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Rooms with Passion

Interior design is one realm where I completely condone rule breaking. Who exactly is this force telling us there needs to be a designated living, dining, and family room; or that a certain amount of square footage be allocated to one area over another; or that specific decor be reserved for a particular space? It's a past notion that we are still clinging onto even though the way we live has dramatically evolved over the years.

Don't be afraid to make your rooms reflect what YOU love.

When designing a home, activity should be the inspiration point… what do you enjoy doing? Here are some stories of rooms that successfully embody a passion, thereby now act as a sacred space for its dwellers to not only use, but truly enjoy.


The Art of Design.

The Art of Design
Many of my clients enjoy collecting art, thus I design a space around the art, not the other way around. Wall lengths are specific to supporting a mural or assembly of works. Display spaces are carved out for a particular sculpture. Lighting is not set until the art is in place, as there is no point in installing a great work if one can't properly see it.

In one project, a client gave me a book listed all the art in their private collection. It included prominent paintings, sculptures… and 58 Tiffany lamps! Each piece was given a designated place first, then we set about with spatial layout, lighting, and furniture. Hallways were transformed into galleries instead of mere transitory spaces. 58 of similar style lamps within a single home was a daunting thought, but in the end, it worked beautifully.


A Room to Chill.

A Room to Chill
Other notable collections for many of my clients include wine. One approach I love is placing chillers behind glass walls, allowing guests to comfortably relax within the cellar for wine tastings and lingering meals.

What's Cooking?A house doesn't have to be large to successfully display wine with wow. My favorite example is the home whereby I converted the space under the staircase into a glass storage showcase. The adjacent living room morphed into an accompanying lounge for sipping.


What's Cooking?

With food being a staple need, the kitchen will mostly like always play a more dominant role in the home. However, there are those who REALLY enjoy cooking. I had one client who made it her ultimate passion, so we focused on creating not only a functional kitchen, but one that she and her guests could really live it. A massive island made of two full marble slabs could accommodate meal prep, food presentations and casual conversations all at one. The walk-in refrigerator, cleverly disguised by an antique Indian door, made ingredient picking a snap, while a custom mosaic flooring contained the chef's favorite colors. What better tasting cuisine than that cooked with enjoyment?


Viewing Party.

Viewing Party
Having your own silver screen makes a favorite movie, show, or sports game truly larger than life. But I like to take cinema rooms beyond the projector and comfy chairs. Layer in a back level console and some barstools and you can activate the room even further with food and drink. Bonus: technology and design are no longer mutually exclusive. Acoustic wall installations double as art displays, while speakers mimic futuristic sculptures to provide crisp sound when in play, then beautiful visuals when lights go up.

Putting the “OM” in hOMe
Having your own silver screen makes a favorite movie, show, or sports game truly larger than life. But I like to take cinema rooms beyond the projector and comfy chairs. Layer in a back level console and some barstools and you can activate the room even further with food and drink. Bonus: technology and design are no longer mutually exclusive. Acoustic wall installations double as art displays, while speakers mimic futuristic sculptures to provide crisp sound when in play, then beautiful visuals when lights go up.


Putting the "OM" in hOMe.

Every home should have a designated place where its residents can disconnect from outer influences to reconnect with themselves. How one feels most comfortable in doing so varies… I once created a Zen Garden off a terrace, highlighting the owner's beloved collection of bonsai trees among a maze of water features. For another, we agreed to reduce the size of the master bedroom to make way for a private dressing room, complete with kitchenette, in her closet. It was here, she felt relaxed to start and wind down her day. With the right intention, even a corner can transform into a personal sanctuary: a window lounge for meditation and reading, a sofa fronting a bed to cuddle with the kids at the end of the day, a game table to enjoy good ole fashion fun.

So, perhaps there still is one universal rule when it comes to designing a home… make it yours.

Love & Light,

Bea

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