July 14th, 2012

Summer has arrived! Let’s bring summer inside!

We are SO lucky to live in an area of the country that when summer arrives… we love every day of it!  We should never take forgranted our sunny days and blue skies!

Let’s consider bringing that summer feel inside our homes as well.  This can be a simple transition.

Try the following ideas:

  • Lighten up the color of your accessories - if you tend to use deeper, richer colors, try a lighter version of that color, using almost a pastel.  Or using summer stripes or bold floral print will lighten the mood as well.  Try this in pillows, vases, candles.
  • Swap out a piece of furniture - or two - if you have any wicker furniture (white or otherwise), use it in place of the usual seating (such as that heavy old recliner).  The idea here is to lighten up the feel of your room.
  • Change the area rug - Sisal is IN!  It’s casual but can be very elegant, it’s not expensive, it brings some great texture into the look of a room and it’s OH! so natural!  It can be purchased many sources, from Pier 1 to  Crate and Barrel  to your favorite flooring store.  It’s much less expensive than carpeting and you can roll it up and bring it out next summer or use it in your office all year round.  Very versitile!
  • Flowers are a welcome touch - they are lovely this time of year and free from your garden. Try using something different for a vase; a pitcher, an old jar, the old cookie jar…. make it a surprise!

Please call me to help you bring the summer indoors with these ideas or for a redesign!  My rate is $50/hr and I’m offering a complementary half hour for each referral.  Enjoy the summer!  “:O)

Best always!  Ruth  206-719-1011

July 1st, 2012

While We Wait for Summer…

While we wait for summer to start, lets work on a few projects.  Here are some to consider:

1. Painting.  A gallon of paint is “the biggest bang for your buck”, it can bring a whole new look and feel to a room and can be re-done as often as you like (unlike buying furniture).  If you have color-paralysis, with too many to choices, call me for a color consultation.

2.  New details.  Buy or make some new pillow covers for a fun, colorful summer look. Change the handles on your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.  They go in and out of style and can make a big difference.

 3. Re-design!  Move the furniture, adjust your lighting - rehang your art.  This brings a fresh, new feeling to a familiar space. Need new ideas?  I’m happy to help or do it all.  Call or text me at  206-719-1011 “:O)

Best wishes for a really Happy 4th of July!  If you want to see a “small-town” 4th of July parade, come out to Edmonds.  The kids parade begins at 11:00 and all the rest of the fun begins at noon in the downtown Edmonds area.

Enjoy!   Ruth  “:O)

Hrly rate: $50

Ph: Txt: 206-719-1011

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May 24th, 2012

Happy to be at Home!

Make your home the best with a spring re-design.  Let’s move the furniture around, uncover treasures you haven’t looked at for ages and give your art new a new place to hang.

This spring I’m re-designing on the weekends.  And for a short time… only $50/hr.

Call me to book your morning or afternoon weekend appointment.

All the best and hope to see you soon!  Ruth “:O)

April 18th, 2011

Making Changes

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Change = Learning = Adapting = Acceptance  

We experience change everyday, some days we just don’t realize it.  And some days we don’t want to accept it.

I’ve always loved change.  On “moving day” in grade school we got to pick a new place to sit and sometimes we actually rearranged the furniture.  My favorite day!  This is when my love of moving and placing furniture began. 

When I was old enough to help my older sister push our bedroom furniture around we started rearranging our room.  That was heaven!  Less compromising (no teacher telling us how it was going to be arranged) and mom usually let us have at it!

Sometimes after school mom I would find my mom rearranging the livingroom furniture and I’d jump right in to help and decorate.  What a “placement” junkie I was… and am!

Change is stimulating so push that furniture into a new arrangement!  Remember that it takes at least three days to accept change so let it be for a while.  Call me if you need help I still love pushing furniture around! 206-719-1011

“:O)  Ruth

December 23rd, 2010

Best Wishes!

img_2779.jpgChristmas is here…. a time of giving and being with the ones you love.

I am so grateful for the people in my life that have given me so much this past year… support, encouragement and unconditional love.  The best presents EVER!

Have a VERY Merry Christmas with your families and the ones you love.

Hugs!  “:O)

October 23rd, 2010

Another great Blog

2010-fall-006.jpg               I recently came across a great Blog that is written by a designer in Vancouver, BC, named Maria Killam.  She is totally into color - it’s her passion and her career.  Check out her blog - I really enjoyed reading it!

 http://colourmehappyblog.blogspot.com

 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy a relaxing rainy day!  “:O)

September 30th, 2010

I’m Back to Blogging!

late-summer-2010-030.jpg            I was lamenting to a friend recently that I hadn’t been blogging for a REALLY long time.  She looked at me and said, “Well, just get back to it!”. 

Ha!  So here I am! 

During my non-blogging period, I’ve been involved in working for an interior designer, but now I am on my own again.  Well, almost. 

I’m having the delightful experience of assisting and being mentored by a wonderful friend, Pamela Robinson.  She is the owner and creator of Red Ticking.  It’s been so wonderful to be with a person that has such a positive outlook; not only in the design business, but life in general.  She is thoughtful, generous, so much fun and SO encouraging in every way.  Thank YOU Pam for caring so much!

Her store, Red Ticking, reflects her delightfulness.  Please go for a visit.  It’s located at  2802 east madison  seattle washington  98112  The store is open tuesday-friday 11-6  and saturday 11-5  or visit her website at www.redticking.com

By the way, the photo today is mine, but the flowers and shells on the dinner table are Pam’s thoughtfulness!  “:O)

It feels good to be back!

All the best,  Ruth  “:O)


February 4th, 2010

It’s a New Year!

market-81609-002.jpg          Happy Belated New Year!  I took a little break from blogging but now I’m back. 

One of my loves is color - as you know.  I recently discovered that, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, often has great articles or columns about color for your home.  In the February issue, I found a great tip that I thought I’d share, “Pick colors using objects as your guide - an old celadon teapot, the burnt sienna on a paisley fabric, a blade of grass.  It’s so much more lively than chips.  I always, always, always start with a ‘thing’.” - Sasha Emerson, Los Angeles Designer

I couldn’t agree with Sasha more and recommend her advice!

Have a great day and start with a little color - a crispy green vegetable, a lovely pink camelia (ours are in bloom already in the Nortwest!) or the soft brown found on a pair of trousers on the little Hummel figure that you got from Aunt Mildred over the holidays.      “:O)

December 9th, 2009

Gifting Ideas for the Holidays!

fall-xmas-08-042.jpg                                                 That’s Zoe, my youngest West Highland Terrier.  She’s dreamin’ of a white Christmas!

Here are some unique gifting ideas that your recipient may enjoy - no matter what age!  

1.  100% Cotton pillows made from colorful fabrics from West Africa - they are designed by the students of the Here Je Training Center in Mali - Sales of the pillows support the school and the students that would otherwise be on the streets begging to support their families and themselves.  Check my website www.yourhomeinc.com for pictures of the pillows or go to the Fabric of Life Boutique in Edmonds on Main Street.  Pillows $45

2.  2-Hours of Closet Organization - Holiday Special at $95  This is a great gift for anyone for any closet in their home or office.  This works for the kitchen cupboards as well! 

3.  3-Hours of Redesign - let us give your friend or relative a fresh new look in their living space by moving furniture, art and lighting - amazing how rejuvenating this can be!  Or give it to yourself!  3 hours at a Special Rate of $225

4.  How about a Color Consultation?  Give yourself the gift of a Color Consultation for $75 and Professional Painter recommendations come free! 

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This is a photo from last years first snow fall.  The pavers in the backyard created this fabulous pattern.  I hope you’re enjoying the Holiday Season and staying warm!  There aren’t too many areas of the country that are above freezing right now.  It’s chilly out there - please keep your pets indoors!  “:O)

Give me a call 206-719-1011 or drop me an email ruth@yourhomeinc.com to purchase a Gift Certificate - PayPal is available.  Look forward to hearing from you!  “:O)

And here’s my little Dumplin’ again helping me decorate the tree - So lovable and SO much fun! 

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October 20th, 2009

Take a Chance

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Yep, that’s me alright!!  Here I am on my birthday recently with my dog, Chance.

This blog is just for fun.  I like reading zodiac descriptions and this one tends to describe me and my friends to a tee!  

CAPRICORN The Go-Getter (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Patient and wise. Practical and rigid.. Ambitious. Tends to be Good-looking. Humorous and funny.. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimistic. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be Unfriendly at times. Hold grudges. Like competition.. Get what they want.

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality… Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique. Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.

PISCES - The Dreamer (Feb 19 - Mar 20)  Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive.. Don’t like details. Dreamy and unrealistic.. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.ARIES - The Daredevil (Mar 21 - April 19) Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous…. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (Easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.

TAURUS - The Enduring One (April 20 - May 20)

Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings that are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard — passionate. Expresses themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined.. Indulges themselves often. Very generous.

GEMINI - The Chatterbox (May 21 - June 20)

Smart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express them selves. Argumentative and outspoken.. Like change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent. Beautiful physically and mentally.

CANCER - The Protector (June 21 - July 22)

Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome Excellent partners for life. Protective.. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic.

LEO - The Boss (July 23 - Aug 22)

Very organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help Others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. Doing the right thing is important to Leos . Attractive..

VIRGO - The Perfectionist (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Dominant In relationships. Conservative.. Always wants the last word…. Argumentative… Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager.. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic..

LIBRA - The Harmonizer (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

Nice to everyone they meet. Can’t make up their mind. Have own unique appeal.. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.

SCORPIO - The Intense One (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive… Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long Relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.

SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Good-natured optimist. Doesn’t want to grow up ( Peter Pan Syndrome ). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing.. Doesn’t like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn’t like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes.. Doesn’t like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.  

Have a wonderful Autumn day!  “:O)

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