ARRANGING FURNITURE

Not all rooms are created equal. Let's face it, some rooms are awkward and arranging furniture to create conversation areas while preserving traffic flow is just plain difficult. You try and try and then give up shoving any remaining furniture to the four corners of the room (if you even have four corners). 

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BUILDING BOHEMIAN

Sometimes transformations take awhile. It's just a fact. Options have to be weighed. Furniture has to be ordered (and waited for). Walls have to be painted. And of course I have to be in the same state. Oh that.

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GAINE-ING CONFIDENCE

I dreamt last night that Joanna Gaines joined me on a walk-through of the home that reoccurs in my dreams. Modern, sprawling, with multiple kitchens, this home is far from what I would pick in reality, but...

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JUST START HANGING

I helped a new client today. We picked out a dining room paint color and I hung some charming family photos in an upstairs hallway. It was a great way to start my morning and it reminded me of a recent conversation. 

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UNEXPECTED COLOR

As I was reworking the Gaddere website, I ran across an Apartment Therapy article which featured a sweet nursery I worked on a few years ago. The article talked about NOT using pink in girls' rooms. The comments offered some interesting thoughts, but for me it affirmed that there really is no one answer in decorating. 

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A BRIGHT NEW YEAR

Is anyone else ready for snowflakes and paper whites? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE holiday decor and lean towards rich colors and abundant greenery, but come mid January I'm ready for crisp whites and simple amaryllis.

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BACK TO SCHOOL MAKEOVER

What better time than now to do a back to school makeover. This family was featured earlier this year when I talked about incorporating beauty into your home even when you have kids! But now I want to show you that a homeschooling room doesn't have to be one dimensional. This couple wanted their school room to be beautiful, functional, and not just for the kids. Let's see if we accomplished that. 

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SNAPSHOTS

A few of you have asked what I have been up to these days. Life. Design. A year in Kansas. In a nutshell it's been good. I am growing and stretching and realize I have a lot to learn. I haven't blogged in awhile because well, most of my projects are in process. Maybe this fall or winter I'll have more to share, but in the meantime...here is what's been happening.  

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BEAUTY WITH KIDS

It's hard to believe that I've known this family less than a year. Last February they contacted me with a desire to revamp their main floor living areas and we quickly became friends. Let's take a gander at how things looked early last year. 

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THE TALKING ROOM

Speaking of fireplaces, one of my favorite families (you might remember their living room transformation - those blue chairs!) asked me to help transform their Talking Room. I know I say this every time, but it truly is one of my favorite rooms and to sit with this family and talk by the fireplace is a special treat. 

Let's start with some befores. 

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NEW NORWEIGN

Well, I do live in Minnesota, so you shouldn't be surprised that another Scandinavian influenced makeover is hitting the blog. However, this one was more of a 'tweak what we have' scenario. Right up my alley. Here is where we started. 

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