Summer is finally here! Kids are officially out of school and long, hot days are among us. What a better way to spend a lazy afternoon or evening, than watching the world go by from your porch which is decked out with comfy furniture and inspiring accessories. Embracing easy summer living can be as simple as spending time each day on your front or back porch. There is something utterly relaxing about hanging out on the porch, whether it’s to sip morning coffee or to have a glass of wine to unwind at the end of the day. To create a more inviting space, make your porch a place you can’t wait to spend time on, with these simple, yet, beautiful ideas. Channel the Hamptons. Natural wood, sandy beige and blue make a classic beach house combination that works anywhere. Unfinished teak furniture fades to sandy gray as it weathers, and it looks just right with indigo and linen-hued cushions coupled with freshly cut hydrangeas in a mason jar. Hit the flea market. Digging for treasures at outdoor flea markets and summer yard sales is always fun and adventuresome. Folding chairs, vintage wicker and small wood tables are natural choices, but keep an eye out for interesting containers for plants, mirrors and artwork, too. Imperfect finds you might pass up for the living room could be amazing on a summer porch, so keep an open mind. Set up an outdoor dining space. Eating al fresco is even more pleasant...

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, your first order of business is choosing a layout. Do you want open or closed concept? Does the standard work triangle best suit your cooking style, or will work zones make food prep and cleanup more efficient for you? Do you want a design with storage room to spare? Because the answers to these questions are very dependent on each client lifestyle, obviously, only you can answer these questions, but one thing is clear: Your layout determines the way you cook, socialize and entertain. Here’s the some food for thought (pun intended :))  on three common layouts to help you pick the one that bests suits you! U-Shaped U-shaped kitchens are more common in older homes and smaller residences (such as town-homes), but you can also find them more and more in modern builds. Pros: U-shaped kitchens utilize three walls or cabinet sections, so you’ll probably have good storage space relative to the size of your kitchen. Since your appliances will be closer together (especially in smaller kitchens), you won’t have to walk to the other side of your kitchen for food prep or cleanup. If you are the type of homeowner who prefers a closed kitchen designs...

Press release: Usable Space Interiors Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  Nashville, TN, January 25, 2016 – Usable Space Interiors has won “Best of Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually to the top 3% of professionals in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Usable Space Interiors, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” “Words cannot express how honored we feel to receive such a prestigious award three years in a row” says CEO, Pamela Standish...

I can’t believe it? Wow, has this year flown by… it really feels like yesterday I was blogging about getting organized for the fresh, new year? However, before we blink and lose this precious moment, let’s enjoy this holiday season, and focus on not get weighed down by the additional responsibilities that come with this joyous season. Christmas is such a special and sentimental time of year for all of us. Bundling up next to the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music in the car with the kiddos, or simply enjoying the cool weather –how I love those brisk walks with my dog Sparks at 5 am during this time of year. :) As with many families, one of our personal favorite Christmastime traditions is gift giving. Receiving is always a fun surprise, but it is soooo exciting for our family to give.   All the excitement of shopping and wrapping –  just knowing how much your loved ones will love their gift. This time of year always reminds me of a little embarrassing secret of mine.  When I was little,  I wanted to be a professional gift wrapper. Little did I know at the time there was no such job, but all the same this was one of the multiple occupations I want to pursue.  I just loved all those fancy papers, the fancy two-sided tape, and OH MY those decorative toppers…don’t even get me started. In college I even worked one season at a department store in their...

Fall is my favorite season…. The crisp air, the amazing colors that fill our landscape, and let’s not forget all the tailgating, and autumn comfort foods that come along with this time of year. This IS the time of the year that most of us take time to entertain more, not just because of Thanksgiving and Christmas but, typically we go inside and just plain gather more. So when you are entertaining, why not make your table beautiful? Nothing makes a guest feel more welcome than a home cooked meal and some personalization at the table. A well-set table doesn’t have to be fancy nor does it have to cost a lot of money to look cohesive and beautiful. Sometimes, a little bit of greenery from your garden added to a small vase, or a simple apple used as a place card holder can completely transform a table-scape. Recently, I used old, empty bourbon bottles as a centerpiece to a antique, wooden chicken feeder I found at a Vintage Fair for $12, and incorporated candles, pinecones, pumpkins and apples to create a fun and festive focal point. Taking the time to personalize your table by incorporating place cards is a great way to make your guests feel welcome and impart the love you’ve put into preparing the meal. The good news is that personalized place cards – while they may look like they took loads of time to prepare – only take a few minutes to make, and go a long way with guests.  My kids love doing this even when...

August is here and although it is still very hot here in NashVegas, soon, we will be approaching my favorite season Fall!  The only thing I like more than the fall, is buying all those school supplies...