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My very first design conference had me almost in tears with the amount of talent that could fill a room, but from the moment I sat down all I could think about was the light that wasn’t working above Kim’s head. The one that matched the one on the other side. The one that wasn’t working. The neglected one that sat in darkness.

For goodness sake, we were at a design conference, and a part of the room was in shade. The room felt uneven, and I found myself wondering if I could slip out and run to the nearest hardware store to fix it. I wanted to listen, but my eyes couldn’t help travelling to the sad, empty space at the left of the screen.

As she talked, I wondered if I was going insane, and I was mad at myself for feeling so persnickety over something so trivial. When she came to a close, Kim thanked everyone, gave a laugh, and asked, “Is anyone else as distracted as I am by the broken light behind me?”. Relief washed over me, as I knew I wasn’t alone in my madness. She would become one of my most endeared friends, but my first memory will always be of bonding over the broken light bulb.

When I was little, I thought we all saw the world the same way, but we don’t, and designer’s are no exception. There are some that must have everything match; the blue in the drapes must match the color on the wall, and the accent in the vase, and then there are others who go by the color wheel, always wanting everything to be the opposite, and insisting that orange does go with blue whether you like it or not. Some just want to make a bold impression, and others daydream of nothing but soft, baby neutrals.

A designer friend might casually make over your bookshelf in the middle of a conversation, and another will quickly turn your toilet paper the other way around when you can’t see them (didn’t you know that it should come from the top, not the bottom?). We are weird, and our minds work in strange ways.
There are designer’s who won’t go near a flea market, and will bring white gloves to every appointment (just in case) and others who lives for the excitement of a weekend, with a pocket full of crumpled cash and a rolling, rickety shopping cart.

To match, or not to match, brings out strong opinions, yet for someone who frets endlessly about a broken light bulb, I almost break out in hives if I am presented with a living room full of identical table lamps. I agree that it makes no sense, and I need, love and adore symmetry, but exact, repetitious matching kind of disturbs me in a way that I can’t explain. That being said, I do honestly appreciate a beautiful room, and I know that an extravagant balance of coordination is a skill assigned to the talented few.

You see, the thing is, whether we live for serene white walls and minimal looks, or jump with joy at the mere mention of adding even more layers to a crowded room, we are all so different ……… just wanting the same thing.

Wendy E. Wrzos  http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/
Photograph from: Design Milk and Emily Henderson

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The color forecast calls for rich shades of brown and bronze to dominate home decor in the next few years. The growing trend of natural neutrals does not mean these colors are wishy-washy. These ‘brown’ shades will be more grounded and earthy. Think rock, stone and soil.

 

Some of our favorite shades are found within the Benjamin Moore line of paints and include Van Buren Brown – a milk chocolate color that will really wet your appetite. (Great for a dining room) Branchport Brown – with just enough red in it to really warm up a space and looks especially good in a high gloss for added drama. Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup are lush browns you can adapt to any room and the color Wenge from the BM Affinity line is a dark, bittersweet chocolate color that paired with silvery green, red or lilac works well for any season. In fact, pair brown shades with blue this spring for variations of sea and sand.

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If you’re like me, you want your “home” office to be just as stylish as any other room in your home. In fact, more so! So how do you marry style with functionality? Good design is all about making form and function beautiful. Let’s start there.
Of course the people at Pottery Barn know how to make furniture that embodies good design, which is why they created a great line of office furniture that is not only stylish, but increadibly functional as well.
Now personalize your space with a splash of color, rich textures and interesting patterns. Embellish this space with not-so-officey artwork and accessories that show off your personality. The result? You’ll end up with an office you love to work in day or night!

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Here are the trends leading interior designers and industry experts across the country have predicted will be hot this season, to help consumers realize their personal bests when it comes to maximizing their homes’ potential.
1. The gold medal standard Wall murals remain reigning champions, according to Todd Imholte, president of http://www.MuralsYourWay.com — a leader in the production of decorative products for more than 40 years. “Like the Olympic athletes, we’re always striving to improve what we do,” says Imholte. “We recently introduced 60 new mural designs that feature everything from Parisian storefronts, Tuscan landscapes and whimsical fairies to city skylines, vintage signs and safari scenes.” Murals Your Way offers a gallery of more than 5,000 images, as well as the ability to personalize an existing gallery image or create a custom mural from a personal photo or artwork.
2. Team USA Baby boomers are asking for a new American design that is less traditional yet sensible, and reflects who they are as people, says Jan Hubbard, ASIDwith JH Design Group. They may incorporate Mom’s furniture into at least one of their rooms, while seeking an updated look in the rest of the house. McKinley Adams, ASID with McKinley’s Design, sees textures evoking a similar sense of nostalgia, as they tactilely take us back to earlier, pleasurable times in our lives.
3. Lighting the torch This fall, conventional lighting will be used in unconventional ways, according to Jeff Dross, senior product manager at Kichler Lighting. Chandeliers in the bedroom, pendants in dining rooms and multi-tier sconces in powder rooms and in the foyer will make definitive visual changes in the home. Lighting manufacturers will also continue to offer creative solutions using less electricity to promote energy efficiency.
4. The furniture favorites to win Shapely and comfortable chairs in bold colors will make an exclamation point in any room, and should be accented by a nice contrast and blend of straight-lined and round size tables, suggests celebrity design expert, author, and national TV host/spokesperson Kathy Peterson. Furniture blends in eclectic styles with an eye-appealing mix of bold patterns such as broad stripes, abstract animal prints, circles or mixed graphics will add even more life to living rooms.
5. Synchronized colors Susan Pantaleo, ASID with Concepts in Design Inc., notes that yellow is emerging as a very versatile color. From sunlight to Dijon mustard, the yellow palette is attention-getting, works with most design schemes, and adds life and vibrancy to a room. On the other side of the rainbow, Peterson sees cool grays, silvers, black and stone colors along with an unexpected hint of gold-tone accents this fall. She recommends metallics or pearlized paints on accent walls, ceilings, backdrop covers for shelves, and accent shelves.
6. The preliminaries on staging a bedroom According to Davis Remignanti, FurnitureFind.com’s lead design consultant, consumers are interested in creating a bedroom retreat that calms, centers and energizes. He suggests looking for opportunities to showcase souvenirs and family photos, and utilizing walls effectively by adding a fresh coat of paint and an interesting piece of artwork. Another way Peterson recommends to enhance a bedroom is to incorporate an oversized, opulent and tufted upholstered headboard, using tone-on-tone colors that touch the ceiling.
7. Silver medalists This fall, we should expect to see a bit more chrome and variations such as brushed nickel, polished silver, and polished nickel, adds Dross. This trend has taken a long time to travel from Europe to the United States, but this is the year it should finally take seed.
8. Competing for wall space According to Candice Matthews, ASID with CMR Interiors Inc., green goods and wall finishes will dominate this season. Finishes with burlap, limed walls and straw bale walls will be popular, as will burlap-covered walls, Belgium linens, interesting high-end finishes on millwork like driftwood, grey stains, rift wood ceruses, and lacquered millwork.
9. All-around family entertainment Due to the rising popularity of the Nintendo Wii, Xbox, PlayStation and other gaming consoles, homeowners will continue to seek ways to incorporate technology into their living areas in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Home theater cabinets from BDI, the leading manufacturer of home entertainment furnishings featuring storage for three or more components and wire management to hide all necessary connections are available in a variety of gloss and natural stained wood finishes. Hubbard also recommends consumers place flat-screened televisions within attractive furniture pieces designed specifically for them. Whole-house technology systems that are future proof will also be in demand as technology advances at world-record pace.
10. Celebrate the Olympic culture Follow the ages-old Chinese practice of Feng Shui to honor the environment indoors. Remingnanti recommends introducing water, wind chimes, color and crystals into your bedroom design to enhance the positive energy and romantic appeal while creating a shared sanctuary. Like the Olympic athletes, all of these are winners in the home decorating arena. The key is to balance diving into popular home decor trends with fine-tuning fundamental styles and techniques that will go the distance. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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And the winner is… Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs.

Claudia took this mis-matched master bedroom from “blah” to “ahhhh”. The room is now serene and totally relaxing. Everything a bedroom should be!

Did you know that Interior Redesign is a “green” design service? Recycling existing furnishings is eco-friendly. Interior Redesigners are trained to create beautiful interiors using what you have.

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And the winner is… Olena Murphy of Vesna Interior Redesign and Staging.

Who wouldn’t want to move into this amazing home? Olena worked with what the seller already had (added a few minor details) and voila! – design magic.

The benfits of home staging far outweight the costs. Depending on what you need, a professional home stager can work with you to enhance your space so it doesn’t sit on the market.

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Good design does not need to be expensive! Come explore the world of design with us while you learn and share an array of tips and tricks.  

If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, come check us out. The ADE offers a myriad of educational opportunities for both the novice decorator and the design professional.

For additional information, we invite you to visit the ADE website.

 

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