Designing Saratoga

March 2012 Archives

The Botticelli cherubs have to go...but what would welcome our guests in its place??

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Chalk it up

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How can we bring chalk into our homes?

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What happens when your design aspirations and your budget don't get along??
Green is defined as "a color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea". So, ready to Go Green?

Surviving a crisis of design conscience...Has your historic house ever intimidated you?


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Mick Jagger once said, "I see a red door and I want to paint it black".  Me?  I see a black door and I want to paint it, well, purple.

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Kimberlee Billok
From humble beginnings redecorating my childhood bedroom every few months much to my mother’s chagrin, to years of life as a military spouse making short-term stops our own, to finding myself in Saratoga Springs in a 90-year-old home in need of lots of TLC, I have always enjoyed honing my home decorating and design skills in pursuit of making a house a home for the most important people in my world, my husband Mike and our three children. In pursuit of this goal/obsession I have put my undergraduate studio art studies to work, as well as the unofficial HGTV degree I’ve earned under the tutelage of Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, Candace Olson, and the other pros who make us all feel as if we can create as they do. I’ve had the good fortune to have numerous colleagues, friends and family who have trusted me enough to allow me to design their spaces as well, and even redecorated the office of my children’s elementary school principal, which although intimidating, was quite a good time (think a juxtaposition of animal prints and sharpened pencils…luckily she loved it!).

Outside of the decorating/design realm I inhabit in my free time, I am fortunate to spend my days teaching 3 and 4 year old preschoolers here in Saratoga, who can’t help but inspire me to be creative on a regular basis. So since every part of life is an adventure, please join me on this one…combining form and function, design and real life, making each room feel beautiful, comfortable, classic, and personal. All wrapped up in a structure that has been in existence before the invention of spray paint (it’s true—I looked it up!). Here goes!!