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Essential Elements of Interior Design: Contemporary Powder Room

When I see a well-designed space that I viscerally respond to, I deconstruct what I see to understand what it is I find so appealing. It is the same thing that I teach my new clients to do as we … Continue reading

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Recent Happenings at Larisa McShane and Associates

  We are excited to tell you about the recognitions we’ve received from a variety of sources these past few months: Our “Teenager’s Dream Bedroom” won a 2016 Interior Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Essential Elements of Interior Design:Pebble Beach Dining Room

 By Larisa McShane To the untrained eye, it’s often difficult to understand why a room design works so well. Intuitively, you know it does. There’s something inherently pleasing about it; you want to spend time in the space, you feel … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Make Your Living room More Exciting

                                  By Larisa McShane What is the first thing people notice when they walk into your living room? Is it the striking piece of … Continue reading

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Interior Design Ideas by an Interior Designer…

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Whether you’ve decided to redecorate one room, re-design the whole house or you’ve just moved into a new place, figuring out where to start your interior design project can be overwhelming. Should you start with choosing the wall color or … Continue reading

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Challenges of Contemporary Interior Design: Physical Space v. Digital Space

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Technology has created some interesting challenges; it has changed how we connect with people and how we work. It has also changed how we understand physical space and how we approach contemporary interior design with that new understanding. As everything … Continue reading

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Creating Flow with Wabi-Sabi

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When it happens, everything falls away.The moment becomes effortless. You glance up at the clock–it’s hours later, and you haven’t eaten all day. Suddenly, reality rushes back. You, my friend, were just in a state of flow. You may have … Continue reading

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Patterns in Islamic Art and Personal Relationships

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In Islamic art, the repetition of basic geometric shapes serves to concretely symbolize the infinite. These patterns allow a semblance of order, offering the possibility of infinite growth and a wonderful sense of freedom within the constraints of mathematics and … Continue reading

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Conscious Emulation of Nature’s Genius and The Future of Furniture

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We are often looking for more ways to feel connected to nature, but with the kind of nature we like, the kind that pleases us. At home, we work hard to keep the bugs out but let the sunlight in. … Continue reading

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I am silver and exact…

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“I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful- The eye of a little god, four-cornered.” – Silvia Plath, … Continue reading

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