Psychology of Interior Spaces

  People don’t realize how much of an effect their interior environments have on their everyday lives. When I design, I like to take into consideration the basic aspects of the person who lives or works within the space.   The experience of personal space transformation goes beyond simply reflecting a sense of personal style…

{Taste} Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

My recipe below continues to get comments and great reviews from individuals all over the world! Sticky Toffee Pudding is a British steamed dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, drizzled with a luscious warm toffee sauce (caramel) and topped with cool whipped sweet cream. Enjoy this dessert that will compliment any special meal,…

{Taste} Designing a Summer Salad

SOUTHWESTERN SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING SALAD 1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped 2 finely chopped green onions 2 ears of fresh corn – husked, cooked/grilled, cut off the cob 1-2 C. halved cherry tomatoes (any variety) 1-2 avocados – sliced for garnish or incorporate into salad 1/2 C. Jalapeños, chopped finely (optional) 1 C….

{TASTE} Fresh Strawberry Tarts

 Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Strawberry Glaze & fresh whipped cream 4 – 5 C fresh strawberries 3 T Cornstarch 1/2 C – 1 C sugar Put 2C of fresh (washed) strawberries in a blender (stems/greens removed) or food processor and pulse until smooth, add sugar (to taste) and cornstarch blend until mixed and smooth. Cook over medium heat…

{TASTE} Decadent Truffles and Sipping Chocolate Recipes

One of my favorite indulgences is chocolate. While traveling Europe recently I discovered a very rich drink that had captured my heart. Ultimately this drink sent me on a quest to figure out how to make such a decadent treat. Sipping chocolate – a rich, slightly thick smooth chocolate that is prepared simply with chocolate…

Designing With You in Mind

Valentine’ Day is just around the corner so this year I am going to talk about designing with you in mind.  Romantic designing in a home for sale in Wayzata, MN is capturing buyer’s hearts to see how elegant a home can be without being pretentious.  I chose a soft cream palette with a monochromatic…

VIDEO: Cindy’s Apple Turnovers

Apple mixture 5 – 10 apples (Cortland, Harlson, or Granny Smith) 1 cup white sugar dash cinnamon Peel and cut all apples into 1/8ths Sauté in skillet until soft. Mix/Blend together, then add sugar to taste along with cinnamon. Allow to cool before filling pastries. Pastry 8 oz (1 C) butter 8 oz pkg of…

Designing the Senses

Working nationally to create charming and sophisticated spaces – Live a well-designed life. Designing the Senses is about the well-designed life; awakening the senses and creating beauty through sight, sound, taste, aroma and touch.

Getting Ready to Entertain

As the holidays near, it is time to get your dining rooms ready to accommodate your guests. The era of “matchy-matchy” furniture is now over.  It is all about the eclectic attitude of your space that is hot.  Truly, be creative and see just how elegant and beautiful your space can become.  You can take…

Kitchen Update: Revitalizing a Butcher Block Island

 About a month ago we finished designing a home that was on the market for sale (now pending). It is my job to know what’s hot and what’s not in the marketplace (visually) for a buyer. When I studied the photos of this home, I observed its “Country French” pale green enameled cabinetry and yellow…

Entertaining with Style

Some will say that creating an impact with food is not their style and would rather buy it than make it. For me, cooking and creating is part of my make-up plan. I especially like to cook with you (my guest) in mind. Whether it is for a large crowd or intimate gathering, I have…