Joy Of Design

  I just finished reading Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. It was recommended as a must read guide if you like writing. His process of writing is very similar to how I design.  When I taught first year design studio, I explained to students that one day your building would design itself. Listen carefully to... Continue Reading →

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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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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