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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 Happy shopping!

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.

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!

Get the VINTAGE MODERN look….

Living in the world today we are faced with the challenge of mixing new and old together. This mixture can either be a toxic mess or a wonderful collaboration that not only tells a story but freshens things up a bit! When it comes to design, buying an older house/condo/apartment and trying to modernize it can be challenging but it can definitely be done. Architectural Digest recently posted an article about a beautiful town home in Greenwich Village that needed to be updated while still keeping its charm.

Architectural firm Leroy Street Studio and interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe took on the task of creating an up to date design while keeping the Greek Revival structure that was built in 1842 in tact for the family of six. This town home is so bright and inviting with hints of distressed furniture and gorgeous architectural details…. take a look!

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

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Do you love this town home just as much as we do!? We searched high and low to give you our spin on this design with pieces that are currently available to help you get inspired!

Modern and vintage inspired furniture selected by A.S.D. Interiors.

Modern and vintage inspired furniture selected by A.S.D. Interiors.