Before & After: A Classic Cottage Kitchen Renovation

Design An Outdoor Living Room

Women's Lifestyle

These precious months of summer entice us to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It is no surprise that more and more homeowners are moving their living room outside. So why not do it in style?

Return of the Man Cave

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Congratulations, boys, guess what’s back in style and hotter than ever? Trending in the marketplace is “The Man Cave” and it has returned from the dark ages bigger, better and sexier than ever before…

Why We Must Bring Back the Boudoir

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How delicious does the concept of a boudoir sound? Does it invite images of period films, with elegant royalty sipping tea while having make-up applied? Do visions of colorful flower bouquets…

Green Trends for 2013

Women's Lifestyle

Chances are you made more than one purchase last year for your home that was a sustainable product, whether or not you intentionally set out to do so. Seeing as “green” is now a way of life as opposed to a short-lived trend, manufacturers…

Trailhead Cafe

What do you get when you combine a love for bikes, the outdoors and good food? The Trailhead Cafe. The concept is a family run local business that was born out of these passions. Their other business, Grand Rapids Bicycle Company resides right next door, with an opening to connect the two. The realtor of the space had directed the owner my way, as I had designed the original cafe that occupied this space, CG’s Prep Kitchen and Cafe. They liked my work and hoped to re-create the space by re-purposing as many of the materials as we could. The results…quite pleasing. The food…delicious! Stay tuned for a future news regarding an expansion to this business.

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Signage by Carlson Design

Original concrete floors set the foundation for the space.

Photos were printed on canvas to bring the outdoors in.

Custom Lights

Custom light fixtures made out of bicycle wheels and cage lights were designed custom for the space and fabricated by Carlson Design.

Vinyl covered banquette seating actually looks like leather from a bike seat, but wears well and is easy to clean.

A window opens to the kitchen where the friendly staff grabs your meal and brings it to your table.

A rare vintage tandem bike adorns the wall as art.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.

The Lowdown on Kitchen Countertop Trends

Women's Lifestyle

Whether you are in the middle of designing a new home, thinking of a kitchen remodel or saving pennies for a counter material upgrade in an existing space, countertops are an important…