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Hi, I’m Nikki. I started Xtraordinary by Design in 2006 to help people decorate their homes & offices on a budget. Since then I have seen a transformation in client’s lifestyles & mindset about their homes & the items they love. I began to see that more than buying “stuff” and following trends, most people really want to have what they love & love what they have. Because of this, I shifted my focus – my goal with Xtraordinary by Design is to bring great style home by consciously decorating for the people and for the planet. With a focus on Green Design, I work with you to help you reuse and up-cycle what you truly love, recycle what you don’t, and find the right pieces to polish off your space in your own unique style.
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One Room Challenge ~ Week 3~ Creating Outdoor Rooms
Our yard is not huge - it's about 24' x 75' not including the existing patio. It's still plenty of space for creating outdoor rooms & still have play space. It almost looks like there is not much going on this week. There's only a few physical changes, but there is plenty going on behind the scenes. Planning & Progress - Creating Outdoor Rooms Room #1 - The Garden The garden will be the first outdoor room. I want it... read more ❯
One Room Challenge ~ Week 2 ~ DIY Elevated Garden Beds
In week 1 of the One Room Challenge, I mentioned that our backyard makeover needed to be done in stages in a specific order. Last week, we completed the 1st part of our DIY elevated garden beds.We started out with the garden so that we can start planting & hopefully have some veggies to harvest & flowers to enjoy by the time we get the rest of the project done.I just started gardening last year when my... read more ❯
One Room Challenge ~ Week 1 ~ Backyard Makeover
Well y'all, the One Room Challenge is underway again for Spring 2017. I joined in as a guest participant for the 1st time last Fall (2016) & had a great time working on a room that had been put on the back burner, our master bedroom. I really wanted to participate this time too & I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Since we updated our bedroom, I wanted to dive in and tackle the... read more ❯
What is Green Design?
I've been getting this question quite a bit lately. "What is Green Design?" I don't think people are asking for a technical definition of green design - they can google that. More specifically, folks want to know what it means from a practical point of view. "What does it mean to me? How does Green Design affect me?" Isn't that always what we want to know?Generally green design is about using energy efficient lighting, non-toxic materials... read more ❯
2017 Color of the Year Roundup
The "color of the year" concept that Pantone started back in 2000 has been around for 17 years now. Since then, other companies have started to introduce their own picks for color of the year. There's some debate on whether there is any 1 clear authority on the subject anymore (except for the fact that Pantone's color of the year influences more than design itself). Either way, I like the healthy competition, innovation, & range... read more ❯