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Creating a Truly Brilliant Lighting Plan for Your Home

THE SECRETS Lighting can have a tremendous impact and is so often disregarded when designing a space.  It is the secret to highlighting a well designed room and can also give any existing room a quick face lift.  But proper lighting involves more than just tossing in...

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Powerful Design: Wallpaper & Its Unexpected Uses

This paper is made with an underlying pearlized paper and has banana leaves pressed on to the surface.   Wallpaper is experiencing a resurgence and the papers available are full of color, materials and frankly many look like art!!  So we all know that wallpaper...

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Beautifully Displaying Collections in an Era of Minimalism

We all know the buzzwords from recent years: "downsize, minimize, and let it go!  And now that it's the beginning of the year, the need to purge the clutter in our lives becomes apparent and we desire to start the year with a clean slate! So what do you do when you...

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Carmen’s KC famous Ginger Spice Cookies

Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, room...

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39 of The Hottest Rug Trends and Patterns

Make no mistake...buying rugs that is.  Today's rugs are bold and colorful!  They take yesterday's patterns and place a modern spin on them.  One of those spins?  Color.  As the temperature drops outside, keep your feet toasty with these great looks... All rugs shown...

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A Taste of Tran + Thomas’ Barstool Family

We get asked so often for fantastic barstools....  cool ones, traditional ones, armed stools, swivels...  Below are a taste of some of the inspirational stools we carry.  Which style would you choose?       ABOUT TRAN + THOMAS TRANTHOMASDESIGN.COM...

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Sell Your Home For More, 10 Great Tips From Tran + Thomas

There are many reasons design and good preparation are absolutely necessary to sell a home.  The tips below will boost a home's value, create more generally better offers, and help a home to sell much faster.  Please share this with anyone about to sell their home to...

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Carmen’s Favorite (and perfected!) Old Fashioned Recipe

3 parts bourbon whiskey (I like Buffalo Trace or Bullet) 1 part simple syrup 2 dashes orange bitters 1 1" x 3" orange rind Optional - 1 large square ice cube Combine ingredients in shaker full of ice.  Shake 30-45 sec.  Next, burn outside face of orange rind with...

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Remodeling Tips You Must Know, As Seen On Fox 4 Morning Show

You have decided to remodel!  How can you ensure the best finish and process?  Read on. Remodeling can get sticky if not planned well...  don't let the dream turn into a nightmare by being so excited to get started, you don't cross your "T's" and dot your "I's" before...

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Top 7 Fabulous Tips and Tricks For Your Home

Hope you were able to catch us this month on Fox 4 for some great tips we have learned over the years to make our client's homes more beautiful, easier to live in and love! Jars for paint Who wants to drag out a dirty, old, rusty can of separated paint?  You open it...

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How To Hire an Interior Designer It’s Not How You Think!

HOW much? I would like to start with two examples…on of regret and a second of trying to put one over on a client:   I received a call not long ago from a woman that said she had reached out to me, for help designing a new construction home here in Kansas City, over...

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Paper Your Walls

Add dimension to any space with wallpaper. We’ve selected a few of our current favorites from York Wallcoverings. There are so many gorgeous options available these days it’s easy to get distracted when looking through them all!   Who knew geology could be so...

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Small House, Big Look!

Ever get stuck with what to do with a plain white room?  What about a living or family room?  This special home in Kansas City’s Roeland Park area needed some attention to just that…a blank slate. The homeowners were short on ideas.  They wanted a comfy space with...

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Back in Brass

With our crystal balls firmly in focus, we’ve been saying, “brass is back” for years. It has been slowly sneaking onto designer showroom floors one chair leg at a time. But now, we’re seeing it everywhere. The new go-to metal, brass has successfully unseated nickel,...

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A Few of our Favorite Things

Each year at market, we get a first look at pieces for the season ahead. We love seeing reinvented classics and completely new ideas. After a few days of walking the floor, we get a clear idea of which trends are emerging for the new season and begin imagining how...

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Take Your Velvet From Shabby to Chic!

Velvet adds a bit of luxury to any room. It has the unique ability to absorb light making spaces feel sumptuous and rich. Although we like to use velvet, it can become crushed or matted over time. This can happen when it has been pressed down repeatedly. Over the...

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Creating a Spa-Like Retreat at Home

Our client was looking for a bathroom with a sexy vibe. They wanted it to be clean, bright and white. Their original space had felt cramped, so they were ready for a spa-like retreat. Here are five tips from this project that helped give the space a spa-like feel. Put...

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Trends for 2016

As the economy improves, so do the finishes; people are willing to spend more money as they feel more financially secure. Companies have picked up on this and are putting out higher-level pieces. Nicer metals and fancier finishes abound because the customer base is...

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Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

It’s September and not even officially Fall yet; the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays! All of your guests will soon be enjoying your home with you. If you’re planning on a larger project – such as painting, adding wallpaper, ordering custom drapes or...

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Drapery Options For Your Home

When considering what drapery option is right for your home, you must first think about privacy, light control and appearance. Knowing how much light you want to let into the room and having an idea of your overall design for the space will make drapery decisions a...

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Countertops

Granite is not the only option for high-quality countertops anymore, there are so many beautiful, durable surfaces to choose from. We visited SCI Surface Center in Shawnee, KS to choose some of our favorite countertops. (www.sci-surfaces.com/) The countertop samplings...

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Cedar Creek Living Room Remodel

Adding glamour and solving design problems is what we do best. One of our recently completed living rooms had both in spades. Like many of our fabulous clients, we had worked with this family on a few other projects in their home. With the basement, kitchen and hearth...

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Small House, Big Look For The Living Room

Ever get stuck with what to do with a plain white room?  What about a living or family room?  This special home in Kansas City's Roeland Park area needed some attention to just that...a blank slate. The homeowners were short on ideas.  They wanted a comfy space with...

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