The Beauty of Rust

Rust comes from the oxidation of iron.  Its really a beautiful color and brings warmth into a space.  The word’s etymological origins comes from the Germanic word rusta which mean ‘redness’. The color comes from the red family is a very passionate color and charges the space bringing in lots of energy. Rust is also in the orange range which represents warmth, fun, fire and the sun. Orange increases the oxygen in the brain and helps stimulate brain activity.

Pleasing color schemes using rust involve turquoise, brown, grey, purple and cream; It creates a soothing sanctuary.  Here are some examples of breathtaking rust color pallets:

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Rust is the This magical color can be anywhere in the house. Here are some examples of rust throughout the home.

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 If you are ready to take the plunge and use color in your home or office, contact us for more information: info@asdinteriors.com

 

 

Pattern 101

Many people find incorporating pattern into interior environments difficult. It can easily overwhelm a space if you use too much pattern or don’t use it correctly. And trying to mix and match patterns can be very daunting – but it doesn’t have to be!

Whether it be a commercial or residential interior, pattern can be applied using wall coverings, tile, fabrics and upholstery, and other graphic elements. You can also use pattern to convey a design style and/or to add visual interest to a space. In order to successfully apply pattern to your space you must first understand the different types of patterns, and secondly how to mix and match them with other design elements.

Geometric Patterns:  Patterns formed by geometric shapes, typically repeated.  Geometric patterns can be used to complement modern, contemporary, and transitional spaces and complement other types of patterns well.

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Organic Patterns: Organic patterns are the opposite of geometric patterns in that they utilize soft lines, shapes, and curves instead of straight lines and rigid shapes. Organic patterns often consist of floral patterns and animal prints. Organic patterns work well in traditional interiors but also in modern and contemporary ones as well.

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Motif Patterns: Recurring shapes, forms and figures. Motif patterns can overlap other types of patterns like geometric and organic. Motif patterns can be very subtle, or very bold depending on how and where you use them in a space.

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Pictorial Patterns: Patterns consisting of objects or scenes. These are not abstract like the other types of patterns and usually have an easily identifiable theme.

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Once you have an understanding of the different varieties of pattern, it’s much easier to integrate them into your design. Here are some ways you can successfully use pattern in your space.

1. Balance patterned elements with solids

Balance is perhaps the most important thing to be aware of when using pattern. If you use too much pattern you will completely overwhelm the space and its users. Pattern should be applied in unison with solids to create a layered effect. For example, if you’re using a large scale print as a wall covering, the floors and furnishings can be solid colors and textures so they complement the pattern, not compete with it.

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2. Use different types of pattern within the same shade or hue. 

One easy way to achieve a harmonious look using different patterns is for every pattern to be done in the same color or shade. This is one of the easiest ways to use pattern because you don’t have to worry about how color combinations affect the different patterns. Using the same shade in different patterns allows you to use different types of pattern as well as different scales while still creating a cohesive look.

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3. Mix patterns with different scales

Using varying scales is so important when combining different patterns. Using the same scale for all the patterned elements will look busy and incoherent. In order to properly layer different patterns you must also use a variety of scales. For example, if your rug has a large scale pattern then drapery, accent furnishings and pillows should have a mix of medium and small scale patterns.

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Using pattern in your interior will give it that “designed” look. As long as you use pattern appropriately and always consider balance and scale, you can create a well developed space that will be the envy of your family and friends. If you need help using pattern in your space email us at info@asdinteriors.com!

House Hunters Renovation Product Review

 

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A few months back I designed a kitchen that was featured on season 3 of the HTGV show House Hunters Renovation. Once it aired, I received a flood of emails from people asking about the materials I used. So I thought I would go ahead and post it on the blog for all the curious minds out there! Honestly some of these are my favorite “go to” brands and products and I use them often!

In this design I used Benjamin Moore paint.  I love using Benjamin Moore paint because of it’s high quality and beautiful selection of colors. I get questions about the specific colors I used and they are listed below.

For the plumbing fixtures, Delta faucets are both beautiful and functional, especially with their Touch20 technology that allows you to turn your faucet on and off by simply touching anywhere on fixture. I selected their brushed nickel finish even though I used brushed bronze (GASP!) for the hardware on the cabinets…. but I have no problem mixing the metals!

Next is the glass back splash which was the highlighted materiel for the kitchen. The product is manufactured by a company called Hirsch Tile.  Their glass mosaics are unique and it added so much texture and interest to the overall kitchen. Check out their unique material sizes and options on their website. The one I selected for this design came from the Sillouette series.

The hardware was from Schaub and Company and in particular I chose the Northport Collection which features 4 classic finish options.  I chose to use a brushed brass color finish because I felt like this was something unique which most people don’t use and it also tied in the gold colors from the glass back splash. It gave a really elegant touch to the cabinets. See the photo below for more information on the products used in this kitchen.

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Paint:
Benjamin Moore “In the Midnight Hour”
Faucet:
Delta Pilar Touch20 Kitchen Faucet in Arctic Stainless Finish
Backsplash:
Hirsch Glass Silhouette Collection XCI132
Cabinet Hardware:
Schaub and Company Northport Pull in Brushed Bronze Finish

The light fixtures in this space are both from Rejuvenation. The industrial styling and brass finish gives the space a lot of character and charm.

The counter stools came from World Market and were the perfect color and scale for this kitchen. The image below features more information on these items.

And lastly were the solar shades on the 2 windows which come from The Shade Store. This company makes one of the best solar shade products on the market in record time and with great quality. I use these all the time!

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Pendant Light:
Rejuvenation George Pendant in Old Brass Finish
Counter Stool:
World Market Mia Counter Stool
Sconce:
Rejuvenation Reed Sconce in Old Brass Finish

If you have any more questions about this kitchen or would like to inquire about having your kitchen designed by A.S.D. Interiors, please email us at info@asdinteriors.com

Fall Design Preview

Summer is coming to an end and fall is fast approaching! This means fresh and exciting pieces that exhibit the colors, finishes and styles of the season. Design elements for fall will feature warm neutral tones as well as natural elements like wood. You’ll also see lots of metallic details from furniture and lighting to wall coverings. Check out some of these great items to warm up your space for fall!

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Because these pieces are so neutral, it’s easy to add them to an existing space. Swapping out your lighting or occasional tables will give you an instantly updated look. And adding fall inspired accessories, mirrors, or screens with give your room a warm and cozy feeling without having to invest in an entire room makeover!

For more information or to purchase any of these amazing pieces email us directly at info@asdinteriors.com!

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

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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!!

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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.

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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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