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Creating Outdoor Spaces

The space outside your home is becoming just as important as the living areas inside. We are designing more outdoor kitchens and living/play areas than ever before. We thought it would be great to share some of the concepts we work with every day when designing an...

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Gotta Have It: the Essentials of Entertaining

I recently did a presentation of how to set up a buffet for the ladies of Firethorn in Lincoln. I decided to buy some items to carry in the stores that you can grab and make a huge difference in your presentation. This week’s blog will be showing you those items and...

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Keep moving or you’ll get painted!

Doug used to say to people in our first home………… “keep moving, people, or you’ll get painted”.  I admit, I painted a lot of stuff.  I got bored and painted my French doors blue, my kitchen cabinets dark green and my wood floor checkered.  Not to mention all the...

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How to do a collage of wall art

When we head to market, we order a lot (I mean a lot!) of art.  I have to be able to display it all in the showrooms so we collage.  This is also a great way to create interest on your personal walls.  The following rules are mine.  A lot of people have many different...

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How to do your spring pots

Most people are elated when warmer temps show up. Me? Not so much. I mean I like spring, but I like winter better - I hate hot weather! One of the perks however are my pots. I love being able to step out my back door and snatch some fresh rosemary or see ivy getting...

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What does it mean to go to Market?

We will say to our clients “we’re headed to market”, but do you know what that means?  Market is where all of our vendors introduce their new products and where our industry goes to find things for their clients and their storefronts.  So, the way this happens is like...

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How to Mix Styles

When Doug retired, he decided to try his hand at cooking dinner for us.  This is how we roll now…I do the meal planning and grocery list and he goes to the store (gross, is there anything worse than going to the grocery store?).  When I cooked, I glanced at a recipe...

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Feel Your Style

When I am training a new designer or working with the staff, I often tell them…when a client is struggling with telling us what they want…go straight to emotion.  When you use descriptive words, you can almost always pinpoint what people want.  My clients know that I...

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Do you know what we do? I mean REALLY know?

If I hear, “I didn’t know you did that or we would have used you!” one more time, I am going to lose it! Maybe it’s my fault, yes, I said it - I take responsibility and am owning the fact that it is my company and perhaps I’m not doing a good job of educating everyone...

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