I’ve been an interior designer for more than 20 years. And, during this long and wonderful career it may surprise some readers to know that I believe there is only one hard-and-fast rule of design. It is this: Surround yourself with the things you love.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s not always the case.
This is because most of us approach home decorating projects with a history. Have you acquired furniture, art and accessories over time? Has the Mayflower truck followed you to new addresses and maybe even a new state? Welcome to Florida!
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Paris-based designer Christophe Delcourt applies his precise vision not only to furniture, but also to hospitality and retail interiors. After studying theater, the self-taught Delcourt opened his first studio in Paris in 1988 and began to produce coveted interiors, lighting, and furniture, including the Scoop, Rive Droite and limited-edition, ecoconscious Legend lines for Roche Bobois. Interior Design spoke with Delcourt on the occasion of his latest furniture launch at Avenue Road in New York, where new pieces designed in collaboration with owner Stephan Weishaupt channel the craftsmanship of the French Decorative Arts through exquisite materials utilizing tanning, tinting, wood smoking, and metalworking. Keep reading to find out why Delcourt believes sofas are the most important item of furniture.
I recently purchased a teal sofa (after waffling between teal and pink for a bit) and many readers commented that it was too bright, too tricky to decorate around. Color on such a big piece doesn’t have to be overwhelming though! It all depends on what else you put with it. I’ve gathered some inspiration for decorating with colorful furnishings — you know, so we can discuss.
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HomeThangs.com the Online Home Improvement Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.
For those that work from home or spend any serious amount of time sitting in front of a computer, a good office chair is hands down the most important furnishing in a home office. The desk is a bigger decor statement, and bookshelves and other office equipment are definitely important, but research is finding that how much time is spent sitting can have a huge impact on a persons overall health. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to finding an office chair that not only looks good, but is also supportive, comfortable, and designed to match the amount of time spent sitting in it.
As part of the Make It Yourself trend from our Future of Home Living report, which looks at how a new range of DIY kits and technologies are making the process of envisioning and producing custom products and designs accessible to anyone, regardless of space or skills, PSFK Labs has identified the following example.
Everything But The Manual is modular furniture kit developed by Dutch designer David Graas that arrives as a cube comprised of 177 identical oak building blocks that can be screwed together to make almost anything imaginable. The flexibility of the system combined with its ease of assembly make it accessible for makers of all skills, while still challenging them to create and build their own designs without the use of a manual. The designer has suggested three designs of his own—a dressing table, lamp and cuckoo clock—which he hopes will inspire countless other DIY creations.
Conversation pieces, objets d’art, knickknacks – whatever you call them, it’s clear that show-and-tell never really went away, it just moved from the classroom to the coffee table.
From Ethiopian silver Coptic crosses to driftwood sculptures sourced from Louisiana swamps, objects at the new Peluche Decor boutique in Uptown Park are designed grab attention and tell unique stories. Owner Deanna Breaux Gathe, a Louisiana native, spent time as an interior designer in Atlanta, decorating the homes of famous athletes as well as restaurants by P. Diddy and Gladys Knight. She also was the interior decorator responsible for home makeovers on TBS’s “Movie and a Makeover” series. After five years in Houston, she was inspired by her travels and the treasures she picked up around the world when putting together her store.
With school out of session and summer officially here, now is the time for summer outdoor living. In light of the season, Manja Swanson, Chief Creative Officer at Lamps Plus, the nation’s largest lighting specialty retailer, offers ten tips for getting outside in style. Starting with outdoor lighting and diving into the finer points of outdoor decor, Swanson’s list reflects a progression in customer behavior and an evolution the outdoor decor industry has seen over the years.
“With a spate of new technologies and weatherproof materials and finishes, outdoor furniture and decor has seen an evolution in recent years, from solar LED lighting to all weather rugs and cushions,” explains Swanson. “This has made it possible to transform the back yard into a second living room. And we’ve seen a lot of interest in these new outdoor designs from customers.”
Q: Dear Debbie,
I’m looking for some ideas to fix up a plain (boring) city concrete patio. The concrete is old and cracked but I am renting, so not able to resurface. I’m not much of a gardener, and the area is very shady so I can’t grow much in colourful blooms. Thanks for any suggestions.
A: Dear Rita,
You can infuse this space with colour in many ways that will elevate its character from plain to punchy. Paint some second-hand wood garden furniture in bright white or a hot pastel shade. Why not two chairs in funky colours and a tabletop with a bold daisy face? Painting furniture is easy to do, and you can make up any design you like from crazy bold stripes to circles that overlap. For a more traditional look, you could use a weathered paint effect on the wood and some cushions covered in a brilliant variety of weatherproof fabrics.
The assembly process for IKEA kitchen cabinets may be appealingly simple, but the same can’t be said about their appearance; their style—or lack thereof—could charitably be described as generic. John McDonald, founder of Semihandmade, saw an opportunity to improve on the aesthetics of the product that would cater to the store’s design-conscious clientele. It’s an idea that garnered the Duarte, California-based firm the Editors’ Award for best kitchen/bath product at this year’s ICFF.
Providing custom doors, drawer fronts, and side panels that are pre-drilled for use on the mass-produced cabinet carcasses has proved a hit, with the business going nationwide in three years. Priced about 30 percent higher than IKEA’s standard doors and significantly less expensive than a true custom-kitchen installation, Semihandmade offers value as well as visual distinction.
Before you give your heart to a piece of upholstered furniture, make sure it’s the real deal by asking yourself these four key questions.
1. What kind of relationship are you looking for?
The first step toward a happy match is to set some expectations for your relationship with your new furniture. Realistically, how long are the two of you going to be together? How you answer will determine what kind of frame you pick to go under all that lovely upholstery fabric. I know relationships can be complicated, but when it comes to saying “I do” to a piece of furniture, you really only have two options:
A long-term marriage: Do you want a sofa or chair that will stand by you in good times and bad, never sagging or swaying, going lumpy or limp? Then pick a high-quality frame. That means one that’s kiln-dried with eight-way, hand-tied coil springs. If you’re looking at a sofa on a showroom floor, quiz the sales associate about how the piece is made. If they don’t know, that’s a bad sign.