sometimes a small change can dramatically improve the character of a space that at some later date will be getting an overhaul… the following are material changes that could be used as an interim solution:


fine concrete... wallpaper?


concrete blond

concrete takes on a new image:

concrete… “A material that is normally used in construction and hidden away from public view.” …has been given a new look. According to their website, the company combined “art, technology, design and manufacturing skills to create the new Concrete Blond collection of definitive concrete products,which can be utilised in interior or exterior environments.”

“Walled-Paper is a well mastered technique of fine-casting concrete that captures the same graphic detail and visual appeal of patterned wallpaper. Walled-Paper has all the advantages that traditional concrete offers: Durability, thermal and sound insulation, fire resistance, corrosion resistance and waterproofing.Walled-Paper can be fixed to existing walls i.e. plaster, brick or wood.Walled-Paper is an ideal solution when creating stand-alone partitioning walls… Walled-Paper has the added option for clients to create their own bespoke designs inspired by their love of graphics,or original art work. For brands bespoke designs can be created in concrete to express unique branding statements either on walls or floors in interiors,or on exterior cladding for the outside of buildings”.


room heights

Loos interior 1900

Interesting ceilings are a simple way to draw attention away from a negative feature… temporary solutions might include, thin plywood sheets—flat or arched, stamped tin ceiling, wood slats, masonite…

According to Loos, “every room needs a specific height”… well maybe not every room, but it is true that the vertical dimension has a direct impact on the experience of a space. As anyone who has visited a seventeenth century house with  six and a half foot ceilings knows, a foot vertically has a much greater impact on how a space feels, than does that same foot of space when stretched out in plan. At the same time an extra foot -a  nine foot ceiling versus an eight foot ceiling- can give a room an unexpected loftiness. 

Austrian architect Adolf Loos once declared: “I do not design plans, facades, sections, I design space. Actually there is neither a ground floor, an upper floor nor a basement, there are merely interconnected spaces, vestibules, terraces. Every room needs a specific height -the dining room a different one from the pantry- therefore the floors are on varying levels. After this one must connect the spaces with one another so that the transition is unnoticeable and natural, but also the most practical” *

More important even than actual heights are percieved heights and proportional relationships. The experience of moving from a “low” space of a 7’ 6” foyer into a “high” living space of 8’ 6”, gives a sense of breaking out of a confined area, or moving from a temporary space to a habited space. On the other hand,  when that same 8’ 6”  ceiling belongs to a room where the width is much larger than the height, say 30’ 0”, a  heavy or even opressive feeling can result where the ceiling feels too low for the space.

* Villa Müller, A work of Adolf Loos, Leslie van Duzer, Kent Kleinman, Princeton Architectural Press, 1994



fresh ideas in wallpaper

subtle wallpaper designs

Ferm Living offers both wallpaper and wall stickers that are not your traditional wallpaper. Berryblack from Collection 1 (shown above) costs $85 per roll. Wallpaper is designed and manufactured in Denmark.

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a fun, simple inexpensive flooring option


faux leather flooring made of rubber

 “We can’t believe it’s not leather”! And you won’t either when you see this remarkably realistic Fauxleather sheeting available in four natural colors. Available in 39” x 39” sheets which are not square and MUST be trimmed by our factory or your installer, Fauxleather is ideal as a floor, tabletop or wall surface. Virtually maintenance free, Fauxleather may be adhered directly to a smooth surface similar to vinyl tile installation and seams butt-joined together. Fauxleather wears twice as well as real leather and is less than half the cost. Use anywhere that leather is desired but inappropriate due to cost, wear and maintenance concerns.

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slow home



slow home is a new design environment that will help you learn about modern residential design and how to start integrating the principles of good design into your daily life. Slow Home takes its name from the slow food movement which arose as a reaction to the processed food industry. In the same ways that slow food helps people learn how to become more familiar and involved with the food they eat, Slow Home provides design focused information to empower individuals to step beyond the too fast world of cookie cutter housing.

slow home ten steps