The Fall season is all about letting go. Just as leaves turn colors and fall to the ground and birds leave their nests and head for warmer weather, this time of year is our cue to let go of what no longer serves us. Whether it's through decorating…
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Altars are a great way to bring a feeling of peace and serenity to your home. They're super-easy and can serve as a gentle reminder to pause, reflect, and make space for self-care. For some, they may even be a focus for religious practices such…
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My two-month solo journey across the United States last year gave me boundless opportunities to contemplate the natural world. There’s nothing like long drives through the most picturesque landscapes to learn what Mother Earth is capable…
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Smack-dab in the middle of this unimaginable human tragedy there is a transformation happening. A kind of reclamation of who we are, and how we want to show up in the world.
At least that’s what’s been happening for me.
It’s funny, all my life I’ve loved to tell people about my mom and what a rebel she was. A long-haul truck driver who rode motorcycles and spent her short life chasing her passions and dreams. She was this almost mythical figure to me and…
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As I left DC yesterday to head back to Minneapolis, I found myself filled with emotions. Bittersweet feelings of love, joy, sadness, excitement, surprise and an overall sense of gratitude for this incredibly complicated life I’m living.
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After a quick overnight stop in Crete IL, where I worked with clients-turned-friends on their home office, I landed for a long weekend in Madison WI with my friends Tracy and Tom. Gorgeous home, right on the lake, sunrises over the water, a…
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If you read last weeks blog, you know I'm 1 week into a 3 month "zen road trip" across the country. This week I was in Mystic CT, Salem MA, Somersworth NH, Endicott NY and Toronto CA (it's been a busy week)!
Yesterday, I was sitting in Collegetown…
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I have to say...the looming big 50 is having a bigger effect on me than I thought it would. There’s something about knowing that my life is “half-over” that just kind of woke me up.
I started looking at my work/life balance. The way…
Choosing the right contractor for your next remodeling project is a lot like choosing a mate - it’s not just about what they look like on the outside, the inside counts too! 😉
Do you mesh best with an introvert with a dry wit…
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If you’re like many homeowners who’ve gone through a renovation, you probably started by getting three estimates and if you liked all three, you went with the most budget friendly one (I mean who wants to spend more than they have to, right?!?).
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I think most people have something that drives them. Something that propels them to do what they do and strive to make the impact they want to make. For me, I am obsessed with people loving their homes. I believe our homes hold the key to us…
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I love touring model homes. I instantly feel happy and relaxed. Inevitably, when I get home I’m inspired to tweak my own decor so I can replicate that calm feeling. Here are some ways you can do it too.
1. Let There Be Light
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Most people planning a home remodel jump right into what flooring and countertops they want in their new space, but one of the most critical pieces to any renovation is putting together a solid “Project Scope.” This is the foundation that…
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If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home for awhile now. Whether it was out of fear, overwhelm or purely financial, you’ve cleared your hurdles and now you’re ready to get started.
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Are you about to take on a home remodel, but find yourself worried sick your pet won’t be able to handle it?
As owner of a home remodeling company, I’ve gotten up-close-and-personal with many pets over the years. While the thought of…
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Shopping for remodeling materials is certainly one of the more enjoyable parts of remodeling your home.
While hitting the showrooms may not be your usual form of retail therapy, it's an exciting opportunity to bring your new space to…
Forrest Gump was onto something when he said: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."
Life is unpredictable and sometimes even the best-laid plans can fall by the wayside. But if there is a time you want…
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Trying to pick a favorite feng shui element would be like trying to pick the best nutrient. Just like protein, carbohydrates and fat, they’re all equally important for nourishment and they balance each other out. But if there’s one of the…
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The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important areas in the home. Not only is it where you prepare and cook food, but it’s often a social hub where people gather - especially if you have a breakfast bar or open-plan kitchen adjacent…
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When it comes to decluttering your home, some things are easy to get rid of. That huge, clunky blender you used once before the Vitamix was invented. The pirate outfit you bought for a costume party ten years ago that no longer fits. Those Tupperware…
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If you watched Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up, you may have been struck by how the families were able to get their kids on board with decluttering. Not only did they not whine or complain, but they seem to actually enjoy getting involved in the…
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Have you ever walked into a home and immediately picked up on the positive energy? Maybe there wasn’t anything specific about the space you could point to, it just had an overall ‘good vibe.’
On the flip side, you may have walked into…
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People who know me always hear me talking about my ‘spot.’ No, not a spot on my carpet or my favorite chair but rather, a space in my home where I feel renewed and at ease.
A place just for me.
Where I can curl up with a good book…
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Marie Kondo...it’s the name on everyone’s lips right now.
While Marie’s best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up catapulted her to fame, her Netflix series Tidying Up has cemented her status as a household name.
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Tips for Remodeling on a Budget
Your kitchen is a very special place. It’s the place where you get your family and loved ones together to enjoy a home cooked meal, it’s the place where everyone ends up at parties and it’s the place where…
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It happens every year: we put up the holiday decorations to hide all those trouble spots that bother us the most behind twinkling lights and festive cheer. Either that, or we dread hosting the extended family dinner because it reminds us how much we REALLY want a new kitchen.
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Ah, the joys of a beautiful remodel! We all love to dream of the gorgeous new countertops and up-to-the minute appliances, but there’s another facet in home remodeling that many of us just plain ignore.
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Home remodeling can take its toll on any homeowner, especially if you take matters into your own hands. There are many facets to a home remodel, and none can be overlooked because one can impact the other’s performance or outcome.
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We love giving homeowners the insider information needed to master the art of a renovation! We created the Renovation Roadmap as an online tool that helps you navigate the remodeling process when working with a general contractor
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By the time the first sledgehammer swings, most of us are ready for the long-anticipated home improvement to be over. There are many stages in a remodel, and a few tips and tricks can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth process and a great outcome.
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Your home’s wall colors have a lot of power: the right shade of paint can make a room’s furnishings pop, make your home much more appealing to potential buyers or even help you feel more energized or relaxed.
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The basement. It’s a space with a lot of potential, but most of us use the lowest level of our home as a dim, cold storage room where boxes of holiday decorations, old family photos, and hand-me-down antiques sit and collect dust.
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Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to present a paper I co-wrote with Dr. Thomas Hoffman for the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) at their 34th Annual Meeting at the University of Copenhagen.
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Buying and moving into a new home is exciting and fun, but it can no doubt be stressful. We loved our first town home, it’s the first home we bought, got married and brought home our first puppy and our first baby.
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Homeowners make remodeling mistakes all the time, which too often means going way over budget. Whether it’s a home remodeling project or a full kitchen renovation, it's possible to learn from others’ mistakes - and set yourself up to have your dream home.
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You know that feeling when your heart is full? Full of love, full of gratitude, and full of life? It's almost like you're invincible.
I think that's our natural state. A state of bliss. Of undefined possibility waiting to happen…
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About the Author
Drawing on my understanding of how the energy of “things” in our life can affect us, I believe design is more than just where we place stuff in our home.
It’s more than just countertops and window treatments. It’s a unique expression of our inner self and it can affect our overall wellbeing. My passion is helping you align by design.