{Taste} Designing a Summer Salad

SOUTHWESTERN SALAD WITH HONEY-LIME DRESSING SALAD 1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped 2 finely chopped green onions 2 ears of fresh corn – husked, cooked/grilled, cut off the cob 1-2 C. halved cherry tomatoes (any variety) 1-2 avocados – sliced for garnish or incorporate into salad 1/2 C. Jalapeños, chopped finely (optional) 1 C….

{TASTE} Fresh Strawberry Tarts

 Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Strawberry Glaze & fresh whipped cream 4 – 5 C fresh strawberries 3 T Cornstarch 1/2 C – 1 C sugar Put 2C of fresh (washed) strawberries in a blender (stems/greens removed) or food processor and pulse until smooth, add sugar (to taste) and cornstarch blend until mixed and smooth. Cook over medium heat…

Designing With You in Mind

Valentine’ Day is just around the corner so this year I am going to talk about designing with you in mind.  Romantic designing in a home for sale in Wayzata, MN is capturing buyer’s hearts to see how elegant a home can be without being pretentious.  I chose a soft cream palette with a monochromatic…

Kitchen Update: Revitalizing a Butcher Block Island

 About a month ago we finished designing a home that was on the market for sale (now pending). It is my job to know what’s hot and what’s not in the marketplace (visually) for a buyer. When I studied the photos of this home, I observed its “Country French” pale green enameled cabinetry and yellow…

Entertaining with Style

Some will say that creating an impact with food is not their style and would rather buy it than make it. For me, cooking and creating is part of my make-up plan. I especially like to cook with you (my guest) in mind. Whether it is for a large crowd or intimate gathering, I have…

Transforming Spaces | Being Creative in Design

Peaceful and elegant with huge impact, this client’s space went from boring to spectacular. This loft project was literally a blank canvas with much to do to create a “turn-key”, “move‐in ready” product. This is what we did to transform the space… The walls were green and taupe with a center island that was white painted sheetrock. As we worked on the space, the first thing we did was change the paint color to Night Horizon – by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish. We wrapped the center island in aluminum that was fabricated from a local steel shop. I brought the dimensions in to their shop and picked out the big sheets to cut. The fabricator cut it immediately. Once installed, the boring island took on a very high-end commercial kitchen look with great texture. I softened the look with 3 stools from Pier One that have cream rotatable seats and espresso stain on the legs. Transitioning from cold and sterile to rich and comfortable, I used a double pedestal table by Hooker  that…

Spring Sales Are in the Air

Spring home sales are in the air. NO SLOW MARKET IN REAL ESTATE FOR US! This year, 2012, has been a fast-paced hit-the-ground-running year. Right out of the shoot we pended 6 homes in January, February with 15 and March 13 homes – the count is still running in April. What’s everyone complaining about? I believe that a…

Designing the Month of Love

February is the LOVE month, so with that being said, lets talk about designing with red, romance and something sweet. For holidays and various occasions, I love designing my rooms festively with roses. After all, aren’t roses one of a girl’s best friends? Let’s start with the master bedroom and bathroom—treat the rooms as one. The…

Designing the Senses This Holiday Season

Design your home through the eyes of a child.  You may remember when you were a child, the feeling of awe when you entered the room, the dazzle of sparkling lights, the smells of fresh baked cookies and family recipes from generations to share, the comfort of home with a warm fire in the fireplace, music…

Gathering Around the Table and Designing Intimate Surroundings

November is the month that reminds us to be thankful. It’s alarming that I often busy myself with more things than there are minutes in a day and sometimes it’s easy to take thankfulness for granted. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time to slow down and express gratefulness for life’s many blessings. That…