Bringing the Elements Into Your Home!

A design element frequently overlooked is movement and texture. I find that people are more often than not, drawn to fabric and finishes solely on their appealing patterns and colors, but are unaware of the depth that can be added into a space by adding a simple touch of movement. This allows you to transform a flat space adding life in a casual way. I have decided to take it a step further and look into the movement of textures and materials, giving you ideas of ways in which movement and a three dimensional effect can be applied to your space. WATER Here is a beautiful stone slab from NY Stone Manhattan. I came across this in person and was taken aback by the unbelievable craftsmanship of Mother Nature. The one-of-a-kind organic veining has created the illusion of water. To me, it appears as if there is a current that is alive and moving. How marvelous would this stone be placed in any bathroom or kitchen? It would give the effect that your counter was a vessel filled with moving water. AIR Now for air. This beautiful architectural screen from Bendheim Architectural Glass is reminiscent of fabric blowing in the wind. To me, this architectural screen is light and airy. Despite all of the movement and depth that is being unleashed, there is a great sense of peace and tranquility. EARTH This fabulous painting, done by Kate Childs, is yet another picture perfect way in which you can add texture and life to any space as well as incorporating nature. This piece on the contrary, evokes a less dramatic and more peaceful calming mood while still having as strong sense of presence. At the sight of this painting, I am lost in its texture and soothing movements; the oceanic breezy feel is an oasis. FIRE I can almost feel the heat that is being released by this painting, done by Kate Childs. I adore her artistic style and how she has created such a work of art. This painting truly captures the mood she is trying to express, while also transporting you into this magical landscape at the sight of it. This painting would truly add texture and depth to any space where you are trying to add life. I hope that you have been inspired by these ideas on how to bring the elements into your home! If...
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Fun & Exciting Architectural Wall Applications!

I find that people are often unaware of the architectural details that are offered to liven up a space. One in particular are architectural surfaces, they are so great because they can be used as wall and ceiling applications as well as for lighting options and surfaces for back lighting and even furniture! They are so versatile and functional, I have taken a look into a few manufactures which could work great for any space, I hope you enjoy! 3Form is a fabulous company which offers endless options to create your vision of design with versatility. Here I have selected their Varia Ecoresin panels which feature many different Ethereal luminescence colors, finishes, shapes and forms. They also offer a variety of hardware to create your panel selections into whatever you desire, whether it is a lighting fixture or a wall separation! Here I have shown the dichoric panel, you can see the beauty and allure that these panels have with their magical finish and color combinations, there panels are just so stunning! If you are looking into specific images that you may want to be projected and created into luminescent transparent panels then Cosmopolitan Glass is perfect for you! They allow you to customize images to put onto panels, how beautiful are these flowers. They create such a delightful and light setting; I would love to use these! Interlam offers magnificent sculpted, carved and textured patterns. They feature many different lines, some focusing on more ornamental wall panel patterns, while others offer new patterns in a mirage of textured surfaces. There carved panels contain architectural elements such as waves, ornamental textures, modular repeating patterns and continuous patterns. Whatever space you are going to be designing they will be sure to have what you are looking for! I hope that these architectural surfaces and panels have inspired you to think about design in new ways! If you would like to be further inspired by interiors you can view my work. If you have any comments or suggestion please contact me here. And remember It’s all in the Details. Sites Used: Interlam 3Form Cosmopolitan...
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So many countertops. So little time.

I’m an interior designer, not a realtor but, if you ask me, the three areas to invest in a home to improve resale value are kitchens, bathroom and countertops.  The surfaces for countertops of granite, concrete and tile have given people a certain expectation of delight when they walk into a kitchen, bathroom or home bar.  But there are plenty more countertop surfaces to delight.  We’re just getting started.  Last week, I went to a great seminar at Brooks Custom in Mt Kisco, hosted by Richard Brooks. The talk was about the different countertops available and the pros and cons. The one that rocked my world was Verdicrete Engineered Concrete.  Richard pulled out an arsenal of countertop enemies like acetone, olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard, wine, red marker, you get where I’m going, and then set a pot of boiling water on the slurry mess and let it sit for over an hour. There were no stains.   Hard to believe, but true.  This concrete countertop feels warm and velvety and most importantly, comes in any of the Benjamim Moore colors.  Accent materials can be added to the mold, such as sea shells, glass, fossils, sticks and stones.  It weighs 1/3 less than stone, so it works well for hanging on the wall or as a fireplace surround.  The cost is about the same as mid to high range granite. It can be any size that will fit through a door. The design options are limitless, since the shape, texture and color of the concrete is bound only by the imagination. Wood countertops are treated with a baked on Marine Oil Finish, so any species of wood can be safely used around the sink. The metal countertops include Zinc, Copper, Pewter, Bronze and Stainless Steel. The joinery seam where the sheet metals are attached are virtually invisible. The counter top, drain board and sink appear to be from one piece of metal. The 3/4″ glass counter tops can be etched with a design or painted on the back with any of the Benjamin Moore colors. A concealed LED light strip can be used to back light the counter top. It would be possible to etch a monogram on the back of the glass and paint the back with Honeysuckle. Which one do you like best?  Ohhhhh, so many options, so little...
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