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Home Made Simple with Kenneth Wingard

I had the pleasure of working for Home Made Simple on OWN as art director for 5 episodes.  There were two teams on the season and I took over Team B when the original art director left mid-season.  Team A was run by my great friend and colleague, Leatha Wampler.  Each...

Power Hungry Panda

My BMW i3 has taken me 1,324.5 miles and I have spent a total of $3.38 on gas. My good friend and electrician, Dave, installed a BMW charger at my home. Fortunately, the house runs on solar so Panda is fed by the sunshine but when we go on long drives I look ahead to...

The Year of the Panda

I am embarking on a new adventure but it isn't a trek up a Taiwanese mountain, it isn't renovating restaurants in 12 hours for a reality show, and it isn't flying over Mt. St. Helens to photograph the path of its 1980 eruption. However, my journey is going to be full...

The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub Design

Recently I completed a pub design and renovation project in Maple Bay, British Columbia.  The best part about this job was working with wonderful clients, Andrew Abernethy, and Bruce & Cristina Findlay.  As an added bonus, they hired my former co-expert colleague...

Never Stop Improving Project – All That We Achieved

I had a great time working with my clients on their home project.  On the Never Stop Improving segment for me on American Dream Builders, there was only time to air one aspect of our renovation.  I designed and renovated two spaces with my clients.  We did the yard...

Working Moms

I had a big laugh when I read the reply letter by a mom who clearly took offense to Gwyneth Paltrow's post about working moms. The sarcasm was thick as the writer gave her condolences to Paltrow for all the hardships of her A-list film and television careers. My...

Here We Go

Tonight, American Dream Builders premieres on NBC.  This is an unbelievable day for me; ten years ago, almost to the day, I sent out an email that changed my life. I was basically a stay-at-home mom of three, with a small freelance design/art business, and when I...

Crystal Cove – Treasure of Orange County

I recently took my friend, Les Lane, to hike around Crystal Cove.  Les was visiting from Louisiana and wanted to experience unique locations of California. I chose to take him to a little time capsule gem a few miles down the coast called Crystal Cove. The Crystal...

American Dream Builders on NBC

American Dream Builders Renowned designer Nate Berkus hosts NBC's bold new one-hour reality competition series "American Dream Builders," premiering March 23 at 8/7c. Showcasing the talents of the most accomplished designers and home builders in the country, "American...