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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.




The Architect’s Inner Dialogue: Inspiration and Information…


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.


Losing our History…The Erasing of our Architectural Footprints

St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church NYC

St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church NYC

May’s Blog is dedicated to the memory of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in the Flatiron District NYC, which was ravaged by a large and quick consuming fire Sunday May 1, 2016.

The church building was constructed in 1850-55 and was designed by noted architect Richard Upjohn in the English Gothic Revival Style. In 1968 the city of New York declared this church a landmark.

As one of the oldest churches in New York, Saint Sava served as not only a spiritual anchor for the community, but also an architectural anchor. In a neighborhood which one could say is plagued by developers who are eager to construct new residential and commercial spaces for their financial gain, Saint Sava served as an historic Architectural marker, a memory. In a fast changing cityscape this church was a reminder that our buildings are our memories, our reference to eras gone by and are preserved to remind future generations of how people constructed and ultimately how they lived in the past.

It has been a longstanding practice of war and territorial domination that the first destruction begins with a city’s buildings and landmarks. The oppressor seeks to erase the memory and footprint of the former ruling body, therefore erasing history so their domination can be seen as new. With Architectural treasures destroyed, a new regime, government, ruling body can form history in their own manner for future generations. If there is no Architectural footprint left, history is lost.

Our Architecture contains not only history but emotion; these structures have been created to evoke a feeling, to elicit an emotion for those who enter. As an Architect and Designer, buildings are the keepers of our history and evolution, and the destruction of this church is a tragedy, not only for the church family but for the community at large who received such joy when they passed, when they took a photo or entered to find some peace amid the art, painstaking details and beauty of the structure.








The Power of Harmony: The Home Office

Tribeca Loft

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.

The Power of Harmony


Harmony is integration of objects, spaces, people…into a cohesive and functional symbiotic partnership. Harmony in Architecture is the result of the space and its surroundings working together to form a perfect union. What might be harmonious in one location may not be when placed or constructed in a different location. It is like a recipe, measured and weighed out to integrate all the elements and amounts of them, into this pleasing and harmonious creation.

The term “Organic Architecture” was based on these principles. It formal definition can be: a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches so sympathetic and well integrated with its site, that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition.

So, what is the duty of the Architect when their design principles are rooted in a philosophy of Organic Architecture? Their vision for the Project,  be it a new construction, renovation or space re-design is generated from the desire to create harmony, integration and unification. The idea being that, materials, motifs, and basic ordering principles continue to repeat themselves throughout the building as a whole.

As the finished product results in a juxtaposition of all these elements, creating Harmony in a space is of the utmost priority and will lead a Designer to wonderful results and a satisfied Client.

The talent of seeing “the big picture” as some would say is inherent in a good Architect, to see beyond the drawing, the four walls, and to understand the potential of a space in its most organic state.  Then to apply that vision to a physical structure, a harmonious blend of floors, walls, furnishing, objects, lighting and color. When designing a home or re-designing a space for my Clients I strive for harmony, for the meeting of the minds between Client, Designer and Space.  I create an “Architectural Symphony”  with all the players working symbiotically. When all these roads converge in the harmonious way, we have achieved success. The sometimes challenging hours of planning, designing, selecting and discussion, all produce a pleasing and lasting outcome

The Science of Creating a Happy Client…

I think the most rewarding outcome of any Project is a Happy Client….but what is the Science and steps that the Designer applies to creating that “happy” Client?

When meeting with a Client to embark on a residential refresher or full renovation, we listen very carefully to what the Client’s needs are, what their desire is, what challenges they face and what budget they have in mind. From there we create a clear plan of action and a process that we convey to the Client  step by step,  in order to have their involvement and clear understanding  of the overall  Design and Construction process and to provide a line of communication and trust. I also can impart my vision and  encourage   the Client to dream beyond their expectations, to think of their space without the boundaries of any preconception. My goal is to help that Client understand the process of the work, from inception to fruition.

I like to emphasize 3 important concepts that I represent as a Designer:

  1. Luxury, not necessarily monetary, but luxury of comfort, of grandeur, of possibilities
  2. That our services are all inclusive, encompassing space layouts, lighting design,  material and furniture selection.
  3.  My rapport with the Client and the guidance and trust that I can instill in them to create a space of dreams.

While  there is no exact formula because each Project has its distinct voice, Client/ Designer relationships are based on mutual respect, interest in the Project, and trust. My firm ORA studio has launched a video called   “A Testimonial from a Happy Client” that really illustrates what goes into creating and maintaining a great relationship with a Client. I think this is a wonderful tool to demonstrate the world  of  ideas and great results attained  when you and your Client have that rapport.

Please take a moment and watch the video   

With every Project’s completion I am learning about the intricate details of personality, and how that relates to my profession. It is a Science and I  am like a Doctor of Interiors….I give  a diagnosis of what your home or space needs, I treat it, by creating a functional layout, using high quality materials, and I have a “bedside manner”, navigating  my Client through all the challenges that a Project may throw at us and assuring them at every step that the end result will be a success.

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Looking towards 2012 … Architecturally Speaking

A Style for every Emotion…

You look to the  future and allow yourself to imagine the impossible… As designers we do this with every project. What are my client’s dreams? and how can I make them come true or even transcend them? It begins with a vision, when creating a home,  emotion is an integral part of the design process. Who will be living in the space and what are their needs? hobbies? passions? Something so personal as  designing a home comes with great responsibility. Not only to create a functional space, but one that is warm and inviting, one that feels safe and comfortable. Especially when dealing with renovations, you need to reassure your client that you are making their home better, more accessible, without erasing the emotional feeling they had from the home before. Having a “stylish” home is relative and based on the people who will spend a good part of their lives there. In modern Architecture, we use words like “minimal”, “zen” but that doesn’t necessarily mean an empty room. Harmony is crucial, whether you have a room full of furniture or just a few select pieces, how do they work together??? This is what is important. there are so many aspects to what makes a home “work”… Inspiration is also a big part of making the Client/Architect relationship work. Do we inspire each other? What can we bring to the table that will make the project, the one that client is dreaming about. Innovation is also key. To innovate within the boundaries of an existing space can be a challenge and a blessing. If the “bones” of the space are good, that is key to creating and honoring the original structure. As an Architect and Designer my goal is to create my best work every project, give the best of me to my clients and from that I will reap the benefits.

Here’s looking to a propserous New Year… by design!