With summer in full swing, it is great to make the most of being outdoors. Bringing the outdoors in is one way of doing this, as seen in our recent small studio design where a forest wall mural amplifies a living room space. Yet, if you’re home has an outdoor area to work with, more options are open.
A patio, balcony, or terrace is an added living area when designed well. This is simpler when the space is ample enough, but what if it is challenging to use? Here are some helpful tips when decorating small exteriors:
One of the most common design challenges is effective use of space. This is especially true when the space is limited and several uses of the room are needed.
Take one of our recent New York studio design clients, for example. Having moved into a large bedroom, he wanted to create a split living/sleeping space. He was clear about what he liked. “I want to create an airy, elevated type of room with not a lot of furniture that is too close to the ground”. To us, this translated into: floating furniture, a platform bed and a clean minimalistic look. These elements help open up a room. Other possible solutions include the following…
If you chose things solely based on looks, then you might go straight for the ever enduring “it” plant – the Fiddle Leaf Fig, with its large dinner plate sized sculptural leaves. It’s kind of like a Volvo, if you pick the right one and you have the right environment, is pretty low maintenance and a work of art on its own. Whether it lives in a white washed or eclectic environment, this West African beauty acts as a major design element that adds drama and texture to any room. If you don’t give this beauty the proper home it deserves, it can be a real temperamental diva. Be prepared with a box of tissues as those beautiful leaves brown and fall gracefully one by one to the ground. This is not to dissuade you from this plant, it every bit worth the effort.
With June upon us, thoughts of summer inhabit our minds: sunshine, vacation, outdoor enjoyment. Why not have this season reflected in our homes as well? There are many things we can do to decorate our spaces while producing relaxation and brightness. Here are a few of our favorites:
What’s the best way to complete a design when you’ve already picked out many of the main furniture pieces? Min made some living room decorating decisions by investing in her main furniture pieces, but she came to us asking, What’s missing? Sitting in the space together with these items, she thought now what?
When it comes to studio apartments, size really does matter. A recent 11’x11′ New York studio space inclined to feel dark and closed in, became the platform for a bright and open design makeover. The result was the appearance of a larger splendidly designed living area. How?
We love our moms and want to show it. While Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, it can be a challenge to come up with unique gifts that she will truly enjoy. Here’s the secret to a perfect Mother’s Day gift: thoughtfulness. Putting in effort to show how you respect her passions and interests can have an enormously positive effect! Here are some unique gift ideas for different spaces in her home that can brighten her days long after the Holiday is over.
Sustainable design is a timeless trend; the future of our planet depends on it. From popular retailers who have included a green line to a growing demand for designers with LEED qualifications, people are seeking ways to design their homes while minimizing environmental impact.
Thankfully, eco-friendly decor is gradually becoming more accessible and affordable. The following examples are design solutions that beautify mindfully.
We often use the words “modern decor” and “contemporary decor” interchangeably when it comes to design and art. The truth is, these styles have their unique set of characteristics that give them their own identity.
I’ve always lived with someone; my sister, college roommates, husband. Fortunately, most of the decorating experiences were painless (except convincing my husband that a photograph of a giant cockroach he saw in the Amazon was not cool living room art).
In general, sharing a living space is not easy. Unless your roommate/partner goes crazy for collections of ceramic cats or has a true appreciation for 1960s prints like you do, chances are coming to a design consensus can be a challenge.