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DESIGN INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK: DUBAI SKYLINE

There are so many beautiful cities in the world but nothing adds up to the city of Dubai. This city is always emerging architecturally and luxuriously. Dubai’s latest skyline update is today’s design inspiration!

Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, ranked 5th in 2015, according to a Brookings Institute Global Metro Monitor Report. Real Estate performance in Dubai still ranks among the top global cities.

Dubai’s rapid development and high-end housing market has attracted some start-studded architects, who’ve made their mark on the skyline.

Some examples include the gleaming Opus, by Zaha Hadid, the forklike Index Tower by Norman Foster, and the new Super Potato and SOMA Architects development, One at Palm Jumeirah. These buildings have served as a magnet for luxury buyers worldwide. Unlike London or New York, architects and developers in Dubai are not just building single buildings, but entire communities.

Most of the latest developments to the Dubai skyline are very modern and contemporary. Attention to tradition is very important when is comes to the developers concepts when building in Dubai. Many buildings pay homage to Islamic culture and design motifs. You can find this in the new Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor, the cornerstone of this development and the new Dubai skyline.

We would like you to use this cityscape as inspiration to express how one city can remain amazing, exhilarating and innovative, while mixing the past and present.


GREAT WAYS TO JUMPSTART YOUR EFFORTS OF DECORATING AN EMPTY SPACE

For all of my family readers out there, the time will come where your, once little, kids will be leaving the nest, off to college or new opportunities. Despite it being both a sad and exiting time, the question will come up, what do you do with the new empty space!

Here are a few fun ways you can transform the newly available room!

Home Gym
No you have no more excuses to skip your daily workout! Building a home gym is a great and healthy solution. You’ll need to invest in some equipment but the outcome is worth it! Try adding mirrored walls, storage space for your equipment, rubber tiled floors and a great sound system for the perfect home gym.

Library
All those boxes in the garage filled with books from through out the year now have a home! Fill the room with bookshelves and start decorating! Get a cozy chair and you can create the most peaceful space to read! Add some plants and you are on your way to a relaxation haven!

Home Office
It’s simple, get yourself a desk, chair, filing cabinet and comfortable and build yourself a home office! Add some built in storage and your on your way, weather your working on art projects or working from home for the day you now have a space dedicated to concentration.


MIAMI’S NEW INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IS COMING 2017!

The Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) has recently topped out in the city’s Design District. The three-story building with double-height ceilings is now on track for a late 2017 opening, according to an announcement from the museum. The Institute of Contemporary Art is currently operating out of the nearby Moore Building.

The independently funded museum will comprise 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sculpture garden. A total of 37,000 square feet! ICA Miami is being designed by Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos.

The ICA will work ad the design hub for this luxurious neighborhood, gathering artistic minds from all over the world. This will be yet another cultural resource for Miami, sharing the work of some of the most innovative artists of our time. We cannot wait for it to open this coming year!


GUESS WHAT NFL PLAYER IS TAKING ON INTERIOR DESIGN

As football season is kicking off, I thought I would spin today’s post toward the field! We have seen a lot of celebrities dabble in the world of interior design. Today I am going to share with you one NFL players’ passion for interiors.

See in the video below Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Zac Brooks help a reporter turn his plain one-bedroom apartment into a pleasant transformation.

A seventh-round pick out of Clemson, Brooks says his dream job (outside of professional football is interior design. This 23-year-old player hopes to launch his own firm!

As shown in the video, Brooks comes out to look at the apartment in person and then exchanged renderings and ideas over the course of two months for how they could renovate the living space. “This is me. I’m watching HGTV all the time,” Brooks said. “I can’t wait till I can get to the point where I can take out walls and change the floors and do all that. That’s when it’s really going to heat up.”

As you can see this young footballer has a knack for interiors and his job was nicely done!


TOP 3 INTERIOR DESIGN APPS TO TRY OUT THIS FALL

For all of you tech nerds out there looking to get the one up on your interior design technique, we have sought out some of the most amazing apps! These apps can aid your interior design needs in the palm of your hand.

Of course these apps will not give you the same quality you receive from hiring an interior designer, but you can get a glimpse of some amazing results, without the white glove service! Check out thesegreat apps below!

MagicPlan
With the MagicPlan, you will never get stuck outside with a piece of furniture that won’t fit through the front door again ever again! This app transforms the meticulous ordeal of mapping out floor plans and taking measurements into an easy process. You can seamlessly compute distances within a space simply by the app analyzing a snapshot. You can annotate photos of your space with the height of the ceiling or the width of the hallway!

Curate
For those of you with an extensive art collection Curate is the app for you! You no longer have to imagine what your artwork would look like in your new home. This app allows you to virtually display each piece! All you have to do is simply upload a photo of any blank wall and the app will give you a concrete idea as to how it will look there. You can also use the app to browse pieces from your favorite artists and galleries to search for your next statement piece inspiration!

MyPantone
Pantone is the ultimate color authority out there. When it comes to disputes on whether a shade is turquoise or teal, they have the final say. They are the historic leaders that have standardized library of colors into a convenient app that allows you to accurately communicate your color choices to decorating professionals, designers and manufacturers alike. It also identifies the colors in your photographs and expertly generates complementary palettes.

 

Read about more great apps here.


TOP 5 TIPS FOR DECORATING FOR YOUR KIDS

One very important facet in home interiors is designing your children’s room! Giving your kids a magnificent living space is paramount for the ability to grow and learn. The kid’s room is the one place where your child does many things including schoolwork, listening to music, playing games with friends, and daydreaming.

Here are the top 5 ways to create a room that can function for all of these activities, as well as creating a comfortable and inviting space.

Curate Their Art!
If you are a parent you for sure know that your kids create a lot of art and always are looking for a space to display it. Try putting all of their artwork together and house them in monochromatic frames, and place them in a grid! This will really transform their artwork and make it look professional!

Embrace the Quirkiness
This room is the best place to explore inspirational ideas. Fun shaped books shelves, bold colors, and unique home accessories that reflect your child’s imagination will really let them show their personality.

Try to Think Transitionally
Setting your child’s room up with classic furniture will make for a super easy transition as they age over the years. Contemporary white and black furniture can work at any age!

Fit in a Workspace
Your kids will come home with homework everyday, so why not create a space dedicated to this task! Keep your kids organized so that after schoolwork won’t seem as much as a chore. Layout colorful items and fun supplies around the study area and keep it well lit for your kids!

Let’s Start Them Out Organized
Having a neat and tidy closet and adding labels to storage bins and baskets will help keep their rooms clean! It is very smart to start the habit early so that they grow to always keep their items in order!


HAPPY LABOR DAY 2016

Hey there my interior design aficionados!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Wishing you all save travels as you celebrate the last day of summer with your family and friends.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MIAMI LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2016

Kick off a new season with the Miami Hurricanes! Let us watch Mark Richt kick off the season in the newly renovated SunLife Stadium, This year let us see more wins and a stellar stadium!

If sports aren’t your thing you can kick back and spend some time with your family at The Miami Home Show! Kids 14 and under enter for free with a paying adult on Sunday, September 4th. Enjoy a variety of activities including a Miami Marlin’s “Play Ball” sports area and child-friendly cooking shows. Take a look at some of the shows events!

Foodies Delight
Chef Paulette Bilsky coordinates demos presented by ElectriChef, Milam’s Markets, and Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Chefs: Robyn Almodovar, Autumn Brucato, Myriam Charles, Paolo Dorigato, Miguel Gomez, Miguel Rebolledo, Patty Ruiz, Hugh Sinclair, Joshua Wahler.

Home Décor Advice
Relax in stylish room vignettes created by Interior Designers and dedicated to TV news celebrities. Visit Viviana Galetto-Malave, VGM Decorators; Anya Cesar, Anya Renise Design Group; Roberta Black, RB Design; Janice Attia, J. Attia Design; Reginald W. Dunlap, Luxe Interior Design.

#AtHomewithArt
Artist Encounter and exhibit of original works by: Alessandro Abate, Aquarela Sabol,Nate Dee, Rei Ramirez, Teepop, Charles Trainor Jr., Jennifer Kay, Marice Cohn Band, C.W. Griffin,Patrick Farrell, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Carl Juste, Rolando Elejalde, Annie M, Marta Ismail, MANO,Josepo, and Jorge Ballara, Lorie Ofir, Rosee Camafreita, Darren Johnson, Ivan Castillo Lagrange, andBartus Bartolomes.


HIGH END INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK: MONOCHROMES

We all know how daunting it can be to redesign or decorate your first home. That is why we love inspiring you with high-end interior decorating ideas every week!

There are so many amazing things you can do it can be hard to focus one single aesthetic. Today we are going to really focus and keep it simple. Check out how monochromatic inspiration can reform your home.

Monochrome is synonymous with ‘ombre’ and refers to a color scheme that uses a base color and shades, tints and hues of that color to create a cohesive finish. For example, with a blue monochromatic space you can decorate with cobalt, indigo, royal, baby and steel blue derivatives.

Here are a few great reasons to go monochrome:

  • Perfect for juxtaposing and highlighting statement pieces around the house.
  • Radiates clean, sleek minimalism with little effort.
  • Simple to plan and execute by focusing on a single color and its shades, hues and tints.
  • A monochromatic scheme can transform a messy room into a relaxing, calming and harmonious space.

When creating your palate…
Choose one single color as the base for your interior design. This is how all other colors will be determined. Too avoid any color clash you should consider your furniture and appliances before settling on a base color.

Break it up…
Contrast is key to create definition in a room. White trim or accents will give sharp contrast between your monochrome palates. A pop of a different color can make a monochrome design more effective, especially with a black, white or gray base.


TOP 6 BEST BARGAIN HOME DÉCOR SHOPS

So, you have decided on your next apartment or home and have Pinterest boards galore! Though it can be overwhelming, as long as you plan your move right you can build your dream home on your own budget.

It can be easy to plan dream big but a bit more challenging to stay in your budget. Since shopping for your new home can be tricky we have selected the top 6 home décor shops for the budget friendly shoppers.

  1. Etsy — This online store is a great resource for art and accessories with tons of unique products to browse.
  2. World Market — This is one of the best and cost-efficient shopping site. There are so many great items here that I can find myself spending hours just browsing for wonderful pieces to add to my warehouse of props.”
  3. Apt 2B — The L.A.-based site has great pages and tons of amazing blow out sales.
  4. H&M Home — If you are a young couple looking for the fast fashion trends than look no further.  H&M has VERY affordable and amazing home pieces. I especially love this glass vase…for only $9.95!”
  5. Urban Outfitters — In UO’s home section, you can find some surprisingly unique and hip furniture pieces.
  6. CB2 — Here you can find great kitchen essentials to fill up your kitchen all at one place.