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Ann McDonald

Creating Legacy Through Design

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Someone asked me what we do.

It’s kind of hard to explain – sort of.

We do Interior Decorating. Interior Design. We plan out peoples spaces and places. We plan out peoples properties.

But mostly, my team and I build and design life. Yours. In SYNC with your goals, heart and future.

We create legacy through design. Through decorating. That syncs with who you are, why you are and what you want to leave behind when you go.

In the past couple of months, we’ve had several new inquiries from various sources who have stumbled upon us through varied channels.

Some have “understood”. Others? Not. So. Much.

Create Decor quote

Let me share some background on creating legacy.

I believe how you live in space greatly affects and effects most everything about your life.

Remember: prisons and churches are designed spaces. They both are meant to bring about something in the future. (Article: Top 5 Mistakes Families Make)

I believe your future holds important things.

How we design your space can either help or hinder those important things.

How you go about curating that space, through design, decorating and choice will tell me a great deal about IF you will achieve what you are set here to do.

If you care deeply about what your family (note: you are a family even if you are a single person never intending to have offspring) will look like in 20 years or two (2) or three (3) generations out, send us an email.

That’s our specialty. See below. My team and I work with multiple generation families and discreet individuals to make sure the choices they make today curate their family legacy tomorrow.

I can tell a lot of things about your future and your families future by your design and decorating choices. They reveal things. Even how you hang and display pictures lets me know if you are living in the past with no room for tomorrow.

We’re a kind bunch, hopeful. Though we do believe in planning, stewardship and wisdom.

Wisdom designs. It also makes sure the foundations (proverbial and literal) are tied down. T I G H T L Y.

Have a look around and give us a call. We could save you millions.

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Excellence in Design Stands Time: Laufen Bathrooms #BlogTourNYC

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Laufen Bathrooms: Wow.

Swiss manufacturer Laufen was one of our sponsors for #BlogTourNYC @Modenus. In today’s post I want to share some helpful links and my personal thoughts regarding the product and company. Spotlighting any brand on Couture Chateau is something I take very seriously as you, our faithful readers and clients know. Discretion does not shout from the rooftops. Trust is hard won.

Laufen Company

Click on this photo to be taken to Laufen’s page on their history. Well worth the time. I love how they steward excellence and human capital. It’s not just about product. It’s about people = true legacy.

That said, I am absolutely delighted to share today about Laufen. Their partnership with Kartell and Designer @palombaserafini is a win-win.

Laufen Product Designer

Click on this photo to be taken to an article on Kartell by Laufens’ website. It is a fabulous read into the partnership with Ludovica+Roberto Palomba.

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3 Reasons @WilsonArt Inspires as a Brand #BlogTourNYC

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Three Reasons @WilsonArt Inspires as a Brand #BlogTourNYC

This past month during @Modenus Blog Tour we had a behind the scenes treat while at ICFF, my colleagues and I were introduced to the Student Designers sponsored in this years @WilsonArt Design Competition. As a benefactor brand (if I can use that terminology, mine, not theirs) I was impressed with the level of curated instruction and access WilsonArt brought to the table.

Here is a quick video on one of the competitors which I highlight. My sons are avid backpackers and hikers…hence this particular chair.

For a complete post from WilsonArt’s headquarters on the “Design Challenges” and Student Winner, Blossom, click HERE. Read More

Five Ways to Incorporate Steam Therapy in Your Ranch Property or Multi Generation Mountain Estate

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Fresh off Blog Tour New York, I am delighted to ponder how you, our valued clients and friends, can incorporate some of the products we had the honor of learning about first hand. Today’s post centers on one of the #BlogTourNYC sponsors: Mr Steam. We were treated to an incredible private steam at Aire Ancient Baths.

With Wyoming, Idaho and California Mountain projects swirling on summer drafting boards, my team and I discussed several ways we could incorporate this technology seamlessly into your multi-generational, multi-use, family ranch or mountain estate. We narrowed it to five (5) overall design schematics.

Let me know which you prefer and what your thoughts are. I love this part of being a Designer. As you well know, creativity and Read More