Whether I’m decorating my own home for the holidays or styling a client’s place, I always follow 5 basic rules. The cool thing about them is they apply to every situation, no matter if you live in a studio apartment or a castle on the coast of England.
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Hey, friends. I’ve been thinking a lot about Elizabeth Monical Design lately – where we’ve been, what we’re doing and where we want to be 10 years down the road. As a result, my brain is on overload. Before any of it slips away, I’m writing it down for two reasons: 1) To remain true to who I am as a designer and a person, and 2) so I can share it with you.
In February, we introduced you to the Emerald project, a Nantucket interior remodel for a family who just moved here from Hawaii. They wanted a modern update for their Omaha residence, one that would showcase their love of books and collection of souvenirs from around the world.
When Omaha artist Jennifer Radil asked me for some thoughts on the look and feel of her new studio space in the Hot Shops Art Center, I jumped in with both of my size 10 feet.
We both love challenges, and we both love working on custom projects that are client specific. Together, we’re helping introduce metro area clients to the engines that drive the beauty and function of modern design
With each large project, I love to work in a signature element that serves as a focal point for the overall design. In this case, I proposed a custom inset ceiling detail made of mosaic accent tile over the island. The inset will be lit by cove LED strip lighting – no pendants for this project!
I love solving design problems of all sizes. But I gotta tell you, there’s something magical that happens when clients entrust me to tackle the big ones – the kind that really change the way they live.
Meet Vito, the newest member of the design team. Don’t let his age (nine weeks this week) fool you – Vito knows flooring. This English Mastiff from Summersville, West Virginia, spends a lot of time on the ground, especially since he can’t climb stairs yet.
If you read my blog regularly, you know I love giving advice – especially when it comes to making your home your castle (or whatever it is you’re into). So today, I’m going to share some advice from an extremely wise client of mine: “It’s awesome to sit in your home and feel content with your surroundings. In order to make a space perfect for you, know what you like/dislike, know your budget, and don’t be afraid to seek help.”
In film after film, they’re the place where horrible things happen to good (and sometimes stupid) people. Most homeowners don’t give them much thought unless they need to seek shelter during a tornado warning. And when it comes to cleaning, they tend to fall into the once-a-year category (imagine if you treated your kitchen or bathroom that way).
There are lots of things I love about what I do. Close to the top of the list is the variety of environments I work in (someone once told me you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition – feel free to discuss).
I get these calls a lot. Let’s face it, it’s hard to view your domicile with an objective eye. It’s the place you’re comfortable being naked in, the space that offers you refuge at the end of a craptacular day, the nest where you watch your squawking baby birds grow into happy, successful adults who eventually move out and catch their own worms.
If you’re about to begin a building or remodeling project, some of the things you’ll have to decide on up front are what finishes and fixtures you want. This may seem like a lot of fun (and it is) at first, but it can also be overwhelming once you start visiting showrooms (also fun, bring coffee and a friend and make a day of it) and see the number of options that exist in the universe.
With each space I design, I start with its architectural elements – flow, function and form – and create a plan to maximize its success. Once the three Fs (think of them as the advance team) are hammered out, I introduce finishes, furniture and fixtures (think of them as the follow-up team) to enhance the beauty of the space for my clients in a way that reflects their unique design aesthetic.
I love a good surprise, especially if it’s about a great new product and introducing my clients to the type of finishes that make their project special.
There’s nothing quite like a fabulous set of drapes to dress up a room. And there’s nothing that will kill the luxurious vibe they create faster than hanging them improperly.
Let’s face it – most homeowners are a little skittish when it comes to starting a major remodeling project. I don’t blame them a bit, especially if they’re juggling jobs, kid schedules, family responsibilities, civic/social commitments and who knows what else (there’s a long list of “what else” in my house).
Two words for you: carpet tiles. I love them. I dream about them. I want everyone to learn of their power and versatility. To be clear, I’m not talking about a remnant – the kind you took a nap on when you were in kindergarten or that you’ve got near your back door to catch grass, mud and other unsavory items from dirty boots and even dirtier paws.
The dilemma: When you’re painting a room, should the trim color match the wall color?
It’s February, and I love what I do so much that I decided blog about it. Welcome to The Monocle: An Eye on Design. Since this is my first official blog entry, I’m going to start at the beginning – the very beginning – of how EMD (that’s me) came to be.