Design professionals are always looking for new inspiration — a fresh color, a different angle, or an innovative twist on an old favorite. This is especially true in commercial settings where clients want their business to stand out.
Designer Vanessa Deleon often finds inspiration from her travels and designs she has seen in other areas. In the case of the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, New Jersey, she wanted to create a space that would get people talking.
“My team and I were up one night trying to think of how to turn things upside down and we chose to take that phrase literally,” Vanessa says. The result is a bold industrial space that... Read More
When Alisha Newman meets with a client, her job is to listen. As the owner and design director of IBD Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, Alisha wants to hear more than what paint colors or fabrics a person likes. She wants to know about their lifestyle, what they like to do, where they travel, and how they use the spaces in their home.
“It’s my job as a designer to understand who my client really is and interpret that into a design,” Alisha says. “I’m not there to just sell items to fill a room.” One of Alisha’s most recent clients wanted a parent-friendly playroom and, in her initial conversations, Alisha discovered that they are... Read More
Growing families often find themselves getting creative when it comes to adding more children to the house. Jessica Sloan, owner of Coastal Kitchen & Bath in Victoria, Texas, recently turned her remodeling skills to her own home after her fourth child was born.
“We have a new baby so, with four girls, we had to consolidate children for lack of better words,” Jessica says. “Four-year-old Lyrik and baby Piper are now together because the little one cared the least about sharing a room.” Jessica, who has been building and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for more than 10 years wanted the girls’ space to be light, bright, and airy... Read More
Halloween may have brought out the ghosts and goblins but it also brought out a crowd in Atlanta for the opening of Gusto! Wood Fire Grill. Located in the Brookwood neighborhood and owned by former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl, the new eatery offers a fast-casual dining experience in a bright, industrial setting.
Teaming up to create the perfect mood for the new space were Lindsay Denman Brand Creative, a boutique Atlanta-based branding agency, and PSG Construction.
“We wanted to create a light, casual, industrial look that would provide an in-town, city vibe,” says Lindsay, “We wanted to telegraph an affordable, everyday restaurant. It was... Read More
With the explosion of craft breweries all over the country, more and more people are enjoying the never-ending menus of full-flavored brews and are seeking out new venues where they can enjoy them. When Brian Smith, partner at Studio Tack, a design firm in Brooklyn, heard that master brewer Sam Calagione wanted to open a beer-themed getaway, he jumped at the opportunity to be part of its creation. We talked with Brian about the recent opening of the Dogfish Inn located just off Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Q: This was a complete overhaul of an old motel. What was it like before the renovation?
A: It had that old, nostalgic American motel vibe. Maybe too much... Read More
Jeri Cerutti describes herself as “a one-woman shop focusing on world design domination one room at a time.” Working out of the Greater Boston area, Jeri offers interior consulting and one-day redecorating services through Simply Sophisticated Spaces to a variety of clients. Occasionally, a larger project comes her way which was the case when she met Reuben and Cynde Smith.
“Reuben had his eye on a former truck maintenance facility to become the home for his Tumblehome Boatshop,” Jeri says. Reuben grew up in the boatbuilding business, working alongside his father and uncle, learning the time-honored craft of building and restoring wooden boats.... Read More