A Friendly Makeover

My dear dear friend Allie (who by the way is one of the most talented graphic designers I know) moved to California. Having moved a zillion times I know how daunting it can be to make a ‘home’ in a new city. SO when Allie called and asked for some help in designing the space to where she could feel good, I jumped right in!!


We brainstormed and came up with a bucket list of must haves and would like to haves.

So while she takes some measurements and rummages through the boxes that came in from Chicago, here is the first concept board to get the creative juices flowing😀☺️


Next steps sketches, drawing board, and lots of quality hangout time 🙂


A ‘Concrete’ Decision.

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I wish this post was  about two of my favorite things- Coffee and Shoes but really it has to do with my obsession with floors!!!!

Foundation is underway and as you can see it’s quite the undertaking! In my previous post, I had mentioned that we were going with a tad bit complicated foundation system where a suspended slab would be placed on a pier and beam grid.

From quite early on, we were leaning towards having a flooring on the main level that would be easy to maintain, environment friendly, pet friendly, kid friendly, modern and COOL (yup a big must have in places where temperatures soar to almost 110 deg on a really bad day!).collage_concrete-03Having weighed all the pros and cons,let’s just say it was a Concrete decision 😉

This article on Houzz is a really good read on the 3 green minded question to ask for considering concrete floors.

It is useful to have a conversation with the contractor/ foundation company to check if it is an option in a new construction as the cost and soil condition would be deciding factors.

Also, if you are really going down that route then there is some amount of coordination that is required between the foundation contractor, the structural engineer and the company that will polish the floors ( as they need to check for aggregate size in the concrete depending on the look you decide to go for).

Here are thereasons we opted for Concrete floors:

  1. Durable.
  2. Environmentally friendly.
  3. Easy Care-Extremely easy to clean.
  4. Works well in warm weather-Concrete’s absorption of warm and cool air minimizes the need for heating and cooling.
  5. Concrete is good for indoor air quality because it inhibits mold, mildew, and odors, contains no potentially harmful VOCs, and can be finished with zero-VOC sealers.
  6. Waterproof or at least extremely water resistant when properly screened.
  7. Chic and contemporary.

Cons ( depends on how you see it)

  1. Anything fragile that falls will BREAK.
  2. Hairline cracks and sometimes uneven aggregate may show.
  3. Not very suitable for cooler climates.

Are you ready to have your mind blown away with how amazing concrete floors look?

Here comes your dose of Pin-spiration 😄

What do you think?