• Shinola Hotel Gachot Studios

    SCALE UP / SCALE DOWN

    Symmetry, balance and proportion are key tenets of how I develop an interior; I was trained in classical architecture.  Yet, when I get to the decorating portion of the design process, I throw Palladio’s rules out the window – especially scale.  Playing with scale (blowing things up, sizing them down) is a way for me to change the vibe in a space, and therefore, how its experienced.   Go Big There are times when you just need to go big or go home. An oversized mirror can completely change a room. And a chandelier or pendant that outsizes a dining table is pure drama. Scaling up disrupts the status quo – it…

  • East Wing Inspiration

    I was hungry for some inspiration this past week and decided to break from my routine, play hooky and hit a local museum.  I walked through the National Gallery’s East Wing on Wednesday – one of the many world class museums that just happen to be in my ‘hood – and soaked up the amazing collection of modern sculpture they have on display.  Giacometti, Calder, Bertoia … delicious. An enormous mobile by Calder hovers above the light filled central space. Artist Richard Long assembled rough cut blocks of slate to form an elegant circle on the main floor.  A guard stands watch for those visitors tempted to disturb the work.…