At a young age, while living in the Caribbean with my grandparents, I developed an affinity for color and intentional design. Our neighborhood streets were alive with brightly painted homes in vibrant hues, and tropical plants climbed out of ornate pots adorning doorways. Perhaps it was this exposure that first influenced my appreciation of bright and rich colors. I am still affected by that Caribbean neighborhood today, as I use bold design concepts and multicultural influences in most of my projects. As a designer, that early influence created a hunger to see more unique settings and put me on a course to explore the world.
As I travel the globe I'm constantly seeking inspiration. Whether I'm in the heart of Europe, Asia, or the vast U.S., searching for inspiration is always a top priority. Through the eyes of a trained designer, I see purposeful beauty crafted by man in every corner of the globe: hardscapes and their architecture, emerging neighborhoods, at weekend markets, or at local museums. Each community, region or country I visit has a distinct and eclectic style all it's own that can be used as a catalyst for upcoming work. Download the full article.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.