Reinterpreting Classical Architecture Through a Modern Lens

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have decided to use Westminster Abbey as their inspiration for the design of the new Chelsea FC stadium and village. Source: Pixabay

It's hard to imagine the Boston Red Sox designing a new stadium using Old North Church or Trinity as architectural inspiration. However, that's exactly what is happening in London. Football, known as soccer here in the U.S., is the national sport of England. In fact, The Guardian quips it could even be considered the national religion. The Newest … [Read more...]

Beach Home Décor for Any Style or Taste

Consider these two schools of beach home decor: the traditional and the more rustic.   Source: Houzz

Typically, when we think of beach house decor, we think of bright colors, white beadboard and cottage furnishings. Some eclectic furniture pieces are often in the mix, as are beautifully displayed shell collections.This type of beach house has youthful energy. However, not all beach settings are warm, sunny and vibrant. Some have a cooler, grey-toned and … [Read more...]

The Play of Glass and Light: Art and Color

Stained glass relies on light to breath life into it.  Source: Houzz

We've written in the past about the importance of light - both natural and by design - in residential and business interiors. In these cases, light and glass serve a functional purpose. However, let's not forget the intricate and artistic play that takes place when you combine light, glass and color. Optimize the Effect Of Glass Art in Your Home Long … [Read more...]

Minimally Finished Woods Bring Warmth and Rustic Charm to Modern Interiors

Exposed wood beams are one option for anyone looking to take advantage of minimally finished wood accents for your home.  Source: Houzz

Wood accents are a popular way to add warmth and character to modern interiors. In many cases,wood surfaces are heavily finished, lending a glossy surface that is easy to clean and less prone to damage. All too often, however, these wood finishes come with a price. Use Wood Accents to Bring Warmth and Charm to Your Modern Interiors As Architectural … [Read more...]

The Rise of the Organic Workplace

The organic workplace is rooted in locally sourced materials and sustainable furnishing, paints with low levels of volatile organic compounds, and on-site composting.  Source: Houzz

Workplace design trends are driven by a combination of factors, including how the workplace needs to function for workers, economics and, of course, style will always play a role.  A current trend that incorporates all three of these is the rise of the organic workplace. Workplace Design Trends: Could Your Office Be More Organic? The organic … [Read more...]

Psychology and Architecture: Silent Partners

Between feng shui and fibanacci, there is a deep and enduring psychology to architecture and interior design.  Source: Houzz

Common sense tells us architecture and design have a psychological effect on humans. If it didn't, interior design wouldn't be so popular and that feeling you get when you enter a perfectly proportioned space - such as the Parthenon - wouldn't be so profound. Even so, we how have scientific proof that the psychology of architecture is a real … [Read more...]

From Crafts to Connoisseur, Space for Your Hobby Is Important

If you're passionate about a particular hobby, then there's no reason to hide it from the world. Why not incorporate it into your living space?  Source: Houzz

I can't tell you how many times we have worked on residential remodels, only to open a closet and see a plethora of instruments, hobby tools, crafting materials, etc., tucked into every nook and cranny. It's a shame when these "hobbies" - which typically have more to do with who our clients are than their 9-5 jobs - are tucked away rather than … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Your Fence Be a Barrier to Your Style

While your fence should obviously serve it's function, it should also serve to bolster your overall design.  Source: Houzz

Residential and commercial design doesn't stop at the exterior walls. It continues (or should continue) through your landscape design, which includes fences or property boundaries. Make sure your fences enhance, rather than detract from, your overall design. Use Fence Styles That Complement Your Architectural Design When you're ready to design - or … [Read more...]

Innovation Moves Past Institutionalization in Senior Living Facilities

Because retiring opens up a world of opportunity for a retiree, many senior communities are focusing on fostering the interests and activities of their residents.

Do you equate senior living facilities with institutions? If so, we don't blame you. Until the last decade or so, the majority of senior living facilities were just that - especially for the middle- and lower-middle classes. Now, however, design trends are decidedly moving in an upward and positive direction. 5 Trends That Are Shaping Innovative … [Read more...]

What Makes A Space Sacred?

Sacred spaces are meant to draw out life's larger questions, like "who are we" and "why are we here."

We've written before about important tenets of designing sacred spaces. From sacred geometry to rounded architecture and even lighting design, there are some fundamental architectural features that enhance a structure's feeling of sacredness, and can thereby connect a visitor with the sacred within him or herself. However, we can't help but wonder: what … [Read more...]

Designing Trends Throughout The Decades

Retro designs will always be "in" and many of today's hot trends are built upon previous ones.  Source: Houzz

Architectural trends, like fashion, come and go throughout the ages. Just as skinny jeans and shimmery makeup populate the runway nowadays, modern and mid-century architecture and design was re-popularized last decade and now gold fixtures and finishes (remember the 90s?) are showing up again too. When design trends are recycled, they blend favorite ideas … [Read more...]