Incorporating stainless steel in kitchens

Stainless steel is no longer relegated to appliance surfaces as it is now being installed on counter tops, cabinet doors and backsplashes.  Backsplashes can be smooth, have different sized tiles and shapes, and can have different colors incorporated.  Due to its resistance to heat, water and bacteria, stainless steel is the preferred finish for both professional chefs and in residential kitchens. 

Stainless steel can also function as a clean, contemporary design element.  The one major drawback is the need to clean fingerprints, though generally this problem will be less prevalent on cabinet doors and backsplashes than countertops. It is a fairly low maintenance finish as warm water with a small amount of detergent is enough for cleaning it.  For more stubborn stains use a soft, dry cloth with lemon juice, glass cleaner or white vinegar to wipe stubborn smudges and stains.

kitchen stainless steel counter tops

kitchen - stainless steel appliances and backsplash

kitchen stainless steel kitchen cabinets

kitchen stainless steel cabinet fronts

By |2019-06-05T18:31:47-04:00March 22nd, 2013|Contemporary, Eclectic, Kitchen|

Top 3 round decorative mirror options

Here are some images of my top 3 selections for decorative mirrors.  There are two main types of mirrors, decorative and functional, and should be selected depending on its main purpose and desired look.    Mirrors whose main function is aesthetic are selected based on the frame’s design, material and shape.  Bathroom mirrors are primarily functional and should be able to repel moisture, be backlit, and fog free whenever possible.  Often decorative mirrors are used in powder rooms where moisture isn’t an issue.

Finding the right mirror can be a time consuming task, especially if it is going to be the centerpiece of a living room or the first accessory you see when entering the space.  If the space is filled with linear elements and clean, straight lines, round or oval mirrors are a way to offset the rectangular or square shapes. 

Mirrors are increasingly being used in sets similar to how designers are using sets of pendant lights more and more.  The first and second images illustrate sets of mirrors which offer flexibility in creating a layout that fits a certain wall.  Often it can be tricky finding a single mirror which is the perfect size for a large wall.  These sets can be used in bigger open areas without feeling too small.

convex round mirror - Ochre

vintage convex mirrors - iron and brass

BDDW round mirror - lether and wood frame

By |2019-06-05T19:03:41-04:00March 16th, 2013|Accessories, Contemporary|

Tips for designing bathrooms with dark colors

Following up on my earlier post on using dark colors in bathrooms, here are several more inspiration images which incorporate different palettes. The first bathroom utilizes a color palette ranging from dark gray to lighter gray. This gives the bathroom a feel of warmth and balance and the cabinetry surrounding the sinks functions almost as an accent wall.  The design feels rustic, clean and could be incorporated into several different styles.  The designer was able to add nine cabinets without it feeling too dark or cluttered.  It was important to select a neutral color for the floor that was lighter than the cabinets and gorgeous white bath also reflects the incoming light. 

The second bathroom features an even mix of grays with the ceiling being slightly darker and the sink lighter.  The sliding door is wide so enough to illuminate the space which is almost entirely dark and without a window. A large bright light is necessary to offset the darker colors as well.  The 3rd design also has enough natural light to offset the colors, which get progressively darker.  The white chair, mirror and sink function as accents.

dark bathroom
dark bathroom
dark bathroom

By |2019-06-05T19:06:55-04:00March 13th, 2013|Bathroom, Contemporary, Eclectic, Ideas|

Lighting Design – Bedside lighting ideas

There are three options to consider for beside lamps. The most frequently used bedside lighting are table lamps since they can plug into outlets nearby. Wall mounted and pendant lights are less often used but the best option if budget permits. They require an electrician to install junction boxes,on/off switches and  dimmers and the help of a design professional to located them in the correct place. Here some inspiration ideas for three different bedside lighting options.

bedroom design - bedside table lamps

bedroom design - bedside wall sconces lights

bedroom design- bedside pendant lights

By |2019-06-05T19:11:22-04:00March 6th, 2013|Bedroom, Contemporary, Eclectic, Lighting|

Luxurious throw blankets

Accessories, artwork, drapes and rugs are all essential to making an interior feel complete, warm and lived in.  A critical component to the budget process is to make sure enough funds are allocated to personalizing a space.  Often there are unseen expenses that arise during a renovation, redesign or new construction project such as plumbing, electricity or any number of tasks a contractor must complete.  Here are some real fur throw options we considered for a project. The prices start at $2500 and up depending on the size and the type of fur for authentic throws.

chelsea_townhouse- luxurious throw blanket

luxurious throw blankets 4

luxurious throw blankets 1

luxurious throw blankets 2

Kids Rooms Design Ideas

Bedrooms are very personal spaces that provide a place for rest and quiet.   Privacy, scale, lifestyle and functionality are factors to be taken into account when designing a children’s rooms. The design can incorporate children’s beds, twin beds,bunk beds, daybeds, trundle beds, nightstands, storage units, desks and/or chairs depending on the size and the various activities that the interior space will serve other than sleeping. Designing kids rooms with light/neutral colors and accent bright colors/elements is a great way to have the design flow with the overall design of the residence without overdoing it with colors such as light pink and baby blue typically found in children’s rooms.

children bedroom design

children rooms - bedroom design

kids bedrooms

kids bedroom design ideas

By |2019-06-05T19:20:32-04:00March 2nd, 2013|Bedroom, Children's room, Contemporary, Eclectic|

Top 3 chaise lounge options

Here are the top three lounge chaise options that we considered for a project on the Upper East Side.  The first photo features a set of mirrored chaises covered in a melange wool fabric that we decided on and the following are the options.  When we were initially designing the space we had two lounge chairs facing a loveseat but the client wanted to be able to watch tv or read as well as entertain.

Chaises are a great option to put in the center of a living room if space is limited and you still want a comfortable lounge option. You are still able to stretch out your legs and relax without having to commit to a sofa or sectional.   Another benefit of selecting two chaises as opposed to a sectional is they can be moved around or separated if you are having guests.  They can be placed in a corner similar to a sectional if needed.  Chaise lounges may or may not have arm rests and there are options for both indoors and outdoors.
modern lounge chaise

modern lounge chaise

contemporary lounge chaise with metal base

classic lounge chaise

By |2019-06-06T19:02:46-04:00February 27th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture, Living room, Product|