A Design Love Story

When we're designing new spaces for our clients, we always look for opportunities to make an impact not only with the new space, but also within the community and the environment. New construction and renovations have a major impact on the environment so we always do our best to waste as little as possible and donate or recycle unwanted building materials and furnishings. Last week we were excited to complete a beautiful office design project and help to update the interior spaces of a local non-profit at the same time.  

Last winter we began a design project with a law firm that wanted to celebrate their 20 year anniversary with a modern update to their interiors. Around the same time we also met the Director of Development of The Children's Home, a residential care facility that provides both long- and short-term services to youth 13 to 21 years of age who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, and/or are in need of supervised care. The Children's Home is right around the corner from Domain and our studio so when they asked us for help with their annual fundraiser we were honored to be part of the event. While helping to plan the fundraiser set-up, I had the opportunity to visit the home and see that this wonderful place that does such important work could really do with an update too! With a law office full of furniture, from conference room tables and chairs to bookcases and reception seating, plus a deserving non-profit needing an update, the plan fell right into place and I couldn't wait to get everyone involved.

As soon as I mentioned my idea to donate their furniture to the The Children's Home, our clients, Waranch & Brown, were eager to be part of the plan and generously offered to cover the cost to pack up and transport all of their existing furniture to The Children's Home. After months of coordination, including planning for the furniture at The Children's Home and storing everything until we were ready for the big move, we finally delivered their "new" furniture last week. We're excited to help them set it all up but meanwhile let's take a sneak peek at the before and after for our clients at Waranch & Brown.

The "before" for the reception area...

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And now the new reception area is bright and welcoming, with a crisp, three-dimensional brushed metal logo mounted in a niche we painted the same gorgeous deep blue of their brand colors.

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We also updated the four conference rooms and open offices, renovated the kitchen and created a new cafe area so stay tuned for more photos to come!

A big thank you to Waranch & Brown for being so generous in this project and to The Children's Home for being such an important part of our community! We were also proud to donate additional unwanted materials to Second Chance, a nonprofit that creates "green collar jobs" and workforce development for those with employment obstacles by salvaging usable building materials for public reuse. Plus, after the firm went digital, the excess metal filing cabinets were picked up by a salvage yard for recycling.

Wondering how you can donate your unwanted furniture, cabinetry and building materials when you renovate or redesign your home or commercial space? If you'd like some guidance on how to have a more sustainable renovation or design project we'd be happy to help!

Back at the shop, it's time to check out Domain's workshop this weekend!

Saturday, July 20th, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Kelly Laughlin of Odette Press and learn the creative and meditative process of suminagashi-style paper marbling. Use colorful inks to paint on the surface of water, and walk away with a collection of marbled papers.

What is paper marbling? Suminagashi means "floating ink" or "spilled ink" and is the centuries-old Japanese process of using inks to paint on the surface of water. Ink is set on top of the water's surface, and swirled around using breath and brushes. Paper is set on top of the water's surface, resulting in swirling patterns and organic designs. In this class, we'll explore a modernized adaptation of the process.

Explore a variety of techniques for creating your own marbled designs and how to continue exploring this process at home.

Who is this class for? The paper marbling process is perfect for anyone who is interested in exploring a creative practice, beginners to advanced creators. No previous artistic or creative experience necessary!

All materials are provided. Click here to purchase tickets!

And in later in August...


Saturday, August 17th, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Tarah, the creative hands behind Ore + Wool, for a Macro Macramé Workshop located at Domain in Catonsville, MD on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 1pm - 3:30pm.

This class will explore working with roving, how to handle it and how to make a wall hanging. You will learn a couple basic macramé knots, pattern making and finishing. This class will include a natural wood dowel to hang your wall hanging on, enough roving to knot your macramé with and a special gift! 

This class is great for beginners and intermediate macrame students alike!

Click here to purchase tickets!

See you soon!

Laura, Tim and Maddie xxx