Monday, September 20, 2010

Amazing Chuck Close Prints exhibit at Corcoran Gallery of Art

I am in Washington DC getting ready to teach my Go Green & 7 Steps to Successful Marketing CEUs tomorrow. I was walking around admiring the fabulous weather, the gorgeous architecture and especially the amazing museums in DC. I had never been to The Corcoran Gallery of Art before so I decided it was time for me to go see what it had to offer. And what it had to offer was the awesome Chuck Close prints exhibit! Chuck Close creates art that from far away look like huge portraits of his family....himself, his wife, his daughter, his niece and his close friends - but from close up, look like circles, squiggles and potato chips!
What's more, he uses the silk screening process to create art - adding layer upon layer - the way some fabrics are created. A work starts off with one color and looks fairly simple. He then adds another color and then another until the work looks as real as a photograph.. Unbelievable. Check him out! And then email me and let me know what you think at

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thank you Cote De Texas!

I was reading the Cote De Texas blog, and I love the West University homes that were chosen to be featured today - in fact I live in West University and have a home filled with Antiques that looks a lot like the first home featured. The West University homes are cosy, warm, and traditional and remind me of the home I lived in when I lived in Belgravia London 20 years ago. I also really love the furniture from Olivine in Rice Village. I am an Interior Designer who specialized in Antiques and who conducts local tours called Houston Luxury Tours. The next Houston Luxury tour will be held October 6th and we are going to do a Rice Village Walkabout and I am going to try and schedule a stop at Olivine to see their fabulous merchandise - after seeing the Cote De Texas blog. Thank you Cote De Texas! If you'd like to see more pictures of my home on my website.. visit

Friday, September 10, 2010

How to create a home theater!

Many people want home theaters even in this economy...but most people do not have a clue how to do I got my "media man" Amir to tell you all his tips on how to create a home theater that works...

Not long ago home theaters were reserved to celebrities. How would you otherwise utilize 30,000 sq ft of home space? With the ever increasing standards of living, the entertainment world and the electronics world have brought affordable cinema-like experience to the average home. Vivid detailed images and clear enveloping sound deliver unprecedented immersive entertainment. But be warned! A big screen HDTV and a few speakers around the room falls way short!

So, what does it take? First, the design (or re-design) of the room: the physical dimensions, the placement of seating, speakers and screen, the acoustic treatments and the aesthetics and feel of the room. Second, the selection of equipment, its placement and set up. And finally, the calibration and tuning of the overall system.

The room:

This is a critical design element. Certain dimensions are favorable. One example would be 8 (H) X 20 (W) X 24 (L). Other “good” ratios are also in use, but always try to avoid square rooms – or even worse cube rooms. Bad room dimensions will cause different sound quality at different positions in the room (specifically at low frequencies). For example, some seats will hear a very deep guitar while others will hear a fluffy “light” guitar. None will hear the accurate realistic sound. (Note that position of seating area and position of subwoofers will both have similar effect).

But what if I’m working on an existing space that does not satisfy these requirements? Well, creativity and compromises are your answers. Sometimes we can build a wall that would shorten one dimension by a foot or so – just enough to make it sound better. Other times the use of acoustic treatments may reduce some of the undesired effects. In all cases, we would need to adjust seating and subwoofer positions depending on room dimensions. You will need to talk to a professional certified home theater designer.

Next, seating and speakers placement… stay tuned to my next blog.