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3 Simple Ways to Decorate a Small Space

3 Simple Ways to Decorate a Small Space

It would be a wonderful premise if each space that you lived in expressed the individual style of the person who lived there.  Some personalities call for bright colors, while some people feel good in darker shades or cozy hues. What's more, living spaces range in...

A Few of Our Favorite Decorating Tips for Open Floor Plans

A Few of Our Favorite Decorating Tips for Open Floor Plans

If there's one thing potential homebuyers love, it's an open floor plan. Not only do these floor plans signify a step into modernity for many homes, they create open, inviting spaces for all. But how are you supposed to decorate a home with an open floor plan? That's...

How To Use Color Psychology To Design Your Dream Home

How To Use Color Psychology To Design Your Dream Home

Your home is both your safe haven and a place to welcome guests. By decorating accordingly, you can match your interior design to the mood you want to create. Choosing the right colors is one of the best ways to achieve this. Whether working with interior designers or...

Simple Summer Changes to Keep Your Cool!

Simple Summer Changes to Keep Your Cool!

Designing the interior of your home is one of the best parts of owning a house. By choosing from an array of themes and color palettes, you can change the look of your home. Altering the interior design of your home for the seasons can give you a sense of refreshing...

Is the Interior Design of Your Home Affecting Your Mood?

Is the Interior Design of Your Home Affecting Your Mood?

Your home is your sanctuary. There is nothing more satisfying than finishing a long day at work and walking into a space that makes you feel happy, calm, and safe. The most popular definitions of a happy home are: a place where you feel safe and secure (69%), a place...

Three Hot Interior Design Trends for 2017

Three Hot Interior Design Trends for 2017

With the continued popularity of home improvement and interior design shows, it's no surprise that the interior design industry brings in $10 billion each year, and specialized interior design is predicted to grow about 20% each year. Apart from the industry...

Five Mighty Interior Design Ideas for Smaller Bathrooms

Five Mighty Interior Design Ideas for Smaller Bathrooms

If you have a compact or small bathroom, you may feel as if it is impossible to decorate it to your specifications. Most interior design projects are meant for larger bathrooms, but considering the fact that about 60% of all homeowners plan to remodel their master...

Our Project Featured in Houzz’ Remodeling Piece

Our Project Featured in Houzz’ Remodeling Piece

We're excited to share this recent piece on Houzz covering the typical stages of a home remodeling project, including the nitty-gritty behind the scenes work that contractors perform including HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Our Calm Contemporary home remodel was...

6 Designer Tips for Making Your Home Look Luxe for Less

6 Designer Tips for Making Your Home Look Luxe for Less

In this video segment from ABC15′s Sonoran Living Live, Janet provides some design tips during a segment called “Splurge or Save? 6 Designer Tips for Making Your Home Look Luxe for Less”. She discusses how to build up from the floor to create a design foundation for a...

Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring

Choosing the Right Hardwood Flooring

It isn't a secret that hardwood flooring can set a beautiful foundation for the design of a home. Since the flooring of a new-build or remodel is such an integral part of the design, it's important to choose the right hardwood from the beginning. When I first started...

Creating a “Design Team” for a Custom Home Build

Creating a “Design Team” for a Custom Home Build

You’ve probably heard us touting the benefits of a good design team who is working as “one” on behalf of our clients a few times before…but we can’t emphasize it enough.  Just as a team of horses who are pulling in different directions wouldn’t make much progress, a...

5 Design Mistakes To Stop Making

5 Design Mistakes To Stop Making

As an interior designer, I've seen it all when it comes to good and bad design over the years. What often starts off as a design trend to follow can easily turn into a "mistake" over time. Believe me, there are a lot more than 5 mistakes you can make when designing...

Why Should I Hire An Interior Designer?

Why Should I Hire An Interior Designer?

I didn't grow up with my mom's friends all using interior designers, and I sometimes wonder if people really understand the process and the value associated with the use of a designer to help you with your interiors, whether it be an update, or the design and...

Unauthentic Design

Unauthentic Design

As architects and interior designers, we are regularly called upon to define a style.  We have fun making up “titles” to describe what might be an unlikely combination of design elements and historic periods that somehow work together and beg to be described. ...

Home Gadgets and Interior Design

Home Gadgets and Interior Design

In 2014, we have constantly seen new home gadgets hit the marketplace and customers can't wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest out there. The home is no exception. Some of the latest gadgets seek to simplify daily life for homeowners and are constantly...

Stone and Tile Flooring in the Southwest

Stone and Tile Flooring in the Southwest

Flooring in residential projects is a direct reflection of changes in trends as they are happening in the design-build industry. When I was first doing interior design in the early 80's, wall to wall carpeting was almost the only thing we used except in bathrooms,...

White Kitchens

White Kitchens

A couple of years ago, I gave a seminar at the Paradise Valley, Arizona Design Center on “White Kitchens” and the prevalence across the board in all design styles to lighten up kitchens and go with variations of white cabinetry and even white countertops.  Now, 2...

Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

I recently traveled to Ciudad Obregon, Mexico to work on a client project. One of the first things I noticed when I arrived at the home after my evening flight was that in spite of its grandeur, the home seemed dark and uninviting due to its lack of sufficient...