Home Office is Number One!

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Guess who has the #1 Home Office on Houzz for 2016! Our homework space in the Modern Farmhouse project went viral this year with over 100k saves. We are so grateful that one of our spaces inspired so many people to think about how they work at home. The Study features 4 work stations with green linoleum tops for a …

Art for All

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FINDS FROM MINTED.COM I am currently designing a modern ranch house with a Swedish vibe (think cool grays, bright whites and lots of natural wood.) I can’t read a thing in Swedish, but Elin Lannsjö speaks my design language! Currently I am looking for artwork to finish up my furniture presentation.  I always encourage clients to look for art on …

What does it all cost? (part 4)

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Let’s look at a high end furniture budget. (For inspiration photos return to Part 1.) We’ve examined a low end furniture budget at $13/sf and a middle range from retail sources at $50/sf.   You’ve paid good money for a house and are ready to do it right.  Would you spend 5-20% of the purchase price of your home to furnish …

What does it all cost? (part 3)

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Last week we looked at low budget options for furnishing a 250sf living room. When you shop at Target and Ikea, you can expect to pay around $13/sf. Today we will look at all of the amazing retail options. I designed and priced these rooms based on Pottery Barn. But this range includes Crate and Barrel, Room and Board, West …

What does it all cost? (part 2)

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In my last post we started an exploration on determining the right furniture budget for you. Today we are going to look at what it would cost to furnish a 250 sq ft living room, soup to nuts or “sofa to candles.” Here is the floor plan for our new room.   We looked at three lovely living rooms last …

What does it all cost? (part 1)

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Figuring out your furniture budget When you buy a new car, the information is fairly clear and the choices are limited. The car comes in just a few colors. You can only buy it at a few places. And the pricing is all over the internet. But when you buy a custom sofa … the choices are endless. Do you …

Winter Dinner Party

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I love collaborating on parties. It’s so much more fun to put together an event with friends. Here are a few images from a recent winter party celebrating my husband’s running group. This crazy group of men gets up every Sunday at 6am to run 10 miles … in the hills! We chose a fun color theme to combat all …

Thank you — Houzz

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Let’s talk about Houzz. With 35 million unique users a month, 1 million professionals, and 8 million professional photographs, it has become an incredible resource for the homeowner. Clients who used to come to me with a binder or folder of magazine clippings now have a Houzz page instead of a binder. And although I mourn the loss of paper …

Furniture Finds – Keno Bros

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I remember snowy Sundays, watching Antiques Roadshow, hoping to get a glimpse of the Keno brothers. These appraiser brothers always kept us entertained with the stories behind the history of the antiques they reviewed. Will you ever forget the time they informed the proud owner of a japanned armoire that he lost most of its value by having it cleaned? …