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a progress report on our use of Sketch-up

In 2016, team taste more fully employed the 3D modeling tool Sketch-up than ever before.  From furnishing drawings to cabinetry detailing to full room interiors, we turned to Sketch-up often to work through the scale and proportion of our designs and illustrate our interiors. But it wasn’t always so…

Years ago, taste designer Kevin Baker and I used Sketch-up with some success, yet often found the rough edges of the design program caused more concern with our clients than answered questions. After receiving several raised eyebrows during client meetings, we took a step back and returned to relying on CAD to work through and convey our ideas.

Then — Ashley arrived.

taste designer Ashley DelVecchio renewed our confidence in the tool with her lightening fast speed and plug-in know how. She helped us turn rough sketches into well lit renderings – complete with wood finishes, tile selections and reflections in glass. Soon, we all began to rely on the program and the power it had to enrich our design process and help our clients envision— and build confidence in—our designs.

Our progress continues and we have big plans for Sketch-up in 2017. Stay tuned as Julia Reinalda joins the ranks of savvy Sketch-up designers and Kevin expands the use of the program to convey construction details.

A sampling of recent 3D renderings follow, to inspire and help envision your next project.

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Simple line drawings of a Kitchen island helped our clients imagine the functionality this additional cabinetry brought to their space.

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Renderings of this Kitchen helped us get the scale and detailing of this millwork design spot-on in this historic home. We intentionally restrained from adding additional color and material finishes so we could study the millwork profiles, without the distraction of other surfaces.

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We used this same monochromatic approach in this master bedroom. The lack of color helped us to study the millwork design, custom bed and additional natural light created by the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.

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Then, we used the same Sketch-up approach in the master bathroom at this client’s home. Larger and additional windows produced the abundant natural light our client wished for, and the renderings helped to confirm the positive outcome.

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We turned to Sketch-up once again in this rendering by Ashley. The illustrations provided taste clients with our vision to visually expand the shower with glass, and presented an option for natural wood upper cabinets, or painted. (We all decided the natural wood upper cabinets were best.)

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Kevin has been collaborating with local architect Mary Meagher on a cottage renovation, including the addition of second floor dormers. To help our Chicago-based client understand the options, Kevin’s using Sketch-up to develop massing models that are emailed to our client for review and consideration.

 

Ashley created these Sketch-up renderings of the cottage featured above, complete with artwork from the gallery at taste – patiently waiting to takes its place of honor at our client’s home this summer.

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meet team taste member Candace Langan

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

candace-headshot-white-shirt-LOW-RES“Timeless. Classic. Fresh. I would say these three words best describe my direction as I work hand in hand with my clients, helping to create beautiful spaces based on their individual taste and needs.”

Candace Langan, Interior Designer

I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Candace Langan who joined our team as an interior designer this week and expands our portfolio of services to include interior design for yachts.
Candace is an experienced designer specializing in yacht decoration and brings with her active client projects in the marine industry. Equally exciting, she brings a passion for fine linens and custom furnishings that complements our work here at taste, introducing new methods and resources to our practice.
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Candace grew up in a boat-loving family in Rumson, New Jersey, and has been associated with yachts all her life. Her first job was with Yachting Magazine as the organizer and manager of the company’s premiere events. During the ten years she worked for Yachting, she met and married the yacht designer, Bill Langan.
 
Candace was hired by New York Yacht Club’s America II syndicate to coordinate donor relations and events, and accompanied Bill to Perth, Australia for the 1987 America’s Cup challenge. Returning to the States, she started her own event planning company and after eight years in the business was asked to plan a party for Meryl Streep. Ms. Streep then invited Candace to be her personal assistant, a position she held until Candace and Bill moved their family to Newport, RI in 1997.
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A fashion design major in college, Candace found that what she enjoyed most about her work was designing and decorating event spaces. She decided to continue her education and improve her skills by studying interior design at the Rhode Island School of Design. To combine this keen interest in design with her love of the water and strong organizational skills, she opened her own yacht interior decoration company, Candace Langan Design.  In her 15 years in the field of design, Candace has completed all manner of projects for sail and motor yachts, from classic to contemporary styling, new construction or refits.

I’ve personally known Candace for  years and I’m thrilled she’s decided to join us. I’m confident she’ll be a great fit for our team and expand our commitment to exceptional, custom design.

 

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Candace worked closely with the client, the naval architect, and the interior architect, providing elegant furnishings throughout this new construction 142-foot yacht project.

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Candace’s designs for a client’s motor yacht refit provides comfortable spaces for cruising in this family’s home away from home.

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Candace also designed the interior renovation for the Italian luxury sailing yacht company Perini Navi’s US offices in Newport 

meet taste team member Julia Reinalda

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

 

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“There’s an easy understated beauty in what we do. We don’t ask for attention but instead work with our clients to create something simple and elegant that people live in and love.”

Julia Reinalda – Interior Designer

 

Following her arrival at taste in 2011, Julia gained broad experience as a Design Assistant and later stepped into the role of Production Coordinator. In this position, she oversaw the custom production process following the design phase, working closely with vendors to customize and fabricate every element of a client’s interior renovation, a level of detail unique to taste.
While she continues to work with vendors on custom projects, she is now assuming greater responsibilities in the interior and installation stages for multiple residences, working closely with taste founder Patti Watson and Senior Designer Kevin Baker from the concept to completion of rooms and entire homes.  Julia’s greatest strength lies in her ability to visualize and oversee the fabrication of custom furnishings ranging from lighting fixtures to custom iron beds.  Her limitless imagination and tenacity to see through the myriad of details during the design process delivers delighted clients time and time again.
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Dickinson College in 2008 and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Interior Design Program. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, an Alaskan hunting guide, their two dogs and their baby girl.

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Julia discussing design possibilities with Wendi and Kevin.
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A recent colors and materials palette by Julia.
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Julie’s design of this lacquered coffee table with lucite base came to life through models and collaboration efforts with Rhode Island company Jutras Woodworking and California Acrylic Design.

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Installation day for this beautiful braided jute rug.
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The beautiful slate in the foyer of this classic shingle style home mimics the ocean palette just outside.
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Julia partnered with Skipper Steve Morris from Nautical Chart Wallpaper to customize the Jamestown wall coverings for this Three Sisters bathroom. The coastal design is complete with porthole mirrors in both the shower and above the vanity and the ocean blue penny rounds tiling the floor.
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The windows overlooking the Narragansett Bay wouldn’t be complete without the customized roman shades designed by Julia.

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Cabinetry adds a masculine texture to this cozy office/study designed by Julia and Patti.
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This grown-up room is ready to be enjoyed…

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meet taste team member Wendi Dicely-Scalora

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

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I’m a believer in proportion and balance, whether it be in interior detailing, furnishings or color.  Equally important are the elements that bring cohesion and interest to a space. I continually hone the designs for my clients to achieve that continuity throughout their homes – all while weaving a reoccurring element that delivers a touch of joy and personal pride from room to room.

Wendi Dicely-Scalora, Interior Designer

Wendi brings more than 20 years of interior design expertise to taste projects. A National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) licensed interior designer since 1992, she spent more than 10 years in residential and commercial interior design in the Philadelphia area, including with award-winning architectural firm RLPS Architects. Her breadth of experience includes private homes, planned and retirement communities featuring both residential and community spaces, museums, and K-12 educational interiors.

We were thrilled to have Wendi join team taste in 2012. Since that time, she has played a key role in both single space interior projects and full home redesigns. Her passion for color, textures, and cohesive design, inspired by her love of decorative painting, are a perfect fit for taste’s start to finish approach to each project. She collaborates closely with Kevin Baker on the architectural design concepts, including millwork and space details, through the comprehensive design of the interior space, selections of materials, and creation of unique custom furniture, fittings, and details.

Wendi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design at Spring Garden College. She now lives in Rhode Island with her husband and three children.

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taste interior design architectural design new englandA recent color and materials palette by Wendi.

Newel-Post-Stairwell-Design-taste-interior-design-deocrator-coastal-school-house-lighting-3A walnut and stainless steel newel post designed by Wendi.

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Look for upcoming posts on other team taste members and how they share their talent with our clients.

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meet taste team member Kevin Baker

Get to know our design team and their contributions.

 

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“Our focus is on our clients and helping them achieve their goal. We find ways to mock up just about anything to help convey the idea behind a custom detail. Doing so enables them to touch it, feel it, and see it three dimensionally, providing an invaluable tactile experience that goes far beyond drawings.

Kevin joined team taste in 2005, bringing with him a strong background in design as well as the hands-on expertise of a construction professional focused on residential projects throughout New England. As Senior Designer, he embodies the taste drive to learn, collaborate, and stretch ourselves creatively.

Kevin is the bridge between the creative design process and the contractors in the field, translating taste’s custom designs into something real and ready to build, including custom millwork drawings, the creation of mock-ups for client consideration, and interior detailing. This suite of services enables taste to support not only interior design but also complex renovations and interior customization efforts. His active role throughout the construction phase of our projects continually informs our designs and understanding of build-able details.

Kevin earned his Master of Architecture degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. While completing his architecture studies, he interned with TRO Jung|Brannen in Boston, MA. A Rhode Island resident, Kevin is an avid skier and golfer.

 

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outdoor-shower----kevin-designedAn outdoor shower design for one of our favorite clients.

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A custom staircase with hickory stair treads.

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Custom coffered ceiling details.

Look for upcoming posts on other team taste members and how they share their talent with our clients.

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