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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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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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Resolve to Live More Beautifully

You might think resolutions were made to be broken, but having a functional and beautiful space can help keep you on track long after January 1st. A gorgeous kitchen might inspire you to eat more meals in. Well-designed storage solutions help keep homes clean and...

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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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One Easy Way to Warm Up Your Home

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star, discussing a fabulous home accessory – throws! We love adding one to the end of a bed, over the back of a couch or piled into a basket. Throws are a great way to add interest to a room,...

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What a Treat: Three Tricks for Painting Your Room Red

Painting a room red adds drama and personality, but it can be really tricky. In my first home, my husband and I had a cherry kitchen.  It was adorable.  I loved it and still miss it.  But, guess how many coats of paint it took to finish that room.  Four! Since...

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Make Your Chandelier Sparkle in 10 Easy Steps

Every autumn, we roll up our sleeves and clean our chandeliers. Much like placing your diamonds in jewelry cleaner, cleaning your chandelier will add some sparkle to your home. We tackle this project in the fall to begin getting our house ready for holiday...

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Soaring Spaces: Tips for Playing Up Vaulted Ceilings

This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, we discuss some of the design challenges that come with vaulted ceilings. We have developed a few tricks over the years for making the most of this dramatic...

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5 Fives Secrets for Creating a Spa-like Retreat at Home

In August, one of our projects was featured in Spaces Kansas City. We’re very proud of this particular renovation and would like to share more about it with you. Our client was looking for a bathroom with a sexy vibe. They wanted it to be clean, bright and white....

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Judging For KCH&G Magazine’s Awards

It's the time of year to judge some of Kansas City's newest homes for Kansas City Home and Garden magazine’s 2013 Home of the Year awards. It is such an honor to again be selected as TWO of the judges of Kansas City’s architects, builders, designers.  New home's are...

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KC Anchor Gives T+T An Amazing Testimonial

Wow.  Thank you, Matt!!!  What you said here is so sweet. We really enjoyed helping you and your wonderful wife with your home.  Thank you again for your kind words! "I have known Jill Tran for the past six years have been consistently impressed with her knowledge,...

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Award Winning Living Room, “Before” and “After”

Thank you to KC Magazine for our newest Design Excellence Awards!   This living room remodel was one of our winners.  Not only do we love the "After" (it is just what the homeowners were wanting!), but it is such a far cry from the "Before." After discovering the...

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Ugly Office Re-Design From KC Business Mag

It was so fun to get a shout from KC Business Magazine to help them with a project.  They asked us to redesign the an existing "Ugly Office" in the back of a Relax the Back store in Overland Park, KS for the owner/manager.           Be the...

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Trend Series: Chair Backs

Often overlooked, chair backs are finally having a moment. No longer plain Janes, we have versions with hardware, intricate cut outs and textural fabrics. Adding a chair like one of these to your house is an easy way to add personality to your home. To get the most...

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Trend Series: Yellow & Orange

If you’re looking for an easy way to update your house, color can quickly inject some life into your space. Two of the hottest shades this year, yellow and orange, bring to mind citrus and sunshine. This week, we wanted to give you a few, simple tips for each color....

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Trend Series: Metal Wrapped Furniture

With the emergence of Steampunk as an interior design trend, it’s no surprise that furniture is experiencing some innovative changes. To add something eye-catching to your home, consider a piece of metal wrapped furniture. By using traditional or vintage shapes, these...

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The Secret To Building The Best Custom Home

Congratulations!  You are about to embark on one of the greatest and most rewarding adventures of your life!  Put on your seatbelt. The most wonderful thing about building a custom home is, of course, it's custom.  However, few new home owners take full advantage of...

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Trend Series: Steampunk

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tranthomasdesign/6899764873/ Steampunk, a blend of vintage, Victorian style and today’s technology, has found its way into the interior design world. Wonderfully bizarre and alluring, the style is best known for oddly beautiful objects,...

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Master Suites – IV

After showing you a week’s worth of sexy suites, we invite you to take a look at one last design solution. In this show-stopping room...even the dog looks fancy. Decorative pillows and an ornate armoire add an international, worldly flair to this room by channeling...

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“Before” and “After” A Fairway Remodel

We love this cute and simple remodel we did.  The room started out so blank and standard.  The couple wanted to liven it up, keep it comfy, gain some storage and get the layout of the room to be smooth. We chose to create a cozy and warm space with some interesting...

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Master Suites – III

So far, we’ve shown you some glammed up versions of master suites, but today, we wanted to share a softer side. Bathed in yellow, this sunny room is the perfect retreat for cold winter days. We love the vintage feel of this beautiful bathroom. Although largely...

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Master Suites – Part II

To make a space feel special, the key is to pay attention to the details. Fresh flowers, soft bedding and spa features create feelings of luxury and decadence. Don’t believe us? Just think of the first time you walked into a honeymoon suite.

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Master Suites – Part I

In a lot of homes, the master bedrooms are the last spaces to receive any design attention.  But in our eyes, they deserve so much more. When it comes to creating the perfect suite, we think the details matter so much. From the closet to the bed, we design retreats to...

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Master Suite Series

As interior designers in Kansas City, we’re often asked to create a romantic retreat for our clients. Designing luxurious and sexy spaces is what we do best. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating master suites this week. Each day, we’ll share...

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