What a thrill to work with YS Built and Elemental Design LLC on this amazing home in Clyde Hill-The design collaboration was so fun- The homeowners were delightful- The project as a whole had so many talented tradespeople involved.
I have had multiple clients ask me about lighting lately. I can understand why. We live in Seattle- it is dark at 5pm in November. My street lights went on at 4:50 yesterday. Sigh. It’s a hard time for many of us to stay motivated and not want to go to sleep at 5pm.
Here are some lighting improvement ideas, I am no expert- I just wanted to share some great sources, products & ideas.
Before you think you need a color change in your home, think about your lighting!
I have to tell you about one of the best kept free online tools. It’s called Icovia Room Planner-
You can make any size room and put any type of furniture in the room, you can re-size things and move walls/windows in a quick click. There are hundreds of furnishings, lighting, plants etc to add into each room.
Honestly, it makes me giddy. No, I don’t work for them.
Here’s an office plan I made for a client in 30 mins~Check it out!
After a year of visualizing and collaborating with some of my fave clients, architects and builders, a beautiful house was born. It happened the same time as the homeowners beautiful baby girl was born, as these things often go. Their … Continue reading
Hey there, did you know about this? This is a picture of a project I am working on, and I wanted to share it…
You can have your flooring be made of something other than wood! This stuff is great, it can be applied over a sub floor of plywood ( that is installed well) They will make you some color samples until it’s just right, and then they trowel it all over your floors and steps. This is not a poured slab, although it looks like it! It is an epoxy/mortar material called Westcoat.
One of my favorite things about my job is walking around the stone slab yard with my clients. Sure, the main task while there is to pick out their counter tops, but you can’t help but feel that you’re at mother earths art gallery opening. I get into that trance that happens to me at museums and galleries, do you know that feeling? The kind where you don’t even know your name and you are incredibly hungry all of the sudden? My clients are often seen gasping at the beauty as well. Come see big mama’s art show, it’s always an opening night gala @Pental in Seattle off of 6th ave S.
So, this amazing person is my long time friend, Ph.D. anthropologist, author, and champion for the people of the Marshall Islands.
Her book recently won an important award:
Holly Barker, lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded—with collaborator Barbara Rose Johnston—the New Millennium Award, for their book Consequential Damages of Nuclear War: The Rongelap Report. This award is given every other year to authors “whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology.” The book traces the long term physical and financial costs to individuals, and the cultural and psychosocial damages to communities in the Marshall Islands, following testing of the hydrogen bomb Bravo in 1954.
Now, she might email me right now and tell me to take all of this info down because she hates any form of bragging, horn tooting or basically anything Oprah would tell her she should be doing for herself as a female brilliant academic. In fact she won’t even tell you that she just got back from Geneva, where she finally ( after over 20yrs trying) got a chance to sit in front of the UN with her Marshallese Elders and translate their story.
Naturally, when she told me that she got a new office at the UW, but it had no windows and was dismal, I had to jump in.
How can a girl like me help contribute to the greater good of the world??? Re-decorating her brilliant friends office of course!
Enjoy the before and ( almost) after picture. We just need some lamps!- ( turn off that fluorescent light, please!)
PS, this makeover cost under $100 using the UW surplus furniture items and 1 gallon of paint from Benjamin Moore. Holly had most of the interesting carpets and Marshallese hand crafts already.