Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.
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Now and then I’ll see a photo on some site or other that shows something interior design related that I think is so AWESOME and I CAN’T WAIT to try it myself. Recently I saw a terrific kitchen renovation online that had lighting consisting of simple sockets hanging from black cords; what made them AMAZING was the decorative bulbs used with the plain fixtures. Those bulbs made all the difference in the world and I COULDN’T WAIT to give that a whirl in my own home. (Okay, I’ll stop with the yelling; you just need to know how exited I get some times about this stuff.) Problem was, I didn’t have any fixtures that would lend themselves to the extra cool factor of using decorative bulbs. So, as usual, I decided I wanted to post about it so that all of you could benefit from my excitement, even if I can’t.
It’s a common design dilemma: do I satisfy my need for aesthetics or do I focus on functionality? That question seems to come up again and again for designers and their clients. And, well, you know me—I always like to answer those kinds of questions with one of my own: why not have both great looks and fantastic utility? Enter rollaways. Just like the way chocolate and peanut butter combine to make something awesome, furniture and wheels can do the same thing.
When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.
It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.
There are some tried and true conventions of (mostly American) residential design and building that I sometimes wonder about. One of those is the real need for two sinks in a master bathroom—but I’m not at all certain I’m ready to take on all of the comments should I start that conversation. So I’ll go with taking a swipe at another tradition: the built-in sink. Does every bathroom really need a vanity in which to house the sink? I think not, and these examples show why.
I was strolling through my local big box home improvement store the other day looking for a replacement battery for my home security system (you know I’m not a DIYer), and couldn’t help but notice the amazing selection of tool chests on display. I immediately began to imagine using some of them in interior design projects because, well, that’s just how my mind works. So, of course, when I got home I decided to do a quick online search to see how others have used these industrial wonders in their décor; I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found.
When it comes to interior design, versatility and endurance are two hallmarks of any great material. As both Caesarstone and subway tile are premium examples of both qualities, why not pair them together? Today I’m looking at kitchens that do just that, and do it in a variety of ways.
We are all receiving constant impressions from our environments—it’s one of those things you’re not usually consciously aware of—but it is happening nonetheless. Because of this, good interior design will help support your daily existence in ways beyond providing a pleasing space—ways that might largely remain a mystery to you. Today I’d like to take a look at some of the benefits of including square shapes in your décor.
The thought of using the color black in interior design tends to bring up a lot of questions and preconceived ideas. I’ve had people challenge me on the very idea of black being a color! And black is so often thought of as funereal, gothic, drab, and unwelcoming, that many simply discount it as being hard to live with. The thought of using the color black in kitchen design—in the room that is the heart of the home—is enough to make even the most adventurous people question my judgment. I want to dispel some of those preconceptions by taking a look at some very successful uses of black in the kitchen.