How to create a beautiful Penny Floor

February 11th, 2013 by

Using a 12” x 12” photo frame, pennies were assembled in stacked rows side-to side and top to bottom with pennies touching. Clear contact paper was cut to size and placed on pennies. With a piece of cardboard on top of the contact paper, sheet was flipped over to remove it from frame. 100 square sheets were assembled.

To prep existing vinyl flooring for installation, appliances and base moulding were removed. Using a utility knife, damaged areas of vinyl flooring were removed. Removed areas were then filled with grey patch/skim coat. Once patch was dry, skim coat was applied to the entire surface of vinyl flooring. To ensure smoothness of skim coat, a finish sander with 60 grit paper was used over skim coat surface.

Atop of smoothed skim coat, penny sheets were placed contact paper side down in a dry fit application. Setting the pennies ahead of time helped determine when only a partial sheet was required.  Once dry fit was complete, clear vinyl adhesive was applied for one row of pennies at a time. Penny sheets were placed contact paper side up onto a 12” x 12” piece of cardboard. Using the cardboard as a guide the pennies were slid into place on vinyl adhesive.  Sheet was pressed firmly into place and then contact paper removed. Process was repeated until flooring was covered. Commercial grade epoxy was applied to the surface.



Creating Home

January 8th, 2012 by

My eldest daughter has decided it’s time to see what life’s like outside the nest. Thrilled, she and her friends have found a charming townhouse at a reasonable rate. Having a visual eye, she is excited but wary of the paint that leans to pink. Why? Our environments have a great impact on us and effect how we feel in our day to day setting. Moving into a rental environment that you’re not crazy can make you a little crazy, because everyone needs to define personal space with things that makes us us.

The good news is there are plenty of ways to make rental spaces fabulous without making landlords fuss. Here are just two:

Ask if you can paint your space a different color. Some apartment complexes and property management companies allow painting upon approval. Say “goodbye pink!” (more…)


Amsterdam, take me away.

October 20th, 2011 by

AMS-ESCHERThe Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Holland is an exciting and intuitive study between the human and interior environment. On a recent trip to Europe I arrived at Schiphol after a flight from San Francisco. Sure, I was excited to arrive at the beginning of my vacation but didn’t anticipate the sensory pleasure I’d experience while awaiting my connecting flight to Switzerland. Uber-functional and beautiful, Schiphol couldn’t be in further contrast with SFO’s seemingly never-ending people movers and tightly packed restaurants. (more…)


Organically Grown

July 15th, 2011 by
Pablo Reinoso

Pablo Reinoso – Spaghetti Bench

This has been a favorite piece of mine for several years. One day I’ll work with a client for whom this, or another Reinoso piece is the perfect fit.

A reminder that we should all dare to live outside the box.


I like a Pulley

July 14th, 2011 by

David Mann and Brett McMullen
MR Architecture + Decor

This design is so good it gives me the shivers. The door makes me happy, as I imagine opening and closing it a lot. The furniture grouping is timeless and sophisticated, contrasting nicely with the door and its call to action.






Yes or No, I’ll say so

February 11th, 2011 by
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Designer: Libby Cameron

No thanks.

A better way to design a country vignette in my opinion would be to use an updated wallpaper in a current color scheme versus blue wallpaper and carpet that throws me back to 1980. The wicker is boring and predictable. The basket storing plans is nothing but a prop without a piece of furniture or wall space on which to unfurl drawings.

Yes or No, I’ll say so

February 11th, 2011 by
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Designer: Thom Felicia

Resounding Yes. This design offers an artful progression that gracefully leads the eye from the front of the space to the back.

What’s working:
Repetition of circle
Curved chair and table lines support circle
Variety of color and texture
Lovely scale


Be Mindful of Color

July 3rd, 2009 by

Let’s face it. The easiest way to make a dramatic change in your home is through the use of color. An application of paint can make a room go from ho-hum to fabulous in no time. Sounds simple, right? It can be if you choose the right hue. Working with color can be challenging. Sometimes people feel stuck; they don’t like the color they have but aren’t sure of what new color to choose. Or, people may have chosen a color that they loved, until it went up on their walls. Why can working with color be so tricky?

It’s important to know that colors cause physical and psychological reactions. Reaction to color is intensely personal and unique, based on our memory and perception. Keep this in mind when choosing colors for your home. Each person living in the home will have a reaction to the color, so make sure to get their input when choosing something new. Don’t base your decision on what looks great in another home or in a magazine. Color choices should be site specific: tailored to the lighting and spacial orientation of your space with consideration to your belongings and personal taste. As an interior designer, I will help you choose the perfect hue to meet your needs. Color can be used to make walls appear to advance or recede. It can highlight a special piece of furniture or art, making it a focal point in a room. Furthermore, color can balance a space with too much, or too little natural daylighting.

And remember, the best choice doesn’t stop when you select a hue for your space. Why not go “green” and select a paint that contains zero volatile organic compounds. Zero VOC paints have fewer toxins than traditional paints, making them safer for your family and the environment.