How to select colors for your home

My favorite color is Gray?! It is Behr’s Gray Morning 490F to be exact. I didn’t realize this until recently. I was in Baltimore to see an exhibition of a favorite artists Richard Diebenkorn. Stunning show “Matisse Diebenkorn” that will be in San Francisco Spring Summer of 2017. Diebenkorn’s urban landscapes have always intrigued me. My husband…

Being an Architect

I recently was given the best gift, a drawing titled “Sky High Environments.” It was created by a nine year-old aspiring architect. I was thrilled she was inspired to think about architecture by watching her parents design and build their new farmhouse. On career day at school, she even dressed as an architect carrying the…

Kitchen with a view!

“Are you sure you want a window there?” a cabinet provider asked me recently.  I used to get irritated when cabinet makers tried to coax clients into replacing windows with cabinets.  Thinking “how dare they even go there” I would ponder. They haven’t even been to the house yet. They haven’t even seen the view….

Best of Houzz Service Winner 2017!

Hurrah! My firm was awarded a Houzz.com award! Houzz is my “go to” website for home inspiration. Instantly I can search a topic, find a picture if not hundreds of them and send them to a client to see if we are on the same page. It is a wonderful resource replacing scrapbooks and boxes filled with…

No Upper Cabinets?!

Happy 2017! A new trend I am seeing is fewer upper cabinets. It is either a function a client who wants as many windows as possible, doesn’t want to reach or stand on tippy toes to get items or style choice that upper cabinets can clutter a sleek kitchen. I have a wall of shallow one foot deep…

Eight Principles of Home Design and Art

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching the Custom Residential Architects Network  (CRAN) Symposium online. It was held this year in Sonoma County, California. I had a wonderful time two years ago attending the conference in Charleston, South Carolina but this year’s timing didn’t work to attend in person. Thankfully the wonderful…

Fourteen Ways a Bigger House

Happy Thursday! In honor of #throwbackThursday #TBT I recently found a treasured list. It is a list of rules for home design given to my husband in Architecture Studio at Kansas State University. His professor Bob Burnham created the list for a house project they designed in studio. Before the Not So Big House book series…

Walking the land for a new custom Farmhouse

  It is currently 64 degrees in Kansas City! Fall is here! It is invigorating to finally have cool air arrive! Even better is the chance to be outside enjoying it. Happily I spent Saturday morning outside. While a tad bit warmer than today is was helpful to have the heat.   The sunny morning was…

The Beauty of an Architectural Model

I often build study models when designing a new home. It is a quickly printed on cardstock model.  The exterior views/walls are the elevations I designed printed to scale using my Revit software. I align all the sides of the home and print them out on a long strip and then I score and fold…

2016 Year of Beauty

  Happy New Year! I am a tad late getting this blog written as I started the New Year in Florence, Italy.  Alas New Year’s Day was the last day of our trip. Now that I am home in Kansas City designing a stack of projects, I can’t help but daydream about the beautiful details…

2015 was the year of exploring to create!

Dear Blog, Long time no see! Not even a recent word, text or tweet. I have been meaning to update you on 2015 as it was an amazing year that inspired, challenged and delighted in many ways. Yet, it flew by. Travel was the theme of the year: Visiting Maine, New York, Arkansas, Chicago and…