Losing Site of the Big Picture

September 21, 2011

I recently was interviewed for the September 16th issue of Rochester Business Journal via a phone call with Debbie Walzer, a freelance writer.  As always, when I can preach about the value of good design to a sympathetic ear I am at no loss for words.  I didn’t have a clue what the article was […]

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On and Off the Wall

August 30, 2011

Some call it Decorative Art, or Fine Craft, others call it Applied Art or Design but when a maker and medium unite in skill and clarity of vision, art is born.  ‘The Spirit of Modernism’ a current show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, celebrates a distinctive collection of painting, sculpture, furniture, lighting […]

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“Comfort is the Ultimate Luxury”

August 15, 2011

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Lighting for Dark Corners

July 7, 2011

I am thrilled to have a “Guest Blogger”  today.  This post on Lighting for Dark Corners has been written specifically for my blog: Smart Design for Inner Spaces. I have read many of the blogs written by the staff at Design Shuffle and have found them to be highly informative.  I hope you enjoy this […]

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A Little Red, White & a Whole Lotta Blue

July 4, 2011

Clockwise from left: The Finished ‘First Lady Piano’ at the Steinway & Sons factory in NYC, The Blue Room at the White House, Detail of the final embroidered medallion used to create the Piano Bench fabric Collaborations can be so rewarding, especially when you have an opportunity to work with other professionals who are at […]

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‘First Lady Piano’

July 4, 2011

Here are some images of the design process for ‘The First Lady Piano’.  You can see more of these images and the finished piano by going to the next post titled ‘A Little Red, White & a Whole Lotta Blue’. Clockwise from left: 1) Concept drawing for the ‘First Lady Piano’ by Steinway and Sons, […]

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The Perfect Shade

May 14, 2011

Lamps are not only functional lighting, but also an important interior accessory.  They provide a sense of character that can set the mood for any room.  Lamps and lampshades come in so many styles and materials that it quickly allows for personalization.  Though trends come and go, well chosen lamps will remain a timeless piece […]

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LightenUp – The Facts of Light: Banning of the Incandescent Lamp

March 22, 2011

There is rumor spreading that our beloved warm glowing incandescent light bulbs are being banished from earth.  They try to convince us that CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps) are a good replacement.  The current buzzword is LED (AKA Solid State Lighting) but is this just a fad? Well the fact is that incandescent bulbs are not […]

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Tid-Bits: Up on Down

January 18, 2011

As times goes on, I find that I desire fewer things….but the things that I do desire I have become much more selective about.  First I became a “coffee snob” then I became a connoisseur of olive oils and my latest fanaticism has to do with pillows. Down pillows are the best.  That is the […]

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Five Cool Things – Cool Store of the Year

August 8, 2010

1: Take-Your-Breath-Away Entrance On entering Cornell’s, customers pass through a small antechamber that leads to the main showroom — an airy chapel-like space with a soaring double-height ceiling and huge suspended light so!t. Olivia says the dramatic transition still takes her breath away and validates their decision to invest in the complex engineering that was […]

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