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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...