Get Floored by Creative Use of Tile

Get Floored by Creative Use of Tile

You understand how supposedly we use only 10% of our brains? Well, I think we use only about 10% of tile’s capacity also. I really like staggered subway tile as much as the next woman, but let’s face it: It’s…

Contemporary Farmhouse Vineyard in Minnesota

Contemporary Farmhouse Vineyard in Minnesota

A modern farmhouse may seem like an oxymoron to some people, but also for Bill Costello of Murphy & Co.. Design, the farmhouse feel was appropriate for his client, vintner Billy Smith. Even though the home and land function as…

Crazy Cool Shelves

Crazy Cool Shelves

I’ve been designing a few special custom shelving for a client building a new modern house in Venice Beach, California. He is really pushing the limits of the expected criteria in notebook, and I like this. In working together with…

Contractor Tips: Step Up to a Safe, Stylish Staircase

Contractor Tips: Step Up to a Safe, Stylish Staircase

A staircase is a very simple and elegant way for people to move between floors. The layout, design and implementation by the builder all play a role in determining how safely and comfortably a stair accomplishes this task. Lingo to…

Narrow-Room Solution: Split It Up

Narrow-Room Solution: Split It Up

Many classic American homes are blessed (cursed?) With a long, narrow combination living room and dining area. These rooms can be hard to decorate because they seem too slim and provide no organic division points. The challenge would be to…