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June 19, 2020

We all know that kitchens and baths sell a house, so it's no surprise that a majority of the money went into those spaces.  Here is the Guest Bath in the Strong Dr house.

This is the hall/guest/main bath that everyone sees.  It has a double sink and yellow tub...

June 18, 2020

I know you are here for the "after" pics, so I will get right to it.

 Here are some side by sides.

We peeled the wall back, moved the sink over, installed new cabinets and countertops. 

We moved the fridge from this wall to where the oven was, moved the dishwasher to the...

June 18, 2020

For the kitchen, the obvious and economical choice was to just paint the cabinets and leave the floor plan exactly how it was.  I absolutely LOVED the yellow wall oven, but getting anything else to "match" would have been super difficult for the time crunch we were in....

June 17, 2020

As we started the design process for this 1963 ranch, I wanted to stay as true to the soul of the property as possible.  We wanted to keep the rest of the “charm” of this place, and there was great debate if we should keep the yellow tub or the blue toilet.  In the end...

June 16, 2020

In August, we purchased a home for the last year we are in Vegas.  It wasn't something we were expecting to do, but sometimes God has different plans for you. 

We had pulled our money out of the Vegas Market in 2018 so we could buy in Chicago.  After months of look...

May 12, 2020

As I have been preparing for launching this site, I have spent hours organizing all of the pictures that we have of the remodel.  My plan was to blog as we worked, but that didn't happen.  And as I looked through all the pictures, I realized that I didn't have any "aft...

May 12, 2020

Taking a quick break from design to share some thoughts...

I have believed my entire adult life that if you have "more" (time, money, resources, space, love...) in your life, you have an obligation to give some of it away.  If you aren't religious, think of this as the...

May 12, 2020

My In-Laws have a place in Sun Valley, ID.  It is my daughters’ FAVORITE place to go.  And it is such a complete contrast to Las Vegas.  It is a small town…and I mean small.  They can catch a free bus into town and walk around, hang out at Starbucks, and...

May 9, 2020

In 2017, my dad got divorced, and he wanted to make some changes.  One of the things he really wanted to do was have more time with his granddaughters.  The problem was that his guest room had one single queen bed, and the girls really hated sharing.  So I convinced hi...

May 9, 2020

For the record, I basically know how to sew straight lines.  I can't do "pleats" or fancy stuff, just straight boxes, like pillows and duvets.  I don't do zippers, and I can barely do buttons.  But thanks to IKEA, I have learned a super easy way to sew curtains "from s...

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