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COLOR – where and what? October 1, 2013

Filed under: Color Theory,Home Design,Remodeling,Uncategorized — greendesignllc @ 3:42 pm
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It’s so hard to choose “the right color”, that many default to a version of off-white (including me.)  Then I find a color – but is it right? –  will I like it? – will it provoke the right feeling for the room?

I found a great infographic on one of my favorite websites – – from Design55,  that shows the emotions of color.

It seems to be a wonderful guide to the use and choices of color in the home.  Go to Green Design and Remodeling’s facebook page to see the article:

And remember (even though it requires more work) – the color can be changed.


The juxtaposition of old and new

Filed under: Remodeling — greendesignllc @ 12:00 am



I have always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of old and new.  In the walled city of Trogir, the play of light and dark in the narrow streets forces me to look up.   I noticed the introduction of modern conveniences – heating vents – those stone buildings are great at keeping cool in the summer, but the chill of winter needs some heat.  But look – the vents are set in boxes, colored the same as the stone and supported by by stone, carved to match the balcony railing.  Old, new and technology all side by side.  Lovely.


Peaceful Buddah September 27, 2013

Filed under: Global design,Human scale — greendesignllc @ 4:23 pm

Peaceful Buddah

In Laos, we came across this very peaceful temple – the sun shining on Buddah – what more can I say.


Alhambra September 26, 2013

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Balance is something I inherently strive for in spaces. This is a wonderful example of harmony of space and light. The Lion Fountain was undergoing restoration, but wouldn’t it have been fantastic if there was water flowing from and to those beasts!


Getting Back In The Rhythm Of The Seasons September 25, 2013

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Sometimes the best laid plans………. The change of seasons, the start of school – it seems like a good time to get back into posting on my blog.  My plan is to post a picture of a remodel of a kitchen or bath, a fascinating building or relay some pertinent information on remodeling daily.  But today, I found an outdoors picture that is awesome and majestic.

This picture was taken in September, 2005.  My father wanted to see Denali, and so I jumped at the chance to travel with him and maybe get a peek of the peak.  We were blessed with a crystal clear view on our day trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage. I learned later that pilots were circumnavigating the mountain two and three times as it was such a rare day in Alaska.  I hope you enjoy this view as much as I did.


Weathered Barn September 24, 2013

Filed under: Home Design,Remodeling,Small Business,Uncategorized — greendesignllc @ 11:41 pm

Weathered Barn

Wandering around the grounds of a Bed and Breakfast, I was intrigued by the sturdiness of this structure. It reminds me to think about how we build, how it will weather, and how it will get better with time. The timelessness of beauty.


Aging-In-Place for all of us June 10, 2009

From the NAHB:
“More aging homeowners (age 55 and older) are deciding to Age-In-Place, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelers, 70% of remodelers report making universal design modifications, up from 60% in 2006. These homeowners don’t want to move or lose independence so they are increasingly asking for these improvements to make their existing home more comfortable.

According to the NAHB, below are the most frequently asked for modifications.
• Adding grab bars – 78%
• Installing higher toilets – 71%
• Upgrading to a curb-less shower – 60%
• Widening doorways – 57%
• Constructing ramps – 45%
• Enhancing lighting and task lighting – 45%

Remodeled bathThe survey also indicates that 84% of homeowners are aware of universal design solutions and 74% of remodelers note an increase in requests for these options. Universal design projects are often requested by relatives of aging adults in an effort to plan ahead for visits or an elderly relative who may be living with them in the future.”

We are finding that adding simple “aging-in-place” features to bathrooms can make it friendly today for visiting elderly family as well as being ready for our needs. Adding some features can be done as additions to finished bathrooms or incorporated easily into a remodeling project.