It is almost time to grab your warmest knit sweater and curl up with a nice cup of hot cocoa in your favorite lounge chair. That’s right, the season of change and vibrant colors is finally approaching! In a blink of an eye, summer will have come and gone, but that just means that Fall is finally here!
But the leaves aren’t the only things that can be changing this upcoming season. Take a tip from one of the best times of the year and add a little transformation in your home with these great wall colors for fall!
How do you make a multi-use space like the living room comfortable and stylish? As the heart of the home, a living room design is more than just a sofa and TV. It is the room that is reflective of the dweller’s personality while accommodating family and friends for many events.
A young family found their own living room design needed help. Their hope was to “keep the room’s functionality but also make it more inviting for guests”. Through Decorilla’s online interior design services, they experienced a welcomed design transformation.
“The secret to design is that is starts from one object that has history, a meaning and a story. And from there, the whole design naturally follows.” -Hannah D.
Travel has often been an enlightening source of design inspiration for interior designers. This is especially true for Decorilla online interior designer, Hannah D. Grunder. With extensive travel experience to places like South America, Asia, Europe, Morocco and even Inner Mongolia, Hannah’s design skills have been honed by her exposure to different cultures, styles, and architecture. She has a decade of experience designing high end hotels and resorts spread out all over the world as well as residential projects all over the U.S. Hannah’s designs offer exceptional vibrancy, beauty and functionality. For this reason she is in our designer spotlight.
1. Were you always interested in design?
When I was a child, I remember playing the whole day with Legos and clay– making mini chairs, beds and different types of houses. I was also always into dollhouses. It didn’t occur to me that I would be designing not a dollhouse, but real ones as my career and become one of my passions.
2. How would you define your design style?
I am definitely eclectic. I like mixing things and different styles. I love the contrast of modern furniture in a traditional country room. I love putting classic baroque furniture on a bare industrial floor. But in general, I lean more towards neutral bohemian eclectic. Neutral is a good base for any space and you can always change and layer the look by adding accessories.
3. Who or what influences your work?
My work is influenced by my travels. Whenever I am in a new place, I always get amazed how culture is reflected in the interiors. I also get inspiration from the things I see in a local market. Handmade fabrics and embroideries, a nice leather shoe done by a craftsman, colorful local fruits – they all inspire me.
4. What’s a must-have item you make sure your interior designs include?
A focal point. It could be any item that is meaningful to my clients, or something that reflects my client’s personality. An oversized artwork on the wall, showing my client’s favorite theme, or a memorable vase that my client has purchased years back—something that you would notice right away and become a conversation starter. I like to bring out the client’s personality in the room.
5.What is a recent design trend that you’re loving at the moment?
Warm metals, especially copper. It goes with anything!
6. If you had to pick a favorite room in your home, which would it be and why?
My living and dining room. It has a breezy high ceiling and a nice blank wall where we put a collection of items we got from-our travels – framed miniature art from one of my favorite painters, Botero from Colombia, Corazon,a souvenir from Mexico, a painting we got from a flea market in Shanghai and a poster that my husband got from Australia. The rug is from a souk in Morocco, and some of the fabrics are from the floating islands of Peru. The whole room brings out memories of our travels! In our dining room, we made our own dining table. We sourced the reclaimed elm wood table top, and I went to a local hardware store for the pipe legs. My husband did all the drilling.
7. What is your favorite design magazine or blog and why?
Interiordesign.net is my ultimate go to source as an online interior designer. I treat it as my design CNN.
8. What is the best thing about being an interior designer?
You create art, and people get to live in it.
9. What was your first big project and what was your favorite part?
Eight years ago, I was assigned in Mexico for a high end resort project. It has 100 villas and three large restaurants. My favorite part was being on site everyday and seeing the place slowly come to life.
10. How do you manage challenges that come up during a design project?
The biggest challenge is how to make a client happy, that’s why good communication is the key. I believe that you have to listen carefully and get to know the clients first before jumping into design.
Creating the interior design of your dreams sometimes means going through a renovation. While it’s exciting to redesign a space, it can also be quite overwhelming. With so many options available from floor plan to materials and finishes to furniture selection, getting interior design help from a professional is crucial.
Darrin knew that renovating his 971 sq. ft. brownstone duplex in Boston would be no easy task. Equipped with preliminary architect designs and a contractor, he looked for help from a Decorilla online interior designer to bring his final contemporary design to life.
A multi room project, the things that needed altering were specific to each area. Darrin’s notes below provided useful information to help mold the design concepts.
Feels dated and cramped; everything can go (especially in the kitchen) for an updated clean look
Create a spatially smart space: swap the master bath for walk-in closet, making the bath slightly bigger
Bonus: adding an electric fireplace in the design would be amazing!
Skilled in creating designs from scratch, Decorilla online interior designer, Mladen C., used his expertise in contemporary style and his client’s design direction to conceptualize the blank canvas.
Smooth lines and a combination of wood, marble, concrete, and metal focuses the designs of the rooms, making them flow together in style and elegance.
Granting Darrin’s wish to replace the spiral staircase with a linear one opened up the space for a concrete built-in bench backed by a white-washed exposed brick. This adds an urban/industrial look to the modern dining area.
Dining area before
Gutting the kitchen completely allowed for a reinvention of functionality and style. Sleek cupboards with brand new appliances bring out a subtle beauty to this space. The island with a waterfall counter top acts as an additional surface for cooking and a space for easy dining.
Kitchen area before
Consistent with the style of the dining and kitchen areas, the living room reflects a sophisticated, masculine look. Minimalism plays a role in the design whereby the curated pieces themselves make a statement.
Using a monochromatic palette of whites and grays, accent pieces like the Eames brown leather chair stand out. Marble encases the ethanol fireplace creating an ideal cozy space to lounge and watch TV.
Lighting is an attractive element in this design. From modern recessed lights that cascade down the wooden panels to task lighting under kitchen cabinets, each room is intentional in it’s lighting source.
Mladen opted for floating shelving throughout the space. Used as a simple shelf option in the bedroom and under a suspended bathroom sink, this design aspect accentuates the contemporary style and gives off a sense of space.
Even though the scope of the project was significant, Darrin’s brownstone went through a complete transformation with the help of his online interior designer. In the end, he got the contemporary home if his dreams!
What’s the best way to get interior design help? Whether you are a project-loving DIYer or someone who appreciates more personal assistance, there are a growing number of interior design services and tools that bring dream designs to life. The Decorilla team is lucky enough to work with top designers from around the country, but we also work hard to scout out the latest tools and ways to get help.
So, where to start? Here is our comprehensive list of the 5 best interior design service options.
If you’re like us, you’re getting your daily dose of Design Milk and love it! Offering the latest on interior design, architecture, art and tech, there’s something for everyone interested in design trends. Design Milk’s posts never fail in sharing gorgeous images, inspiring information and hip, fresh products.
Not easy to narrow down, but here’s our list of recent faves:
Summertime gives us a chance to not only refresh our spaces, but to also rejuvenate ourselves! One of the best parts of trip planning is picking accommodations that inspire. With only 10-100 rooms, boutique hotels are a nice getaway from the crowded chain hotels. These vacation dwellings are something special: intimate, personalized, and stylish! They are designed to feel like your own personal oasis.
Domestic and international, here are some dreamy boutique hotels we love!
What do you do when your overall home design feels disconnected? So, you’ve ticked off the checklist for an open living room and dining room: sofa, coffee table, rug, dining table, and lamps. But sometimes even with these components in place, a design might not feel like home yet. Our recent client Mark shared this very problem. He had all the core pieces but expressed that“the overall apartment felt a bit incomplete.”
Dwell on Design Los Angeles (DODLA) is the largest design event in America, bringing the inspiration and education of Dwell magazine’s pages to life! Curated by its editors, this three-day exhibition and conference returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center June 24-26, 2016. The event features everything from world-class speakers and incredible exhibitions to continuing education classes for design professionals and so much more.
We’re excited to share that this year Decorilla will not only attend DODLA, but speak about technology innovation as well! As the first online interior design service to bring accessible VR to clients, we will share how technology enhances both the designer and client experience.
With that, below are the top things we look forward to!
“Every design project is a new adventure, a new way to communicate, and an opportunity to discover new worlds.”-Laura A.
With a flair for international design, Laura Attolini’s spaces offer sophistication in every style. She has a diverse portfolio having worked for different architectural and design firms in Paris, Italy and the U.S. and also has worked as an interior designer for high-end furniture brand Roche-Bobois. Laura consistently nurtures her curiosity for fresh and contemporary trends by keeping herself inspired and informed through design publications and travel. This greatly influences the quality of her designs.
Her attention to detail and ability to manifest clients’ unique preferences are reasons she is given the designer spotlight.