Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seating selections

How do you know what chair to choose?

With all of the options out there, how do you narrow it down?

Consider the size of the space, the feel of the room, the purpose of the chair, etc.

Use a comfy over-stuffed chair for curling up and reading in, or for the family room.

Use a pair of traditional chairs to accent your living room.

Look for upholstry with a bold pattern and pops of color to add some modern flair to your space.

Don't be afraid to mix your materials, patterns, and details...Have fun with it! (And let me know if you need help!)

Happy Sitting, and always feel free to let me know if you have any specific design problems you'd like me to address.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mexican Flair

Seeing as I just flew in last night from a week in Cancun, I thought I would share some of the resort design that I saw, and tell you what inspired me!

First let me show you where we stayed:

Some things that I really loved about this environment:

I loved the colors of the Carribean Sea. The paintings in the room were prints from a local artist done in beautiful bright, bold colors. The carvings in the door were so authentic and added a rich color, and lovely texture. The tiling in the kitchen was so colorful, and geometric, a great point of interest!

The carvings, colors, textures, and patterns were so beautiful and inspiring, these are all things that I have tucked away for future project inspiration!

What inspires you? Happy designing, remember to comment with any suggestions, questions, requests, etc. I'd be more than happy to oblige!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Let me start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season. My final project lined up with the week of the holidays.

We had to design an open Kitchen and Dining Room, and a Bathroom for a young couple, in a federal style row house. They wanted to keep the design transitional, including some federal elements to represent the period of the house, but also have some modern conveniences.

Here is what we did for the Kitchen:

Elevation of West Wall:


For both of the spaces we used subtle period details. We started with a federal color scheme and built it from there. The nobs in the kitchen are from the period, as well as the leg detail on the built in table. This room has character through the unique details, and the cabinetry elements that I won't bore you with.

And now for the Bathroom:
Axonametric (just another 3D view):

Bathroom Materials:

For the Bathroom, we used a similar color scheme, but we romanticized it, using a darker black, and medium stained wood, with gold elements. The flooring matches the subway tile surround but in a 12"x12" tile instead. The color doesn't come through quite right on the screen, but the tile is a white quartz with swirls of gold shimmering through it. We added custom shelves to fit around the tub, to add more storage, then stained them to match the vanity we refurbished for the room.

I think both spaces came together very nicely.

Happy 2012, filled with fresh designs, and lovely spaces! Please feel free to comment or let me know if there is a specific concern you would like me to address in the new year!