Touch. This is not one of my love languages. Romantically, I don’t know a lot of things about myself, but I do know that.

However, poetically speaking, humans are increasingly attracted to texture because of our escalating dependance on technology, the dimensional world that we live in expotentially degraded to a 2d computer screen. We all know those friends, the ones you’re trying to share your heart with as they incessantly scroll through their Instagram account, where people and their experiences are invariably more interesting than reality. Pause. There’s something hideously false about that statement.

Tactility evokes connection. A designer’s ability to sculpt in a way that ignites human contact. Our world is becoming less and less about color, and more and more about the artistry of a simple action; to feel. What is it like to truly feel something? To relay a concept through deep ridges, pillowy feathers, and intricate perforations. To puncture smooth surfaces with interest, to surprise someone. Something an iPad, a Droid, a Hp Laptop can never deliver.


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Sensory Overload

Wake up. Snooze. 3 times. brush. dress. makeup. car. dry cleaners. honk. park. headquarters. coffee. praise. breakfast? no. email. so many emails. to do list. so much to do. drawing review. specs. table design. meeting. emails. so many emails. lighting design. meeting. specs. breathe.

Sometimes in the midst of a monotonously crazed day, these continuing education breathers that Marriott affords me are exactly what I need. Most weeks, I don’t make it to these hour lunch meetings. But this week, I made an extra effort because of the intriguing title, ColorSense. Shaw Hospitality Group showed an exhilarating video that changed today’s train of thought, probably even my week’s. Of course, ten minutes in, I had to leave because I had a meeting about custom ballroom lighting, but even that snippet of visual inspiration was enough to last me until 7:30 tonight when I finally made that long walk to my trusty Altima.

“As we shift towards urban living and a faster pace of life, reigniting the senses becomes paramount. We will go beyond the visual aesthetic, seeking immersive experiences that raise our awareness of sensory influences, to engage us and create direct human connections.”

I don’t know that I fully agree with their definition of “the senses”. Did they go to elementary school? They define the human senses in the following 8 categories. Touch, sight, time, place, balance, taste, wonder and possibility. Where I come from there are only 5.

Touch. Sight. Taste. Smell. Hearing.

I think I’ve found the next 5 days of blog posts. Are you in?

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P is for PARADOX

I have been most excited for this trend, the anticipation building. And now, the clock strikes 11:40 and I have 20 minutes to get the post to my page, and me to my bed before my brain swirls into complete meltdown.

I hope that these images will speak louder than words, because I think the whole idea behind these untamed, loose geometrics is so artistic and beautiful. Taking away the severity of something to make it approachable. It’s like breathing new life into something so worn out.

I think this trend speaks truth to the entire point of 2015. There are no rules. To be modern is to be wholly original, and to breathe new, innovative life into old things. Not that I’m ready for January or anything, because let’s face it, snow really isn’t my friend…



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I cleaned my staircase today and realized just how removed I am from a life of luxury. Very. 1.15 years and 5 girls worth of hair and dust on those puppies, need I say more?

On a serious note, design trend 3. The luxurious facade, which is all about the finishes. Similar to Dory, shiny things always excite me. And this season, it’s all about the warm metal. Brass is back ladies and gentleman. Not that I was alive when brass was born the first time. My coworkers like to remind me of that often. Perks of being the youngest by ten years in your office? It’s all so new and exciting!

I’m all in. The silver, gray, and white-blanketed spaces are already starting to bore me. Bring back warmth, bring back luxury.

…And by all means, let me introduce you to matte black. He’s the true 2015 star.


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In the spirit of Spontaneity, I’ve decided that missing yet another couple days of blogging this weekend was going to have to be okay. Mostly because I was on my death bed with a nasty illness, it doesn’t deserve any more words that that. And now, here I sit, peacefully blanketed on my rickety 1800’s back porch, anthro candle burning, latest issue of DWELL by my side. Thankful for today. Ignoring the inevitability of tomorrow.

Design trend number 2. I think “trend” is really the wrong word for this, because, in my eyes, bold innovation, artistry, is truly timeless. I’ve always said that the reason I’m in this career, the most beautiful moments that interrupt a space, are the elements of surprise. Discovering the designer’s most intricate details, and the intention behind each of those small decisions.

I was reminded of what a true artist is a couple of weeks ago when Jose Andres graced Marriott Headquarters with his presence. For those of you who don’t know who Jose Andres is, you should do as Lisa always says to do, and google it. But if you’re too lazy, I’ll give you a short synopsis. Not only is he a renowned restauranteur, but he was named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. His ability to take an ordinary idea and ricochet it as far “out of the box” as humanly possible, is breathtaking. The amount of passion behind his voice was, well I don’t even know if the word inspiring does it justice. His interiors are no different than his cooking. Barmini is one of my favorite hotspots to take out-of-town guests, a “Cocktail Lab”, a once in a lifetime experience.

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I’ve learned over the past couple of years, that achieving the right artistry in design is about knowing where to place these special elements within the envelope. Every puzzle piece doesn’t have to be special. Where is your money-moment?

I could talk for hours, but then, why would you be willing to hire me if I just gave away all my secrets? I’ve decided that these (4) posts should be spoken through the images I’ve pulled, inspiring you in whatever way your imagination will allow.



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R is for REVIVAL

Design trends 2015, Take One. I chose to start this 4 day progression with revival because it’s one that I have lived and breathed for the past 6 months. The original design concept for my most recent full-hotel renovation was Scandinavian.

For those of you who need a geography lesson, don’t worry, I did too. And our good friend Wiki is here to save the day, once again. Scandinavia is made up of three kingdoms. Kingdoms, y’all. CASUAL. Denmark. Norway. Sweden. It’s funny because until now I’ve been saying “Danish Details”…. LOL, they speak danish over in Scandinavia. It’s quite literally a language. Not a  design trend. I digress.

(Let’s just roll with it…)

You could call this design trend my baby. The minimalism, clean lines, and attention to detail give off a casual, yet refined nature that invites people to experience something refreshingly simple. It’s the new mid-century modern. A breath of fresher air.



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Today was a long day. But one full of deep breaths, small, happy moments, and inspiration.

Today’s deep breaths came when I looked up at the clock at 7:20 and realized I was still at work, trapped in my mauve cubicle. Sucked into the vortex of specs. 11 1/2 hours in that building. Deep Breath. Shut Down. Walk away.

Today’s small, happy moments came when a dear friend asked me to read a verse at her upcoming wedding. I don’t think I ever told her that she was a reason, a main influence in my walk to discovering Christ. Her phone call tonight, her tiny request, was the Lord’s wink. All His little pieces come together. He knew this was for me as much as it was for her.

Today’s inspiration came from an unusual source, a presentation on Delta’s Brizo Faucet Line. I was annoyed by this workday interruption at first, but when I was greeted with a passionate salesman and lots of shiny distractions,  the overwhelming to-do list started to slowly melt away somewhere into the deep crevices of my left brain. Right brain, ACTIVATE. Brizo partnered with Jason Wu to create a suite of inspired fixtures that bring style into an otherwise bypassed portion of guest room design.


And that my friends is what has inspired RSVP. It’s the next 4 days of my blog. Each letter standing for a 2015 design trend as predicted by, me. Let’s discover how fashion, interiors, and life fuse together to create something beautiful and truly inspired.

R // Revival . Danish Details

S // Spontaneity . Artisan’s Touch

V // Voracity . Luxurious Perception

P // Paradox . Untamed Geometrics

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