All posts tagged: Design

Outdoors with Style

Warm weather is here, and we can’t wait to spend some time outside, especially for folks like me who had to deal with a snowy winter.  While we are all planning fun BBQs with friends, trying new recipes for cocktails and dishes or warming up to hot tea and a good book, we realize something is missing.  Our patios, decks, terraces or gardens are in desperate need of styling. If you live in a big city like NYC, you probably have a tiny space. No worries! It can still be cozy and cool. Picture yourself out there, what do you need? Rugs? Plants? Flowers? Not that good with plants but want green? How about an herbal garden? Dining area? A hammock? Comfortable seating? Fire pit? I found this amazing tutorial for your patio or garden: http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2013/04/its-the-pits/ Color! Neutrals are so peaceful but fun strong colors also bring happiness to the heart. Re-energize your outdoors with bright tones. Not into bright colors but love contrast? Consider the right amount of lighting so you can enjoy it at dusk. …

Let’s style that bookcase

When we decide to decorate our bookcases, there are some things to consider. 1) The bookcase size, depth and height of shelves. There are many designs we can bring to our house, from custom made to adjustable shelves. Pick a piece that fulfills your needs. A great option is to use bookcases as space dividers. They let light go through and create an interesting atmosphere. 2) Books. Besides the obvious, we should pick books that are in good shape and those we love. Have you noticed that bookcases are magnets for guests? They reflect who we are and what topics we are knowledgeable about.  Pick them wisely; otherwise you might find yourself being questioned and not have a clue about the books. There are different ways to put them in the shelves:  By topic, by color, by size, vertical, horizontal or mixed. 3) Accessories. I like to see bookcases filled with stories beside the books. That little box you bought on your last trip, that cute picture of your pet, a nice globe you bought …

Picture Perfect

A big empty wall in your space and you have no clue what to do with it. You only have 2 art pieces and they are not enough to fill in the space properly.  Sounds familiar? Well, there is an art behind hanging art. There are sites that sell prints and originals of many styles that are very useful to fill in gaps or to be statement pieces: minted.com, etsy.com, etc. Other ideas for cheaper options are to go to flea markets and find old posters in good shape such as maps, landscape pictures, or anything you find interesting. You can pretty much hang anything. One interesting, fun idea was to get this “grandma” style gold leaf frames with landscape art but have half of them painted in a solid color (including the frame). Check first to be sure it is not a valuable piece! Mirrors are another useful item to add to your collection. They help multiply light and space. They can also become fun pieces. One fun and retro trend is to add hand woven …

Home Profile: Kimberley Seldon’s Country Retreat

With the weather in NYC warming up into the 60’s and 70’s, I yearn to escape the concrete jungle.  I saw this country house featured on House & Home (Canada) last year. I still think about the house today.  It is a classic combination of coziness, modern, eclectic, and glamorous.  I would not mind hiding away here for awhile. The home tour was featured on House & Home online last year. You can see it below. You can also check out the full photo gallery at Kimberly Seldon’s site. What I love about this interior is the open layout and the grand scale of the space.  It is also decorated unlike what one would think of a “weekend house”. The wall of windows allows for the light to shine through.  Can you imagine a reading nook like the one below where you can melt into the gorgeous scenery? The theme of luxury and grandeur continues into the bathroom.  I could stay in this tub all day. The seating arrangement below stimulates a conversion and also allows for the …

Big Box Scout: Target Spring 2015 Decor

We honestly do not know anyone who would not fall for Target’s charm.  We love their collections that refresh our personal style in and outside the house for a relatively small budget. Therefore, we decided to bring you a report of what can easily be added to your home. First, come up with a plan. Make a list of the areas in your home needing improvement. Identify what is missing to give it a punch. Pick a color scheme or a story to tell. Do you need a living room improvement? From side tables to accessories: You can even add extra seats with a lot of style: For your bedroom, there are many lamps, night tables, and decorative pillows that can bring new life: Night tables to achieve a bolder look can be glamorous or natural/relaxed: Accents for the office too: Please leave us a comment on how you would incorporate Target items in your own interior. We will be reporting from other big stores soon. Author:  Daniela Olmedo

Patterns – Let´s mix!

For this week, we will start with natural inspirations in all their shapes and continue to see basic tips and ideas to mix what we showed you last week. Green plants such as banana leaves (Brazilliance pattern by fabulous designer Dorothy Draper) palms and ferns are commonly found in wallpaper but you can use them in all the other decoration forms you can imagine. Also, basic natural forms in color: The greatness of flowers is everywhere. By the way, Target is launching a collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer´s brand. Check out the natural and bright patterns: Geometric patterns are as basic as solid color accesories. They help us to give balance in an interesting way. Now, let´s make it happen: There are very simple ways of mixing prints. One (easiest and safest) is to pick a bold design and mix it with a basic geometric pattern from the same palette (maybe lighter or darker tones): For more fun, use that simple geometric pattern in a different color to make the pattern burst, or try a more …

Patterns – What to look for

One of the biggest challenges for dressing up a space is to pick the prints and patterns. Furniture is easier because it is mostly picked by its function. Fabrics and prints are a bigger challenge because they are the ones that set the mood of the space. I want to show you inspiring images of popular trends for patterns for this and next week. They can be used in wallpaper, pillows, upholstery, throws, lamp shades, drapery, rugs, framed art, and even accessories like trays and bowls. Watercolor/Free hand designs Also, check out how cool the dalmatian print is! Around the world cultures inspiration is a very strong one too: Please look forward to part II on patterns next Wednesday. We want to show you more ideas and examples of how to mix them. We are getting closer to Friday! Don´t miss our travel post. Author:  Daniela Olmedo

Color Story: Marsala and Peach & Copper

Internet has changed the way trends worked. It has made the information so accessible; it seems like we can pick the ideas out of the creator’s brain. Since everything comes and goes faster now, we have to have our eyes wide open. To tell you what trend to follow would be like me telling you what food you should find tasty. Your house is yours. Our role as designers should be to absorb what you love and who you are and make it work with style. I would like to guide you on which are the most popular trends in interior design so you can choose and apply what you like into your own space.  For the month of April, we will talk about the latest styles around the world. Let’s start with color: Marsala and its palette (The absolute winner in 2015 as color of the year). This strong and intense color is part of a fabulous palette played with reds, purples, and pinks. It is an absolute hit and will bring life into any room. …