Fireplace Facelifts (with how-to links!)

Don’t you love a good fireplace?  Visions of curling up and reading near it, having wonderful conversations, singing Christmas carols, or just relaxing — that’s what you imagine when you see an inviting fireplace. (Hattan’s Helpful Hint:  That’s why it is so important to stage your furniture around a fireplace … fireplaces generally invoke feelings
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My First Renovation Project!! Ta-Da!

I am so excited to share this post with you all!  And honestly, I am excited not just for me, but also for my clients and friends, Kevin and Suzanne Gwin.  You see, I have known the Gwins for about 20 years, and during those years I have seen Suzanne and Kevin sacrifice and take
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Pillow-holics Anonymous

Hello. My name is Karen, and I’m a Pillow-holic. My husband says I have a problem. But how can I help myself with so many fabulous pillows I see daily?!  A hazard of the job, I suppose.  Cute, pretty, fun, sophisticated, furry, soft, floral, geometric, solid, fringed and flanged, I love them all!  And I
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Solving an Awkward Floor Plan, The Sunroom

Sometimes you gotta’ combine creativity with “being real” when designing for a person’s home. This next room in my client’s home needed some of both.  I wanted this sunroom to be a room the homeowner would truly USE and LOVE (keeping it real), but with it being open to other rooms, it had to flow
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Solving an Awkward Floor Plan

I spent the last half of 2015 working with a sweet friend and client on the freshening up of her home … and I mean her whole home! (just about!)  This client has 4 children, and only 1 child is still living at home in High School. As her baby birds have flown the nest, they have
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