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big impact, small budget…

 

Happy Spring everyone!  If you’re like us and are embarking on a few spring projects at home to freshen up your inside spaces, you’ll find this article from The New York Times “Making a Big Impact on a Small Budget” helpful.

We did, and found it inspired us to share a few of our favorite ‘cheap and cheerful’ design tricks.  Be sure to read the article and scroll below for a tip from each of your favorite team taste designers.

 

Only the best,

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Megan Landis | Project Manager & Interior Designer

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Julia Reinalda | Project Manager & Interior Designer

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Wendi Dicely-Scalora | Senior Designer & Project Manager

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Patti Watson |  Principal 

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welcome Megan Landis

team taste’s talent expands, once again

We’re excited to welcome Megan Landis to taste as an Interior Designer/Project Manager. Megan comes to us with a rich background leading interior projects in educational and consumer product fields.  She went to school at Roger Williams University for Architecture and then Pratt Institute in New York for Interior Design.  Her most recent position as Designer & Project Manager at DBVW Architects in Providence had her busy on projects at RISD, Moses Brown and URI.  Prior to moving to Providence, she worked in NYC with Gensler as a design practice leader on client projects ranging from L’Oréal to Deutsche Bank.

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“Design is about balance and point of view; it tells a story. There is balance to be achieved in big and small, dark and light, color and neutrality, personality and reservation.  I enjoy working with clients to discover who they are and what they want their space to say about themselves, their family and their life.”

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Megan’s gift of creativity and consensus building was honed working at Gensler with challenging clients such as L’Oréal and Estee Lauder – both synonymous with high expectations for brand representation through impeccable design.  Those client assignments were further challenged by large committees when one client may actually be represented by twenty people.  Listening and combining the personal tastes of many into a cohesive, functional and interesting design solution made Megan instrumental in those client relationships.IMG_8149

At taste, we’re already finding Megan has a quiet strength in her ability to step back and consider the larger vision as well as the small details that work as building blocks to achieve a design.  She brings ideas, large and small, that speak to clients’ goals and provide assurance that we’re attending to their needs.  (During the past three weeks I’ve witnessed the relaxed, warm smiles that fill clients’ faces when Megan shares a thoughtful suggestion that fulfills a wish they may have only mentioned in passing.  Megan’s attention to those small details that bring joy is why she’s a perfect addition to taste.)

Megan and her husband are recent transplants to Rhode Island from Vermont by way of NYC for ten years.  At the end of their time in New York they made the fateful decision to move to ‘vacation’ and start a family.  Two years later they are still enjoying explorations in the ocean state, taking their dog Leo and son Lukas for hikes, hunting out antiques and big waves alike and taking the occasional quick trip to the Green mountains to visit family.

Welcome, Megan.

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helping out in houston

team taste lends a hand

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We’re all too aware of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have caused the past several weeks.  After endless images and news stories, we’re all feeling heartache for the families impacted and the urge to do something meaningful to help if we can.

Like so many, we have friends, family and associates in the Houston area and throughout Florida.  In the days during Harvey, I reached out to collaborator and cabinetmaker Jonathon Dahl, whose home is in the Houston area. He shared with me images of the flood waters as it creeped closer and closer to his house – home to him, his wife and children.

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Luckily, the water began to recede, leaving the Dahl family home untouched. Jonathon’s workshop (and therefore, livelihood) sustained flood damage, but with positivity and hard work, he was up and running again in a few days.  Then his phone began to ring…

At least 10 of Jonathon’s customers lost everything in the flood. And the last several days have been filled with Jonathon and his crew helping to clean out houses he reports as heart wrenching work.

To lend a hand to the families Jonathon is helping to recover, taste will be donating 100 design hours in the coming weeks to design cabinetry, select flooring and fixtures and create color palettes for new interiors.  Our collaboration with Jonathon Dahl is something I hope will alleviate a fraction of the stress the families will face as they rebuild their homes and their lives.  And, provide a bit of joy.

Let us know if you’d like to help out with a donation of funds to help the families Jonathon is serving in the Houston area.  We can all lend a hand.

In gratitude,

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Team taste is ready to help. This photo was taken in a Rhode Island home finished with Jonathon this summer.

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