MASTER CLASS

  • MEXICAN STYLE

    In San Miguel the lines are blurred between the inside and outside spaces, every house has a courtyard, large opening windows and doors and the lifestyle is casual and not fussy...

  • READING ASSIGNMENT

    Below are several books I think every designer should have in their library. Many are awesome architecture books, some are classic interiors books while others offer basic knowledge of what a 'well designed' house should have. There's also historical books showing details and ways to identify periods...

  • DECORATING WITH FOLDING SCREENS

    Coromandel screen behind the sofa. It was the "Oh yeah, we're rich" item of choice for twenty years. Today they need to be used carefully so as not to harken back to those decadent "Bonfire of the Vanities" days...

  • DINING TABLES, HOW TO CHOOSE

    My thoughts when outfitting a dining room are to have the whole picture in mind, mood, suitability, usability, etc... I think a great chandelier and awesome chairs are primary. The chairs after all are surrounding the entire table...

  • LODGE DESIGN

    Now that winter has arrived, we just want to get the hell outta town to a romantic, woodsy getaway. Lodges were originally only for crowned heads to hunt or robber-Baron's to fish...

  • ACCESSORIZING YOUR HOME

    Accessories in a home - like icing on a cake can make or break the results - if it doesn't look appealing chances are it won't taste as good...

  • CHANDELIERS 101

    The chandelier market is sooo flooded with zillions of shitty, overdone light fixtures, most of which are totally crap-ola that it's hard to find a good one, and then once you do, how do you determine if it's correct for your room?...


  • FOUR CHAIRS

    Create a special place in your home where you don't have the formulaic set-up of a sofa, two club-chairs and pair of fauteuils...  A grouping of only four super-comfortable club chairs for the intimate times with good friends...

  • BRASS IS BACK!

    The warmth and soft glow of brass have come full circle, partially due to the popularity of late, mid-century interiors which now have moved from the cool chrome of the 60's to the bright, swanky brass of the 70's...

  • ACCESSORIZING

    "Less Is More" means exactly that, "simplicity and clarity lead to good design;" the idea is you'll have greater impact by limiting the ensemble to the bare essentials needed to convey the message or idea. How to look at a room and decide what needs to go, or what's missing...

  • OPENING WALLS

    Movable glass door construction is a quantum leap from 10 years ago. New, better-quality windows and doors have a very low "u-factor" which means they're almost equivalent to a solid wall when it comes to insulation and their easy-to-use hardware is mind-blowing...

  • LAUNDRY ROOMS

    It wasn't so long ago that designated 'laundry rooms' didn't exist in middle class homes. Laundry was done in dank, musty old basements, or out in the garage with the lawn-mower and bicycles as washing machines were considered leaky and wet. Your clothes deserve better...