Go West-Part 2, the After Chapter

February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Westover Basement Before

Westover Basement After

Westover Foyer Before

Westover Foyer Before

Westover Foyer After

Westover Dining Room Before

Westover Dining Room Before

Westover Dining Room After

Westover Living Room Before

Westover Living Room Before

Westover Living Room After

Westover Master Bed Room Before

Westover Master Bed Room After


Scaling the Stairs- Simply Brilliant

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Go West, Part 1

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Although most of the work I do is in Chicago, I am always happy to work on projects elsewhere.
One that I recently finished was in Portland, Oregon. This couple bought a house that was being foreclosed on 65% through it’s renovation. The home needed to both be finished and fixed – much of the previous renovation needed to be redone. This is a situation that I see often – a rushed renovation marred by poor design, poor craftsmanship  or both.
Here are some of the befores, stay tuned….

Westover Basement-before

Westover Foyer-before

Westover Foyer-before

Westover Dining-before

Westover Dining-before

Westover Living-before

Westover Living-before

Westover Master Bedroom-before

Bath After

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Eugenie Master Bath Before-east

Eugenie Master Bath After-east

Eugenie Master Bath After-north

With the stroke of a brush

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Came across Anna James’ work and fell in love. Not unlike a recent post regarding draping an interesting surface over a less compelling one, I have always been enamored of great color combinations and patterns that help to define a piece or space. James’ taste is brilliant and her use of crafting a surface to define an object is compelling. Verona is on.


Verona by Anna James

Verona by Anna James, detail

Granny takes a trip by Anna James

Genoa by Anna James

Planet Queen by Anna James

Natalie Clein's Cello by Anna James

Natalie Clein's Cello by Anna James, detail


Quick Get-Away

January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

This slide  is part of a collaboration between Ab Rogers Design and DA.Studio for a residence they call Rainbow House. Better not let this get out to the kids of the world.

Ab Rogers Rainbow House Slide

Skin Deep

January 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have a client with a deck that sits outside a lounge area on the 3rd floor of his house. The wall that the deck and interior space share is pretty tall, maybe 16 feet, and has four large French doors. The client, feeling that this monolithic wall was a problem, thought to add half round windows to the top of the transoms on top of the doors and to break up the top of the wall with a cut out for a railing

I’m proposing we solve this problem a different way – with a decorative skin.

Check these out:

In 2008, Mexican artist Thomas Glassford, wrapped a neon graphic around the facade of this 1960’s building in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco District. The building without the neon is nothing.

Dear Design, a Barcelona based design firm, teamed up with Munich, a Spanish footwear company, to create a truly innovative showroom, where shoes are displayed on a 3-D mesh that skins the interior of their retail space.

Thomas Glassford's neon building

Thomas Glassford's neon building

Munich Sports

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