Feeling the space. Not filling the space.

Tiles are born from Earth. Ceramic, porcelain, stone. All Earth. Pieces of Earth that found a new home now in your home. Glazed, not glazed, vitrified sand particles. Painted, not painted. Pigments giving the “air”, the feeling, the mood, the color. We came from Earth. Walls. Exoskeleton of a living body called room. Protect it,…

Designer’s world

It was a white night of snow-covered roads when only the orange glow of the light posts were alive. Snow flakes danced on my windshield creating an unplanned design of shapes and glare. I knew then, how beautiful the art of unplanned patterns could work in all places and spaces. During our first meeting I had warned them that I…

Not just a job.

Designing and creating is not only my job, is my way of life. It’s what I do even when I’m sleeping.  At school we learn how to draw. With life we learn how to understand people. With research we learn about materials. By creating we become more creative. At the end they all feed from each other. When…

My vision before construction

We all have our talents, agree? What you know, I don’t know. What I know, you don’t know. Together we can achieve great goals! My super power is imagination! Yes, being able to envision something that doesn’t exist yet, and then being able to put it in drawings and illustrations to tell you the story….

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…

What is home?

What is home for you?  Is it the silence you seek when your mind is busy and tired? The softness of the bed when your body needs repose? The emotions and excitement when you bring people in? Or the peaceful place to hide when you need a break from the world? A place to experiment and create? A place…

Autumn

I wrote this whole post using “WE” then I went back and changed to “I” because I realized that I might be the minority who loves Summer above all seasons? And it feels very hard to let go of the Summer sensations that my body craves. The burning sun on my shoulders, eating outdoors everyday if I…

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…

Farmhouse style

 Where raw materials as unfinished wood, rusted metal and vintage pieces come together reminding us that home can be elegant and relaxed at the same time. It’s a feeling of comfort when surrounded by textures like brick, quilts, handmade stuff. It’s being close to simplicity by choosing items that talk about the past. Reclaimed wood and aged metals…

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…

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!…