Solving an odd window height

I had a client come to me to help with the feel of their home.  They had been in the home for 10 years and still felt like it was missing something.  One of the things we talked about was new window treatments.  I noticed that the windows next to the sliding glass doors were placed very high compared to the door right next to it.  It caused your brain to not feel settled. By adding drapery and placing it strategically we were able to fix the problem,

Sliding Glass Door Blinds

So many people come to me about how to cover their sliding glass doors. They do not want to use what they think is the only option of vertical blinds. My solution is Panel Track Systems. They are amazing and look great in all rooms. They come in some many color options and functional options. Let me know if you would like more information.

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Carpet pricing

Lets take a look at how carpet is priced.  Helping some people with carpet for a home they just bought. I get so frustrated at companies like XXX Exchange, and big box stores pricing carpet by the sqft. You do not buy carpet by the sqft. They do not sell it by the sqft. They sell it by the sqyd. Why do they do this? So their prices sounds cheaper than when you call an honest carpet company supplier like my self. Who wouldn’t rather hear $2.99 vs $30.00. Do the math. Plus my $30.00 carpet comes with pad, installation and tear-out of old carpet. Does xxx Exchange price come with that? NO. So before you believe the prices listed on the signs, do you homework and make sure what they are telling you is comparing apples to apples.  I am just looking out for my clients.

Kitchen Redesign

These clients wanted to make some changes and updates to the kitchen.  The biggest change was raising the ceiling up.  This does not show in the pictures well, but it was raised up over 9″.  This caused us to have to look at the upper cabinets and what to do with the new space.  We went with new uppers, crown molding, new tile back splash and new granite counter tops.  We then added new lighting and new pulls updating the rest of the room.

Drapery changes the look of a room

Adding drapery can really change the look and feel of a room.  This room had high windows, vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan.  Everything everybody wants, but it can make it hard to decide on drapery.  Stationary panels are the way to go in this case.  These are custom made to fit the room exactly as we needed them to do.  Custom is the way to go in most cases and you would be surprised that it is not that much more.  The effect is worth it.

Before picture
Before picture
After picture
After picture


What is the Hardest color to select?

The answer to What is the Hardest color to select will surprise you.

Black, no

Blue, not the hardest, but difficult

Red, can be, but still not the hardest…

It is WHITE  – Below is 24 colors of white, when looked at by themselves, they look very white.  With this black background it is hard to see there is much difference between them.

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Now the same colors with a white background

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See the difference?  Why is that?  There really is not a true “white”color because white in the color spectrum is really the void of color.  So when you are talking about paint, there has to be some color in the paint itself.  The color of “white” you select will visually look different in a room depending on what else is going on in the room.  A wrong color of white can leave a room looking pink or green or any other underlying color that is in the paint.  So be careful selecting the “white” you use.  Better yet let me help you.

What does color mean in Design – Neutral colors

Neutral Colors


Neutral colors include Black, Brown, Grey, White, and variations of these colors.  Commonly used as background in Design.

Black -This color is the strongest of all the neutral colors.  It adds an edge to design, as well as a very elegant touch.  Depending on the colors you combine with it, It can be either conservative or modern, traditional or unconventional. Black can make it easier to convey a sense of sophistication and mystery in a design.

White – Works well with about any other color you put with it.  It gives a purity to your design.  In design, white is generally considered a neutral backdrop that lets other colors in a design have a larger voice. It can help to convey cleanliness and simplicity, and is popular in minimalist designs. White in designs can also portray either winter or summer, depending on the other design motifs and colors that surround it.

Grey – Gray is a neutral color, generally considered on the cool end of the color spectrum. It can sometimes be considered moody or depressing. Light grays can be used in place of white in some designs, and dark grays can be used in place of black.  Gray is generally conservative and formal, but can also be modern. It’s commonly used in corporate designs, where formality and professionalism are key. It can be a very sophisticated color. Pure grays are shades of black, though other grays may have blue or brown hues mixed in.

Beige or Tan – Beige can work in a very unique way.  It can take on warm or cool tones depending on the colors that are surrounding it.  It has the coolness of white and the warmth of brown.  In Design Beige is usually used as a background color.  It takes on the characteristics of colors around it, meaning it has little effect on the final impression a design gives when used with other colors.

Brown – Brown is usually associated with earth or wood.  It is a warm neutral.  In design, brown is commonly used as a background color. It helps bring a feeling of warmth and wholesomeness to designs. It’s sometimes used in its darkest forms as a replacement for black.

Cream or Ivory – These colors are very sophisticated colors, with some of the warmth of brown and a lot of the coolness of white.In design, ivory can lend a sense of elegance and calm to a site. When combined with earthy colors like peach or brown, it can take on an earthy quality. It can also be used to lighten darker colors, without the stark contrast of using white.

While the information contained here might seem just a bit overwhelming, color theory is as much about the feeling a particular shade evokes than anything else.  Using a me will help you achieve the look and feel you desire with color.  I look forward to working with you.

See also
What does color mean in Design – Warm colors
What does color mean in Design – Cool colors


What does color mean in Design – Cool colors

Cool Colors:


Cool colors include Green, Blue, and Purple.

Green – In Design, green is a down-to-earth color.  It can represent new beginnings and growth.  It can also represent renewal and abundance.  Green has many of the same calming attributes that blue does, but it also incorporates the energy of yellow.   In Design green is a very stable color, giving balance and harmony.  To add more energy in your design, use a brighter greens.  While olive greens are more representative of the natural world. Dark greens are the most stable and representative of affluence.

Blue – Light blues can be refreshing and friendly. Dark blues are more strong and reliable. In design, the shade of blue you select will have a huge impact on how your designs are perceived. Light blues are often relaxed and calming. Bright blues can be energizing and refreshing. Dark blues are excellent for corporate sites or designs where strength and reliability are important.

Purple – Has for years been associated with royalty.  It is made from both blue and red and takes on some of the attributes of both.  It is associated with creativity and imagination.  In Design light purples give a softer feel and are associated with spring and romance.  Dark purple gives a feeling of royalty and wealth.

See also
What does color mean in Design – Warm colors
What does color mean in Design – Neutral colors

Meaning of color in Design – Warm colors

Many people want to add color into their homes or business.  Color in Design is very subjective and personal.  People choice color based on many factors.  Some choice a color because it is their favorite color, always used that color, etc.  However in Design, color means different things.  Color has a physiological effect on people.  Here I am going to talk about some of that theory of color.

Warm Colors:

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Warm colors include Red, Orange and Yellow, and variations of these colors.

Red – Is a very powerful color when used in Design.  Especially when used in the purest form, you need to make sure you use it with caution, because it can be overpowering or overwhelming. Red can be very versatile, to add energy to the design you would use a  brighter version and to add a more powerful or elegant aspect in design you should use darker shades. Red is associated with importance, example is “walking the Red carpet”.

Orange – Demands attention without being as overpowering as Red when used in Design.  It is more inviting of a color verses the in your face color of Red.

Yellow – Is the brightest and most energizing of all the warm colors.  Yellow is associated with happiness and sunshine.  Using bright yellow invokes cheerfulness and using a softer yellow is commonly used for gender neutral design.  For example in a nursery.  Dark yellow or yellows with a gold-hue can be used as an antique or aged effect.

See also
What does color mean in Design – Cool colors
What does color mean in Design – Neutral colors

In Review:
Red – Strength, Power. Determination, Passion, Energetic
Pink – Soft, Romantic, Harmony, Nurturing
Burgundy – Expensive, Elegant
Beige or Tan – Neutral, Classic
Brown – Warmth,Wholesomeness, Secure, Durable
Purple – Royal, Creative, Imaginative, Wealth, Luxury
Lavender – Delicate, Feminine
Green – Soothing, Refreshing, Restful, Trustworthy
Yellow – Hope, Happiness, Calm, Friendly
Blue – Strength, Reliable, Trustworthy, Security
White – Clean, Simple, Innocent, Sterile
Orange – Energetic, Change, Movement, Modern, Fun
Grey – Conservative, Timeless, Formal, Soothing, Sophisticated
Black – Bold, Classic, Elegance, Formal