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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 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 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...

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...

February 2, 2017

With thousands of hues to choose from, selecting the perfect white paint can be a daunting task.  White paints can be notorious for inconsistency – white can change its appearance during different times of the day, or even strike unexpected undertones when placed against other colors.  Choosing the perfect white paint color can often be one of the most difficult decisions in a project.

​Here are a few of my favorite “tried and true” whites from Benjamin...

January 29, 2017

It’s 2017 and that means…everyone and their dog will be crowded into globo gyms around the country waiting to get their turn on the stair master! At least until they realize working out is hard and they give up. But why go through all that waiting before the gym crowd dies down?

The solution? Get your workout on at home. To do this, you are left with two options. Converting a room inside your house and throwing in some gym equipment…or putting all that cumb...

January 15, 2017

What do the Guggenheim (New York City), the coastal homes of Santorini Island (Greece), Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (Paris), the Space Needle (Seattle), and the Sydney Opera House all have in common? They’re all white! Not cream, not vanilla, not “earth tone” - they’re stark white. Each were constructed of different materials, but they all share the same end game. But why? Surely each architect was aware of color theory, with an endless assortment of colors at...

November 16, 2016

For all who love color, these are a few of my ultimate “go to” resources for abstract color palette ideas and inspiration:

I often browse a variety of abstract color palette concepts while brainstorming for interior and exterior paint color schemes, as well as fabric palette schemes and accents.  These can also be helpful resources when we assist our commercial clients in develop...

November 3, 2016

There is NOTHING worse than seeing a light fixture whose size is either too small or too large for the space in which it lives.  And the challenge of light fixture selection does not stop there!  Many aspects need to be considered: quantity, spacing and mountain height, to name just a few.  Below is one of my favorite Guides to Hanging Lights, written by the amazing Studio McGee.

Enjoy the read!

- Michele -

October 28, 2016

Pattern is one of the most important principles of design. When the right combination of color, texture and pattern is achieved, a space is taken from satisfying to absolutely splendid.  The journey of mixing, matching and layering motifs of various scale is one of the most fun aspects of a project.  This blog post from Tidbits and Twine is a "must read" guideline for getting started.

Best wishes to you on your pattern mixing journey!

Michele Wheeler


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