LVT Flooring vs. Engineered Wood

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A question that has repeatedly come during live coaching calls with my BYF members is whether other members plan to use LVT flooring vs engineered wood flooring in their new home. In full disclosure, LVT flooring wasn’t even a consideration when I built my home in 2013 because it wasn’t a popular option that people […]

Feb

17

Design + Decorate

How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

How to Choose Timeless Design Finishes vs. Trendy

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How to choose timeless design finishes vs trendy featured

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Are you building or renovating a house and you find yourself thinking … ‘there are so many decisions and I’m afraid I’ll make the wrong one!’ OR ‘what if I make a trendy decision and end up hating it in two years?’ ??!! Girl, you are NOT alone! If YOU are nervous that you’ll make the *wrong* choices, […]

Feb

10

Design + Decorate

Paint Color Trends 2021

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It’s a new-ish year and that means new design trends … including paint color trends for 2021. In this blog post, I’ll share the color trends for my two (favorite) go-to paint brands, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Below are the ‘paint colors of the year’ for both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore as well […]

Feb

03

Design + Decorate

Quartz vs Quartzite Counters: What’s the Difference?

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I’m not gonna lie … I decided to write this blog post because I personally didn’t know the differences between quartz vs quartzite 😉. Like you (and even some designers), I didn’t know what set these two countertop options apart. I just assumed that people called quartz two different names. Well, friend, I was wrong […]

Nov

18

Building a Home

Ultimate Paint Guide for your New Home

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Feeling overwhelmed when you think about choosing paint colors for your new home? Unsure where to even start? Don’t worry … I’ve got you covered in this ultimate paint guide for your new home! Not only does this roundup of my best paint blog posts share the most popular neutral paint colors and a list […]

Nov

04

Building a Home

Where to Buy Trending Door Hardware Online

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Are you curious where you can go online to order beautiful hardware? I’ve got you covered below with a list of three great places to buy trending door hardware online! I’m also answering your questions about what hardware finishes and styles are popular AND whether or not door hardware should match throughout your house. Affiliate […]

Oct

14

Design + Decorate

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