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The Home Is Designed Around Emotional Needs. ~Amanda Talbot

Isn’t this quote the truth?! I feel that my previous background in social work really helps me tune in to people’s emotional needs and translate that into a design that brings comfort to their surroundings and feeds their soul. Understanding how color, texture, lighting and space makes you FEEL is so important. Do you agree? I love how walking into a well designed room makes me FEEL. It’s all about the “feels” for me.

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Top 10 Houseplants That Thrive In The Winter!

In Colorado our winter will last through March and part of April. It starts to feel like Spring will never come! I always feel like bringing some of the outdoors inside, with houseplants and beautiful blooms, helps to make it feel like Spring is within reach! Here are 10 winter houseplants that won’t disappoint!

Drafty Rooms:
Moss Terrarium- does well in a drafty room Jade Plant, Christmas Cactus

Dry, Arid climates:
Fiddle Fig plants, succulents, snake plants, Aloe eVera plants,

Adaptable and do not require direct light:
ZZ plant, Pothos plant,

Cyclamen- blooms Dec through April. Fragrant blooms resembling a heart shaped. Great for Valentine’s Day!
Desert Rose- beautiful blooms,
African Violets, Rosemary- fragrant and easily found at big box stores during the holidays.

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Fabric Remnant to Wall Art DIY

I fell in love with this piece of linen fabric and immediately saw a masterpiece of artistry in the block print pattern. I decided to frame it. I purchased a poster frame (yes, that lovely gold frame is actually a poster frame from Target) and used Velcro tabs to adhere the linen fabric to a piece of plain white fabric, then I framed it with the gold frame. What do you think? Can a gorgeous fabric remnant become a beautiful piece of wall art? I think so!

The original piece of fabric
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I love design that’s timeless and yet still gives a nod to current trends. I like to mix different styles and fuse them together. I like the way it makes the room feel and draws the eyes to different features in the room. I especially like adding an antique in the mix- something with history or a story of its own. If everything is strictly one design style I think it is much less interesting and somehow not as inviting. What is your design style? Do you like to combine the old with the new?
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I am loving the color pallet we created for a new client. They wanted warm earth tones and their personal style is a blend of traditional and rustic. We are going to give their “sheet-rock fireplace” (you read that right, the entire fireplace is orange-peel textured sheetrock) an entire makeover. We will add stone and a beautiful wood mantle, a built-in cabinet beside it with floating wood shelves to match the mantle….and more! Then we will completely refurnish the family room to create a “Colorado Retreat” that’s cozy for family and kids and also inviting for guests when they entertain. The challenge will be (and there is always a challenge to every project😊) incorporating the existing wood tones and countertops in the adjoining kitchen. It’s important that the new feature-wall/fireplace does NOT look like an afterthought. It needs to feel like it has always been part of the home. The home has a wonderful open concept, high ceilings and lots of natural light from big windows all around the East side of the home. So much potential! I can’t wait to get started! Stay tuned to view design boards with ideas and inspiration and photos of our progress moving forward.
Before: This is the “Sheetrock Fireplace” that will get an entire overhaul.

Before: Huge widows with lots of natural light. They will be getting new window coverings and custom blinds.


Broadmoor Townhome

This beautiful guest bedroom was designed for a new build in the Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs. The views from the second story windows are breathtaking. The client asked for a bright and colorful pallet that complimented the neutral tones in the rest of the home. We mixed some blues and golds with gray and white to balance the colorful bedding.

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Adding Live Cedar to a Flocked Tree

Adding live cedar sprigs to my flocked pencil tree for added definition and a touch of green.
The end result
I also added live cedar sprigs to a little faux tree. I love how much better it looks.
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Our family decided to decorate for Christmas early this year. We usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving. But, this year we felt like we needed more than 25 days of Christmas Joy. we haven’t put our trees up yet but we are in full tinsel mode at the Kautz House.


Coordinating Light Fixtures

Mixing and matching your lighting in an open floor plan isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are a few tips: Gather some photos/images for inspiration and to help you define your style. Next, select your metals. You can add something beaded or mix metals like black and gold if you want to. If you add a glass fixture check to see if the exposed metal coordinates with the other metals you’ve selected. This will maintain cohesion. Be mindful of how your new light fixtures will blend with existing drapery rods, door hardware and the pulls on your kitchen cabinetry. You may not want to be too “matchy-matchy” for example: hanging lanterns above your kitchen island and then handing another lantern above the table of an adjacent dining area. Have some fun with mixing different textures and coordinating metals.