Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I have to run off now to a furniture auction I just heard about called Dixon's in Crumpton, MD. It's supposed to be amazing. But please come back tomorrow for the full recap on my office face lift...
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Zalf is an Italian company that produces a variety of furniture for living, bedrooms, home offices and kids & teen spaces. We especially like their solutions for teen’s rooms which immediatley capture the viewer’s attention with their bold lines vibrant colours. Some of these concepts are ideal to be used for shared rooms that allow twin bedding.
The following pink and blue kids’ rooms photos are the outcome of South Korean photographer Jeong Mee Yoon’s latest photography project. His inspiration comes from his daughter’s obsession with the color pink. The photoshooot includes rooms of other like minded kids who share a passion for either pink or blue. It is pretty safe to say that not every kid or parent can/want to emulate these, but here goes the snaps anyway
Wedding dinner photo shoot, new house, renovation. I think all these elements are part of starting a new family for most young couples. And often the money is a real headache. So what can you achieve with the budget for renovation least verify that this minimalist house with a budget of 10k.
Unlike traditional interior is all about filling or "space decorating, minimalism, is also taking away, reduction of elements to a minimum, preservation of open spaces and make us more aware of this space. Color is used sparingly. The walls neutral colors, with mirrors to draw the eye to create a dramatic contrast. Living room
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Located in private guarded area called Hidden Hills this house is great example of luxury. The houses exterior design focuses around an amazing pool. Besides the pool there are beautiful ponds, plants, columns, waterfalls, fountains and other things that make surround landscape very beautiful and sophisticated. The house’s interior is designed in traditional style and features open beam ceilings, walnut/limestone floors and designer baths. Besides that there is a gourmet kitchen, steam shover, oversized family room and other rooms that makes the living as cool as possible. A lot of glass is used around the house to catch natural light when that’s possible. Besides that, the property’s area features basketball court, 4 car garage, circular motor court, french rose gardens and movie theatre. [house's listing]
If your living space is small and restrictive you will need to adopt the tricks of the interior design world to give the illusion of more space!
White is a classical example of maximising space by tricking the eye into thinking the space is larger than reality. Brushed steel and reflective surfaces are another trick used as the light is bounced around the room which again provides the illusion of more space.
Many people place a mirror on a chimney breast as older houses typically have the window directly opposite the fireplace! Maximising the light by placing a mirror to catch as much natural light as possible has been adopted for many years!
White is also an ideal choice for kitchens and bathrooms as bright white has a clean, crisp look, especially when new! Be careful though otherwise your home could become an uninviting steely icy place which makes you feel cold! The easiest route and key is to add subtle touches of a vibrant warm colour such as red or orange.
Just select a few carefully placed objects of interest and add the finishing touches such as either a white or coloured roller blind to the window which will allow the maximum amount of light to enter the room when pulled or rolled up to the top of the window. Roller blinds are also ideal for lowering to a height which prevent glare from sunlight when working in the sink area, because just like older styled houses have windows opposite the fireplaces, they also have kitchen windows above the sink!
They say that what is cool in fashion changes overnight and while the world of interior design is not that overly dynamic, the trends when it comes to doing your interiors also change with passing time. With each year come there are new hot designing tips, colors that are more relevant, shades that reinvent the space that surrounds you and accessories that add a whole new dimension to your home. So what is hot and happening in 2009 and what will be the fashion that will hold sway in the months to come?Here are a few hot interior design styles of 2009…
#1 Lay emphasis on comfort and the cozy-factor
The latest when it comes to interior designing is to integrate a great looking blueprint with a home that is great to live in and easy to use. Modern architecture and special arrangement looks for a fine balance between cozy interiors and a sleek and sensuous look. Eye-candy homes are no longer the rave. Utility and practical value is the latest mantra.
#2 Mix and match styles and shades
One of the major impacts on the designing styles of 2009 will be that of the global economic meltdown and how people will think twice before they part with their cash. The trend will be to mix and match the old stuff that is still useful with new accessories that are affordable and add a little something to the space. Excessive and extravagant spending of cash and throwing away everything old as it does not match the new look will be a thing of the past for some time now.
#3 Do not clutter- Let the space look larger than it really is
Going with a simple and stylish look seems to be the way forward for 2009 as a clutter-free interior is the popular choice among both consumers and designers. This gives the room a more sophisticated and ergonomic look along with saving on the cash. Only keep what’s needed and arrange it with precision.
#4 A minimalist look with contrasting patterns
There is no doubt that the minimalist look is the most popular style that is going around today when it comes to designing either office spaces or homes. The minimalist design saves on space, looks futuristic and with contrasting bright and bold patterns the look just gets accentuated further. If you look around any modern home design today, you are most likely to find something in lines with this fast catching trend.
#5 Think green to reap long-term benefits
Going green with the energy usage in your home is a great way to invest in the future. That pattern is being quickly and silently integrated into the design and structure of most modern homes. The further you go green, the more you will reap its benefits in the longer run. It is not just a healthy initiative that you can take, but something that you can be really proud of.
#6 Bright colors are the flavor of the season
The blacks, whites and grays are always popular and go well with the more modern look, but it is the bright shades such as vibrant oranges, cool blues and exciting yellows that will rule the year. So go all out and paint the interiors in the bold and bright shade that you love. You can be also sure that this will lift your mood when you are a bit down.
The designing styles and trends of 2009 seem to be following the global recession to an extent and also the sleek and ergonomic look that people seem to taking to heart. It is also nice to see how functionality is again gaining prominence when compared to form.