A Series on Design Styles: Japan, Part 3 - The Elements of Interior Space

The last entry to Japan. Part 3 of 3. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles: Japan, Part 2 - The Areas of a Japanese Home

Further details on Japan. Part 2 of 3. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles: Arts & Crafts and its Influences

If you look back through the blog, you'll see a few references to Frank Lloyd Wright, and maybe even to Craftsman style. One of the first projects I had here in Arizona, coincidentally one of the first posts for the blog, was to develop plans for an addition to a home in a Historic District of Phoenix. Why mention such an early post? The Historic House is a little brick Arts & Crafts; it has built-ins, a key feature of the style that allowed for every day clutter to be tucked away when visitors came, while not over-filling the house with furniture. Though it was built outside the style's key time period, the home is an example of Arts & Crafts. It was also during that project when I mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright for the first time. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Pueblo

I'm starting this series off with a regional style that predates Christopher Columbus : Pueblo (also called Southwest or Adobe.) I delighted in researching this style in college, so I am pulling my notes of storage and re-reading all the books to write this entry. This style started out as communal dwellings for the Native American tribes (Navajo, Apache, Hopi) through the southwest region of today's United States: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, and parts of Texas. Built from the 9th through 14th centuries, some structures still stand today, such as Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles, Overview

You're hosting a get-together for your neighbors/family/friends, and while you're making sure everyone has a drink, or tried the appetizer, someone says: "I love this (style/theme) for your home. What is it?" Freeze. Total 'deer in the headlights' look/moment. What do you say? "I found everything in garage/yard sales/antique stores/salvage yards." Or, "I saw it in this magazine (or on this website), and felt like it fit with everything else." (read more)
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