It’s hip, it’s happening, it’s here and it’s now. It’s the contemporary design aesthetic. What is contemporary design all about? How do you implement it in your home? Is it right for you? All these questions and more will be answered in this exploration of contemporary style. What is Contemporary Style The contemporary [...]
Enjoying a fireplace in two separate spaces is the thing home-owner dreams are made of. The CLEARion™ Elite is the first ever truly see through electric fireplace in the industry. While it does have to be hardwired and built-in, this is certainly a less expensive option than a two-sided gas fireplace when it comes [...]
Traditional design is something that you may already inherently know, something you instinctually lean towards when putting a room together. It’s timeless, historical, and everything just seems to go together. But what is the Traditional Design esthetic? Have a look through this guide for a better understanding of how to decorate using the [...]
The nights are getting cooler and the trees are ablaze with beautiful colors. It’s time to get your cozy on and we’re here to make it easy. Here are 10 easy ways for you to make your home cozier this autumn. Creating Coziness Coziness isn’t just comfy clothes and blankets, coziness is [...]
Located in a 100-year-old historic neighborhood lined with Queen Anne and Craftsman-style homes sits the Greenlea, one of my favorite projects. This infill home is situated on a narrow corner lot facing a beautiful park in Michigan. Though you wouldn’t know by looking at it, this location presented us with a few challenges. [...]
Designing a Dual-Purpose, Luxury Outdoor Living Space Luxury Living: Designing an Outdoor Space for Entertaining & Relaxing Written by Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, principal & founder of Visbeen Architects, Inc. The desire for outdoor living spaces has increased exponentially over the years. Homeowners who were once satisfied with a glorified fire pit and some [...]
Like many architects, I like to give my clients options. One of the first questions I ask a new client is which design style do you prefer—traditional, transitional, contemporary or rustic? From the exterior facade to the interior fixtures, this is a crucial question that impacts each element in the home. No matter what design [...]
Fireplaces are a great way to add ambiance to various rooms in a home, electric fireplaces don't require extensive construction, costs, and space.
Three Ways to Transform a Small Space with an Electric Fireplace When I’m designing new homes for my clients, I’m given a blank slate, the ability to add amenities without constraint. However, not every project involves new construction. Some homebuyers are moving into existing homes or simply looking to add some pizazz to their [...]
As a home designer, I find it’s both desirable and valuable to create spaces that feel like a vacation right in our own backyards—literally.