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Traditionally contemporary

A new challenge is music to a designer’s soul…when that challenge comes mid-project the music is taken to a whole new volume. 

Working on a lovely French country home…redoing floors, choosing light fixtures and furnishings, aging ironwork…all in a slightly subdued traditional palette, the client adds a striking abstract painting to the score!

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Integrating this piece into the evolving melody, we decided to play to its strengths: 

color and more color!

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I think the result sings!!!!!!

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Consider this: redefining the dining room

I recently came across a book entitled ‘Orange is the New Black‘.  Although the reference is to prison attire, my mind was sent spinning off into my world of design…...orange is the new red, this is the new that, the living room is the new dining room….really???  To be honest, I had already been toying with the idea of switching these two rooms in my house.

Times have changed…we are older, the children are busy and stretched, their children are young…all of which adds up to early evenings when we are together.  We now find ourselves lingering at the dinner table, then calling it a night.  So the dining room has taken on a new life….comfortable chairs borrowed from the living room, youth chairs and high chairs corralling small bodies, table top covered with butcher paper, containers of crayons and markers replacing center pieces.  An added bonus – a fireplace in the dining room!

The piano still sits comfortably in its alcove, now in the dining room;

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the welsh dresser remains in its accustomed spot, anchoring the new living room space.

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The chandelier,

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once over the dining table, now right at home over the coffee table.

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Adding a smallish white fluffy rug here will bring the room together.

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Rearranging and repurposing accessories adds freshness.

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We have yet to see how the new spaces ‘live’.  Reaction to the changes by some family members has fallen short of full-blown enthusiasm; perhaps this will change after the next family dinner……

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Use your words…exploring color

Visualizing a beautiful space, incorporating my client’s wishes and dreams, and my concept of bringing them to reality…only part of the job.  Conveying my concept to the client is the next step.  Much of this process requires words…. words of explanation, description, education, persuasion.  Since some of the needed words can be technical in nature, I have decided that a good way for me to grow in this area is to ‘tighten up’ my vocabulary – starting with the words we use about color. 

hue, tone, value, saturation…

Webster defines hue:  a gradation or variety of color, tint

 hue = color

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again defined by Webster, tone:  a quality of color with reference to the degree of absorption of light, a slight modification of a given color

tone = shade of a given color

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value:  a degree of lightness or darkness in a color

value = lightness or darkness of a certain color

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saturation:  the degree of chroma or purity of a color, the degree of freedom from admixture with white

saturation = degree of purity of a certain color

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in the classroom we would now be asked to use each word defined above in a sentence……………

‘The value of the tone of the hue is saturated.’

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anticipation…

 an-tic-i-pa-tion defined by Webster:  expectation, looking forward to, confidently, or with pleasure; expectation, hope

After the consuming intensity of the Christmas season, as the new year approaches, thoughts turn to possibilities and plans…

 anticipating sharing in all the ‘firsts’ in the life of this precious baby girl in the coming year

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planning to take more time to ‘stop and smell the roses’

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expecting to share:

tasty and healthy recipes,

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travel near or far, past or present,

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family history,

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and design inspiration!!!

Recently asked my take on what’s new in the design world for the coming year, I settled on the word connection.   I see  the influence of  global awareness connecting us to good stewardship of our world and our personal resources; self-awareness connecting us to how we want to live, what makes us feel comfortable;  connection with nature for the Master Designer’s inspiration; connection to our own piece of the world – light, climate, topography…; connection with a designer who can facilitate the process of connecting the client to their project in all these ways – resulting in their own self-expression.

To me as a designer, all these connections have an underlying theme:  simplicity

‘the universe loves simplification and beauty’ -Albert Einstein

‘making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity’

-Charles Mingus

‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ -Leonardo Da Vinci

Anticipating a simply wonderful new year – my wish for you as well!

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Tourist in my own town…part 1

SANTA BARBARA

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse 

 a site passed many times each week…taken for granted

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iconic Spanish Colonial Revival

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designed by William Mooser III

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completed in 1929

replacement for Greek Revival Courthouse badly damaged by 1925 earthquake

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view of Queen of the Missions Santa Barbara (see post ‘The Queen and the Rose Garden – 4-19-2013 ) from the Courthouse El Mirador clock tower

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freshly appreciated when seen through the eyes of a visitor!

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Guest room make-over

two gallons of paint,

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one new accent pillow,

– painting by Tegan Hope Duffy –

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loving the results………if not the process!

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Postcard from the entry…….

…..still looking for bits of fall…..

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