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Bling! – the Necessary Design Element

By Judith

Blend in the Bling! – the Necessary Design Element Blend in the Bling for better decor. Bling is the secret sauce to fine design. It may be subtle and not readily noticeable. Or it can be loud and shouting for your attention. But Bling is that element not defined in the Principles of Design we …

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Peace Lily

5 Easy Houseplants to Improve your Health

By Judith

5 Easy Houseplants to Improve your Health and to Honor Earth Day.  Bring nature inside and improve your health and your decor. Consider replacing your fake plants with natural greenery to purify the air in your home. On this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day I’d like to honor Jane Goodall who has dedicated her life …

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Princess

Lessons from My Own Main Bathroom Remodel

By Judith

Interested in the lessons I learned from my own Main Bathroom remodel?…. and how did it take four weeks?? I decided to update my Main Bathroom when the tub started leaking through the ceiling below. Well, not right away. I have always loved soaking in my tub, especially after a run or a long bike …

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Corner Lazy-Susan

Small Changes in a Tiny Kitchen Redesign make a Mighty Impact

By Judith

Small changes in a tiny kitchen redesign make a mighty magnificent impact! I was excited to see the final results today and take some photos. Knocking out the wall between the living room and kitchen was not an option. The size could not be expanded. So the layout within the existing kitchen footprint was all …

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DIY Simple Holiday Decorating Trends 2019

By Judith

Holiday decorating for the 2019 Season is upon us. Easy and simple decorating has been appealing to me lately. I have no business blogging about DIY holiday trends today. My family won’t allow any Christmas decorations to be displayed until the day after Thanksgiving. My husband just complained about hearing Christmas carols and it’s mid …

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Bedroom Refresh for the New Year

By Judith

One of my New Year resolutions is to share more of my design work with my readers. This year has been full of refreshments including my bedroom refresh. My husband has had three surgeries to correct his “post-basketball playing days pains”…one ankle fusion and two knee replacements. We’ve had a twin bed in the living …

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Designers’ Delight: December in the Crescent City Part Deux

By Judith

New Orleans is pure magic in December. Riding the St. Charles Streetcar, I snapped a few photos of the magnificent mansions in the Garden District decorated for the holidays. The route begins at the perimeter of the French Quarter and passes by Tulane University and Loyola to Audubon Park where I run the path around …

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Designers’ Delight: December Shopping in the Crescent City

By Judith

It was only two years ago that I wrote about my mission to find the perfect antique chandelier for a client in  New Orleans. And I was fortunate to be able to source a few unique items this year again. Reposting today as December Shopping in the French Quarter is just magical. It was a …

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Puget Sound Waterfront Interior Renovation

By Judith

This in-city waterfront home feels like a vacation home however this is a year-round primary residence. And happiness is a collection of shells from the beach just outside… Their back door opens to the sands of the Puget Sound in West Seattle which is a mere fifteen minute drive (yes, admittedly on a good traffic …

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Tour de Wimbledon

By Judith

Last night I was watching one of the longest tennis matches in Wimbledon history. I was rooting for the American John Isner and was more engaged this year because of my visit to my new best friend, Tracey, in Wimbledon last October. No I didn’t see any tennis but I did run about 8 miles …

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Moving my Mother…. Again

By Judith

We are moving my Mother again today. At 92 years old she needs more care. I am sad as her current one bedroom apartment in a Senior Living Community was just so perfect for her when we moved her two years ago. After a stroke last month she requires more care and attention so has …

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Before and After Makeovers

By Judith

Do you enjoy viewing Interior Designers’ Before and After Makeover photos? I love to study them. Enjoy some of the following Before and After Makeovers. It’s been a while. A professional blogger I am not. I am too interested and busy in helping my clients renovate/or build their new kitchens, baths and homes. How there …

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Sky-Lighting Updates Spectacular Master Bathroom Renovation

By Judith

Dramatic results are immediately apparent in this North Tacoma Master Bathroom Renovation. Originally designed creatively for the time, the homeowners knew that it was time to update and refurbish. The aged colors of mauve and burgundy quite simply did not work well anymore. Despite the once trendy glass block, the shower was small, dark, and …

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Rebuilding Together Seattle Project

By Judith

Yesterday the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Puget Sound Chapter and Rebuilding Together Seattle gave an appreciative homeowner a much needed renovation. Rebuilding Together Seattle RTS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs to low income homeowners (particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or families with children), so they can live …

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Maximizing a Tiny Bathroom Renovation

By Judith

Does size matter? That depends, right? Want to see a tiny bathroom transformed into an efficient, luxurious huge-feeling experience with no change in the footprint? ….Well, if not huuuge then at least a lot bigger? Just this week, I was able to take pictures of a small bathroom renovation just completed. The before photos show …

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Creative Built-In Sleeping Areas for Dogs

By Judith

As we are experiencing the Dog Days of Summer, I thought it appropriate to share ideas for planning stylish and creative built-in sleeping areas for dogs. Our pets are an important part of our household. Homeowners are finding that designing for their companion’s comfort, as well as their convenience, can be an exercise in delightful …

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First Place National Award Winning Kitchen

By Judith

NKBA First Place National Award Winning Kitchen 2016 As promised, I am finally sharing the details of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) First Place National Award Winning Kitchen. I have waited to share the before and after photos with my readers because I wanted to convey properly the beauty of this kitchen, the …

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Award Winning Kitchen Design

By Judith

Award Winner for Best Large Kitchen 3rd Place National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)Puget Sound Chapter announced the winners of the annual Design Competition last week. I am so pleased that this Award Winning Kitchen Design won 3rd Place for Best Large Kitchen! Do you love before and after photos as much as I do? …

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Enchanting Chandelier

By Judith

The most Exquisite and Enchanting Chandelier Ever! Even the electricians (three in all) were taking photos to remember how enchanting this chandelier looked in this Yarrow Point dining room. For years! I’ve been searching for the perfect chandelier.  After installing the beautiful commissioned triptych, we wanted to replace the rather heavy existing chandelier. Here is …

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Kitchen and Bath Design Trends 2016 Las Vegas Style

By Judith

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends 2016 and beyond are featured at KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas. An early flight allowed me to capture the dazzling  sunrise above Mount Rainier. Just the start of a beautiful four days of ingesting all things splendid and delicious! Many of the Kitchen and Bath Design …

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Winner HGTV People’s Choice Award Kitchen!

By Judith

Winner HGTV People’s Choice Award! I am thrilled to have been selected the Winner in the HGTV People’s Choice Awards 2016. Today I received a FedEx package and didn’t even open it as I was rushing to an appointment. Let’s just say I was surprised when I opened it as I didn’t even know there …

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Design Process of a Kitchen Remodel

By Judith

  Overview of the Kitchen Remodel This lovely Mid Century kitchen remodel had its much anticipated unveiling on New Year’s Eve. Ready to upgrade their 80’s kitchen to modernize and better exemplify the character of their 1950’s home, the homeowners kept the design and materials selected a secret to their friends and family until it …

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Tour de Mount Baker

By Judith

 I took my phone on my weekly walk today along the shores of Lake Washington hoping to capture the Autumn colors. To my surprise,  very few trees have changed color as you can see here along the Boulevard.

Enticing Entryways… Larger than most Living Rooms

By Judith

Enticing Entryways….Larger than most Living Rooms! These fabulous entryways spark the imagination. As an area in your home that can be decorated seasonally, Autumn is a wonderful time of year to re-think the accessories, art work, paint color and furnishings that welcome your guests. Your entryway is the first impression.  Because it is usually a …

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First Place Kitchen!

By Judith

And this just happened! I will write about the process and post before and after photos of this beautiful kitchen soon! While this kitchen placed First in the Puget Sound region, I am waiting for the Las Vegas announcement of the National Award Winners before I post the details. I’ll be in Las Vegas to …

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San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase 2015

By Judith

Once again I was fortunate to experience this fabulous showcase of designers’ creativity in San Francisco. I took lots of pictures and will add a few to this featured Houzz ideabook which are superior to mine. Enjoy! San Francisco Decorator Showcase: Happy Days Are Here Again

House Tour featured on Houzz

By Judith

A Japanese-inspired kitchen and garden remodel gives a Seattle couple their own little piece of Kyoto. Enjoy a tour of my friends’ wonderful interpretation in their newly remodeled kitchen. My Houzz: A Kitchen Update With Indoor-Outdoor Beauty

How to Hang a Chandelier and 7 Lighting Tips

By Judith

I have a thing for chandeliers. Doesn’t everybody? When I travel I am always on the lookout for chandeliers which may suit my clients. Why are they so hard to select? I am asked many times for guidance to the following questions. How high should I hang my chandelier? The ideal position is lower than …

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Embracing the Light in Winter

By Judith

My best friend in college married a Dane. I will never forget a chilly Winter visit to Copenhagen. She and her husband introduced us to the delight of “Hygge”. It is a word for which there is no English equivalent. You’ve heard that the Danes are the happiest people on earth. And yet they barely …

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Television Placement

By Judith

When drawing up a floor plan and arranging your furniture, the placement of the Television can make or break a room. Televisions are getting larger but also the profile is easier to work with as it becomes thinner. I collected some ideas in my Houzz ideabook and hope that these might give you some inspiration. …

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