renovation

A Cool Breeze is Nice, Hurricane Force Winds, Not So Much

Everyone loves a cool breeze on a warm summer day, but in South Florida, summer is also hurricane season, which starts June 1st and runs through November 30th. Jim and I are extremely grateful that we have been spared any serious hurricane damage over the past twenty years. The dangers, including loss of life and… Continue reading A Cool Breeze is Nice, Hurricane Force Winds, Not So Much

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Cool vibes with warm muffins

Our Ocean Dunes Fixer is perched up on a rise giving it a treehouse feeling when you enter. The back screened patio is raised a bit with steps down to a small garden. It has a lot of cool features that make the place special. For example, the location close to the beach, a lofted… Continue reading Cool vibes with warm muffins

Architecture, Gardening in the tropics, Interior Design

Happy House

It is official, we have sold our happy house in South Florida. We are delighted that a family with small kids will be making it their own. In this post, I am going to share pictures, memories, and a few design tips. Location, location, location! Jim and I purchased this property, which was a 900… Continue reading Happy House

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The best journeys often lead to unexpected paths.

We loved our house and did not expect to sell until we were ready to move to Montana, but this crazy hot real estate market changed our minds. Taking advantage of the spike in real estate value, meant we could own a mortgage-free home earlier than expected. Our record selling price was due to many… Continue reading The best journeys often lead to unexpected paths.

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

Something is Missing – Accessories!

A common question posed on social media Interior Design groups involves the finishing touches in home interior spaces. The group members have found the perfect paint color, sofa, table, and rug, but “something is missing.” Those missing elements are usually accessories. Accessories add personality, warmth, and that special touch that a well-designed room requires for… Continue reading Something is Missing – Accessories!

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

Sunlight Makes for a Happier Home

Science has proven that natural light improves your mood! We are working on a new design and wanted to share our progress. As you can see below, we moved the built-in bench to the fireplace wall. In addition, we have changed the floor plan by moving the dining room to the South facing wall next… Continue reading Sunlight Makes for a Happier Home

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Great Tips for a Beautiful and Tidy Bathroom

I love our house and garden, especially when it looks tidy. It might not be perfectly clean, but it looks pretty darn good. I wanted to share five smart and attractive ways to always have a beautiful bathroom. Tidy Tips Buy towels with colors and/or patterns on both sides. That way no matter how your… Continue reading Great Tips for a Beautiful and Tidy Bathroom

Architecture, Interior Design, Kitchen Layout, New Home Build

Dream Kitchen Layout

Our kitchen is open to the dining and living areas, so we want it to look fantastic! Everyone dreams of a beautiful kitchen, but more importantly we all want our kitchens to function in a way that makes cooking and clean-up enjoyable and easy. My husband Jim and I have designed our Mountain Modern kitchen… Continue reading Dream Kitchen Layout

Architecture, Interior Design, New Home Build

Inspiration for our Mountain Modern Design

I find websites like Pinterest and Houzz provide wonderful inspiration ideas for our Northwest Montana home. The two-story ceiling in the living and dining will make for a dramatic Swan Range mountain view. The fireplace and TV wall, as well as the window seat will make the living spaces cozy. Our design calls for a… Continue reading Inspiration for our Mountain Modern Design

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A Bump in the Road Makes the Design Better

Our Montana Mountain Modern Design On our last visit to Montana, we realized that the house would need a second story to fit on our preferred build site. Our home plans have changed many times, including nixing a basement and most recently, a single-story design. I love my hubby, so spending time together, talking about… Continue reading A Bump in the Road Makes the Design Better