Long Hallways… Friend or Foe?

A long hallway can either be a reminder of a scary movie or walk on the runway- a.k.a disastrous or fabulous! Here are a few helpful tips to inspire and make you think twice about hallways!

  1. Define the space. Use a runner, artwork, benches and lighting to actually create a design in the hallway. Not only that, it will add color, texture and warmth. 
  2. Make a statement! The hallway doesn’t just have to be 2 white walls. Add dramatic lighting, pops of color with art or large printed wallpaper. This space can be used to tell any story you want.
  3. Create an optical illusion. If this hallway is your problem area, you can create an illusion to make it look a certain way with the sizes, colors and pieces you choose. For example, if your hallway needs to open up, add a mirror and lighting to illuminate the area . If your hallway is way too long without anything going on, add a console or small accent chairs to fill the empty space.
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Houzz.com
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The designers of the hallway spaces above really thought outside of the box to create a one of kind look in something that is usually left so empty! Patterned runners, painted ceilings, over-sized artwork and mirrors- the sky is the limit when it comes to interior design! We pulled a few unique pieces from a few of our favorite stores that will really add a punch to a hallway design.

A.S.D. Interiors hallway design picks!
A.S.D. Interiors hallway design picks!

5 Must Haves For Transforming Your Dining Room

A dining room can be so much more than just a table and chairs, so today we are here to prove that to you! There are a few key componenets that will really turn your room around! No matter what your style or budget is, these helpful tips are for everyone! Notice the attention to detail in the inspiration photos below that each designer considered; chair selection, lighting, mirrors, centerpieces and art work..

Bright and beautiful dining room by interior design Jonathon Adler

1. Stand out chairs will create a unique atmosphere for a dining room. Many times chairs will get lost if they match TOO much with the dining table! So mix it up and add different textures, color, patterns, ect. Another way to grab attention is to use different colors and materials for the captain chairs and the accent chairs.

Dining room designed by Katie Leede

2. Another important design element to consider is unique lighting. Not only will a great     chandelier add a huge impact, it will create a specific mood. In Tim Clarke’s design below, he did an amazing job at focusing on the lighting fixture with an oversized pendant. Elements to consider while choosing lighting for a dining room is the size, shape, material and color.

Interior Designer Tim Clarke’s Coastal Modern Dining Room

3. Details in the design of a room are what will bring a room to life! Just like every other room, the dining room needs accessories as well, which is where the centerpiece comes into play. Many times people leave their dining tables undressed and that is what your room may be missing! Classic centerpieces such as candles or a floral arrangement always look great but there is also a way to step out of the box. Adding multiple items in various heights will add interest to your table as well as create a more proportional scale between the dining table and the centerpiece. Check out the dining room below that we designed for our client. The room was painted in a deep dusty blue and sheer drapes diffused the natural sunlight. And we added a playful feather napkin ring to contrast all the clean white tableware.The center is filled with flowers and candles in a variety of heights and floral types.

 

Soothing dining room by interior designer Shirry Dolgin A.S.D. Interiors

 

 

4. Strong art Pieces can make your space much more personalized. It will add character your space and give it that extra splash of color it may need! Whether it is one outstanding piece of art or a gallery wall, both will do the trick!

Great art work for a dining space! designsponge.com

5. Mirrors are another resource for your dining room that will work wonders! The added reflection will add depth and beauty to your room, especially when reflecting a great chandelier! Check out this glamorous dining room posted on La Dolce Vita’s blog.

Mirror giving a beautiful reflection of the space! paloma81.blogspot.com

Inspiration Close to Home…

Living in Los Angeles I am constantly inspired by the architecture and design that it has to offer. There are so many hidden treasures here, from intimate lounges to boutique hotels! Just recently I was hired to do a redesign for a bed and breakfast and have found myself looking for inspiration around the world but also to designs much closer to home!! Today I want to share with you the adorable, unique Palihouse Holloway.

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The design and development was overseen by the Paligroup who’s founder and creator is Avi Brosh. The Palihouse was opened in 2008 in the heart of West Hollywood! There are so many aspects of the design that I admire. As you walk into the Palihouse, it is as if you have been transported to France. Intricate details on the furniture give an added touch of European flair. I love the combination of the contemporary design with a well-traveled look. The building was inspired by the people and places that you encounter while traveling. The open floor plan was carefully designed to bring guests to connect with each other. There is plenty of opportunity for mixing and mingling with the cafe, rooftop deck, lounge and courtyard brasserie.
Palihouse.com
Palihouse.com

Each bedroom suite is designed with slightly different style and furnishings to really give each guest an intimate one of a kind experience. Their suites are equipped with luxurious kitchen and bathrooms with a simplistic design to them.
Palihouse.com
Palihouse.com

The theme of the building is carried throughout the entire space, with a French inspired menu and cocktail list to complete the mood. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in their four star restaurant or grab one of their signature cocktails!
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Palihouse.com

It’s residential style gives guests a taste of both a hotel and a home. There are so many positive things to say about the Palihouse Holloway but words do not do it justice. Go see it for yourself at 8465 Holloway Drive in West Hollywood.

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.

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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!!

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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!

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

Guest blog post: Five essentials for a modern living room…

Today we have the pleasure of a lovely guest blog post. Enjoy!

Simple. Sleek. Stylish. These three words are the descriptive pillars of modern design, and when it comes to designing a living room, they serve as invaluable style guidelines. Above all else, modern design balances its use of space with a straightforward style focused on functionality, straight lines and solid colors. If you’ve been dreaming of transforming your out-of-date family den into a modern living room, start with these five essential elements:

Designer Couch
It is essential to choose furniture built with clean, straight lines; heavier patterns tend to be trendier and fall out of style quickly, whereas simplicity is timeless. Modern designs incorporate sleek materials like hard plastics, glass, metal, or recycled products. It balances open space with functionality, creating visual interest with understated pieces. Depending on the size of the room, a couch usually offers the best choice for formal seating. It needs to be functional without any ornamental features, but definitely comfortable enough for residents and guests to sit on as well. When possible, try to open up space with the furniture positioning; try facing the couch towards a window, a fireplace, or – best of all – opposite other seating. Placing too much furniture in a small space will detract from the cleanliness of modern design; the room should not appear too full or overdone. Keep it simple and avoid any bulky furnishings. Consider looking for European designer couches, because these almost always possess modernist designs.

Functional Coffee Table
A coffee table is essential in a modern living room. A functional coffee table serves multiple purposes. It’s a hot spot for friends to gather for cocktails or games on a weekend, as well as an office area for working on at home. Like the other furniture, the coffee table should combine clean lines with a low, streamlined look. From a two-tiered designer glass table to hard plastic storage bins topped with a heavy piece of tempered glass, a functional coffee table can reflect your personal sense of style.

Luxurious Area Rug
A rug is often one of the only accessories to use a soft texture or a patterned design in a modern living room setting. Hints of the rug’s pattern or color often reappear in artwork or another artistic accessory to give the room a cohesive look. This serves an important purpose, as the placement and color of the perfect rug can pull the key elements together. The rug is often positioned in front of the couch or under the coffee table. The size of an area rug is important; it needs to be large enough to place under the front edge of the couch and extend just beyond the chairs on the other side of the coffee table.

Minimalist Chairs
If space allows, place two small chairs directly across from the couch for the purpose of additional seating. Coordinate or contrast the solid color of the couch with the chairs, or – if you’re feeling ambitious – opt to use an abstract or geometric pattern. Look for straight clean lines for these extra pieces, as minimalistic chairs are an unmistakable element of modern interior design. Extra seating can also reflect your personal taste and creativity; if you have carpentry or furnishing skills, try to repurpose another item – like a small stool – to serve as a seat. You can use your imagination to think of items to use for making extra seats, just remember to keep it functional and streamlined.

Chic Accessories
Just the right amount of accessories is essential in modern design. Use accessories sparingly to accent colors and designs in the room. Artwork on walls should be large, but still small enough that they refrain from “taking over” the room. Choose an abstract piece reflecting a hint of color or pattern found in the area rug. Avoid filling up the wall; one large piece on either side of a window is all you need to add visual appeal. A few solid pillows can also splash color in the room as long as you are careful to keep the look simple.

Focusing on these five essential elements can help you create the modern living room of your dreams. Just clear out the room, paint the walls a solid color and start designing! You can find all kinds of great design sites on line. Browse through some modern furniture sites and check out couches and chairs to get an idea for your own modern living room.

Latest project update: Little details which can make a big difference…

I’m sharing some pictures of a project I worked on in which I used a lot of small details to change the atmosphere of an entire space. It wasn’t a complete makeover, but more like a “freshen up” for my client. My challenge was to find ways to update the room with pieces that could keep the traditional atmosphere, while adding a small hint of contemporary detail.

Overall view of the living and dining room.

Above is a picture of the living room, looking towards the dining room. I selected a beautiful pendant light fixture to glow above the dining area as well as added two tall floor lamps with white scrolled bases to flank the large white sofa. This adds balance and height to the sofa area. You may also notice the contemporary blue artwork in the dining area. The colors of these beautiful pieces added to the accents in the living area, but gave it a modern touch.

On the sofa I have decorative cushions to match the color in the rug’s design. This added some more balance to the room as it added another layer off my accent color. I carefully chose dining chairs which matched both the white sofa and the brown chairs. They have lovely linen upholstery with beautiful nail head details and diamond tufting. This accentuated the traditional elements of the space and makes the dining area look more elegant. Lots of flowers and candles throughout the room add a gentle touch, and give the room a fresh feel.

Details of the coffee table and area rug.

One of my favorite pieces was the oval glass coffee table I used in the living area. Not only is it a very fluid shape to move around, but I also love it because of the mirror at the base which reflects light and adds to the glow of the room. I sprinkled it with candles and flowers to give it a casual, natural feeling. I feel that books often make a good selection of table top items, because they can provide guests with something to look at while you might be busy.

View from the dining area

In this picture you can see the small details which I’ve included on the dining room table. I used white plates to set the dining area and then one small blue plate to coordinate the two main colors in the room. I used different flowers for the centerpiece and added a mix of porcelain china to give the table some variety and more natural colors. I used a white runner down the center table to give the table a clean, pristine feel. Above is the gorgeous light fixture which has details of hanging crystal. The drapes are a softer gray with contemporary lines framing each window, adding height to the space, and create the continuity between this elegant living and dining area.