Porch: Stage For Everyday Life | By: Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

These porches are fantastic! I love using mine as an excuse to watch thunderstorms… sitting on a beautiful porch and watching the skies is better than paying $11 for a movie, that’s for sure!

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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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Dining Amongst Caramels and Greens

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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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Marco…?

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…Polo!

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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DHOTW: Miles Redd is Here to Make an Impression

One designer I’ve recently discovered is Miles Redd. His work has caught my eye significantly, and I just had to feature him as my… (drumroll please!) first ever Designer Highlight of the Week!

Mr. Redd’s bio on his website describes his style as a “playful mix of high and low, emboldened by color and modern gestures but grounded in practicality.” When I look at his work, I see traditional style with a twist. He plays with a creative modern touch by adding elements that you wouldn’t typically expect, whether that element be color, texture, or unique pieces of artwork.

An Atlanta native, Mr. Redd has traveled across the country using his design expertise in apartments, town houses, and country homes. You can find him featured in New York Magazine, Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, House & Garden, W, and Country Life. His work is truly inspiring–his mind seems to be constantly thinking outside the box!

Here are some of my favorite rooms done by Mr. Redd. Hopefully his daring to step outside traditional designing methods will give you confidence if you want to do the same!

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Style and Comfort, My Favorite Combo!

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Bentley Churchill

Bentley Churchill, an upholstery company, had some really beautiful frames this market. I find that this company falls under the radar far too much; I have them in my own home and they are hands down the most comfortable pieces in the house!

Here are a few pieces by them that I had to share. Get ready, you’re going to want to experience this comfort for yourself!

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A New Finish on an Old Product

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Century Furniture

Although these pieces from Century Furniture have been in the line, they feel brand new with this new finish out by Century. This finish, Sage with a Dry Gold Brush (though I think it has a bit of a warm cream color to it), was seen on a few pieces on the floor, and I love the way it freshens up the already beautiful look of these pieces.

Here’s a couple more pieces that I fell in love with in this new Sage with Dry Gold Brush…

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