Ottoman Considerations

Ryley Ottoman- Whittaker

Did you have a good weekend? I think the busyness of the holidays and client projects caught up with me, and I found myself with less energy than normal. I'm not a big fan of lazy weekends, but I guess occasionally doesn't much matter. Today I'm back at it with a trip planned into the city to check on the progress of a client's renovation project and then I'll be swinging by a few furniture and accessory stores to source items for our … [Read more...]

Family-friendly Upholstery Fabrics + Basement Sectional Update

Unique Grey

As soon as we were able to clean and organize everything in the basement after our renovation, I turned my focus on a few other projects around the house. Do you ever get tired of focusing on one area of your home for so long that you're happy to put it on the back burner for a while and tackle something else? That's not to say we haven't enjoyed spending time down there. In fact, our basement family room is used on a daily basis and we're … [Read more...]

Construction is Finally Done! {Our Basement Reveal}

Basement Closet Area Before

After weeks of planning, and what turned out to be months of construction, our basement is finally ready to occupy. If you've been following along on this renovation journey, you know that back in early May we set out to create a family TV and entertaining area. With a few obstacles, combined with summer holiday trade schedules, our timeline seemed to expand. But, as of this week, we are finally able to make use of the space. Remember what we … [Read more...]

Basement Renovation Finally Underway!

Wet Bar

As I hear clanging and banging coming from the basement, it's a good sign for me. We've been planning our basement renovation for several months now and it's finally underway. Yesterday everything was mapped out on the floor and the rest of the week will be framing, with the electrical work starting on Monday. Although we've put a lot of thought in to the design, there are always obstacles that come up in any renovation. I've already had to … [Read more...]

One Room, Two Looks

E. Bonus Room web

Following the completion of a sunroom E-Design for one of my clients a month or so ago, I was asked to create a plan for the bonus room as well. Similar to many scenarios I see time and time again, Patty had purchased new furniture pieces and a few decorative accessories, but she didn't feel like the room was coming together and it seemed, as she put it,  "kind of blah." The main purpose of the bonus room was a place for Patty's teenage daughter a … [Read more...]

Our Basement Renovation {Part One}


This week I've been finalizing the plans for our basement. When we purchased our home 8 years ago, it was unfinished and we didn't have any intention of doing much with it. Over the years it has mainly served as a place for storage, somewhere to hold my work table for messy projects, a place to work out (sadly, not very often) and the occasional mini sticks game. As time has gone by and my son has become older, the need for more room in our … [Read more...]

Case Study: Fall Inspired Family Room

Fall Inspired Family Room Design | Satori Design for Living

The Clients After meeting with my clients to discuss their family room and check out the room's specifications, I knew this plan was going to require some careful consideration. The family had already ordered a sectional from Restoration Hardware (a big ticket item) and wanted to use the side board they inherited from a grandparent in some way or another. I had previously created a plan for Phoebe's home office, so I had a pretty good sense of … [Read more...]