White might be simple, but never dull.

Monday, November 4, 2013



Get creative with your ceilings! 

Gone are the days when preference was given to only white

plain white ceilings. 

Since my last ceiling post, I discovered hi tech stretch ceilings for homes with lower ceilings.

The stretch ceiling system originated in Europe over 40 years ago mainly as a solution for damaged ceiling. While the vinyl stretched ceilings from High Tech Ceiling still solve a multitude of problems, there are now used for their remarkable aesthetic and luxurious appearance. These amazing ceilings can be installed almost anywhere, come in a wide variety of colors and are made from an eco-friendly material.
In the kitchen
In the living room, reflective lacquer stretch ceiling - to increase the illusion of height and size
Even in the bedroom - get dramatic with color!

 Hide popcorn and damaged ceilings with no mess

Allow recessed lighting in condominium
Allow thermal or sound insulation
Add an incredible effect to the room
Bacteria and mold resistant

Quick, easy and clean installation
Even in stretch lacquer black, for additional bedroom drama
Or try matte stretch ceilings for a zen ambiance
Allows recess lighting in a lower ceiling, enhances your living room.
Check out all the projects designed by Hi Tech Ceiling on their houzz page:

Sunday, November 3, 2013



S+A designed this hotel and private club for the London-based Soho House group. Sited in a densely-populated area of Miami Beach, the project involved the restoration and retrofit of the historic Sovereign Hotel (1940) along with a new 15-story oceanfront tower. Overlooking the ocean, Soho Beach House includes 50 bedrooms, a private beach, a Cowshed Spa and gym. Amenities include two pools, indoor and outdoor dining, secluded gardens, a screening room and Cecconi’s restaurant, which is open to the public.

S+A’s design promotes indoor-outdoor connectivity with spaces flowing from street-facing entry court to the pool, garden, dune and ocean beyond. Separate topographies are vertically and horizontally layered within the site’s narrow open space. The extended historic courtyard is covered with a 100 foot long retractable awning, a technical feat that allows the courtyard to be both indoor and outdoor, and effectively houses Cecconi’s. 

To make the most of the limited space, the site is terraced up toward the beach dune in a manner that frames the pool deck. A suite of outdoor public spaces on the second floor similarly projects toward the ocean, capturing a terrace beneath the volume of the new tower. The tower’s two-story penthouse creates the final topography: staggered patios are tucked beneath a protective concrete canopy, creating a multilevel outdoor living room.

The Soho Beach House project is discussed on houzz:

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Monday, April 8, 2013



The drama of the movie, Key Largo, set in an earlier and far different times, has given way to a Key Largo with a tranquil, laid back lifestyle that has kept Miami-based designer Michael Wolk’s clients, returning for many years to the same home. The retired New York City couple use the place, in a private gated community, as a summer retreat. Recently they called on Wolk and his team to spearhead a total renovation of the 25-year old, 3,500 square-foot home. The idea was to increase the living space and to update the overall look and style of the deliberately low key décor.

Throughout, Wolk used a combination of old and new furniture, much of it his own designs, keeping the mid-century modern look and the neutral color palette that his client favors intact.

As always the success of any renovation is measured by the happiness of the homeowners – who, in this case, plan to return to Key Largo and their greatly enhanced home for many years to come.

Built on stilts as a precaution against flooding from the adjacent waterway, the two story house had an atrium that client had their designer close in, along with a porch that essentially added another room. A big part of the renovation was a much-needed redo of the master bath.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013


It is always intriguing to see how a top interior designer moves fluidly from creating homes in leisure communities in Florida and Martha’s Vinyard to the requirements of big city living. Somehow, Gil Walsh of Gil Walsh Interiors has managed it with aplomb………and in the process designed a 5,000 square foot New York City duplex apartment in a contemporary style, but with timeless sophistication.

Beyond the obvious comfort and tranquility considerations, two requirements were paramount. First the new design had to incorporate a growing and ever-changing collection of top level art. To accommodate this, Walsh and her team used light colored walls that would give any piece its full due against a highly versatile backdrop……and in some cases, oak parquet squares were used as most unconventional but highly effective wall treatments.

And secondly the exquisite view of the Manhattan skyline had to be front and center……especially on a clear, calm, moonlit evening.  Therefore Walsh kept window treatments to a minimum……..allowing only enough to give her clients privacy when needed.  Talk about rooms with a view….these are to swoon over.

The midtown location – Manhattan’s UN Plaza – is perfectly situated for easy access to all of the best that the city has to offer, while coming home offers Gil Walsh’s clients instant serenity and surroundings in which to unwind and relax in optimum style.

More interior projects by Gil Walsh Interiors at:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Eastville, MA • Historic Renovation • Shingle Style • 1999–2003

This 6,000 square foot turn of the century home has its own
boat house, drying garden and garage with an apartment, all
overlooking the Vineyard Sound in Eastville. It was purchased
by a family who recognized the potential for this home to be
brought back to life.

GWI spearheaded the establishment of a true teamwork between
the architect, builder, interior designer and family. Over
the course of several years, this home was brought back to life.
Now glorious, the home welcomes all visitors to the island who
enter the Vineyard Haven harbor and the Oak Bluffs Harbor.

Integration was a theme of this project. GWI worked to enhance and highlight the original architecture and craftsmanship
of the home and to integrate furniture pieces from the client’s
home in Pittsburgh, as well as many furnishings that were acquired
with the purchase of the home. New pieces were selected
as needed.

Lighter colored fabrics were used to brighten the interiors and
at the same time contrasted to the darker woods that originally
clad the walls. Local craftsmen were identified and retained to
refurbish many items. The successful integration of turn of the
century with new and old pieces acquired over time creates
the feel that the home is a true treasure and reflects both the
history of the location and the history of the family.

The home, lovingly restored inside and out, is host to many
family events, weddings and even presidential fundraisers for
our current President, Barack Obama.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Home by the Water - Chilmark Style

 A Home by the Water – Chilmark Style
Whenever we think of a home by the water, we think of the sound of the surf, the warm gentle breezes of summer, and a view of endless sky.
We also think of easy living spaces with at least the appearance of casual style and furnishings and art randomly selected over the years.  That is the magic that designer Gil Walsh brought to a Chilmark, Massachusetts home that her client asked her to collaborate on.

Hardly a rustic beach shack, this 7,000 square foot home was newly built
with all the amenities that allow for year round living.  Walsh worked closely with the architect (add name) and the homeowner to create a seamless whole that would reflect the essential spirit that she knew through instinct and experience her clients were looking for.

She says, “ In addition to working on the layout of the rooms to maximize light and views, it was thrilling to discover that the clients had a trove of heirloom furniture, furnishings and art that we could combine with newer pieces, giving the overall scheme depth and texture that it would not have otherwise have had. In the process we were able to subtly shift a few of the walls to accommodate some of the décor……a rare luxury that  helped make the end result even more special.”

Based in Florida and Massachusetts, Gil Walsh specializes in creating highly personal home environments that are as satisfying for their lucky homeowners as they are for any of us lucky enough to visit.