Design & Travel Tips

Interior Design

Thank you for visiting! After successfully designing my personal spaces and helping friends and family for over 20 years, I decided to share my wealth of knowledge with YOU! If you find my site helpful and engaging, please let me know, and I would love it if you like my post and share it with your friends and family.

Design Inspiration and Tips

You’ll find over 50 posts full of helpful content about interiors, gardens and adventure travel. My site provides lots of inspiration and actionable tips that will help you transform your home. In addition to interior design tips, you’ll learn how we successfully designed and built two home additions and a new kitchen in the Coastal Cottage.

My current project is 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 ( allows her to design functional and beautiful spaces. My husband, Jim provides research-based tips for smart design, construction, and plumbing. Here’s what you will find on this 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.
  • Want a personalized design just for your space? Visit Design Deals at

Garden Design

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.

Our Seville Garden

A Garden Should Welcome a Soul – Majestic Meadows

Coastal Modern Garden

Travel Tips

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. We’re heading back to NW Montana this July, so be sure to subscribe to ensure you don’t miss our next adventure on the trails!

We visited this beautiful park during our visit to Switzerland.

Home Exchange to Switzerland – Majestic Meadows

Subscribe below for additional ideas for your home and garden, as well as future travel plans.

Coastal Modern Garden

Jim and I have transformed garden spaces before, including a much larger garden than the Coastal Modern home. We wanted to wait until the inside of the home was complete before we dug into the garden, plus winter is definitely the time to be outside in South Florida. As you can see from the picture… Continue reading Coastal Modern Garden

Finishing Touches

There are a lot of special touches in the Coastal Modern remodel, including a new front door, a fireplace update, artwork, and lots of plants. Entry The damaged front door was replaced with a fiberglass, hurricane rated door. The door hardware was also replaced with a medium-priced option from the Home Depot. Finally, I provided… Continue reading Finishing Touches


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About Me

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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That bathroom tile is the bomb! Where did you find it?

Georgette W

I can’t wait to see the final reveal on the Coastal Modern kitchen! I love the white colored tile and countertops in that post. Where did you get the tile?

Lee W

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