Bookcases are where we store and display some of our most cherished objects, from favorite books to accumulated collections of family photos. There’s no need for your bookcase to be boring or basic. Your book collection can say a lot about your personality, so why shouldn’t your bookshelf do the same? Finding creative ways to Continue Reading »
Image: The Holding Company I am a huge proponent of that old epigram, “a place for everything and everything in its place,” which is my way of saying I’m an organization freak. And, while I sometimes fail in my attempts to keep “everything in its place,” I’m never daunted. I’m always looking for better systems, Continue Reading »
One of the most daunting tasks when starting a kitchen project is choosing the materials. Instead of trying to visualize an end result, what’s helpful for me is to create a narrative; to write down in words the feeling that my clients and I want that kitchen to express. That may sound elusive. But by Continue Reading »
Everyone wants to retire at night to a calm, tranquil space. Well, at least I would imagine that everyone would want to. When my husband and I moved into our home, I immediately decorated our bedroom, knowing that other parts of the house would be a little chaotic and I would want to sleep somewhere more peaceful.
The dining table can serve many roles in a space. It can welcome guests to a cozy meal or act as a bold statement as a part of the room’s decor. The right table can aid guests in conversation or capture the right moment. The wrong table can spread your guests too thin, be too cramped, or not match the space. That’s a lot to think about when choosing a table for your space! Here are some of my favorite dining tables and why they work for each specific location.
Image: Redneck Modern I am always impressed when I fall for a house and find out that it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Smart DIY-ers—like the couple behind the house above—and architects who aren’t afraid to be challenged with a budget are creating stunning achievements. Let’s look at some examples of new and Continue Reading »
Design Construction Week 2014 Recap
Many years ago I visited a friend in her newly remodeled home, here in Austin. As an avid—but amateur—fan of the culinary arts, she paid extra attention to the kitchen. I recall being first surprised, then envious, of the glass-front commercial refrigerator she had installed. She had even used a grease pencil to create her latest shopping list right on the glass door. Ever since that day, I have paid special attention to kitchens that feature commercial appliances, and apparently, so have the many kitchen appliance manufacturers out there. If this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is any indication, there were a number of commercial kitchen features that are now being marketed directly to residential consumers. Let’s look at a few of them.
One specific lighting trend that I hope doesn’t go away for a really long time, is copper lighting. There is something so fashionable and classic about it. You can mix copper with modern design as well as traditional design. You can use it in the bathroom, bedroom, dining room and pretty much every other room for a sophisticated look.
The architecture in the space above is stunning, and the lush greenery beyond the window helps form a beautiful backdrop. The dining furniture isn’t bad to look at either though, right? And while we can’t all remodel our homes to get the look, we can incorporate similar furnishings. There are a few ways to go about it, depending on your taste and budget.
When I was in grad school I interned for Jonathan Adler, the celebrated king of happy chic. I remember being humored by his fascination with needlepoint everything—calling it “grandma chic.” I loved the idea of taking a dated fad and making it new. Once again, needlepoint and all types of stitching are back en vogue and it is now being applied everywhere—from shoes to chairs to dresses. It’s a bit nostalgic, whimsical, and awe-inspiring. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.