insights on creating innovative spaces

Yearly archive for 2010

Holiday Decorating Tips, from me to you!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…or so the song says.  However, you can mix traditional and contemporary decorations to bring holiday warmth and sophistication into your home.  Our natural instinct when decorating for the holiday is go with  red and green, or whatever belief you may

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Pulling it Together

Sometimes inspiration comes from artwork, a theme or a individual’s personality.  Other times, it comes from working around a piece of furniture that is overwhelming a space.  There are some colors that I’m just not crazy about.  I don’t design rooms that use these colors on the

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Let Us Give Thanks

As we are all giving thanks for the bounty of this season, let’s give thanks to the inspirations it provides:  –          Warmth comes from more than a fireplace, it comes for the color that infuses a room and the people sharing it with you –          Beauty is

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Finding the Right Wall Color

Color selection is a thoughtful and sometimes time-consuming process.  As a designer, I cannot just pick any color!  In fact, some colors have so many nuances and undertones, that it can be challenging to select the right ones.  Some factors influencing wall color selection include: window direction

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Raise the Ceiling

I’m working on a bedroom right now.  The room has a northern exposure which means it feels darker.  My goal is to help the room feel brighter and larger.  One way to achieve this is to raise the ceiling – at least visually if not physically. It

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sailing into small spaces

I get my design  inspiration from many places.  I often am asked to address storage issues in small spaces.  When this happens I think about the efficiency of the cabin of a sailboat.  Everything has its place.  Doors are opened and closed with intent.  Each space has a purpose.

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Hello world!

I’ve been designing residential and commercial spaces for over 25 years and I still get asked, “Pat, how did you get started in this business?”  To be honest, I chuckle every time and say “It was an accident!” When I was in high school I enjoyed my

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