apple green studio


Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress of my little apple green design studio.

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When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!



Have you ever had an epiphany about something and suddenly the clouds part, the sun comes out, and the angels begin to sing? Well, it happened to me one day when I was thinking about why some white painted rooms look “meh” and others look amazing. If you’re like me (and a lot of other people), at some point in your life yo...

If you’re staring at an empty space on your wall or bookcase or table, a clock might not be the first thing to come to mind, but pick the right one and it can be a great accent piece in your room.

I was looking for lamps for a client’s bedroom this week and while I was busily pinning pictures on her Pinterest board and discussing options with her, it occurred to me that you might like to know the secrets to choosing the right table lamp.

Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? Mine’s not up, but there's still a little time, right?! Whether you need a little inspiration or a little laugh this season, here’s something fun for ya. I’ve put together my second annual Creative Christmas Trees collection, and there's some unusual ones. It’s amazing wh...

I thought I’d give you a peek this week at a bedroom design I’m working on for my youngest client ever - - a cute little 4th grader named Anya.

Crazy to think about it, but the holiday season is nearly upon us, and in less than two weeks we’ll be stuffing ourselves with turkey (and stuffing).  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll not only have to think of turkey and stuffing, but also what the table looks like. If the thought of decorating is your least f...

My little design rambling this week was inspired by my friend Jan in Arizona who asked about ways to display photographs without making her home look cluttered. So I’ve got three basic rules of thumb for you and Jan that I use when hanging artwork for a client or myself. And these do not require a degree in rocket surgery....

I’m back this week with the sequel to how to choose which wall in your room is the right one for an accent wall. If you missed reading Part 1 about foolproof tips for choosing an accent wall, you can catch up here.

What do you think about accent walls? In the sometimes snooty interior design world, they can be controversial. Some people love ‘em and some people hate ‘em.  I try my hardest to fall on the non-snooty side of things, and I think if it’s done right, an accent wall can add a lot of interest (and even FUN) to a room. They’r...

I’d forgotten just how much I hate shopping until a couple days ago. You’re probably thinking “whaaaat?” Isn’t that what interior designers DO? They shop for a living, right?  Well, not exactly. And especially not THIS kind of shopping. Now, if we were talking about shopping for home furnishings, tile, fabric . . . then y...

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