Design Rejects is quickly becoming my favorite topic. The work we do that would never go beyond a design presentation now has a new life and can easily be added to your home! We work really hard to create client specific looks but a lot of this could be slightly tweaked for your own home.
I love bringing in Mid Century style to a home because it's the most approachable Unadorned style. It's also very popular so there are a ton of resources out there for amazing pieces. You don't have to scour Chairish and Craigslist in Palm Springs to find the vintage version because now, there's a new version. Read More
Part of the challenge with a counter service restaurant is letting people to know what to do and where to go when they walk in the door and without it feeling like you walked into McyD's. At Casework, our goal for design is to not only be beautiful but also intuitive. We want to inform the customer without overwhelming them with signage so they can make the realization on their own. Read More
Black fixtures, thick counters and light colored tile are the main features to this industrial bath. Add in a little wood, either finished or more rustic (next image) and you have yourself an industrial modern and sleek looking his and hers bath. Read More
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes creating design schemes for our clients. I have a strong philosophy in presenting only what I like because as soon as I don't, it will definitely be the client favorite. So that means there are schemes that aren't selected. Most often the client goes with a different concept or price point so we are left with one or two leftovers. They are perfectly good concepts that sit in the archives never to see the light of day. Every now and then we'll pull a piece or two from a previous concept but a full concept never gets reused. Read More
I am asked what my personal style is all the time. The question comes up in almost every new project interview. And when I tell someone I've never met, I'm an interior designer and have my own firm, the question immediately following is, so what's your style? It's a hard question to answer quickly. There's so much nuance to style, it's like describing your personality. But having an answer and owning it simplifies your life in amazing ways. Read More
It's been over 10 years since I was last at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, ICFF. I spent two days walking Javits Center taking in the over 3000 vendors, talking with makers and seeing what's new and catching my eye. If you are new to the industry, this is a great place to get inspired and meet some talented people in the industry.
Overall, there is a lightness and almost playfulness happening to a lot of the furniture and fixtures. For so long, this industry has been serious, paired down and minimal. I'm not sure if it's the political landscape or just need for change but things are changing! Colors are lighter, more muted or floral. Silhouettes are either slim or thick and chunky or a balance of both. Instead of the geometry that has been taking over our Instagram feeds, organic, graceful shapes were catching my eye. Read More
Like many ranch homes in Oregon built in the 50s, this one had seen several rounds of remodels. From crown molding to a pedestal sink in the master, this home had a few renovations that didn't make sense to us. Read More
For our Big Dreams of a Small Chalet project, we needed a statement print. Whitewashed floors, white walls, black trim and high ceilings felt too stark, especially for a mountain home. Our client mentioned the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a city that was a major source of inspiration for this project early on and a place near to their hearts (they lived in Amsterdam for a few years). The Rijks is special. The museum promotes using their masterpieces so you can attempt your own "masterpiece". Rijksstudio makes high resolution images of their art available for download. For free. Yes, FREE, it's amazing what you can do and they hold a competition each year to support the art others make from their art. All that they require is an account. So incredibly innovative and forward thinking! Read More
When you think of mountain cabin, modern and funk aren't words that come to mind. So we jumped at the opportunity when our clients talked about their dream of a small, modern chalet. Words like alpine, funk, and gezellig drove the design direction.
With a simple palette of black, white and whitewashed wood in place, we planned calculated hits of color and pattern to warm the space but also keep the focus on the high ceilings and big windows. Read More
Last December, I spent a week in Havana exploring the city and the architecture. I left the US seeking colorful Cuba, yet, quickly upon arrival, I found it is so much more than that. Havana is vibrant. Entering the city--surrounded by the streets, the buildings, the cars--feel like going back in time, at least 50 years. My home base for the trip, sponsored by Airbnb, was a 1925 family-owned mansion. Modern day conveniences like safe tap water, one-stop-shop markets or convenience stores, and an easily accessible internet are not available.
It's also a city of paradox. Culturally rich, but often structurally in ruins, it's a place where an up-and-coming artist supports his doctor parents because they make only $60 a month each. The country is well educated, because of subsidies, and everyone has a roof over their head. Overall, it ranks high in human development, but the average salary in the state sector is $20 a month. Read More