Weekend Reading…..

If you have some free time this weekend and want a healthy dose of design, check out some of the articles I have written this month as well as one I was featured in……

I remember my first apartment.  It was in the basement of a very lovely home in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, DC and every time it rained, crickets would invade the space in droves.  It had one closet the size of a shoebox, no oven and every piece of furniture I had come from Ikea.  I loved it!   I channel those memories as I help a young client decorate his first apartment to accommodate sleeping, working and the occasional dinner party  – all in 500 square feet of for my monthly column with  SheKnows.com ….


Switching gears from studio apartments to prefab homes, I recently wrote an article profiling BLU Home for California Home + Design blog.  BLU is one of the leaders pushing the definition of what a prefab home can look like.  And seriously, just drop the “pre” part because the house I profiled at their Sonoma location is just darn FAB…..


And the lovely folks over at Interior Canvas blog interviewed myself along with fellow designers Jonathan Savage and Grant Gibson (love those boys) as part of their profile on the online retailer Zinc Decor.  I love the store’s modern slant and the ladies behind the brand are honestly two of the most amazing folks I know – design savvy with business acumen…..plus they are super cute to boot (some folks have all the luck!) ……


(Wendy & Tiffany of Zinc Door — told you they were hot mommas….)

Okay I am off to do a final push for a client presentation on Monday!  Have a great weekend……

[picture credit: Photo by Adza/BLU Home/Zinc Door]

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Fall Organizing With SheKnows.com ….

courtneylake-kirstenjulia-58One of the strongest impressions I have growing up with siblings were their Legos.  They were EVERYWHERE it seemed…..the stairs, the dining table, under the couch, simply where ever you looked you were bound to find a Lego.  I thought of them as a child’s version of a land mind….I still have the indentation on the heel from where I stepped on one late at night going to use the bathroom so when I said “impression” I wasn’t kidding!

So this month when it came to writing my SheKnows.com column, I opted to focus on giving tips and advice on how an active family can get their homes ready for the school season and beyond…….

courtneylake-kirstenjulia-40I cover tips on how to create a “take-off/landing strip” in your home, organizing your home office and easy ways to incorporate children’s toys into your decor.  Not only was it a fun column to write, I had to chance to shoot in a home I have long admired.  I have been enamored with the light filled home of Oakland-based architect Mike Pitler for some time, but then I am bias…..he built our home as well!  But nonetheless, it as a treat to have Mike, Rachel and their two adorable boys open their home to me and my photographer to shoot.

And if you must know, I did step on a Lego or two during shooting 🙂  Some things never change…….

[photography: kirsten tamme//styling: courtney lake]

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Design Is All About Space Planning……

You will hear time and time again that in design, the devil is in the details and that is true.  However, I think the sin in design is not planning properly.  Yes, it’s great to goo buy that table you have been coveting for months but it also kinda blows when said table can’t fit up your staircase or overpowers the space that it was meant to occupy.  This is why designers rely heavily on floor and furniture plans when creating a space.  I believe in them so much that I dedicated my July SheKnows.com column to the whole idea of space planning ……..

DOUGLASS STREET Furniture Plan_Option 1 EDITED

In this month’s column, I show how the same room can look completely different using the same furniture but adjusting the furniture layout.  In addition, I give some simple tips to help guide your furniture placement and ensure you don’t make some costly mistakes when purchasing furniture for your home.

And I have some really sweet room sketches I am sharing also …. I think this is my favorite post to date so far, so check it out!  You can also check out other columns for SheKnows.com here.


Okay, time to entertain my parents who are visiting from out of town along with my little brother.  Putting on my tour guide hat now…….and if you notice to your left……

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