Tiny Tot Thursday: striped walls and ceilings

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I really like the school desks painted in a hip and modern way. Fun pattern and colors will keep children engaged in homework and learning…

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A cute tween room with a grown up feel. Using adult headboards and lighting will make it easier to transition as she grows older. It’ll also prove cheaper for the parent as they won’t have to buy new furniture every few years….
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I like the way the circus canopy striped ceiling….
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Monday Morning Inspiration 3.24.14 if you let people break your spirit…

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I had a completely different route I was going to take for today’s quotes until Mr. Monday Nights (actor/model Harold House Moore from vh1′s Single Ladies) posted this on his instagram this morning. It needed to be reposted. Hope this and the latter quotes gives you the needed motivation to continue your dreams.

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I incorporated some pretty curb appeal with the added thought of, when one door closes…..another will open.

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Design Inquiries: winning the purple bedroom battle with your husband…

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I received an email from a woman who really wanted a purple and gray bedroom but had difficulty convincing her husband of the color scheme. Here are my ideas on winning this battle. First, when people hear purple they think Barney or lavendar and other really girly tones. However any trip to a local hardware store will show you the many ranges purple has. Look at the paint swatches and decide from there. They aren’t there to only help with paint selections as you can use the swatches to pick the overall color scheme of the room…

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Q&A with Ace Hardware’s design expert Katie Reynolds + info on local MKE events

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I noticed in your portfolio that you often paint accent walls. This is something I also do with clients and in my own home. However some designers feel you should paint a room in it’s entirety.  What are your thoughts? 

Accent walls are a great way to bring in an accent color without overpowering a space.  It is also a nice way to tie in a color palette between rooms.

How do you get a client to overcome any apprehensions on using bold colors in their homes?  

I like to show my clients a design concept as a whole at the beginning of the project so they can see the big picture.  This helps sell them on the use of bold colors or patterns.  Having a strong design vision is important in feeling confident about bold choices.  Even if you are not a professional you can use a picture that you love and follow that as a guide.  

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I loved the baby rooms you designed. Is there any color combination you’re itching to do for a kid’s space?  

I love coral and aqua together with a touch of charcoal. It sounds risky but when used in the right way it would be amazing.

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Tuesday’s Tips: paint these unexpected household items to liven the space

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While going through Pinterest I noticed trend on my DIY board. There are so many things you can paint around the home…some unexpected to spruce up things up and add color. I especially dig Ikea’s gold leaf transformation of a basic chair. Check out my Pinterest to go to the sites of the projects.