Home Office: Space Designed with Practicality in Mind

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The number one priority on all design projects:  create a home to best suit my client’s personal needs and ideal use of space.

This client benefits daily from having efficient home office space in a quiet corner of his home.  On occasion, he’ll have weekend guests.  It didn’t make sense to dedicate a bedroom year-round for his occasional guest.  So we got creative.

Using custom-designed cabinetry, we created useful work and storage space for the room’s primary function.  Abundant storage helps keep clutter under control.  When guests arrive, the pull-down desk folds into the cabinet and double pocket doors close to conceal not only the desk, but also books, records and files.  A comfortable queen-size Murphy bed, normally hidden behind cabinet doors, pulls down creating an inviting guest room.

Add some fresh flowers and chocolates on the pillows and guests will feel totally indulged.

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Dramatic Impact with a Kitchen “Remodel Light”

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In this kitchen the flooring, cabinets and the majority of appliances stayed in place.  But what a difference relatively minor updates can make.  Refinished cabinets, a fresh paint color on the wall, the addition of nickel cabinet pulls and a hip pendant and LED canned light combo replacing a time-stamped fluorescent ceiling fixture combine to totally reinvent this kitchen.  Lowering the breakfast bar to counter height connects the kitchen seamlessly with the nook and family room.  The new White Exodus granite countertops with a curved extension that enlarges the island and a 2×12 staggered Silver Mink glass tile backsplash provide the wow factor.

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Sleek End Table with a Purpose

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This end table looks innocent enough.  Nobody but the homeowner knows that it was cleverly designed to house all their ugly TV boxes allowing us to remove the oversize cabinetry and create more living space.

Now there is a conversational grouping of the furniture without blocking the walkway to the master suite.  As a bonus, the stone fireplace gets top billing as the focal point of the room.


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Master Bedroom: Little Changes, Big Difference

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Final finishing touches were added to this client’s master bedroom, making a world of difference.  New lamps, new pillows, new embroidered drapes and new shades.  It feels complete.

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Gaming Room to Enjoy a Passion at Home

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When I meet with a design client, I want to know what’s important to them.  How do they live?  What are their passions?  What do they enjoy in their spare time?  What design will render the best possible use of space?

This client is a nationally recognized “gamer”.  Card games and video games, yes, but board games in particular.  Hundreds of them.  Difficult, long-lasting, brain-busting board games that only other gamers fully appreciate.  My client needed the space to “spread out” and “leave out” battles unconcluded.

We found the key elements at Market that we were looking for:

  •  A large, durable table with room for up to eight comfortable chairs.
  • Eight comfortable chairs.
  • A modern bronze and antique brass chandelier with eight lights to fully illuminate the “play space” with 320 watts.
  • The end table and accessories to create an appealing space when a game is not in process.

We custom created:

  • Original art to provide a bold punch of color.
  • Coordinating original fused art glass, created by the client in his own glass craft room.
  • Custom cabinetry to house dozens of games and even more books.  Reading is another passion.

Even a “non-gamer” may enjoy the visual appeal of this space.

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Master Bath Materials Sparkle

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Taj Mahal quartzite, vein cut limestone in 4×36″ plank and 1×3 herringbone combine beautifully with polished nickel hardware and plumbing fixtures and with spectacular crystal lighting to transform this master bathroom.

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Family Room on the Fairway

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The location was perfect on the 18th fairway.  The view of the pool and golf course was fabulous.  My client had the foresight to “see past” the Old World décor of the previous owner that most definitely was not a fit for my client’s design style.

With a couple months lead time between closing and move in date a total transformation took place.  The entire home was remodeled including the life center of the home:  the connected kitchen, nook, wetbar and family room.

In the family room, new oversize porcelain tile floors, a floor-to-ceiling tiled fireplace with a clean line mantel, a larger ceiling fan and soft light-filtering solar shades set the backdrop for new art, accessories and furnishings.  A very practical hide rug, an inviting leather sectional and a bold pop of color in an original art work combine for a very livable and frequently used gathering space.

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