A BEAUTIFUL HOME

 
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On Tonight’s Show – “A Beautiful Home” my conversation with Denis Rosenberg from Birch Family Services. It has been my honor to work with Denis and the entire staff at Birch Family Services to create and design homes for adults with Autism. Birch Family Services imagines a world where individuals with autism and developmental disabilities are celebrated for their abilities, uniqueness, and potential.

Dennis and I will talk about the challenges; and there are many, but the rewards are great! Everyone deserves to live in a beautiful home. 

David talks about the importance of love and how it helps to build a beautiful home. He talks about how moved he has been working with Denis and Birch Family Services. David talks about how honored he has been to work with birch Family Service to guide designs for people with autism. He says that Denis knows better knows better the difficulties but they both know the rewards. David says a house is not a home and that the best chance of live starts at home.   

David talks about how working with Birch Family Services taught him a lot about his craft and what he found to be beautiful. Denis discuss the history of Birch Family Services and what they do. David and Denis talk about the founder being a pioneer in launching schools for children with autism and her other works. They discuss Willowbrook State School and its awful medical conditions for those it housed. David and Denis talk about the work they do at Birch Family Services.

David and Denis discuss the process of designing homes for adults with autism. Denis tells David what the motivation was for seeking him out in the first place. They talk about the challenges and things that they don’t use depending on the population of the home. They talk about how they infuse colors into the residences for expression.

David and Denis discuss the similarities and differences in designing homes for high end clients and Birch homes. Denis answers questions about the financial aspects of Birch homes. David explains more about the colors they use in the Birch homes and the vibrations the colors have. David and Denis talk about steps they take to secure residents from harm.

YESTERDAY TO TOMORROW

 
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On This Week’s Show – “Yesterday To Tomorrow” my conversation with gallery owner, designer and mid century style and furniture expert Evan Lobel. Evan established Lobel Modern in NYC in 1998. His vision was to promote important vintage mid- century design that focused on exceptional craftsmanship and materials with an emphasis on furniture that crossed over into art.

Lobel Modern has since become a critical resource for designers, architects, and collectors around the world seeking high-end 20th century modern furniture, lighting, art, and decorative objects.

Evan’s research and scholarship is sought after by numerous projects and publications. He is the foremost expert on the works of the American Furniture Designer Karl Springer and coordinated a retrospective for one of the first modernist designer Harvey Probber.

I remember the early days when Evan had his shop on West 18th. He featured then a magnificent collection of the exuberant Modernist designs by the important 1950’s glass artist Anzolo Fuga. Join us Tuesday Night @8pm for a fascinating conversation.

David introduces interior designer Evan Lobel. David talks about the 50s as the “time before” and it being uniquely positioned between yesterday and tomorrow with its mid century modern designs. He continues about it being the time of new art and a time of new modern interiors and designs.  David goes into well known designers that he and Evan will discuss more on in the next segment.

Evan describes what his definitions of beauties are. He discusses being a collector of beautiful things in his home. David and Evan move into mid century modern design and the two main categories of it. They then move into different designers of the 30s and the radical ideas they had for the time.

David and Evan talk about Karl Springer and the uniqueness of the materials he worked with. Evan mentions his admiration for Karl and how he was always open about his inspiration. He moves into time-lining Karl’s journey of becoming a star in the furniture designer world. David asks Evan to talk about how his taste and style has changed over the years. Evan talks about his line of furniture that he has designed.

David and Evan take questions from listeners. Evan gives his qualifications for what makes something an antique. Evan talks about why mid century is still relevant today. David talks about the first time he noticed the shift in people not wanting responsibility in taking care of their furniture. They discuss how mid century modern paralleled America.

GEOMETRY OF DESIGN

 
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On this week’s show – “Geometry Of Design” my conversation with furniture designer David Khouri from KGBL – unapologetic modern furniture. David and his partners produce pieces that incorporate unique materials and have developed and created a collection not seen in other furniture on the market today or for that matter, in furniture design analogs.

Their credo is – unless it brings something new to the bigger design conversation, it is not worthy to of the collection. And that is exactly why I am excited to talk to David. I want to have the bigger design conversation with one of the finest contemporary furniture designers working today.

David Thiergartner welcomes modern furniture designer and co founder David Khouri of KGBL, “unapologetically modern furniture”. KGBL has taken their design aesthetic into uncharted territory geometric planes with a lightness of form. Khouri talks about beauty and what draws us all to it.

Khouri who went to school for architecture decided to move to furniture design because he preferred the instant gratification of watching something come to life. Khouri describes his design process and in that process asks of himself how can he can design something in a way that hasn’t been thought of before. He draws inspiration from the materials he uses in its natural form and from general observation. Khouri believes good design is about subtraction.

Khouri talks about the name KGBL, which stands for Khouri, Guzman and Bunce which was initially KGB. After receiving negative feedback for the name KGB they decided to change the name to KGBL. Khouri describes how he sees is own furniture. He feels it has a mid-century feel with a visual lightness, furniture that respects the negative space. He describes the concept of reading the architecture around the furniture. He talks about how designing is about iteration and the process of designing a piece is something that involves evolution and change.

David Thiergartner takes questions from listeners. Khouri is asked if KGBL get requests to do custom pieces with custom sizing. Khouri gets asked about the finishes of KGBL designs and how unique they are. Khouri is asked what kind of new pieces KGBL is designing.. Khouri says he always wants to be doing something that’s different otherwise he feels there’s no point in doing it.

PRESERVE, PROTEC AND INSPIRE

 
 

On this week’s show – “Preserve, Protect and Inspire”. My conversation with Preservationist Architect Jon Buono from Howard L. Zimmerman Architects.

Jon is a Senior Project Manager and responsible for the firms prestigious projects such as the The Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site, The Wright Brothers National Memorial Site and as part of our conversation tonight – the luminous Cartier Building on 5th avenue.

I am anxious to talk to Jon about responsible stewardship and the power of Historic Preservation to transform and revitalize our cultural heritage.

David introduces his guest, Jon Buono, preservationist architect. David notes tonight’s music will fit in with tonight’s theme of preservation. David recounts the story of his first move to New York history. He describes New York in the 1980’s and its need for preservation when he first moved there. David uses his early memories of New York to highlight the importance of preserving the culturally and historically significant buildings throughout his home city.

Jon and David begin with a discussion of beauty. Jon describes beauty as something which evokes visceral emotion. Jon explains the importance of preservation and how historical conflicts often were the catalyst for preservation. Jon and David explore the storytelling involved in preserving buildings and the standards in place to establish significance for locations. Jon touches on his approach to a new project and how he determines what work needs to be don to improve a location.

David and Jon delve into the Cartier Building preservation project. Jon traces the history of Cartier as a company and how Cartier’s style informed Jon’s decision making when working on the Cartier Building in New York. They highlight the specific changes made to have the building reflect its original use as a mansion. They pivot to Jon’s U.N. project. Jon encourages people to tour the U.N. building to experience the beautifully redone interiors.    

David and Jon take questions from the listeners. Jon explains the challenges that can occur preserving outdoor locations. Jon goes into some of the best finds he has made when working at older sites. They give tips for homeowners with older homes and how to best preserve historical details within the home.

JUNGLE ARTIST

 
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On this week’s show “Jungle Artist”. My conversation with Sustainable Artist Alexandra Climent

Alexandra’s creative spark with ignited while working for a Marine Construction Company. That spark turned into a passion for woodworking and exotic woods from the rain forest and the jungles of South America.

Sustainable material became her mission and exposing the grain, the the distinctive rare color and the natural beauty became her art. I am fascinated by Alexandra’s journey and anxious to talk about her beautifully turned bowls, her boxes and her furniture designs.

David introduces tonight’s guest Alexandra Climent and her unique artwork. He muses on the origin of inspiration and ponders where creativity originates. He notes how creativity comes from within and his interest in exploring Alexandra’s creativity. David then describes his own creativity and how it has grown throughout his career.

David and Alexandra begin with the idea of beauty. Alexandra talks about the beauty she sees in the objects collected throughout her travels. Alexandra traces her artistic journey beginning in childhood and describes her experiences in the jungles of South America. She details how she collaborates with native cultures to find the trees used in her projects. They touch on how passion and purpose are crucial to artistic expression. They agree showing people things they’ve never seen before is one of the great joys of creating art.    

David and Alexandra delve into the woodworking process. Alexandra discusses the challenges of working with the wood after she brought it back from South America. She elucidates her message of sustainably working with wood to create beautiful art. David expresses how Alexandra’s art demonstrates the importance of sustainable art and preserving rainforests. They touch on the fear of the unknown and how artists can overcome fear to express their creativity.  

David and Alexandra take listener questions. Alexandra offers advice to a listener looking to travel internationally to pursue art. They discuss the wood gathering process and the supplies available. Alexandra shares how she finds inspiration in Coney Island. They conclude with a message about how artists and consumer can be more responsible when sourcing their materials.

KNOCK ON WOOD

 
 

On this week’s show Knock On Wood”. my conversation with Eric Herman from State of the Art Wood Floor Gallery.

Eric and I will discuss aesthetic value of wood flooring. The enormous array of styles, finishes and qualities available today.

We will discuss proper home environmental conditions. Engineered wood flooring vs. Solid wood flooring. Eric is an expert on the state of the art in wood flooring and I am anxious to discuss with him all about it.

David begins with the story of why he often knocks on wood at the beginning of a design project. He introduces tonight’s topic of wood flooring. David then traces the history and development of wood flooring throughout American history.

Eric Herman shares how he sees beauty in his family and he sees beauty in the comfort his home affords him. Eric describes working in New York and how engineered floors have become state of the art in the industry. Eric notes the various techniques used to create unique and lasting flooring. David and Eric describe the technical details of engineered flooring and how it varies from traditional wood flooring. They offer tips on how to make flooring design choices based on your preferences and budget.

David and Eric continue their conversation with the topic of subflooring. Eric discusses the environmental conditions within homes and how wood flooring can be affected by its environment. Eric notes how relative humidity can affect the wood flooring. Eric offers guidelines for what finishes work best in highly trafficked areas of your home or business.

David and Eric take questions from the listeners in tonight’s final segment. They break down the cost differences between carpeting and wood flooring. David and Eric describes the costs and benefits of using wood flooring in your home. Eric notes the social concerns and how companies ensure that wood is harvested correctly without causing environmental damage.

AND SO TO BED...

 
 

On this week’s Show “And So To Bed” My conversation with Gayle Hoffman from Yves Delorme Paris.

Gayle is an expert on all things bedding, including luxurious sheets, towels, pillows, comforters and all the proper ways to sleep well.

We will discuss Yves Delorme’s internationally known bedding fashion and like all the great Parisian Fashion Houses how they set the stage and the trend for bedroom design and style to come.

I’m anxious to discuss the design process, the artistry of their patterns, color and quality. And so to bed we shall go!!

David begins tonight discussing the love he has for his bed at home. He muses about the importance of sleep in our lives and why we should give the bedroom the design priority it deserves. David notes how clients often leave the bedroom for last in design projects. He shares some tips for designing the key elements to a comfortable bed.

David welcomes Gayle and asks her about beauty. Gayle defines beauty as what inspires her senses. Gayle describes the attention to detail and sensibility she sees in Yves Delorme’s work. They discuss how Yves Delorme designs pattern by season to speak to their clients in over 71 countries. Gayle notes what sets Yves Delorme apart as an international company that still maintains its family owned and quality first identity.

David and Gayle continue their conversation by exploring how bedmaking is a personal decision.They offer advice on how to decide what pillows best fit your comfort needs. They describe what to consider beyond just thread count when choosing sheets. Gayle and David describe how Yves Delorme has a goal to create a lifestyle within the home. They encourage listeners to take a similar approach to designing their homes.

David and Gayle take listeners questions. They give recommendation about colors that work well when designing a bedroom.They explain textures and how to layer when making bedding choices. They advise on how to make sheets last longer and to avoid over-drying. They also note how to purchase new patterns and build on current sheet patterns instead of using the same sheets repeatedly.

THE DEVILS IN THE DETAILS

 
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On this week’s show, The Devils In The Details, my conversation with Bob Sherman from the High End Construction Firm – C Square Contracting. Bob and I will discuss custom home building and renovation!

I am anxious to talk with Bob about proper preparation; defining in advance challenges and difficulties facing the design team and the client. He has an innate ability for creative problem solving throughout the home building process.

And because of Bob’s and C Squares’s years of experience and know how we will discuss, the ever present list of details – the thousands of small details that define the character of the home.

David begins the show mentioning the big picture and how he visualizes homes when working on a new project. He notes how interior designers set the visual agenda and determine the style path in newly constructed homes or apartments. He tells how details are critical to any design project. He muses not only about the challenges in the details; but also how the details are where the home emerges to express and define itself.

Bob Sherman joins the show and begins by sharing how he sees beauty in simplicity. He notes how he was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and how he applied his simple approach to his own home. David and Bob discuss the importance of a qualified contractor in design projects. Bob tells how thorough planning facilitates successful projects. Bob lists key characteristics that help develop trust between contractors and clients.

Bob and David elucidate the importance of collaboration between designers and contractors. Bob reiterates how planning helps prevent difficulties when working on a project. They discuss some of the challenges they face working in New York City and how they create solutions for their clients. Bob mentions the importance of honesty and open communication in maintaining good client relations especially when unexpected problems arise.  

David and Bob take questions from the listeners in tonight’s final segment. The first question explores blackout shades and how to incorporate them in a home. David and Bob agree that referrals from a satisfied client are key to their business. They reiterate how contractors and designers should be punctual, communicative, and responsive to build client relationships. Bob breaks down what goes into a contractor’s punch list. 

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE – ARCHITECTURAL GLASS

 
 

On this week’s show “Tools Of The Trade- Architectural Glass” my conversations with Daniel Stewart from Bendheim Glass Co.

Daniel and I will discuss “transparency and reflection” with the use of architectural glass as a material of choice for Designers and Architects. Bendheim Glass has a long and important legacy as a leader and supplier of architectural glass in New York City and beyond.

David introduces tonight’s topic: glass and how we can use it within our homes. David discusses the metaphor of a glass house to show how glass offers beautiful transparency. He mentions the history of glass in architecture. He notes that transparency in a home can illuminate the interior and how glass can create a flow of light throughout a space.

David is joined by Daniel Stewart. Daniel shares how he finds beauty in his bed, in how it exudes both feminine and masculine energies. Daniel describes the process of how glass is laminated to prevent shattering in architectural design. Daniel shares how color and texture contribute to the possibilities available when working with glass. Daniel explains the various ways glass has been used in his past projects.

David and Daniel discuss the new technologies available working with glass. Daniel describes a Texas bar project where they used chicken wire glass as an example of the seemingly endless possibilities when using glass in design projects. They touch on different ways glass can be used to optimize design in a space.  

David and Daniel take questions from the listeners. Daniel responds to the first question by explaining how to manage the amount of sunlight coming in via large windows. The second question deals with the differing thickness in glass and how best to use glass when remodeling cabinets. 

AESTHETIC JOY

 
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On Tonight’s Show my conversation with consummate Interior Designer Gail Shields Miller from Shields & Co. Interiors.

Gail and I will discuss Aesthetic Joy – the value of surrounding yourself with meaningful and thoughtful objects, furniture and art in our homes.

I want to talk to Gail about her joyful interiors and how she uses color and shapes to bring whimsy and delight into her designs. And finally, I want to discuss with Gail the ever changing nature of the Interior Design industry over the years.

David begins tonight describing how he lives his life surrounded by treasures. He lists the treasures in his life and how they reflect how he sees the world. He notes how each piece throughout the home brings aesthetic joy and how each treasure is key to a sense of home. David stresses the importance of the things we keep around us. He encourages us all to live in and enjoy the aesthetic joy that surrounds us in our homes.

David and Gail explore their ideas of beauty. Gail shares how beauty causes her to have an internal reaction and often is unusual or different for her . She expresses the joy of design and in creating unpredictable or unique designs. Gail describes the balance she finds between whimsy, artistic flair, and purpose when design. She notes that the differences in design help maintain enthusiasm for new projects as difference keeps design from being stagnant.

Gail shares her background and how her mother influenced her as a designer. David and Gail then pivot to the changes they have experienced in the design business over the course of their careers. They note how younger clients seem to value practicality and utility instead of aesthetics within their homes. They ponder the future of design and whether interior designers will lose prominence as people seem to value simple and expedited projects over quality.

David and Gail take listener questions. They offer tips on how best to display specific antique items. They describes how to draft a great floor plan for a room and give advice to optimize a floor plan. They then give tips for how to incorporate patterns in a space.

SIMPLY ELEGANT

 
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On this week’s show “Simply Elegant” my conversation with Lighting Designer David Burya, principal at Tirschwell and Co the leading Architectural Lighting Design company throughout the world.

David and I will discuss the elegance of Interior lighting from programming, comprehensive plan making and fixture selections to lighting philosophies and environment aesthetics.

David begins tonight’s show exploring the meaning of elegance. David wonders aloud whether elegance has become harder to come by in our time. He traces how his definition of elegance has changed to mean subtle, appropriate, authentic, and graceful. He notes how technology has allowed us to insert elegance into our homes in the way we design our lighting.    

David T. and David B. being their conversation with their ideas of beauty. David B. finds beauty in simple and appropriate aesthetics. David B. stresses the importance of light and lighting’s potential to evoke emotions. He describes how elegant lighting is a balance and strength and ease. David B. further explains how elegant lighting helps you to focus on the environment of a space rather than simply the light fixtures.

David B. recounts some of his most notable projects for residential and commercial spaces. He details his collaborative process working with architects to ensure his lighting design matches the vision for the space. David B. notes the importance of collaboration, pragmatism, and listening when working to optimize the lighting design to match a client’s vision. They touch on how LED technology offers more options for lighting choices.

David and David take questions from the listeners in the show’s final segment. David B. touches on the ways he works with clients to determine what emotions to evoke with a lighting design and how he advises clients on what is appropriate for a space. They consider the use of colored light and when colored light bulbs could work within a home. 

A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

 
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On this week’s show, my conversation with Interior Designer Bachman BrownBachman has been featured in the New York Times and Traditional Homes.

I want to explore the power of dreams in the design process and the role of the Interior Designer in making their clients dreams come true!

David starts off the show talking about his dreams that and how most of them in life have come true. He also mentions that dreaming helps with his creativity when it comes to interior designing and that he loves making the clients dreams come true, putting down the belief that no dream is too big. He introduces interior designer, Bachman Brown. Like David, Bachman loves to turn dreams into a reality.

Bachman Brown joins the show. He thinks that without authenticity, there is no beauty and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, including his library where he can’t stop looking through his books. Bachman has always been dreaming, especially when he was young and acting out all of his dreams long before becoming an interior designer. He and David talk about dreaming big and how achieving goals step-by-step and being creative can change the thinking of a designer and, ultimately, the lives of clients.

David continues his conversation with Bachman Brown. The guys talk about Bachman’s beginnings as a young designer, including his first job as an assistant to another designer, to his first big project, and finally opening his business. Bachman mentions that he loves his career and still connects very well with his clients. He doesn’t have a particular style, as most of his work is different with every client. Plus, he and David have one thing in common, they both enjoy working on the design sketches for houses. Then, a discussion about books and films. How can reading or watching movies also influence the work of an interior designer?

David and Bachman take questions from listeners. First we find out, how did Bachman get his first name? Also, the guys talk more about dreams, visualizing before putting designs on paper,  imagination and figuring out what is beautiful to you, and can seeing things with the inner eye be natural or self-taught?

WINDOW SHOPPING

 
 

This week’s show is Window Shopping, The Art of Retail Merchandising. My guest is John Michael Martinez – professional visual merchandiser.

John and I will discuss the elements of successful product display. How retail merchandise and the interior design of a home work off of the same key aspects of focus, color and editing.

David begins by expressing his appreciation for window displays and his memory of decorating the displays in his family’s furniture store windows. David describes the appeal of new merchandise and walking into a store to see the newest designs. David shares the visual  joy of shopping and the experience of shopping in person instead of shopping online.

John Michael Martinez joins the show to share his expertise in visual merchandising. John finds beauty in many things, but cites the stone gothic arch fireplace as the beauty within his home. John explains how his first job at a grocery store sparked his interest in displays. John describes how he finds inspiration in color or in the product itself when composing a display. John breaks down his decision making process and how he chooses what to incorporate within a display.  

David and John converse about the ways that visual merchandising and interior design overlap. John describes how he creates spaces, how to guide shoppers’ attention, and determine how best to place products. John explains the importance of point of view and how he creates a story with retail workers to help drive sales. They discuss the ways they approach individual products and how you can display an item to emphasize the product’s quality.

David and John take questions from the listeners. They discuss whether items should be placed at elevated heights to draw attention or whether items are best placed at eye-level. John explains the difference in design approach when working with a small display space vs. a large display space. John likens his projects to problem solving and describes how he collaborates with clients to create the perfect display.

Holly Holly Christmas

 
 

Flowers: One of natures perfect designs. Mother Nature’s perfect little painting. Flowers are the first time we truly notice something of significance.

They inspire us and that’s why we have Master Florist Tom Sakas here to discuss the parallels between flowers, floral design and interior design.

And since its only a couple weeks from Christmas, I want to talk about using nature, pines and pine cones, holly and berries and flowers that go far and beyond poinsettias.

So, this Christmas lets design our homes with flowers. Let’s get inspired by the beauty of nature! It’s the perfect time to bring the beauty of the outside into our homes.

SEEING RED

 
 

This show “Seeing Red”,  is a show entirely dedicated to the color Red. The first in our series of December Christmas Design Shows I have color expert and color consultant Betsy Karp to talk all about it.

Seeing Red – The color that is so much apart of all of us. The color that protects us. That symbolizes courage and power, that fills our hearts with love and our minds with passion. We are going to talk about the history of red at Christmas time including why Santa’s suit is red, and why Rudolph has a red nose.

I explore using red inside our homes. Why red rooms are challenging and worthy of thoughtful consideration. Listen live tonight, perhaps with a glass of red wine or a piece of red velvet cake. 

HEART AND SOUL

 
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My conversation with Darin Ronning and Travis Messinger from Bantam Tileworks.

Handcrafted tiles and myriad of colors makes Bantam Tile Works a unique and sought after company. I want to explore the techniques that give each and every tile it own unique quality. I want to hear all about the sensational range of available colors inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany!

Darin and Travis have a wonderful story of dedication to their craft, remarkable journey from the Lower Manhattan to Bantam CT. Join us for a fascinating conversation about the Heart and Soul of Bantam Tileworks

THERE ARE GIANTS IN THE SKY

 
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My conversation with Michele Dopp from Fabric and Steel. Fabric and Steel makes artisan-crafted textiles. Michele’s description of her design’s are revealing.

Fabric and Steel creates textiles that are thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted. The designs are emphatically of our time and reflection of who we are now. They capture our moments and refuse imitation.

I explore Michele’s design process and her sense of timelessness! 

WHAT THE EYE ARRANGES

 
 

On Tonight’s Show- “What The Eye Arranges”. My special guest Art Curator Paul Efstathiou from Highlight Curated. Paul and I are going to discuss his recent exhibition Highlight:Chelsea at the Hollis Taggart Galleries. Paul’s arrangement of 13 diverse artists into one gallery show was an achievement of design, intention and storytelling.

I am so excited to talk to Paul about how I believe Interior Designers curate homes in the same manner he curates art. We will compare his favorite piece of art with one of my favorite rooms. We will discuss “what the eye arranges” and how the Interior Designer and the Art Curator are responsible to tell a visual story; to focus the observant eye, to inform the onlooker and through composition invokes what is beautiful in front of us.

YOUR QUESTIONS, MY ANSWERS

 
 

We are going to catch up on all the questions you have sent in and I haven’t had a chance to answer. I also, want to talk about how questions are crucial to the design process. How successful Interiors are dependent on robust and thoughtful questions.

And let’s not forget, that questions are a wonderful tool for discovering our likes and dislikes, project priorities and all the personal things you wouldn’t even tell your therapist!

Writing On The Wall

 
 

Writing On The Wall On Tonight’s Show my conversation with wallpaperer extraordinaire Brendan McLarney. Brendan and I will discuss the illusion of wallpaper. Why is it so luxurious? Is it the quality of the paper, the image, the texture? I want to talk to Brendan about some of the projects we have done together. The…