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Author - Carmen Thomas

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Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

It’s September and not even officially Fall yet; the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays! All of your guests will soon be enjoying your home with you. If you’re planning on a larger project – such as painting, adding wallpaper, ordering custom drapes or custom furniture – these...

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Drapery Options For Your Home

When considering what drapery option is right for your home, you must first think about privacy, light control and appearance. Knowing how much light you want to let into the room and having an idea of your overall design for the space will make drapery decisions a breeze. Roman Shades were used in this room,...

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Countertops

Granite is not the only option for high-quality countertops anymore, there are so many beautiful, durable surfaces to choose from. We visited SCI Surface Center in Shawnee, KS to choose some of our favorite countertops. (www.sci-surfaces.com/) The countertop samplings by Ripple Glass of Kansas City are a fun local find.  (www.rippleglass.com/)...

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Cedar Creek Living Room Remodel

Adding glamour and solving design problems is what we do best. One of our recently completed living rooms had both in spades. Like many of our fabulous clients, we had worked with this family on a few other projects in their home. With the basement, kitchen and hearth room complete,...

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Small House, Big Look For The Living Room

Ever get stuck with what to do with a plain white room?  What about a living or family room?  This special home in Kansas City's Roeland Park area needed some attention to just that...a blank slate. The homeowners were short on ideas.  They wanted a comfy space with great seating,...

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

Each year at market, we get a first look at pieces for the season ahead. We love seeing reinvented classics and completely new ideas. After a few days of walking the floor, we get a clear idea of which trends are emerging for the new season and begin imagining how...

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Resolve to Live More Beautifully

You might think resolutions were made to be broken, but having a functional and beautiful space can help keep you on track long after January 1st. A gorgeous kitchen might inspire you to eat more meals in. Well-designed storage solutions help keep homes clean and organized, while comfortable bedding makes...

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Take Your Velvet from Shabby to Chic

Velvet adds a bit of luxury to any room. It has the unique ability to absorb light making spaces feel sumptuous and rich. Although we like to use velvet, it can become crushed or matted over time. This can happen when it has been pressed down repeatedly. Over the years,...

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One Easy Way to Warm Up Your Home

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star, discussing a fabulous home accessory – throws! We love adding one to the end of a bed, over the back of a couch or piled into a basket. Throws are a great way to add...

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Make Your Chandelier Sparkle in 10 Easy Steps

Every autumn, we roll up our sleeves and clean our chandeliers. Much like placing your diamonds in jewelry cleaner, cleaning your chandelier will add some sparkle to your home. We tackle this project in the fall to begin getting our house ready for holiday entertaining. When the weather turns cold, we...

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Soaring Spaces: Tips for Playing Up Vaulted Ceilings

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, we discuss some of the design challenges that come with vaulted ceilings. We have developed a few tricks over the years for making the most of this dramatic architectural feature. Here, we included some photos...