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Giving Gives Back

I had such a fun time at Bark Art, an annual charity event held by LUXE magazine, at the Seattle Design Center earlier this summer. Bark Art is the brain child of Pacific Northwest publisher for LUXE, Debby Steiner.  The annual event includes a dog themed painting and crafts party for charity.  Area builders, interior designers, architects, and landscape designers are assembled into teams to create dog …

Counting to Fifty Two

While out and about over the holidays I stumbled upon a small shop where I  discovered a new book.  It was actually a journal that the owner was particularly excited, and was written by a local Seattle author and fashion entrepreneur, Moorea Seal.  I guess a girl that walks into a stationary boutique is most likely to be a list maker, a dreamer, and a planner, as …

Color Full

Trend Alert!  Coloring books.  Yes, for adults!  Studies have shown that coloring helps lower the blood pressure and reduce stress.  Check out this article from USA Today. We all have those crazy busy days when we can’t think of working in one more task.  So, what do you do to unwind at the end of your day?  I encourage you to consider finding your inner artist and start picking up …

Mentoring More

This past week I had the privilege be one of three designers reviewing the portfolios of some local interior design students.  This was their “Student Career Day” in which the students share their portfolios, talk to professionals, and tour the Seattle Design Center as a part of the education process. I am the “black sheep” of my family given that I was the only one that did not …

Seasons In The Sun

As we transition our wardrobes in to fall, we transition our homes as well. The changing of the seasons is one of the biggest pleasures in life.  Every year, I savor it. I must admit the change from the hot summer sun to the cool autumn air is my most favorite time of the year.  I love the Indian summers of September where the sunsets …

WHY I DO WHAT I DO

I chose the interiors industry because I personally believe that when your surroundings are beautiful and functional your life is much easier and more enjoyable.  And, it helps that I am energized, inspired, and completely passionate about all things design. As a young girl in rural Arkansas, I would observe my mother and her best friend, Miss Peggy, take stab after stab at re-arranging the …

WELCOME TO MY ENTRYWAY!

This is my first blog entry. It is my first impression on you just as if it were the first room in my home.  The entryway is the room that welcomes you, houses your coat, your keys, your purse, and even your shoes if you live in the Pacific Northwest. It is the single most important room for giving you the biggest first introduction while often …