Choosing Colors

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As we're now losing the last of our beautiful New England fall foliage for the bare branches of winter, I can't help but think about the spectacular palettes we just witnessed. It's no mystery why people flock here for the fall, mother nature puts on such a show! The outdoors becomes so layered and the…
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Back to School Time

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When autumn rolls around and the seasons start to change, many of us can’t help but think of heading back to school.  For the past 12 years I have as well, as I teach at the Boston Architectural College.  In the spirit of the season, let’s take a moment and talk about design education. For…
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Designing Custom Furniture

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When I make the suggestion to a client that we consider creating a custom piece of furniture for their home, their first reaction is usually concern that it would be too expensive. However, in my experience, that is almost never the case. I’m going to share my experience with the benefits of designing locally made…
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Photo by Álvaro Serrano

Lighting 201 – Lighting Quality

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Lighting is such an important and broad topic, I had to split it into two posts! Last time I talked about choosing fixtures, and now we will cover choosing the type of bulb – or lamp in design lingo -  for a project. Beyond the fixture, you have to consider the type of light it…
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Lighting 101

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Light is one of the most important elements to consider when designing a room, and one of the most underestimated.  Light provides not only illumination for functional purposes, but it also has the ability to give mood and style to a space. The quality of the light cast can lead a room to feel oppressive or…
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