Switzerland’s unique modern architecture really wows!

You never know where you are going to find architectural details that really wow you.


Recently while I was on vacation with my family in Italy we traveled into Lugano, Switzerland to visit some friends.  Lugano is 30 miles from the Italian border and just 30 minutes away from Lake Como (where George Clooney has a home). Sadly, we didn’t see George, but I did see some things that were surprising.  After spending just a few minutes in our friend’s modern four level condo I was struck by how different it was from American architecture, not only in the details but in methods of construction as well. (more…)

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Ten Questions To Consider When Selecting Window Treatments

A guide to choosing the right window treatments.

Now that you have a better understanding of the difference between valances, swags, and panels we’d like to talk about how to determine which window treatment will work best.   When we work with clients to design window treatments there is a series of questions that we consider before making a recommendation. (more…)

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Dress Up Your Windows

A Guide to Window Treatment Styles.

Window treatments are an integral part of a room’s overall design scheme.  When you are redecorating, they should be considered in concert with your furnishings, flooring, accessories, and artwork.   But to be perfectly honest, we find that window treatments are the commonly the last thing on the list.  We certainly understand how that can happen; there are so many options in type and style that it can be overwhelming!   So we’re dedicating this blog to explaining the different types of window treatments that are available.  The list below will help you in understanding the lingo and descriptions decorators use and you read about in magazines. (more…)

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The Art of Mixing Patterns

Seven Tips For Mixing Patterns in Your Home Decor

Mixing patterns in your decor can be as scary as mixing the patterns of your outfit.  You’re either a master at it or completely terrified to try!  When getting dressed you have a whole closet full of items to experiment with until you find something that works.  When it comes to decorating you have to be more deliberate in your selections and consider each investment carefully.  Pattern mixing is definitely a popular trend and it can be a lot of fun and look great when you get it right. (more…)

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Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space

It’s the season to be outdoors and enjoy the warm weather and cool summer nights (well, the ‘cool’ may be wishful thinking lately).  This past winter, probably around the polar vortex days, I remember longingly thinking ahead to spring and summer days when I would be able to sit outside and eat dinner on my small front porch.  In her book The Not So Big House, Sarah Susanka discusses having a function for every square foot of your house.  We believe your outdoor living spaces can serve just as great a purpose as the indoor spaces. Why not make the most of your decks, patios and porches with some great outdoor furniture and accessories? (more…)

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The New Decor & You Magazine is Online

Read the latest issue of Decor & You Magazine!

The new Spring issue of Decor & You Magazine is now online.  And we are excited to announce that our own Janet Aurora is featured in the Design Diary section on page 38.  Read her tips on creating  functional and inviting family spaces and see photos of her own home.  The magazine is packed with great information and inspiration including a lighting guide, decorating with purple, and tips for creating your own outdoor retreat.

You can read the Spring issue of Decor & You Magazine here.


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