Author Archives: CatTail Studio Arts

About CatTail Studio Arts

I am Theresa - the 'T' in CatTail Studio Arts. My husband, Chuck, is the guy behind the 'C'. Our tales cover our many interests including good food, adventurous travel, cooking, gardening, hiking, cycling, crafting ceramics, beekeeping and occasionally even cat tales!

Traditional Design for the 21st Century

Since the day I opened Project Partners Design, I have always relied solely on word of mouth and referrals to get new business. I would much rather have a satisfied client sell their friends on my reputation for quality, service … Continue reading

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The House That Theresa Built

It is funny how the littlest of things can prompt a quest or start a project. Years ago, I won a black dishwasher but the house we lived in had an all-white, homeowner-installed kitchen. What to do with the dishwasher? … Continue reading

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A Day Full of Sunsets

I thoroughly enjoy being a professional kitchen designer!  It allows me to use my artistic skills to create beautiful designs and my analytical skills to make sure everything installs properly and functions flawlessly for my clients. The smile of a … Continue reading

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Pretty and Practical

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The Easiest Path to (dis)Function

For the past sixteen years, I have had the pleasure of doing what is, for me, a dream job – designing and implementing beautiful and functional kitchens and baths. You might think I have seen it all but I can … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Biggest Mistake

What is the single biggest mistake made in kitchen design? From my point of view, it isn’t going too trendy with the choice of materials or color. It isn’t using too big or too small of an island or mis-calculating the storage space or … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Surprise

Generally, I am not a big fan of surprises. I am just too much of an organized planner to go with the flow unless it is part of my PLAN to go with the flow! 😉 Recently, though, a pleasant … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration in the Strangest Places

A couple of weekends ago, I excitedly looked forward to attending an Edible Art exhibit in Oakland, California. Before you make the same assumption that Keystone did, this show was not about art you can eat but rather art about … Continue reading

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The Happiness of Being Hand-Picked

It is funny how a little bit of recognition always feels good regardless of what prompted it. This morning I opened my email to find a message that read as follows: “You were hand-picked by one of our writers to … Continue reading

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You won “Best of Houzz” 2014!

It is always nice to open your email and find a message that makes a nice start to your day. Being a design professional, when I opened my email earlier this week and found this lovely note from Houzz.com, it … Continue reading

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