Many designers are under the impression that formal training, education, and certification is either unnecessary or should not be necessary. In reality, there are huge risks an owner takes when employing a designer who hasn't taken these pathsRead More
Floor plans are commonly used drawings and we hear a lot about them. Interior elevations aren't too far behind- but a floor finish plan??Read More
I remember submitting projects for an award, but well... I generally do this thinking winning isn't really an option. Let's face it, there are hundreds of designers who enter the Seattle competitions. This submission was national, and it wasn't just interior designers. It was all of those in the building design industry- architects, engineers, interior designers, etc. How could I possibly be selected?Read More
When you hire a designer, what answers are you looking for?
What results do you want that you can’t get on your own?
Interior design work is magical. Designers are dream makers, creative seekers, and guardians of the beautiful.
We are also servants, psychologists, executors, fund managers, and problem solvers.
Beyond that, we are fathers, mothers, siblings, and caretakers.
We are human.
Just like you.
I learned a lesson recently, and not for the first time (fool me twice, shame on me). I have taken multiple approaches to resolving this ongoing problem, but never the one that was truly needed. Vague-much? I would like to tell you a story about what happened so that it doesn't happen to you because when I accept a project, it is because I like you. I feel that we have a connection and that our project can be fun.Read More
Interior elevations are a vital part of any complete design set. A home can be permitted without the interior elevations, but there are so many unknowns that it makes it quite difficult to build with your needs in mind. How high are the counters in the bathroom? Are there drawers or does the cabinet have doors with fixed shelves? What is the height between the counter and the upper cabinets? What finish is on the wall, and where exactly on the wall?Read More
I had the very rare opportunity in college of being a part of an interdisciplinary program, which allowed me to do studio courses and projects with students of architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, and of course other interior designers. Learning how to collaborate with the different fields gave me a unique viewpoint that often results in people in these fields saying that it's a "breath of fresh air" to work with me. I do not demand control of a project but work as a team player, gleaning knowledge from these different perspectives. I am proud of how well I work with others in the field and look forward to opportunities to have fun collaborating together.Read More
DIY is getting more and more popular and homeowners are interested in taking on their own design and construction work. I applaud this energy and support you completely in your endeavors! Many times, homeowners have come to me and asked if they could get just a concept. After happily obliging for many, many years for so many clients, I now offer this service with a LOT of caveats. Reason being, a concept design ends up being a frustration for the homeowner, the contractor, and myself, and here is why:Read More
My background as a designer includes 3 years of working specifically on kitchen and bath projects and 3 years working in commercial on a variety of projects including hospitality, tenant improvement, and educational facilities. I like to approach residential and commercial design in a way that utilizes my background in both areas.Read More
Common information to find on a floor plan includes the walls and furniture, but it also shows the casework (cabinets), the swing of the doors, window placement, and traffic patterns (yes, we think about how you move through a space). Some plans will show the electrical information (such as outlet locations and lighting). Major mechanical information will be displayed, plumbing fixtures located, and often times, we will note where to find the enlarged plans of specialty spaces like kitchens and bathrooms!Read More