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May 22, 2017

There is always a focal point in the room but who says it can’t be an accent chair?!? I love this transitional and contemporary piece. It is the little black dress that is an essential design element but in furniture form. Here's to stunning statement chairs!

https://deringhall.com/rc-limited-edition-club-chair

May 15, 2017

Six years ago, my wife and I bought an old 1960 brick home. The design is nearly identical to several of our neighbors’ homes, which was a little unnerving to me knowing they could easily navigate the interior of my home without ever coming inside. It’s a common occurrence in spec home neighborhoods, but not something I wanted as a home owner. The combination of becoming an architect and being the son of a Landscape Architect who always changed the exterior...

April 22, 2017

Who says that art can’t have form and function? As an artist I thought I would share a few of my favorite sculptural pieces that create interest in a room. I believe that there is an artistic element to all design accents.  A great way to show your individual personality can be found in unique furniture pieces. 

April 15, 2017

I love American muscle cars. Always have, always will. They’re not the most expensive, nor are they the most glamorous or sought after cars. But, there’s an honesty and grit to them I connect with that totally defines my personal style. For example, when I’m composing music, I love blending a powerful melody with grungy guitars. It reminds me of the smooth contours of a black Ford Mustang paired with a ton of power under the hood. Applying the analogy to ar...

April 8, 2017

I was always a creative person. I loved to sing and write and paint, but I never thought I would have a career where I would be flexing the right side of my brain quite soooo much. Being an interior designer you spend a lot of time in the creative conceptual world. It’s beautiful and imaginative there, but being a ‘good’ interior designer also means being left sided enough to bridge the gaps between the fantasy and the real three dimensional interpretations...

March 22, 2017

As an artist I find art and beauty in all things. However, I find paintings to be one of the most important statement pieces in a room. Paintings enhance the overall concept, style and mood of a space. Without any wall art, a room feels empty and incomplete. Below are some examples of paintings that help make the room amazing. Imagine what these rooms would be like without the art on the wall-pretty boring right?!

March 15, 2017

I’m an architect who loves a variety of homes. While I live and thrive on the creation of new and unprecedented modern architecture I also have a great love of more traditional, categorized styles. However, there is one style of home I’ve never been able to get on board with. I call these homes “garage homes”. They’re everywhere, and I lived in a number of them growing up. Many of them are quite beautiful as a whole, but it always saddens me to see a garage...

March 8, 2017

Cork is Making a Comeback!

And no I am not just talking about the benefits of drinking a glass of red wine a night  :)

One of the most sustainable, eclectic and functional design trends of 2017 will be good old cork.

That’s right, no longer just a 1970’s element, cork circa 2017 represents a cultural shift towards the sustainable, textural and the beautiful.

Look at some of these incredible ways cork is sure to show up in 2017.

Cork walls in replacement of wall...

February 22, 2017

Ring in the New Year with a dazzling sophisticated look with gold accents, mirrored furniture and fur textiles to carry the fun holiday décor throughout the year. Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that your home has to lose its sparkle. Here's to making the New Year a beautiful one!

February 15, 2017

I first read about a phenomenon known as “parasitic” architecture in 2006 shortly after beginning my undergraduate architecture program. New, contemporary additions constructed on old, often traditional homes were popping up all over architecture magazines and online publications. Images came pouring in of brightly colored metal additions on old brick homes and all-glass additions constructed on traditional homes were all the rage. These kinds of radical ar...

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