Budget Makeover

Budget Makeover
First Apartment …Well, at  least the first paid for with his own salary. This would happen to be my favorite nephew in Tejas. The apartment had good bones?…Or more specifically, a great window and a greater number  than necessary square feet. This would be a budget makeover. We were cost...

Rearrangement

Rearrangement
                        Rearranging existing furnishings. What to buy for the grand entry? Maybe nothing. Maybe we use what the Allen client already owns. Maybe we hire piano movers and move the baby grand piano 12 feet into the entry hall. (It...

Kitchen Cosmetics: Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Cosmetics: Kitchen Remodel
BEFORE AFTER Happy surprise! A nice tray ceiling was underneath the florescent plexiglass panels. Bye-bye Plexiglass! The fir downs over the cabinets were also eliminated. The cabinets, well-built but tired, needed both functional and cosmetic tweaks:  The top row of pantry cabinets became usable when...

Paint, Art, Rearrangement, Curtains

Paint, Art, Rearrangement, Curtains
AFTER Before unpacking the moving boxes, this client enlisted the help of Decorating on a Shoe String. To market her previous home in Twin Creeks, stagers had been hired. They had done a super job. The staging results were SO GOOD that the home owner decided she would have her next home staged as soon as she...

Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!
A letter to my children: Dear Chickies– I wrote part of this in response to an email one of you sent. Then, while I was on a tear, I wrote some more.  It’s pretty much about you and yours. This week I read/heard(?) that the projected debt load, counting the unfunded liabilities...

Isolation Ended: Kitchen Remodel

Isolation Ended: Kitchen Remodel
Before you embark on a kitchen remodel stop and ask, “What changes would make sense?”  You probably need to recruit another set of eyes. You’ve seen the status quo for so long that it’s hard to envision the possibilities. Everyday, homeowners across the metroplex install granite...

If you have to Wait….: Commercial Design

If you have to Wait….: Commercial Design
If you have to wait…. this commercial office building in Firewheel is a nice place to do it! Oriental rugs, purchased by the doctor early in the process, determined the design palette. Several large oil paintings pick up the hues in the carpets and  are set off by the wall color selected, Sherwin...

Patio Pleasers: Furniture & Accessories

Patio Pleasers: Furniture & Accessories
Think cool. We installed two outdoor fan/lights on this North Dallas patio. Think memories. We addded a porch swing! Think comfortable. We purchased very affordable patio furniture, a glider and swivel-tilt chairs. Sometimes movement is restful! Think botanical. We added patio plants  up close. The gorgeous...

Bigger and Better: Bathroom Remodel

Bigger and Better: Bathroom Remodel
A leaky shower pan precipitated this partial bathroom remodel in Allen. We chose a tile that the Home Owners already knew they loved. It had been installed as a fireplace surround during a prior renovation. We demo’d the existing small shower with its seat and half wall. The seat in the shower had been...

ReUpholstery: Furniture Design

ReUpholstery: Furniture Design
I advised these Plano clients that they should not reupholster for the purpose of saving money.  There were other great reasons to do so, however! Reupholstery is a great choice: When furniture has sentimental meaning. Recovering the piece will allow you to incorporate it into your current decor. When...

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