Before & After | Contemporary Barn Renovation

It’s not a secret to anyone that I’m a huge fan of the TV program Fixer Upper and of the renovations Joanna Gaines & Chip (her husband) do. This before & after contemporary barn renovation was so great that I decided to share my insights with you. Also, I’ll give you 3 tips to help you understand what makes it a great design.

My first reaction to Joanna’s ability to merge contemporary and country style is admiration, to a point that my heart wants to melt in front of such a good work. Yeap, you read it correctly, I just went all the way in here by exposing my admiration in a metaphorical language – not shame on that! 🙂

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7 Basic Questions To Ask Yourself Before Designing Your Outdoors.

It’s well known how the simple thought of renovating can give you hot flashes and make you feel sick.

I won’t deny it, going through one can be a challenging experience that many times makes you want to have never embarked on it on the first place.

BUT, it’s also true that having a surrounding that responds to your unique lifestyle allows you to carry a better balanced life. With this final goal in mind, you can avoid reno-aches (renovation+headaches)  by starting your process the right way, and one first step is knowing what you really want, need and can afford. Read more

The Tale of Two…in Design | Two Ghost Bar Stools :: Two Materials

Hey there! Today I wanted to share with you the nugget of knowledge I learned while scouting for some transparent bar stools for a project.

As a designer I have the tendency to do a very in-depth research when choosing almost anything for my work. This obsession, hoarding information,  usually becomes handy when deciding what works best for each case since every interior renovation, architectural design or landscaping requires its own set of specifications- or specs, as we usually refer.

OK, so now let’s get right to the heart of things.

The product I’ve been looking for is: Bar stools for a small apartment I recently finished here in Manhattan (curious? some pictures here).

  • Requisite #1: No more than 26″ height.

>>> Why? for a good fit you need at least 9″ of freedom from your tights (when seated) to the bottom of the countertop. This is what ergonomic design shows as the perfect fit for our body posture. Interesting, isn’t it?! Read more

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. In The Garden with Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf documentary teaser from Thomas Piper on Vimeo.

Who’s this guy? You might ask…fair enough, you maybe don’t know his name, but I’m pretty sure you are familiar with his work. If you are in NYC, he’s the responsible for the planting selection & garden design of our popular ‘new-ish’ park The Highline in Chelsea and the old classic Battery Park. In Chicago, he is responsible for the jaw-dropping Lurie Garden. In 2011 he designed Read more