HOUSTON (AP) — A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn’t throw anything away – not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.
So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding on houses was all the rage, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home.
Written By Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press
Want to show your love for red, white, and blue all year long? You don’t literally need to hang a flag to show your country some love–not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Some color combinations conquer, while others divide. This classic American color combination exudes confidence, strength, and optimism. Blue in all its forms is restful and safe. While we know red is energizing and passionate. White is the great neutralizer.
It’s a no fail combination!
Written By Carrie Leskowitz, CarriesDesignMusings.com
“Imagine your loved one being wheeled in for surgery. You wait to have a word with the surgeon. A man walks up to you and says hello. He is wearing loud, coloured shorts, sandals, his hand is covered with tattoos and he is sporting a punk hairstyle. He says,” Dude, I am the surgeon. It is a simple procedure.””
Would you worry about the competence of the surgeon? Most people answer this question with a vehement yes. They say that they would never trust a surgeon who dressed like that. Appearances matter even more professions where the client has to trust his life and property. That probably explains why doctors and lawyers dress more formally – to inspire trust! You never get a second chance to form a first impression.”
“Q: We have a two-car garage attached to our house and would like to know about painting and colour so that it adds some character to the front of the house. Right now it is just a big blank space. Should it match the front door? We have columns flanking our entranceway.
A: The space that a garage door takes up at the front of a house is often large and yet we don’t think much about how it looks. Instead, we focus on the front door. While the entryway is a key feature, the entire front face of the house should be taken into consideration when planning exterior decor. It should all look welcoming and connected.”
“A 160-square-foot living space may seem like an average, decent size — until you realize it must function as a family room, lounge, dining room and home office. Creating a design that’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing can be a major challenge. In the case of a spatially-challenged, open concept great room, a few design elements are essential to maximize space: multi-purposing, playing with scale and proportion, installing proper lighting, defining the space plan, and delineating several zones within one area. When it comes to living large in cramped quarters, the vintage modern New York City great room of Matt and Jodi Arden showcases small space decorating at its best.
When the couple, both TV executives, relocated to New York’s East Village neighborhood from Atlanta, they decided to leave most of their living room and office furniture behind. Only their dining table and chairs made the trip. Jodi comments, “”Spatially, we couldn’t see any of our old stuff working in the apartment. Why bother schlepping sofas, chairs, area rugs and desks up 10 stories if it may not even fit?”” Instead, the Ardens enlisted the help of a designer friend to guide them in a direction that worked with their personal style and their functional needs.”
“A Day in the life of a Interior Designer
An interior designer is responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client’s space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential. Interior designers work closely with architects and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both. The position is a combination of engineer and artist, and it takes a unique type of mind to handle both of those concepts well. Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers must know materials, have budgeting skills, communicate well, and oversee the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. They also have to know about electrical capacity, safety, and construction. This broader range of required knowledge distinguishes them from interior decorators. Interior designers have to be able to work with contractors and clients alike, planning and implementing all aesthetic and functional decisions, from faucet handles to miles of carpeting —and all this usually must be done within a fixed budget. Interior designers are hired for their expertise in a variety of styles and approaches, not merely their own personal vision. Therefore, they have to be able to balance their own tastes and their clients’ tastes—and be willing to put their clients’ tastes first. This requirement can be frustrating at first for many who enter the profession. Interior designers are often asked to begin their planning before construction of a space is finished; this means that they must be good at scheduling and comfortable reading blueprints. This element of the job comes as a surprise to many new interior designers, who expect to have less of an administrative and technical role and more of a role in influencing the overall feel and appearance of a space. Those who thrive in the industry say this ability to balance the practical with the aesthetic is crucial to being a successful interior designer. Interior design is hard work, but those who do it well find the work very satisfying.”