Blog posts dedicated to interior design, furniture, home accessories, lighting, area rugs, paint, trends and how-to style and decor ideas.

Modern Monday: Space Age Spectrum

Modern Monday celebrates tech titan Google’s Tel Aviv office space that fuses the spectrum of black and white into a space-age, techno chic atmosphere. The Jacobsen-style egg chairs are the ideal dramatic touch for a minimal space. Their dynamic  presence is enough to fill a room with style. The optical illusion wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop to the chairs and seamlessly blends into the carpeting.

Black and white is a classic color combination that yields itself to broad selection of color and pattern combinations.  It is amazing what can be accomplished using two contrasting colors with an infinite amount of imagination.

Office design by Carmenzind Evolution.

Modern Monday: Parisien Peacock

Modern Monday showcases the bottom level of a two-story Italian restaurant situated in Paris; specifically in Jean Paul Gaultier’s former flagship store. The staff even wears JP’s signature striped marine styled T-shirts.

The space features existing brick walls, raw cement columns, grey columns, peacock blue banquettes, green marble tabletops and wicker chairs and dramatic chandeliers.

I appreciate the bold colors of teal and green grounded with wood, wicker (synthetic), brick and cement and brightened with white paint.

Tres bien. Allez!

Via Fork and 30s magazine

 

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Modern Monday: Velvet Daydreams

Modern Monday is a romantic interlude with dreamy green velvet sofas, ceiling to floor windows dressed in white pleated fabric, global artifacts and sculpture, a range of natural substrates and topped off with a dynamic geometric gold chandelier. I particularly like the green glass vases, wood box, concrete vase of grass on the side wood console and the frame art above it. The bar cart in the front left-hand side of the photograph repeats the metal and adds luminosity with the mirrors that echo the sunlight flowing through the windows.

Doesn’t this room make you want to lounge all afternoon with a stack of fashion magazines and juicy book? How would you use this space?

Modern Monday: Mid-Century Velvet Dining

Modern Monday begins the week dining at this Mid-century modern walnut table with curvaceous brown velvet chairs with brass frame and legs. The vintage chandelier repeats the metal color and shapes of the chairs and table.

Brown and blues are a complementary color combination that grounds and soothes your energy. The blue textured wallpaper adds more visual interest to the room. The silent rumbling of the framed, ocean photography offset by the abstract art in the hallway add to the story. The vintage, ethnic area rug repeats the blue and white in the wallpaper, baseboard, frame and opposite wall.

Repeat patterns, colors and shapes as you scale your furniture and art to your space. Although this area is small, it is big on style. Photo: Catherine Kwong.

Modern Monday: Grey + Brass

Modern Monday features geometric lighting that makes an artistic and metallic statement in one configuration. Notice the monochromatic paint on the ceiling and walls. This room is a reminder that functional items can easily serve multiple roles in your space.

Wallpapers’ Bold Floral Bouquets Fused with Fashion

As the season transitions to colder temperatures and stems retract into the soil, our thirst for vibrant arrangements of luscious flowers seems to intensify. Our affinity for year-round blooms is represented in the latest designs featured in both the interior and fashion industries.

A bold, big floral bouquet creates its own vocabulary of style, vibrant color and shapes. The most interesting seem to meander without formal structure or symmetry. These same floral arrangement patterns transfer to the latest floral wallpaper motifs. As a beauty bonus, this blog coordinates wallpaper with fall fashion.Plus you will learn how to decorate your space with a feature floral wall.

Monochromatic Wallpaper Bouquets

A monochromatic color pattern features one dominant color and can include derivatives and close complements to that color. Most floral wallpaper motifs include one bold flower or repetitious prints, literal and abstract, of a small bouquet. Roses and poppies are common preferences on a white background. Monochromatic themes allow you to easily repeat the patterns in upholstery on a chair, pillows or drapes.

 

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Pastel Wallpaper Bouquets

Another option to incorporate a bold pattern is to soften the palette. In these examples, one type of flower is repeated in a large scale image and the others are a series of smaller flowers presented in fresh, contemporary watercolors. The end result is both striking and easy on the eyes. If you incorporate pastel floral wallpaper, you can extract the most prominent color for foundational pieces such as sofas, loveseats, chaises or rugs to create some balance.

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Assorted Jewel-Tone Wallpaper Bouquets

Vibrant colors are the cold season’s antidote for sunny, happy days. These jewel-toned floral bouquets designs will make your walls sing with bold strokes of color in an array of exotic flowers. The following wallpaper images dance with unstructured bouquets filled with pink, fuschia, azure, orange and red with luscious lime and avocado colored leaves. These types of statement prints pair well with solid colored furniture with smooth lines upholstered in velvet, suede, cotton and other tightly woven textiles.

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Dark Color Wallpaper Bouquets

In tandem with the black wall trend, black serves as the canvas for contemporary arrangement selections of tulips, roses, poppies and more along with designs reminiscent Renaissance era floral paintings. Black with pinks and reds seem to be the most prevalent motifs. The contrasts will make metallic accessories in lighting, accessories and furniture hardware really pop. You can also just repeat black in your furniture and leave the patterns to the walls and rugs.

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The rules for living a distinctive modern life continue to adapt to people’s desire to customize every inch of their spaces.

Remember, if you can’t match your drapes, you can now match your wallpaper.

Trending Now: Graffiti’s New Stage is in Your Bathroom

Graffiti has come a long way from its rebellious moniker peppering gritty, urban landscapes of trains and buildings. It has transcended its shady past to become the feature design element of a limited series collection by Aquabrass. The Graffiti tub is one of three free-standing, hand-painted  products under the KANVAS ™  collection. The tubs are fabricated in North America from stone resin and are all hand signed by the artist. The Pax design focuses on a zen-like ambiance. The Mosiak tub is a nod to modern art with a classic appeal.  This trio of tubs is just the beginning of a movement in home interiors that reflects all aspects of contemporary design with personalization.

Your new Graffiti tub can be accented with a coordinating custom, mosiac tile featuring graffiti art. An Italian manufacturer combines technology with art allowing clients to customize tile with a hi-res digital file as the source image. The surface is a patented polymer that is both light-weight and flexible and gives depth and dimension to each tile. You can print a variety of geometric shapes and wrap round surfaces with the tile.  The infinite color allows for processing any image that can scale both small and large.

This decor movement marks an exciting time to showcase your individuality and experiment with design options that can be placed almost everywhere in your space. Contact me for a consultation on bringing your space to life.

 

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Bedtime Stories: Children’s Furniture Trends

Let’s face it. No child wants to hear the phrase “time for bed.”  It seems to become the universal cue for extended needs; e.g., glasses of water, a pre-bed snack, sprints around the house and/or one more story. Sound familiar? Well, these new beds and space chair may be your answer to shut down the pre-bed shenanigans.

These three fantasy beds and luxurious chair with smart technology can put any mood, perhaps adults too, in a sleepy trance:

Fantasy Air Balloon – Limited Edition

Kids can dream about sleeping while floating in the sky in this luxurious limited edition bed. The bottom is fabricated from traditional basketry technique. The rest is manufactured from wood finished in white lacquer, lined with faux fur and trimmed in gold leaf. The bottom section contains drawers for storage and the bed area can be converted to a sofa, thus expanding the functional use of this fantastical furniture.  You can establish an ambiance by adjusting the lighting to reflect a mood and pipe in sounds that seduce your little one into a deep, peaceful sleep.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Mermaid Bed

This fiberglass rocks elevate this fiberglass shell that is created to protect your precious pearl while sleeping in its beautiful womb. It’s cushy round bed sits under a lit lid. This bed works beautifully as the centerpiece in a room of soft ocean blues, lavender, off whites and fun accents like plush rugs and over-sized accessories.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Bun Van Bed

Calling all hippie HENRY’s, this bed is for your child. The iconic VW bus bed symbolizes the freedom, imagination and adventure that epitomizes a child’s spirit. The fiberglass bed has chrome plated finishes and is decked out in an exotic, palisander wood. The interior contains a bed, TV, secretary, mini-bar and a sofa. Add some stuffed toys, lights, books and other keepsake items and this space is the ultimate bedtime escape.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Rocky Rocket – The Rocket Man Chair

What is it about our spectacular, awe-inspiring galaxy that incessantly captures our imaginations? The challenge and intrigue of other worlds is fantastic fodder for daydreaming and dreams. This fiberglass rocket chair is a statement piece of furniture for your future astronaut. It is lined in red velvet with a secret stair compartment and shelves in the side engines. This chair connects to a mobile app to control the lighting, sound and sleep time tones.  Set the total galactic experience with a coordinating moon rug. All materials are non-toxic.

 

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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If you are interested in any of these special items, click here for more information.

Trending Now: Organic Shaped Bathroom Hardware

Most artists pay homage to nature as their ultimate design influence and inspiration source. As a lover of all things originating in nature; organic shapes, textures and patterns always excite my spirit. These attributes are the core of this new collection of bathroom hardware grabbed that brings the outside in with elegance and simplicity.

These knobs follow the form of smooth and etched rocks as well geometric shaped rough gemstones.  The collections come in two versatile finishes, burnished brass or nickel, to accommodate contemporary tastes.  If this is you,  visit Waterworks for more information.

 

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Images ©Waterworks, Petra and Isla Collections respectively.