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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.

 

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The Architect’s Inner Dialogue: Inspiration and Information…

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Creative people tap into their inner dialogue and use it to fuel inspiration and in the decision making process in their chosen medium. Artists, actors, singers, and dancers all have this heightened sense, and use it to their advantage.

How does the Architect use this inner dialogue to better their designs and aid in their execution? The Architect’s language is specialized combining the technical and artful to bring their designs to reality. The inner dialogue surfaces at any given time, there is no downtime for an Architect, ideas  can come to them anywhere, anytime… it is this freedom to enable the inner dialogue that creates lasting structures, beautiful design and functional structures.

Design is about the evolution of an idea through revision and trials and thought. It is about the process of a design and how the idea can be translated to be useful for the real world. Form, function and beauty are mainstays to Architecture and this inner dialogue of the Architect allows the ideas and dreams to flow, to evolve and challenges to be solved. It is the way the Architect creates this inner speak that can develop a project and create something for their client that they never imagined. Positive inner dialogue can bring excellent results, as they expand the boundaries of their design acumen and utilize them in their projects.

An Architect relies upon their technical knowledge plus their artist’s sensibility to design successful projects and make their clients happy. It is how they utilize their inner dialogue and how they question themselves that can bring innovation, based in their acquired knowledge of this very difficult and demanding field. Tapping into the inner dialogue and speaking within themselves to question or affirm, can bring about new ideas and design techniques and lead them to more clients and larger projects.

 

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T.R.U.S.T.Talking/Rapport /Understanding/Service/Trust

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T.R.U.S.T is a  simple acronym I created to understand some important steps in selecting an Architect/Designer for a project. Whether it be commercial, retail or residential there are principles that can apply to all. This can be very helpful when Clients are new to the process of  working with a professional and choosing seems daunting.

The first letter is “T” for Talking: If a Client is considering a renovation or new construction for a home or commercial space, they can ask friends and colleagues if they have experience working with Architect/Designers and if that experience was successful. Talk about what the aim is and ask them if they have any connections that can help you in your search. Most Architect/Designer selections are made through a word of mouth referral. Talk to people who have gone through the experience and have a space to show for it.

The second letter is “R” for Rapport: In any endeavor between a client and a professional, a good working rapport is crucial. After doing research either through referrals or online searches and professional sites, make an appointment to speak with the potential Architect/Designer of your dream space. This first impression will give some important information and help to understand if there is potential for a good Client/Designer rapport. Without good rapport, questions can be unheard and ideas and challenges unsolved.

The third letter is “U” for Understanding: The ability for an Architect/Designer to understand the needs of their Client is everything. It is with the Client’s wish list and questions that the Architect/Designer can envision your space and have it reflect the personality and lifestyle of the Client. Understanding each other is elementary in the design process. How communication is received and given can determine your project’s success.

The fourth letter is “S” for Service: What can the designer provide as far as design services and client services? Are they the right fit for the Client’s needs? The level of service that an Architect/Designer gives to their clients can be seen in the way they ask questions and how they react to challenges and strengths in the space. Former Client testimonials  can also help with this decision if they are right for the Client’s specific wishes.

The fifth letter is the most important and is the acronym itself, “T” for Trust: A Client must trust in the Architect/Designer that they hire, that comes from  feeling that the goals of the project are being met and that  any questions are given the time to be answered and also have solutions and ideas offered. With this trust, the Client can have that sense of peace and comfort that they may seek,  as with any endeavor working with a professional, trust is integral to success. Knowing that the Architect/Designer can take the project through to fruition, deliver quality results, provide updates and work within a designated budget is everything.

I hope this simple tool, Talking.Rapport.Understanding.Service.Trust can help to keep in mind how to select the right Architect/Designer for your project and illustrate some beneficial aspects which will serve a Client in the long run.

Remember a key to a successful project in addition to hiring a talented professional Architect/Designer, is that the Client also does their homework, before hiring the Architect/Designer, to give the most information possible and during the process of the work to respond in a timely manner and contribute to the smooth sailing of the project.

 

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The Power of a Grand Entrance…

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What becomes a home most? The entrance is that first impression, that indication of what is to come. In a grand space, you need a grand entrance, something that is  harmonious and sets the tone for the rest of the home. What creates a grand entrance is not necessarily the size of the space  but it is how it is designed, lit, and dressed. These are the components of a memorable entry.

Whether it be traditional or contemporary, the foyer or entry is the first “hello” and welcome for guests. This image is from a project we completed at UN Plaza in Manhattan, the apartment is a stunning duplex with panoramic views of the East River and United Nations compound on the east side of Manhattan. The client  had specific ideas about the home’s aesthetic and what he would like to see come to fruition. This entry is Contemporary in feel  and works symbiotically with the elliptical staircase, industrial fireplace  and the Living Area.

A bright colored, contemporary carpet warms  and saturates the space and creates contrast from the floor and walls, the table in wood also warms the space and the accent piece is artistic and unobtrusive

When a home is on such a large scale, the entry must neither detract or distract from the overall feeling of the home. Objects and accent pieces are carefully placed and it is a nice addition to bring  some nature inside  to create a homey and warm  atmosphere.

 

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The Power of Harmony: The Home Office

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For those who work at home or have a home office that is utilized regularly for household tasks, creating a harmonious and flowing space is crucial. The home office is the epicenter of organization, where we can be comfortable and productive doing household business or professional job related tasks. I want to explore the concept of “office symmetry”, having tools, workspace, and storage space organized in such a way that items are easily accessible, available and maximized in their usage.

If my Client is fortunate to work at home, that is an important aspect of their space design or renovation. How does working in the home affect all other activities? Lighting, layout, storage and office placement in the home become that much more important.

My goal is to design a space that spurs my Client’s productivity in a positive and calming way. Ease and simplicity of color for walls, lighting and furnishing all play a role in creating that harmonious work environment at home. The image presented is from our Tribeca loft project, this workspace is clean, fresh and comfortable.

At home work spaces are becoming the new normal. As more and more people have their own enterprises, a home office becomes a necessity for their space and part of the concept of their design. This movement towards working at home adds another dimension to our design task and allows the designer to be creative in more than just a residential capacity, what we are really doing is two types of spaces in one that can work harmoniously in one home.

Modern Storage : Dream Closets

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“Spring Cleaning”!  is here and once the weather becomes warmer and the days longer we yearn for organization of our space. Winter creates this sense of hibernation, of status quo, and now Spring is here and we feel the need to de- clutter, to organize, re-evaluate and  sometimes, purge. More often this begins with the “purge”, we look around and determine what we need and what we do not need anymore, be it clothes, books, furnishing, objects…basically anything that when we look at it we say “do I need this?” as we whisper to ourselves, maybe again…”do I really need this?”

It begins with a bag or a box and a fierce motivation to be productive, to rid ourselves of unwanted items and inevitably, make room for new ones.  Part of this purge is to create space for that new item, new piece of furniture, new wardrobe, new shoes… We have to be honest and admit that we like new things…

There is also a desire to organize the spaces we do have to create more efficiency… more space…

I think one of the most essential elements to a home is Closets. What “type A” organizational type does not love the words “walk in closet”. It has  a symphony of possibilities. Well appointed closets make us feel grown up and “together”.

When I am designing a new home or doing a renovation I always ask my Client to highlight what is most important to them in their home and a vast majority say ” more storage”, be it closets with built in shelving, a Kitchen island with large pull outs or a Pantry or Cabinet that conceals all their belongings behind a luxurious piece of furniture.

In these images presented   are custom closets in two of my NYC Projects: Both Modern and both offering the client space, ingenuity, function and beauty. I designed specific areas for every item of personal clothing, shoes, accessories. When you enter the closet you are able to find things quickly and store things in their place. It becomes an oasis of calm in comparison to a chaotic world. It can be used as a dressing area along with providing storage. The boxes within the closet that is dark wood, only takes that organizational aesthetic to a new level.  Without being obtrusive, these boxes are elegant and also maintain a sense of privacy and safety for fragile items.

The glass and white  closets are a window to the heart of a truly organized and pristine vision for a closet. Beautiful crisp  shirts lined up with space in between to avoid any wrinkles is really a dream . In the way that the storage boxes conceal, this glass front creates a display case for the belongings inside.  Storage areas are a necessity to an efficient space that works with you, not against you. Having   functional and well designed closets  are a luxury and essential for the maintenance of a well run home.

As a Designer we must tap into the needs of our Clients and Closets are primary in their vision for a  wonderful  space.

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Cool and Collected…

  This is the console in our UN Plaza Duplex apartment…Harmony is always one of the most important factors when designing for a Client. Aesthetic Integrity  and Harmony are the foils that make a space “work” or not. This sleek linear cabinet is not only a beautiful piece but also provides storage within and display area on top. Everything is working together, Floor, Console, Walls… and creates a Modern, Cool and Stylish statement.

 

 

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