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I'm often asked about trends in home furnishings. It's great to know what's coming so you keep your home looking current, but for the big investment pieces like large upholstery and semi-permanent finishes like floor stain, tile and countertops, I usually recommend a c...

Often you hear designers asked where they get their inspiration for the creative designs they develop. Personally, the very first place I go is to my clients. Their favorite things, hobbies, careers and families provide much of the inspiration for me. In addition to th...

While walking at the Chicago Botanic Garden I took a few pictures, not even paying attention to the dramatic shadows that the trees had created. After reviewing my photos I was so excited to notice the shadows on the path and started thinking about the role shadow play...

We Midwesterners really know how to enjoy our summers outdoors. We love to make the most of every warm beautiful day that we can. And as the day turns into night we don't want to go indoors any sooner than necessary. In order to make the evenings really feel special, m...

I hear it all the time. "There are so few furniture stores around and so many of them have the same styles of tables. I can't find anything I really love." Sometimes you need a piece of furniture that blends in with what you already have but sometimes you want a real s...

A final post of pictures from Gold Rush Days in Minnesota. Here are a few more ideas on how to incorporate found items into your home decorating.

So this is a little rustic with its dents and electric elements. It was actually some type of electric cooker, but the top a...

Continuing on from my previous posts on decorating with found items, here are some more pictures and ideas from the Gold Rush Days show in Minnesota.This glass

Here are some more ways to use interesting pieces that you might find at a flea market or vintage sale. These pieces were spotted at Gold Rush Days in Rochester and Oronoco, Minnesota.

I'm not sure what this is. A crib bottom? An industrial piece? A gate? Doesn't matter...

There is no better way to add personality to an interior than to add flea market finds. These pieces, usually vintage, give a home unique character and say so much about the people who live there.  They're easy to find and often cost very little.  For interiors that I...

This vintage outdoor chair was in good shape and had a fun design, but it didn't work as a vanity chair in the Hollywood Glam bedroom we were working on. With a coat of paint and a good upholstery job we created a unique chair that fits perfectly in that room....

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A place to share inspiration and ideas about designing, decorating and furnishing homes.