“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
Even as a designer who is trained to be sensitive to the details, a measure of a space should be taken by the way it make people feel, because that is what we all, including myself, remember most strongly. Are we comfortable? Inspired? Relaxed? or Anxious? Just like people, the space surrounding us has a huge impact on the way we feel. This is no more crucial than to someone like me who designs people's homes. My ego wants my projects to be stunning but they also need to be approachable for the people who will inhabit them every day.
Along the way I've ended up doing some smaller projects that have been really fun but don't get as much attention as my larger projects. These projects have allowed me to go in a different direction that I usually would, or start a relationship with a client that would lead to more involved projects. The master suite below falls into the first category. The space is traditional and very feminine, which is not my normal style, but I think the outcome is really elegant. I have a couple other small projects that I also plan to showcase in the coming week!Read More
A couple weeks ago I completed my first interview and it just happened to be live on the radio. Eek! I was nervous, but it turned out to be fun! The radio show was about luxury living and I was told to prepare to discuss that topic. In preparing for the interview, I realized that the idea of luxury is not something I ever think about. I realized that the projects I work on, luxury is a foregone conclusion. Though as I said on the program, not everyone wants to spend a lot on everything and the concept of luxury is very much about personal preference. And in my opinion, the ultimate luxury is complete freedom. While that might sound like an unlimited budget to some, it means not worrying about maximizing square footage for resale value, it means using materials that are to the client's taste and not based on current trends, it's about letting go of outside pressures and really designing something beautiful and tailored to living really well.
I realize though that I'm sometimes more theoretical than people are looking for and started to think about what are real, tangible, luxury items that elevate a design. Below are 5 items that I came up with.
- Continuity of exterior materials (house, landscape, hardscape, mailbox, everything)
- Well designed, thoughtful lighting inside & out.
- Glazing. Dramatic & well located doors & windows which reinforces architectural concept.
- Natural stone & detailed fabrication.
- Visual simplicity in the Kitchen.
The technique needs some refinement but I'm loving the textural pattern of this coffee table top I made this past weekend on a "craft weekend" with a friend from architecture school.