construction_play - CABINETS INSTALLATION by Annabelle Guldner

We are so thrilled to see the cabs going in! This is always a big step forward for a client and they can see a transformation! Can’t wait for Friday when the counters are getting measured!

design_play - LIVE A S.M.A.R.T LIFE by Annabelle Guldner

Have a look at the video below. It’s a quick 5 minute clip that asks the right questions…

These ideas are not new, this TED TALK happened was in 2011. And what has happened? Out footprint has grown even bigger. We have accumulated even more stuff, and spend even more money to store it. Why? Status? Reputation? Fear of missing out? What is it that makes us so eager to live in spaces that account for every occasion that might never actually happen, and ever so willing to spend money on the unknown. Wouldn’t that money be better spent on you and your actual every-day lifestyle? On the things that you DO use every single day. On the quality craftsmanship of finishes. The ethical manufacturing and sourcing of building materials? On features that cut utility costs and reserve energy? On the functionality and efficiency of space?

We can live better on a smaller footprint. But the design has to offer that. Have a look at the 1200 SF home for a retired couple. One level living, a gorgeous kitchen and nice master suite, everything is accessible, everything is designed for how they use their home. And the heart of their home is the kitchen. They are no wasted spaces, no hall ways. Their passion is cooking and entertaining. If you look at this 1200 Sf home can you see how through prioritizing, rationalizing, and analyzing we can arrive at a result that creates a smaller footprint and gives them exactly what they want and need. Why not S.M.A.R.T.?



The things we become attached to are so ephemeral in comparison to the experiences we want and need to have in our homes. They are what make us happy. The activities within our home and how well they can be acted out is what counts. And bigger spaces are not the solution. Smaller, multi-functional, efficient and SMART spaces are the solution. They are the sustainable solution. S.M.A.R.T. - Small, Multi-functional, Analytical, Rational, Timeless. Live a SMART life and be happy!

If you are interested in talking with us and brainstorm about down sizing and SMART living environments please get in touch with us!

design_play - TRANSFORMATION in PROGRESS by Annabelle Guldner

The renovation in the Broadmoor area is in full bloom and we are moving ahead with all our structural modifications! The electrical rough in is almost completed with all new lighting, switch and outlet locations! The plumbing rough is done!

We are super happy with the progress and love seeing this baby develop into something special!

material_play - COLOR AND TEXTURE STUDY3 by Annabelle Guldner

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We are trying out some more themes for the mountain-modern custom home that is in the framing stage now! We will see where it will take us! Interior selection are following!

I have 2 new home designs starting up and I’m so excited, because they are unique and challenging! Stay tuned for some preliminary 3d views and volume studies!

construction_play - SAVANNAH PROGRESS by Annabelle Guldner

A single family home in Savannah is in the framing stage!

Construction progress of the southern charming home we designed for a family of four!

Look at the progress on the Savannah home we designed. The first floor walls are up and it’s really starting to take shape! This is the view as you enter the driveway and approach the house. We are so excited to see it develop and come to life!


material_play - CRADLE TO CRADLE by Annabelle Guldner


CHIP(s) BOARD, a fairly new company has come up with a way to make MDF board redundant. They developed a way to use food waste and create a building material that can be a substitute to wood. Potato peels are are the main component, together with binders derived from waste so they are biodegradable without toxins, resins or formaldehyde. This product can be used as fertilizer when it's time to be discarded. The cradle to cradle principle is at the core of their philosophy. This is definitely an exciting product and I'm looking forward to come samples to feel this material first-hand. 

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Check them out here and find out more about their process


AT_play - READY FOR THE LAST STEP by Annabelle Guldner

Home renovation and construction

Interior Design and Styling

A foyer renovation and face lift to set a new tone


Our stencil template finally came it. Now I just need to start putting the design on the stair risers and we have our finished foyer ready for pictures! This little template is very delicate due to its design so handling it carefully will be crucial. I believe the outcome will be super cool though and original! 

Our foyer is getting some icing on the cake... We are excited to move forward with the stencil design that is original to the home on the fireplace mantle. After creating a copy of the design we are now getting the template made to apply the stencil to the risers of the stairs. Here is a photoshopped picture of what it will look like! We are excited to see it in reality!


design_play - CONCEPTUAL WALK-THROUGH by Annabelle Guldner

Hotel Lobby Design Concept

The Satellite Hotel gets an interior make-over

The view from the entrance as you enter the lobby

The view from the entrance as you enter the lobby

designATplay presents a interior design concept for the lobby of the Satellite Hotel!

Our presentation to the Satellite hotel was a success and we are so excited to see where it leads! Have a look at our walk through and get a feel for the space and the elements in it.

The concept for this design is based on the iconic shape of the building itself as well as its distinctive multi-directional character. Throughout the space the geometric shapes apparent in the architectural design are integrated and reflected in the layout of the space, built-ins, finishes and interior material selections. The

intention is a classic interior that reflects the time period yet sets a contemporary tone. The dissolved facade on the exterior is mimicked on the inside to create a strong connection to its structure. The relocated reception offers sight lines in all directions with a point of sale for the proposed integrated kiosk. Way-finding and circulation patterns are achieved through a layout that lends itself to an immediate understanding of the space by clearly defined focal areas and elements as orientation points.

A strong emphasis on the number 3 which plays a significant role in the building’s use and architecture informed the design which resulted in a comfortable interior that offers a welcoming and multi-functional space for employees, visitors, and inhabitants; an interior as unique as its architecture.