Mixing the New with the Old:
Blog of an interior designer with a curious soul
If we agree that the touchstone word for the year is 'comfort,' you may wonder how wallpaper -- which is undergoing a BIG renaissance -- fits into this. It's a perfect pairing because the new wallpapers are beautiful to look at, some so textured you just have to touch, and some so life-like in their botanical representations you think you are sitting in a sunroom.
This isn't your Grannie's wallpaper, Dorothy. These papers are thick of substance and just full to bursting with vibrant color in some, and subtle mood enhancing colors in others. And sometimes large repeats -- so there is no skimping on yardage, here, or you could be in trouble as big as the repeat itself. ( 35-40 inches isn't unusual.)
Who doesn't remember the iconic hallways of the Beverly Hills Hotel? That big, marvelous, blousy palm print ( called Martinique) which was designed for the hotel in 1949 is still on the walls.
"Now after nearly 80 years with nary an update, the paper's manufacturer, CW Stockwell, is releasing an entirely new collection based on the iconic print, bringing the pattern into the modern day while paying homage to its roots."
And who hasn't marveled at the subtle finesse of the Morris prints "Bird and Pomegranate", "Compton", or "Acanthus" which originate from the 1870's?
These classic papers are still available, some with new tweaks. CW Stockwell, for example, is adjusting backgrounds and refining colors to suit today's design aesthetic better.
But the new papers are also full of textures. Grasscloth works across most design styles. Working with a designer to find the perfect backdrop for your room's style will ensure that the look and feel of your room matches your vision.
We all remember, too, the trays of sticky, murky water, the "discussions" between the people actually doing the work and all prefaced by the hours of steaming and scraping the old paper off the walls. New papers go up easily, come down easily, and some are reusable -- all of which means that homeownership doesn't limit where these papers can contribute to a design style.
And contribute, they do. In fact, they can be the boss of the design style; Martinique, for example, sets the tone for a room and anything in that room better measure up. We said "comfort" is the word for the year. Let's add to that if you step outside your comfort level, just a bit, and do even one wall in 'spectacular.'
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The furniture you choose can have a huge impact on any room design. Whether you live in a tiny condo or a large home, a custom piece of furniture is an excellent way to personalize your space. It’s also sometimes the only way to get exactly what you want.
Custom Furniture Fits
Designing for smaller or oddly-shaped spaces is difficult, especially if you are relying on traditional mass-produced furniture pieces. When you buy a custom piece, you can have it made to fit the space that you live in. While traditional furniture can be modified, it’s often less expensive to have the piece made for your space from the beginning - something that many homeowners find quite surprising.
And it’s not just size. It’s often hard to find a mass-produced piece that exactly fits your vision of a space. Usually something is always just a bit off; whether it’s the materials, the color, or the size, it can be hard to find a traditional piece that is just right for what you want.
Custom furniture is very versatile. Need some extra storage? Have a custom bench, ottoman, or even sofa made. Extra storage can be incorporated right into the piece. Need a bookshelf that features a few adjustable vertical shelves? A custom furniture maker can do that for you. It’s a great way to ensure you get exactly what you need.
Custom furniture is often much higher quality than mass-produced features. Because your piece isn’t being made on an assembly line, the maker can create your piece out of whatever materials you choose - including higher quality materials than you’d normally find in a furniture factory. Of course, higher quality materials also means that your custom furniture will last much longer than a piece that’s been mass-produced in a factory - which brings us to our next point.
One thing that trips many people up when they’re shopping for custom furniture is the cost. While the initial price can sometimes cause a bit of sticker shock, this can always be lowered based on the materials you choose. It’s also very important to remember the value that you’re getting. When you order a custom-made piece of furniture, you’re getting exactly what you want and expect. You’ll get to choose the dimensions, shape, features, and even materials that your piece is made from. So, yes - it may initially be more expensive than a mass-produced piece of furniture, but it will also carry more value. It will be made exactly for you and the space you’re creating.
So the next time that you’re looking for the perfect piece to fit your newly-designed living room or bedroom, consider ordering some custom furniture instead. Not only will you be pleasantly surprise at the many options available to you, you’ll be happy with the quality and value that you’ll get as well. A custom-made piece is something you can keep for years - and there’s nothing quite like seeing something that was made especially for you and your space every day.
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If we had to pick one word to exemplify the paint and furniture trends for 2019, it would be 'Comfort.' Not the down-home but upscale comfort of the Modern Farmhouse, instead this comfort is personified by beautiful fabrics begging to be touched, easy-on-the-eye paint colors, and gently curving forms in the furniture.
Walls have color again
Wall color trends suggest bolder but still muted hues than we have seen in the past few years, and we will see softer pastels in some of the private areas of our homes. Pink has morphed into blush, for example. Subtle warm colors prevail; the cool blue-grays of the gray trend are at the end of their ten-year cycle.
From Pantone's Living Coral at one end of the color forecast continuum for 2019 to Benjamin Moore's cool gray Metropolitan, the color palette we will see is varied, and there is a color here to compliment all the moods, styles, and auras we are creating in our homes.
Jewel tones - green and navy in particular -- co-exits beautifully with the soft muted colors because they are all the colors of nature -- almost any color combination from Mother Nature works.
Wood colors are following the trend with lighter, more natural finishes. Natural walnut, for example, is a warm-blooded mid-to-lighter-toned wood. Use it on floors, in furniture, and in curtain rods.
The softer side of furniture
With the urge to get cozy, stay warm and safe and snuggle in, furniture trends for 2019 reflect this ease of living, but with a luxurious twist. Curved edges, soft tufting, concave sofa fronts and slightly over-stuffed cushions invite lingering; they encourage us to take time for ourselves.
Because our living spaces are tending to smaller rather than larger, acrylic coffee tables, side tables, and chairs add the needed function while keeping the visual impact low -- helping support and reaffirm the 'less is more' credo of today's decorating.
Furniture is smaller in scale, overall, to fit better in these more compact spaces, but always with an eye first to comfort. We won't be seeing 'beautiful to look at but uncomfortable to sit on' furniture this year. Even the tufted backs of the new traditional sofas invite lingering -- in part due to the exceptional hand and allure of today's velvets and chenniles.
Just remember that one word: 'Comfort.'
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Tell someone you’re updating your kitchen, and you’ll likely be met with shocked stares. Many people are intimidated by the idea of a kitchen renovation. It tends to conjure up images of endless construction, constant mess, and weeks or months of take-out dinners. But making a change in your kitchen doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process. In fact, you might be surprised at how much of a difference some small, easy changes can make.
1.Install a Backsplash: One of the easiest changes you can make in your kitchen can also make the biggest difference. Installing a backsplash not only creates a great focal point; it lets you express your unique style and personality as well. Whether you choose subway tile for a clean, modern look, or a colorful mosaic of tile, a custom backsplash can change the entire feel of your kitchen.
2.Remove Your Cabinet Doors: Removing your cabinet doors to create open shelving is an excellent way to lighten a heavy-feeling kitchen. In a smaller space, remove only one or two cabinet doors, and use the space to showcase eclectic, attractive, and colorful pieces that you love. Dishes, attractive glassware, and even dry goods stored in attractive glass jars all make excellent displays for open cabinets.
3.Replace Your Countertops: This change is easier and less expensive than you think. Swapping older stone countertops for new marble or quartz countertops are an excellent way to update your kitchen. For a few hundred dollars, this one small change can completely transform your kitchen - making even the most ordinary kitchen space into something you’ll want to show off.
4.Swap Out Your Hardware: Sometimes all it takes to change the look of your kitchen is a hardware update. Swap out outdated drawer pulls and cabinet knobs to give your kitchen a fresher look. Not quite enough? Consider painting your cabinets to really change the feel of your space.
5.Accessorize With Small Appliances: Toasters, stand mixers, and many other small kitchen appliances aren’t just functional must-haves. Many of these gadgets come in bright colors or with fun designs. Swapping out your old, dull pieces for newer, more fun gadgets can be a great way to show off your personality and sense of style.
6.Update your fabrics: This can be one of the best ways to change the feel of your kitchen. Hanging new window treatments, a rug in front of the sink, and swapping out your tablecloth or placemats can really change the look of your kitchen. The best part? It’s easy to rotate through various looks as often as you like!
For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. If it’s out of sync with your style, the whole house can feel off. Luckily, changing the feel of your kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few small changes, you can update your space and create a kitchen that you’ll love to cook in.
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Martini tables are small nonetheless convenient. You can move these from corner to corner in your living room when you need it the most. These tables are so light that you can pick a table with your left hand and hold a drink in your right.
You can place them between two chairs, at the end of a sofa, or even group them and create an interesting arrangement when you aren’t using them much.
Beside their weigh, they come in different shapes, colors, materials and styles. From sleek to sculptural, traditional to modern, from wood to glass and from black to white. Martini tables are a great addition to your living area. Now, do you want to get one but aren’t sure what to get?
Call me, I can help you choosing the one
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