Question: When should I hire an interior designer?

People often ask me at what point during a construction/renovation project they should hire an interior designer.   My answer:  AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.   Whether working on a hotel or a residential project I have learned that interior designers are generally the very last experts to be hired.  There seems to be a belief amongst some that when it is time to think about furniture that’s the time to get a designer on board.  On the contrary, it is best to build a solid design and construction team at the very beginning.  It truly is about the big picture.  Here are the three main reasons: Continue reading

DIFFA’s Dining by Design on Nesting Newbies

If you are not yet familiar with Nesting Newbies let me introduce you to the wonderful online shelter magazine that has its home base right here in our in our own backyard but reaches across the entire country.  Check out issue No. 5, which includes stories like “Portrait of a Party” with the well-heeled hostess Kelly Lyden and “Vacation Inspiration” showing how the details in hotels designed by the award-winning firm Champalimaud Design can translate into residential interiors.  Also featured on pages 79 through 103 is one of my favorite charity events, DIFFA’s Dining by Design.   And we are absolutely delighted to have our installation for Poggenpohl, Germany’s first luxury kitchen brand, included in the spread. Continue reading

And the winner is Michael Friedes!

The “Maxwellton” collection for Baldwin designed by Michael Friedes (Image: courtesy of Michael Friedes)

I love designing custom pieces for clients.  More often than not it is the small details that really make the difference, and decorative hardware on a piece of furniture can have a very big impact.  Knobs and pulls are the jewelry on casegoods.  Generally we choose from the millions of selections provided to us, generally designed for kitchen and bath cabinets.  But once in a while, when the budget allows, we may also get the opportunity to design special pulls and knobs for a piece and have them cast in a small quantity. Continue reading