what i do

If you’ve been following my blog since I started, I’m sure you can tell how much I love what I do.

What I’m not sure about is whether or not I’ve done a good job explaining how my design degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Interior Design/Interior Architecture Program influences how I approach each project and why it should matter to you.

So I’m going to tell you here, today.

Every interior space – we’re talkin’ bedroom, bathroom, mudroom, you name it – is made up of structural constraints and is designed for a specific use by us humans.

With each space I design, I start with its architectural elements – flow, function and form – and create a plan to maximize its success. Once the three Fs (think of them as the advance team) are hammered out, I introduce finishes, furniture and fixtures (think of them as the follow-up team) to enhance the beauty of the space for my clients in a way that reflects their unique design aesthetic.

That, my friends, is interior architecture-based design.

In contrast, an interior decorator isn’t involved with the design of a building or the layout of interior space. An article on apartmenttherapy.com has this take on the difference:

“He is focused entirely on the furniture, colors, textiles and textures of a room. His job is to capture the personality and style of the residents and express it in their space. A decorator doesn’t need any official training to adopt the title.”

The Council for Interior Design Qualification explains it like this:

“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.”

Am I throwing shade? No way – I’m just super passionate about what I do and how it can enhance life in your home.

I love discovering how people live (not in a creepy way – I don’t crawl through bushes and peek in client windows under the cover of darkness) and creating interior spaces that work for them in ways they never even imagined – ways that also happen to look and feel incredible.

Both remodels and new construction allow me to personalize innovative solutions for every client. Drills, dust and dumpsters filled with pieces of your home can be scary, but I’m here to get you through it.

I love a design challenge that really tests my skills, so I’m throwing it down right here – try me!

Until next time, I’ll be keeping an eye on design for you.

– EM





dog bowls matter

Believe it or not, dog bowls matter.

I mean, how could you spend your hard-earned cash creating a modern kitchen or dining room and then continue to feed your furry family member from a matching set of old Cool Whip containers?

Ask Dalilah, my design associate. If you’re going to carry something around in your mouth when it’s empty, it better look and feel right as well as hold food and water. Take a look at some of her favorites from our friends at Doca Pet and Obelisk Home.

Note the different heights. I’ve been told you can help prevent bloat by selecting a dog bowl at the proper height for your pooch. When Fido’s head is kept above his stomach, food travels more efficiently down the digestive tract, or so the story goes. (Please remember I have a design degree, not a DVM, so if in doubt, ask your vet.)

They’re like little pieces of modern art and may put your human dishes to shame (decorative accents help complete a room, but they’re often overlooked in terms of its overall design – don’t let it happen to you).

The next time you get ready to sit down for the family meal, set a place for your dog with one of these beauties – better he eats out of his own bowl than from your child’s hand underneath the dining table.

You’re welcome…