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Posts tagged ‘Interior’

What’s New @ Home? Retro, Metal + Cluster Island Lights

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

Accent with Walls, Expressing the Art of Home: Part One

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

Series: The Art of Home . . . Intentional + Inspired Living

Simply be . . . . yourself . . . . .at home.
Leave the work and worries at the door.
Breath deep. One time . . again . . . and again.
Give heartfelt hellos to loved ones . . . and pets.
Slow down. . . . Relax . . . . take your shoes off.
Turn off your phone. . . Play some music.. . and
You’ve begun your Human Energy Recharge.

Welcome the series on the Art of Home. For my spring break, no travel plans. Just staying at home and popping out a series of articles around all aspects of the Art of Home, intentional and inspired living in YOUR space. Everyone has a space that they call their own no matter how grand or significant it is – it’s yours. Read more

How are Bathroom Remodeling and Making the perfect Cheesecake the same?

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

Superbowl Sunday = Need for Perfect Man Chair

Was Archie Bunker’s easy chair the first incarnation of the Man Chair? Perhaps you want to surprise him the perfect Man Chair. Where do you start? Or you are the guy wanting to take the lead on finding that one chair that you claim as your own. My first piece of advice is open up your sources and set no deadlines. If it’s Monday and you want this chair for this weekend’s Superbowl Sunday, sorry but you are likely setting yourself up for failure. If you are at the Furniture Bazaar Warehouse for their one-day special sale, you are limiting your options and will regret it in the long term. Read more

Expand, Contract

Do you remember the first place that you called “yours?” Mine, it was a small and old Victorian in a not so good part of town that I shared with a housemate. I started with only a futon mattress on the floor, peach and black colored plastic milk crates stacked on their sides as a makeshift open face dresser and a garage-sale playpen served as a crib for my very young son. It was all I could afford and I had no other furniture to my name. Read more

Outside the Bedroom Window

Your bedroom, the place of rest and restoration. It’s your most personal space inside the home.  It’s no surprise that when we are rested, we operated better during the day. We are able to present our best selves to others and the world. Let’s start the morning entry into the world. What do you see when you wake up and look around? Is there any daylight at all? If not, once you get a shade cracked or a light on, settle yourself back in bed and glance around, all the way around. What do you see? Are the items and arrangements of all the things that are a personal reflection of who you really are? Are there objects that inspire you or bring up a fond memory? Is your favorite color present? Can you see a piece of artwork that you are fond of? Let’s explore ways to ensure your most personal space indeed reflects and recharges the most personal parts of you. Read more