Tres McKinney Design


Services Provided
Interior design, space planning, finishes and material specification, color and furnishing schemes, cabinet and furniture design, kitchen and bath remodel.

Areas Served
Northern California: Carmel Valley to Mendocino, San Francisco Bay area to Tahoe.

Typical Job Cost
$50,000.00 - $1,000,000.00+
Job costs vary depending on how extensive a renovation is required, if new construction, and the number of rooms to be designed and furnished.


Business Description
Tres McKinney Design is a full service design office specializing in designing residential interiors.
Working with an extensive vocabulary of stylistic approaches, Tres is known for designing timeless, gracious interiors - executed with great attention to detail. The architectural style and site of the property are taken into consideration to achieve a seamless integration of architecture and interior design integrity.
She enjoys collaborating with clients incorporating their personal taste, collections and lifestyle requirements. In addition, her longstanding relationships with antique dealers and an extensive group of artists and craftsmen/women are integral to creating her distinctive interiors. Please call us with any questions.
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I would consider white washing the brick walls. If that is too drastic then consider painting the trim more of a crem color and the built in book shelves and cabinet a smokey blue. All the blue and white elements and patterns and warm toned pine furniture are great but the dark brick walls overwhelm the space. The furniture arrangement seems too small in scale for the space. A large sectional and two club chairs might fill the space better. It is not necessary to angle the sofa towards the fireplace.
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Hi. It sounds as if you have done a ton of work already. The original family room and sunroom must have looked really dark. The white looks great!

Without painting the brick, the room will look great. However, you will not achieve the exact look that you have in some of your idea book photos.

Your goal is a cream and blue room.

Since the brick is busy and you already have many other busy patterns in the room, I would consider white and blue solid vases for the bookshelves. I know you don't want to buy all new right now, but we can gradually move away from it.

I wonder if your husband would consider lining the bookshelves with something not permanent. Normally, I would suggest wallpaper, but I don't think that would work with the bookshelves.

This would help show off the architectural features of your bookshelves (which are now lost) as well as serve as a backdrop to show off your blue and white vases.

You could try paper, just to see if you liked it. Then, for something permanent, ideas would be to cut drywall, thick poster board, mdf board or plywood. It would fit snugly back.

I have honestly never tried this and am thinking out loud.
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Here are a couple of examples of how painting the back of the bookcases adds to the room as well as showing off the pieces displayed in the bookcases.

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The fabric was from Schumacher but sadly has been discontinued.
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The Cure for Houzz Envy: Master Bedroom Touches Anyone Can Do

Make your bedroom a serene dream with easy moves that won’t give your bank account nightmares Full Story
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The most important things in a bedroom for me are bedside lights and European pillows for reading in bed and fresh air from an open window. Tammy Conners charming bedroom featured in the first image is beautifully executed. The beautiful monochromatic color scheme is restful. The working curtains and skirted bedside table add fabric to quiet the space. The white shutters provide filtered light and privacy. There is not an overabundance of pillows and the room is beautifully accessorized and edited with restraint. Likewise is David Michael Miller and Ivonne McFaddon's bed treatments with their minimal custom pillows that give polish to the room without being overly fussy.
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Night stand idea
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Dressers as night stands
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How to Choose the Right Window Shades

Should you roll with rollers or do as the Romans do? This mini guide to choosing window shades can help Full Story
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This article illustrates the many shade style options available. I particularly liked the exotic patterned shades by Delia shades in the third image posted. The simple roller shades in the first image are perfectly in keeping with the spare clean lines of this country room. I also am partial to relaxed roman shades as illustrated in the 3rd image. Thank you for including an image of the roman shade in one of my projects (5th image). The tape edge trim and tassle trim at the bottom of the shade is a focal point in this galley kitchen. My favorite shades are roman shades or grass weave shades, especially CONRAND shades, either by themselves or paired with simple inner lined beautifully constructed curtains. Grass weave shades filter the light and provide daytime privacy or you can add night time privacy with liners. The texture of grass and woven wood shades adds interest to eclectic transitional, traditional or contmporar spaces.
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Some very nice shade ideas. I live in a cold, windy climate, so I like cellular shades for their insulating value. Plus they take up minimal space when you want to let the sun shine in. It is very hard to find printed cellular shades, and I wonder why that is--but finally I found these SelectBlinds for the window by our breakfast bar, and I'm very happy with the look (and quality), though it is hard to photograph.
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Like shades
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Mumaw Claster
Definitely paint it. It will change the whole look of the house. The putty color is a good choice but make sure it doesn't have any pink tones in it.
January 24, 2014 at 10:36am   
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Paint ll the brick and stucco a light taupe gray. Paint the shutters a darker and all trim shade of taupe gray. Happyasaclam's image of the Amhurst courtyard is a good example. Paint the fence as well the same color as the body of the house. You won't believe the difference this will make!
April 16, 2014 at 9:40pm   
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Remove the tile over the stove and the stone backsplash behind all the counters and repace with tile of your choice from counter top to upper cabinets. For a quick fix - remove the tile over the stove and appy a piece of frosted glass that would be easy to clean.
April 16, 2014 at 9:33pm        Thanked by merylsr
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@bevballew I wish it were that easy! I would love a material that is just wipe-and-go and easy to maintain. That is why I am looking for a cost effective quick fix solution until we get around to a major remodel. It is "raw" stone. It has not been sealed or finished in any way. So any grease that splatters gets "absorbed" into the stone and does not wipe off. The pieces of stone are minuscule and are at different intervals creating hundreds of tiny crevices that I have to individually scrub out. It is time consuming, impractical, and not an easy cleaning endeavor.
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Leona Malone
Don't remove the stonework just get a piece of brushed stainless steel fabricated to go on top of that eyesore. That would be so easy to clean.
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Wood side chairs with natural linen seats or blue and ivory stripe linen upholstered seats would look great. The wood chairs could be in the dame dark finish as the host and hostess chairs which contrast nicely with the off white table.
April 14, 2014 at 9:43pm   
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Nancy Travisinteriors
This is a small room, I would keep all chairs the same. Good job.
April 15, 2014 at 8:43am   
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for a more eclectic look you could go with something like this:
http://deciture.com/shop/furniture/world-market/bishop-dining-chairs-set-of-2/
April 15, 2014 at 8:47am   
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Laurakdesigns 3rd image of a gray walls with darker charcoal gray trim is the most striking option. Also paint the garage door the charcoal gray of the trim. Don't use any white or light colors for the trim. If dragons breath gray is the swatch you have on the walls in the latest image I think it looks great with the brick and slate. You cold paint the front door a rich deep gold picking up on the gold tones in the slate. This palette will be striking, sophisticated and unpredictable.
April 14, 2014 at 9:37pm   
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Tammy, I was thinking the Mystic gold for the stucco and the lighter color for the trim....sorry I wasn't clear!
April 15, 2014 at 5:55am   
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Dark lower cabinets and white uppers would be the best choice. The dark charcoal lower cabinets will tie in the stove and dishwasher and give that run of cabinets a more cohesive look (ditto for the refrigerator wall). The white upper cabinets will make the kitchen feel more expansive and give it an updated look. If you are doing dark lower cabinets then I recommend Carrera marble counters as black granite counters will not offer enough contrast with the dark base cabinets. White subway tile of Carrera subway tile if budget permits would be very attractive. If budget permits choose an under counter sink for a ore seamless counter and less maintenance. The contrast of the dark base cabinets and white uppers will be striking not boring.
April 14, 2014 at 9:23pm   
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kdiala
Thanks! A com earn I had about the two tone cabinets was how it might play in a smaller space and for potential buyers if we sell in a few years- hopefully it stays as popular as it is now... Any thoughts on removing the upper cabinet to the left of the sink? Put thought was that it would give better line of sight to the window from across the room and make the kitchen feel more open. We could make do without it- I just want sure if the benefit of removing it would be outweighed by the loss of storage space in a small kitchen.
April 14, 2014 at 9:56pm   
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pick a color that matches the lightest or medium cream color in the granite and it will work beautifully with the blue green cabinets. If you prefer a richer color then go for a cafe mocha color for the walls in the same tone as the browns in the granite. the trim should be a creamy white instead of bright white or paint it the same colors as the walls.
April 14, 2014 at 9:12pm        Thanked by amydolbert
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Thank you all for your responses. Really didn't think that this would be sigh a hard decision. I just want it to look terrific! Our house is a cape cod and I would love to go with a cottage feel design scheme....
April 15, 2014 at 1:35pm   
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Love the cabinet tone - can't tell but the granite appears to have a lot of gold / yellow. You want to avoid that deep yellow with your wythe blue but the creamy wood work is just the right thing. You can go soft on the walls to bring in more light but it needs to pick up the undertone of the stone . . .yellows are the hardest to pick, even in a cream tone but that is what you need - something that will appear darker than your creamy trim but lighter than the countertops in the same family. Test bm simply irresistable http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/simplyirresistible if you don't like the ideas for chocolate or mid tone neutrals in the brown family. Test, test test for anything with a yellow undertone - they reflect the light around them so very latitude and room specific.
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A banquette bench on the back wall with an upholstered back and a rectangular table would allow you to still use a chair at each end and 2 on the sides opposite the banquette. That electrical outlet in the middle of the wall is an eyesore. Have an electrician relocate it to lower on the wall or eliminate altogether. I would put a large scaled horizontal mirror on that wall instead of the 2 small prints. This will make the space feel more spacious and add to the bistro look. Move the cat poster to another wall in the kitchen. Consider painting the walls a tera cotta brown to harmonize with the floor color. I agree that you could consider painting the upper cabinets a cream color which might make the space feel brighter.
April 14, 2014 at 9:01pm     
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Check Ikea for lights. They have a artichoke one that would be perfect. Or go a pop of color like the one Grover showed but in Red.
April 15, 2014 at 12:59pm   
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sondramartina
I decided to move these chairs back to DR and bring Gus Thompson chairs in the kitchen. But I can still apply some ideas mentioned above.
thanks guys
I 'll be back! :)
April 15, 2014 at 1:39pm   
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I recommend a medium taupe gray for the siding and all the trim, pillars etc. ( The siding needs to be medium to dark to unify the siding with the brick otherwise it will look like the brick is pasted onto the front of the house. Go for black or dark charcoal gray for the shutters and a rusty orange in high gloss for the front door (pull the color from the orange brick). Then add landscaping that includes some russet red and orange plants interpersed with various shades of green. I would add a railing on the front and sides of the porch to tie in the tall handrails on your stairs. Add a large scaled pot or planter to the right side of the door with orange or russet red annual flowers and change out to box wood or an evergreen in the winter.
April 14, 2014 at 8:49pm        Thanked by Sandra Norton
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Thank you all I think I found the gray color that I was looking for. You can describe all you want and you can not get the image you have in mind in a chip lol. However I think I found it by accident in trying other colors and then looking over to the left on a paint deck lol. I am going to go purchase it and try it. I LOVE the shutters that you presented Timberlane!!
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Thanks Sandra! Feel free to request a free catalog from our website and take a peek around http://www.timberlane.com
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My Houzz: From Dated to Dreamy in 3 Weeks

The results belie the speedy makeover of this 1940s Quebec home — which not even a colony of ants could derail Full Story
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The change with the most impact, also the easiest and least expensive is painting all the trim and interior doors the same color as the walls. This is beautifuly illustrated in the before and after images of this project. So many homeowners are afraid to paint natural wood but the cheap oak trim and doors of countess 1970's and 80's homes detracts rather than enhancing rooms. If color is what you prefer then unified wall and trim color works just as well as an all white approach.
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You worked WITH the house and now your home is "just right!!" franki
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I'd love to know more about the dining room table and bench. What type of materials were used, was there an existing design the used?

The place is lovely.
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Custom curtains, simple roman shades, grass weave or shutters bring warmth and polish to any room. Skimpy single width panels or over fussy treatments add nothing or generally distract from the beauty of a room. When choosing window coverings they should be a beautiful solution to function (light control or privacy) and or a beautiful decorative element that harmonizes with the interior scheme.
April 11, 2014 at 9:40pm     
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I think it's OTT.
April 12, 2014 at 1:51am     
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sondramartina
I have one friend who would like that window treatment but not me nor my 20 other friends. It is too intricate for our taste.
April 12, 2014 at 3:39am     
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You could go with a pale coral or tangerine.Those two colors look very nice. If you can post pictures, it would help.
February 11, 2014 at 9:44pm   
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This room pictured is too narrow to paint an accent wall on one of the long side walls. Accent walls are over rated and don't always add to the room. This room would have look better either all turquoise or all green.
April 11, 2014 at 9:26pm   
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How to Choose the Right Window Blinds

Get the privacy, light filtering and look you want with this breakdown of blind options Full Story
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There is nothing that kills a beautifully executed room more than honey comb, verosol or vertical blinds. Grass or wood weave shades, roman shades or shutters are a much more appealing solution to window coverings when it comes to shades.
Solar shades can be an elegant solution in a contemporary room when sun control is an issue.
April 11, 2014 at 9:12pm     
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Note that most of the photos in this article have blinds that are mounted inside the window frame, which I think is the best scenario for blinds. Blinds are a little trickier to install when you have to do outside mount, and I don't think they look as good. Plus you end up hiding all your lovely window trim, if you have it. I re-modeled a whole house and framed in all new windows a couple years ago. Nobody, from the architect to the contractor to the window manufacturer bothered to ask me what kind of window treatments I had planned. Needless to say, none of my lovely window frames can accommodate inside mounts and it changed my whole window treatment plan. : ( Something to consider if you're ever putting in new windows and doors.
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I am soooo saving this article! Now, what about shades?
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Thank you. I designed the chair and ottoman and had my upholsterer make them. The tight back and seat and the tailored drop skirt showcase a large scaled print like this.
April 10, 2014 at 6:26am   
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The rug was purchased by my clients when they were traveling in Turkey.
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With your preference for deep tones fabrics and furniture I recommend you paint the walls a mid range brownish gold or pumpkin orange. Paint the trim in the same tone as the walls but 1 or two shades lighter (not white). Then carry this range of color throughout the first floor. For example a gold room leads into a pumpkin orange room into a room with teal blue green cabinets or furniture. Use the pillow image you posted s the lead fabric and color direction for all the rooms. With a thread of colors running through all the rooms wether it be the main elements or secondary as accent colors. This way you create harmony and color flow throughout the house.
March 31, 2014 at 8:52pm   
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Shaker beige by Benjamin Moore is a great place to start with paint for this room. It's a warm, rich neutral that you can decorate around, and then go back in a few months and add a focal wall color inspired by an art or furniture piece.
March 31, 2014 at 10:15pm     
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I recommend white walls, white bedding and white curtains. The short burgandy curtains look heavy. Choose white floor length curtains which will make the cieling look higher and the room look larger. The curtains could also be in a gray and white pattern as wel as a couple of patterned pillows on the bed in the same curtain fabric. Paint the upper walls above the dark wood trim over the windows the same gray as the ceiling. Tis will also complement the travertine stripe floors.
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Houzz Tour: Picture-Perfect Simplicity

It’s like camping out in a catalog sometimes at this classic farmhouse — Pottery Barn and other retailers love it for photo shoots Full Story
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What a beautifu home! Rustic and refined, functional and comfortable and beautifully edited furnishings, housewares and art.
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A lot of effort went into this house to make it look so effortless. Beautiful.
April 14, 2014 at 4:59am   
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I was enthralled by that log wall. Over the weekend I consolidated all of our smaller log piles into one long undulating one, copying yours. I love it. I got wicked poison ivy from doing it, but it was worth it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens

Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury Full Story
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Well there is nothing like a white kichen to get the hackels up "Love them" or ""Think they are boring" and boy does poor marble get a bad rap. But I am here to say that I love them. There is nothing more classic, classy or contemporary. You can always add color with wall color or interesting flooring materials, light fixtures and furniture if an all white kitchen is not your cup of tea. I love any of the white marbles in a honed finish. Let it get stained. It will just add character and give it more of an old world look even if it is a contemporary kitchen. The more white marbles age the better they look.
March 30, 2014 at 9:17pm     
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garfieldite
Good job!! Love the Mexican touch of color, too, as well as the canister designs. I had granite several years ago, loved it. Then moved to a condo with TILE - ugh, ugh, ugh!! I think I'll go with the quartz next time as I've heard such positive reports on it. That's the real reason for redoing our kitchen this time. Appliances are all 18 years old and barely making it. They will definitely be WHITE next time, too.
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Floor. Open upper cabinets
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