Design Rules Are Made To Be Broken

Every client, every house, every space and every situation is unique. Here’s an excellent article from Houzz regarding cabinet height in kitchens. There are a multitude of reasons why you won’t hang your upper cabinets 18″ above the countertops. We always start with the standard rule, but we often move from there due to specific uses or design elements.

 

Feature Walls

 

 

One of the most dramatic ways to make a design statement is to create a feature wall.  This could be a focal wall in a room such as a bed wall or sofa wall.  This could be a main wall in a foyer.  This could be a technique to pull a wall toward you. Whatever your need or preference, a feature wall is always a great addition to your space!

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A darker paint color, an intricate tile pattern, reclaimed wood planks can each be used to create a spectacular feature wall.  The above 3-D wall was created by making a fretwork-like pattern with wood trim pieces and then painting walls and trim one color.

A dining room can often easily host a feature wall due to the minimal furniture. Below is an example of a wooden wall that adds much warmth and texture to the space.

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http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2011/10/2/walls-of-wood.html

Feature walls can be simple or complicated, but the effect is similar.  They will bring visual interest to your room or space and will help create an atmosphere.  And that’s what great design does!

Check out more of our favorite feature walls on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/intbydesign5/walls/

 

 

 

Fresh Face

Beautiful spring vignette from www.snapcreativity.com

Beautiful spring vignette from http://www.snapcreativity.com

At Interiors By Design, Inc. we like to usher in the new spring season with a Fresh Face for your Space. How many of you (who wear make-up) have a new lipstick color for the spring? Doesn’t your wardrobe typically brighten up a bit at this time of year? We say let’s make a few modifications to our interiors to reflect this new spring season, too!

A few touches are all you need to help transform your rooms into the new season. What comes to mind when you think spring? We think of birds singing, creeks flowing, flowers blooming, grass greening and the sun shining. Let these and other similar elements become your inspiration. You can easily incorporate hints of spring into any design.

Consider infusing robin-egg blue accents into your space via accent pillows, accessories or towels. Try changing out a few key art pieces and replace them with spring themes of flowers or the pastels of most impressionist artwork. Find placemats with birds, flowers or fresh colors. These subtle modifications in your home décor will have a huge impact in the feel of your space.

Lovely spring tablescape from www.deavita.com

Lovely spring tablescape from http://www.deavita.com

As your environment shifts don’t be surprised if your mood, perspective, and even productivity improve. Spring is a great time to gather energy from your surroundings and with a few tweaks you will be able to do that right in your own home. Be inspired and put a Fresh Face on your Space!

Kid Space

One of our favorite areas to design in a home is the “Kid Space”.  There tends to be more whimsy in the design as imaginations soar.  Colors, fabrics and patterns are often bright, bold and playful.  Basically, we get to be kids again!

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from nytimes.com

Our philosophy is that form always follows function, so the most important aspect of our design is that we meet the client’s needs.  We believe there are 3 main functions of a “Kid Space” and we design accordingly.

#1  All kids need to read (or be read to), so make sure to incorporate a comfy spot with books close at hand.

#2  All kids need to develop fine motor skills so let’s make it fun!  Drawing, coloring, painting, building blocks and legos are all great ways to help master those skills.  Your “Kid Space” should definitely have an area for this type of creativity.

#3  All kids develop socially through imaginative play.  In your design, include an area as simple as a box with dress-up and costumes or as elaborate as tents, kitchen sets and pretend workshops with tools.

There’s nothing more inviting than a sweet space for kids where their imaginations can run wild!

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from vogue.com

One last tip…Make sure you hang or display all the masterpieces and creations.  Kid art trumps all design rules!

Design By Nature

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There is a reason that nature is so beautiful. There is a reason that it awes and inspires us. Nature was created for us to live in and enjoy. Unless you choose to live in the great outdoors, we suggest a simpler approach to enjoying nature. Let’s bring some of the nature inside!

We can be as creative or as subtle as we want. Bring a bright floral fabric to an accent chair or install pebble tiles on your shower floor. Many of us may have wooden floors in our homes, but have you thought about accenting your walls with twigs or branches? A vase full of bright fresh flowers or potted plants may seem like an obvious solution, but a wall of birch trees wallpaper can be a welcomed surprise.

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We love artwork that represents nature. Choose photographed landscapes, vibrant colored paintings of flowers or the calming tones of waterscapes. A natural wood table brings warmth into any room. Check out where you can find great reclaimed options in your area. And don’t forget the many ways stone can bring beauty into a space: walls, floors, fireplace surrounds, frames and accessories.

Be creative with how you bring nature into your home.  Just go outside, see what you are drawn to, then take some steps to creating the ultimate nature-inspired space!

Check out our Nature Board on Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/intbydesign5/nature/

 

Turn Your Closet Into A Boutique

Now that you’ve been inspired to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary, let’s move on to your closet!  Going into a dim, disorganized, over-crowded closet on a daily basis can make selecting an outfit stressful and exhausting.  It’s time to purge what you don’t need or wear and re-establish your style.  As you organize your clothes and accessories, put like things together.  Have sections for business attire, weekend-wear, fitness, jackets, etc.  Think about how you can best “shop” for the perfect outfit in your very own closet!

207306389067198838_IEYrNvHX_cSelecting clothes should be an effortless and even enjoyable experience.  For Monday’s work meeting you will be able to pull together an outfit quickly from one section of your closet.  The next step is to choose shoes, a handbag and accessories.  The best way to make these selections with ease is to see all of your choices.  Shoes should be displayed like a store, so you can “shop” for the perfect pair.  Set out handbags on a shelf, scarves and belts on hooks and jewelry can be laid out in drawers.

Excellent lighting, a full-length mirror and a spot to sit will complete the space.  A closet that is designed like a boutique will make getting dressed a joy every day!  Now who’s ready to go shop?

I found this picture on houzz.com.  A great resource for all home design inspiration.

A Resolution Worth Keeping

Ringing in the New Year is often accompanied by a few resolutions.  Well, we’ve got an excellent one to add to your list:  Make a sanctuary in your home.  We recommend your bedroom.  We all spend at least 1/3 of our lives in the bedroom so let’s make it special!  Your bedroom should be the one room in your home where you can retreat and be completely at ease.

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While creating this new retreat, your bedroom should reflect your personal style.  Your space can be cozy, romantic, sophisticated or rustic.  No matter your style, it should be minimalistic.  Think hotel-living.  This should be a space that evokes peace and calm, no piles or projects.  We want you to be able to rest and relax!

Accomplish your style through new bedding and pillows.  Add meaningful artwork.  Select a few interesting accessories like photo frames or bud vases for fresh flowers.  And don’t forget lighting…a new chandelier or the perfect bedside table lamps will really highlight your space.  Making these few changes will definitely give you an amazing sanctuary.  Now that’s one resolution worth keeping.

Enjoy 2013 in your new bedroom retreat!

For more bedroom inspiration, checkout my Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/intbydesign5/beautiful-bedrooms/

Holiday Decorating

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Decorating the house for the holidays is one way to bring a festive spirit to the season.  There are many obvious places most of us tend to focus our decorating efforts…the tree, the outdoors, a mantle, the dining room table.  One room typically gets neglected – the kitchen.

The kitchen is our hub as the holidays are filled with lots of entertaining.  We host gift exchanges, throw cocktail parties,  invite dinner guests and call friends in for coffee during the season.  We spend lots of time in the kitchen baking goodies, planning menus and gathering with friends and family.  The kitchen needs to have some fun decorations, too!

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Decorate cabinets with wreaths or Holiday photo cards you’ve received.  Windows are a great place to hang garland and lights.  Chandeliers, or even pot racks, are perfect for dangling ornaments with decorative ribbon.  A grouping of glass canisters and cake stands filled with edible treats is a true crowd pleaser!

Enjoy this Holiday season with your friends and family and make sure your kitchen has a few special decorative surprises for everyone to enjoy!

Wall Art

Some of the best surfaces to accessorize in a room are the walls.  We love to create galleries of framed artwork.  When grouped together the framed art can achieve the look of one larger piece of art.

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There are a few simple rules to keep in mind when creating a grouping like the one pictured.  The use of similar frames and matting for each piece creates visual continuity.  A grouping works best if all of the subject matter is similar.   For example, a collection of all family photos going up your stairwell creates a beautiful gallery.  A grouping of all your favorite travel moments or interesting architectural details or black and white cityscapes would create just the right visual harmony for this type of wall art grouping.

Remember to think outside of the box.  Not all art needs to be framed.  A collection of wrapped canvas artwork has a stunning 3-D quality when grouped together on a wall.

If you keep these simple rules in mind, then your are bound to create a masterpiece!

We found this inspirational photo at blog.foundstyle.net.

Furniture Focus

Having a piece of furniture that demands attention can add visual interest and create a focal point in any room.   The focal point is the place where your eye is drawn to in design.  Most people enjoy visually interesting spaces but need a place to “rest” their eyes.  Providing a focal point is helpful to everyone experiencing a space.

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Check out this gorgeous room!  There are so many amazing details vying for your attention that your eye quickly finds solace in the perfectly scaled and colored sofa.  The yellow fabric adds the right amount of drama to the space without competing with all the other beautiful decor.  This sofa has enough gumption of its own to be a focal point and to not get lost in all the adornments surrounding it.

Using a piece of furniture as the focal point in your design is often a great way to anchor your space!