Photos by Julie Mikos

When I walked into my client's space for the first time, I saw a blank canvas before me. My mind started to design. Where there were white walls, I saw pale shades of stone and putty. Where there was a flat screen mounted to the wall, I saw a custom asymmetrical bookcase flanking the fireplace with a deep orange back wall. And, where there was a boring back wall in the dining area, I saw striped wallpaper in shades of chocolate, pumpkin, tan with a tint of metallic bronze.

My client asked for a space that reflected his casualness, his whimsical nature and his love of color. Especially, the color of orange. He needed functional elements, too. Like comfy places to sit. Display spaces for his vast toy collection. I gave him not only a space for everything but one that truly reflects him.