It was a complete disaster. Black-spotty mold was growing on the walls. Florescent tube lights dangled loosely from the ceiling. Floor tiles were moist and easily peeling off like stickers. It was overwhelming and so was the stench which was a combination of dirt, moisture and thick air.
It was difficult to see the destination but the journey of creating a multi-purpose center was happening. A place for multiple purposes: to worship, to learn, to teach, to celebrate, to eat, to play and to socialize was truly needed.
The 2017, the Summer months brought an intense amount of rain to an old 1950s building. The collected pool of rainwater eventually fell through the flat roof destructing the multi-purpose/religious center.
The center hired an environmental service to remove any chemicals, mold and asbestos that may be in the space. I, then worked with my contractor to start the process of adding new floors, lights, and architectural details.
The floor: simple but ornate
After gutting out two layers — one being tiles and the other being engineered hardwood, the new tiles were quickly put in. The main gray tiles throughout the space was carefully selected: it had to be strong enough to withstand kids running, accidental food/dishes being spilled and the rolling wheels of the cafeteria tables. Another set of tiles was also considered to be used as a border. These border tiles were joyful, aesthetic and a pattern you would likely see in an alley in Morocco.
Lighting Inside and Out
Immediately, my first instinct when walking into the dark space was “let’s bring in Continue reading
This beautiful family wanted their family room to be the main area where their kids will play, do homework and read. They wanted their children to be in plain sight from the kitchen area which is adjacent to the family. Now, came the tough part: how do we merge two spaces so it looks cohesive, be livable, and still be sophisticated in style?
Here’s the design board, the Shah Sisters created:
Our design was to incorporate the play area into family room by placing it behind the sofa. Eventually, the client decided to part from their old, sectional sofa so we helped them choose a new, family-friendly sofa and a cool chair (hence, the sight change from the design board).
The family took a trip to Morocco and came back with some gorgeous pieces! Some of the pieces such as the Moroccan eggplant-colored rug was lovely but too small. So, we assisted them and took into consideration their love for Morocco, their children, and watching Netflix.
Here are the transformations the room went though:
how the room looked before the design process
the Moroccan rug is beautiful but a bit small for the space
a neutral, bigger-sized rug fills the space nicely
the entire room: where the kids play and the adults relax
The playroom area behind the gray sofa has tall bookshelves with the bottom half comprised of books, toys and game boards. The top half of the shelves are organized with tchotchkes from a lifetime of vacations. As you can see, the kids are ready for tea time.
Opening up a coffee shop is a challenge but constructing one from scratch is a difficult feat. The first phase was to remove the old, dilapidated countertop and customize it with a countertop that was much Continue reading
My son’s room is injected with sportiveness and playfulness–SO totally him! His sister recently moved into a big girl bedroom. And now, he has his own space to play, read and sleep. Adding a bunk bed, a basketball hoop and a funky, chrome chandelier was all that was needed to define his space Continue reading
Michael Kors has made it his life’s mission to fight hunger with the awareness of fashion. He has been involved since 2013 raising money for the World Food Programme by selling t-shirts and limited watches. On Tuesday, April 12th, Michael Kors graciously received the McGovern-Dole Leadership Award from Vice President Joe Biden for his contribution in theWorld Food Programme USA.
My husband and I were honored to be guests and to be in presence of people who have generous hearts and simply want to feed the hungry. Continue reading
Recently, I designed an office space for a good friend of mine, a Gastroenterologist doctor in the Maryland region. I took into consideration three things: his personality, the type of patients that come in and the functionality of the space.
In consideration to the doctor’s personality, the University he attended: Georgetown’s colors of blue and gray were incorporated into the space. His style leaned towards super modern with chrome metal accents. The endless-looking chrome and cement brick wall is definitely unique! To match it, a caged wire sconce and a cement console was added on.
Our client was a true gem! She gave us full freedom to decorate however we chose. All she asked was to keep her baby in mind and that she loves minimal decor and use of color. Before, the family room was filled with an overwhelming amount of Continue reading