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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Researching Around the Web

What have I been doing this week that there is no time to really update the blog? Research around the town, visit show rooms, work on the BIG project... Today, however, I took some time to check out my LinkedIn profile, and I found a blog that talks about Interior Design making people better. What struck me the most was the paragraph that talks about a return to craftsmanship and the lack of a real guide line for young designers (like me). I'll include the link so you can read it for yourself, but I get what the writer is saying. Yes there are trends in materials and the manufacturing of (3D printing, printing patterns on almost anything -including glass), but as a young designer I am adrift in that I have seen no true style to guide my designs. (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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What To Do With Walls

A typical ten foot by ten foot room can have (with eight foot ceilings) 320 square feet of wall. That is a little more than three times the footprint of the room! So what is a homeowner to do with all of that space? Walk through a model home in a new subdivision, and you'll see exciting things on the walls- from Wallpaper to Tile Mosaics to Murals. Walls are the largest square footage of a home. (read more)
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