Why pattern is so important

Have you ever walked into a room that was so well designed and you thought “How in the heck did the designer think to put all this random stuff together and make it look so damn good???” Well its not magic (sort of) but it is a combination of pattern used correctly with scale and layering.

I get this question a lot from clients: “If I have too much pattern in a space, isn’t it going to look too busy and feel like there is too much going on?” and the answer is Hell No!! 😉 The truth is that a well curated space with a variety of pattern done in the right scale is the most beautiful and layered way to design a room. I often use the reference of a high end hotel. As a designer, I can’t help myself when I walk around a hotel or high end restaurant and I start touching all the walls and finishes. I’m sure people see me and think I am totally nuts. Those are some of the best places to see the way mixing pattern can make a place look amazing and so unique.  I like to bring up the fact that luxury hotels could have 20-30 different finishes and materials in a space, and then clients  realize that YES! in fact there are a bunch of finishes and patterns in those spaces. So when its done right it makes for amazing design. In my opinion its safe and easy to play it simple, but just like nature, there is pattern in everything. So please embrace the idea and when in doubt don’t shy away from using pattern.

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

Define YOUR Interior Style!

Do you know your style?

Everyday we are out in the world discovering and learning new things about ourselves. With these experiences we narrow down our loves, likes and dislikes and are able to make decisions about what environment we should surround ourselves with. However, with so many options out there, it can become overwhelming and challenging to define an interior style that works BEST for you.One of the biggest problems clients have is defining their style. Many people know certain things they like but cannot paint the entire picture. This is usually where we come in and help organize your ideas! The interior design of your home should be a reflection of who you are. Start to notice the things you gravitate towards…

  1. What kind of music, movies & books do you like?
  2. How do you fill up your freetime?
  3. Colors? Do you like cool, bright, warm or neutrals?
  4. How do you dress or present yourself?

These are all important factors to consider for inspiration while designing your home. Another helpful hint is to do your research! Look through magazines, the internet and books to get an idea of the style you feel represents you and your life the best. Also, get to know what styles are out there! Some of the more popular styles are Mid Century Modern, Contemporary, Coastal, Traditional, Shabby Chic, Art Deco… the list goes on and on! Check out this HGTV  article for accurate pictures and definitions of each interior design style.

One of the last and best ways to help define your style is to decide what materials to use. Each interior design style has specific elements that make it what it is. For example, glass and polished streamlined furniture would typically fall under the category of Modern Design. Consider what you like about certain spaces- is it the reflective furniture? Distressed wood flooring? Sheer linen drapery? Take notice in the details and it will help you decide what to include in your home!!

Check out a few of our favorite styles below!

Mid Century Modern from Pinterest


Product Review!! Shop Novica…

We recently came across this wonderful company called Novica, an online store that has tons of great finds, and thought we would share the great experience we had shopping them! Novica features authentic products created by artisans from around the world. They also work closely with National Geographic to find some of the most interesting products and have them readily available to the public! Anytime I find a gem like this I try to share it……Its Awesome!

Recently, we were working on a living room space that was a mix of bright colorful hues but we also had to incorporate their one of kind collections from their travels around the world.  We knew right away that Novica would have some great finds for our client to add to their existing collection.

The first thing that jumped out at me was this carved wood vase that had a contemporary edge to it- it would be perfect for this space we were designing! A piece like this is a great addition to a bookcase or mantel. We had to purchase this right on the spot! When it arrived it came in the most adorable packaging that looked like a present that a friend had sent over- a lot of attention to detail with a special note connected telling the story of the product. I was pleased to find this product looked even better in person and not only that had the smoothest touch!

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As you can see, this adds so much dimension and texture to the space!

Another item we ordered was an ethnic looking urn. This piece also came wrapped really well in adorable paper! We were also so pleased with the quality of this item. Hand crafted and painted- you could actually see the finger grooves from spinning this piece! It is interesting to look at the different paintings and know that they are all different and a not created by a machine! An urn like this is perfect for a bookshelf, console or mantel to add an unique twist to your decor.

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One of the best things about their products is that you won’t be able to find it at your local store- it gives you a feeling that you went traveling on exotic excursion and found this. We will definitely be checking back to see what else we can find for our clients! If you are interested to see what they have, check them out at http://www.novica.com. Happy shopping!

Designing with GREY & ORANGE

Grey has been a color that is popping up everywhere now-a-days in interiors and fashion. It is the perfect hue to create a well balanced color palette. From a very light grey to a deep charcoal grey, it will add a sense of balance to the entire room by enhancing accent colors in the space. Grey is a fresh approach to achieving that warm yet sophisticated interior space.

One of our favorite color combos at A.S.D. is orange and grey. Orange is a such a bright and cheerful color and with the help of a shade of grey, it enhances its beauty and elegance. Take a look…

La Dolce Vita Blog featured a dining room that is a perfect example of why grey is a beautiful color and lets the other surrounding colors pop! Notice the charcoal grasscloth and its relation to the orange and yellow artwork.

La Dolce Vita

This contemporary living room, feautured in Lonny magazine, created a splash with the orange accents on several shades of grey.

Lonny Magazine

A bright and welcoming nursery created a fun,  yet sophisticated space with the use of grey, white and pops of orange. Stripes on the accent wall added a contemporary flair to the simplistic design.


Houzz.com feautured an adorable office space with great use of pattern and color. To keep a space looking fresh, it is key to have great light and colors that play well off of eachother like the room below.


Get the look..

Products found from vendors such as West Elm, CB2 and Room & Board!

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.

Creating a Festively Fall Atmosphere!!

Today we are going to talk about all the fun little changes that will get your home into the fall season. There are several changes you can make during this time of year that will transform your home into a cozy retreat without breaking the bank! Below are several suggestions to help creative a fall atmosphere as well as the trending styles for this season.

Let’s start with the 2011 colors for fall. Right now plum, mustard brown, rusty orange and burnt red are all the rage!! These are great accent colors that can easily be incorporated into any home. First, I would suggest replacing items such as pillows, area rugs and throw blankets since they pack such a large punch. Using these colors gives your home and/or room a warm fall look. Below are several examples of area rugs and where to get to find these items.
The Tufted Spiced Palampore Rug can be found at World Market.

This rug will bring your dining room or living room to life. The spiced color is perfect for the season!

Quilted Pillows below can be found at West Elm. Take a few colors from these pillows and get complementing solids to mix and match!

Pottery Barn is one of the best places to resource for fall decorating. Below is just one of many embroidered and perfectly fall colored pillows.

These fantastic dip dye throws can be found at West Elm. They come in a variety of warm color and fit in a traditional or contemporary space.

Restoration Hardware has an assortment of throws that will keep you warm for the cold weather to come. We love the chenille braided throws…

Another way to bring some fall charm into your home is to paint or wallpaper an accent wall. Is so simple you can even do it over the weekend! This will make a huge difference, and it can be easily changed throughout the year, especially if it is just one or two walls!
Lastly, you can add the little details to your home such as dining and coffee table settings, candles, and floral arrangements. You can even change the accessories on your coffee table like adding some fun fall inspired books or magazines.

Just A Touch of Zebra…

Today we have a special guest blog posts from Arcadian Lighting. They have great tips on using “just a touch of zebra”… enjoy!

Infuse a space with the wild style of zebra prints and add a touch of organic texture and color to any room. In fabrics, rugs, furniture and more, the exoticness of black and white zebra stripes is palpable. Paired with great light fixtures, a touch of zebra can create stunning visual impact.

Roaring rug

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Ciao Interiors (via)

A zebra print rug and spotted leopard detailing on chairs lends a wild feel to this living room. Lighting fixtures like these matching table lamps on end tables tie the look together.

Stair runner

Zebra Interiors

eclectic revisited by Maureen Bower (via)

Give visitors something to talk about with a stately zebra-print stair runner in an entryway. The monochromatic strips look great with the rich wood tones of the staircase.

Accent pillows

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DesignTies (via)

Just a touch of zebra in some room accents, like a shade on a light fixture or incorporated into a throw pillow, is just enough.

Take a seat

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Goodsy (via)

Give a space that is one color palette, like this blue and grey living room, a punch of pizzazz with zebra print footstools.


Zebra Interiors

The Lennoxx (via)

Keep nature alive on a front porch with a zebra-print throw rug or accent pillows. A striking deck light, such as a cast-iron lantern, is a pretty outdoor accessory.


Zebra Interiors

Style at Home (via)

A white sitting room is jazzed up with punches of bold color, including pink and yellow as well as a black and white zebra bench propped in front of a fireplace.

Wall decor

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Wall Dressed Up (via)

Dress up walls with zebra-print wall decals in whimsical circles. Create even more visual impact with pendant lights or wall sconces.


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Alicia B. Designs (via)

Who would have thought to add just a touch of zebra to the face of a vanity in a bathroom? The faded striped motif is subdued and doesn’t overpower the space.

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