Inspiration: Christmas Tree Ideas

While Christmas is nearly here I have yet to put up my tree. Living in a small house even the skinniest of trees takes up precious floor space and so our tradition has become to put the tree up just a week before Christmas. Until then we decorate the mantle, put a wreath on the door, hang holiday cards from friends and loved ones on the mirror frame, snuggle in front of the fire, and scour the internet for photos of beautifully decorated trees. So, if you’re like me and waiting to put up your tree or you’re still looking…

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Interior Design: Dark Walls

While the calendar officially marked the arrival of autumn late last month it feels as though it has finally arrived here in Seattle. With it’s crisp, sunny days, leaves crunching under foot, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air, I think autumn is my favorite season. The arrival of autumn also signals a shift of focus from outdoors to indoors, from balmy evenings spent with friends under twinkling patio lights to candle-lit evenings in front of the fireplace, from spaces that are light and bright to spaces that are duskier and more intimate. Indoor spaces painted a deep, rich…

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The 5th Wall

How often have you walked into a space and noticed the ceiling? Our eye often goes immediately to the art, the furnishings, or the floor. But those who look up are often rewarded, especially in public spaces, where the ceiling is frequently addressed. We designers love to embrace the ceiling as part of the overall design plan for a space. Sometimes referred to as the fifth wall, the ceiling presents us with the opportunity to expand our design vision, to add a little more texture or dimension to the space, to reinforce a color story, or to get a bit more…

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A Taste of Morocco

I love the start of a new project. Especially when the project is with a past client. And this client in particular was so much fun last time that I’m really looking forward to working with her again. She just purchased a new home and this time we’re starting with her outdoor living area and will work our way indoors. The outdoor area is a blank slate, literally. The builder finished her side and backyard with a load of gravel. That’s it! So with nothing to hinder her imagination she’s decided she wants a Moroccan inspired backyard escape. Her wish list…

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From Pinterest: 20 Images of Classic Homes

There is something about summer that brings to mind classic architecture. Perhaps it’s thoughts of the Hampton’s with it’s classic shingled homes with their beautiful hydrangeas, or the grand summer cottages at Newport with their stately facades, or English manor houses with rolling lawns perfectly set for afternoon tea. Click the image above to start the slideshow. All photos via Pinterest

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