It's now October 31, 2016...Halloween! It's rather unbelievable how quickly the year has flown by. We have decided to hold off on holiday styling tips until Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years. Please stay tuned for these tips in the next few weeks! Until then, Channing and I wanted to share with our readers what our current inspiration consists of. Last time we discussed inspiration, it was focused on our clients, other women in the industry, and true craftsmanship.
As always, we strive to fill our minds with interesting, unique, and creative content to keep the juices flowing. It truly is difficult to remain inspired without falling into the 'trend' trap of design. We tend to focus on classical elements in design that are considered timeless. Today we have two discussion points that can hopefully guide our readers on their own homes!
First on the agenda is minimalism. We are not supporters of unnecessary, useless, and tacky 'knick knacks'. This does come out a little blunt, but in all honesty there are so many interior spaces overloaded with little doo-dads, gizmos, and tchotchkes. When you are out shopping for styling accessories, always ask yourself if there is a time and/or place for the item. Keep it minimal, people! To expand, you may come across an effervescent lapis porcelain vase that catches your eye. It's a beautiful piece that could become a statement on an elegant buffet. You will want to remind yourself what the room you imagine it in already has existing in it. Does the color work with the room palette? Will it be sitting out all the time as a statement piece, or will it only be pulled out of storage for floral arrangements when entertaining guests? Questions like this will help you the answer if there is a time and/or place for the piece! Essentially, we are telling our readers to really think about the items they purchase before they impulsively react.
Secondly, we are excited to discuss mixing aesthetics. One of our favorites project types is renovating homes that have an existing historical shell. We love to re-emphasize the originality of older homes and take advantage of the unique character they typically have. This can be done in a variety of ways, but our unique niche as a firm is by mixing design aesthetics. One aesthetic already exists: the historical bones. It's so exciting to add a contemporary touch to homes of this nature. By playing along with the original characteristics, we can bring life and excitement back into the home with timeless, yet contemporary flare. A prime example of this is a Mid-Century Modern project by interior designer, Debra Szidon. The original architecture of this home is very powerful, and it was important to stick within the design guidelines that the home gave Szidon. By refinishing the concrete floors and putting in new cabinetry, hardware, and fixtures, a beautiful project was created. The color palette selected was also reminiscent of Mid-Century Modern design, and the contemporary fixtures allow the space to feel vibrant and full of life!