Love the colors of the painting with the rustic table and floors.
This eclectic space illustrates a nice example of integrating a more traditional piece of furniture like a regency bench, with a modern lacquer coffee table. The designer selected a warm color palette to tie everything together. It’s helpful to create a sense of harmony between the pieces as well. In this case the fabric on the pillows and the weave on the bench matches with the rug and the natural wood accessory on the table. The designer chose a warm grey with brownish hues to augment and integrate the earth tones while still keeping the feel fresh and modern. A delicate balancing act, too much grey (with blue hues) may not work as well with the eclectic mix of furniture, and too much brown on the walls may simply be overkill.
Some of the best designs are the simplest. This high gloss black lacquer dining table is a great example of elegance and functionality. One of the essential elements of a piece of furniture like this is the overall shape and how the lines come together. To achieve elegance with a table in this style and size requires master level craftsmanship to be thin/ elegant, durable and functional. This table would not be the same with a bulkier base or top.
Many apartments in New York City require innovative solutions for renovating due to size and often construction restraints (especially in co-op buildings). If you have a kitchen which adjoins a dining area and you would like to open up the space more, and perhaps still need to shield the oven, utilizing a treated wood divider on one side which matches other components of the interior is a viable option. In this space the divider looks more like a harmonious addition to the furniture set and flooring, rather than strictly a divider. Dividers are tricky in that it’s important to achieve the proper balance between utility/ function and elegance. A utilitarian looking divider which is not properly integrated into the design scheme can disrupt the flow of the space.
If you are thinking about decor for your girls bedroom or hiring an interior designer to do so, and she loves pink!, what is one to do? Pink, when used properly, can in fact be elegant. The key is how you balance the bright colors with more neutral, staple tones.
A strong color like pink can look beautiful as an accent color. If you are thinking about putting pink on the walls, one wall can go a long way, rather than painting all four. If you have a crib or other furniture with natural wood, that is definitely helpful. Keep an eye out for pink, it’s still a very popular color, especially the pantone in the photo.
Custom build ins are a great way to maximize space especially in small New York City apartments. If designed well they can seamlessly integrate into the design often incorporating existing wood grains, textures or colors. Here are two warm, original designs which effectively illustrate the possibilities. The challenge with designing build ins is often maximizing the possible storage space without the it overtaking the space.
With residential and commercial projects it’s important to decide from the beginning
if custom built ins will be a part of the design. By factoring in the size, scale, colors, location and finish (s) of a built in within the framework of the overall design, the shelving will fit seamlessly into the design. Since built ins can take up a substantial portion of a space, deciding on the right combination of materials and finishes which match the flooring or perhaps an accent color will tie the room together. If the built in is an afterthought long after the design is complete, it may be more challenging to match existing colors or move walls if necessary.
In the first example there are two different matching wood grains in the wall shelving unit which match the side tables next to the banquette. The shelf exteriors have a slightly smoother grain and the backsplash and undersides of the shelves incorporate a more visible wood grain. This subtle variation in addition to the medium color tone which matches the flooring and textiles offer balance to the space. The very large and long shelves do not overwhelm the space either by being a single finish or too dark/light. In the second example the designer mixed the natural wood shelves alongside a granite exterior fireplace in the living room. In the second example the shelves also match the wood flooring and the base is designed as almost an extension of the wood flooring. The gold backsplash accent creates the feeling more of a piece of furniture that of a shelving unit.
It should be noted that all three of these custom built ins are recessed which can offer more flexibility for integrating larger or more unusual designs.
This past week we began reviewing plans with an architectural firm and client for a new home construction project slated to begin next year in Long Island. The family hired us to assist with the interior design and floor plan of their dream house they are building on a five acre lot. They searched for a long time trying to find a residence that suited their preferences and since they were unable to find anything they loved, decided to build the home. They love the French Chateau / Neoclassical look with a grand front entrance which opens through the center of the house to the rear. Upon entering the home guests will be able to see the rear veranda, pool and greenery. The home will be in the range of 8000 square feet.
One of the amazing benefits of designing and building a home from scratch is the range of flexibility and preferences which can be executed. Rather than trying to design around an existing floor plan which you may not love, the home can be laid exactly the way you would like. Every single element from the millwork, molding, flooring, fixtures, windows to the landscaping, etc can be carefully chosen. One frustrating aspect to purchasing existing homes, regardless of the budget, is paying for expensive components which clients plan on changing anyway (kitchen cabinets, finishes, bathroom tile, flooring, etc.). Here are several inspirational new home construction designs in the French / Neoclassical style.