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Interior Design Today

Mary Knackstedt

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Interior Design Today - Episode 034

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 34th episode, Mary talks about the renaissance of Harrisburg. I live in Harrisburg and also in New York. There is quite a bit of difference between the two. Both have very interesting qualities. John O'Hara once said that Harrisburg is the perfect place to do research because nothing ever happens to break your train of thought. In some ways it is a quiet city, but it is also a city that has a lot of opportunities. It is now ready for a major change. My studio is located on the river, with a beautiful view. A wonderful location. Except, when the river starts to come up. Then you really go a bit crazy. There is nothing that you can imagine that is like a flood coming into your living room. Unfortunately, our first floor has had 8 and a half feet of water. That is a lot of water, and obviously it can do a lot of destruction. When you live along a river, this is what you can expect. Fortunately, I have been wor...

6 MIN2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 034

Interior Design Today - Episode 032

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 32nd episode, Mary talks about concrete. Concrete has become a major material in our interior spaces. Kitchen counters, desks, wall finishes, floors, so many different ways of using concrete as a functional and an art form. It has been fascinating to see the extensive range of finishes used on concrete, making them polished and finished, not just industrial looking. At one point, we looked at concrete as a material when we wanted informal use. Something casual and functional, but now we're seeing it used in a more refined and finished way. It is wonderful to see the extensiveness of the opportunities for this material and the fact that it can be brought into almost any style of space. Next time you are considering a finished and practical top, look at concrete. It is often a very practical and artistic material. Please subscribe to the video or audio version of the radio show via iTunes or listen to it at h...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 032

Interior Design Today - Episode 033

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 33rd episode, Mary talks about technology in design. Technology has really changed the way we design and build. We love all the features, but sometimes they really aren't very beautiful. In other cases, they eliminate a lot of storage. I think of all the audio and recordings that we've had, and now we have just a very simple iPad which can hold all of that information. Things are now so minimal, and the quality is excellent. It really has changed the way we design things. I've been amazed at some of the features we have in televisions. I'm working on one now which is above a fireplace (not my favorite place to put one), but considering the room, the client wants it there. It is definitely the best location. On the other hand, they tell me they never watch television, but they must have a 60" screen. Isn't it sad that our very best wall is taken up by this big, black screen, which is not used. I decided that...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 033

Interior Design Today - Episode 031

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 31st episode, Mary talks about fans. Fans come in many sizes, shapes, and designs. They do some incredible things. In a typical kitchen situation, we either have the ceiling fan or the fan above our stove, or we had the fan that came from under the burners (through the lower part of our room). Suppose we have a room or a building that is on a slab, and we have a cathedral ceiling. We don't really want to see that venting go through our beautiful opening into the cathedral space. We have fans that can be brought in from the sidewall and handled in many different ways. Today, a fan doesn't need to look like a fan, or have a large space taken up in your kitchen. It can be done in so many creative ways. If you're interested in more information, just get in touch with me for resources and details. Just remember, fans can be creative, and a special part of the design. They're practical. They work. They're very at...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 031

Interior Design Today - Episode 030

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 30th episode, Mary talks about urinals. We've seen incredible styled sinks. It has just been amazing, the marble, the crystal, the beautiful ceramics. Here is one example of a floral design. Now notice the urinals. I've heard so many clients say, "I'd really like to have one as part of my master bath so that my husband has the convenience of this. Also, I would like something attractive." Well, now we have it. Isn't it amazing, the artistry that is used for such functional things? When you're planning your next powder room or your master bathroom, or any particular bathroom where you think it might be convenient to have a urinal, just consider that there are all types of designs. It's been fascinating to visit the many hotels and see the beautiful waterfalls that are also urinals, or the abstract designs that have been featured, or the troughs, on and on. Now, we're looking at floral designs. What next? But...

-1 s2013 APR 9
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Interior Design Today - Episode 030

Interior Design Today - Episode 029

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 29th episode, Mary talks about the 2013 Architectural Digest Show and DIFFA. It was a great show this year, featuring a lot of different artisans and companies from different parts of the world. There was quite an upgrade of quality in many of the things, especially many of the kitchen features. There were many new and "techy" contributions, which are really part of convenience and which also provide space saving and other elements. There are marvelous conveniences and things that we can do with technology that we could never dream of before. In addition to that, they also feature the DIFFA dining by design. This is where different companies and designers working with them feature their design for dining. Some of them were very different than before. There was one by Benjamin Moore which you could definitely tell was a painting company because they showed how you could use color and paint in many ways. It w...

-1 s2013 MAR 26
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Interior Design Today - Episode 029

Interior Design Today - Episode 027

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 27th episode, Mary talks about entertaining and conversation. We do a lot more entertaining and visiting this time of year than usual. How do our spaces, our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, contribute to the enjoyment of the visitors that come into that space. It's so interesting. I was listening to someone on Saturday tell me how they so enjoy going out for a meal and having somebody serve me. I think I much more enjoy going into someone's home or inviting people into my home and having the pleasure of discussing a personal subject or something that is just for us and not having everyone around listening to what we're doing, not having to hear others and picking up the noise of the space. We've been taught, that when we want to communicate properly with a person, they should be no more than 6 feet away from us. Which means, as we look at our spaces and plan our seating in any space where we want conv...

-1 s2013 MAR 26
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Interior Design Today - Episode 027

Interior Design Today - Episode 026

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 26th episode, Mary talks about powder rooms. Powder rooms are quite different from bathrooms. They can be fun. They're something that we use occasionally and we always have them ready for our guests. We can incorporate some fine art into our "surprise" space. Powder rooms can be in many parts of your building, but one of the things I try to be careful of is that I never want them close to an area we are using for conversation or other purposes. I always like to tuck them around the corner or have them out of the main trafficked areas. We really consider their function a bit more private. When you open the door of that powder room, let's make sure it makes a statement. Let's make it fun. We don't need to worry about the light for shaving or doing cosmetics, and we don't have to worry about showering or bathing issues. This is strictly a space we use for a few minutes. We can make it a surprise so that when y...

-1 s2013 FEB 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 026

Interior Design Today - Episode 025

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 25th episode, Mary talks about bathrooms. How many bathrooms do you have in your house? At one time, we thought it was wonderful to have one, maybe one and a powder room. Today, it is not unusual to see everyone having their own bathroom plus a few extras. What do these bathrooms look like? Right now I am working on one that is quite small. It is fascinating how the various people who are supplying the components are saying, "this is really tight, this is really small." No wonder because the one we did last week was 15 x 20. Many of them are even larger than that. Some of them are larger than the master bedroom, the living room, or even the dining room. It is amazing what people are putting into their bathrooms today. We did one a while back where the people had a party when they finished their bathroom. They filled the bathtub with ice and served champagne in the bathroom. I guess we can have parties in ou...

-1 s2013 JAN 8
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Interior Design Today - Episode 025

Interior Design Today - Episode 024

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 24th episode, Mary talks about the lessons we've learned from Hurricane Sandy. I have noticed that in many instances, contractors have not been quite as honest as they should be with clients. One of my clients had a roof problem, and they were referred to a contractor who was doing other rooves in the area. They asked for a quotation, and they were told $22,000. Another person came to look at the roof from quite a distance, they looked over the situation, didn't take any notes, and the client never heard back from them. The client called me, and I recommended someone we've used before, and they came and quoted them less than $12,000, just about half of the previous quote. The part that is so disturbing is that when we were children, we were taught that things were good or bad, black or white. As we mature, we really realize that everything is pretty grey. When we see this type of situation, this type of a s...

-1 s2012 NOV 27
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Interior Design Today - Episode 024

Latest Episodes

Interior Design Today - Episode 034

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 34th episode, Mary talks about the renaissance of Harrisburg. I live in Harrisburg and also in New York. There is quite a bit of difference between the two. Both have very interesting qualities. John O'Hara once said that Harrisburg is the perfect place to do research because nothing ever happens to break your train of thought. In some ways it is a quiet city, but it is also a city that has a lot of opportunities. It is now ready for a major change. My studio is located on the river, with a beautiful view. A wonderful location. Except, when the river starts to come up. Then you really go a bit crazy. There is nothing that you can imagine that is like a flood coming into your living room. Unfortunately, our first floor has had 8 and a half feet of water. That is a lot of water, and obviously it can do a lot of destruction. When you live along a river, this is what you can expect. Fortunately, I have been wor...

6 MIN2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 034

Interior Design Today - Episode 032

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 32nd episode, Mary talks about concrete. Concrete has become a major material in our interior spaces. Kitchen counters, desks, wall finishes, floors, so many different ways of using concrete as a functional and an art form. It has been fascinating to see the extensive range of finishes used on concrete, making them polished and finished, not just industrial looking. At one point, we looked at concrete as a material when we wanted informal use. Something casual and functional, but now we're seeing it used in a more refined and finished way. It is wonderful to see the extensiveness of the opportunities for this material and the fact that it can be brought into almost any style of space. Next time you are considering a finished and practical top, look at concrete. It is often a very practical and artistic material. Please subscribe to the video or audio version of the radio show via iTunes or listen to it at h...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 032

Interior Design Today - Episode 033

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 33rd episode, Mary talks about technology in design. Technology has really changed the way we design and build. We love all the features, but sometimes they really aren't very beautiful. In other cases, they eliminate a lot of storage. I think of all the audio and recordings that we've had, and now we have just a very simple iPad which can hold all of that information. Things are now so minimal, and the quality is excellent. It really has changed the way we design things. I've been amazed at some of the features we have in televisions. I'm working on one now which is above a fireplace (not my favorite place to put one), but considering the room, the client wants it there. It is definitely the best location. On the other hand, they tell me they never watch television, but they must have a 60" screen. Isn't it sad that our very best wall is taken up by this big, black screen, which is not used. I decided that...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 033

Interior Design Today - Episode 031

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 31st episode, Mary talks about fans. Fans come in many sizes, shapes, and designs. They do some incredible things. In a typical kitchen situation, we either have the ceiling fan or the fan above our stove, or we had the fan that came from under the burners (through the lower part of our room). Suppose we have a room or a building that is on a slab, and we have a cathedral ceiling. We don't really want to see that venting go through our beautiful opening into the cathedral space. We have fans that can be brought in from the sidewall and handled in many different ways. Today, a fan doesn't need to look like a fan, or have a large space taken up in your kitchen. It can be done in so many creative ways. If you're interested in more information, just get in touch with me for resources and details. Just remember, fans can be creative, and a special part of the design. They're practical. They work. They're very at...

-1 s2013 SEP 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 031

Interior Design Today - Episode 030

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 30th episode, Mary talks about urinals. We've seen incredible styled sinks. It has just been amazing, the marble, the crystal, the beautiful ceramics. Here is one example of a floral design. Now notice the urinals. I've heard so many clients say, "I'd really like to have one as part of my master bath so that my husband has the convenience of this. Also, I would like something attractive." Well, now we have it. Isn't it amazing, the artistry that is used for such functional things? When you're planning your next powder room or your master bathroom, or any particular bathroom where you think it might be convenient to have a urinal, just consider that there are all types of designs. It's been fascinating to visit the many hotels and see the beautiful waterfalls that are also urinals, or the abstract designs that have been featured, or the troughs, on and on. Now, we're looking at floral designs. What next? But...

-1 s2013 APR 9
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Interior Design Today - Episode 030

Interior Design Today - Episode 029

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 29th episode, Mary talks about the 2013 Architectural Digest Show and DIFFA. It was a great show this year, featuring a lot of different artisans and companies from different parts of the world. There was quite an upgrade of quality in many of the things, especially many of the kitchen features. There were many new and "techy" contributions, which are really part of convenience and which also provide space saving and other elements. There are marvelous conveniences and things that we can do with technology that we could never dream of before. In addition to that, they also feature the DIFFA dining by design. This is where different companies and designers working with them feature their design for dining. Some of them were very different than before. There was one by Benjamin Moore which you could definitely tell was a painting company because they showed how you could use color and paint in many ways. It w...

-1 s2013 MAR 26
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Interior Design Today - Episode 029

Interior Design Today - Episode 027

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 27th episode, Mary talks about entertaining and conversation. We do a lot more entertaining and visiting this time of year than usual. How do our spaces, our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, contribute to the enjoyment of the visitors that come into that space. It's so interesting. I was listening to someone on Saturday tell me how they so enjoy going out for a meal and having somebody serve me. I think I much more enjoy going into someone's home or inviting people into my home and having the pleasure of discussing a personal subject or something that is just for us and not having everyone around listening to what we're doing, not having to hear others and picking up the noise of the space. We've been taught, that when we want to communicate properly with a person, they should be no more than 6 feet away from us. Which means, as we look at our spaces and plan our seating in any space where we want conv...

-1 s2013 MAR 26
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Interior Design Today - Episode 027

Interior Design Today - Episode 026

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 26th episode, Mary talks about powder rooms. Powder rooms are quite different from bathrooms. They can be fun. They're something that we use occasionally and we always have them ready for our guests. We can incorporate some fine art into our "surprise" space. Powder rooms can be in many parts of your building, but one of the things I try to be careful of is that I never want them close to an area we are using for conversation or other purposes. I always like to tuck them around the corner or have them out of the main trafficked areas. We really consider their function a bit more private. When you open the door of that powder room, let's make sure it makes a statement. Let's make it fun. We don't need to worry about the light for shaving or doing cosmetics, and we don't have to worry about showering or bathing issues. This is strictly a space we use for a few minutes. We can make it a surprise so that when y...

-1 s2013 FEB 10
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Interior Design Today - Episode 026

Interior Design Today - Episode 025

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 25th episode, Mary talks about bathrooms. How many bathrooms do you have in your house? At one time, we thought it was wonderful to have one, maybe one and a powder room. Today, it is not unusual to see everyone having their own bathroom plus a few extras. What do these bathrooms look like? Right now I am working on one that is quite small. It is fascinating how the various people who are supplying the components are saying, "this is really tight, this is really small." No wonder because the one we did last week was 15 x 20. Many of them are even larger than that. Some of them are larger than the master bedroom, the living room, or even the dining room. It is amazing what people are putting into their bathrooms today. We did one a while back where the people had a party when they finished their bathroom. They filled the bathtub with ice and served champagne in the bathroom. I guess we can have parties in ou...

-1 s2013 JAN 8
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Interior Design Today - Episode 025

Interior Design Today - Episode 024

Welcome to the Interior Design Today radio show with Mary Knackstedt. In our 24th episode, Mary talks about the lessons we've learned from Hurricane Sandy. I have noticed that in many instances, contractors have not been quite as honest as they should be with clients. One of my clients had a roof problem, and they were referred to a contractor who was doing other rooves in the area. They asked for a quotation, and they were told $22,000. Another person came to look at the roof from quite a distance, they looked over the situation, didn't take any notes, and the client never heard back from them. The client called me, and I recommended someone we've used before, and they came and quoted them less than $12,000, just about half of the previous quote. The part that is so disturbing is that when we were children, we were taught that things were good or bad, black or white. As we mature, we really realize that everything is pretty grey. When we see this type of situation, this type of a s...

-1 s2012 NOV 27
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Interior Design Today - Episode 024
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