How to get a high-end contemporary living room design on a budget

Modernizing a living room can be challenging especially when you’re working with the traditional design of an older home.

A young family of four came to us wanting a multi-functional and modern look for their 1940’s living room. They wanted contemporary accents and a fresh light color palette. With contemporary style in mind and wish to entertain guests, their goals included:

  • redesigning the fireplace
  • updating the lighting
  • showcasing unique decor pieces
  • keeping the overall look white

They wanted to find an interior designer to meet their needs while staying within an affordable budget.

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The Best of Designer Trends at Paris’ Maison & Objet 2015


Known as a “unique experience to discover the unexpected” Maison & Objet is Paris’ popular trade show that has been bringing the latest design trends of global markets for 20 years! Designer, Lesya Bukaytis, acted as Decorilla‘s eyes and ears at last week’s incredible event. Her general impression? “Design is seen as more playful, toy-like and shiny. Sense of humor is the new must have.” With an overwhelming number of exhibits to witness, Lesya brings up her favorites!

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Hottest Trends from the Renowned HOMI Trade Show

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Wondering what’s hot in Italian design trends? The HOMI trade show in Milan is a highly anticipated and attended three day event showcasing exotic lifestyle products and design. Lucky for us, one of our team members, Interior Architect Roberto Di Stefano, was in attendance snapping shots of all the hot trends. The show includes the freshest examples in high end lighting, kitchen & dining decor, accents and soft furnishings. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the beautiful displays he captured.

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10 Best New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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The New Year is almost here! If you’re like me, the beginning of 2015 will bring with it a flurry of attempts at self-improvement.  Sometimes I’m successful, but most of the time I find myself biting off more than I can chew.  So this year instead of driving myself crazy trying to better myself, I’m going to channel all that invigorating, get-it-done attitude that comes along on December 31st and put it all towards bettering my home.

New Year’s resolutions for your home? I must be crazy, right?

Wrong! Our home is the backdrop for our entire life, and the state it is in directly affects our emotional well-being.  I for one instantly feel more relaxed and focused in a tidy space, and sleepy and unproductive in an ill-lit one.  What’s more, most of us share our home with the people we care about the most: family or friends.  Our home, whether it be an apartment our house, rented or owned, is simply where life happens. 

And I believe it deserves to be the best possible version of itself!

For anyone needing a little interior design help, here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you should make this year:

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4 Stunning Online Interior Designer Transformations

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3D rendering by Decorilla Designer, Eleni P.

There is no denying that the evolution of interior design has come a long way and one of the components making interior design dramatically more accessible (and fun) is 3D visualization.

Decorilla co-founder and interior designer, Joyce Elizabeth offered that new technologies in the field are making it increasingly easier to bring people together with top interior designers in an efficient and affordable way. Professional designers now use apps such as Google Hangout and Decorilla’s interactive platform to share interior design advice and ideas with clients whether they are meeting in person or not!

Below are four of our favorite virtual transformations completed by Decorilla‘s team. Be sure to slide the arrows to see the before and after difference.

Steve’s Beach Style Living Room

The clients wanted a living room that was “traditional without being overly formal”, combining clean lines with the relaxing feel of the beach, but also creating a style “that doesn’t feel out of place in winter.”

Eleni delivered the perfect combination of neutral and muted cool shades, cushy but modern furniture, unrefined wood and metal finishes to offer a balanced rustic elegance.

Tom’s Masculine/Classy NY Apartment

With a blank canvas, the client looked forward to having a contemporary style apartment with quality furniture and interesting art.

Ibrahim & Christine collaborated in carefully selecting furniture and decor pieces that showcased clean lines, rich textures, and gorgeous patterns. The result is a classy penthouse dream!

A Fresh New Living Room

A young family of four wanted a multifunctional and modern look for this 1940s style living room. Contemporary accents and a fresh color palette immediately updated the space. Picharat’s newly designed stone fireplace also offered a sleek focal point while honoring the client’s wish to keep this architecturally appealing part of the room.

Tech Start-up Office Design

Along with a functional workspace, the client also wanted an office that inspired a sleek, hip, and creative vibe with a unique ceiling lighting solution.

Making the most of the space, Aldrin created varied work areas that encourage collaboration and productivity. The featured bright drop ceiling also functioned as an affordable and stylish lighting solution.

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Top 5 Decor Tips for Creating the Perfect Guest Room


Travel can be great especially when you have a cozy room to come back to. That’s why making guests feel comfortable when visiting your space is key. What’s the trick? Balancing elements of hotel and home. It’s mixing practicality with warmth, detail with comfort, ease with charm.

Whether it’s an overnight or an extended holiday stay, designing the perfect guest room can come together simply by considering the following tips.

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How to get a perfectly balanced bedroom design


How do you go about designing a neutral bedroom without emphasizing one gender inspired style over the other?

Recent clients approached Decorilla, looking for a natural, fun, modern design for their master bedroom. It was to be eclectic, but also neutral. One of the biggest challenges when designing a neutral bedroom is effectively incorporating both masculine and feminine styles.  Now, calling a particular décor style feminine or masculine does not mean that the particular room is designed for only women or men. It just means that the room has qualities that are more associated with one gender more than the other. 

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How to Add Industrial Elements to Your Decor


Inspired by factories and warehouses, Industrial Design is a trendy style that creates spaces which are modern, urban and full of personality.

Typically, industrial design is associated with large spaces having high ceilings, robust natural light and exposed elements. If these components are lacking in your house, there are plenty of opportunities for you to update and create a modern industrial look. You can do it yourself with these simple tips or hire a virtual designer for some expert help.

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