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How to buy the right size stools

There has been an increase in demand for apartments and homes featuring an open layout. Often the kitchen, dining area, living room and/ or family room are connected into a larger open space so homeowners can entertain guests. Connecting these spaces through renovation and redesign is also an effective way to increase the resale value of a residence, especially if the new floor plan generates more natural light throughout the space.

Invariably open floor plans will have a counter area either as a build in or as part of an island in the kitchen. If the layout incorporates stools, the first important distinction is between bar stools and counter stools. Bar height stools are generally 30” tall facing a bar area of 40-42”. Counter stools are lower, with a height between 24-26” at a counter height of 36”. The average height for kitchen islands is 36” and counter stools are usually the most appropriate option.

For outdoor spaces in residential environments bar stools with 40-42” tall tables can work. Bar stools can be a great option if you would like to be able to sit higher to see a view or or possibly be able to see beyond a window/ guardrail. Spacing between the stools will also determine how many you will be able to place, typically requiring 26-30” between the middle of the seat top. Additional space will be required if you purchase stools that swivel or feature arms.

Stools are not typically thought of as a centerpiece in the same way as a chandelier or dining room table. They are usually a substantial focal point and selecting stools that have the right combination of elegance, design and functionality is important. Here are several options we considered for a project in Soho. The first option features leather, wood and metal with a comfortable seat back. The second option is a leather seat with a lacquer wood finish. The third counter stool is stainless steel with a leather seat and the last option features leather, solid oak and metal.

tips on buying stools

tips on buying stools

Modern bedroom design

This a a modern bedroom designed by Jenny Dyer was featured in Elle Decor. They did a beautiful job on the design, color palette, space planning and furniture selection. Upholstered walls and upholstered panels in bedrooms are the key component in bringing warmth to the space, particularly if the ceilings are high. Gray tones can be tricky to get right, especially in a bedroom where you want to increase the feeling of warmth.

modern bedroom

By |2019-03-07T11:23:56-05:00March 5th, 2019|Bedroom Design, Wallcoverings|

Grays, midtones and warm hues

Incorporating grays into a color scheme can be tricky. The wrong combination or palette can feel too cold or too dark. Here are some nice examples of designs which combine light and mid tone grays with textiles and natural wood components. The first example is a ski lodge in Colorado. By opting for dark gray accents on the fireplace, seats and wall console unit (to the left) the designer was able to add subtle light gray variations in the upholstery, flooring and left hand accent wall. With this combination of grays together with the fireplace, subtle warmer brown and yellow hues, the space feels balanced, modern and comfortable.

The second space varies the focal point of the dark gray accent in the painting, and the fireplace is a warm light gray color. Here the designer was able to make use of more earth tones while still implementing a fair amount of gray. The organic surfaces such as marble and wood grain help to warm up the space and augment the range of gray tones.

co residence

ct residence

ct residence

By |2019-03-07T12:00:37-05:00March 4th, 2019|COLLECTION|

Accent wall ideas

Ideas for accent walls can extend beyond simply a single painted side of a room. Fireplaces, framed or unframed large scale paintings, built ins and a host of other options can serve as an accent wall.

Where space is limited it is helpful to think outside the box, and in the case of this bedroom, the designer incorporated an accent wall, built in storage unit, banquette/ seating area, window and natural organic texture.  A multifunctional accent wall is the perfect example of getting the most out a space, a critical component of any renovation, where the price per sq ft is at a premium.

accent wall storage unit

By |2019-03-07T12:16:12-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Bedroom Design, DESIGN ADVICE|

Brimfield Flea Market

The Brimfield Antique Show is open three times a year.  This year the dates are May 14-19, July 9-14, September 3-8.    Considered one of the biggest antique shows in the country, you can find all kinds of objects such as accessories, lighting, rugs,  jewelry, vintage furniture, fabrics, etc.  Below are some pictures of accessories we found during our last trip.

The last show of the year will be in Sept. and it is known to be the busiest show of the year.  It does require a lot of patience and we recommend paying the additional fees for the dealers area and going there first.  We found some beautiful vintage pieces including a Tommy Parzinger lamp and some T.H. Robsjohn Gibbins lounge chairs for clients.

african sculptures

white cowhides
low louge chairs
african faces

By |2019-03-07T13:30:54-05:00March 1st, 2019|Events|

Home office desk

There are three main factors  that need to be considered when designing a desk for a home office.  The first is to account for all of the items that will need to be stored and/or displayed.  One common mistake is to not properly measure for the items that will need to be integrated and then being stuck with a completed custom design that is not function.

The second  consideration is the location and size of the entire space where the workstation will be.  Once the sizing configuration for the workspace has been determined, it is key to see if it will fit in the accompanying space to scale.

The third factor to consider is what style and design you are looking for. In all likelihood you will be spending many hours at the desk and it is essential to have a comfortable, functional space.

For this project the client wanted a corner unit where they could display books and accessories.

By |2019-03-07T13:55:59-05:00February 28th, 2019|COLLECTION, Furniture, Office & workstation design|

Modern oil paintings

Here is a selection of modern oil paintings under consideration for a project we are working on in midtown.  Often artwork can be one of the most overlooked aspects of an interior design project simply because the installation occurs at the end and can be a time consuming process.  But often the right artwork can be the difference in really giving a space personality.  Paintings can also function to tie a color palette together, particularly if you are incorporating an unusual combination of  hues.  These artworks range in price from 14k – 41k per painting.

modern oil painting

modern oil painting

modern oil painting

modern oil painting

modern oil painting

 

By |2019-03-07T17:34:11-05:00February 18th, 2019|Artwork, Oil, Painting|