Category Archives: Before and After: Homes and Workspaces

Problems and solutions

Fresh paint brings home into 21st century

Colorful homes are my signature. But sometimes it’s just too much, as in this case of my client Leslie’s home in Bend. Time for a change! The first thing you noticed was how dark the house felt, despite the high … Continue reading

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Portland Craftsman before and after

Inexpensive makeover for a Portland Craftsman, mostly done with paint and rearrangement of furnishings, creates a warm welcome. Continue reading

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Throw a “come and get it” party! Offloading for charity

How do you make disposing of your treasures easy and fun, while also benefiting  a favorite charity? When I was preparing to downsize to a smaller home, I sold what I could on Craigslist, but still had way too much stuff that … Continue reading

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French kitchen color makeover

Colorful makeover of a French kitchen. A wonderful backdrop for food fun. Continue reading

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A Down-Sizer’s Blessing

Down-sizing necessitates a great deal of reflection about what is and isn’t important, and about what our Stuff means in the grand scheme of things. Here’s a blessing for the process. Continue reading

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French chef + handy husband = Amazing Kitchen

We dined the other night at the home of Hervé and Chantal, a retired couple who live in Besançon, France. Chantal is a wonderful cook, and her husband likes to build beautiful things. Their kitchen was typical 1980s ugly, of … Continue reading

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How to personalize your chateau with paint

Chateau Lalande, now Le Stelsia, is the most colorful chateau in France. It is bright, bold, brave and fabulous. Let it inspire you to be bolder too. Continue reading

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Cheery paint colors perk up an exterior

Before and After: From a boring beige exterior that looks like everyone else’s home in the development, to a much more cheery interesting palette, but still acceptable to the HOA. Continue reading

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Proportion matters!

Proportion matters in how graceful a building is and how comfortable the space. Look at these examples and then look around you with fresh eyes to appreciate proportion. Continue reading

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Transforming an empty white loft apartment

Me, the color queen… and I find myself renting a stark white loft apartment in a converted turn-of-the-century warehouse in NW Portland’s Pearl District. Time for another makeover – my first in a home I do not own. Most tenants and … Continue reading

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