• How to create Emotional Spaces through Texture and Lighting

    Linda Allen Designs - The Emotion of Sunlight

    You’ve had a long day. You unlock the door and walk in the house. Suddenly, your shoulders start to relax, and a sigh of relief to be home comes over you. Even though the inner chatter is still in your head, that soft velvet on the sofa makes you grin, and that nostalgic tile in the bathroom takes you to a…

  • Biophillia – The Love of Living things in Design

    What do you think of when you need to mentally escape? As a designer, shapes, textures and colors  found in nature inspire me. Moving shadows in the sun inspires me.  But why? I did some research and stumbled upon “Biophillia”: A term that describes how we identify with forms from nature. …and there’s a reason for that. We feel most comfortable…

  • The Art of Designing Responsibly for Climate Change

    We’re fossil addicted…if we do nothing, we will be living in alarming toxic amounts of C02 in the 50-100 years not only affecting our children and the next generation, but our ecosystem and existence as we know it. Climate change is real. This 2 minute video gives an insight to just one of the reasons why I designed my luxury…

  • The Art of Nostalgia

    The Emotional value behind vintage items Ok…I think it started with the Pasadena Showcase house I designed a while back. I loved this project because I got to add vintage details to personally glamorize an Ingenue’s room as though it was from the department store heyday. This was when  “couture” was designed from head to toe. Furs, hats, and gloves…

  • The Art of Imperfection

    Many of us look at design through idolizing wealth, youth, and perfection. However, the art of Kintsugi-(video) can inspire us to appreciate and cherish the imperfect, aged, weathered, and unpretentious. Kintsugi is a Japanese method for fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to acknowledge fixing broken things and finding beauty in…