When I design, the beauty of buildings inspires me.
From the very simplistic to the extremely intricate, I appreciate what Architects – both current and historic – have created.
With these in mind, I designed a line of fabric. My graphic line of fabric is inspired by architecture. This line has a very defined and strong repeat as it moves. The organic fabric line is inspired by my love of nature.
I recently had an opportunity to do a photo shoot of my product line with Brea MacDonald Photography and Kate Martin of Maine Prop House as the stylist. I love the symbol of Fort McLeary located in Kittery Point, Maine. Using it as our structure with the white, strong, rectilinear angles and significant stone foundation was perfect. The water of New Hampshire and Maine as a backdrop softens the rectilinear lines of the fort. Since my company is based both in Maine and New Hampshire; this is an important symbol for me.
Fort McLeary – color story is as bold in location as it is in design. I find that the graphic line looks better in bold and bright colors of purple, pink and oranges. These are colors that work well together as well as others either as an accent or boldly complimenting each other as a statement.
I hope you enjoy this line, let me know your thoughts. I bet they would look beautiful in your home!
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We do a lot of additions and renovations!
And they are fun! Why…? I love the renovation challenge and no two homes are alike.
I love taking an old home with old floor / ceiling joists and pushing the design to adjust to modern dimensions and building codes. Existing foundations and stair codes are rarely met and pose many issues if not addressed early in the design phase. This renovation must be done in collaboration with the building inspector. The goal is to improve and update the home to modern living standards.
If you have lived in a dated home and have already gone through the renovation process, you may recognize some of these!
Benefits to Renovating
Windows: new double-pane windows keep the wind & cold out and heating bills down. The ease of opening and closing a new window brings such simple joy!
Insulation: this will keep your toes warm and provide an efficient home.
Doors: They will actually open, close and lock when you replace your door – inside and out.
Drywall: Most old homes still have plaster & lathe which is really hard to hang anything on successfully. Drywall is clean, easy to paint and hang artwork.
So many issues… yet so many solutions!
Respecting and embracing the old while blending the new is such a balance. Let this balance create opportunities and joy! It’s all in the vision!
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This Old House Magazine
Do you have a backhoe in your front yard?
Most people are really excited the day that the backhoe shows up and construction begins… then they are even happier when the contractor’s truck pulls away at the end of a project.
The beginning part of a project is not only exciting for homeowners; it is for me too! This project was slated to begin in May and we hustled this spring to get the construction drawings done. There were several delays with the town and the contractor, but we are more than ready to get this project underway.
The project will be fun to show you as it takes shape! As you can see from the picture above, the backhoe is almost larger than the house, and for good reason! Below are a few pictures of the construction and two HUGE boulders we had to get rid of.
This sweet little 800 sq. ft. house is located in a pocket neighborhood of homes built in the ‘50s. There was an addition done around the ‘80s on the left side, which will be removed. The backhoe will do a lot of this teardown – it won’t take much, as it is 2×4 construction with cinderblock foundation and a crawl space.
The new addition will be a “Barn Style” design. Because the existing house roof is so low, (only 6’- 4” at the ce
nter for about 3’ wide) walking around the second floor is a tad tricky. In order to get the desired space out of the addition, we decided to have the addition mimic a barn. This will also be constructed taller than the house. A two-car garage with master bedroom suite above it, a new kitchen, and a dining area on the first floor will be constructed in the “barn” to give it a homey atmosphere.
After the existing addition is removed, the new foundation is poured, and the site is properly excavated, we will be putting our job sign up! Keep an eye out and stay tuned on the process of this sweet little house!
If you are interested in how to create a more spacious home and create the illusion of openness, check out my blog post linked below!
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Why a holistic strategy delivers the best in architecture, interior design, and landscape for a connected whole home design
When I’m starting a new whole home design project it feels like Christmas Eve – every time I am SO excited! There are so many possibilities, each more thrilling than the next. These beginnings are always filled with a mix of trust, anxiety, and tons of creativity – and as I consider every possibility for creating the most satisfying result – very little sleep.
I admit, I tend to become a bit obsessed with projects at the beginning as I consider all the logistics, details, and creative angles that can be explored. There are infinite questions to be answered, and it is my job as a professional architect, interior designer, and landscape architect to determine where best to begin and how to prioritize and hone our focus as we proceed.
Gathering the facts at the outset is just the beginning – from the footprint and square footage, to defining the overall design style, confirming the homeowner needs, wants, and goals, and incorporating what the land tell us or demands. A lot needs to shake out before something functional, beautiful and realistic begins to take place. Creating a whole home design is about every part of the home.
One of my current projects is new construction on a footprint of a teardown “shack” located on a waterfront property. With this short sentence, come a lot of parameters that I have to design within:
FOOTPRINT: we have to stay within the existing footprint of the house.
SETBACKS: The site is literally pie shaped and a very small corner of the house is situated over the property line onto town property. Because the house is located on the Harbor, there are strict setbacks from high tide. This means that we are dealing with stringent Shoreline and Wetland State regulations.
VOLUME: We can only expand the volume by 30%, which impacts the square footage.
HEIGHT: we are limited by the height of the existing structure and can only expand on it by 8’. This too will limit us on square footage, and it starts to determine what the house style will be.
All of these “restrictions” give me good guidance for a whole home design. Every single aspect of the project impacts architecture, interiors and landscapes. The beauty of a “whole home design” strategy is that all of these elements can be integrated seamlessly and intelligently in the flow of the interior and exterior space of the property. There is an awareness and connection from the interior to the exterior, and from the structure of the interior to the items that adorn it and make it function. When people hire different experts that only focus on architecture, or only focus on interior design – they lose cohesion and flow. They lose having the most harmonious result possible.
The more efficiently architectural elements are determined, the quicker we can move into putting a detailed plan forth. For example, windows and how the house must look from the outside as well as the views and how you see them through the frames inside the house as you look out. Both are important considerations. Rooflines are also crucial, they determine so much about design style and create potential opportunities or constraints in terms of square footage of living space.
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There are always parts of a house that people want and need. But putting it together in a ways that is both functional and lovely to look at and live in is my job. It is always a complex but enjoyable process, and I ensure their taste, design style and lifestyle are reflected in the outcome. It’s not my home – so I need to get to know my clients well, and the process is one that I involve homeowners in very specifically.
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Lot coverage is the footprint of the house on the lot, including the landing and stairs. This is an important
consideration in the “Whole Home Design” process and the landscape often intersects directly with practical elements of the architecture. For example, if we need to raise grade in order to accommodate a new septic system. As a result of raising the grade, I will need to add stairs and a landing, all of which will impact lot coverage as well as take up valuable square footage on the interior. The design of outdoor space and how it is accessed impacts the location of doors and windows. And land use is important to understand as well. How you want to enjoy your outdoor space will impact the lot coverage – whether you’re an avid vegetable gardener and cook, a lover of lush green lawn, or you’ve always dreamed of a stone patio for entertaining or a water feature as the centerpiece of your property.
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CLICK HERE to read a blog post related to landscape (Part 2)
As you understand how the landscaping impacts the architecture and the architecture impacts the interiors – you start to understand what I define as “Whole Home Design”. I’m thrilled that I’m able to offer these services to my clients. As I think about how each aspect impacts another, it becomes like an intricate puzzle that only looks right when all the pieces are connected properly. Let me know if you have any questions about your interior design, architecture or landscape and we can talk about how any of these important elements of your home can harmonize more beautifully and successfully with the others, to create the ideal result for you.
Typically, dinnerware should be a functional part of daily living, but what if the dinnerware is inspiring and tells a story? Inspiration brings about an emotional response – motivational, warmth, or even insight. Inspiring dinnerware brings a sense of adventure to the table!
I designed this “Libby” line inspired by Queen Ann’s lace a few springs ago. We have been slowly introducing new products to see what people like. These sweet little vases, serving bowls and mugs are my personal favorite. I find the dancing movement of the flowers to be an inspiring and unique image.
Black and white play with each other nicely to compliment other colors in the palette. If you know my designs, you know I love color so I’m leaving that to the tablescape that you create. Shown in these images with shades of green to accent the black & white is one choice but also try a light blue to soften the table.
Imagine… drinking your morning cup of coffee in these mugs and thinking about the day ahead, knowing that it is yours to “Seize the Day”!
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