“And Let There Be Light!”

Light is a powerful variable in interiors, depending on the balance of the natural and artificial lighting in the space. Traditional white light/sunlight can be split into the colors of the rainbow with a prism, and the individual colors can be combined to form a multitude of possibilities for design. In addition, we can create…



Water Features in Mediterranean Design

Anyone who has had the privilege of traveling to Southern Spain or Tuscany in Italy has experienced peeking through front gates to see the absolutely breath-taking courtyard gardens.  In both these countries the use of fresco and tile lends itself to artistic and romantic designs.  Generally, the fountains in Mediterranean settings are on the terrace…



Frank Lloyd Wright: Part II

Taliesin West, in the desert outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, was Wright’s and his wife’s winter home and was the location for his workshop and school.  Wright was smitten with the Arizona desert and said, “Arizona needs its own architecture… Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, up-tilting planes”.  This idea of letting the land itself dictate the…



Feng Shui: What the Chinese Have Taught Us About Water

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines feng shui  as “a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness.”  Feng shui can guide and inform the choices a designer makes.  In order to incorporate the philosophy of…



Frank Lloyd Wright and the Use of Water Features in Home Design

Considered by many as one of the greatest architects ever, Frank Lloyd Wright knew how to design his buildings to be one with nature.   Possibly his most famous home, Fallingwater was commissioned by Kaufmann’s department store as a site to host a “summer camp” for their employees.  The site in western Pennsylvania on which Fallingwater…