Archive for July, 2011
On my recent trip to Atlanta I had the pleasure of chatting with Gary again, he is the most faithful blog reader and always has great insights and comments. Gary it was great to see you again and keep the comments coming!
I cannot stress enough the importance of travel for stepping out of your normal environment. It opens your eyes and lets the child in you play. For me, this always brings such a strong creative energy. When I spent 3 days in Amsterdam earlier this summer I was able to think about new furniture designs, colorations and ideas for a proposed product that I am presenting to a manufacturer. It all came from the sheer pleasure of treating myself to an adventure. I feel that people who believe in staying at the office 24/7 are truly wrong; an accountant that I had many years ago always said that a designer makes money when he/she is out of office. I truly believe this. You don’t have to travel far to be inspired, just find a place where your eye can wonder and see things in a slightly different way. I promise it won’t be a waste of time.
What kind of tv stand/media center would you recommend? I don’t see any tv’s in any of your layouts, but I need something for my living room. The space is small (NYC apt) 48″ long x 108″ (9 feet) high.
Years ago I started using art easels that I found in France for TV stands, they are architectural pleasing and have great flexibility. Restoration Hardware has a great knockoff of them. You can see how I have used the ones from France below, I have one in my loft too! Let us know what you decide on.
Week Who Knows…
It has been a very very slow process but the house has really started to take form of a finished home, well at least the background. When I stopped by recently there was a lot of work being done, the kitchen was being installed, bedrooms were being painted, the master bath was being grouted, the pool had been installed and the guest house exterior had been finished. It was all starting to take shape.
One of my tricks for low ceilings in homes/apts is to paint the ceilings with semi-gloss paint, this is not the final coat you see in image but you can see how it increases space.
It has been about a year and a half of construction with delays and now they want to be in the house in 2 weeks! This puts a gun to our heads, but I do understand since it is summer and they would like to enjoy their summerhouse. It’s questionable when the house will be finished as decisions are not being made and delays are continuing (not due to us).
Unfortunately the client had a tree cut down in the front yard that I had fought to save because without it the house is very exposed, hopefully landscaping will help it. They also installed a driveway without my knowledge and now there is more driveway than there is yard, you could park 10 cars on it! A parking lot comes to mind…
City: Warner Robins
I have all your books–love them!
Have noticed several glossy, shiny ceilings, a look I also love. What is your reasoning for that technique?
First and foremost I like them, secondly because it helps reflect natural light and lastly it makes the ceiling feel taller which makes the room feel more open. There is a lot of prep work that goes into this job, you need to compound and sand then compound and sand some more. The goal is to get the ceiling as smooth as glass.
Next week VW Home will be in Bridgehampton, if your around come check out our new treasures!
image Jamie Beck
I used to really enjoy getting all of your questions and the dialogue they created. As of late we noticed I haven’t gotten as many, is it something I said???
Please send me questions here and hopefully we can start this conversation again.
( I love when you send images to illustrate your questions or comments)