Design & Travel Tips

Interior Design

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 ( 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.

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 ā€“ Majestic Meadows

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 visited this beautiful park during our visit to Switzerland.

Home Exchange to Switzerland ā€“ Majestic Meadows

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

Coastal Modern Kitchen Reveal

This Coastal Modern kitchen was designed to look fabulous and function perfectly for this beach side townhouse. The clients, a married husband and wife with no children preferred a modern, minimalist look, which I warmed up with wood finishes, marble backsplash and unique decor. Cabinets The Italian Flat panel cabinetry in glossy, white reflect light,… Continue reading Coastal Modern Kitchen Reveal

Trend or Not to Trend

Trend If you have fallen in love with the latest trend, I recommend swapping out inexpensive items, like decor and accent pillows. For example, add pops of gold and green, as well as natural fibers to your spaces. Warm, calming spaces like the one pictured above are trending right now. Here are some others that… Continue reading Trend or Not to Trend

Make Yourself at Home

To make your spaces more interesting and inviting, follow these tips to add a designer’s touch to your home. In this post, Allison shares tried and true strategies that will help you pull together your space, create beautiful still-life groupings, properly hang artwork and tricks for small or large spaces. Finishing Touches To help you… Continue reading Make Yourself at Home

Food & Fun

In today’s post, Allison shares tasty tips for creating a dream kitchen. Take inspiration from the existing interior spaces. Also consider functional details, such as lighting, appliances, and proven kitchen guidelines from NKAB, the National Kitchen & Bath experts. Mood The Coastal Modern design continues in the kitchen, with sleek flat panel doors and a… Continue reading Food & Fun


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About Me

Hi, Iā€™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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