Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Foyers & Entryways Design.

Dramatic Foyer


Foyer with Garden Wallpaper


Intense Colors


A Water-Colored Entryway

Quiet Power

A Chocolate Brown Entryway

A Pretty and Classic Foyer

A Rustic Entryway

A Shimmery Entrance

A Neoclassical Foyer


White Foyer

A Bright Entryway

A Sunny Entryway

Monday, October 8, 2012

5 Secrets to a Fab Living Room


Secret 1: Position Your Sofa
Your couch is often the largest piece of furniture in the living room, so having it in the right spot can make all the difference.
A good rule of thumb is to situate your couch so that it's facing the door, whether it's angled in a corner, floating or along a wall. If you're forced to place it with its back to the entrance, add a console table behind the sofa with lamps or art books so it looks more inviting.




Secret 2: Create a Focal Point
Every living room needs an anchor or a place for your eye to rest, whether it's a fireplace, beautiful artwork, a cool light fixture or a nice view. This will help ground the room and define its function.
If you don’t already have a natural focal point, you can create one by showing off your favorite item in the room. Draw attention to the farthest wall with an oversize piece of art or a decorative mirror. If it's your family room, a flat-screen TV might take center stage. Or play up a statement sofa with bright pillows.




Secret 3: Get a Rocking Rug
A great room starts off with an eye-catching rug. Before investing in a nice one, first determine how you plan on using the room.
If you want a big, open area for gatherings and conversation, go with a large sisal that can handle foot traffic.
If you want a separate space for dining, place a rug in just that spot to create a natural boundary.
If you want people to feel comfy, choose a plush wool or shag rug, and toss floor pillows down to encourage a casual vibe.



Secret 4: Get in Balance
Balance the room from top to bottom as well so people's eyes don't stop at the sofa. Consider adding a mirror, ceiling pendant lighting, Chinese screens, wall art, tall plants and high-back chairs.
If there’s a large grouping of furniture at one end of the space, create a new seating area to stabilize it at the other end.




Secret 5: Soften Your Space
Your living room should feel inviting and like it's "finished." The last step is to add accessories.
Include a few cozy accessories, like oversize pillows, a soft blanket over the arm of a couch or a sheepskin throw. And luxe up your lighting too. Rather than one high-voltage ceiling lamp illuminating the entire room, use a combo of floor, table, ceiling and wall lamps to make the space glow.



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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bookshelves Designs

The Equation Bookshelf is designed by Marcos Breder and is a simple idea of to divide things in priority order. As you can see the design is quite unique, stylish and original. You can put together the books that you need immediately or more important between (parentheses) or maybe a photo, or something important for you to be the focal point of this bookselhf. Set others between [square brackets] and {braces}.



The Folding Bookshelves is something really innovative in the bookshelves business, and I really like the idea. It’s very practical because you can arrange the books in an interesting way, as you can see from these pictures. The shelves are made of tough and steady cherry wood, but they possess the lightness of rice paper: they can be laid down, stood up, turned 90 degrees, used horizontally or vertically.


This multi-sized shelves design called the Quad Bookcase can store your CDs, DVDs, folders and books all in one clever product. For even more storage space, separate units can be joined together. Asymmetry in perfect balance!



Designer Da-Eun Song had an interesting idea when he designed this shelf that spells out shelf. This shelf has an very original and modern design. You can’t store to much stuff on this shelf, but is a great way to decorate a wall, and put inside only the books and objects your really like.



Now this design might look cool for the eye, but I don’t think you can stay to relaxed in that space, I’d rather stay in a comfortable chair. The “Shelves with a Bench” was designed by Stanislav Katz, a designer from Latvia.



As you can see from this picture a whole wall was used for this interesting bookcase, and the final result is a quite interesting bookcase, at least from my perspective.



Storyline Shelf is designed by Frederik Roij√© and is an excellent solution to store your books in a modern way. Sound finds a physical identity in the beautifully crafted Storyline bookshelf. By first processing a word into soundwaves, the physical shape is then mirrored in powder-coated steel, using an explicit folding technique. Appropriately enough, the word that inspired this lovely piece was “bliss”



Designed by Doris Kisskalt the FlexiTube is mobile and can be changed into a transparent room partitioner. This fantastic tub rolls and fits into any corner and changes into a sculpture of a shelf. The various elements get support through their velvety surface. Inside each tube is a shelf for storage which serves as a visual horizontal line. FlexiTube is available in two different sizes and can be combined in any number either lying side by side or on top of each other. Chocks will support your FlexiTube sculpture in case that you want to set it up without the support of a wall.



This quasi-hexagonal pattern bookcase ( Opus Shelving by Sean Yoo’s ) is made with “expanded polypropylene”- same material used for the car bumper and motorcycle helmet. It is very light but very strong, can be used indoor or outdoor and 100% recyclable. It wasn’t designed specifically to be used as a book case. I’ve seen some people use it for storing wine bottles, children’s toys, CD’s, DVD’s, records, and even an occasional book or two.


This interesting idea to store books, magazines, and DVDs is called by his creator BookWorm. Designed by Ron Arad, the bookworm is made from plastic which can be shaped into any form desired. each upright can support 20 pounds, and it is suggested that the bookworm be mounted in a curved design to increase capacity. This idea can be also very useful for small places, where a bookcase is way to large. In conclusion the Bookworm is a great product that also can make your home more spacious.


The Cave is a shelving unit with integrated nook for reading, for those who want to grab a book and start reading right away. I can say that this idea is ideal for small places, because the nook for reading can save the space used by a chair. A bookcase CAVE provides a private reading space within its form. As a seat hight is just above the floor, CAVE gives a feeling of hiding from others standing around it. Books can be stored on both sides. Therefore, CAVE can also functions as a partition of a room.



Vintage Shelf is an original shelf created by Jaren Goh Design for Munkii. A reminiscence of the classic design, embodied within a modern contemporary form. It brings back the classic design and fits it seamlessly into the modern homes of today. A unison of the past and the present.



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Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to Select the Right Window Curtains

When it comes to decorating, there is one element in the room that is often forgotten, and that is the window treatments. Most people will purchase curtains as an afterthought, something that needs to go up but doesn't really matter. The problem is the window treatments do matter and it should be an active decision when you are designing your decor. Selecting the right window curtains can be surprisingly complex. If you choose the wrong type or the wrong color, it can completely ruin the design that you have. Finding the best curtains for your room can lead to a flow in style that will have any professional interior designer borrowing from your idea for future projects. When a window treatment works, it really works.



If you are trying to select window treatments for your home but are unsure of where to start, there are a few pointers that will help make finding the right window curtains much easier.

Keep the curtains in the room:

This is actually a mistake that many people make. They find a curtain style and they put the same curtains into every room whether it looks good with the decor or not. The simple fact is each room can have different curtains, unless you are working with an open floor concept and you will not want a child themed curtain in a living room any more than you would want bold and luxurious window coverings in a child’s room. Be aware of this fact and make sure that you change up the curtains from room to room.

Understand your privacy:

One of the more popular window treatments that you can find are sheer drapes. While these are wonderful in many different areas, they are not the best style of drape to purchase if you want to have a little privacy since you can see through most sheer drapes. Bedrooms should never have sheer drapes solely, and neither should bathrooms for that matter. Instead, pair them with a darker drape or window covering that does just that; covers.

Understand the lighting:

When it comes to windows, not all of them produce the same amount of lighting and this will affect the type of drapes that you use. Drapes that are heavy can block out a lot of light and this works well in a bedroom, especially bedrooms that offer amazing views of the sunrise. Sheer drapes are excellent for sun rooms that don’t need a lot of privacy. Sheers provide a light airy feel that work wonderfully in many spaces. When you know the amount of light coming through the window, you can plan accordingly.




Materials are important:

There are many different materials and fiber combinations that you can use for a curtain but your should choose materials that are fade resistant, especially if the room gets a lot of light, which is common in south facing rooms. Although silks may seem luxurious for a room, they are better left on the pillows and other accents since silk curtains will fade quickly and you will be left with dull and ugly curtains on your windows.

Tie in the design:

While you may not realize it, it is very important to tie the curtains in with the theme. This does not mean that you have to play it safe and make the curtains match perfectly but they shouldn't clash with the decor. Make sure that the materials reflect the materials in the room, the color works with your color palette and the thickness of the material works with the feel of the decor. The last thing you will want is a heavy drape in a light and airy design space.

When it comes to the color, you can use the curtains to add depth to a space or you can use the curtains to provide a little pop of color or a statement piece to the room.



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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Outdoors Design.

Stepping stones through grass and rose arbor leads to hideaway with a bench surrounded by trees and blooming plants.



The telescoping pocket door that disappears into the wall provides seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. When entertaining bring out some indoor furniture and plants, even some lamps, to give it a cozy feel.



This beautiful and colorful patio is full of life. The rich and bold colors of plum, red and oranges add warmth and intimate scale while punches of pink flowers and purple leaves pop against the warm beige and neutral palette.



Wood framed clerestory cut-out adds interest to a wall constructed to provide privacy. Wood details in the banquette bring warmth to the stucco and are topped with seat cushions, made of durable outdoor fabric. 



A pergola constructed of renewable redwood lumber provides the perfect oasis for this backyard. The space also features a freestanding outdoor shower, gas firepit and fountain.



Nothing anchors an outdoor living room better than a free-standing custom stone fireplace. Faux stone arches, deep seating furnishings and tiled accents complete the romantic setting.



Focus on your focal points. Add additional color to your focal points to make them pop! Knockout roses help draw attention to this fountain.



This stunning garden has a spa, fireplace and formal, raised dining patio. A custom wooden pergola, gates and arbors enclose the dining area.