Tag Archives: Design Concepts

Great Design Bang For The Buck – Completed!

The second blog post I did back in November 2010 <Great Design “Bang for the Buck”>, described a custom kitchen design that kept an eye on the budget.  The client called me back almost a year after I did the design … Continue reading

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Fascinating Solution To Painting A House With Bullnose Drywall Corners

My brother lives in San Diego, and bought a home with a completely open first floor that is divided by arched openings.  The openings are finished with bullnose  drywall corners leaving nowhere to transition colors between rooms because there is … Continue reading

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Contemporary Bath Remodel In A Traditional Home, Wayne, PA

Straight lines and a contemporary color palette set this bath apart. Needless to say, Ginny was thrilled to lose the blue tile.   This sink combines the look of a raised vessel and cost savings of a drop-in sink that … Continue reading

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Contemporary Design in a Traditional Area

Powder Room St. Davids A few years ago I was commissioned to design and build a contemporary home in the Saint Davids Neighborhood of Wayne.  I am traditional in my personal tastes, the design challenged me and stretched me in … Continue reading

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Partial Kitchen Remodel, Wayne (Part II, The Door)

The clients had always wanted to eliminate the door at the top of the stairs that connect the game-room & garage to the kitchen.  The doorway was narrow and the door was rarely closed.  The knob stuck out and would … Continue reading

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Lighting – Nordstrom’s vs. Wal-Mart

Ever wonder why Nordstrom’s and Wal-Mart feel so different?  Besides the obvious radical differences in the merchandise, they are “lit” very differently.  Nordstrom’s lights their merchandise using focused spot lights, so the store is dimly lit giving a calm feeling … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Pink is the color of 2011

I received my March Issue of House Beautiful last week.  Their “Color Issue” follows Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, which is a pink named Honeysuckle. Why do I care? Mostly I don’t. My design work tends toward classic.  I … Continue reading

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Kitchen Upgrade: What’s old is new and what’s new is old.

We built this home in 1988.  Recently the owners came to me wanting to upgrade the kitchen “without spending a fortune.” She did not love the cabinets, but they looked okay and were in good working order, “could we save … Continue reading

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Dark ceilings are dramatic!

Lancaster, Pa Dark ceilings are dramatic!  We painted the dining room ceiling of this recently completed custom home a deep eggplant purple, Benjamin Moore AF-650 caponata.  Common wisdom (which often isn’t very wise) says that dark colors shrink a room.  … Continue reading

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Classic Finish: Chrome

Different finishes come in and out of fashion, chrome never goes out of style. Chrome is the one fixture finish that is timeless, works in both contemporary and traditional interiors, is easy to maintain, and there is never a difference … Continue reading

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