Creating a Central Work Station

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Last Sunday, my monthly column for the Kitsap Sun was about how I created an office workstation in my dining room. After months of dealing with piles and clutter and facing the fact that my basement office nook was not useful to me, I finally took stock of my needs and made a spot to work right in the middle of the action! Subscribers can read how here, but for those of you don’t- some photos of what I did to make it happen!

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Front Porch Living Room

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My July feature for the Kitsap Sun details the process Kim and I used to transform her non-descript front porch into a beautiful outdoor living space. First we created a floor plan and color palette after discussing her needs and wants. Then we found inspiration on Pinterest and came up with four DIY projects that would add personality on a budget. After Kim went shopping and completed her projects, we pulled it all together in a most satisfactory way!

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Fresh Flowering Pots Say “Welcome”

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My Sunday column for the Kitsap Sun this month is all about potting up some pretty flowers to make a welcoming impression on your front porch or patio. I hope it inspires you to freshen up your containers and add some color!

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Style Your Bookcases for Spring

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IMG_1930With all of this spring sunshine, don’t forget that your interior space needs a refresh for the season too! This month in my column for the Kitsap Sun, I walk you through how to style your bookcases so they’ll feel organized and look pretty.

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Beachy Kitchen Design Board

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Some days I wish I was a California girl. I may never be, but I’m not above day-dreaming about living with my family in a sweet little beach bungalow, where most of the walls are those accordion doors that stay open all day, and sunlight fills my cozy eat-in kitchen.

The reality is I do live near the water, there is a private marina at the end of my street! While it’s not exactly the beach, I could still channel that coastal vibe and transform my kitchen into a vintage inspired, relaxed space to cook, eat and celebrate. The centerpiece of this look is the retro looking fridge by Big Chill. I just love how friendly and old-fashioned it is, with it’s curved edges and horizontal handles.

Here are a few of the elements I would want to see every morning in my cheery, and beachy but all-blue kitchen:

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  1. Shiny chrome finish knobs to pick up the abundant natural light. Knobs from the Chareau Collection on PullsDirect.
  2. Floor length curtains for softness and pattern.  Aubusson fabric in Aegean by Richloom on Fabric.com.
  3. This fridge is the cornerstone for the design. Big Chill Original Size Fridge in Beach Blue. (Of course!)
  4. The light fixture is a reflective focal point, but it doesn’t detract from the laid-back beach cottage vibe. Possini Euro Pendant Lamp from LampsPlus.
  5. The rug is in keeping with the serene color scheme, and provides a subtle pattern. Tia Mark Making rug from Urban Outfitters.
  6. A timeless chair in a modern color. Boothbay Chair in Porch by Maine Cottage.
  7. A gallery wall of beach photography, just in case I don’t make it down to the water each day. This photo is by HazyTone on Etsy.
  8. This round and rustic pine table adds a warmth. Phill Table on Wayfair.

 

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