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The Vanguard Designer Showhouse 2017 ...

The Vanguard Designer Showhouse 2017 is OPEN!

There have been crickets heard here recently because just a few weeks ago, in mid April, I was invited to take part in the Vanguard Design Showhouse as the designer of a nursery!  Knowing this was a real honor, I happily accepted the invitation, cleared my schedule and immediately got to work designing the room. […]

Cringe-Worthy

Cringe-Worthy

Warning: the following images might burn your retinas. These pictures are cautionary tales about how ordinary rooms can become extraordinary–and not in a good way. Have you seen any terrible designs lately? If so, please share–I love a good laugh! And if you are guilty of any of the above sins, please call Stephanie right […]

Stalker

Stalker

My name is Emily and I am a stalker. Before you judge me too harshly, though, I don’t stalk my ex’s or high school bullies or anything–I stalk what I term the houses that might have been. Anyone who has ever searched for a home knows exactly what I am talking about–that home that just […]

Ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-changes

Homes evolve–they have to. In order to meet the needs of the family, adapt to the surrounding area and reflect (to some extent) modern design sensibilities, people renovate their homes, for better or worse. Cote de Texas did a fascinating post (Before & After & After) following one such home in Houston, Texas, at sale […]

Got $725M to Spare?

Got $725M to Spare?

The famed Waggoner Ranch in Texas just sold, after a listing with an asking price of $725 million–the final sale price is unknown, but it was bought by billionaire (naturally) Stan Kroenke. As an aside, you would think such a well known and rich estate could afford a decent website designer, but I digress. This […]

Home Obsession: The Original Life Dre...

Home Obsession: The Original Life Dream House

From 1994-1999, Life Magazine challenged famous architects to develop plans for a “Dream House” for the average American family. The magazine asked for a roughly 2,000 sq. ft., four bedroom house for a family of four which cost an average of $200,000 to build. Plans would then be sold to people who wanted to build […]

Beyond the Basics: Hobbit Houses

I was never a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien (I did read The Hobbit when I was about 12 but never got through the trilogy, much to my dad’s dismay), but I LOVED the world Peter Jackson created for the Lord of the Ring movies. So when I saw this house featured on a different […]

What’s the Matter with Neutral?

What’s the Matter with Neutral?

I have a mild obsession with combing over real estate listings. I can’t help it, it’s like a disease. And I have to say, sometimes these listings make me cringe. I especially dislike the ones where they pick a bold, clashing color for every room. It’s enough to make my eyeballs bleed. This listing attracted […]