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DINING ROOMS OR NOT FOR THE WAY WE LIVE TODAY?

DINING ROOMS OR NOT FOR THE WAY WE LIVE TODAY?

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to host a dinner in our home or attend a dinner at someone else’s home. It doesn’t have to be a formal or fancy affair. However, I believe that the intimacy of sharing a meal in our homes simply cannot be duplicated to sharing a meal in a restaurant.  The question that remains to be answered for homeowners today is asking if the dining room...

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STEADY WEIGHT? BIG CHALLENGE!

STEADY WEIGHT? BIG CHALLENGE!

Why am I smiling in this photo? It’s due to the fact that I am at  my target weight. Is it easy? No, but it is absolutely doable at any age or stage? Please read on to see how.  First off, why wait to start implementing your own plan to reach your ideal healthy weight? It is definitely not too late in 2020 to start a fresh or to refresh your eating lifestyle towards a healthier you....

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DESIGNING YOUR PERSONAL WELLNESS TO AGE GRACEFULLY

DESIGNING YOUR PERSONAL WELLNESS TO AGE GRACEFULLY

WHY NOW? With that darn virus hanging on as the flu and cold season approach, now is perfect timing to evaluate what and how we improve our personal defense to maintain our wellness in the months ahead. Please read on  OUR CHALLENGE Yes, constantly we are told to wear masks, wash hands often, get a flu shot,  be aware of social distancing, and etc as part of our routines today....

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7  WAYS TO ADD MORE HEART TO KITCHEN HEARTH / EATING AREAS

7 WAYS TO ADD MORE HEART TO KITCHEN HEARTH / EATING AREAS

This is truly where our creative juices can make the profound difference in our most used spaces...our kitchens….and it doesn’t have to break the budget! Is your kitchen a nurturing space for you or for others? Our latest, best nest, downsized home’s kitchen before photos shows how seriously void of any cheerful, nurturing, or meaningful  elements were added. Even in a what is...

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How To Remodel Kitchens on a Budget

How To Remodel Kitchens on a Budget

Being our last best nest, tearing out the kitchen for a total redo was not happening! To see what we spent our remodeling dollars on to upgrade our beloved smaller downsized home, read on: In my design career, I could show you dozens of upscale kitchens that I have designed with top of the line appliances, counters, hardware, faucets, pot fillers, and on and on…..actually, just exactly like our...

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Can you count the elements in this living room to make it truly a room to live in?

Can you count the elements in this living room to make it truly a room to live in?

This blog post will show you the essential elements of my former living room that I can honestly say was used and loved by many, many family and friends. Read on to see why. 1. Open space dilemmas There are a  myriad of challenges that open floor plans present. Top of my design goals are always to design for cozy intimacy spaces. Sadly however, I observe that this often a missed and...

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Can Two Chairs Change Your Life?

Can Two Chairs Change Your Life?

Why it is not about these rocking chairs?!   I had been on the lookout for rocking chairs for our downsized home’s small front porch for quite awhile.  There was a 42” wide glider on the porch  that came with us from Wichita, Ks which  looked good, but definitely was not comfortable!  Thus, we never really took advantage of our cool, shaded, and  beautiful mornings...

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A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

This is how we learned a fact that literally saved my husband’s life.  Since WELLNESS in HOME and LIFE has been my platform for over 15 years, I am led now to share with you all, a post on an exceptionally unknown fact that could indeed save your life! Additionally, May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month. There is no better time to inform you of what very few people have ever...

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MY NUMBER 1, NON-NEGOTIABLE BUT OFTEN CONTROVERSIAL KITCHEN DESIGN GOAL

MY NUMBER 1, NON-NEGOTIABLE BUT OFTEN CONTROVERSIAL KITCHEN DESIGN GOAL

Sometimes I think my “handle” should be space doctor.  I just cannot help myself, really I can’t. In kitchens with an island, my eye automatically zooms to see if it has an appliance as a sink or a cooking range installed in it? To my amazement, regardless of the size of a kitchen or even if it is very high end (expensive) in most kitchen, islands do have an appliance of either a range top...

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WHY WOULD I COVER THIS VIEW?

WHY WOULD I COVER THIS VIEW?

We absolutely fell in love with our stunning living room windows from day one. However, as an interior designer, I also pondered how can I treat these windows to protect against sun fading plus save energy costs? Here's what I did. As you can see by the boxes by the stairs, even before unpacking, my designer mind went tilt tilt on how to treat these windows. After months of consternation,...

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