You will find lots of inspiration and helpful tips throughout this site. Learn how we successfully designed and built two home additions and a new kitchen in the Coastal Cottage. We sold that home and are grateful for the price we received.
We are currently turning an Ocean Dunes Fixer into a Coastal Modern retreat. Allison’s Interior Design experience and training from Online Design Courses | New York Institute of Art & Design (nyiad.edu) allows her to design functional and beautiful spaces. Jim provides research based tips for smart design, construction, and plumbing. Here’s what you will find on my site:
- Learn how to identify your style and successfully implement it into your home.
- Learn design fundamentals, including mood, scale, color, finishing touches, and much more.
- Learn basic construction techniques, including how to hire a contractor, as well as plumbing, tiling, flooring, lighting, and more.
- Learn how to design a successful kitchen using NKAB guidelines in the Dream Kitchen and Food and Fun blog posts.
Learn how to create your own garden paradise, whether it’s in the tropics or Rocky Mountains. Find plant options and design ideas for hands-on or off gardeners in zones 4 to 10. As experienced gardeners, we recommend hardy, native plants, which also brings pollinators and beauty to the garden.
I fell in love with the sea as a child and we are lucky to enjoy seaside walks, sunrises, and ocean dips to cool off as often as we wish. We live in paradise, so when we travel we head to the mountains. Check my site to learn about the time spent in our national, state, and local parks. Learn how to exchange your home in my post about our home exchange with a family from Switzerland.
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Hi, I’m Allison. I spent 3o years in banking, investment, and wealth planning before retiring. I now spend time with my husband Jim, who also likes to travel to wild places. This blog shares some of those places, as well as tips for designing spaces inside and outside of your home! The last link below is for my Houzz Idea Book.
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