Just when you thought every possible application of chalkboard paint had been exhausted, along comes a useful tidbit from Washington, D.C.-area architect Stephen Muse, FAIA. Muse told me the other day that he and his team have a chalkboard-painted wall in their office in Bethesda, Md., on which they draw full-size details. This way, they can really get a sense of how the details will look in a space.

I like this idea, and I think it sounds like a great way to help clients visualize their project. Muse Architects does lovely work, so it must be working for them. (Below, a Muse Architects renovation, from our 2007 Top Firm story. Photo by Robert Lautman.)--m.d.