Our Most Asked Questions.....Answered!


Our design team visits many Hyde Park homes and while our clients design issues vary greatly our top questions are always related to lighting and paint.

Where to buy great lighting is our top question, and I understand why—there are so many options! And if you have ever searched for the perfect chandelier or sconce, you know that many of those options are dated. Our favorite place to search for lighting is online—try CircaLighting.com or ShadesOfLight.com They both offer stellar, up to date lighting options in many price ranges and finishes. Style issues aside, remember that when you shop for lighting, always check scale and number of lights in the fixture: measure twice, buy once!


Just like lighting, paint colors can be difficult to choose with so many options! The good news is that neutral walls, which allow your furniture and artwork to take center stage, are still trending. Stay away from the cool grays of 2015 and lean into the warmer greiges. Our top neutral wall color picks are Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray & Classic Gray. Our favorite whites for trim & walls are Chantilly Lace & White Dove. Remember to try before you buy as lighting has a huge effect on paint colors—Ace Hardware in the Plaza can mix up a small sample for you in a few minutes.


House Hunting 101


I’m the first to admit that finding a home is an incredibly stressful experience. It is an emotional rollercoaster especially in such a competitive market like Mt. Lookout and Hyde park. 

We started the hunt in Spring of 2018 and it took us a months to find "the perfect one." We found multiple homes we loved and put offers in, only to lose the home and start over again when new listings became available.


There will be things you need to compromise on, unless your budget is as high as they sky, or get you just get really lucky. My best advice is to make a list of must haves….a realistic list.  

Our priorities included:

1. Location, location, location.  (We wanted to stay within Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout, and Columbia Tusculum).

2. Hardwood floors (We had ours refinished prior to moving in) 

3. Good layout (We wanted an office space, at 3-4 bedrooms, at minimum 2 bathrooms, and space we could work with) 

We have just recently moved in (and removed all unwanted pests, i.e. bats) and we are currently working hard on making this house a home.  I can’t wait to show you the after photos so you can see how much paint, lighting, some minor renovations and beautiful decor can transform a space. Seeing past the current appearance of a house can be challenging, but it can also open up more options for you to find the right one.  I’ve added a few of my inspiration photos so you can take a peek at my plans for our new home. And remember keep an open mind and look past things that can be changed! 


Monday Makeover

We love the transformation in this East Hyde Park home!  This family wanted to inject color and character in their living space, but as renters they were limited.  We suggested a emerald green sofa and bright accents to liven up the traditional home!  We think they did a pretty good job at executing our design plan. 

White Hot


Long gone are the days of white walls in bland basic apartments…white now reigns supreme as the “it neutral”.  While we still love a good gray wall, white is where its at.  

Choosing the perfect shade of white may seem easy peasy, but it can actually be quite daunting. Who knew there are so many shades of white? Laney gives us the lowdown on favorite 5 white hues, so get your paint brushes ready!