The newly formed Association of Myanmar Interior Designers hosted its first seminar last week to foster cooperation and improvement within the industry and introduce itself to the public.
The seminar was held on August 4 at the Myanmar Engineering Society in Hlaing township, Yangon.
U Saw Phyu Thein, a patron of the association, said part of the purpose of the seminar was to introduce the association – which was formed in January and has 40 members – to the public, as well as to provide a venue for sharing information between companies and generations.
Those are just two of the 2013 home design ins and outs spotted at the Parade of Homes, which starts Friday, as well as on HGTV, cococozy.com, Pinterest and in decorating magazines.
Some trends work here. Some are snubbed big time.
The Parade of Homes is a perfect time for home-design daydreamers to tour the newest offerings by local builders as they pick up the latest interior design and home layout trends and mentally redecorate their own homes or plan for the future.
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.
Designing a home is an art: It takes time, patience and sometimes a few bad choices before we get it right. And although we love looking for inspiration for awesome ideas for our interiors, we thought it would also be helpful to identify the most common blunders.
From cramming too much stuff in our spaces to making bad accessory choices, scroll through the top eight decor DON’Ts below.
1. Hanging curtains that are way too short or too long. Ideally, your window treatments should just hit the floor or pool by only a couple of inches for a current look.
Home Accents Today Staff — Home Accents Today, 7/30/2013 10:24:37 AM
Interior design and home furnishings franchise company Decorating Den Interiors is showcasing award-winning room makeovers from this year’s 29th International Dream Room Contest at decoratingden.com/showcase/2013.
The design showcase features the top three makeovers in 12 categories as judged by a panel of international home furnishings journalists.
“These makeovers were done within real budgets for real homeowners, not staged,” said Carol Donarye Bugg, ASID, DDCD, vice president for design and author of five books on interior design and decorating. “As the best of nearly 300 entries, these room designs can provide inspiring ideas for making one’s home more beautiful and inviting.”
Consistent with current trends in home design, CertaPro Painters of Loudoun now Offers Painted Ceilings in their repertoire of design expertise. It used to be that ceilings were only painted white. This has been the M.O. in the house painting industry for many years. Recently, this trend is changing to embrace the contrast and character provided by a colored ceiling. CertaPro Painters of Loudoun has always been on the cutting edge of paint technologies, products, and design, so announcing a specialty in this area is consistent with their dedication to offering the latest from the home design industry.
FOR THAT: Kwikset, recognized by most homeowners as the makers of deadbolts, has teamed up with UniKey Technologies to make your smartphone unlock your front door.
Called Kevo, the technology is such the user doesn’t even need to remove the smartphone from his pocket when unlocking their door.
“The one-of-a-kind Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt allows for an entirely new interface for keys, using the latest Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 technology. The Kevo mobile app turns a smartphone into an electronic ekey, and allows the deadbolt to recognize and respond quickly to the touch of a finger, all while communicating seamlessly with the Kevo app in the background of the smartphone.”
A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways.
Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other cast-offs from the owner’s main living space.
But, say interior designers, a bit of creativity can transform a small vacation home into the perfect haven — a place to combine family heirlooms, funky flea-market purchases and a few new pieces, with style and on a budget.
“Second homes are all about the three f’s: family, friends and flea markets,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions. “There are really no rules, but the one thing to keep in mind is that second homes are the best place to showcase your personality by filling them with one-of-a-kind pieces packed with sentiment and history.”