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Ask Xorin: Studio Strategies

Xorin Balbes | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Xorin Balbes

When we change the size of our environments, whether we are scaling up or scaling down, adding a floor or moving from two floors to one room, we become more conscious of how we occupy space and what we use it for.

Ask Xorin: Backyard Bliss

Xorin Balbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Xorin Balbes

Having a balcony in the city is such a wonderful thing. A connection to the outdoors exists right out your balcony door, and creating a space that maximizes this potential is a must.

Ask Xorin: 1+1 = 3

Xorin Balbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Xorin Balbes

Painting is a simple and inexpensive room makeover strategy. Paint opposite walls instead of adjacent walls to give the room a nice feeling of balance.

Ask Xorin: Back to the Present

Xorin Balbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Xorin Balbes

Ask Xorin is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes an...

Ask Xorin: Loft Life in Brooklyn

Xorin Balbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Xorin Balbes

When I work with clients with an eclectic collection of furniture, I often recommend staining or painting the floors a dark color so that the pieces of furniture really pop.