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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!



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.

My nice client, Miranda does quite a bit of entertaining, and frequently has lots of folks over for family-style dinners. There’s not quite enough seating at the dining room table, and she has this kind of wasted corner in her great room which she thought would be a perfect space for a built-in bench seat, (otherwise known...

 Photo: Nathan Pirkle/Unsplash

If the only time you use a tray is to eat dinner in front of the TV, you’re missing out on lots of other spiffy ways to use them around your home.  NOT that there's anything wrong with eating dinner in front of the TV.  :-D

Trays are great for decorating and organizing (or just LOOKING more...

It’s that time of year again, and I’m not talking about allergy season! Friday evening found me in the stands at Sherwood High School, in my Betsy Johnson raincoat, proudly watching my nephew graduate from high school. Do you have a special kid or two graduating this year? Are you wracking your brain for a gift idea for yo...

A couple weeks ago I had some tips for you about how to shop for furniture at consignment stores, and now that you're all excited to go shopping, today I’m back with a list of some of the best and/or fun furniture consignment stores in the greater Portland area.  (And if you're nowhere near Portland, Oregon, you'...

Are you ready for this?  Gold, yes, I said GOLD(!), is back in fashion for the home again! Most people, when you mention gold decor, shudder and think of the harsh, cold, brass of 80’s light fixtures and cabinet hardware, or your granny’s antiqued dark gold lamps. Well, I was with you until I started seeing how it could d...

I’m coming to you from our family’s “little cabin in the woods” on Anderson Island in Puget Sound where some of us are hanging out for a few days of spring break. There’s a bit of a storm happening and I’m trying to write in between the distractions of power outages and big branches falling and rolling off the metal roof. A...

I’ve had area rugs on my mind lately because for the last few weeks, I’ve spent hours upon hours shopping for just the right rugs for a huge (and very exciting) project that I’m working on. (Tune in next week if you want to hear about that!) So maybe you'd like a little info about choosing area rugs.

Twice in the last couple weeks someone has asked me about the difference between Modern and Contemporary design style, so I thought you might be curious too. It’s a perfectly reasonable question - - those two words seem to mean the same thing. But yes, there's definitely a difference between them when it comes to style...

Many people tell me they’re “design challenged” when it comes to decorating their homes. They feel like they’re not doing it right, but don’t know what to do about it. Here are a few common mistakes I see (first off, get the chair out of the road!) and some easy fixes that will have your rooms looking more polished in no ti...

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