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Windows Boot Camp: Window Features

“Energy” and “efficient” are two of the most popular words uttered by window warriors these days, but what do they really mean? There are many individual features to consider when shopping for the best windows for your specific home. Are you ready to be schooled on all of them?

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Sure, one window might look the same as any other window to you now, but after you’ve completed my Windows Boot Camp, you’ll be a fully informed window feature creature. Read Post…

Voice Your Choice: Painted Ceilings

It’s time for you to punch in, folks! I’d love to hear your thoughts on a design element a client of mine has been contemplating for a while: the painted ceiling.

Painted Ceiling


Painting your ceiling can be a very dramatic way to change a room’s tone and feel. The deep purple ceiling above provides an unexpected pop of color in an unexpected place. It is labor intensive, however, so it’s not something to be done on a whim. Check out some ceilings and let let me know what you think. Read Post…

Kitchen Finishes: Glossy vs Matte

When it comes to kitchen finishes, you often hear the words “shiny” and “sleek,” but there’s an alternative to a glossy finish you might want to consider: matte.

kitchen countertop

Certain materials, such as this striking slate countertop above, are available in a matte finish – which is also called “honed.” While they may not shimmer in the sunlight, matte finishes tend to contribute some character all their own.

Kitchen Countertops

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Windows Boot Camp: Windows Assessment

Hello housing soldiers! I’m your drill sergeant, Laurie March, and I’d like to welcome you to Windows Boot Camp.

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By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll be top-notch experts – ready to take on any window-related issues thrown at you by your home. If your windows are unsafe, unseemly or unusable, we’re going to set things right. Right now! Complete my first drill below:

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Pumpkin Orange Statement Pieces – Yay or Nay?

I was looking to hear your opinions on permanent or modular kitchen islands and you did not disappoint. Most of you agreed that different circumstances might lead you to choose either option and you brought up some excellent points. As @DBCoop and @thedylaneastman pointed out, small spaces might benefit from mobility. As @TwoCorgis mentioned, however, if pet hair (or kids’ messes) are a problem for you, a permanent island might keep your floors cleaner. I’m going to keep all of your opinions in mind as I help my clients to design their dream kitchens.


As we have officially entered fall now, I was hoping I could get your thoughts on another subject: pumpkin orange statement pieces. This is the time of year where you start seeing pumpkin stuff everywhere. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin candles and sometimes, simply pumpkins begin to decorate our homes and bring a smile to our faces. The color pumpkin is such a cozy staple of autumn, I thought I’d explore it a little more and I’d love to hear what you think. Read Post…

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