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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN IN-HOME DESIGN CONSULTATION

      January and February saw a flurry of in-home design consultations. It seems as though the homeowners who called me had a new year’s resolution to tackle the design problems that had been annoying them! One common thread … Continue reading

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SELECTING PAINT COLORS FOR A BEACH HOUSE CAN BE A MAGICAL JOURNEY!

  I select paint colors all the time for projects in the office as well as numerous in-home paint consultations per month. And for years, I taught a class called ‘The Importance of Color’ which addressed selecting and using the … Continue reading

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AUSTIN-MURPHY DESIGN RECEIVES BEST OF HOUZZ AWARD FOR 2014

Dear readers of this blog, I am delighted to announce that Houzz has selected Austin-Murphy Design for Best of Houzz Award for 2014. It was announced this month on February 4th. We would like to thank all of our clients and … Continue reading

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THE FLOOR PLAN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN A REMODEL!

Last month I had the special opportunity to consult with a string of clients who contacted me after embarking on a home remodel project only to realize that they didn’t know how to proceed. One client told me forthrightly that … Continue reading

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DO YOU WANT TO CREATE A PERSONAL STYLE AT HOME? IF SO, ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS.

  Over the holidays I picked up a book called Kitchens, Creating a Beautiful Kitchen of your Own by House Beautiful. In this book, there is a section called ‘composed kitchens’ and while there are many interesting designs that are … Continue reading

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UPDATING A MUDROOM/ LAUNDRY ROOM IN A 1920’S BUNGALOW

I have been working on the ‘restoration’ of a 1920’s bungalow over the last few years with some great clients. Recently we completed the mudroom/laundry room which happens also to be the most used entrance to the house—connecting the garage, … Continue reading

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When choosing a designer for your remodel project, ask these questions?

    I meet with new clients week in and week out. Some have worked with designers before, but many have not. For those who have not, they often don’t know what they should expect when working with a designer. … Continue reading

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Oh, by the way, what will my remodel cost?

What will my remodel cost? Simple enough of a question certainly, but the answer to that question is not so simple. For the remodel contractor or the designer this question is similar to asking a car salesman how much does … Continue reading

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Why an Eat-In Kitchen is Perfect for this Remodel

I’m working on a house remodel for a couple and their adolescent son. Their house is a rather typical 1950’s rambler with an especially large living room at the front of the house. The dining room is on the back … Continue reading

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UPDATING A MASTER BATHROOM IN A CLASSIC 1920’S CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

  I’ve had the pleasure of working with a wonderful client over the years on her classic craftsman bungalow in Bellingham, WA. Our first project was a major restoration to the front elevation of her house. The exterior porch which ran … Continue reading

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