What is my design style?

I am often asked the question: “What is your design style?”
Well as a designer, this is a very abstract question and it is hard to pin point. There are elements of all different styles that I can appreciate and that I love to incorporate into my work for my clients. I can’t use my home as an example of “My Style” because it is forever evolving and does not have a permanent look to it.
Often in the interior design industry, clients will seek out a designer that they feel speaks to their personal style and has an attraction to their designs based upon past work. But I don’t necessarily work that way. I create a custom look for each client based upon what they like. When people are looking through my portfolio of work, they will see that I have done rooms which are contemporary, modern, eclectic, traditional etc. It’s all within my repertoire of design and at all comes from what I reveal about my client. Maybe that’s part of running my business and my ability to adapt to what my client wants. After all, they are the end user and I don’t think it is right for me to dump “my style” upon them.
But I guess if I really had to narrow it down and think about what I feel represents me, I would say it is a mix of modern sensibility with a few touches of unique and slightly worn finds. It is a room that has personality and character without feeling old. Still very fresh and up to date, but it makes you want to go inside and take a deeper look…. a Curious room 🙂

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The Beauty of Benches

A piece of furniture as simple as a bench not only provides functionality, but also delivers the perfect accent piece without breaking the bank. It can add a spice of personality and a decorator’s touch to any living room, entryway, dining room, or bedroom, and the best part about benches is that they are multi-functional. Not only do benches serve as extra seating, but they may also provide storage as well as an alternative to many common pieces of furniture found throughout the home. With or without cushions, benches may be cushy and comfortable, or provide a flat surface and give extra table space. What is also great about these simple pieces of furniture is that they are usually lightweight and can be moved around easily. For carefree move ability, adding felt pads to the bottom of the legs prevents them from scratching the floor or any surface. Some great examples include:

1. Bedroom

Bedrooms have become not only a place to sleep, but also a relaxing refuge. Many people are enjoying spending more time in their bedrooms and, space allowing, often use the area as a sitting room. Not only do benches enhance the appearance of the space, but as an added convenience, they also serve as an area to get ready for work in the morning or for bed at night. For more variation, try pairing together two smaller benches.

2. Entryway

Placing a bench in your front entry not only enhances your space, but also serves a variety of functions. Whether you are getting ready to leave the house and need somewhere to put your shoes on, or just somewhere to gather your things before departing for the day, a bench by your front door provides a plethora of functions. A bench in your entryway, or even a mudroom, is also a great place to add additional storage for coats, shoes, and any other item you might need to put away. Often some benches even have seats that can be lifted to reveal more storage inside.

3. Dining Room

Try mixing it up at your dining room table. A bench can also work well along one side of a table instead of chairs.

4. Living Room

The living room is a great place for a bench. An excellent option is to use it as a coffee table, or pick another area in the room to feature its functionality (for example, behind the couch in the above picture).

We Love Remodeling!!

Recent kitchen remodelAs the owner of an interior design company, I see a wide range of clients with different needs. We have the people with very unique taste who want our help in buying unique furniture and artwork, as well as those clients who have no idea what they want, but come to us because they know they need a change and professional help. Within the large variety of clients we see, the projects that stand out to be the best really are the remodel projects….kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, or even just some interior facelifts in the house.

Why, you ask? I guess it’s a combination of things. Partially it’s because we love seeing the huge change that a space can undergo when a remodel is complete. It seems like there is so much opportunity for amazing things to happen once you have the flexibility to open walls, lift ceilings, and build with some freedom. In addition to seeing the transformation, as a designer, we have so many more resources when doing a remodel. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of furniture and accessories resources for clients who are looking to jazz up their space with new furniture, but when we do a remodel, there is flooring, countertops, cabinets, and other unique materials that an average consumer doesn’t have access to…and it is so fun to use them!

I think the last part of the puzzle is that we love working on all the small details. Every nook and cranny is important to us and we just love the thoughtfulness and practically that needs to come into play along with the design. It’s such a wonderful marriage when you can make something look beautiful and also be very function.

Anyone else out there feel the way we do about remodeling?

Mosaic Tiles: Modern Day Alternative to Wallpaper

Featured in the October 2010 issue of Elle Decoration, UK Edition, Bisazza shows us that glass mosaic tiles are an excellent alternative to everyday wall treatments. Offering a wide selection, Bisazza is not only used on wall surfaces, but can also be applied to ceilings, floors, and furniture. With endless color and pattern choices, the design options are infinite and suitable for any room of the home. In fact, excellent examples showcasing the versatility of mosaic tiles can be found right here in Los Angeles at Bisazza’s local flagship store. The space illustrates a variety of residential areas, designed to show the customer the many artistic qualities and usability of mosaic design. Bisazza has 12 flagship stores worldwide, including US stores in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and most recently, Miami. Products may also be viewed on the website: http://www.bisazza.com.