Have you ever had the opportunity to design a custom rug? A few years ago a client asked that I assist in selecting a rug that was fitting for his unusually shaped dining room. It was the perfect opportunity to explore patterns and color. This rug had to be fitting to the Mediterranean Style of the residence and also appeal to the client. We looked for architectural inspiration from the window and muntin patterns, iron accents, and the colors of the stucco and tile roof.
We first discussed the patterns, and then we selected each individual color for the rug pattern. There are various shades of red, greens, yellows and tans in addition to both cut and loop textures. The colors will vary depending on the cut and loop texture.
This is a copy of the rendering as produced by the artist of Stark Carpet in The Washington DC Design Center.
I love how the colors and pattern work so nicely together. The diagram to the left of the rug layout represents the color range as represented in the rendering. Once approved, the drawing, color selections, and a full size template for the room were sent off to production with a 6 month lead time.
This is an image of the final product. This is a 100% wool pile, hand tufted, cut and loop textured rug,
As a project architect, one of your responsibilities is to develop the construction drawings for a residence and assist the builder with any issues that may develop during the construction phase of the project. I spent the earlier years of my career as a project architect who also detailed the architecture of the interiors. I had the opportunity to develop the drawings for this residence designed by Mark Sullenberger, president of CDC, and also detail the interior millwork and built ins. It was a ton of work, and after spending time meeting with the client, developing the CDs, and also designing the architecture of the interiors I reallized that I had to focus my energy just on interior architecture. After all, it can take months to develop these drawings and months more to develop the interiors.
It was sort of a Turning Point in my career. I set aside the large scale construction drawings and proceeded to expand the interiors department. Although I often step back into the world of technical drawings and residential design, my main focus is interior architecture and design.
Here's to the Turning Point and here are just a few samples of the project that led to the switch.
All photography by Apertures Inc.
Overlooking the golf course
The Main Entry
The fully paneled Library and custom desinged Mud Room
It is often very helpful to share magazine images with clients in order to discuss styles that may appeal to them. Unfortunately our magazine sources are slowly becoming obsolete. Just a few of the magazines that have recently closed their doors are:
Southern Accents Domino Cottage Living Western Interiors & Design has merged into Luxe Interiors + Design
and to my surprise.... Washington Spaces
I am a huge fan of Washington Spaces. I read their magazine from cover to cover and read their blog weekly. Plus, I often attend their events. It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet with other local designers and suppliers and join in on celebrations.
What is the future for Design Magazines?
Some of the former Domino employees have grouped together to create a new online magazine called Lonny Magazine
Is this the wave of the future? I enjoy the site, but find that I still enjoy browsing and physically holding a magazine.
The Washington Spaces Holiday Party and also 2009 Best of Kitchens Spaces celebration has been canceled. I was looking forward to the event and also catching up with everyone. These are just a few images of our winning entry. To view more visit: Washington Spaces.
Designed by Custom Design Concepts and recently featured in Washington Spaces, is a residence worth seeing. I was honored to be a member of the design team involved on this project and my main focus was Interior Millwork. As you will see, there is much to enjoy!
Not only do I love interior architecture, but I also like to promote designing a special furniture piece for your home. Something that is unique and also a conversational piece. I often like to design these pieces while working on the millwork of a project, during the preliminary design phase, but you can also add select pieces to your home at a later date.
Here are just a few of our special custom furniture pieces.