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Having just completed the previews of the winter 2012 Interior Design and Accessory Market here in Las Vegas, we thought we would share what are the latest and greatest interior design trends coming for this year and next year! As we dust off 2011 and the winter months, here are the newest ideas and trends!
Hope you are inspired!
Often when purchasing for a design project we have a tight budget we have to work with. In order to meet those budgets, I will often help the designers find a more affordable version of a product they have picked out. Below you will find some popular items for the home along with a more affordable alternative. You’d be amazed at the savings you will find when you take the time to research. Google Product Search is one of my favorite methods for price comparisons.
The Eileen Gray Side Table
Eileen Gray was a pioneer of the Modern Movement in Architecture. Her Eileen Gray Adjustable Side Table by ClassicCon at Design Within Reach costs $1,150.00
At Lamps Plus you can get a similar version produced by Zuo for only $238.91. A savings of 80%!
The Barcelona Chair by Knoll
The Barcelona Chair by Knoll has been around since 1929 at Design Within Reach it costs $5,063.00.
A more affordable alternative with the same look is the Hercules Chair by Flash Furniture – Bizchair.com $299.00.
If you purchase the alternative you’ll save 95%!
The Tolix H70 Stool
The Tolix H70 Stool has been around since 1950 at Sundance it costs $250.00 ea.
A more affordable version can be found on Overstock! The Tabouret 30” Metal Barstool costs $93.59 for a set of 2!
A Savings of 81%
The Beat Light by Tom Dixon
The Beat Light by Tom Dixon on Lumens.com costs $490.00.
Patriot Lighting produces a similar pendant that’s more affordable at Menards it costs only $29.99!
Wow, that's a savings of 94%!
Cardiff Tufted Armchair from Pottery Barn
The Cardiff Tufted Armchair from Pottery Barn costs $799.00.
You can go for this similar alternative available at Overstock – The Tafton Club Chair costs only $376.99
You’ll save 53% if you purchase the alternative instead!
Crate & Barrel Spool Accent Table
Instead of wood, the Crate & Barrel Spool Accent Table is made from steel and aluminum, it costs $229.00.
The Bailey Accent Table looks very similar, is made of steel and costs only $93.99 at Overstock.com!
Best of all, you’ll save 59% by going with the alternative!
The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Herman Miller
The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Herman Miller is a classic, it's also very pricey, at Hivemodern.com it costs $4,499.00.
The Hercules Presidio Series Lounge Chair and Ottoman on Amazon is very similiar to the original except for the price! It costs only $699.00!
You’ll save 85% by choosing the alternative version!
We all hope that you had a good holiday season and are getting your engines going
Things are already off to a busy start this year for WHL Design Group in both the Las Vegas and Dallas offices!
If you recall our last blog, we discussed some new things for this year. Well, the WHL Virtual Designer is here! After about a year of development, we are up and running, so we encourage you all to check it out under the website tab (Online Interior Design) or just click the banner below!!
In conjunction with this exciting new way to design, we are pleased to announce that we are now part of the Fox Entertainment KVVU 5 Las Vegas Morning “MORE show”with a monthly segment “Recreate the Space”!
You can also find the WHL “Virtual Designer” link on the Fox 5 “MORE” home page at http://www.fox5vegas.com click on the “MORE” tab, or just click the photo below to be taken directly to the "MORE" Page!
Look for Larry’s first air date on January the 19th that will become a monthly feature on the MORE show with Monica and Jason. We will be talking about the new culture and ways of designing in today’s market. For those of you that are not in the viewing area, we will be streaming on the Fox “MORE show” home page as well. Keeping in mind that the new Virtual Site is global, not just dedicated to Las Vegas, Nevada!
Also equally exciting, we are now in commercial advertising on Fox too!
Here is the latest!
Coming soon, look for brand new interior photography of WHL Design’s 2011 latest design efforts!
Bye for now!
Christmas time - to some it is the most wonderful time of the year! And to others? Well… stress comes to mind! Entertaining, shopping, decorating, cooking, travel- shall I continue?
Let’s take the sting out of decoration! Don’t let your holiday control you! You control it! There are many simple, very designer chic and impacting techniques that will make the house festive and jolly, yet will not break the back, spirit and most of all, the bank!
Here are some wonderful ideas courtesy of Kendall Cronstrom and Annie Schlechter…
Posts of Christmas Past
For a mantel with extra flair, collect family holiday cards from previous years and clothespin them to a long, slim stick suspended between two vases. Put them in chronological order and, if you want, date the pins.
Take several lengths of heavy-gauge wire, knot one end of each, and string through a jingle bell and a Clementine (yes, your hands may get a bit sticky). Twist all the wires into a cluster and secure with a large bow. Hang on a newel post or your front door.
Bundles of Joy
Try hanging something unexpected on the tree, like a bunch of fragrant cinnamon sticks or a sparkling metal garland inspired by nature.
Fill pretty glassware with sugar and mini marshmallows, then stuff old-fashioned stick candies inside, for a holiday display that looks good enough to eat.
Just Log On
Here’s one roaring fire that isn’t a huge bother to get started. Simply slip this DVD into your laptop and place the virtual flames on an end table.
Step It Up
Show off some of your most eye-catching ornaments (that might otherwise get lost in your tree). Thread them with different lengths of thin ribbon or string, then tie them to a long, wide grosgrain ribbon wound around a banister.
Feast for the Eyes
Gather a bunch of doilies in white and silver, then tape them together (or secure with a dab of glue) to form a one-of-a-kind table runner. For an inexpensive wintry centerpiece, fill glass vases and large compotes of different heights with pinecones. Spray-paint them gold and silver for extra sparkle, or leave them as nature intended.
Skirting the Issue
If each member of your family has, oh, four or five scarves, put some of them to work as a tree skirt. Arrange in a pinwheel fashion around the base of the tree and secure with safety pins.
It’s all about trying to keep it simple, easy and impacting!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at WHL Design Group!
Art is defined as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Furniture is defined as the moveable articles required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
So why can’t the objects in your home or office be both? Here are some examples of items I find appealing and functional. Each individual yearns to find that one unique piece that speaks to them, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else likes it, because it fits you. Maybe something here speaks to you!
There is no limit to what you can find out there. Just keep searching!
Ah the cooler temperatures… It’s a time, especially here in the southwest United States, where we see a return to cooking and the fall comfort foods. It’s hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving, and at no other time is the kitchen the most prevalent room in the house next to the dining room. Most of us don’t pay much mind to the size and functionality of our kitchens when it is the height of summer, but now we all wish we had more kitchen space and a larger area for dining. Here are some lovely images to stir the mind and the palate, and that just might help you in designing your future dream kitchen.
Let us all remember to stop and be thankful for our lives and those around us, where we are, where we have been and where we are headed!
Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appétit!
Well, the reality is you don’t have to. We come from a society that is "off the rack". It’s all about convenience and instant gratification, right? Wrong. How many hundreds of times do we really settle? Well, if it fits, great, but it’s not the color that I envisioned or the fabric and color are excellent but I am not crazy about the style. I see this in clothes, furniture, even automobiles and things like vacations!
The big ticket items are more difficult, like purchasing a home – I have heard people say that “I wish I could pick up this house and place it in this neighborhood!” Well, unless you have unlimited financial resources to build a custom home, you are reduced to what the market offers. But… that does not stop you from making it your own. Sometimes you can find readymade products that work wonderfully, but a lot of the time not.
This is why the words “Custom made” need not be so scary! In a lot of cases the costs to have things custom made are parallel, if not sometimes even less expensive than “off the rack”! You know we have all settled on things that were “close” but never really warmed up completely to whatever it was, sometimes even regretting that purchase, whether it be a pair of shoes or a sofa. The only thing that you might have to concede is the time it takes to have something produced custom. But you know, you should really enjoy the wait, knowing that the build up to that “perfectly made item just for you” is coming! Also, the satisfaction of knowing that whatever it is, no one out there will have one quite the same as you!
So… think twice and don’t panic at having things custom manufactured. If you think about it, everything is manufactured, even all that “close but not quite” merchandise that was just mass produced! If you are making an investment, why settle?
Artist’s rendering of the proposed project (2008)
Yesterday we attended the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters Grand Opening Ceremony! We are proud to be the interior design firm selected to provide the tenant improvements to the developer’s core and shell building. The public only gets the condensed media version of the project, but this project started for us in 2007, as we began the feasibility studies to determine if this project could even be built and what it would take to accomplish it.
We met with several LVMPD bureaus to evaluate many factors; employee counts, space requirements, operating problems, transportation and travel costs, leasing information, equipment requirements, department interactions, etc., etc. This information was then developed into a hypothetical space plan to determine the required size of the new campus. Several more meetings were held between public officials, Metro and the developer to get this project approved and underway.
The official Ground Breaking was held on October 23, 2009, and things really got moving.
The next official milestone was the Topping Off Ceremony, held on July 15, 2010. After that, our job became extremely busy, as we coordinated the tenant improvement build out of all the interior office spaces in all three buildings.
On the first day of moving people into the completed project, there was a small Flag Raising Ceremony.
Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie speaking at yesterday’s ceremony
And the culmination of all our efforts was recognized yesterday, October 26, 2011, at the Grand Opening Ceremony.
Here are a few more pictures of the completed project:
We sincerely enjoyed working on this project, as everyone on this project team was a pleasure to work with. We wish the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department the best as they continue to protect and serve the community, all from their new home!
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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: http://www.lvmpd.com/
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