• 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…

  • Dark and Inky

    Halloween always inspires me.  I relish the drama and suspense of the holiday, not to mention the excuse to go a little goth and watch scary movies.  It’s always good to embrace one’s darker side, especially if you lean a little type A.  So with all my clean and tailored design tendencies comes a need for what I call “dark and inky”.  If you’ve worked with me or for me, you’ve heard me use this term.  I am always on the quest for the perfect murky green, garnet or ebonized-blue (and of course black).  Whether it’s a lacquered leather chair, a kick-ass pair of aubergine boots or a smokey eye for…

  • Spring Greens

       Is there any other color on your mind this time of year besides green?   Trees are budding, the grass is coming back and we’ve just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. It feels like we’ve turned a corner and everyone is in higher spirits, so let’s rejoice in the one hue that delivers a boost of happiness just when we need it most.  Kelly, chartreuse, lime or sage – whatever the shade – you are sure to find glorious greens all around you this spring.         – nature / exteriors – “Green” buildings Ann Demeulemeester in Seoul and the Caixa Forum in Madrid.   Spanish copper wall image c/o…