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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Internet house plan may not be the best option for your new home

Two reasons why an internet plan may not be the best option for your new home How you live Where you live "It works! The design works!" I love visiting months or even years after clients have moved into their dream home. It is fun to see clients and catch up on their lives. I... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Handmade House

  It was three degrees this morning my tile installer told me. He added that is without wind chill factored in. He was here promptly around 9 AM to finish grouting my kids’ bath. 2014 was the year of finally doing work around our own home. The danger of being an architect and also being... Continue Reading →

Happy Client!

Happy Thanksgiving!   I am a tad bit late but wanted to share a nice note I received last week from a client. It is true I do care as much about your home as you do!   Hope your holiday was wonderful! This time of year potential client calls increase due to celebrating the... Continue Reading →

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