I love to use lamps in a space that seems unexpected. Tall buffet lamps don’t have to only stay in the dinning room. However these lamps at the W Hotel in Chicago take oversized lamps to a new level.

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 2:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Your Home Should Tell Your Story


 When someone enters your home they should learn more about you.  It should reflect who you are, where you have been and what you love. 


  •  Many people are apprehensive about color because they worry they will make a mistake or tire of it.  Select colors for your home that make you happy and comfortable, perhaps the same colors that you wear.  If you never look twice at a blue dress, you probably will not like living in a blue room. 
  • Select wall décor for your home that mean something to you.  Purchase pencil sketches in your favor cities, or a painting or print that reminds you of your childhood home.  Too often something is hung over the mantel because it is the right size and color, regardless of the subject. 
  • The items you collect tell a lot about you so don’t hide them away in the attic.  Find a creative way to display these things so that you and your guests may enjoy them.  Display your grandmother’s cookie jars above your kitchen cabinets, fill book shelves with antique Coke memorabilia, or line your wall of your staircase with your favorite collection of oil paintings. 


Fill your home with the colors, images, items and memories that you love and you will never make a mistake or tire of them. 

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Clerestory Design? What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?

No, Clerestory is not my last name. It is an architectural term. The Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture defines a clerestory as an upper zone of wall pierced with windows that admit light to the center of a lofty room. It is exactly what it says, a clear story. And that is exactly how you pronounce it. Clear Story. The thing to remember is the L is before the E- it is not Celestory.

So how did I end up owning a company called Clerestory Design? I wanted a creative name for my business that reflected my back ground in Architecture. I sat down with my old text books from Design School and made it to the letter C. Classical Order, Chancel Arch, Clerestory… I thought back to school and learning terms and definitions. Clerestory. I remembered studying photos and drawings of Cathedrals, Temples, Banks and Homes that made use of a clerestory. It is a design element that goes back as far as 1300BC and is still used today. Like the column or the arch, a clerestory is a classical design element that will never go out of style. It is rich in history yet perfectly relevant today. It is my goal that my Clerestory Designs will be as well.

Here are some photos of Clerestories that I took while traveling through Europe.

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm  Comments (1)