FDS gets a brand new virtual home

I'm thrilled to introduce our new website:

funk design studio

I wanted it to be lighter, brighter, all about easily scrolling through beautiful images & fun.  Also, a little more techy than our old one.  Now existing clients can schedule meetings online (love this feature).

How'd we do it?

I have a rock star Web Designer.  Nicole at Curio Electro opened up my brain and grabbed what she needed to make this happen.  She's magic & a damn good artist.  She drew our map (our office is impossibly hard to find, a hidden gem) & the "busy Sandra" avatar - where she noted that she gave me a good butt.  Why thank you.


I also have to thank my team, Sami & Amanda, for all of your help on the content (oh, the content!), gathering the portfolio pics & edits, edits, edits.  Great work - thank you!

To the amazing photographers, thank you for your vision, skill & the use of your pretty pictures.

Last but never least, thank you to my clients!!!  Without your daily leaps of faith, there would be no stunning outcomes, only safe beige rooms.  Thank you for that, for your kind words & for sharing your little design secret (me) with your friends!

It definitely takes a village.  Enjoy the tour!


Another of life’s little mysteries solved…

You know I love to share these little tips and tricks with you – so here’s one I came across today.

If you’ve ever tried to figure out how much wallpaper you need, you are going to love this.  (Don’t forget to manually add the ceiling if you are papering that as well.)  I always figure out material quantities two different ways to make sure I come out with the same number.  This is a great little triple check:

Lowe's Wallpaper Calculator

Thanks Lowe’s!


Design update: my Kitchen

If you’ve been following along, then you know that I moved in the middle of the frozen tundra that is Winter 2014.  What fun.  First the pipes froze, then the contractors descended, then we moved in, then the ice began to melt & slide {and ripped most of the gutters off with it}, then slowly – ever so slowly, we took over.  It’s starting to feel real.  Like it’s really our house.  And, you are going to want to see how it turns out…

Kitchen Before After

but all I have is a sneak peek so far.

Peach wall color: gone. Oak cabinet finish: gone. Colonial furniture & traditional rug: gone. Dark wood trim: gone. Still working on that backsplash – oy! The peaches!

Keep an eye out. I have a few ideas on how to fix this…

If you want to see more house progress, leave a comment below and tell me what you want to see next.  The Master Bedroom?  Living Room?  Foyer?  It’s up to you.


What’s up Wednesday: Inside the Studio

Hi.  I hope you are doing a little jig for the spring weather.  I am loving it!  Speaking of loving it – I have some excellent news:  Sami’s back!


Samantha Lanza is back to FDS as a Senior Designer.  After 3 years with me, she gave retail design a try, but realized that residential design is where her heart is {thank goodness!}.  In case you missed her credentials the first time around, Samantha has her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Sam has a great eye for design, is an awesome project manager, and is a CAD {computer aided design} “master” – it may be self proclaimed, but it’s true.


In other fantastic news, Amanda Amato has also come on board.  Amanda completed her internship at Funk Design Studio and recently started her new role of Design Assistant.  Amanda completed her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at Berkeley College.  A style maven at heart, Amanda brings a great aesthetic eye as well as non-stop smiles and truly appreciated organizational skills.


6 ways to a harmonious closet

…and make getting dressed quick & enjoyable:

1.  Add a basket system:  laundry, hand wash, dry cleaning, donations & a garbage.

2.  Donate clothes that are no longer in style, don’t fit, or haven’t been worn in a year.

3.  Separate clothes by season.

4.  Categorize clothes by purpose:  work, formal, casual.

5.  Install hooks on the closet wall to hang hats, hand bags or that favorite jacket that you wear all the time.

6.  Hang a piece of art or display a favorite item – a little closet candy can go a long way first thing in the morning.

** We custom designed the above closet — now that’s a great place to get dressed every day!


pops of yellow living room

i’m still in my p.j.’s, tea in hand.  my girls don’t believe in daylight savings, so i’ve been up for quite some time.  i went hunting around for this picture because i’m obsessed with bright yellow right now.  check out my instagram post this morning to see the vibrant yellow trees surrounding my yard.  gorgeous!

the grey / yellow obsession of late is justified in this extraordinary living room.  you really couldn’t go wrong with this delicious architecture.


October 2008 traditionalhome.com