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Planning a remodel: Let’s avoid a common wishlist mistake

Design wishlist 2015

Here’s something that comes up all the time. The homeowners are excited about their project. They’ve been collecting their wish list of everything they want and present it to their contractor/designer/architect. They don’t know how much anything costs. They don’t know that the items they are selecting are in the higher end of luxury. So […]

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Life of a designer: Designer Update

My apologies on the brevity of this post: I’m dashing this off quickly today as work continues to build. We’re busy…as in haven’t enough hours in the day, booked-three-weeks-out busy. Most of the firms I’m talking to in this region say the same. Projects are not only bigger, but there is less of a construction […]

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Tile Spotlight: Lunada Bay Tile


I try when I can to feature West Coast manufacturers and suppliers. In this case, Lunada Bay Tile which is located in Torrance, California. I had contacted Lunada Bay Tile for permission to use some of their photos from their website earlier this month before I received this lovely email: Lunada Bay Tile is proud […]

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3 new product finds from KBIS 2015

Tomato Red -  one of the 10 standard colors of the new DacorMatch Color System.

I didn’t attend KBIS  (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) this year — too busy. However, that didn’t stop me from peeking online at what new products debuted at the show. Here are 3 new items that were voted Best of KBIS: 1) Brizo Articulating Faucet I couldn’t find this on the Brizo website so might […]

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How to make your remodel finish on time

Interior Designer Hair

You’ve all heard the tales about remodeling projects that run overtime. The general consensus is generally attributed to: those in control being lousy estimators about what they can achieve/finish circumstances beyond our control due to acts of nature (like cabinet delivery stalled due to…snowpocalypses) But there is a third reason that is not always discussed: […]

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How much does a kitchen cost?

How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen 2015

I recently participated in a discussion about, well, you see the title. *points upward*  Leslie Hendrix Wood of Hadley Court and writer Leslie Carothers (some of you know her as the powerhouse CEO of The Kaleidescope Partnership) came up with a subject we were all keen to contribute to: Designers, including  me, have been complaining […]

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