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} 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…

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…

Transforming Spaces | Being Creative in Design

Peaceful and elegant with huge impact, this client’s space went from boring to spectacular. This loft project was literally a blank canvas with much to do to create a “turn-key”, “move‐in ready” product. This is what we did to transform the space… The walls were green and taupe with a center island that was white painted sheetrock. As we worked on the space, the first thing we did was change the paint color to Night Horizon – by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish. We wrapped the center island in aluminum that was fabricated from a local steel shop. I brought the dimensions in to their shop and picked out the big sheets to cut. The fabricator cut it immediately. Once installed, the boring island took on a very high-end commercial kitchen look with great texture. I softened the look with 3 stools from Pier One that have cream rotatable seats and espresso stain on the legs. Transitioning from cold and sterile to rich and comfortable, I used a double pedestal table by Hooker  that…

Clean Lines, High Style and Class

Monochromatic space with cream leather chairs, high style sofa with nail ticking detail, beautiful wool rug with brown, cream and turquoise. Eclectic texture and detail throughout the home. Various textures, mirror tables, glass elements, silver nail, animal horns and hides provide the high style effect. Living Room Cream leather chairs that are strapped in the…

Designing the Month of Love

February is the LOVE month, so with that being said, lets talk about designing with red, romance and something sweet. For holidays and various occasions, I love designing my rooms festively with roses. After all, aren’t roses one of a girl’s best friends? Let’s start with the master bedroom and bathroom—treat the rooms as one. The…

Designing the Senses This Holiday Season

Design your home through the eyes of a child.  You may remember when you were a child, the feeling of awe when you entered the room, the dazzle of sparkling lights, the smells of fresh baked cookies and family recipes from generations to share, the comfort of home with a warm fire in the fireplace, music…

Gathering Around the Table and Designing Intimate Surroundings

November is the month that reminds us to be thankful. It’s alarming that I often busy myself with more things than there are minutes in a day and sometimes it’s easy to take thankfulness for granted. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time to slow down and express gratefulness for life’s many blessings. That…

Rustic Elegance

When I design homes, I like to design with what I visualize to create an impact. Whether the home is for sale or not it is always important to invoke a reaction– a “wow” factor. Rustic Elegance is using textures that are rough, smooth, metal, cowhide– let’s take a look and I will take you…

DIY Network “Rehab Addict” | Before and After

Last month we (Showhomes Minneapolis and Cindy Montgomery) were featured on the DIY Network‘s “Rehab Addict.” Since then, I received many questions via email, private facebook messages and phone calls about the furnishings used in the home after the remodeling was completed.  In attempt to make this simple, I’ll go through room by room with photos…

Living on the Lake

When marketing a home for sale (especially one on a Minnesota lake), it is crucial to bring out what Minnesota is all about!  With more than 10,000 lakes to boast of, there is plenty of room to show off what you love. Lake Harriet, Calhoun, or Lake of the Isles for instance may be a…