All About Yellow: Living Room

Yellow has many associations such as sunny days, sunflowers, spring time, happy faces, and so many more. We love color at ASD Interiors and Yellow is our focus today! As a color in a space, it can have positive effects as well.  This sunny hue is known for representing creativity, optimism, happiness, and enlightenment.

Below we will help inspire you how to use this cheery color in your own living room!

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Yellow creates warmth and can also brighten up a room.  Designing a living room with yellow hues can create an inviting and open space.  Because a living room is typically a place for gathering with company and friends, this inviting color will surely entice your guests.  It can also be paired with great accent colors.  One of our favorite color combinations is grey with yellow!

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Accessory spruce up – Before and After!!

We all love to see the before and after of a room, so today I’m sharing a few snap shots and tips on some very fun and easy ways to spruce up your home. The saying goes that “The devil is in the details”, but what makes these touches so vital? They are what makes a space personal, unique and turns a house into a home! So here are a few tips on how I used accessories to give some spirit and personality to my clients apartment.

Recently I worked with a client who needed a quick and inexpensive facelift to her simple apartment. Luckily she had some great key furniture pieces that were neutral enough to build upon. Take a look at this quick transformation!

Before Picture

After Picture

If you are looking to add some life to your living space here are a few simple tips:

1. Add an area rug! Even if you have wall to wall carpet, its still OK to place a rug on top of it. This helps to scale the sitting area and adds color and a bit of personality! This client happened to like a traditional and elegant look, but this tip also applies if you are going for a more contemporary feel.

2. Buy pairs of 2: In this space I took 2 of her existing glass end tables and bought a pair of metallic lamps to flank her sofa. This draws attention to the main wall and creates balance.

3. When you can’t paint, improvise! This is a rental apartment so painting an accent wall wasn’t really in the cards. As a solution, I designed a wall treatment with 2 drapery panels (which added tons of height) and centered a pair of modern black and white paintings behind the sofa! Before this huge wall was blank and out of proportion, and now there is a great balance of artwork and pattern that draws your eye in.

Here are a few more pictures of the space. Notice the difference the sunburst mirror makes above the fireplace!

Sofa, drapes, art, and end tables.

Fireplace mirror

A sunburst mirror in a gold finish reflected the new room and took up that extra space above the fireplace. Also, by choosing a mirror like this one, it brings personality with its different shape. Candles, a lantern and a reflective tray topped the mantel. To finish the fireplace, two grassy beige storage bins were set on each side for books, movies and throw blankets!

Now, lets take a look at the entry. The entry is the first and last place you see when coming and going into your home. Which also means it needs to be functional and organized! What was once a boring shoe dumping ground is now an inviting and organized space equipped with shoe storage, a place for keys/mail, and decorative accents. The red artwork above really brought life into this small entry.

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We had such a great time decorating the space and it never seizes to amaze us how much of difference these few touches will make to a room!!

Get THE look!!

Do you ever find yourself flipping through your favorite magazines, wondering how you could ever achieve that look for a reasonable price? Well, today we are going to prove to you that it’s truly possible to achieve the same chic look for less! To show you how, I’ve selected a few beautifully designed spaces that you can use as inspiration in your home.

Below is a gorgeous family room that clearly resembles luxury and sophistication. This simplistic color scheme of black and white captures that luxurious look perfectly, making you focus on the detail of the room. The zebra print rug pops with the clear coffee table above. The black mid century modern bench is a great contrast with the soft white settee across the room. A lightness to the room is captured with all white walls. A polished black grand piano and sleek black hanging pendant are the perfect finishes to add dimension to the overall look. These are the details that help define the look in this room.

Now you can check out my alternate selections below to create a room similar in style but not in price!

You may be aware that last month twenty-six top designers from the country were chosen to design the Maison de Luxe in Beverly Hills. Each designer was given a room to design. After I did a walk through of the finished mansion I instantly fell in love with Jamie Drake’s design of the first floor living room. This room is astonishing to be in! The vibrant colors and patterns organically flow together creating a work of art! This room truly is one of a kind!! A perfect proportion of color was used in this room, much like the large painting by Lana Gomez hung on the wall. The painting acts as an inspiration to the entire space, incorporating hues in yellow, coral and deep purple. This room has unique features such as the deep purple drum shades and the use of lustrous materials on the tables and chairs. A defining touch is the colorful patch patterned natural rug! Although this space does have a lot of color and pattern, pops of white kept the room from getting a messy look!!

If you are as inspired as I was from this room, here are some great finds to recreate a little Maison de Luxe of your own!

Looking for lighting? Let us share some ideas with you!!

Lighting fixtures are one of the most important factors I consider when I design a space. Whether you’ve got tons of natural light, or none at all, a beautiful light is a perfect way to add drama and personality to a room. It’s not just for task purposes, but aesthetically as well! Below I have hand picked some of my favorite fixtures that will add the wow factor to any home for under $500!

Design Within Reach is one of the best places to purchase something unique and modern. Their pieces truly reflect sophistication and originality. Check out these fixtures I found…

Coral Pendant from Design Within Reach
The Coral Pendant from Design Within Reach portrays a natural and minimal look. It’s 23.5 inch diameter would be the perfect pendant above a breakfast table!
Design Within Reach

The Satellite Pendant is another mid century modern option from Design Within Reach. It’s the perfect fixture to create a retro flair in your space! And the large scale makes the fixture have presence!

West Elm is another favorite company of mine that offers a wide range of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. You could be shopping for a bedroom, living room or entry and you can always find something at West Elm that wont break the bank! These pendants from West Elm come in an antiqued mercury glass or clear glass. The have a clean and contemporary shape and can go in a transitional or modern space. Depending on the space, adding 1-3 pendants in a row will add a finished look over your island or rectangular dining table with plenty of light! Or even create your own cluster of lights using 3-5 of them together hanging at different heights.

Industrial Pendant at West Elm

Looking for a floor lamp? Look no more… Pottery Barn has a “Photographer’s Tripod Lamp” that will complement an office, bedroom or even family room, giving off a “well traveled” look.
Photographer's Tripod Floor Lamp @ Pottery Barn

Another great resource that I use all the time is Lamps Plus. This chrome base lamp would be perfect as a pair for any entry way. It has a four-way switch to control the lighting and a glamourous chrome base design to add a unique look to your room.
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Lastly, is this eye catching pendant from Lamps Plus featuring amazing design by Possini and made of metal. Pair this with a sleek round dining table and you’ve got a modern show stopper!
Euro Planet Pendant from Lamps Plus

In need of some room inspiration? Check out these spaces with great light fixtures…
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Thank you West Elm…

Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to West Elm for sharing the room I designed on there blog!! I use there products all the time and I’m thrilled that they have selected to feature my work!!
Check it out here. I’ve added a few more pictures of that room for you to check out below…

Shirry Dolgin on West Elm blog
Shirry Dolgin on West Elm blog

View of the fireplace, designed by Shirry Dolgin
View into the kitchen, designed by Shirry dolgin
View of dining room, designed by Shirry Dolgin
View of living room, designed by Shirry Dolgin

Selected as the featured designer on the Elle Decor Registry!

Elle Decor Designer Registry

So excited to be selected as the featured designer on the Elle Decor registry today!!! What a great honor to be included among so many other fantastic designers! Thank you so much Elle Decor!

So excited for Missoni at Target…ARE YOU?

A.S.D. Interiors is excited about Misonni at Target.... ARE YOU?

We are so excited that the fabulous luxury line Missoni has teamed up with Target…. and it looks likes everyone else shares in the excitement. So far Target reports that their website crashed because of all the interest for the Missoni products. Goes to show people crave good design!! GO Target!!!!