Category Archives: On Design

One quick amendment…

After sleeping on it, I would like to make one small amendment to yesterday’s blog posting on green roofs.  Sometimes, there actually exists a good reason not to employ the glorious expanses of chlorophyll I gushed so extensively about in … Continue reading

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Soften the Environmental Blow With a Green Roof!

Ever since I attended an architectural product luncheon back in 1993, where a Swiss rep was showing his wares – various sizes of the plastic, egg crate-looking modules holding the planting medium used to create planted roofs – and lauding … Continue reading

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Your very own personal pod…

Came across this on one of my favorite blogs Inhabitat.com and just had to pass it on! It’s so darn cute! It’s Archipod’s spherical garden office pod. Who wouldn’t want one of these to call your own! Very cool!

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Look! Modular, recyclable laptops!

“By 2015, there will be more than 60 million tons of e-waste….” begins this video clip. But wait – it gets better! Leave it to students to come up with something this ingenious. I wish they will find the right … Continue reading

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If you want luminosity – paint with light!

Remember the color wheel? With primary, secondary, tertiary colors? The complementary colors are the ones that are located opposite of each other. The most basic complementary colors are red vs. green, orange vs. blue, and yellow vs. purple. If you … Continue reading

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Thinking about remodeling?

If you are doing it with the intention to sell, here is a great chart to consult, that will show you the ratio of cost vs. value in the case of a sale. If the planned renovation is for the … Continue reading

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HGTV is not Reality TV!

With the arrival of computers and programs like Illustrator and Photoshop, the world experienced a flood wave of newly hatched “graphic designers”. Sure, they might be prodigious navigators of the above mentioned programs, but were they really putting out good … Continue reading

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Why So Many Colors?

The paint company Sherwin Williams have a program where they donate paint to beautify public schools. In 2006, Beach Elementary were the excited and grateful recipients of one of these donations. I set the colors, and volunteers from Hands-On Portland … Continue reading

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What Color Should It Be?

A friend of mine who is a realtor often gets asked by her clients what the latest color trends are. Good question, but in regards to architecture and interiors, it is pretty hard to answer in a satisfactory way. On … Continue reading

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Designer Fees and How To Control Your Costs

The fee structures of the architectural design world can be a bit confusing to clients, but there really is a method to the madness. Design and remodeling is an affair consisting of many layers, so there is a level of … Continue reading

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