All About Inspiration

People always ask me where my inspiration comes from. Design inspiration can come from many places including fashion, art, social media, travel and of course other interior or exterior designs. Fashion is a huge source of inspiration for interior designers. You can look to magazines, the runway shows, and even your own closet to inspire new colors, textures and patterns in your space. Social media is also a very easy way to gain some inspiration for your next interior project. Resources like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz are my go to spots because the search options are endless. For this post, I want to focus on travel as the ultimate source of inspiration.

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Travel exposes you to new environments and cultures that you may not be familiar with. The culture and design you discover while travelling is the most influential source of inspiration because you are actually having an experience rather than just looking through a magazine or surfing the web. Places like Spain with an abundance of mosaic tile work, might inspire a kitchen or bathroom, and a trip to the middle east might inspire you to use their opulent tapestries for rugs or wall art. Here are a couple different countries that serve as major outlets for design influence!

Japan:
Japanese design is all about simple and natural expression. Interior spaces that are inspired by Japan will be minimalist and beautiful in the most understated way. One easy way to take inspiration from Japanese design is to use natural materials such as wood and concrete. Japanese design is all about nature and void of artificiality. The aim is to create spaces that feel tranquil and are clutter free. Check out these Japanese inspired spaces:

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Spain:
Classic Spanish interiors combine Moorish design characteristics with those of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. One of the most admired fundamentals of Spanish design is that they refuse to follow temporary trends. This has sustained the laid-back elegance of Spanish style for years and is still very influential in California’s architecture and interior design. One of the most recognizable and influential elements of Spanish design is the sharp contrast between simplicity and intricacy. For example, highly detailed carved doorways set in plain white plaster walls. With this use of contrast focus is placed on certain elements with nothing to detract from their intended prominence. Spanish interiors also speak to their love of strong colors. This was exhibited through intricate tile work and through the hanging of wall tapestries. Wrought-iron is also a very common material used in Spanish design. Here are some great examples of Spanish inspired design:

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Sweden:
The Swedish (or Scandinavian) interior design style originated in the 1920′s and was greatly influenced by the environmental conditions of the area. For example, long winters, short summers and an overall lack of sunlight translate into spaces that feel warm and filled with light. The abundance of natural resources also explains the overt use of wood and other natural elements in Scandinavian interiors. Wood plays a large role in these spaces – it is the popular choice for walls, floors and ceilings. Scandinavian design incorporates both warm and cold color families, with brighter colors being used as accents. This could be rugs, throw pillows or other textiles and accessories. Functionality also plays a huge role in Scandinavian design and this is most apparent in the furniture design. The simplistic designs and use of natural materials create pieces that are fold-able and easy to assemble. Overall interior design in Sweden is natural, elegant, light, warm and cozy. Here are some Scandinavian-inspired spaces:

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House Hunters Renovation Recap

Before picture of HGTV kitchen remodel

Before picture of HGTV kitchen remodel

A young couple hopes to move out of their parents’ houses and into a their own home in Los Angeles.Episode HHUTR-313H

It was such a blast working on this kitchen renovation. This was one of those designs that COMPLETELY changed the space from a drab 1970’s eye sore to fresh and up to date modernized kitchen. Below are the after pics from today’s episode of House Hunters Renovation.

When I first walked into this space I knew right away that something with the layout needed to change. It was as if there were a huge block in the middle of the room stopping this kitchen from its full potential. And then it hit me…. Open up the entire kitchen by eliminating the peninsula and get double the space!!

After picture of Ani and Allens kitchen remodel

After picture of Ani and Allens kitchen remodel

So that’s exactly how I designed the kitchen. I also used the hallway closet space to recess the kitchen pantry and refrigerator. This was a huge factor in allowing all that open space to breath.

 

Next was the color palette and it truly started off by the amazing glass tile backsplash. It has so much variation in color, sparkle, metallic hues, and wow factor. In terms of the cabinetry, I already knew that the clients Ani and Allen really wanted a light color in their kitchen. So I chose a clean and crisp bright white to allow the other materials to shine! I even designed the countertops with a bright white quartz so that it didn’t chop up the kitchen.

One of the most exciting details in the kitchen is the use of the brushed bronze finish in the pendant light, wall sconces, and door handles. It’s an unexpected change to the basic nickel finish which so many people use, and it adds a very unique and elegant touch.

So after tons of hard work and energy Ani and Allen get to enjoy their wonderful new and contemporary kitchen.

HGTV kitchen remodel

HGTV kitchen remodel

HGTV kitchen remodel view of the backsplash tile, glass upper cabinets, and sink area

HGTV kitchen remodel view of the backsplash tile, glass upper cabinets, and sink area

HGTV kitchen remodel designed by Shirry Dolgin and work by A-List Construction

HGTV kitchen remodel designed by Shirry Dolgin and work by A-List Construction

Thanks again to all the HGTV crew! You all rock!!

For more information on the products used in this kitchen remodel go to HGTV.com

If you are interested in hiring ASD INTERIORS or A-List Construction – feel free to contact us through our websites here:

www.asdinteriors.com

www.a-listconstruction.com

 

Let’s Talk About Texture

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Texture is an important design element that is often overlooked. Textures are important to not only the aesthetics, but the tactile quality of the space. How we use texture in different ways affects the way we react towards the space as a whole, and even the individual elements within that space. For example, rooms with lots of textures usually feel more “cozy” than those with fewer textures. Smooth and shiny textures and ones that reflect more light, make that object feel more modern and lightweight in comparison to objects with coarse textures, which are visually heavier. How we use the combination of different textures in a space greatly influence how that space makes us feel. Here are a few ways you can add texture to your space!

Fabrics and Furnishings
Adding texture to your space with fabrics and furniture is easy! The best way is to layer different materials and details. For example, pair furnishings with tufted details with other more simple pieces for a more dynamic look.

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Lighting
Lighting is a fun way to add texture to your home. Whether they’re traditional or contemporary, light fixtures always add a much needed element of texture.

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Rugs…on the Wall
Rugs add great texture to your floors, but they also have major impact as wall art. Area rugs can be hung in a bedroom behind your bed or above a crib in a nursery, in the living room above the sofa or accent chairs, and even in the dining room!

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Top 4 Bathroom Trends for 2014

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Now that spring is here, and many remodels are under way, I thought it would be great to look at some of the wonderful materials on the market. These will absolutely be more unique then you will find in your average remodel. I’ve pulled together a list of 4 tile and 4 plumbing ideas that will surely turn heads!

1. Matte Tiles
Matte tiles are a great alternative to high-gloss, and work great on the floor or wall. Matte tiles create a clean and modern look and are even more resistant to scratching than traditional glazed tiles. These tiles are great for bathrooms because they are more slip-resistant than those with a high-gloss or glazed finish.

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2. 3-Dimensional Tiles
2 Dimensional tiles are so 2013! This year will see an increase in the use of 3D tiles to add texture and interest! These can be used on a feature wall in the shower or behind a vanity. Creating patterns with these tiles using different colors will give this look even more texture and dimension.

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3. Reflective Tiles
These shiny reflective tiles make a huge statement and are becoming increasingly popular for high-end bathrooms. Since these tiles are so high-impact, it is important to balance them with other finishes, for example, wood or painted cabinetry, natural stone or other non-reflective tiles.

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4. Patterned Tiles
Whether you’re after a contemporary or traditional look, patterned tiles can add high impact to your bathroom. These tiles are beautiful and versatile. They can be used to add drama to you bathroom walls, floors or even the ceiling!

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Here are a couple L.A. stores that carry patterned tiles:
1. Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
2. Filmore Clark
3. Walker Zanger

Top 4 Trends for Bathroom Fixtures:

1. Futuristic Fixtures
This year we will see the both the look and function of bathroom fixtures changing and incorporating more technology. We’re starting to see fixtures with more and more features like toilets with automatic seats and seat warmers, faucets with LED lighting and more automation, and adjustable multi-spout shower heads. Not only are the look of these fixtures different, but so is their functionality!

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Toilet: Kohler “Numi”
Shower Head: Visentin “Spider”
Faucet: Graff “Ametis”

2. Black
Whether it be bathtubs, sinks, or faucets, black will be making a statement this year. These sexy fixtures look great to accent a white or grey space, but can also look great in combination with color. Black fixtures may not be the norm, but they are definitely making a statement!

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3. Audio Visual Experience
Getting clean is becoming an “experience” with the addition of audio and visual elements to the bathroom. With shower heads wth built-in speakers, t.v.’s in the mirror, and tubs with built-in and/or retractable audio/visual components, bathrooms are getting with the times and giving us all the conveniences we’ve become accustomed to!

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Shower Head: Kohler
TV Mirror: Séura
White Bathtub: Saturn “Luxe TV Bathtub”
Red Bathtub: Water Games Technologies “Red Diamond Bathtub”

4. Color Color Color
If you want to make a bold statement in your bathroom this is definitely the way to do it! These bold fixtures are not for the faint of heart. But if your looking to do something really unique in your bathroom, this is the way to go. Use these fixtures to contrast white, bright spaces or to accent other colours in your space!

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Sinks: Johnathan Adler for Kohler
Faucet: Powder coated in Benjamin Moore’s “Razzle Dazzle”
Tub: ADM Matte Red Stand Alone Resin Bathtub

Gold is the New “Silver”

While silver will always be a classic design go-to, gold is quickly becoming the metallic of choice! From lighting, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware, and accessories, gold just may be the new silver. Check out some of the ways you can use gold instead of silver to spice up your space.

Cabinet Hardware:

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