In the last 20 years, the remodel industry has boomed especially focusing on kitchens. The number one request in kitchen improvements is the addition of an island. The family unit is more casual and always on the go, so the versatility of the island is enormously helpful. Above the island, what do you notice? The jewelry or eye-candy of the kitchen – the island lights. Read more
I worked for a company once that created a product that did not fit into a defined market segment of the time. They were not Product A market segment exactly, nor were they Product B’s market segment either. They had solved the “problem” different and came up with Product C which the industry did not track ~nor like because it did not fit into THEIR box. One of the corporate goals was to create a market segment for their product. It took five years but they did. Now, there are many players in that new and competitive market.
I feel that way when I try to explain what the Art of Home really is to people. It’s not just about home interiors, designs and decorating. Not that segment. And it’s not entirely focused on our self-care, inner being and wellness either. Not that segment. So to me it’s that same dilemma of creating a new term, a new something. Thus the art of home. It’s about both the inner and outer world of that place we call home. Read more
When I left my career in high tech, I told my tax accountant that I was going to start a business space designing. She asked, “Oh, you mean, like designing spaceships and things?” No, my destination was definitely here on earth getting inspired by the four walls, floor and ceiling that make up a volume of space. When it comes to adding a personal flavor in your space, I am a big believer in making the usual look a little unusual or more interesting. So here are some ideas on how to take the thing in the back drop and make it come alive in your space. Read more
I have a new puppy in my home. Izzy is a 6-month-old English bulldog with soft white puppy fur that seems to fly off her round chubby body onto every surface and material possible. As I looked down at the moss green Oriental rug and notice a sea of fine white puppy hair peppered all around, I make a mental note to myself: ‘Must find vacuum and remove all traces of shedding.’ As I thought more about a house with a pet, the wave of wabi-sabi came over me. Yes, this is a perfect example of imperfection, of wabi-sabi at home.
What is wabi-sabi? It is a term from the Japanese culture that refers to the natural state and condition of things. The natural state is something that in the Western culture we constantly struggle and wrestle with. We like our things to be perfect. It’s not just our things; we apply the same thinking to our bodies, relationships and more. No wrinkles, deficiencies, challenging moments or such. And in many homes, there is that high pressure to keep everything just perfect. Heavens forbid, a scratch or blemish exists in a piece of furniture. Read more
There is some period of time, usually at the end of the work or school day, in which we transition from the outside-doing-achieving-world, to the inside-more-personal-space. It’s reclamation time. What’s that?
I once had a client who wanted me to finish their architectural plan set for a bathroom remodel with some key homeowner decisions incomplete. For instance, they were uncertain if they wanted a spa tub or a standard drop in tub, and were uncertain if they did want recessed medicine cabinets plus the location of lights: sconce lights on the mirror at eye level or a wall mounted fixture above the mirror. All of these things may seem trivial and not important but the devil in the details.
Details. Yes, these little annoying questions and details can make or break your remodel and your pocket book. As I thought about how to explain the significance of knowing most all your answers of material, layout, style before demolition work begins, my best explanation was cheesecake. Yes, let me compare how making the perfect cheesecake and remodeling are similar. Read more