Earlier this week, I participated in a twitter chat for folks that work in the interior design community, i.e. #IntDesignerChat. This week's chat was hosted by none other than the VP of Walker Zanger, Jared Becker (@WalkerZanger). The chat centered around participating interior designer's finding what inspires them and how technology assists with inspiration. By the end of the chat, I was inspired to pull up some of my favorite Walker Zanger tile creations. Which are your
I love white marble. It always makes everything seem so crisp and clean. I see a lot of designs where Cararra White marble is used and while it is very similar to Calcutta Gold in that the background is mostly white with a bit of grey veining, what differentiates Calcutta Gold from Cararra White is that within the veining are these lovely gold tones that add warmth to the stone. I think I love them both equally but I do like the uniqueness and rarity of use of Calcutta Gold
I really love the idea of incorporating non-traditional pieces into various living spaces. I think it provides a bit of that unexpected ingenuity that makes people say, "Hey, why didn't I think of that?". When I stumbled across this image, I totally wished I had designed this space first. What do you think? #interiordesign #kitchendesign #dresser #kitchen #wood #repurposed
In my day to day travels and interactions, I see a ton of interior design blunders that drive me crazy. I’m way too polite to speak about it at the time but not so polite that I won’t write about it now. Here are five interior design blunders that I encounter quite often.
1. Hanging Wall Décor Too High or Too Low. The top of any wall art or mirror should be hung anywhere from 66” to 72” above the finish floor. The idea is that the center of the art or mirror should be
Over the years, I’ve learned not to make sweeping generalizations or assumptions about how clients will behave or what they will or will not like but in all my years of experience I have yet to ask a prospective client, “what’s your budget?” and not be met with some form of resistance. This is always quite puzzling to me as it is a legitimate question. Answering the budget question honestly, helps your designer to help you. It gives your designer an idea of whether you hav
Let’s face it, most guys don’t have a clue of what girls like and while many books have been written on this subject, today’s post will only tackle how to impress a date once you’ve brought her home. The most important thing to remember is that women want to see you’ve tried. If a guy’s place is clean and has a few decorative and well placed accessories, then he’s off to a wonderful start. The first place your date’s eyes will land will more than likely be the living room, di
I love powder rooms. I won’t deny that my enthusiasm for powder rooms seems to take my clients by surprise but I see these tiny little spaces as wonderful opportunities to make a powerful impact. Usually located near the heart or center of the home, I view powder rooms as an unassuming door just waiting to take the homeowner and his/her guests to a different dimension.
Powder rooms provide boundless opportunities for creativity while allowing the most bang for the buck.
Life in most major cities teaches you many things but one of the most obvious is that space comes at a premium. This means large apartments, houses, rental units and the like, are few and far between and when/if you find them, you can expect to pay a high price. With space at such a premium price, the desire for more storage is a request I encounter quite often in my line of work. Here are my top five recommendations for how to design for a small space: 1. Invest in multi-
In my experience when it comes to selecting colors, most clients usually opt for something “safe”. I have heard my fair share of protests and cautions of colors to steer clear of, not too bright because others might not like it; not too bold because the client is unsure if they will be able to live with it long-term; not too dark because the room will appear smaller; not too many colors because the client may be overwhelmed and on it goes. But also in my experience, I’ve foun