Anatomy of a Room Makeover: ‘Oops’ Paint, Then Start With Art

Three hours of painting, $7.50 in supplies, and two hours of rearranging furniture, accessories and art equals happy twins. I’ve been involved as a designer in my twin Doni’s house since the day she bought it in 2010. What a blast… Continue Reading


PHC, The Garden: Ask ‘Why’ and Watch Inspiration Bloom

“Why” is a word that begs an explanation. Like a seven-year-old.

* Why do you work all the time? Because …
* Why is it so hot? Because …
* Why are you building this garden?

Sometimes we explain things with stories. Think how … Continue Reading


Pink House Chronicles, The Garden: ‘How’ Your Garden Grows

Read Part 5 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. Ah, the “H” question. In garden design, this is about all those practical considerations for bringing the ideas into physical reality. How will the new garden be built? By… Continue Reading


Pink House Chronicles, The Garden: Don’t Get Burned – Ask ‘When’

This is an interesting question to ask while working through your landscape planning. It has to do with the time you will use your outdoor spaces.

First there are the DAILY whens, each with different attributes: cool mornings, hot afternoons. Design your space for … Continue Reading


Pink House Chronicles – The Garden: Asking ‘Where’ Covers Lots of Ground

Read Part 3 of “Pink House Chronicles – The Garden” here. In the interrogative outline we’ve been exploring in our series, the “Where” part is about assessing your site and its immediate surroundings. This is almost as important as the… Continue Reading