Wednesday, February 10, 2016


I am headed home after a successful and truly enjoyable week in Salt Lake City.  I got a lot of work done, including shopping for antiques laden with character, fabulous fabrics, unique accessories, and even some very mod wallpapers.

I was able to coordinate a photo shoot for one of my recently completed projects, and met with some manufacturers and upholsterers.

I was also honored with an invitation to speak about interior design branding for the International Interior Design Association.

Oh, and met with some clients too!

I even managed to miss any active snowfall and just got to enjoy looking at it perfectly blanketing the mountains.

Now it is back to Des Moines and whatever winter weather may await...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I am very excited to show off my latest completed project with Tall Pines Construction.  I was lucky enough to be able to work with the amazing owners of this property selecting all the interior hard finishes, lighting and plumbing, as well as all furniture, bedding and accessories.

The clients wanted something different from the standard mountain or mountain modern look that has become so prevalent in and around Park City.  As we developed the look, a clean, refined farmhouse look emerged, and we ran with it.  And it just worked.  The field and mountains surrounding the home set off the style perfectly.

It is always so rewarding to be involved in every aspect of a project, and also to see such a great finished product executed by an excellent, professional team of builders and craftsmen.

So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


A quick work trip to Manhattan always breaths some new life into me, especially when it is a balmy 50 degrees on February 1st.

Friday, January 22, 2016


I was tickled to get these photos from my client of her recently completed home office and to see everyone in the family is enjoying the new furniture!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I am very excited to share my latest completed furniture restoration project, in particular because I worked with an amazing upholsterer who documents all stages of restoration offering a rarely seen view into this little-acknowledged art.

This wonderful sofa had great bones and great sentimental value for my clients who live just outside Kansas City.  They very much wanted to keep the piece, but were unsure of how to use it in their home in its current state.

It needed repairs to the frame, new stuffing to the cushion and desperately needed a new upholstery job.

After a broad review of fabrics, we kept coming back to one of the first we selected from Magnolia Fabrics.  It was bold and unexpected for this piece, but just felt right for the client and would completely reinvent this heirloom.  We decided to go for it.

So we consulted with the wonderfully knowledgeable Kansas City Upholstery who did a full and comprehensive restoration, completely taking the frame apart and re-gluing it, and documenting the process.

After all this tender loving care, I was desperate to see the final result!  And it was no let-down, that is for sure.  This piece now lives happily in an eclectic, modern home and will be in top-notch condition for many years to come.  Thanks to my wonderful client and the expert services at Kansas City Upholstery!