beauty is in the eye of the beholder

here's a before and after photograph of a woman's project gone completely right. i found this image on one of my favorite design forums: apartment therapy. apartment therapy is for all designer's at heart & those who love to get their hands dirty in DIY projects. apartment therapy is very inspirational and informative.

what i love about this particular vanity project is that beauty has been found in a old piece and it's life has been altered and renewed. the vanity is retro, youthful, and alive. kudos to it's creator, kerri.



design element . texture

every designer in every design discipline is familiar with the elements of design-space, shape or form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light, and color. i plan on covering these elements sporadically throughout time.

lawrance received a handful of new fabric samples from one of our manufacturers. as i was putting them away in the design center, i got mesmerized by the textures. for some reason, throughout my education i steered away from the use of texture in my projects. i naturally gravitated towards the use of leathers and microfibers. although they worked for the modern spaces i was designing...i have grown to LOVE and understand the use of texture. texture can cool down or add warmth to a space as well.

texture is deterred by the visual feel and/or the physical touch of the surface of any piece--in reference to a sofa, dining table, wood flooring, carpet, tile, chairs, and even artwork. contrast with rough and smooth textures helps balance a space out for aesthetic reasons, which allows for relief and emphasis. excessive use of a smooth texture would call for a space that may feel too cold and unwelcoming. in comparison to an excessive use of a rough texture, a space may feel a bit harsh and uncomfortable.

the fun thing about texture is that it may be faux. some microfibers that are available at lawrance have a pattern that alter the visual texture from a smooth to a rougher texture without compromising the smooth and soft feel a microfiber entails.

balance and incorporate texture with the other elements of design skillfully throughout your home--and you'll never want to leave.



design recognition

life...it's a constant learning process.
it's about experience, passions, learning, living, loving, and recognizing.

as i continue to immerse myself in the world of design.
i'd like to bring along others that would like to learn as well.

so if you'd like, join me in this learning experience.
as i learn more about design and hopefully teach others about it at the same time.

this is what i see, love, learn, discover.

this is design recognition.