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White Noise…

In my past blogs about color, I have talked about the Psychology and the Science of color in Interior Design and beyond. White, even though defined as the absence of color, can enhance a space in impactful ways.

I love the feeling white evokes, and I utilize white in my designs to create a sense of harmony and purity and to play with light and form. White invokes an airy, uncluttered aesthetic, providing a Zen like attitude in a space. It can instantly refresh a room, and with minimal expense, white paint can make what may look old, new again.

I am a minimalist at heart; for me it is not the amount of items, colors, and textures in a space that make it minimal, it is their symbiotic relationship  to each other. White  represents a minimalist attitude and  streamlined aesthetic that creates a positive and uplifting state of mind.

Incorporating white into your space can give an invigorating lift to your room, changing the dynamic and focal point. White can make a room look more expansive, with clean lines. White is a color that opens up many decorating options that can change the mood of the room by changing just a few accent pieces or adding colorful artwork.

Although to some white may seem a “non-color”, it has a lasting effect, laying the foundation of a space and to ground it. It is the blank canvas that  artists work on, allowing our design ideas to shine.  

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Why the Architect is a Client’s Best Friend….

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When a client decides to embark on a design project for their home or work space, they have many important aspects to consider:, wish list, budget, time, renovation or new construction, and much more. One of the most important decisions is to hire the right Architect for their project. An informed client understands that there is no greater ally on a design project than a trusted Architect. There are a myriad of reasons but here are just a few crucial ways the Architect will be the best friend you ever had and your project will definitely increase in value with this decision

Architects are wired to be the best listeners and to care. A good Architect is ready to listen to all your challenges and concerns, to your fears and apprehensions and assess what is needed for your particular project, and they will not stop until you are happy with the results. They care about the function, flow and harmony of your space and your pocket.

A good Architect inspires you to dream beyond your vision and broaden your horizons so that the end result is even greater than you imagined. The Architect’s comprehension of beauty, functionality and budget constraints is essential, each space is as unique as its client.

Architects identify a problem and then rise to the challenge, because they are strategists. They can discern what the best solution is, even with an unexpected bump in the road. Your Architect is the only person that will tell you the truth, even what you do not want to hear. If the client asks for a solution, that may be a good idea, but too expensive, incorrect or unsuitable, an ethical Architect will take the risk to illustrate why the idea is counterproductive for the project.

Their ability to work well with Contractors and other craftsman and workers is essential.  With a team that respects and accepts the Architect’s role as the decision maker and concept creator, the end result will reflect in how these relationships flourished. The client becomes the big winner of this well balanced relationship.

Because the Architect understands the pattern of everyday life, they are attuned to what is needed and at what moment. They are practical dreamers, working with each client and their determined budget and timeline and creating a wonderful space within those specific parameters.

This is why an Architect is the Client’s best friend on their design project. They are the diplomacy that holds the team together, the listener, the therapist, the artist and the producer of great spaces and elevate the quality of their life.

 

 

 

Creating a Bedroom/Home Office that Really Works…

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In today’s world, especially in our urban centers the use of minimally sized spaces for multi-function is at an all-time high. We live in smaller areas, and our work is sometimes done  at home not at an outside office. There is an increasing consideration for a home office to be incorporated in the design process. Clients with a minimum of space come to me asking how to create that home office as a shared space in a master bedroom for example.

My job as a  designer is to configure not only the best possible physical layout of the space but also the best psychological perception of the space by the client. Sleep and work are juxtaposed in the same scenario so the Client’s view on which area is designated for what function becomes crucial.

Clients ask “what are the items to consider when creating a useful bedroom/office?” Here are some tips to remember when your space is at a minimum but your creative vision is wide.

I think that customization is important, having a custom desk fitted to the client’s specifications and needs. A desk facing out is ideal, so when you arrive “at the office” you have a different vantage point, such as a city view… this can separate work from rest and psychologically propels you into your work mode.

Appropriate lighting is always on the top of the list in any home but in the bedroom/home office it is essential. How can your office lighting be integrated so that the workspace is well lit and the sleep space has its own ambiance as well? Overhead work lights above the desk are great and bedside lamps for the sleep area can work well so that the delineation of work and sleep is clear.

Personalization is also an important detail. Create the work environment you feel is most productive and arrange computer, files and stationery accordingly so that your work day has its own world apart from where you rest. Storage space that can be hidden is great so that when the work day is done, you do not see the tools of your productive day and can fully decompress and sleep.

A private door or curtain that can create a separation can really help to delineate the functions of one room divided for two purposes. Create the worlds you live in, by thoughtfully dividing the space into work and productive mode and rest mode. By clearly separating the areas, you will not be tempted to get up and do work in the middle of the night or when overtired or stressed because you see your work area and are compelled to do more work.

Having a schedule of work within the bedroom is important. Treating your workspace like an offsite office  helps to enable the harmony between relaxation and productivity to  be achieved.

 

Leaving a Legacy…. An Architect’s Wish for 2017

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As another new year approaches, we wax sentimental about what we did, felt and accomplished in the 12 months leading up to the changing of the year. As I look back on my year, I want to remember the good, which I think is important and focus on what was positive. I think I can say for most that this year was challenging, it tried our patience, faith and tested our trust that there is good in this world.

For an artist and designer, I want to end the year acknowledging the happy clients, and successful projects completed. But what is beyond that wish not only for the year but for years to come?

I think that an Architect of great passion and innovation strives to create their legacy, which is written in their structures. The desire for an Architect is to leave a lasting and important contribution to not only the history of design but for history itself. To have a structure that stands the test of time is the ultimate dream. To add to the lexicon of global history is the catalyst for innovation and creativity in the design world. It is with that dream, masterpieces are created, wishes exceeded.

An Architect’s passion and perseverance stem from their dream to create innovation and lasting structures that are both beautiful and functional that change the way people live.

I believe that each year is a step in leaving our legacy, our mark on this world even after our physical presence is no longer. In this New Year I continue to build my legacy step by step, pushing the boundaries of what can be and creating from a place of honesty and love and sincerity. I wish the same for everyone; build your legacy in what you do and who you are and how you can help your fellow human. Continue on that path to inner harmony and peace and use the gifts the universe has given you for good.

Ps I began my new path in August of 2016 as I walked down the aisle of a church and got married….

 

 

Our Holiday Blog… Dreaming Bigger: Surpassing the Client’s Expectations

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The role of the Architect/Designer is multi-faceted. Innovator, Educator, Therapist, Trusted Professional. But at the center of these facets is the aspect of bringing a project to life and creating a satisfied Client. Dreaming is encouraged, and with the client’s thoughts and suggestions and the Architect/Designer’s vision and guidance, their dreams can be exceeded.

The Architect/Designer’s role is defined by the strength of vision, the skills to resolve any challenges in the project and the humanity to provide comfort, information and assurance that the Client’s needs will be met and surpassed.

As we end the close of another year in design, our dreams allow us to defy what we think cannot be accomplished and our determination makes those dreams a reality. Our client’s come to us because they have a dream, a need that requires a professional’s expertise and skill to come to fruition. Our role as Designers is to give them the key to unlock how big they can dream. This freedom to expand outside what they even thought possible is why we are respected Design Professionals.

Though 2016 has had many challenges not only in the design world but in our global community at large, our call to action is to dream bigger, work harder and have that “audacity of hope” to design and create havens of happiness and functionality for our Clients… and in turn make them dream bigger.

The Best of Holidays to All!

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The Globally Conscious Architect

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As the world becomes more globally conscious and connected, so has industry. We are seeing the rise of conscious industry, of products and services with a globally aware purpose directed at the betterment of our society. The Architecture field has long been associated with a tailor made service for a certain clientele who are fortunate enough to pay for a design professional to design their home or office or commercial space. This is a very specified and small percentage of society. In this new age of awareness how can an Architect/Designer tap into the larger percentage of society and make positive changes in the world through their talents and knowledge?

There is a whole market that is still untapped that can be helped by our industry. Customization can become a conceptual idea that can benefit the masses with the development of products and design concepts that can serve the global community at a high level. The digital revolution has affected every aspect of industry, we are more aware of the happenings on a global scale because of the internet age.

As we become aware of humanity’s needs, we can also search for projects and develop connections that can utilize our designs and partner in affecting communities all over the world. Whether it be sustainable housing in Sub Saharan Africa or weather proofed elevated homes is water ravaged countries like Indonesia, there are avenues that Architects can take to have access to designing for a humanitarian purpose.

While focusing on conscious Architecture, at the same time, Architects can maintain their private clientele and their custom design work. The niche, market system is becoming something of the past. Diversification, globalization, and every aspect of design whether it is residential, commercial, hospitality, and public works or urban planning is possible with the Architect of the 21st Century. The principles of good design are universal.

Architecture is the study of building, construction, proportion, volume and how these elements can create a structure that is functional for society. The design concepts that endure in society are those containing these basic principles. With the need for stable and sustainable architecture all over the world, the Architect of today can search for projects in locations where they never thought a client could be. They can work with NGO’s, or governments to develop structures that can change lives. Their reach is so much wider and vast and their contributions to not only their field, but the global community will be produced and utilized by many people in this world for many years to come.

It’s a different way of thinking about how to deploy our services to a large number of people all over the world. It’s strategic, and it’s creative, and broadens the scope of our vision and legacy.

 

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Green Spaces that Work… Beyond Concept to Functionality

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There have been many trends in Architecture and lifestyle, but I think the “green” trend has inhabited every aspect of our lives. In its concept, “Green” living refers to… “a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of green living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.” As defined by Wikipedia. This concept has permeated the zeitgeist and made positive strides in health and well-being. Green living has affected how we live, shop, eat and exercise and in Architecture it has affected how residential and commercial construction is designed.

From reducing our carbon footprint, saving energy, consuming less, eating well and living in a less excessive style, everyone can benefit from a green lifestyle. In designing a  home, office or commercial space, what materials will we use and how will we heat, cool and light spaces? In a true green space, the ultimate goal is reducing energy consumption, reducing cost and maintaining and supporting the environment.

How does the designer take aspects of making a green home or office from the drafting table to reality? There are many aspects to include in this equation: geography, space, building codes, and how to make the space as green as it can be within certain guidelines. Lighting, heating and cooling, and energy sources come into play as well as plant based design to incorporate within areas of a home or office, to create energy and improve air quality and even create a food source.

Materials that aid in this concept are another major component of a green space. Using recycled materials, natural materials that are sustainable and durable are important. A truly green space considers every alternative to wasteful and high cost materials and strives to create a new and more affordable yet still high quality design.

Building codes and regulations also should be included within the design plan, in an urban environment especially. There are many regulations put in place long before sustainable homes or workspaces became popular, so the designer must adjust to these rules. How will the designer incorporate these new ideas into an old framework of codes and regulations? For example, the Client wants a “living” wall, of plants or an indoor vertical garden for a food source or air quality source, will their building allow this and how will it be maintained. These types of new features must be studied and researched and the designer must be sure that not only can it be installed but that it can also be maintained by the client.

I think that in the flurry of excitement around having a “green” space, sometimes the functionality factor can be neglected. When designing this type of home or office, it is more imperative that the research, development and execution of these new features be more examined and that the proper experts are involved in the installation of these green features. “Green” is not just a trend, when done successfully the Client’s daily life is improved and their home or office can truly be economically more sound and their well-being improved.