With Mother Nature yielding more and more powerful storms with each passing year, it’s somewhat comforting to see first hand some of the innovative design concepts to rebuild and provide future protection to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. You can view all of the proposals submitted to the Rebuild by Design competition hosted by HUD here. The one that really caught my attention and spurred a morning filled with reading more and more about the designers involved, the firms, their concepts, past projects, etc…you get it, I became obsessed with learning more about the BIG U. This concept not only supports the goal to prevent the NYC coastline from future damage, but also provides the community with so much of what it’s missing, especially if you’re not blessed with a park-side address. Take a look peak at the brief article to learn a bit more about the BIG U.

10-Mile Loop



Renovated Barns

It is official.  I am going through my renovated barn phase.  I think a lot of us go through one.  That period in our life when we see dilapidated barns off in the distance, while driving somewhere, and we start to imagine what you could do with all that space and the great old bones of it.  Of course in my fantasy, there is a whole big art studio space….and a huge farm style dining table with contemporary/industrial chandeliers above…and crazy big windows with a view of the country side and its rolling hills.  Here are some inspirational pictures, just incase you are going through your renovated barn phase too.  Enjoy.



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Renovated barn and its solar panels






I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Mine was a busy one with work and travel.  Although it’s hard to live out of a hotel for a week, at least it’s in Florida where I will have a nice break from the freezing cold weather we’ve been experiencing lately.

As I’m here installing a project I thought I would share some of the images that have brought inspiration lately for many vastly different interior projects simultaneously underway.  Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration as well.

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Have you ever taken a trip or visited a place, and all the elements converged to make it a beautiful experience?  It has happened a couple times for me, and one of those was a trip I took to see Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic piece of architecture in western PA.  I thought about that visit this morning as I was driving into work and the trees are doing that progression from green to bright yellow, because on my first visit to Fallingwater all the trees had turned to those gorgeous hues of yellows, oranges, and reds.  It was just SO beautiful.  Some how we just managed to time our visit perfectly.  So there I am on a beautiful fall day, leaves vibrant, good friends, and experiencing design history.  It just doesn’t get any better then that!  Going to school for design, they of course spoke about Fallingwater more than a few times.  It didn’t disappoint.  Completed in 1939 it is both very modern and melds perfectly with the natural surroundings.  SCALED PLANS.  Some of the interior rooms felt smaller then I thought they would and there were low ceilings.  But there was so much I loved too.  The corner windows, the use of wood and stone for the interior surfaces, and the stream line effect of all the horizontal lines.  Besides just talking about a great piece of architecture, I mostly wanted to tell anyone who hasn’t been there, that is it worth a visit…and if you can GO WHEN THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING!

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Art Books

Alex Katz, 1970, Pop art

Alex Katz, 1970, Pop art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image from The Design Book

Image from The Design Book

I just spent an hour compiling a list of 28 art/design/architecture/and photography books to get your creative Juices flowing.  Sadly it did not save properly, and it has vanished (along with the last hour of my life).  So I’m afraid you will be getting a greatly condensed version.  I will just focus on the gems found at Phaidon.  You can always count on them for a great art book.  Click on the title for more information.

1.  Alex Katz

2. Antony Gormley

3.  The Design Book

4.  The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

5.  Japan Style

6.  History of the Poster

7.  Spoon

8.  Art Deco Style

9.  The Contemporary Garden

Have a favorite art book, tell me about it!

Beautiful Design in Kansas City…Believe it!

Not too long ago I was catching up on a towering stack of magazine’s that had collected during a particularly time-consuming project, and I found myself in awe of this spread in Architectural Digest, April Issue.  At first glance I assumed it was yet another New York Penthouse feature, but to my surprise this particular gem was in Kansas City, Missouri.  The high ceilings, wide doorways, and abundance of natural light can be attributed to the beauty of the 1923  Beaux Arts building.  The rest of the beauty and splendor, that’s all David Jimenez, vice president of visual merchandising and store design for Hallmark Cards.  He could quite obviously be running a very successful design firm, but instead chooses to keep interiors as a hobby.  I think he has an amazing eye and ability to layer and mix without creating clutter.  Each and every piece of art feels equally important whether in the Living Room or the Dressing Room, and can we talk about the music closet, dare I dream…

See the entire article here and enjoy!



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All photos via Architectural Digest