miniature Art

One of the things I love the most about living in an old small house is the creative built-ins. Because the scale is so small, they’re the perfect size for my collection of miniature art. Not all art has to be on a large scale. In fact, it can be more interesting to have all kinds of sizes – from large-scale artwork down to postage stamp size pieces. The fun part is deciding where you want to place everything so the art works with the scale of each room. About…

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