Architectural Interior Design
When thinking about design projects to tackle in your home, hallways can often be overlooked. Unlike the foyer, hallways are typically thought of as transition spaces, but the reality is…hallways are rooms too! The amount of foot traffic that passes through these corridors can rival 405 Freeway at times. Aside from the occasional gallery of family photos, most hallways remain under-stated under-designed and under-whelming. But the reality is these passageways have a loads of potential for creative expression and functionality and should be treated with the same love and attention as the other rooms in your home. Images Via: Decorpad and Pinterest With a few key design elements you can turn a neglected hallway into a great looking space that you enjoy everyday during your "rush hour" traffic. Add a Punch of Color: Many hallways can seem small, cramped and dark. This can be a great place to go bold with some pops of color. There are several ways to achieve this, depending on your comfort level. From colorful artwork adorning the walls, to simply painting out the doors or walls in your favorite shades, the hallway can benefit from a burst of color. Consider introducing a colorful floor runner, painted furniture pieces or accent with colorful accessories. A small console table with a bouquet of flowers, a colorful stack of vintage suitcases, or colorful frames for family photos can all add a touch of boldness to liven up your hallway. Image Via: Elle Decor Image Via: Pinterest Showcase Your Collectables: I know a lot of us have some unusual objets which we've collected from our travels over the years. The hallway is an ideal space to showcase those unique finds as they will instantly add to the personalization of your home and create points of interest or focal points. Whether it's a quirky find from an antique shop or objects from exotic ports, find the perfect spot to highlight them down the hallway. Image Via: Rue Magazine Extra Storage: No matter the home, extra storage space is always a welcome feature and the hallway can be a great place to find it. Narrow shelves can be recessed into the walls to hold books for households of avid readers or to showcase anything from trophies to treasures. Hallways near entrances can have unique coat hooks and wall-mounted mail sorters to help keep the home organized. You can also take advantage of the space between studs in your wall and create small built-in cabinets that can store anything from rolled-up linens to seasonal decorations. Image Via: Pinterest Integration: Transforming your hallway from a walkway to a utilitarian and functional area is a great idea if you have the space. Console tables are an incredibly versatile addition to any hallway, and with the addition of a small chair can easily make a cute and functional desk area. If you have a wide enough hallway or landing off your staircase, add a window seat along with bookshelves for a quiet spot to rest, reflect and read. Image Via Houzz There are so many creative ways to spruce up all types of hallways…so don't let yours go to waste! Call 310-788-0990 or contact me for additional design tips for your home or for help with transforming your space.
As we continue the tour of a mid-century modern style, it's time to step into the room that continues to be the heart and soul of the home - the kitchen! Over the years the kitchen has evolved into a multi-purpose space. There are times it will serve as a four star restaurant, gourmet deli, dining room, office, entertainment room, living room - and all around social hub! In more modern environments the open kitchen layout and design integrates well into the overall architecture of the home particularly when orienting the kitchen toward the open living space. Below is the new kitchen floor plan of our #PalmSprings project. By removing existing walls and re-orienting the workspace toward the expansive living area and spectacular mountain view, natural light will instantly flood the living ares of the home. Open Spaces, Natural Tones, Clean Lines – The open floor plan allows you to interact with your guests while you are in entertainment mode, making it a much more social, approachable and inclusive experience. Deep architectural elements complimented by light natural tones and clean and simple lines lend a distinctive modern charm to the kitchen. Image via Mid Century Home Let the Wood Take Center Stage – Natural wood tones and multiple species are common in this design style. Showcasing the beauty of these woods through the cabinetry and seating is an ideal place to highlight their natural beauty. Image via Pinterest Built-in Banquette and Modern Chairs – These days, a kitchen is not complete without a comfy seating area to enjoy the food and the company of family and friends. Regardless of the size, a sleek built-in banquette would work beautifully within a mid-century modern inspired kitchen. Introduce a pop of color on the tabletop and sprinkle a few Arne Jacobsen chairs around and you have the most stylish breakfast nook for you and homework center for the kids! Image Via Pinterest Use the Right Lighting – Good lighting is essential to a well-functioning kitchen design no matter what style, and selecting a favorite mid century modern pendant for that space can really pack a punch! Whether you're hanging pendants over your kitchen island or a single fixture over dining table, find your favorite piece. Does the sparkle of a sputnik-like chandelier give you the look you're after or is it the avocado PH pendant light? Either way a stylized modern fixture like these will instantly speak the mid century modern lingo. Image via Apartment Therapy I would love to help you design your modern kitchen and full home remodel. Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.
My work in Palm Springs continues, and so does my tour of the possibilities of a mid-century modern home. In this post, I'd like to talk about how you can incorporate mid-century modern design into your living room. The living room is typically the social hub of the home for your family and friends, particularly when it's also acting as the family room, den or TV room. For these reasons, your mid-century modern living room must epitomize both comfort and style. Selecting the ideal furniture: Low-slung chairs and couches in neutral colors keep the room feeling open and spacious while providing plenty of seating. Incorporating a mixture of natural woods with steel and glass accents in your coffee table, end tables, lighting fixtures, and any shelves or cabinetry is a great way to preserve the mid-century modern mixture of natural elements with industrial influences. Tapered legs are a common feature of the furniture of this design style, so look for pieces that incorporate this design. Bring the Outdoors In: Floor to ceiling windows allow light to stream into the living room and connect the indoor space to the beauty of the outdoors. Live plants are also a common feature of mid-century modern rooms, so having some live houseplants in decorative pots featuring a strong and colorful pattern makes great accent pieces for tabletops or room corners. Color and Design: Mid-Century modern is all about simplicity and functionality, so choose a signature piece of art or furniture you want to display and don't detract from its visual impact with extraneous clutter or distracting color. Neutral tones should comprise the majority of the room. A graphic rug, interesting piece of artwork, brightly colored chair, or unusual feature like a suspended fireplace will add color and interest to the space without making feel busy and cluttered. For more ideas and tips for designing your home in mid-century modern style, contact me online at Interior Makeovers, Inc.or give me a call at 310-788-0990 for a design consultation. Image Credits: 1.) Decoist 2.) Modernica Blog 3.) Casa da Arbitare
As we continue working on the Palm Springs project, I want to delve a little more deeply into the dominant style of the region. Mid-century modern design truly is a favorite architectural style of mine. The simplicity and authenticity of modern architectural design elements integrated with a site's natural surroundings provides me with a sense of peace. The first room of a mid-century modern home we should talk about is the foyer. As the first room visitors see and feel as they step through the front door, this space sets the entire tone for your home. Here are a few ideas for incorporating mid-century modern design into your own home: Retro lighting: Mid-century modern table lamps feature curvy bases and tall shades. Vintage stores, flea markets, even garage sales, are a great place to find retro pieces to bring your mid-century modern design to life. Whether you choose beautiful blown glass with metal accents, solid bold hues that draw the eye, or a retro chandelier, mid-century modern lighting can not only draw attention to your design pieces, but is a design piece in and of itself. Utilize this both in the chandelier and lamps placed on a console table by the front door. Image via: Pinterest Bold Colors: Warm, natural colors are common in mid-century modern design, often mixed with brighter colors that recall the 60's like tangerine and avocado. Paint your walls with the calming neutrals and bring in bold bursts of color in a floor runner or retro-inspired artwork. Image via: Pinterest Textures and Graphic Patterns: If you're not sure about the bold colors, consider a neutral palette that brings out use of textures, angles, and graphic patterns either in wall coverings or flooring. This is where you can have some fun and create some excitement when welcoming guests into your home. Image via: Habitually Chic For more information on incorporating mid-century modern design elements into your own home, contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990.
I am currently working on a re-design and renovation project in Palm Springs, California...and I'm loving it! I particularly love the opportunity to work in the primary design style of Palm Springs: Desert Modernism. A variant of a favorite design style, mid-century modernism, Desert Modernism is extremely prevalent in much of Southern California. I think I love the simple elegance of the lifestyle most, where the exterior landscape becomes not just the backdrop, but the art of the home. Like other modern styles, Desert Modernism makes use of straight lines and glass, which makes the space look bright, open, and clean. Desert Modern style is further influenced by the particular challenges and benefits of living in a desert climate. It's not surprising in weather this warm that desert living is pretty informal, and the open interiors reflect this. You won't find much chintz or cluttered decor in this style; the rooms are designed to allow you to breathe and move around. Too many details would feel suffocating in the hot desert climate. This style isn't barren, however. Desert Modernism draws inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding desert, often featuring large windows and indoor/outdoor spaces to connect the home to its landscape. Colors are often bright and airy neutrals, adding to the open atmosphere. The limited color palette adds to the informal elegance that characterizes Desert Modernism. Let me help you embrace the informal beauty of Desert Modernism in your own home. Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. at 310-788-0990. Photo 1 via Arcaid/Alamy Photos 2 & 3 via Houzz
I shouldn't come as any surprise that kitchens still rank as one of the most desired home renovation projects for homeowners. Even if you're not a gourmet chef, odds are you still spend a lot of time in your kitchen throughout the day. A well-designed kitchen is a natural hub for family members to gather and interact, cook and do homework, and mix drinks and entertain. A poorly designed kitchen is at best an inefficient eyesore and at worst an uncomfortable or even dangerous room in which to cook. A luxurious kitchen design is not difficult to achieve. If a kitchen remodel is at the top of your home improvement list, educate yourself on some of the current kitchen trends. While you don't need a "trendy" kitchen design per se, knowing where the modern kitchen is headed will keep your new kitchen from looking dated-- and you'll definitely get great ideas for features you never knew you wanted! Here are some current trending features for you to consider: Neutral Colors – Neutral colors are currently trending and is also a wise choice when anchoring this space. Incorporating varying neutral tones will give your kitchen the longevity and timeless design for years to come. Introduce your favorite colors and textures in the seating, art, and accessories and rotate your collectables for a fresh update. The neutrals are best used in high ticket areas of the kitchen, like the cabinets, countertops and flooring. Open Design – Because the kitchen space is often used as a more social area by families, you may want to consider creating an open floor plan. Open plans are easier to navigate, especially if you have more than one cook in the kitchen. Creating a sense of uncluttered space with varying materials provides a more expansive and integrated architectural feel to your overall home design. Luxurious Appliances – If you’re going to upgrade your appliances - invest in quality. State of the art cooking appliances such as an induction cooktops, refrigerator drawers and steam ovens may not make you an incredible chef on their own, but they will greatly increase the efficiency and enjoyment of any kitchen. For additional home renovations and kitchen remodeling advice, be sure to visit me online at Interior Makeovers or give us call us at 310-788-0990. Photo Credits: 1.) Traditional Home 2.) House Beautiful 3.) Miele
When it comes to finding ideas for the unique touches that set a home apart, I often like to turn to the outdoors for my interior design inspiration. Trees and branches inspire intricate and elegant design elements, while flowers bring beauty and color into a space, but these are fairly common sources of design inspiration. A favorite natural element that brings a sense of tranquility and stability to a space are rocks or pebbles. Pebbles are often associated with babbling brooks, lakeside beaches and spa retreats, so if you bring pebble-inspired design elements into your home you can emulate some of this serenity. Here are some great ideas for incorporating pebbles in your home: Pebble Border – To provide a sense of calmness in your bathroom space, using a pebble accent for your walls is a great way to go. A simple pebble border that runs around the entire bathroom area is enough to provide a unique natural texture that complements your design. Pebble Backsplash – You can also give pebbles a more prominent role in your bathroom design by using them in your backsplash. The thing I love about pebbles is that they come in a number of different colors and tones from light, medium or dark designs. Pebble Walls – Don’t be afraid to go all out- an entire wall of pebble tile is a great way to create a focal point in the bathroom. Here I incorporated stacked pebbles on all four walls of this poolside powder room.Choose other natural elements such as wood and stone to compliment it. Pebble Floors – You can add a pebble border to your floor to add texture, or you can even create a pit of actual pebbles in which to place your freestanding bathtub for an added element of luxury. We incorporated this pebble floor below, in this master bathroom renovation. My physician client loved the idea of the uneven natural floor underfoot as it tends to massage the feet at various pressure points. Pebble Accessories – A clear bowl full of pebbles is an easy way to add a touch of natural beauty to any room. You can also add a few pebble shaped candles to your design for a fun and unusual accent. These are just a few ways that you can use pebbles as interior design inspiration. For more architectural interior design advice, visit me at Interior Makeovers. Photo 1: Pinterest Photo 2: Lori Gilder/Interior Makeovers Photo 3: Apartment Therapy Photo 4: Lori Gilder/Interior Makeovers Photo 5: Pinterest
While I was in NOLA for the KBIS show last month, I had an opportunity with a few of my other designer friends to visit a local New Orleans artist: Amanda Stone Talley! She is a huge talent so it was quite a thrill being invited for a tour of her spectacular carriage house/gallery/ home studio for a cocktail (or two) to see where she lives and works and to admire her incredible work! A peek inside her studio where the magic happens. Amanda creates vibrant abstract pieces with a lot of energy. Using flowing, intertwined lines and harmonious colors, her pieces have distinct character. The strength of her lines is reminiscent of Picasso's work. All of her pieces manage to feel carefully crafted while still encapsulating a highly kinetic sensation; your eyes flow along the twisting lines as you get drawn deeper into the piece. Her work lends itself well to contemporary design, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. Several of her pieces have been translated into fabric and wallpaper designs that are perfect for the home! The paintings themselves provide quite an impact within any space it occupies. I recently introduced a client to Amanda's work and they are now considering purchasing one as the finishing touch to their renovation in Palm Springs. Amanda herself has the energy and engaging nature that you see and feel in her paintings. She warmly welcomed us into her home, gallery, and studio and she was incredibly charismatic in her presentation of her new wallpapers. Myself, Andie Day, Amanda Stone Talley, Meredith Heron, Carmen Christensen in the Studio Amanda rocked this frock by tying a few yards of her fabric around her neck...instant sophistication. If you like Amanda Stone Talley's work as much as I do, I would love to help you redesign your home with her pieces. Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. to learn more. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1. Amanda Stone Talley 2,4,6. Lori Gilder 3. Decor Pad 5. Carmen Christensen
Good design is more than just a pretty face. Combining beauty and function into all your home's decor and design schemes creates a more cozy and accessible environment for every member of your family. Innovative design features geared towards both comfort and convenience will also increase your home's overall value. Here are a few tips to consider for your home renovations to ensure daily life more streamlined. Easy Reach: Bending, stooping, pulling and pushing -- adding these needs to simple tasks like cooking is inefficient and not very ergonomic. Features like pull-out drawers, eye-level shelves and custom closets make things not only more functional, but less cluttered and more visually appealing. Easy accessibility is key. Motion-Sensitive Lights: Stumbling around for a light-switch is a pain, especially when your hands are full. Installing motion-sensitive switches will not only save time looking for a way to turn on the light, but save energy as the lights shut off automatically when the room is empty. Mood lighting: On the topic of lights, replacing traditional toggle switches with more effective mood lighting will also save time and energy. Dimmer switches are easier to control and offer more energy-efficient options when you need a small dose of light. Introducing overlapping pools of light will create the most beautiful atmosphere within a space - large or small. Bathtub and Shower: Many bathrooms come with standard features that may not be useful to you, like the bathtub and shower combination common in most homes. If you find that you never use your bathtub, consider upgrading to a shower with improved features and controls....from steam to multiple sprays and get the spa feel you've been dreaming of. Door Handles: Door handles are a nuisance when your hands are slippery and you need to get in a room. Remove old doorknobs in favor of more elegant handles that offer increased functionality and are more aesthetically pleasing. Every home presents unique opportunities for streamlined and elegant design tailored to your lifestyle and needs. If you need some tips on how to add comfort and convenience to your home renovations, I'd love to help! Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. for more information. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.+2.) Houzz 3.) Pinterest
In this week's World Tour of Design, lets hop over the pond to the Emerald Isle to take a look at the beautiful design and architecture of Ireland. Ireland bursts with loads of tradition and culture with an architectural interior design that encompasses many warm and expressive decors. From the quaint thatched roof cottages to the large churches, castles, forts, school houses and even converted lighthouses, Irish design is characterized by an almost whimsical connection to their rich history and a practical grounded connection to the land. With the Gaelic and Celtic cultures, homage is naturally extended to wholesome expressions and strains of Irish religion. Traditional Celtic knotwork and Irish interlace stand as basic symbols of decor in many Irish homes. The designs are intricate and flow fully around picture frames with traditional pictures of history and family. Irish linen consists of sophisticated, usually reversible patterns regarded world over for its fine weaves. The unique Jacquard and Damask weaves represent outstanding craftwork found in pillow cases, bed sheets and duvet covers. Today's modern country styles rest on rustic backgrounds of the lush, green "Emerald Island" concepts that have characterized rustic Irish life. The Irish House and Home architectural interior design magazine promotes a look of feminine textures and layered neutrals augmented by emerald green - this year's shade picked by Pantone. Calm color palettes include whites, neutral grays and soft lavenders with colorful stripes extended to accessories. Kitchen designs appear with urban retro looks that engage vintage furniture and ornate candelabras with attractive untreated wood surfaces. Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 for help designing your own home with Irish flair. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Realtor.com 2 + 3.) Irish House and Home 4.) Houzz
After returning from the exciting #BlogTourNYC event and The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show also known as KBIS, I was able to see some emerging trends and new products in the industry and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time and exchange ideas with the incredibly talented designers. The National Kitchen and Bath Association, which was also a Sponsor of #BlogTourNYC, has outdone itself with KBIS 2013, and with good reason: this year marks the NKBA's 50th anniversary - and they are celebrating in NOLA! NKBA began as the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers in 1963, intended as an organization to help designers, builders, and other industry professionals communicate and learn from each other. In the past 50 years, they have grown to an organization of nearly 60,000 members while still staying true to their original goal. In fact, thanks to KBIS and the NKBA I was among eight designers invited to the show to design and present various spaces geared to a specific demographic using a new interactive and experiential platform called QueX Technology. (More on that in my next post). Consumer education is a major goal of the NKBA, and one of the points they have stressed through the BlogTour is that they want consumers to understand the true value of working with a design professional. With the increasingly easy access to design resources like Houzz, HGTV, and even blogs like this one, the DIY trend has blossomed among homeowners who want to create a whole new look for the home. If you have a strong grasp on color theory and psychology, small home upgrades like painting are pretty straightforward, but there are numerous small and subtle factors that affect what works and what doesn't work within a space. The trained design professional, especially one with extensive experience, has encountered these challenges and caveats and knows how to work within a space making it the best it can be. A picture of your dream kitchen online or in a magazine is incredibly inspiring, but a trained designer will guide and execute all the elements of the project customizing that design - geared specifically for their client. This ultimately creates a truly successful project -while saving you time-money-and stress! Stay tuned for more information from the KBIS show and the Design Studio work I did there! Photo Credits: 1.) KBIS 2.) NKBA
Since returning from New York from the most invigorating 5 days, I can't help but replay each day's events in my head all in an attempt to relive every nuance of my #BlogTourNYC adventure. The most gracious host Veronika Miller of Modenus made certain we were wined, dined and inspired at every turn and aligned this tour with Sponsorships from major design Brands. At our welcome dinner I had the opportunity to sit near one of #BlogTourNYC event sponsors, the most delightful Gina Lubin, CEO and creative director of Du Verre Hardware. During dinner, Gina passed a plate of her contemporary "jewelry" hardware around the tables, where we could see and feel these pieces of art first hand! Perfectly weighted and intricately detailed these eco-conscious designs would integrate beautifully into both residential and commercial projects alike. As designers, we are well aware that specifying the ideal hardware is an integral finish detail in the overall success of a design concept. The use of artisan-styled hardware in architectural shapes creates a surprising element that is sure to draw the eye. It's just like an unique piece of jewelry; it completes the outfit and inspires dozens of compliments from everyone who sees it - and who doesn't love that? Du Verre is a leader in the industry of unique hardware, working with a variety of talented artisans to bring to life some truly stunning pieces of modern design. Artisans like William Harvey, Erin Adams, Scot Laughton, and yes.... Gina Lubin play with texture and organic forms to create hardware that is as much art as it is a functional piece of design. William Harvey specializes in simple, organically abstract pieces that play with shapes and defy expectations. His ARROYO collection, named for a Spanish word that means a water-carved gully, is slender and geometric, evoking the sense of a gully with the use of negative space. Erin Adams, an award-winning artist and designer, brings her love of mosaic into her OFFSET design. These cabinet pulls play with varying levels, creating unique shapes in all dimensions. They are a beautifully modern addition to a home. Scot Laughlin is world-famous for his industrial designs. He designed the Series 3 Collection, one of Du Verre's most popular hardware styles, which is simple and incredibly elegant in design. The pieces look delicate and sensual, and they could easily fit within a variety of designs. Gina Lubin may be the CEO and Creative Director of Du Verre, but she too enjoys creating original hardware designs. Her Rio collection plays with texture and line, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Rio knobs and pulls remind me of rippling water or intricate rock gardens--- gorgeous! Which is your favorite piece of hardware from Du Verre? I'd love to hear your opinions! Stay Inspired! Images: Du Verre Image: Modenus
Your home's environment can be easily ruined by excess clutter and unattractive storage solutions. Incorporating clever design tips into your home can be as simple as choosing the right furniture or implementing modern organizing innovations...always with a creative touch. When redesigning a space, it really is best to provide multiple ways to keep the visual accumulation of clutter at bay. We all have "stuff" that needs to find a permanent home and the reality is - not everyone lives in a show house that dons the cover of House Beautiful. However, with some storage-savvy solutions, your home can be on its way to becoming "camera ready". Recessing niches or shelves within the walls of a living room or office provides excellent storage and display options and is ideal for your highlighting your favorite collections and books. Just keep these shelves neat and organized. It's easy to take advantage of any space beneath beds or couches by utilizing storage bins or other containers, but you can also hide your clutter in plain sight with good design. Custom built filing cabinets can have a lot of character and look like an integrated part of your home -- a far cry from those shabby metal cabinets you see so often! Furniture that pulls double duty, like a bench that can store spare blankets or a mirror with hooks for displaying your jewelry, can also go a long way. In this increasingly technological world, the cords that power our varied electronic devices tend to pile up and look terribly disorganized. A desk, entertainment center, or kitchen space with a mess of tangled and crossing wires can be fixed in several ways. For one, many gadgets are going wireless, so consider investing in printers, keyboards, mice, gaming controllers, and cable boxes that require little to no external wiring. With the growing popularity of laptops and tablet computers that boast ever-superior batteries, going cordless is a great option. I would love to integrate clever storage design in your home. Share your own questions and ideas with me in the comments or on my Facebook page! Stay Inspired! Images via Elle Decor, Better Homes and Garden, House Beautiful
I'll be on my way to New York City next week to start Modenus's Blog Tour and I just can't wait! There are so many fabulous sponsors that help make this tour possible. One in particular that I have worked with several times in the past: Mr. Steam. Mr. Steam is a luxurious steam shower and accessory manufacturer - always on the cutting edge of technology and offers the finest in spa-like products for the home. Imagine having a shower system that plays music and releases relaxing scents and therapeutic colors with the warm, encompassing steam, and then stepping out to a warm, fresh towel from a towel warmer....Sound like heaven? We all know the benefits of steam bathing - from clearing respiratory congestion to moisturizing and softening dry skin - Mr. Steam's state-of -the-art technology and innovation creates a spa-like"experience" that is second to none. This is exactly why we've specified and installed many Mr. Steam products for our clients over the years in both new construction and Master Bath renovations - and our clients could not be happier! Now, Mr. Steam is once again pushing the boundaries of luxury steam shower technology with the new iSteam, a touch panel control system that greatly enhances the experience of the steam shower. The iSteam panel is simple in its design, recesses flush into the wall and is available in both black and white finishes. It provides a user-friendly interface that allows you ultimate control over every aspect of your shower, from music to aromatherapy. As an extra option you could include the iGenie which will preheat your steam shower from up to 100 feet away! This new technology is an incredible indicator of Mr. Steam's ability to stay ahead of the game in the changing face of the world. Our homes, phones, and lifestyles are becoming "smarter" and more automated and convenient as time passes, and by integrating both smart phone and home automation technology into one easy-to-use panel, Mr. Steam shows initiative in driving this trend. There's a reason they've been around for more than 50 years, after all. Stay tuned for more updates from the #BlogTourNYC, and share your own thoughts about the Mr. Steam showers and the iSteam touch panel in the comments! Stay Inspired!
It's been a while since we last took a trip on our World Tour of Design where we last traveled to the beautiful country of Russia. In this week's World Tour, I'd like to head somewhere a little... warmer. After all, spring is well on its way to the States, and with it comes fresh weather and the start of vacation season. The warm, tropical island country of Cuba is full of refreshing design inspiration to welcome spring and summer into your home. Let's take a look at the common design features of Cuban architecture and interior design. Prerevolutionary Cuba was known for a distinctive architecture heightened by the tastes and expenses of a rich entrepreneurial class. They maintained large sugar and tobacco plantations and mansions, and they sought interior design inspiration from the Art Deco and mid-century 1950s styles. These styles embraced luxury and comfort, integrated with a beautiful backdrop of tropical, earthy landscapes. Many of the mansions in Cuba have been restored to their original architectural splendor, providing plenty of interior design inspiration for your home. Parisian-inspired accents like the matching torchères sculptures and blackamoor table of the marble hall of the Museo de Artes Decorativas, once a 1920's mansion, can be easily incorporated in your own home. The mid-50s mahogany spiral staircase at a Guatao chapel and the Cuban butacas and woven cane chairs gracing the original decor of Ernest Hemingway's living room at Finca La Vigia are also elements that can easily be implemented into your home. Beyond the historical influence, it goes without saying that tropical plants and palm trees are essential to Cuba's island flavor. Open interior spaces evoke the spacious and relaxing experience of watching the sparkling ocean washing over sandy beaches. Great colors to use in a Cuban-inspired design are lush shades of green, sunny yellows, orange, coral and expansive palettes of blue for tropical flavors. Light linens give expression to the easy flow of island winds, enhanced with light-colored floors and draperies. Terra cotta also has a pronounced presence on the island. It is found not only in the architecture but also in the floor tiles and vases which helps promote an earthy feel that is natural to the island. Large, exposed windows are another important design element which connects the interior to the exterior environment that is another signature of Cuban interiors. For more design inspiration, contact me at Interior Makeovers Inc. or by calling 310-788-0990. I'd love to hear about your design visions for your home. Stay Inspired! Photo Credits: 1.) Architectural Digest 2.) Architectural Digest 3.) Houzz
Our last World Tour of Design took us to England, where we explored English Country and Victorian style for your home. Today I’d like to continue the world tour with what I’ve learned about Russian architecture, art, and interior design. Most of the iconic architecture in Russia is church-based. For centuries, only churches could be constructed of stone, and those are the buildings that have survived the test of time. They also reflect the diversity of design during several eras in Russian History. Saint Basil’s Cathedral (circa 1560), for example, is representative of the Renaissance Era. The dramatically sloped roofs on the numerous domes of each structure make a powerful visual impact. Today, Russian interior design is a cultural mix that reflects country’s commitment to art, education, and music. Heavy, rich fabrics are used for window treatments and thick, comfortable rugs adorn the floors. Remember, Russian winters can be brutal, so interior design tends toward warmth and comfort. Interior décor in Russia has, for the most part, been conservative, with weighty furnishings of heavy wood. As their economy makes a comeback, modern home furnishings now have a more minimalist style, with a heavy emphasis on artistic accessory pieces. For more interior design inspiration, contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990. I’d love to hear about your design visions for your home or business. Visit me on Facebook, too! Photo Credits: 1.) Wikimedia Commons 2.) Architectural Digest 3.) Houzz
Whether you are planning on wearing them or decorating with them, there is no doubt that stripes make a statement. Using stripes in your interiors presents some incredible opportunities to develop personality and a rich style to a room that would otherwise be viewed as .... mediocre. Stripes can be fun, bold, colorful, and create the illusion of volume and space. Consider the following for some great interior design inspiration: Use the direction of the stripes, whether horizontal or vertical, to bring attention to items in the room. Stripes bring a feeling of order to a space, compliment this with with solid colors in a geometric method around the stripes. Choosing the right direction of the stripes can make a room appear longer, shorter, taller or smaller. The width of the stripes that you use will also make a big impact on the appearance of the room. Keep proportion in mind....introduce finer stripes in a quaint spaces and beefier lines in more spacious environments. The visual effect created by this pairing results in a bold texture that is stimulating. Blend stripes on stripes with solids and floral patterns to add more layering and interest to the room. Be selective in the colors that you choose to place. Bright colors will often mute anything else they are near, while dilute colors will make a less bold and more elegant mood. Stripes make an excellent accent to any room and any design style - whether classic, traditional or coastal interiors, consider adding a simple cushion on a bench, or chair slip cover. If you love the playfulness that can be achieved with the use of stripes but are uncertain of how to make it work for you, I'd be happy to help you design your space. Just contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. for more information! Photo Credits: 1.) House Beautiful 2.) Elle Decor 3.) Elle Decor 4.) Country Living
I love nature. The natural world provides comfort, relaxation, and a measure of peace. Live plants can bring some of the health benefits and beauty of nature into your home, where you can enjoy the feeling of a spring day even if it's snowing a blizzard outside. To get the maximum benefit of using live plants as part of your interior design, follow these tips. Health Benefits of Plants Using live plants as part of your decor can help make your home a healthy one. Live plants produce oxygen and help purify the air. Though nobody in my house suffers from breathing problems, some of us do get headaches, and we like having clean air without a noisy filter system. Live plants are also beautiful and peaceful, so they help relieve stress. Tips for Designing with Plants Integrating built-in planters within the home creates instant architecture and works with many design styles. Hanging plants can also create a focal point that sets off a dining space, where a small interior tree can fill an empty corner. Add some lighting from over head or ground up - to accent these plants and trees for some extra drama! Think of terrariums scattered on a dining table or architectural bamboo trees for a sculptural element. Safety Tips If you have pets at home, be careful about which plants you introduce. Many are toxic, and you want to try and avoid those if you have pets and small children. Do a little research before you invest and get the right ones for you. I would love to help you find creative ways to design with live plants in your home. Contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc. by calling 310-788-0990 for help with your interior design. Photo Credits: 1.) House Beautiful 2.) Decoist 3.) Shelterness 4.) 5.) Houzz
In our last World Tour of Design, we explored the rich and warm aesthetic of Kenyan design. Since I still find myself occasionally slipping into a British accent thanks to my recent Downton Abbey binge, I'd like to take this World Tour of Design to England. We have been translating the British aesthetic in the U.S. from our very beginning, giving it an American twist, but classic English decor and architecture still remains as sophisticated and elegant as afternoon tea and biscuits, providing us with plenty of interior design inspiration. English design, influenced by the Italian and French during the 17thand 18th centuries, can be simplified into two major styles: Victorian and English Country. The Victorian style came about as a new wealthy class developed in urban settings due to the Industrial Revolution, and the English Country style was born on large country estates for the landed gentry of that era. The opulence and drama of Victorian décor calls for bold colors in living rooms and bedrooms. Dining rooms and libraries can go lighter, but they could feature special paint finishes or highlighting textures. Victorian walls are papered in primary florals or earth-toned leaf patterns. Extravagant furniture pieces feature ornate French-influenced scrolls and curved edges or the overstuffed styles inspired by British Eastern colonies. Comfortable, classic English Country design features dark, autumnal colors that mimic the rich shades of a bountiful harvest, along with wallpaper in intricate floral patterns inspired by an English garden. Create that lived-in look with overstuffed furnishings, brass accents and your favorite collectibles for a slightly more curated interior with a lot of character. Traditional wooden bookcases filled to the brim with books, a cheerful fireplace, and a large leather sofa should give the room a sense of coziness. For more interior design inspiration or help infusing English Country charm or Victorian opulence into your home, contact me or call 310-788-0990 at Interior Makeovers Inc. I’d love to hear from you! Photo Credits: 1.) Pinterest 2.) Country Living
I love the look of pressed tin, and I'm thrilled that it appears to be enjoying a rebirth. Popular in the mid-19th century as a more affordable alternative to European plasterwork, this versatile material can be used in any home interior to add texture and architectural interest to your space. I think pressed tin offers a marvelous alternative to paint, tile and wallpaper, especially if you enjoy a hint of the unexpected in your home design. The following are a few of my favorite places to use pressed tin: Ceiling Give people a reason to look up when they enter a room with a surprising and beautiful pressed tin ceiling. It creates instant architecture reflects light throughout the space. Backsplash Instead of the standard tile backsplash, you can give your kitchen some 19th century elegance with pressed tin. The pattern and texture provides an interesting backdrop to the cabinetry. Wall panels Why not install pressed tin panels on the wall for that "wow factor"? It is a great replacement for the flat and ordinary look of paint, or wallpaper and paneling. Headboard for a bed Give your bed some dramatic flair with a gorgeous pressed tin headboard. If you're still on the fence about pressed tin, consider these advantages over other materials: Panel sizes are generally smaller Weight difference is enormous Panels last much longer Adds more value to your home Huge variety of patterns and designs Painting is easy Simple installation I wholeheartedly agree with the saying that "everything old becomes new again". Pressed tin brings back the style and feeling of a bygone era. Using pressed tin makes ordinary projects become personal statements of your style and artistic flair. It shows the personality and depth of your home and create a wonderful throwback to yesterday. For architectural design services contact me at Interior Makeovers, Inc by calling 310-788-0990. I would be happy to work with you to help create a home you can be proud of that highlights your personal style and tastes. Photo Credits: 1.) House Beautiful 2.) Country Living 3.) C'Reflections 4.) Casamidy