Category: Interior Design

TOP INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS TO TRY THIS FALL

When decorating a home, it is important to tell your story and garnish it with unique pieces that match your style. Today I am going to help you share your story by sharing some top trends of the season!

Don’t be afraid to accessorize!
You can personalize your space with items that you love and truly pull a room together with accessories. Currently, there’s a trend towards pieces that are vintage, rustic and very French. Items like late 1800s champagne bottle carriers and bottle stands are a hot accessory right now! Decorative bottles and vintage hat racks can really transform a room and take you back in time!

Add flair with painted pieces!
Painted antique goods can really add panache to your living room. Painted antiques and fine reproductions are very en vogue. Some of the simplest pieces that aren’t heavily carved add the most personality.

The rug makes the room!
It is important to make an investment on the right rug to help embellish your floors. Neutral rugs have been on-trend for the last decade and it will not be changing anytime soon! Washed out and muted colors and styles are very popular. Traditional carpet styles, in hues of red and orange, are also in high demand. Make a bold statement with an abstract rug and turn your floor into a modern art piece!


TOP ART SHOWS IN SOUTH FLORIDA TO SEE THIS WEEKEND

Even though Art Basel is here yet, doesn’t mean you should stop your search for design inspiration in South Florida!

Miami is booming with various galleries and design studios that go all year round and today I am going to share with you some of the top shows to see this fall.

The Pursuit of Abstraction
Oct. 7-April 16, 2017
The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach

This show, drawn from the permanent collection, surveys the origins of fine and decorative art that transformed the modern aesthetic age.

Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection
Nov. 21-Aug. 27, 2017
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale,

Plus expanded acquisitions of Anselm Kiefer works at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.
Oct. 19.-April 29, 2017

Narcisco Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism
Oct. 9 – Jan. 8, 2017
Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum FIU,

Fifty red-carpet fashions by Cuban-American designer Narcisco Rodriguez will be unveiled in an exhibit marked by firsts: Rodriguez’s first solo museum show, and the Frost FIU’s first couture exhibit.


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.


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.


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.

CHECK OUT THESE SPECTACULAR ROOMS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS

Some celebrity homes are a true sight for sore eyes, especially if you are looking for luxurious inspiration. Today we are going to take you inside the homes of some of the worlds mega-stars and see how they express their style with their interiors.

This great article from Refinery29 has picked out there top 10 choices and I am going to share with you my top 3 takeaways!

 

Alicia Keys’ Indoor Pool Pavilion
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz bought their first East Coast home together in New Jersey and clearly were not messing around. This home holds 32 rooms, a movie theater, and a professional-grade recording studio! One of my favorite takeaways form their home is there lavish indoor swimming-pool pavilion. The glass-roofed structure comes outfitted in arched windows, contemporary sculptures, and an entertaining-lounge area, truly expressing the artistry of this dynamic duo.

 

Jay Z & Beyoncé’s NOLA Foyer
Jay Z and Beyoncé’s home in New Orleans was formerly a Presbyterian church and is now filled with decadent details like arched coffered ceilings, marble floors, and stone columns. The real showpiece of the Spanish Baroque-style estate is its entry foyer, clad with wrought-iron chandeliers, elaborate crown moldings, and antique chapel pews in place of standard seating.

 

Lo’s Backyard Amphitheater
Of course an idol and entertainer like Jennifer Lopez would want a stage inside her abode. Lopez’s California estate is decked out with an entire outdoor amphitheater! Along with luxuries such as a mini-golf course and a custom swimming pond, the singer counts a full-fledged performance pavilion — with surround-sound and cushioned seating for 30.