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Daytime Views, Solar Heating, And Connection

When it comes to interior lighting, our basic philosophy is to maximize the amount of daylighting and then supplement with unobtrusive artificial lighting. This is true both for lighting new construction and historic home renovations.

Maximizing natural lighting starts with the initial planning process. Where you place walls, doors, and interior and exterior windows determines how much daylighting penetrates a space.

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How to Minimize Fire Risk with Smart Design

I wanted to write this blog post to pass along information for people about architectural design choices that could help to minimize fire risk.

I’m not saying that homes in the direct path of a wildfire would be spared with these kinds of measures, but there are instances when preventive measures can make a difference. Though fire is scary and unpredictable, there are considerations and steps you can take that, depending on the circumstances, can lower the chances of fire damage.

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A Rainbow of Emotion: Color Psychology for Interior Design

Color is an important piece of the interior design puzzle. I’m fascinated by color’s influence on the feel of a room. You’ve probably heard that red is invigorating, but most people don’t want a lot of red. Greens and blues soothe the nerves. Yellow is cheerful and inspires creativity, but, like red, can come across too strong. This is how color psychology for interior design comes into play.

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It All Fits Together: Southampton Home and Gardens, 10 Years in the Making

The famous English garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S. She just loved gardens; they were her life. When she decided to build a house, she first spent five years working on the gardens, then hired the architect Edwin Lutyens to put the house where she wanted it. When it was done, the entire property was complete because the gardens were already established.

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