Big Plans, Volume 2
Here is the 2nd set of designs I worked on. Again, the idea of "if this is a client's living room, how would it inspire design choices for a bedroom".
Big Plans-volume 1
Since moving to LA, I've been trying to branch out and get back to some of my more creative roots. I still love working with clients on their homes but I'm hoping for less sales and bit more design. With that in mind, I've been chatting with some freelance design companies about doing some work.
I'm working with clients on their beach house in Malibu and thought I'd share a board I put together for their living room. One wall has a large fireplace, the other has a view of the water. This leaves one big wall for their sofa and some art. They had done their research before stopping in, so we were able to pull ideas together really quickly. More details to come.
You know how it's impossible to get a decent bathing suit in August, but you can easily find corduroy pants in 9 different colors? Clothing retailers start discounting their spring collections early to make room for fall pieces. And you know what? Furniture retailers do the same thing.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming July 4th weekend. While I do have to work on Sunday, I get to be a regular citizen the other 2 days. I'll have a special (almost 5 year old) VIP in town, and I'm excited for some quality Southern California fun.
DTLA Arts District
A few more of my favorite shots from the DTLA Arts district. In a few blocks you can find some great street art and very tasty snacks.
Field Trip-DTLA Arts District
One of the guys I work with at the day job is always telling me about these "cool, hip, trendy" places he's gone. I like to think I'm taking good advantage of living in LA, until I hear Glen talk about some funky spot that I have yet to go to. So last Thursday, I decided to spend a few hours wandering around the DTLA Arts District.
Creating a "tasty" space
I caught up on some of my favorite design blogs yesterday and practically cheered when I read Emily Henderson's posting on her three top design tips. While her aesthetic is different from mine, she consistently provides intelligent reasons for all of her choices. My takeaway is that it is critical to think of everything as parts to a whole instead of on their own.
I'm back from a few days up north in Alaska. To call it beautiful is such an understatement. Trees as far as you can see, water so clear you can easily see the bottom of the river, and snow capped mountains high into the sky.
A favorite combination
Growing up, I had my walls plastered in blue and orange. As a lifelong Mets fan, that's hardly a surprise to anyone who knows me even a little. But I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful spread in last month's House Beautiful featuring this color combination.
The judicious use of white keeps it from looking like a carnival. Or Shea Stadium--that's not a look for everyone. Bright color, simple shapes, lots of white to anchor and some texture. I kept going back to these pictures and wanted to share.
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