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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…