If you’ve browsed through a home design magazine lately you’ve likely noticed a resurgence of the white kitchen… Transitional and modern interiors alike all awash with natural light gleaming off clean white surfaces and spaces large and small made to feel more open and airy.
With the increasing popularity of these new white kitchens, new white kitchen appliances take the look a step further. Resembling more an Apple iPhone than the old standard issue white appliances from my college apartment, these sleek, sexy and technology-packed appliances are replacing the ubiquitous stainless steel in some high-end American kitchens.
It was a successful afternoon hunting through the local granite yards for slabs to use on a current design project. We have been searching for just the right stone for weeks, and here it is! It’s Spectacular… no really, that’s what they’ve named it. Can’t argue with that though- these dramatic, bookmatched slabs will look spectacular installed on our project- I can’t wait! Read more
At the end of each year as we look forward to the next, the design world is always abuzz with predictions. What colors, patterns, styles or trends will shape the new year? How are the needs and preferences of our clients going to change? What functional and aesthetic qualities will most appeal to consumers’ changing lifestyles?
Not surprisingly, predictions about color tend to garner some of the greatest buzz. After all, color impacts everything we do! Pantone, widely recognized as the leading authority on color, forecasts that Emerald Green will be front and center in fashion, interiors, and beauty in 2013:
“The perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.”
As a designer, I wonder how extensively we will see emerald cropping up in interior product offerings in 2013 as a result of Pantone’s announcement, and is emerald a fluke or does this signal a reappearance of other rich jewel tones next?
Finding that perfect rug can be a challenge. One hot- and very versatile- style I’m loving right now is the vintage patchwork rug, in all its many pattern and color variations. Oh, the possibilities! From naturally sun faded to vibrantly overdyed, I love the wildly different looks that can be achieved with this kind of rug.
Need a non-standard size? A vintage or antique patchwork rug can be made in custom sizes in a much shorter amount of time than a new custom sized rug. So many reasons to love this style!
Below: Espresso Black vintage Turkish patchwork from Istek, Orange overdyed vintage patchwork from ABC Carpet & Home, Cadiz from West Elm.
We recently had the pleasure of designing this fun kids’ playroom in a clients’ home. Our clients asked for a playroom that would appeal to their three young children while still maintaining the sophisticated style of the rest of the home. The finished design features graphic stripes with contemporary tree murals inspired by the natural setting of the home, custom-colored chalkboard paint, cozy lounge furniture with soft, washable covers, and a puzzle rug. We also strategically integrated stylish storage and flexible activity zones to encourage imaginative play without TV.
And how unbelievably cute are these kids?!
Pick up the May 2012 issue of SRQ Magazine for the full feature, or come on over and check out the album on our Facebook page for more photos of this fun project.
Today is World Interiors Day, an annual, worldwide event initiated by the International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers (IFI) to bring Interior Architecture/Design to the attention of the public, to enhance knowledge and understanding about the profession, and to encourage cooperation between professionals with a focus on the range of work of Interior Designers and their contributions to society.
To learn more about World Interiors Day and IFI, check out http://ifiworld.org.
(Or, “Ouch! How I Got My First Sunburn of 2012″)
Today I visited a fabulous garden center in Venice with a client. We’ve been working together for about 8 months designing her family’s beautiful new home set in a lush, tropical eden. Now interior construction is wrapping up, furniture is being delivered, and it’s time to work on the finishing touches that punctuate the design, like house and patio plants.
For its March 2012, “Home of the Year” issue, SRQ Magazine called on a few local designers, architects, and builders for tips on what’s hot in home design. Check it out, it’s a great issue! And I don’t just say that because we’re in it…
“Drapery isn’t just for windows anymore: There’s nothing like a well-placed cascade of fabric to give a room instant glamour. Try hanging drapery behind a bed as a headboard or on a wall to either side of a great piece of art. Mount the rods close to the ceiling to accentuate height and add drama.” —Angela Rodriguez, Space as Art, Sarasota
“Varied texture is key: In every great interior, balance of texture is just as important as balance of color. Natural textures are especially hot right now.” —Angela Rodriguez, Space as Art, Sarasota
I love to incorporate live plants into the spaces I design. They can bring color and texture, be contemporary or classic, link the indoors to a great view outside, anchor an empty corner or a tall room, naturally improve indoor air quality, and never go out of style. What’s not to love?
For some of our clients whose answer is the maintenance, one way to get them the natural vibrance a live plant brings to an interior is to make creative use of succulents. As long as the room has enough sunlight, succulents can be perfectly happy indoor plants with just a light watering every couple of weeks. There are so many kinds to choose from with different shapes and colors, and many without any sharp needles to watch out for.
Campaign desks were made for traveling in style. Designed to be folded and transported by travelers on safari and military officers on the march alike during the expansion of the British Empire, campaign furniture was often very finely made.
Traditional characteristics of these desks are durable wood construction, flat front drawers, flat brass hardware, and often folding bases and flip-tops. Today’s campaign-inspired furniture has been reimagined and still invokes a spirit of world travel with masculine military-chic details. Whether in traditional mahogany or a glossy mod lacquer (check it out- fabulous!), I just love the strong style statement these desks make in a room…
A cocktail party this past week in honor of the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Veranda, one of our favorite design magazines, was a fabulous opportunity to meet and greet the personalities behind the publication while viewing all the latest at the Ralph Lauren Home showroom.
By Angela Rodriguez, ASID, Principal Interior Designer
As 2010 draws to a close, Space as Art shares our very own recap of the year’s big trends in interior design. Which trends do you hope to see more of in 2011, and to which do you wish good riddance?
Blow it up.
This year we saw more large-scale patterns in every type of product. From dainty, traditional prints blown up big and bold on fabrics, to the maximized and modern geometry of new larger-format carpet tiles, patterns are big. I mean BIG.
^ This graphic wallpaper available from Anthropologie is a magnification of lace; Romo’s “Grandis” collection offers very large-scale patterns in luxurious fabrics.
What’s that? Ikat.
Ikat, the Indonesian name for a traditional style of weaving used across many cultures and tribes of the world, has been a visible influence in fashion and interior design in 2010. Ikat-inspired prints have cropped up on fashion runways and interior design textiles for the past few years, and 2010 has been no exception. In fact, this has been a big year for ikat, with a major exhibition of Central Asian Ikats opening at The Textile Museum in October, and the announcement made this year by the Republic of Indonesia that it would pursue “Intangible Cultural Heritage” accreditation for its traditional ikat weaving. Its influence in interior design extends into digital interpretations of the signature ikat look on modern textiles, which have been popular in 2010.
^ “Bayadere” by Brunschwig & Fils; “Ikat” by Dedar; “Khiva” by Fabricut; “Seychelles” by Kravet.
Maybe some of you missed this one, but the 60s were alive again this year thanks to the reincarnation of tie-dye. Yes, TIE-DYE. There were some clues, but when Maya Romanoff announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with the launch of a tie-dye wall covering line, we knew this was serious. (Why serious? Maya Romanoff produces wallcoverings that tend to become iconic. Those glass beaded walls you at first marveled at, and then saw in restaurants and boutiques everywhere? Those exquisite mother-of-pearl shell coverings gracing luxe interiors worldwide? If MR says tie-tye is here, it’s here) If you still doubt me, here are some more hints…
^ Maya Romanoff and Amy Lau’s tie-dye anniversary collection featuring 3 prints; A tie-dye shower curtain available this year from mainstream retailer, Pottery Barn; Lauren by Ralph Lauren tie-dye accent pillow.
A flock of… wallpaper?
Think of it as a marriage between fabric and paper wall coverings. A bit of softness, a bit of smooth shine, a lot of dimension. Love it or hate it, flocked wallpaper has been big this year.
^ “Lasari” flocked wall covering from Romo uses velvety modern prints and a hint of metallic shine; “Haddon Hall” flocked wall covering by Cole & Son on a silver foil background.
Neon and bright colors have still been in this year, though used much more sparingly than we saw in the 2000′s. Brights in 2010 were often softened with neutral companions within a pattern, or used as a small accent “pop” on a pillow or accessory.
^ The 2010 palette for home & interiors released by Pantone shows how bright colors are still just as vivid, but used sparingly amongst more natural tones; Ligne Roset furniture exemplifies this color concept in a modern interior; “Spots” textile by Fabricut features bright colors playing nice with black, white, and tan.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, American homes are now actually getting smaller. This means a reverse of the supersized real estate trend of the past 3 decades, when average new home size had steadily risen every year. We’re seeing a similar trend in commercial real estate, where many companies are downsizing into smaller spaces to lower their overhead costs. But thanks to the interior design profession, home and business owners can maximize these smaller spaces for bigger style and greater efficiency to make the most of every square foot.
With every action there is an
equal and opposite utterly gorgeous, incredibly fabulous reaction… right? If you’re over the sleek, techie-inspired look we’ve seen in interior design for a while now, you will love this. Natural materials, exposed edges, solid construction, raw beauty… but don’t mistake this for feminine, white beach cottage “shabby chic.” This is completely different. I’m calling it weathered chic. And I am loving it. See for yourself…
^ Restoration Hardware’s 2010 furnishings lineup is all about dramatic, weathered chic; Aidan Gray’s Chandler chair typifies weathered chic style and finishes: natural linen, burlap, and aged wood; Even ultra modern Italian furniture maker, Cassina, gets in on the weathered chic look, showing how it can add a layer of interest to a sparse, modern interior.
Tell me a story.
Is there a story behind your wood floors? Did your dining table used to be the roof of a barn, or your shelving the timbers of a ship? Reclaimed wood isn’t appreciated only by environmentalists- it has majorly expanded into mass-market retail this year, and it’s easy to see why. Full of character and equally at home in traditional or modern interiors, there is nothing like the authentic good looks and the allure of the story behind reclaimed materials.
^ Reclaimed wood flooring in a Las Vegas restaurant; Pottery Barn uses reclaimed teak from old buildings to create its “Shasta” coffee tables; No two “Washed Ashore” lamps from Anthropologie are exactly alike, thanks to their reclaimed wood bases; CB2 sources rare saal wood reclaimed from old Indian railroad ties to create the tops of its “Darjeeling” dining tables.
Draw me a picture.
In design, there is such a thing as too much precision. These days when everything can be done so perfectly with computers, we have welcomed this year’s hand-drawn looks and artist-inspired product introductions. Vive l’artiste!
^ Offbeat, squid print draperies from Anthropologie are reminiscent of old-school artist’s woodblock prints; Wall decal by David Bray for Blik; The Thomas Paul 2 fabric collection for Duralee delivers hand-drawn, illustrative style; Forget steel & glass media furniture, Restoration Hardware would prefer you to take the artsy approach and mount your TV on this wooden easel.
If you’ve been into an electronics store in 2010, you’ve already witnessed the introduction of new LED televisions into the mass-market. LED (light emitting diode) technology is cropping up everywhere, in a big way. With its cost finally dropping, manufacturers are offering more products incorporating this type of light, and designers are eagerly delving into its wide-ranging applications in interior design. Offering maximum output at minimum energy consumption, and maximum lifespan at minimum size, LEDs have been big in interior design for the past decade. However, it is only when the cost for new technology drops that we now begin to see its applications more widely explored…
^ Collection of beautiful wood & LED tables seen this year at Milan Furniture Fair, designed by Giancarli Zema for Avanzini Group. Color-changing LED bed by French designer Philippe Boulet comes complete with programmable remote control.
It’s been quite a year! What do you think? We welcome you to share your thoughts and reactions to this year’s interior design trends. Favorites? Hopes for 2011?