guest blog: green renovation by Diane Rosen

Thrilled at the prospect of creating a room, really creating a retreat from an existing garage was all at once exciting and challenging at the same time.

Let me take you on this adventure……….

The Vision:

Collaborating with my clients, their thoughts, needs and wishes….”I’ve always wanted, thought about…”

Ahha…a lake retreat with emphasis on relaxing and comfort was born…

The Challenges:

The existing garage had no plumbing or HVAC.  In collaboration with top contractor Mike Lemke of Renovation Specialists, plans were drawn, discussed and decisions made.

A bath with shower, sleeping and lounging areas were all components of this retreat, a great get away, so close yet so far away.

Using only no VOC (toxic free) paint by Sherwin Williams, local lumber, recycled fabrics, treasured family antiques and adding lots of comfortable surroundings (gotta have a TV, fridge and microwave) put smiles on my clients faces and definitely one on mine and contractor Mike Lamke.

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“i speak, you speak, we all speak designspeak”

September saw us host our 1st annual “ispeak” event, a joint celebration for design professionals and homeowners where we unveil our ideas for the coming year.  Park Pacific was gracious enough to offer their lovely clubhouse and rooftop with amazing views of downtown!  (Note: in our third attempt at a rooftop party, this one takes the cake, the weather was gorgeous!)

Huge thanks to our sponsors!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Park Pacific – visit website

Integration Controls – visit website

Colt Industries – visit website

Hammer & Hand Imports – visit website

the fabulous group of people that makes it all happen!

we had a hella good time! did you?

And many more thanks to the following contributors for services & raffle prizes!

Proxy Photos – visit website

Pairings Catering – visit website

Hotel Ignacio – visit website

Arts & Education Council – visit website

Check out more photos of the festivities courtesy of Proxy Photos!


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