Where do patterns come from?

Autumn is possibly the most adored season by most artists. Colors are like magic potion dripping from the sky and from trees. The light is magical, not white, not bright, just gold and magical. Added to the color come the patterns… Ahhh ground covering patterns.  Millions of leaves covering our grass, our patio, our driveway, our head….

Baby Nursery makeover

There’s that excitement in the air when you know your baby will be here soon. You can almost smell that baby in every piece of little outfit you already have. Then you walk into the nursery and realize with frustration that you were not able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together yet, either…

Cross cultural design

We are most aware of something after the event has taken place, after the moment has passed, after time has shown us results. When we are living in the moment we are pretty overtaken by the emotion and feelings. We are living it intensely and learning with the process. When I was thirteen I had…

The taste of color

  The heat on the streets in Playa del Carmen was reaching some 110 F. We walked for a few hours checking out shops, restaurants, architecture, food, people, plants, aromas, music and the pebbles on the streets. Tiny doors leading us to secret gardens, playing a game of seduction where they would show us, from far away, only…

The farmhouse kitchen

Imagine a country home tucked away in the middle of a pretty landscape and a pond sitting in the back yard. Lots of flowers by the entrance and a cat and a dog to great you at the door. This was it! This was a kitchen remodel that brought great satisfaction to me when, at the end, I…

Transitioning… Again!

My home is my lab where I experiment ideas and it is constantly changing. I imagine every person addicted to decor is like that too, correct? But then I also imagined everyone on their 15’s were home reading Freud, Prost, Sartre, Nietzsche, etc… Learning about philosophy and psychology, which I found out 30 years later they were not. *sigh* (Insert a…

Why and when to hire a designer

I had to take off one whole hour of my day today to think about what I was going to say here, in the hopes that whatever I come up with will help both of us understand why and when you should hire a designer. Remember when you took your little kids to the mall or…

How I designed this Lebanese market

This was a very exciting project I worked on, a perfect white canvas where I came in and did my magic with the blessing of the good clients who trusted my choices.  I had a big area that was part restaurant and part market, both areas had to blend seamlessly to look as one. I love…

How I redesigned my kitchen

BEFORE PICTURES What prompted me to write this post was a simple question someone asked me one day:  “Simony, being a designer, your house must be beautiful?!!”   My answer was: “Well, let me tell you, I did my best with what I had!” Two years ago I bought this house in the right neighborhood…

The softness of French country colors

Imagine a place of soft pastel colors bleached by abundant sunlight. Raw materials like stone, rough iron and roofs of terracotta tiles with stones on top to hold it down from the forces of the Mistral wind. It’s a calming softness. It’s rustic and elegant at the same time, it’s country but still refined. It’s French country!…

Timeless

There’s a sense of history everywhere you walk around, or better saying, walk inside a medieval town. Towns surrounded by tall brick walls stood against enemies through centuries and will continue to stand there forever… telling their history to us, human-beings with such a short life span. There’s no place better than an ancient site to knock us…

Realization

 I come to the realization that the sun lives inside my head and the heat radiates through my skin and that’s what makes me different than everyone else raised in the Winter land. Even though Winter is much longer than Summer here where we live, it has not been powerful enough to erase my memories of heat, sunshine…