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!



If it’s about time to paint your front door, why not choose an interesting or unexpected color that puts a smile on your face when you come home every day? But before you go rushing down to the paint store, here a few things for you to keep in mind when you’re choosing that perfect color.

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.

'Tis the season for holiday get-togethers, and that might mean friends or family coming into town to stay with you, and they’re gonna want a place to sleep. Whether you have a dedicated guest room, or your office or playroom will double as a bedroom for a few days, you want them to feel at home and happy that they’ve c...

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....

For a few years now I’ve been hearing about chalk paint - - people talking about their projects, photos and videos all over the internet, this Annie Sloan person, etc. Blah, blah, blah chalk paint, I thought. What’s the big deal? Then my life changed forever.

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...

Everyone tells you that if you’re going to write, you should write about what you know. Right now I'm pretty familiar with that girl because she is (very nearly) me. (For starters she writes a weekly blog and can’t seem to get going on it.) Like her, I’ve been slammed by work and life for the last several months and un...

If you're planning a dinner party and looking for a dead simple idea to dress up your table and wow your guests, how about some tile placemats?  You can get accent tile in tons of different styles and colors to match whatever tableware you're using.

I created this little tablescape for the Street of Dreams dining room and p...

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