Your exercise room can have a decorative element and still be highly functional.
Few things evoke the carefree feelings of childhood like a swing.
For a truly customized look, you simply can’t go wrong with tile.
Located in Austin, Texas, laV Restaurant and Wine Bar is a beautiful place.
I’m so pleased to have one of my designs featured in the January 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens!
When choosing an area of the home to use as exercise space, so many people go with a basement room. I much prefer the idea of getting out of the basement and into a more engaging, inviting part of the home.
An exercise space should be an environment with plenty of light, not a sheet rock box. If you plan for an an exercise room ahead of time, when building or remodeling, you can curate an area that’s derivative of the rest of the home. Your exercise room can have a decorative element and still be highly functional.
Stepping into a great space makes you feel motivated and inspired. Being healthy and fit is all about feeling good. A great exercise space enhances that experience. Rather than retreat to a forgotten room, create a workout area that you always wan
Create a bright spot for yourself.
Few things evoke the carefree feelings of childhood like a swing. There’s something about kicking up your feet and defying gravity that brings out your inner child. Even gently rocking back and forth on a swing can be so relaxing. There are some great ways to incorporate a swing into your home, inside or out.
Not all swings are playthings. I love the idea of a big swing as a piece of outdoor furniture. With comfortable, weather proof cushions, an outdoor swing is a great alternative to a traditional chaise or your typical porch swing.
Indoor swings can take so many forms. You really can take this idea and adapt to almost any interior, modern or rustic. With a cozy throw or a custom pillow, a swing becomes the perfect spot to relax.
What kind of swing would you love to have in your home?
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Create a beautiful place to relax.
For a truly customized look, you simply can’t go wrong with tile. When tiling, you can really splurge on something special. Whether you go with stone, glass, ceramic, cement, or porcelain, tile allows for so much creativity. The choices today for stunning tiles are nearly endless, but I really love the idea of using bold, graphic tiles for an unforgettable look.
I like tiles with big geometric patterns. Great tiles aren’t just for the floor. Tile makes a fantastic backdrop in nearly any room — it doesn’t have to remain in the bathroom. Bold tiles can be used to create accents customized with a range of different colors. The possibilities are endless! A custom tile design can really evoke someone’s personality — playful, colorful, and vibrant.
Some of my favorite patterns have a Marrakech or Turkish kind of feeling to them. Many have Moorish-inspired patterns that evoke a history even when updated with colors for today.
The design is in the details.
Located in Austin, Texas, laV Restaurant and Wine Bar is a beautiful place. Designed by McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and interior designer Susan Ferrier, laV epitomizes the concept of sophisticated dining.
Owners Ralph and Lisa Eads had a vision for laV centered around the idea of creating distinct rooms within the restaurant — casual outdoor dining, energetic wine bar, sophisticated lounge, welcoming dining room, and an elegant private wine room. The overall atmosphere is warm and captivating.
The architecture and the grand scale of LaV are beautiful but intimate, like a home. I love the tufting and the height of the banquettes. The haziness to murals creates a European flair, but mixed with an industrial vibe. The atmosphere is so sultry — I feel like I could stay there for hours. I love how they mix traditional lanterns with clusters of glass globes for a kind of yin and yang effect that works so well. There’s such a calming palette with tones of moss and taupe. It reminds me of wanting to be home.
Express your dining room — with oversize lighting.
I’m so pleased to have one of my designs featured in the January 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens! This Greenwich home belongs to a family who relocated from UK. They wanted a complete remodel of the home to make it suitable for their lifestyle. The design is formal enough to respect the architecture of the home but with an ease to accommodate a young family and their dog. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the magazine to read more about the details of this project!