Great Rooms with Great Style


(Photo via Freshome) Great rooms are large rooms that combine living rooms and dining rooms. They’re usually open to the kitchen, too. I love a great room designed to flow well between the individual areas. The best great rooms are ones that have a well thought-out floor plan (with substantial clearances around the furniture) and  Continue Reading »

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Bathroom Tile Trends


Bathrooms are the spaces where moisture is always present which makes tile one of the most sensible materials to use on walls, floors, and ceilings. Today’s focus is on trends in bathroom tile, the ones that are popping up in contemporary bathroom designs. One growing trend in bathroom floors is the use of large scale  Continue Reading »

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Benefits of LED Lighting in the Kitchen

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If there is one thing that I have always avoided in design, it’s overly lit kitchens. It’s even become one of my pet “design” peeves. Thankfully, bright white (and often unpleasant) lights have given way to LED lighting that casts a warmer glow, making the central hub of the home welcoming and energy efficient. There  Continue Reading »

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Inspiring Color Palettes for Spring

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I love digging through textiles and swatches to stimulate new ideas; here are a couple collages that turned up during my latest textile whirlwind. As a designer, it’s easy to get caught up with projects, to-do lists and the business side of things. Believe it or not, a large portion of my time is spent  Continue Reading »

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Shades of Blue – Adding Color to the Kitchen

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If there is one thing that will warm up a kitchen (other than the oven) it’s bringing in deeper colors. Yes, white kitchens that were once the hottest thing in design have given way to warmer hues from teal to shades of charcoal. Blues are becoming a nice middle ground in a room that has  Continue Reading »

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House Beautiful Unveils 2015 Kitchen of the Year in New Orleans

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New Orleans residents Helen and Scott Jenkins received the first guests in their newly renovated house this past weekend, as the 10th annual Junior League of New Orleans Kitchen Tour kicked off at their Garden District home. Chosen as the site for House Beautiful Magazine’s 8th annual Kitchen of the Year, their home boasts a  Continue Reading »

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Timeless Bathroom Trends

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Bathroom design or renovation can sometime break the bank. For this reason, many homeowners choose to go with a timeless design that will stand the test of trends. Check out these classic baths. White Cabinets White cabinets provide the perfect neutral backdrop for small pops of color that can be changed inexpensively. Bathrooms with white  Continue Reading »

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Designer Spotlight – Normandy Remodling

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Jack Steindl and Reg Marzec founded Normandy Builders (now Normandy Remodeling) in 1979 with the idea of creating a better kind of home remodeling company in the Chicago area. The goal was to take the stress out of Chicago home improvement – something we all need! Their idea has proven so successful that 35 years  Continue Reading »

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Adding Plants To The Powder Room

Adding Plants to the Powder Room

Bathrooms don’t have to be boring and impersonal. In fact, since we spend a lot of time in our “salle de bain”, we should create a space that is both beautiful and practical. One accessory that instantly brings style to a powder room is plants. A plant brings color, life and texture. The deep green  Continue Reading »

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Delectable Salad For Spring


Lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier; salads are a quick, easy meal that have made their way into my regular routine. The strawberries in my garden are sprouting and have me excited, but they’re not nearly ready to pick. While I typically try to hold out for my own produce, I decided to buy strawberries at my local  Continue Reading »

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