Category Archives: Before and After: Homes and Workspaces

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Place art outside your window to expand a joyful space

Don’t you want to see something beautiful outside your window during the dreary months of the year? A fused glass trellis blooms year round. Continue reading

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Repurposed rooms + paint makeover = joyful space

Formula for a low-cost makeover: creative rethinking of space needs minus extraneous furnishings plus carefully chosen paint palette = transformation! Another joyful space. Continue reading

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Transform your stairs with paint

Fresh colors and a simple mural transform steep stairs from funky to fun. Continue reading

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Your Home Office: Supporter or Saboteur?

Learn to create a home office that supports your work with my “Six Secrets of a Successful Space” class Wed., Sept. 14, 12-1 at SOHO Marketing in Vancouver. Continue reading

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Color consultant consults herself about color

The walls in my dining area have been through many changes in the 16 months I’ve lived in this house. I think I’ve finally nailed it. Here’s where we started – the stager had painted the main room a light … Continue reading

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Living large in 258 sq. ft

Christian Schallert has transformed a 258 sq ft derelict walkup into an urban nest that lacks nothing. Continue reading

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211Info: color transforms an empty warehouse

Recently I helped a terrific community service agency, 211Info, transform what had been an empty warehouse into a cheerful yet soothing new home for their hard-working call and resource center staff. Here’s the story… Continue reading

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How to improve the curb appeal of your business

The simple addition of a few bold and well-tended potted plants transforms the entry of an office near Pearson Airpark in Vancouver WA. The awning makes the door seem bigger and it protects visitors from the elements. Clearly visible street … Continue reading

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Wabi sabi: reframing imperfection

Very roughly translated, the Japanese terms “wabi” and “sabi” together mean the beauty of the imperfect, the unpolished, the rustic – a natural state that takes into consideration the effects of time’s passage on everything. In my work (and personal … Continue reading

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More bachelor pad color

A couple of months ago I posted some pictures from the early stages of using colorful paint to transform the kitchen in a Los Angeles bachelor pad. Here are the before and after shots of the kitchen area – including … Continue reading

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