Category Archives: Color inspiration: home and nature

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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A minimalist’s holiday decorations

I know some of you get your kicks from decorating every nook and cranny of your homes with Christmas decorations: you have every kind of Santa; you have nativity scenes and train sets wending thru winter wonderlands; your roof is … 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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This is “my” house

Are things or people or pets really ours to “own?” In the grand scheme of things, the answer is no. A shift in language helps loosen the grip of our possessive tendencies. 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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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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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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Does your décor shout “LOOK AT ME!”

Who’s the boss here– the wild colors or you? Continue reading

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The best value home pick-me-up? Designers agree…

Eight Portland designers agree that fresh paint provides the best bang for your buck to spruce up your living room. Continue reading

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