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Thoughtful Whole Home Designs

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Easy ways to add dramatic Oxblood Red to your home – with tips, ideas, my favorite paint colors and lots of sources.

Color Love: Oxblood Red

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Easy ways to get Farmhouse Style Curb Appeal for your home’s exterior, with tips, ideas, and sources.

Know Your Home: Farmhouse Exterior Ideas

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Adding some fresh color, with ways to use the colors of the year and the meaning behind them.

Color Love: Vibrant Yellow

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The things that made my life easier and more joyful this year. Treat yourself – you are worth it!

All The Things I Bought and Loved: 2020 Edition

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Learn all about Ranch House style with ideas, tips, and sources to modernize your home.

Know Your Home: Ranch House Style

image showing a white ranch house with blue windows with a curving sidewalk under a huge old oak tree with golden sunlight on the white rosebushes in front of the house
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Get that vacation style everyday with inspiration and sources for your beach house.

Style Study: Beach House Interiors

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One of my favorite colors, inspired by nature. Ways to add Sky Blue in your life.

Color Love: Sky Blue

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Simple ways to help others and how to stay at home without losing your mind.

The New Normal: How To Stay At Home

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Ways to spruce up your outdoor spaces, no matter how much room you have to work with.

Outdoor Decor: Balcony & Patio Ideas

image of a white mid century acupulco chair on a grey deck with a yellow pillow, a potted tree sits next to it
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Bespoke online design experiences customized to you and your home's unique needs.  Get answers to all your questions, see your home's potential and find the best sources!

Online Design Consultations

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The people you hire - and how you work with them - can make or break your project.  Get tips and tricks for finding a great team and the best ways to work with them to make your project a success.

How to Find and Work With Trades


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