30 Design Mistakes You Should Never Make from Houzz

This article came on my newsfeed this morning and I thought it was very interesting.  While I agree with most, I do not agree with all. There are as many opinions about design as there are people with opinions. 

Drop the paint can, step away from the brick and read this remodeling advice from people who’ve been there

April 21, 2016
There are a million and one things to consider when taking on a remodeling project. Some of those decisions have the potential to significantly impact your home — and in turn your emotional well-being — for years to come. It doesn’t matter how functional your new kitchen is, for example, if you hate the flooring material you chose. It’s going to eat away at you every single day.

In hopes of preventing these situations, we asked readers for design advice on things you should never, ever do during a remodel. Their suggestions are quite revealing, and worth considering. But remember, the thing about advice is that you don’t have to take it. After all, the main takeaway message here should be that no matter what, it’s your home. And you should do whatever you want. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

30 Design Mistakes You Should Never Make from Houzz

Artwork in Place

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I shared the artwork I recently completed the other day, but now it is installed on my newly refinished Entry Hall Wall.  I painted the wall orange, after taking down all the boards.  When they were once again installed, I did a wash of the wall color in the rest of the house, diluted down with water.  The effect worked well, so now the wall is soft, you can see peeks of orange coming through and the new painting likes its new home.

The nice thing about painting is that you can paint at any age.  You can change your style, and reinvent what you like.  As a senior, you still have lots and lots of creative energy.  I now smile when I walk in the front door, as I like the simplicity of the painting with complexity of the brushstrokes.

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Artwork in Place

Back in the Studio

I took the day to spend in my Art Studio and redid a painting I did last year.  Purple was my favorite color for many years and I always put it in paintings. I took the purple out of this one, replaced it with my new neutral – Gray.  I defined the flowers a little more with oil crayons and feel the result is much more successful.  It really seems to pop!

While I was in the studio, I wanted to paint something new for my entry, as I had repainted the wall and redid the wood.  Originally it was fence wood, unpainted with purple on the wall.  The new look is shown below, so I think my new painting will be perfect. I had one I was going to use that I was showing at Interiors of Edmonds, but when I called to pick it up for a photo shoot, I found out it had been sold.

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So I think this new 30″ x 40″ will work well.

Upside down sunrise

Sometimes knowing you have something coming gets the creativity flowing.  Our beach home is going to be featured in West Sound Home and Garden magazine this summer, so I wanted something fun to be on the entry wall.  By jove, I think I got it.

Back in the Studio

Artwork in its new home

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For the last about 15 years I have been enjoying the creative pastime of painting and drawing.  Over the years I have sold many pieces and with the exception of a  doctor’s office, where I helped install the work I seldom get to see it in it’s new environment.

The second photo is of a piece I sold at Interiors of Edmonds and the new owner was kind enough to share a photo of it hanging in her lovely home.  All artists should be so lucky to see where their work finds a home.

Thank you for sharing.

www.dianakingsley.net

Artwork in its new home

Housewarming Gift

Staci's House

Happy Housewarming to a good friend of mine and former interior design student.  Snuck by a couple days ago to take photos of this adorable house in downtown Poulsbo. For every house I list or sell I will do a drawing for the owners, as a memory for selling and a fun drawing for buying (with cards to share with family & friend).  Hopefully you will be seeing a lot more of them here.  I did not sell or list this house, but thought this might make a nice housewarming gift for a very special person.

Happy to do one of your house if you would like.

Housewarming Gift

Trains and Things in Edmonds, Washington

Red TrainOn August 20th I have an art show at “Interiors of Edmonds”, so am trying to come up with more drawings that make you think of Edmonds.  I seem to always be waiting for the train to pass in front of the ferry in Edmonds, so a train seems appropriate.  Maybe I should do one of the Sounder for those that use it to commute.

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This house is one of the oldest in Edmonds.  Seems so new after you travel overseas and see temples in China, ruins in Italy and quaint villages hundreds of year old.  Send ideas if you have any of anything else to draw representing Edmonds.

Trains and Things in Edmonds, Washington

Abstracting Flowers

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It is so nice to have the time to paint once again.  I think as you go through life you have to make choices of what is really important to you at that point in time.  I went back into real estate a few months ago, to supplement our income a little.  I didn’t have to make a lot to be happy, just a little.  I missed the interaction with people since I retired and thought this would be a great way to interact, help people and add a little more interest to my life.  I chose a company that found many of the clients by “chasing” lead generation.  So a person signs on to look at a home, and immediately you were to call them.  It seemed a little like “Big Brother” is watching you, if you remember the movie from the book “1984”, and could not be comfortable disturbing peoples’ privacy, so decided to just work on my own.  That being said, I now have time to also do the things I love.

My garden is flourishing, by art is growing, and my life is much more relaxed and happy.  Find what you love and do it.  Don’t think about doing it, just go do it.

Yesterday I bought a second 12 foot kayak too, so my husband could enjoy the relaxing pleasure of being out on the water.  I did not want to order one, wait another week or two, miss another weaker two of this glorious summer.   I wanted it yesterday and I found a beautiful yellow one and they delivered and we kayaked at sunset.

Glorious!

Life is not about what you are going to do tomorrow, it is what you are doing to day.

Abstracting Flowers

The Choice of Direction is always yours.

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Picked up my paint brushes for the first time in six months.  It felt glorious.  This painting has been sitting on the canvas half done for over six months.  Life got in the way, and that should never happen to an artist.  I truly enjoy selling real estate, but was with a team that wanted you to work 7/24 and cold call people whenever they signed online to look at houses.  It made me feel like I was “Big Brother” watching what people were doing.  I don’t like it when I get email for months when I was interested for a short amount of time, or now on Facebook anything that you have viewed online or in Amazon shows up on the side bar, till your next choice of searches.

Pink & White FriendsWhen I finished this painting tonight and photographed it, I could not decide which I liked it best.  Horizontal or Vertical.  That is when I started thinking we all have choices to make every day of our life.  Today I chose to paint after having a wonderful lunch with my beautiful God daughter.  She inspired me to get back to what I love doing.

Not that I am not going to help people buy and sell houses, I am just going to take some time for me to do the things I love.

So you choose, which way do you like it better?  Vertical or Horizontal? Life is so full of wonderful choices, just take one and get on with it.

The Choice of Direction is always yours.

Hats off to a New Beginning

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Sometimes we just have to start over.  When going back into real estate a few months ago, I joined a “team” where I thought I would comfortable.  I thought I would be just selling homes and strictly working with buyers. I love all of it, but working with people is the best part of real estate.  You get to meet people from all walks of life.

I am a happy, but calm person and loud explanations just don’t resonate well with me.  I discovered that discussions in this manner no longer worked in my life, so I have taken off the hat of a team, pictured above and moved on to do my own thing in my own happy and calm manner.

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The umbrella is gone and I am going to have a great time “out in the rain” growing my real estate and interior design business.  Hopefully people will understand and appreciate the benefits that come from working with not only an experienced real estate broker with high ethical standards, but with a professionally experienced interior designer.

Having designed and built four homes for myself and as spec homes, I understand the process of building and construction.  Having designed those homes from the ground up I know what it takes to make a space work. Teaching for eight years at The Art Institute of Seattle helped me learn how to share knowledge with other people.  Publishing a book taught me organizational skills beyond the norm.  (Please check out “Drafting for Interior Design” at Amazon and many other sources.)  Working with clients the first thing I always remember is listen to what they want, not what I want.

Not only as an interior designer, but as an artist the proper use of color fascinates me and would love to help my clients work beyond the colors you see in so many homes to one that sings to them.

So here I go and here is the first post card I will be sending out to anyone and everyone I can think of.  Please send your address to me at kingstoncove.studio@gmail.com if you would like to be on my mailing list.

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Cheers to new beginnings!

And by the way every client buying or selling a property with me will receive a original hand drawn for you from your favorite angle of your new or old home so you have it for loving memories.  Here is one I recently sent to Australia.

Hungerland finished

Hats off to a New Beginning

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.

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How many Hair Salons have a Chicken Coup, a School House from the 1800’s and nice modern salon built on the property.  Don Edward’s in Kingston is Gene Juarez trained and actually listens to what you say.  Pretty remarkable combination.

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.