Upholstery is the most hard working furniture in the home, providing enduring comfort and establishing the personality of the room through its stylings and fabric. No one wants to regret this choice either on delivery day because the fabric doesn't compliment the room or a couple of years down the line because the sofa hasn't held up to wear and tear.Read More
This blog is not about what kinds of rooms or how many should be included in a large house blueprint. The one piece of advice I always pass along to my clients is to build their home not for future owners or by any standard but their own. Choose your spaces because you think they will enrich your home life, not because other houses in your neighborhood have them.
This blog post is for people who want a large luxury home where every space is useful and all of the details and proportions make the right statement.Read More
As a seasoned designer with diverse clients, I am often either helping a family decide how much to add to a home they are outgrowing or I am figuring out how to put unused rooms to work in a house that is a little too big for its owner.
Generally my opinion is that less house is better than too much house, but my skills and vision afford me the opportunity to create impactful designs no matter the scale of the project. For the homeowner who is trying to decide the size of their next home investment, there are a number of ways to evaluate what will be the perfect fit.Read More
Interior design makes spaces look great and function optimally. Thoughtful consideration of lighting, space, color, and organization can improve our quality of life and our mood. Yet many people choose not to seek professional help for a myriad of perfectly understandable reasons.Read More
Eclecticism is a term designers use to describe a mix of furniture periods and styles, trends, colors, and textures. It is not new, although it really took off about the time I started in design.
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Instead of keeping track of the infinite dos and don’ts, visualize the room as a balancing of scales. Add modern, add classic. Take away color, add texture. In the end, the space will gracefully reflect your personal, and perhaps ever evolving, style for years to come.Read More
We recommend looking at the business from two perspectives: inside out and outside in. How staff experience it inwardly and how customers and clients perceive it outwardly. By sharpening the image of a business through interior design, clients and patrons feel more confident in their choice and more apt to refer the business to friends and colleagues.Read More
One of the most impactful features of a room can be window treatments. The most classically appealing of these is drapery. Whether fully operating or stationary, drapery adds pleasing vertical lines while providing additional expression to the design through textiles.
To help demystify these treatments, here are the factors I keep in mind as I design drapery for my projects.Read More
In the first quarter of 2019, we examine our positioning statement, that was put in place two years ago, with an analytical eye.
We go behind the scenes with this short interview, discovering what makes up the pieces of our positioning statement and how it is propelling us into the future.Read More
Much like business dress, the design in an office suite should elicit confidence from clients. This makes the typical default one that in the world of fashion is the equivalent of a two piece grey suit: a classic choice, but one that needs a little help from a necktie, jewelry, or a great pair of shoes.Read More
Cradled in the rugged, wind-swept mountains of Boone, North Carolina, the facility provides jobs that have not been available in many American towns for decades. We took some time to watch and learn from the master craftspeople.Read More
Whether your are an accomplished gastronomer or someone who catches meals on the fly, a kitchen that functions smoothly and pleases the senses is probably at the top of your design wish list. What design tactics should you follow - beyond the ‘work triangle’?Read More
Over two decades of working in the design industry, I've learned a few lessons to better navigate the rise and fall of trends.Read More
There is something about the mantle that inspires us to be expressive and creative. For centuries the hearth has represented the essence of comfort and security, keeping the cold at bay even as it draws friends and family together in a shared experience.Read More
When you strip away the frills, my design expertise essentially revolves around recognizing and solving problems. Large rooms are usually considered ideal, but they also require smart space planning to assure comfort and functionality.Read More
After almost two decades in design, I have become an expert at intelligent space planning, but as the owner of a modest home, the tricks I've learned for making the most of tight spaces are particularly close to my heart.Read More
From the start, it was my goal to buck the trend of less choices by providing more. Rather than offer greige groupings that one sees everywhere, I want my upholstery to allow patrons to get creative as they select the perfect details for their space.Read More
Paul Miller named Hot Talent in Home & Design Magazine!Read More
Perhaps one of my greatest passions is visual composition. In our Loudoun Row project we employed rugs, art, lighting, and accent furnishings to add drama and warmth. In the dining room of this historic house, a custom American-made rug softens the acoustics and provides tonal contrast to the pumpkin pine flooring. The center hall is grounded by a steel and marble accent table with explosive lines. Cheekily we placed an over-scaled hourglass just outside the powder room. A found abstract painting from a regional artist in the front entry provides a bold organic graphic and a spectrum of tones to evoke the comforting energy the client gets from the color orange. We heightened the drama of the dark grey mantle with a pair of limed oak pedestals and dynamic orange and clear glass vessels. - PM