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’?
Yorkshire artist James Brunt creates ephemeral art from elements of nature, unconcerned that tides and storms will wash his installations away. As an interior designer, my job is to design spaces that outlast fads and withstand use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my personal favorite traditions this time of year is shopping downtown. Perhaps it was ingrained in me as a child, this love of the holiday bustle, following along as my family tucked into the little stores along our main street, their arms growing fuller with bags as lunchtime approached.
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.
This beautifully curated collection of vintage hand craft clothing shows the creativity of an emergent generation of free thinkers in San Fransisco's Haight Ashbury district and New York City's Greenwich Village during the 1970s.
The vibrant spring blooms in my garden inspire a host of color palette ideas for the home. Some recent puttering coupled up salvia with dwarf azaleas, an analogous mix of fearless pinks and purples grounded by a range of vibrant new greens.