Small Packages

     This space may be small . . . but the impact is grand!  A monochromatic color scheme makes the area look large.  The multiple textures give it depth and interest.  The room is anchored with the “weight” of the illusion of a carved limestone mantel treatment.   Interest is enhanced by adding a small […]

Fill in the blanks

How exciting!  An investment was made to upgrade kitchen cabinets from white to wood.  But one piece of the puzzle was missing.  The doors to the pantry and  entry to the garage remained white.  This abruptly interrupted the visual flow of the richness of the new wood cabinetry.  A  gap of white remained as a […]

Strategic Planning

Multiiple “design tricks” were incorporated to transform this master bath into a place of elegance and intrigue.  The harsh contrast of the black chest next to white cabinetry had not been resolved by simple glazing. Many times when we look at cabinetry, there is a tendency to apply a finish as if it is one single architectural detail.  In […]

Gift wrapped

  In most cases, a powder room is a small  square room  in need of some personality.  But, in this case, there were many distinguishing architectural details.   One wall is curved, the ceilings are very high and the trim molding is extremely bold.  The objective was to draw your eye to all of THESE […]

To Boldly Go

The retro style is becoming increasingly popular. Along with it comes the return of the “accent wall.” Unlike the harsh solid colors used in the past, it creates more of an impact when it is embellished with an intriguing wall finish.     This client’s job made it necessary to relocate frequently so all of their furnishings […]

Frank Lloyd Delight

    “. . . strive to simplify;  the ensemble of the rooms should be considered so that comfort and utility go hand in hand with beauty.”  Frank Lloyd Wright This home honors the “Arts and Crafts” or “Prairie” style that is often identified with Frank Lloyd Wright. It incorporates low horizontal lines and open […]

Some Days Are Diamonds

   Sometimes, a small space can create large challenges. In this newly renovated foyer the ceiling is low and the shape is irregular.  The goal was to create a welcoming statement of traditional elegance. Great care and attention was given to the exact layout and scale of the design. Planning the layout was critical. It […]

Wake up call

    This kitchen renovation was near completion.  To “wake it up”, the vent hood was embellished with a textured design and highlighted to enhance the details.  Applying a black finish to the bottom drawers creates a more substantial focal point in the center. The wall colors were chosen to blend with the window treatments.  […]

Vive la diffe’rence

Often, when a home is purchased, we are faced with a pure white canvas.  The goal of the seller had been to keep it neutral.  The challenge for the new homeowner is how to create a home that reflects their personal style.  In this case, the desire was to transform this space to compliment their French Provencial […]

When in France . . .

The elegance of French style graciously adorns this home. Meticulous care was given to every detail including a lovely powder room. This is a place where guests have an opportunity to study and appreciate the intricacies of every special touch. The Design Process: The goal was to create a faux finish for the walls that introduced […]

Opening Act

First impressions of a home are established the minute you enter the front door. This is where the stage is set as a preview for what is to come. In essence, it is the opening act. In this home, the dining room is directly off of the foyer. The objective was to create an ambiance […]

Best of Both Worlds

This room offers a unique blend of rustic style with traditional furnishings.  The original white mantel was inconsistent with the cozy ambiance of this space.  An element was needed to act as a bridge between the rough sawn beams and the antique bricks around the firebox.  The mantel wall was the obvious dilemma. The design process: Since […]