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Handcrafted

Handcrafted

For no more than the cost of an off-the-shelf item, one can often find hand-crafted items that enhance what would otherwise be a mundane accessory. These door pulls, made by sculptor Mark Weisback (etsy.com/artisanhandles) are a wonderful addition to new closet doors. And they are ‘leftover’ brass that Mark recycled from a large public sculpture.Read more about Handcrafted[…]

Light

Light

Natural light is the most dynamic aspect of a design, as the space changes throughout the day, and throughout the year, depending on the quality and intensity of light. Light can be used to define a space, change the quality of the colors and textures of the space, and help establish the relationship between theRead more about Light[…]

Color

Color

Color is an incredibly important part of the world around us. Paint is the simplest way to introduce color, and one shouldn’t be afraid of it — it is easy to paint over a color later if you change your mind!    

Pattern

Pattern

This birch floor was finished at a local sawmill. Its natural grain and color variations all contribute to its effect on the room. Considering texture, scale, and color is important in material selection.

Creative Solutions

Creative Solutions

Good design finds alternative solutions to a client’s goals. In this example, having the window manufacturer mull the windows together for installation achieved the desired vertical impact, without the cost of industrial-grade windows. Attention to details and finishes results in a look that satisfies the client without adding cost overruns to the budget or extraRead more about Creative Solutions[…]

Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design solutions are not necessarily high-tech.  They are appropriate solutions — customized to the site and building. This metal roof, for example, is well-suited for its rural site as it matches the commonly used industrial metal roofs found on many farm buildings. The difference here is that the roof is well insulated and theRead more about Sustainable Design[…]

Accessible Design

Accessible Design

All designs need to be accessible. The degree of access and the attention to different design components may vary, but providing spaces that encourage easy movement and limit barriers is an intrinsic part of my approach.