July 26, 2011

    Colors Every Man Will Love

    LUCIANNA SAMU. Now that you have all had a chance to process the construction details of my tiny storage cabinet, I'd like to share the inspiration for this unusual color solution. I'm not opposed to a solid color accent wall in general, but with a little ingenuity it's possible to take the ubiquitous solid color accent wall to new heights. Surrounding yourself with color references that recall a time in your life you fondly remember has the same effect on your well being as tuning into a radio station that just happens to be playing your favorite song. It's subtle, it makes us smile, and it makes us feel happy and safe, all at the same time. Reaching back in my memory for a collection of colors I feel best about got me half way there. I'm giving myself some extra credit on the pattern.  Read more...


    July 22, 2011

    Accentuating Tiny Storage Spaces

    LUCIANNA SAMU. In order to realize the endless stream of hyper functional storage solutions I dream up, I've come to rely on the expertise of more than a few fine carpenters. It's a help to my renovating exploits that I can paint and it's a plus that I have an expertise when it comes to picking colors. At the other end of my personal design skill continuum, is my poor drafting skill and non-existent ability to accurately read a tape measure without replacing sixteenths and eights with the word "tinys." My shortcomings are never reflected in the work, thanks to my gifted carpenters, who can both speak and fabricate in sixteenths of an inch. It's a gift to be sure to turn a lowly door into 28 square feet of storage.  Read more...


    July 19, 2011

    Glazing New Wood Cabinets: Finding the Right Formula

    LUCIANNA SAMU. Those of us who know our way around the paint store really well will invariably make a pit stop in the glazing liquid aisle. I know I'm not alone in this as I've consulted a legion of glazing liquid aficionados on the subject. We all agree--one can never have enough, so we buy it often whether we need it or not. As I edge closer to the thirty years of professional painting mile marker, I've started to wonder how many gallons of glazing liquid I've gone through. Accused of being obsessed with this factoid, I've settled on a best guess and believe I've made my way through around 1,080 gallons of glaze. What I can't figure out is how many times this single product has bailed me out of a color or paint durability jam.  Read more...


    July 11, 2011

    Choosing a Wall Color for All Seasons

    LUCIANNA SAMU. If you were to take a poll, asking design professionals where to begin when planning a color makeover for a room as large as my living room, chances are nine out of ten would say start with the rug. I would agree. And I have a rug; in fact, I have a lot of rugs. All are strategically stowed away, patiently waiting to someday make an appearance. My problem is, in addition to a lot of rugs, I also have a husband. For the most part, my husband is a good sport about my design aesthetic. His good-natured agreeable demeanor ends, however, with my garden inspired needlepoint rug.  Read more...


    July 06, 2011

    Kitchen Matchmaking with Studio Finishes and the Latest from Kohler

    LUCIANNA SAMU. On a quest to minimize the existing mix of materials in my kitchen, I was thrilled to discover the latest addition to the Kohler line of faucets is available in brushed bronze.  Read more...