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I’ve been Looking Up

Beneath my resolution of knowing what I want to do lies the prospect of developing my Interiors Portfolio. Knowing steps to achieve this begins with knowing what I like. Every month when I receive House Beautiful I sit down to enjoy the magazine immediately. (Do it Now)

The July, August House Beautiful talks about the opportunities of ceilings. Colored ceilings, floating ceilings, light cove ceilings. (Like this ceiling by Malcolm James Kutner)  Designers in the magazine described yellowed ceilings to create warmth, blue ceilings to imitate a sky, and since reading the article, I’ve been looking up. The six surfaces of a room all play a role in the intent of design.

Check out the painted floor by David Kaihoi in his East Village apartment.


I am very fond of cantilevered kitchen shelves. In college with the limits of a small room to house a bed, desk and closet, I built shelves for my clothes in the place of hanging them in my closet, then stuck my desk into the nook for extra room. The kitchen of the month by Ruard Veltman is stunning, simple, efficient and clean. The shelves represent for me an honest expression of real life in a home. It expresses order and immediate use. It looks lived in and presents the idea for guests that they can be at home, seeing where everything they may need lives.

These next few images are other cantilever shelves in various designer’s kitchens.

Why do Parisian styled spaces, large mirrors, white poppies and white cotton chair covers make me happy? Picture Ellen O’Neil’s space in Manhattan.

Other findings in my latest House Beautiful that relate to my search for sustainable practices in architecture and green products are below.

I came across PB Teen, a Pottery Barn company I think. While I can’t find anything about their environmental commitment, the designs of these great bedside tables make me want to commission a local furniture maker to replicate one of them someday.


Upcycled Accessories by Mothology.

Furniture made by artisans at McGuire in San Francisco.

Furniture by Bernhardt  at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh.

Bath Mat of hand-woven vetiver root fibers by Gaiam.

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