Mixing the New with the Old:
Blog of an interior designer with a curious soul
Adding art to your home décor will enhance your room and will definitely showcase your personality. Here are some tips that will make the process stress-free:
1. The wall. Pick the wall you want to enrich. Look at your furniture, accessories, rugs that are around and select the wall that needs an extra touch. Make sure the piece you are going to bring relates to your current items. No need to replicate the existing color pallet but make sure you have at least one of this colors in the painting.
2. Orientation. Carefully look at your walls and think about what it will look better. Tall walls will look better will a vertical piece, horizontal walls will look best with a landscape oriented artwork.
3. Size. You can enhance a large room either with a large piece or with a group of small pieces, kind of creating a gallery wall. If you are working with a small room, a big piece can create an amazing focal point. The rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall.
4. Furniture. The size of the art pieces should be at least 1/3 of the lengt of the furniture. You can do it with a single or multiple pieces.
When hanging your art piece, make sure to leave 6 -12 inches above the furniture from the bottom edge of the frame. If you are hanging the piece in an empty wall make sure that is hung eye level.
Select something that moves you, that makes you feel something, not simply a piece to fill your wall. Choose something that will have a meaning for you. If you need any help finding the perfect artwork give us a call!
Are you one of those people who after a busy day desire to sit down and relax? If you are, a recliner will be a great addition to your home.
Years ago recliners where only made to be comfortable. They were big, took a lot of space from your living room, and the only style available was the leather masculine look.
There is nothing wrong with that, but if you prefer a chair small in size that gives you comfort, as well as, complement the style in your home; you will be happy to hear that now there are many styles available to you!
Wing back chairs, wood frame chairs, rolled and sleek arms, tufted, with nail heads, with skirts, casual or formal.Transitional, traditional or contemporary in style. Many styles and options for you to choose from.
Call or visit us for more information on these amazing and comfortable additions!
The holidays are around the corner so lets create one you will always remember. A kind of holiday that will have your guest talking about it for weeks not only for your delicious food but also for your fabulous decor. Here are four tips that will make that boring living room into a wow welcoming space.
1. Place an ottoman next to your favorite chair, rest your feet and start to unwind.
2. Place a throw over the sofa. It can bring a new color and texture, as well as, getting you warm this cold season.
3. Bring a cozy atmosphere to the room by placing buffet or table lamps.
4. Accessorize using warm colors and textures
All the pieces shown are custom and available for sale. If you need any help selecting whats best for you and your home; remember I am a call away!
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The crisp breeze has arrived; the trees have started to notice the change; leaves of different hues of red and orange are flying thru the air while the birds are looking to nest.
The magical fall has started giving us the energy and time to start designing and creating. Its time to bring the magic indoors and add a twist to that area that has been forgotten for a quite long time or add life to that boring room. Here are some exquisite pieces that can inspire you to start visualizing the magical change.
Start conversations with a piece that will make your heart stop. It's your home and It should be a piece your love. You can find anything from artistic, classic , romantic, sophisticated or whimsical. There is a piece that will reflect you and your style. Bring a fall breath of fresh air into your home. Start planning, transform your home and enjoy the season. If you need help finding the perfect piece, just give me a call!
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When choosing a dining table, consider the style, size, and purpose of your dining room.
The architectural details of your home can be a great help when choosing a table. If your home is sleek and modern, an ornately carved table would look outdated.
If the molding of your home include rich color wood and carved finials, then a straight leg wood dining table will clash with the architecture. The size of the dining table can be determine the size of the room and the number of people you would you like to seat comfortably.
The purpose of a dining room can be dictated by shape of the table.
Small square and round tables are great for creating a social atmosphere; this type of tables tend to encourage conversation because everyone will be able to see each other.
Incase you are looking to create a dramatic seating, a rectangular dining table will clearly define the head of the table and distinguish the guest of honor on special
If you are looking to host the perfect dinner party , You have a variety of wood finishes, table styles that will create the dining room of your dreams, don't hesitate to contact me when you need help. I can guide you select a table that not only reflects the architecture of your house, but you and your family life style.
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You are passionate about your project and believe me, we are too. We dream and think about it constantly. We as designers want your project to be at its best; when selecting fabrics, furniture, art or whatever it will be; we spend hours looking for the perfect piece, color, texture and we keep searching for it until we find it. We have a clear idea of how a room will look when the space is completed. We will not stop designing until it is perfect.
Give us a challenge! We love to work with irregular shaped rooms; a room where you don't know how to fit your furniture, a family room where you would like to watch TV, but it is surrounded by windows. Odd window sizes where you would like to have harmonious window treatments. Any design dilemma that makes us think outside the box and find new ways to give you the best functional space to fit your needs, wants and desires.
Don’t wait until your kids grow up to have your home looking the way you want! A good Interior designer will have the accessibility to find you family friendly materials and will give you honest expectations, material options and will make sure you know about all your options when making a decision in any given space.
Our goal is to work together with our client to create interiors that fit their life style as well as fill the space with color, good quality fabrics and great use of space.
If you need help transforming your home, just give me a call!
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Here are few tips that can transform your balcony from a unsympathetic boring balcony into a warm, cozy garden.
1- Let’s start with that boring cement floor: bring interest by adding texture. You can use a rug or wood floor panels, they are easy to clean, resistant to frost and can make your balcony look larger and way better.
2- Use your walls! Create a green wall by hanging plants in different heights. This will create a fascinating garden look. For a more structured look, use wall shelves and use it to display your plants. If you rather a more natural look, choose a vine or any climbing plant to cover the entire wall.
3- Create privacy: if you rather have a private space, use draping fabric or curtains. Choose outdoor fabric (I recommend Sumbrella ) in your favorite colors and just hang it horizontally. For a more backdrop look, use white fabric. If you want a natural look, use burlap. It’s a great fabric full of texture.
4- Furniture: it will change your balcony from average to a sanctuary. There are many places where you can find beautiful furniture, I recommend Rattan (if you want to spend a bit more). Other options are hammocks (great for tiny spaces), wood panels or crates with cushions on top to build comfy benches or tables. Just make sure the size is perfect for your balcony. Don’t overwhelm the space with big pieces.
5- Balcony accessories are a must! Use cushions, pillows and rugs. These are essential to make it look cozy and relaxing.
6- Create ambience with lighting. Make your balcony feel warm and inviting by using lighting fixtures like chandeliers, floor and table lamps. Decorative lights are a good way to add a romantic look to your décor. Just remember, it won’t be enough light if you want to read at night. You may need an extra table lamp.
7- Plants and flowers: Make sure to buy plants that will get the amount of light they need to be happy and pretty (low light, medium or sun). Get different plants full of color, texture and size.
Now, go and transform your balcony into a warm, colorful garden to enjoy the rest of summer. If you need help, just give me a call!
Now is the perfect time to let the sun in and begin to enjoy bright days throughout your home. But have you noticed that maybe it’s too bright? Or that anybody can see you from the outside? It’s time to start designing your window treatment and what a better place to start than with the basic, first layer. You can keep enjoying the summer light; but with the privacy and light control that complement your home and your life style.
Let me give you a brief description of some of your options from Hunter Douglas. The Sheer Window Shadings is composed of two sheer fabrics supporting a series of s-shaped fabric vanes that could be tilted and closed for light control and privacy. This treatment is made of sheer fabric and is available in many colors to select from, so you can find the perfect one for your space. The treatments also provides UV protection. The view from the outside is clear; while, the view from the street is obscure during the day offering privacy.
Silhouettes look like a drapery but works like a blind. Luminettes are vertical treatment specially suited to cover entire walls or French doors. Honeycombs are as durable as they are beautiful. They combine the luxury of soft fabric with remarkable strength and superior performance. They are made of soft, textured, woven and non woven fabrics with crisp even pleats that trap air for maximum energy efficiency. We offer several pleat sizes, a wide range of colors and textures, and fabrics with opacities that range from sheer to opaque.
Roman Shades are made of a woven fabric forming soft folds. The Roman shades let the fabric hang flat in the lowered position creating overlapping folds. In the lifting position the fabric will disappear inside the sleek head rail, so you can enjoy the complete view of your window.
Roller Shades are operated by specially designed clutch mechanism pulling easily to the cords causing the clutch to rotate the metal roller tube, which raises and lowers the shade and holds it securely in place at any chosen position. The roller shades are always wrapped with fabric even when fully lowered. The roller shades offer diverse range fabrics.
There are a variety of Operating systems with any of Hunter Douglas products. The combination of wand and cord, or cord lock which is an original lifting system with quiet and reliable operation. Easy Rise is a continuous cord loop and clutch system to easily raise or lower. LiteRise virtually eliminates cords and enables blinds to raise or lower with the touch of a finger. Ultra glide is a retractable pull-cord system that keep the cord at a constant length, whether the shade is raised or lowered.
Motorization is available and is a wireless control system operated with a hand held remote or wireless wall switch. There are many options, colors and styles to select from; but which one is the right for you? no worries just give me a call and I can help you select whats best!
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