Color, textures and artwork were carefully combined to warm this space and create a home. The selected interior pieces separate areas of living, while at the same time tying the space together.
Artists’ Frame Service – Wells St.
Chicago’s leader in art framing has added a location in Chicago’s design district near the Merchandise Mart. The shop’s design allows the space to feel open and accessible to designers, homeowners and art lovers of all backgrounds. The existing character and structure in the space remains exposed enhancing the studio and atelier feeling. The focus remains on the art, and as the client says “frame[ing] what you love!”
Room for Sisters
No two sisters are alike, and the same can be said about their rooms. These two spaces, in the same home, utilize vibrant color and pattern to express the sisters’ different personalities.
Bath & Dressing Room
A selective use of accent tiles brings an intimate scale to this home retreat. The bathroom and adjacent dressing room are tied together by the textures and tones of the spaces. The overall effect is a soothing environment to start and end the day.
Working From Home
This space takes advantage of available sunlight and views while creating a space conducive for quiet and focus, just a few steps from other functions of the home.
Colorful Kid's Room
In this _______ (select: castle, village or outpost) of _______ (select: a person’s name)s-port inhabitants can draw _______ (select: an animal - plural) and _______ (select: a flower – plural), explore _______ (select: a planet) read about _______ (select: a brave person) and of course build a _______ (select: a machine or vehicle) in legos.
Adults may enter if they can sing three lines from _______ (select: a popular children’s song), but they are also encouraged to enjoy other rooms in the home.
Cool aquatic tones, soothing neutrals and a mix of proportions enhance the sense of calm and relaxation for this home respite. Details, like the niches in the shower, tile backsplash and accents, delight sight and touch and are a part of the complete experience of the space.
Hyde Park Residence
The Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago is known for its wonderfully large, rambling homes and apartments. In fact, the lot sizes in Hyde Park are larger than most in Chicago – a result of urban planning when Hyde Park was an independent township before it joined Chicago in 1889. This home has the quintessential large Hyde Park footprint. To keep the spaces from feeling cavernous and cold we created zones for sitting, reading, visiting and dinning that would feel more intimate, but also flow from one to another. The warm tones help tie the spaces together.
River North Condo
Clean lines and carefully curated finishes allow one to enjoy the views from this perch in River North. Mixing wood tones, warm textures and crisp geometry make this a perfect space to entertain and kick back.
Goal: Create a living room that parents can enjoy and where kids can play – without everyone being overrun by toys.
Response: Comfortable furniture and seating that’s not too fussy; books, toys and crafts are stored in bins that easily come out when in use and neatly stow in crisp cubbies when they are not. Colors and artwork are incorporated to add a lively sense of fun.
Color activates this work environment and assists in wayfinding throughout the office. More conversational groupings and a more relaxed floor plan encourage collaboration amongst colleagues and teams.
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
Life is made of small moments. Here are a few examples from vignette projects and the drawing board.
5 am. 10 am. 7:30pm. Any time of day, a little encouragement to workout can be a help. This condo association values having a dedicated fitness center in their building. Residents have commented that the punch of color and pleasant lighting make them want to work out, helping them get in those few extra crunches!
Some pages from design sketch books – from travels in Italy and the Chicago lakefront.