We get asked all the time “Why is an interior designer necessary?” While it is true that there are many people around that have an inherent eye for design, a trained professional interior designer goes much deeper into economic cultivation through psychology and branding…
I want to present to you a short and informative Interior Design Video that explains what Interior Designers really do – unlike some of what the "TV" programs imply, which only confuses the public.
Here is an amazing video that Radford University students have created as a competition for IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council), which was awarded first place at the IDEC Conference. NCIDQ sponsored this competition. It is an interesting and entertaining approach to explain our benefits to the public.
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Minimal, Clean and Timeless…
The current trend in room design is just that!
Design demands for today’s hotel need to be durable, maintenance friendly and appealing to all demographics. They need to be trendy and hip enough for a younger crowd, and have a comfortable and cozy appeal for older, more seasoned clientele. Hotel operators and developers require more longevity for their inventory in todays economy than ever before.
Creating a space that is technologically and environmentally savvy is also a key element in design. Today’s travelers with iPads, laptops and smart phones require ease and convenience of connecting and charging.
Eureka Mesquite Spa Suite; Comfortable and Functional while Spa like
Finding the design balance between function and aesthetics is the trick. Here we see easy to maintain finishes with neutral to warm color palettes and textural finishes.
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Increased competition, market saturation and rising expectations of visitors mean that hotels must not only widen their choices and raise their standards of service, but also invest in interior design. Currently, guests expect a hotel to not only meet the basic requirements for accommodation, but guarantee comfort, relaxation and a pleasurable stay. Sophisticated, well-equipped bathrooms, tasteful and prestigious decor, and the use of sumptuous materials raise the standards of a facility and provide fond memories of that hotel.
Bathroom areas in hotels are usually small. Accumulated clutter and the “necessaries” in such a space can cause the decorative elements to be lost, overwhelmed, and obscured. Therefore, a minimalist style is ideal for hotel bathrooms – with a strong, clear accent. Small bathrooms prove themselves with friendly materials and larger scales; large mirrors filling an entire wall or placed on two walls, polished and shiny materials, and decorative lighting highlight the nuances of space.
Watch for part two on Hotel Rooms!
Recycling for Interiors
We have all seen the old-dresser-made-to-look-new by re-painting it. But what about some more creative and innovative ways to furnish and decorate your home, while recycling materials that otherwise would end up in a land fill? Some of these pieces can be accomplished by the do-it yourself crowd, and some might need more shop skills that the ordinary person has.
Take a look at some of these pieces:
Here we have a modern chair whose seat and back is made from old CDs (probably might need some shop skills for this one).
Old ball point pens used to create a chandelier.
Old leather belts used to create flooring, but could also be applied to walls.
Wind chime created using glass rings cut from bottles.
Old entertainment center (for the giant TVs no one uses anymore) repurposed into a play kitchen for the kids.
And to reuse the giant TV, turn it into a fish tank.
Here is another chair, but this one is made from plastic water bottles.
Another chair requiring shop skills, but a great reuse for old shopping carts.
A chair made from old hard sided luggage.
A tiered movie/TV room made from wooden pallets.
Teacups turned into pendant lights.
As you can see, there are plenty of ideas out there to help you get those creative juices flowing. Have fun creating!
The Latest 2012 Design Trends!
World Market Center in Las Vegas, NV
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!
Do It Yourself Painting Tips
Last time Larry talked about paint, but now comes the best part, the painting! It doesn’t have to be hard, and anyone can do it. Here are some of my tips for getting a great paint job – by doing it yourself!
There are plenty of sites that offer how-to’s on painting, but here are some of the basic ideas with my tips that I have used on my many painting projects.
Most of the difficult and tedious part of painting is the prep work, and about 75 percent of your time will be spent doing this.
Patch holes and cracks with a filler product, sand lightly when dry; home centers or paint stores have knowledgeable personnel to guide you to the best products for the job
Remove light switch and outlet covers and any hardware or light fixtures that you can, replace the screws in the outlet if you have a tendency to lose things, then tape over what is left on the wall
If you can’t remove something, cover it with plastic bags or plastic wrap and tape edges
Sand or clean areas to be painted; any old dirt, grime, flaking paint, dust or debris left on the wall could cause your new paint to peel
Tape all door and window trims and baseboards; this keeps goofs from getting on the trim
Cover the floor with a plastic or canvas drop cloth
Now For The FUN Part - Painting!
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