Chicago Smart Home

October 3rd, 2012 No Comments

I bet you’d be just as surprised as I was, if you stumbled upon a live size residential structure in the courtyard of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This is not a new exhibit, yet I have not heard about it before. In fact, 2012 may be the last year it is open to the public. Designed by Michelle Kaufmann, it is a true representation of smart and sustainable living. read more

The nitty gritty on commercial carpet

April 11th, 2011 No Comments

I have been recently invited on a carpet mill tour with four other interior designers from four different Milwaukee-based architecture and design firms. We have spent two days in Dalton, GA and Chattanooga, TN learning and seeing first hand how carpet, one of the most critical finishes in any commercial space, is made. read more

Becoming Loose, Part I

January 16th, 2010 4 Comments

Wondering why some people can draw better than others? Besides the obvious reason, a natural incline or talent, the best graphic artists and illustrators put in their dues and work hard to reach the top. Luckily for those, who are not as gifted (like me) but who want to learn and are committed to becoming better at drawing, there is hope. read more

All things cork

December 8th, 2009 1 Comment

I am working on a project, where cork has become a dominating theme. We are installing cork flooring by Duro-Design. Redoing the bar to implement a clever wine storage solution. I am exploring ways to incorporate recycled wine stoppers into the front counter top and even cork artwork. While doing online research, I run into all these fascinating products. read more

Paper or ceramic dilemma

May 1st, 2009 No Comments

I’m reading this very interesting book on sustainability. It’s titled “Design is the problem. The future of design must be sustainable” by Nathan Shedroff. I am half way through it but could not wait until I’m done with it completely to share my thoughts on this very hot topic: PAPER OR CERAMIC.

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Degree of Green

March 3rd, 2009 1 Comment

Degree of Green is a new rating system established by Andrew Pace, ISC to help consumers and professionals determine the green, healthy and sustainable levels of home building and improvement materials. I had a chance to speak with Andy, owner and founder of Safe Building Solutions and learn about his passion, his showroom, and his countless ideas to promote sustainability on a local and national level.

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Organic All Around

February 22nd, 2009 1 Comment

How do you think about organic clothing? It is a great option for those of us with allergies and higher sensitivity to chemicals. Its popularity is increasing however. Organic fashion industry has grown over 50% in the last year when it comes to the number of vendors who are interested in using natural fibers in their clothing lines. Michael Katarincic is one of those people. Over six months ago, he decided to open a fine organic living store called “Olive” in Mequon, WI. He not only carries cotton, bamboo, and other natural fiber clothing lines, but also organic bedding, shoes and accessories, as well as beauty and  skin products. Most importantly, he made a commitment to build the store using sustainable materials and finishes almost exclusively. read more