Archive for the ‘Make Your House a Home’ Category

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas! I love working and interacting with each of you and wish you much joy. I am still finishing up a few interior details of DuMc Place and then will have it photographed. Until then, here are a few festive shots.
front door red balls
formal front with nutcrackersfront room tree
kitchen noel and pineconetv room treebalcony blow-ups

Christmas Cheer

December 12th, 2015

My studio is ready for Christmas!  Nothing puts me more in the mood for Christmas than Christmas decorations!

Candy CaneIMG_7314IMG_7312IMG_7290IMG_7305IMG_7299IMG_7300IMG_7307IMG_7306IMG_7287

The hallway with holly is hung;
The carols by choruses sung.
The tree is alight
To brighten the night
As the church bells are joyfully rung

Bring your vacation home with you!

Some of your best memories are made while on vacation.  Remembering and reflecting on those relaxed moments with your senses awakened to the new surroundings can lighten your mood.  I often bring back art work from my travels and favorite places.  I love having these nostalgic pieces in my daily life.

I had this piece made from a photo a took while in California. I had this piece made from a photo I took while traveling in California.

 Studio Interior 2013 (5)  DSC_1958Studio Interior 2013 (1)  Fisher Residence St. George (64)     These are a few more items that I have picked up in my travels that remind me of California and how happy I feel on the beach.

RGM 169 This piece was done by a Brazilian artist of a beautiful Brazil landscape.

Studio Pics (25)  Studio Interior 2013 (3)  These are a couple of great pieces I have brought back with me from Brazil over the years.  I’ve been so lucky to travel in Brazil.  It is truly one of my favorite places.

Accent tiles can add a lot of charm and individuality to a home.  I like to pick tiles that not only fit in the space but also speak to me.  I like to collect tiles while I travel or even have them custom screen printed.   Here are some pictures of unique accent tile applications.

Custom Tiles

Custom screen printed tiles of children’s art work

This is a great collage of kitchen accent tiles

A collage of kitchen accent tiles

Ellis Accent Tile in wood floor

Accent tile set in wood floor

Potting Room Accent Tile

Accent tile set in laminate

Accent tiles in shower niche

Accent tiles in shower niche

Custom Screen Printed Tiles

Custom screen printed tiles of columns

Accent tile in cement fireplace sourond

 Accent tile in a cement fireplace surround

Accent Tile in Sheetrock

Accent tiles in a stone fireplace surround

Accent tile placed to the side of the bathroom vanity

If your looking for a new flooring solution, try layering rugs.  Pairing and arranging rugs offers a lot of versatility to your design.  I often start with a larger neutral rug such as a sisal and then add rugs with color and patterns on top.  With your  larger rug being a bit more economical it may allow you  to spend more on a smaller high quality rug to place on top.  Great texture and depth may be created with multiple rugs.  Try mixing patterns or placing them on interesting angles.

Master Bedroom layered rug 485Casita layered rug 585Living Room layered rug la camilleGirl's bedroom layered rug la camilleLoft office layered rug la camillegreat room layered rug lusk

Roof Vents, Chimney Caps, Cupolas, Weathervanes and Spires!

Roof details are commonly overlooked although they can have a great impact.  Here are a few of my favorite roof details from through the years.

whale westhervaneCupola and weathervane  babesball player weathervaneBird weathervane, cupola and aluminum roof ventRoof vent in aluminumChimney CapChimney Vent  Rounded Chimney CapRoof vents and chimney detailDecorative roof spierMetail spierCustom metal roof spier

Accessorize the Exterior of Your Home

Here are some high impact accessory ideas!

1. Exterior shutters add color, texture and personality.

Brown shuttes with pinapple cut-out mounted at an angleGreen shutters with watering pot cupt-out mounted away from houseBrown shutters on white stone with cast iron hardware

2. The antiquity of gas lanterns gives richness and warmth to your entrance.

gas lanterns on either side of French doorscottage door with gas lantern

3. Potshelves can come in so many different, shapes, sizes and colors.  Although it may be difficult to get the right design and proportions for your home, when done well they look great!

DuPaix dark blue potshelfWirght dark blue potshelfOlsen tan pot shelfElkins clean line pot shelf


Framed Family Recipes

One of my prized possessions are my framed family recipes.  I have collected recipes from my grandmother and mother that I remember them cooking.   The recipes cards are are in their handwriting, and even have stains from years of use on them.  I like them in this real raw form.  It shows a passage of time and that they were really used.  Having these framed in my kitchen brings back great memories of eating these foods with the precious people who made them.  In this picture you can see how I have these recipes displayed on a shelf in my kitchen.

Framed Family Recipes

Famed Family Recipes

With mother’s day just around the corner framing a recipe of her mother’s would be a great present; sentimental and from the heart.