View Post

4 Ways To Go from Mismatch to Mix-and-Match

Most people do not buy all their furniture and decor at one time. We acquire things at different stages of our lives: leaving home, moving in with new people, having children. These periods of our lives can leave us with things we want to keep but which don’t seem to fit together. Both Lenore and Carmen have things we have …

View Post

The Surprising Benefit of a Standing Desk for ADHD

I expected a standing desk to be helpful for my back; what I didn’t expect was that it would be even more helpful for my ADHD! In order to explain, let me talk for a moment about the ADHD mind, and how distractibility and impulsivity both benefit and get in the way of my creative work. ADHD Brains are FULL …

View Post

Colour Us Sick

An unpleasant head cold sweeps its way through our families here at Lenore Brooks Design. As our ability to get things done slows, I am reminded of college when I often had to work through an illness. I remember particularly a large solo project where we were designing a fictional medical clinic. It was beautiful inspiring architecture, and I was …

View Post

Curated Collections

In our post about decluttering, I mentioned that the Konmari method is often mistaken for minimalism, but it is actually a method for creating a highly curated collection of personal property. What’s the difference? Well, we find the Vogel’s a great example. They were a working class couple in New York who bought art pieces that brought them joy. Thousands …

View Post

To Plan Out Your Room, Start With Analysis

Make the best use of your space so that you can enjoy it by analyzing how you use it first. This post contains tips for planning your room layouts around your life. While designing a room according to how you use it may seem like a very basic concept, often rooms end up being designed for their desired or named …

View Post

The Whys and Hows of Permits

Whether you’re doing a project yourself or hiring a contractor, getting the correct permits is an important step. As a designer, Lenore has worked mainly with professionals who wouldn’t think of doing work without the necessary permits. However, Carmen’s experience buying her first home exposed her to the reality that not every homeowner understands the importance of getting a permit …