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

Top 4 Trends for Tile:

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.

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Before & After

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

I know we how much everyone loves a before and after story, so here is a great one!

We recently finished a kitchen renovation in Redondo Beach, CA and what a transformation it was! We used the existing kitchen space AND dining room of a typical beach track home and combined the two spaces to create one huge kitchen! I selected gorgeous two tone custom glazed cabinets and by installing faux beams in the ceiling, and an island that was almost as big as a ping pong table, this kitchen became the perfect place for entertaining large crowds. It was over 8′ long and over 4′ wide. Check out the before and after of this amazing reno!

The floor plans below show how the space looked before – a small kitchen and dining space – and how we re-configured the two rooms to create the fabulous kitchen it is now. By removing the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room, it allowed us to create a more spacious kitchen with more storage and counter space. We were also able to use bigger and better appliances (Viking) since the kitchen nearly doubled in size. It was a lot of work and a lot of engineering, but well worth it!

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Existing kitchen

Existing kitchen

Existing dining room to become part of new kitchen

Existing dining room to become part of new kitchen

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ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors Designer: Shirry Dolgin

ASD Interiors
Designer: Shirry Dolgin

“One Love” – Amazing Rugs

I wanted to share this amazing collection of Limited Editon Artists’ Rugs from Woven Accents with you. After attending their “One Love” event I fell in love with these rugs. The aim of One Love is to create new and highly unique rugs by having artists paint over the traditional rugs that Woven Accents carries. The result are rugs that are beautiful works of art. Check out this amazing collection!

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Woven Accents "One Love" Collection

Woven Accents “One Love” Collection