DHOTW: Designer & Architect Markay Johnson

It’s time for my… dun duhduh dunnnn… Designer Highlight of the Week! This week I’d like to introduce you to the work of Markay Johnson Construction.

In 1849, when talking of the Victorian Age, British critic and social commentator John Ruskin wrote, “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” Designer and Architect Markay Johnson, in true spirit of these words, builds works of art.

However, Markay Johnson is more than just an artist. His reputation for having an eye for the finest of details have earned him the respect of both his clients and his peers in the structural engineering and construction management communities.

His company, Markay Johnson Construction, follows the philosophy of taking the ideas and dreams of their clients and creating a plan and budget to achieve their design wishes. Their ultimate goal is to provide their clients with custom homes and commercial spaces that best reflect the owner’s personality and lifestyle. With the praise Mr. Johnson has received (paired with over 30 years of experience), it’s no wonder he has received acknowledgements such as recognition from the Greater Salt Lake Homebuilder’s Association and other industry watch groups.

Here are just some of the reasons why I adore Markay Johnson’s work–I guarantee his eye for design will leave you feeling inspired!

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Essential Colour: Dark Teal

Teal is such a beautiful color! These rooms pull it off so well, I just had to share.

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Many people think that when they need to decorate a small space, the best thing to do is to paint it white or light pastel colours to make it look more spacious and airy.  This doesn’t always work as these tints in a room with lack of natural light will look greasy. Much better in this case is to opt for dark bold colours. One of my favourite choices for the small interiors is dark teal. It is an amazing profound colour, which is able to give depth and interest to any space. Likewise dark teal will look great in big rooms with plenty of natural light.

If you like this colour and brave enough to use it as primary for decorating the space, consider these little design tips.

Dark teal loves:

1) Crispy snow-white which adds contrast and freshness to the space:

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2) Brown leather and velvets which…

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Dining Amongst Caramels and Greens

Inspiration for Client DR

A client of mine asked me to take on the task of designing her dining room, and I happily took on the project. I love doing dining rooms! Their primary purpose is to bring together family and loved ones to eat and celebrate being together. We live in a world that is in a constant state of come-and-go, so having a dining space for the people you love to stop and come together is (at least in my opinion!) very important.

For the color scheme, we decided on a caramel and green combination with a hint of gold for an air of elegance. The photo above shows what we are working with (sorry for the cell phone quality photo). Here are some more of my favorite uses of caramel and green together…

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DHOTW: Musso Design Group: Fitting Your Lifestyle

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Once again it’s time for my Designer Highlight of the Week! (cue applause and trumpet flourish)

This week I am happy to present the Musso Design Group. I was flipping through my issue of Traditional Home a couple weeks ago when I came across their work, and I found myself wondering why I had not heard of them earlier!

Founded in 1992 by lead designer Bill Musso, this Atlanta-based company has gained distinguished recognition up and down the east coast, from New York to the tip of Florida. The team is made of Bill Musso himself as well as designers Todd Falconbury, Lauren Dott, and Lauren Sardo.

The interior, exterior and landscape work design work done by Musso Design Group has a very distinct feel to it–one that I love. They focus on the lifestyle of the client at hand, whether they are renovating a kitchen for dinner parties or designing furniture and custom window treatments for a commercial space. They believe in an approach to design that is anything but formulaic, which is crucial for the true creative power of the mind to expand.

Here is a sampling of some of their work that I think is just lovely. I can’t wait to see more from them!

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If you’ve ever been lucky enough to watch a game in person, or seen a match on television, you’ll see that there really is a significant kind of style that goes hand-in-hand with the sport. From stunning polo lounges and bars to classy, yet casual fashion, the world of polo is a design culture in itself…

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Swayin’ in the Breeze

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How many times this summer alone have you heard, in one form or another, “My goodness, it is hot out here!” Countless people across the country seem to be feeling these crazy temperatures of 2013, but not everyone has access to a simple way to beat the heat. What is there’s no water source to swim in nearby? No beach, river, lake, or pool?

Here’s a great alternative: a hammock! What better way to unwind from the hot day then lounging in the shade, swaying between two trees with a good book and an ice-cold drink? I think hammocks are a great addition to any yard, and here are some of my favorites!

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