Valentines Newsletter

Dream Big! Love Magnificently ♥ Live with Luxury beyond Expectation! 

Another favorite holiday! Thanksgiving and Valentines day top my list!
I was recently asked to make amateur videos for HGTV’s House Hunter Renovation as part of the interview process. They gave me questions to answer and one of them was to speak about my favorite client. I only have favorite clients now because about 10 years ago my Dad taught me about the 80/20 rule and I decided to only have clients that were excited about what we were doing, knew the value of my work and treated my staff with gratitude.

None the less I had to pick one. I picked one that stood out from a while ago. I remembered a client that called me one snowy February day and he wanted to give me as a Valentine’s Day present to his wife. We talked for hours because the whole east coast was immobilized. I was intrigued that he thought of design as the greatest, most loving gift he could give his wife.

I was hired for the project and we had an amazing ride! We would meet in a motel room because their house was completely gutted and although I do have an office in Ct. it was not that close to the shoreline where the house was. This couple lived all over the world and brought richness of spirit, fun and adventure to the project. I love clients that have imagination and those that have none at all. This woman had a clear feelings of what she wanted and I could see it so I could supply the vehicles (fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, etc.) to make it a reality.

Each room of this unassuming house transported you to another country or place they had collected memories from. It was not your average project, it was a creative journey that they wanted in order to complete their lives in. It was designed, built and dreamed of with joy and love as it had started. They lived there as their second home until the husband’s death. His ashes were spread there because “it was his favorite place to be”. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

As the years have gone by I agree, design, living well, having not only what you need, but “luxury beyond expectation”** is the greatest gift. Maybe not for the reasons most people may think, but I think it is the greatest gift because you get to be heard at your heart level and it is translated into something physical. I have come to know my place in the design world, it is to create that magic one person (family) at a time.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I send a true loving spirit to your homes and family!!!

**Luxury: the state of great comfort and extravagant living
**Beyond: happening or continuing after
**Expectation:belief about (or mental picture of) the future

In my Travels…

The Clark – Japanese Impressions
When I am in Massachusetts this museum is in my backyard, how lucky is that!

I went to this exhibit with my Mom, who was a docent for many years and has always been an educated art lover. Growing up in NY she would take my brother and sisters and I to the many museums on a consistent basis while growing up. I can not say

we really were thrilled then, but most all of us make a living in the an artistically related field, so I think it was well worth it.

My niece, Gillian Riley, the amazing conceptual artist was also with us. The details and history of the process and prints themselves were definitely highlighted with a variety of eyes on them. Take someone you like and /or love to a museum soon!

The Exhibit runs through April 2nd:

Japanese Impressions is the first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints. The exhibition spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s.

What’s new in TECH related to Interior Design….

My entire career I would say, “Someday I will be able to put something on my head and project out the images I see, making it so much easier for people to decide what feels right for them!” Well that day is just about here.

One new amazing technological avenue that I have been exploring at The Interior Edge is the use of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Alternate/Augmented Reality) tech! Augmented Reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

Apps such as Adornably, which Ikea first released works like this:
” When you placed the company’s catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a long line of borderline useless augmented reality apps, this simple experience felt like magic.

Now, entrepreneur Marc Lebovitz is expanding on that same idea with his new startup, Adornably, a company centered around a new iPad app. After downloading Adornably and creating a free account, you can lay any magazine on the floor of a room and Adornably will use it to scale a virtual image of that room in your iPad. From there, you can shop from a number of furniture options to virtually redesign your space.

Virtual Reality by contrast seeks to immerse users in a fully present experience, often removing them from the environment they are in entirely or overlaying such immense visual detail that the user experiences more than they see. This effect is also often achieved using simple smart device apps as these have open up a huge new potential in both these tech industries by giving rise to cheap and high quality devices for the public where as in the past even basic VR systems could cost up to a million dollars.

For more information on the quickly growing VR Tech world check out this article:

For more information on AR tech and the Adornably App check out this article:

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~ by joanneriley on February 19, 2017.

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