What goes around comes around…

We’re all familiar with that saying “what goes around comes around”-which is fitting for fashion, design, architecture, transportation and furniture. A lot of furniture styles from previous decades are now being revamped and modernized to fit today’s markets and tastes. Designers are referring to ideas from a long time ago and are figuring out how to fit old designs with a new taste.

Designs like the ‘Barcelona chair’ and the ‘Klismos chair’ are now starting to be reused and revamped to fit the taste of today’s market. Designers claim that as much as clients love to look at the modern styles and designs of furniture, sometimes those particular pieces might not fit the space it was intended to be used for. Older designs such as the Barcelona chair and the Klismos chair fit the taste of some clients better because of the traditional shape, which might fit the client’s purpose and use for the piece of furniture better.

The Barcelona chair was designed in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe. The chair is an icon of modernism, and the design was inspired by folding chairs of ancient times.

This Barcelona chair looks elegant and sleek in black.

This barcelona chair looks clean cut in white, with the matching ottoman.

The Klismos chair has a traditional shape to it, with a rounded back rest. The Klismos chair had a very simple and traditional look to it, which has been modified throughout time to fit current tastes and preferences of today’s market. The Klismos chair is an ancient Greek chair (Klismos signifies an armchair-but no specific description of it). Here are some pictures of an original, traditional Klismos chair, and then modified versions of the Klismos chair.

This is a original Klismos chair, with the original shape.
Through time, designers have altered certain aspects of the chair's original design.
Designers have managed to keep the traditional idea of the Klismos chair, and incorporate new and more modern ideas to improve the design to fit today's market.

Liking the “Lichen”

Sometimes, it can be difficult having plants in a room if there is not enough access to light, water, air and space. To make matters worse, if you did put a plant in a space like that, the chances of the plan survivng aren’t very great…

There’s a fun, new alternative to solve your problems when it comes to plant placement. Hangable sections of “lichen” (more commonly known as Reindeer Moss) are becoming more commonly used in home decorating. This particular type of lichen doesn’t need any air, water, light, care or maintaining which makes it even more appealling in some cases. This lichen is called . The plant comes mounted into a resin base that is ready to hang.

What makes this “Moss Tile” even more appealling is that it comes in various colors, which can expand your options for colors and textures for the room. Moss Tile is also available in the following colors:
Wasabi (a lighter shade of green)
Liquirizia (a darker shade of gray)
Menta (a slightly darker tone of green, not forest green)
Cumino (a mix of orange and burnt orange)
Green Pepper (a shade of lighter green with the occasional spot of a darker green)
Zafferano (a lighter shade of orange, closer to a darker shade of yellow)
Paprika (a fun, brighter pink)
Cassis (a pretty combination of a navy blue and a violet)
Malva (a lighter, softer purple)
Red Pepper (a lighter, more vibrant mix of red and a darker pink)

If you wish to make your own Moss Tile, you can buy some Reindeer Moss and plywood to craft your own.

Do You Love Your Bedroom?

Guest Post By: Nancy Del Santo
Interior Designer Secrets For Creating Your Dream Master Suite
Founder ~ AskDecor

Your master bedroom should be one of the BEST rooms in your house. Too often, it’s an after thought. Change that today with these 4 interior designer secrets and fall in love with your master bedroom.

1. When you walk into the room, your eyes should immediately focus on a gorgeous bed.
To make a grand statement, we try to have the bed facing you when you enter the room. Don’t be afraid of windows. We’ve put beds in front of windows and we’ve camouflaged poorly placed windows with a “wall of fabric” when necessary to achieve this goal.
Once we have the bed placed in the room, it’s time to have fun selecting a wonderful headboard, bed frame or canopy. Which one for you? Look at pictures in magazines and online to see if you prefer wood, fabric, metal, or a painted finish. Remember that you’ll have the bed a long time so buy once, buy better, and buy a more classic style.

2. Your bedding should feel luxurious.
There are some wonderful companies that make fabulous bedding. Rather than look at thread count, we recommend that you do the touch test.
Along with luxurious sheets, add some color and texture to your bed. We like to do this with a custom-made bed skirt, beautiful pillows, and a fabulous throw or duvet cover for the bed. Typically, we mix patterns and textures to make each of these items interesting.

3. The colors in your master bedroom should make you look fabulous.
Look to your wardrobe and recall when you get compliments. Which makeup hues look best on you?
Paint the walls a restful color that compliments your skin tone. Or find great wallpaper that does the same.
Be aware that bold, energetic colors may keep you awake at night. If you love these colors, consider introducing them in smaller ways in your bedroom or in grey tinted tones that are more restful versions of the colors you love.
Install lighting throughout the room to enhance the colors. Install dimmers to help create mood lighting.
Mix up the type of lighting in your master bedroom. If you have the ceiling height, consider a chandelier. It is an instant mood enhancer. You can also consider using pendants over your nightstands or over a seating area.

4. No matter how small you master bedroom might be, create the illusion of space.
Consider putting drawers inside your closets or having built-ins made to maximize storage without cluttering the room with furniture.
Size your nightstands to what is appropriate to the room. If your room is really small, float the nightstands off the floor.
Personalize your room with things that are important to you but get rid of all that extra stuff that makes a room feel cluttered. Remember, this is your retreat from the world. Don’t let a messy stack of papers detract from the spa-like feeling you are trying to inspire.

About the author:
Nancy Del Santo is founder of AskDecor, an interior design firm offering online programs to help you create your perfect home. Go to http://askdecor.com and sign up for our free guide showing the best online shopping for your home.

How to buy the best nightstand for you!

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Aviator style Restoration Hardware nightstand

Let’s take a moment and recognize all the “stuff” we keep in/on our nightstands….clocks, books, pens, glasses, cell phones, water bottle, medicine, tissue, reading lights, flower vases, picture frames, sex toys, souvenirs, flashlights, journal, hand cream, ear plus…and the list goes on!

The truth is that everyone has different needs, and I’ve designed enough bedrooms to know that nightstands need to serve many functions.
So how do you pick the right one? Well, we’ve come up with a simple guide to help you find out:

metal and wood nighstand, modern nightstand
Metal and wood nightstand
Reclaimed wood nighstand
Reclaimed wood nightstand

1. Measure up! – I’m not actually talking about the width of the nightstand; I’m talking about measuring your bed height! One common mistake people make is they pair up their bed with a nightstand that is either way too high or way too low for them. The top of your bedside table should be just about in line with your mattress, or a few inches taller.

2. Need a drawer or two? Some of you don’t need anything accept for a clock, but others need as much storage as they can get! So decide how much you really need to keep at your bedside…and let’s clean the clutter while we’re at it. If you can live with only 1 drawer, then try and option like this from WShome.com. It has a large opening at the bottom that makes it feel less massive and heavy.

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WS Home nightstand

3. Shape – Many of us think a nightstand has to be a bulky square box! But that’s not true. I have often used round end tables to solve space problems by tucking them into little corners of the room. Check out this sleek modern nightstand from Roomandboard.com. It’s made from metal and has clean modern lines that can fit in a very tight spot.

Room and Board Metal Nightstand

4. Do they need to match?? – NO! The design gods will not come down and strike you dead if you have one round and one rectangular bedside table. Having said that, if you are going to “risk it” and have 2 pieces that are different, then try to get them to match up in height. This way, if you put the same table lamp on each of them, they will line up to create visual balance.

5. Be creative! – If you find an end table, travel chest, tree stump, or want to mix 2 pieces of furniture, go ahead! I currently use a stacked set of vintage suitcases for my night table! Below is a great example from westelm.com. They layered an organic tree trunk and simple X leg table and it looks great!

West Elm Tree Trunk

If our little guide helped, share it!
Just remember that your nightstand is usually the first and last piece of furniture you see every day, so pick something you love!

5 EASY tips for newlyweds looking to blend their furniture and identify their NEW “couple style”!

I hear it over and over again when I meet new couples, especially ones who are newly married or have just bought their first home…

“What do we do with our home if one of us likes modern furniture and the other likes traditional furniture?”

Well there is no need to worry anymore because I have a quick and easy guide to help you jump start the process and get through this little battle of MODERN VS TRADITIONAL. Below are 5 strategies I tackle to make sense of it and help you capture a style that will let both personalities shine:

1. FIRST! Make a list of all the existing furniture both of you own. Often there is one person in the couple who has WAY more “stuff” than the other. Once you look at this list, decide who has a higher percentage of items. If it’s the modern person that owns the majority of furniture and accessories, then try selecting a few traditional pieces the next time you are looking to buy new artwork or accent furniture.

2. Look at the details: If you need to purchase a few new pieces of furniture once you move in together, try to accomplish meeting each other’s needs by looking at the details in the furniture you are buying. Let’s say for example you are deciding between two armchairs and one is looking very traditional. However the other one is traditional but has modern lines, or modern leg details. This should be the piece you purchase because it is meeting both of your needs.

3. Don’t be afraid to mix styles! If let’s say each of you are bringing a house full of furniture into the new place, feel free to mix up the style, colors, and patterns so that there is a mix of each other’s personal items in every room. It’s OK to break up furniture sets and create a blend of both styles in one space!

Modern home office

4. Don’t delegate common rooms to one person only! What does this mean? Well, if there is a home office and only one of you really use that space, then go ahead and let that person have total control of the room. However, if you are organizing common area furniture, like the living room or dining room, then it has to be a blend of both parties! Unite your taste in one look that expresses things you both appreciate.

5. Remember that your taste and style is evolving and forever changing. Things that you like now will change over time and somewhere down the road both of you may end up having similar taste. It takes time for a couple to develop their own style and you need to just enjoy the process for now and have fun together!

For more in depth help, or to hire Shirry for your new home design, go to: asdinteriors.com

The 4 part guide to selecting the right countertop surface for you:

Stone Pit Vermont

Have you ever shopped for a countertop material and felt like it was so overwhelming your head was going to explode?

Well I am going to take away all the confusion with a simple guide I have created. It’s a small excerpt from my E-Book I am writing (which of course you’ll check out when it’s available, right?). This should help you get some clarity of the options as well as a few designer tips I’ve thrown in for you.

So here is a simple “short list” breakdown of the basics.

1. Quartz – One of the world’s strongest minerals! Currently in the American market, this is the most popular product for kitchen and bathroom countertop. You may have heard of several large companies like Caesar stone, Sile Stone, and Euro stone etc.
This is one of the strongest materials available for countertops! Why, you ask? That’s because it is a combination of natural stone and a man made polymer (or glue). The natural stone is grinded and compressed together with man made glue to make an outrageously strong material. One other great quality is that it is VERY consistent in color. So for those of you looking for a modern clean look, this is the best way to go.

*A Tip- for those of you looking for a GREEN solid surface option, this also falls into the Quartz category. Companies like Terrazzo and Caesar Stone create their product in the same way, but also used recycled glass and other objects in making the slabs.

Caesar Stone

2. Granite – This is also a great material that is very strong and has a lot of natural beauty. However, unlike quartz, it varies greatly in color and pattern. If you appreciate the natural beauty of the patterns, veins, and colors that are in slabs, then this is the best option for you. I will also throw into this category a few softer natural materials like marble, limestone, and onyx. These show their natural beauty in the same way that granite does.

*A Tip – Before selecting one of these softer natural stones, think about the area that you are installing it. Does it have high traffic? If so, you need to keep in mind that this is a natural element that will need maintenance. The shine of a marble countertop on a kitchen island will dull over time and will need to be buffed and sealed to keep its glorious sheen.

Granite Slab

3. Manmade – A great man made product is Corian by DuPont. You may remember this as a nasty pink material from the 80’s, but it has a lot of popularity in the European market as a highly contemporary and sleek looking option. The great thing about this product is that it has a lot of room to mold and form into many shapes. I’ve seen complete kitchens made of this material where the sink and cabinet side panels are all integrated as one piece…and it’s beautiful! Not to mention very easy to clean!

*A Tip – If using this in a retail space, a very cool feature is that you can backlit it for a lovely glow! It’s an inexpensive option that gives a huge impact!

4. Other – Left are the other options of tile, concrete, wood, stainless steel, and laminate. Yes budget can play a huge roll in your selection for countertops, but here are the other things you should think about:

a. How much use (and abuse) will the surface have?
b. What is the overall style of the space?

Lastly, take into consideration that the countertop material is a horizontal surface and it is the equivalent of about 25% of the overall look in a kitchen or bathroom. The more visible items are the cabinets, walls, and flooring….so, try not to lose sleep over your decision.

A quick (and fun) guide to our TOP 15 decorating DONT’S – And how to fix them!

If you are a new home owner, or are you looking to spruce up your current place? Here is a quick tip guide to some things you shouldn’t do, and how to fix them!

1. Mini area rugs – If you’re unsure of the size, always go bigger!
2. Top of the toilet tank – this is not a place for potpourri or tissue paper boxes, leave it alone!
3. No headboards – For those of you out of college, please get an adult bed that has a headboard. Long gone are the days of pushing your bed against the wall.
4. Crooked pictures – place a bit of earthquake putty on the bottom 2 corners to keep them straight.
5. Dead plants – either water them or get new ones.
6. Wall to wall bathroom carpet – It’s gross and collects mold. If you have a bathroom with carpet, consider a DIY project for the weekend to remove it and put in some tile.
7. Fake fruit in a bowl – Please, just go buy a bunch of green apples or lemons, inexpensive and edible!

A.S.D. Interiors

8. Matchy Matchy furniture – Not everything needs to be a set. It looks much more interesting and thoughtful if you pair up different finishes and colors.
9. Huge speakers – If the speakers are taller than waste height, they’re too big!
10. Small art on a large wall – think about the scale of the wall before hanging artwork. The artwork should take up at least 60% of the width of the wall.
11. Oversized furniture – scale is everything! Remember that a small spaces need smaller scaled furniture.
12. Mismatched door hardware – Brass on the inside and chrome on the outside, really?? Can we make them the same finish please?
13. No contrast in color – It’s so sad to see a room that all the same color from floor, to cabinets, to furniture and art. One of the most beautiful elements of a well designed room is the contrast in color.
14. Toilet lid covers – Especially the fuzzy ones. If you have one of these, PLEASE throw it away today.
15. Unorganized open shelving – If you have no way to hide your STUFF, at least make it organized and pleasant to look at. It will bring clarity to your mind every time you look at them.