Designer Spotlight: Colinda Van Iperen

ColindaLet’s face it, great design cannot happen without great designers. That’s why it is our priority to scout for top young talented interior designers from the U.S. and all over the world. This week we’d like to feature Colinda, an accomplished Decorilla designer, who acted as our eyes and ears in the recent Design Week in Milan. She shares thoughts with us on what excites her as a professional designer.

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7 Rustic Design Style Must-Haves


Ah the country…the fresh air, silhouetting hills, green trees, chirping birds. Relaxation just happens here! This environment certainly appeals to people wanting to unplug and get away. The key element? Nature. There is definitely a calm that takes over when surrounded by it. So, it’s no surprise that reflecting the aesthetics from the country side in interiors as well, is common.

Can’t getaway to the countryside? Not a problem.

Enter the rustic style! This type of design is where simplicity meets nature that results in calming beauty. When in a rustic/country style home, there is a natural sense of warmth and connection. Organic textures and shapes which keep you grounded are some of the main components of this style.

Below are 7 ways to introduce the comfort of rustic style into your home.

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Outdoor Decor Love: Top Summer Design Items


Warming weather always leads to innovating beautiful outdoor spaces. Patios, balconies, and yards get their time to shine – both in the sun and as focal areas for design! With upcoming three day weekends and summer holidays, there are great excuses to spruce up exteriors as attractive places to kick back and relax.

What’s needed to get your outdoor design off to a great start? Check out some of our suggested pieces this season.

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Milan Design Week 2015 Trends


Milan Design Week,  Fiera Milano, is a week of inspiration for designers, architects, artists and all who are thrilled to observe the latest in design. The buzz around this week begins months before the actual event, with expectations of it being “the most impressive week of the year”. Taking in the exhibit, actually exceeds these expectations!

Picture this: the expansive space of the  Salone Del Mobile where 14 pavilions house the most creative exhibition stands. A  number of showrooms, shops and galleries organizing events called ‘Fuorisalone’ scatter nearby. During the day one can gaze at new collections and expositions and in the evenings, there are spectacular parties everywhere. Innovation and creativity energize the whole event.

A Decorilla designer Colinda van Iperen sorted out a few themes and trends for us that will define the world of interior design in 2015.

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Before & After: Modern High-End Design That Doesn’t Cost the Earth

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When it came to designing this 1264 sq.ft. penthouse apartment in New York City for an on-the-go tenant, the goals were simple: modern and comfortable. The client wanted timeless furniture, stylish lighting, and accents with impact. Decorilla’s team took on the challenge and the results were a design that spoke to the client’s city sleek and masculine interior design aesthetic while creating an atmosphere of home away from home.

People spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, interior design plays an important role in creating functional, beautiful spaces that also maintain our well being. In celebration of Earth Day, let’s take a closer look at some of the design decisions in this project that have our health and the environment in mind. 

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Quick & Easy Updates to Increase Your Curb Appeal


Whether you’re about to list your house or you feel like it needs a little love, you might be wondering how to increase curb appeal without going whole-hog on your exterior. Luckily, there are plenty of quick and easy updates that can be made to your front yard that will make a big impact with a small investment.

Here are some of my favorite ways to spruce up any exterior:

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Mixing & Matching Patterns: Your Go-To Guide to Fab Combinations


Patterns are found everywhere in our natural and designed worlds. From the gorgeous curvy spirals of a sea shell to sharp geometric shapes of a city skyline, these repeated designs make an aesthetic difference in our spaces. But, enhancing an interior design is more than simply throwing in elements of pattern. There’s a bit of a science to it. While sticking with solids is a safe way to go, there’s no reason to shy away from pattern in a room when it adds richness and design interest.

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This Spring Make Your Design Bloom With These 4 Styles


Spring is definitely in the air (as your allergies might be letting you know ;)). Visibly, the budding trees and blooming flowers are making the grand announcement of a new season. What better way to freshen up your decor than by using Mother Nature’s art as inspiration? Since the beginning of time, floral elements have decorated spaces in a variety of ways no matter what the style preference.

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5 Startup Office Design Tools That Will Save You Money

Startup office design has come a long way since garage space beginnings and the token ping pong table. Collaborative zones, comfortable furniture, and motivating decor accents are becoming standards for thriving working environments as seen in the popular companies we know and love.

But, what if you don’t have the budgets of Google, Facebook, or Pixar?

No matter! It is absolutely possible to encourage productivity and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed business space that does not break the bank. Here are some tools that can bring your regular office design to a new level of excellence while saving you time and money.

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4 Great Room Divider Ideas


When it comes to small spaces or even large open floor plans, having ways to partition a space can come in handy. It is helpful in distinguishing areas of use in a home like separating the bedroom area for rest and that of the office where productivity takes place. Having distinct areas also offers options for developing design styles. Your kitchen, for example, may have a sleek, contemporary look while your living room may lean more towards a transitional style, embracing comfortable pieces for  kicking back.

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