Big Style ~ Small Space Free Presentation

Microdwellings, in various forms, have been a part of numerous European and South American cultures for years. Within the past decade, Americans are becoming familiar and embracing the movement to reduce their living space and explore alternative dwellings in which to inhabit. The recent recession has spurred both necessity and desire to explore this way of living throughout the country from dense cities like Manhattan to the rambling fields of the Midwest and green hills of the South.

In Phoenix, sustainable living and microdwelling pioneer, Patrick McCue, plans an annual exhibit at Shemer Art Center and Museum featuring design features of modular structures, sustainable living tips and workshops.

According to Mr. McCue, “The goal of the movement of Microdwelling is to infuse the community with ideas about availability of building materials and resources, affordability, and to demonstrate hands-on construction techniques. It is the desire to of the organizers of this series of events that Microdwelling will be a springboard for a groundswell of activity that takes sustainable living to a new, more widespread level within the community.”

Some people may feel like sacrificing space means sacrificing style. That is not true. Learn how to maximize space and reflect your style in a small structure. Join me on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm for my free presentation about interior design ideas from furniture to technology for microdwellings.



Design Transformation: Traditional to Contemporary Mid-Century Mod Mix

Some houses just have great bones. You know the ones that are chameleons and can support a range of styles to suit the inhabitants. This house was such a house. The original owners had very traditional tastes with some outdated colors. The new owner had a vision for a contemporary, cool space. All it took was some paint, the right furniture and a love for contemporary and mid-century modern furniture in a classy mash-up and honoring the bones.

Here is a visual transformation of one room. Bye-bye salmon walls.


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What does your space want to become? Let’s discuss. Contact me here.




Blue Notes: Interior Design Trend Inspiration

Blues form the colors of the sea and sky. In some way, they ground us. Soothe our souls. The dimensions and layers of blues in a crystal clear ocean are breathtaking. The midnight navy of the sky is spellbinding. This season offers a spectrum of blues to incorporate into your home from original art to paint to unusual furniture. The ultimate fun in interior design are the infinite ways to combine styles, patterns, colors and shapes to express your individuality.  Hopefully, these items will spark your inspiration.


Aqua/Turquoise/Lapis  Inspiration



Color Palettes



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Image Credits: Unknown; Benjamin Moore and Ralph Lauren




Image Credits: Total Wallcovering; F Schumacher and Cole and Son


Original Art


Image Credits: TobiasTovera, Design for Mankind; “The Abyss” Original Art by Jen; Paintings by KEGilmore



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Image Credits: Jonathan Adler; Edward Fields and Unknown

Decor Accessories

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Image Credits: Murano (chandelier); Instyle-Decor (glass lamp) and the rest unknown





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Image Credits: Hollywood Inc. (1st chair); DelaWarr Pavilion Chair (2nd row); Brabbou Saari Sofa, Boa sofa 








Mid-Century Modern Furniture Enthusiast Turned Store Owner

During my Midwestern walkabout, as I refer to it,  I stumbled upon a hidden treasure  owned by this very cool and eloquent man.  As a lover and collector of mid-century modern furniture and design, I was missing my jaunts in Los Angeles and Phoenix where I would typically get my thrills. Dave’s store, Mad Modern, thankfully gave my heart a new beat.

In this interview, Dave  shares his story of turning his hobby and love for mid-century modern furniture and design into a business where people can learn more and purchase some outstanding classics.  Check out our chat.

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Feature Image from LA Modern, Edward Wormley’s Listen-to-Me Couch