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November 30, 2010
If you are considering renovating your flooring, but find that the best looking flooring materials are out of your budget, look no further. Painted floors give the biggest bang for your buck no matter what your decor taste is. Being economical is definitely it’s biggest advantage, but painted floors are do it yourself friendly (which is pretty rare when it comes to flooring.) If you have an artist in the family or in the neighborhood, you can really create some show stopping work. People are often concerned with the durability of paint and if it can withstand the abuse that all of our homes receive with simple day to day activities. If you have ever been to a basketball game or gymnasium, then you have seen the painted court lines. Those floors withstand aggressive athletes and other performances. If a gym floor can withstand, then your floor can too. Basically any flooring surface, excluding carpet, can be painted. Because it is so simple and cost effective, you could refresh you floor look once a year if you wanted to.
The process is very simple:
- Clean your flooring surface with soap and water.
- If there is any gloss or wax coating – sand off and vacuum up sanding dust.
- Use an oil based primer to prep your floors – you can start painting as soon as the primer instructs.
High gloss oil based paints would the best. The key to the long lasting durability is a few coats of non-yelling urethane. After that your floor is you palate! Painting is a way to experiment with all those bold colors and patterns that you love. If you don’t like the way it looks – paint it again. Below are some really fantastic painted floors and there are more all over the Internet to get inspiration from.
Yeah – you are going to need some help with something like this
Simple and white
The gloss give this space a sophisticated fun kind of look
The classic checker board floor
No caption necessary
Use stencilling for the patterns that are a little too advanced to draw by hand
No need to get crazy – simply use paint to change the tone of your wood floor
The perfect touch!
Hope this was helpful! Have a great day and please share your flooring photos with us!
November 29, 2010
Once popular in the seventies and eighties, grasscloth has recently made a come back within the past five years. Grasscloth is a wall covering made of woven plant fibers. The product is fantastic because if a person is not comfortable with wallpaper, but still wants a textural quality to the wall, grasscloth is the perfect solution. Worried that grass cloth might not fit your home decor? Think again – there are hundreds of color and style options that range from modern to traditional, and every where in between. Grasscloth can bestamped on with a pattern, or have metallic threads woven right into the surface. You can choose from a variety of colors and match the color to a sample depending on the vendor. The unique thing about grasscloth is that is has a natural quality with its texture, and you can decide on the next level to add in with the color and style. They way that the grasscloth is applied also adds another design dimension to the product. It can be applied in strips or in squares. In the Casa Blanca project, I took grasscloth squares and laid them horizontally and vertically in a grid. The result was a flowing visual wave that was subtle against the rest of the space, but still eye catching. In that same house I used a fading technique in the dining room that is reminiscent of ombre hair coloring. The spaces are right next to each other in completely different colors and yet do not clash with one another. Who thought grasscloth could be Hollywood regency? Below are some great examples of interiors that use grasscloth as well some samples of grasscloth products currently on the market. Have commitment issues? Temporarily tack grasscloth up in squares – the paper is heavy enough to lay flat and can be easily removed later on.
The fading in the paper adds more depth
A classical damask made contemporary
Clean. Simple. Gorgeous.
Feeling blue? Not in this space!
A traditional twist
Distressed AND metallic? Yes please
Very textural and yet still works with this classically modern bedroom
Have these fabulous products convinced you yet? The only problem will be trying to pick just one!
I hope everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving. This week will be jam packed with entries so stay tuned!
November 25, 2010
We wish all of our followers a very happy holiday and get ready for great posts next week! We will be putting up four!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
November 15, 2010
Even though animal print made a big come back two seasons ago, zebra rugs are something that seem to never go out of style. It is also interesting that zebra rugs do not seem to be associated with only one style. Although commonly seen in classical modern Jonathan Adler style interiors, you can find a zebra rug in almost any style home. So what is it about a zebra rug that seems to be timeless? I love zebra rugs and I personally think it is the graphic nature of the zebra print that make it so popular. The print is so cohesive with organic lines that seem to merge perfectly, and yet it is a print that is made by nature and completely random at the same time. While cheetah print and snake skin print are commonly seen, but zebra print is more widely used because of its classical black and white contrast that can go ANYWHERE. The shape of a zebra rug, whether real or not, seems to be an appealing solution because it breaks up the repetition of a flooring material, but doesn’t necessarily cover it like an area rug does. The fact that zebra print is frequently used in the fashion industry keeps it alive in the interiors world. While the mass production and cheap reprinting of zebra can make a space look tacky, consider using a quality zebra rug in a space where you feel like something is just missing.
The rug still pops against the the dark floor
It still feel right in this all white interior
Thank you Jonny
Two zebra rugs too much? NEVER!
Have a great start to the week!
November 12, 2010
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot
Everyone knows how pleasing it is to curl up on a cloudy date with a cup of tea and good book in the winter. There is something about books that is rejuvenating because we are brought out of the constants of our lives and into a world of something new and exciting. From coffee table books to our favorites with bent spines to the books we bought and still intend to read some day – they are quiet teachers that we love to collect. Books do more than support our brains and well being – they add comfort to our homes. They always say you can tell a lot about a person by the books that he or she reads, and that is very true. The homes is really a place to showcase the books that so wonderfully represent us. The best way to properly display a book is on a bookshelf. The misconception about bookshelves is that they can only be located in a library or office. That is certainly not true! Why hide away your little bits of knowledge – books are meant to seen and shared with others. My breakfast room has a bookshelf in it and people love it! It is full of books but also little treasures that are important to me that I like seeing every day. Keep that in mind when you decide to add a bookcase or revamp your existing. A bookcase is a display of things you love – don’t just fill it with books – fill it with memories!
Bookshelves, as you know, can be stationary or built in, and came be done is a variety of materials and finishes. A built in piece can make more of a statement, but stationary shelves are more accessible. If you decide to buy a book case, make sure it is the right thing for the size and style of your space. If you have a modern home don’t just go with a modern bookshelf. Measure the area it will fit in. Be aware of the heights of different furnishing pieces in your rooms and see if there is a height line that you can stay consistant with. Putting one next to a window? Consider buying two and flanking the window. And remember, you can always repaint, refinish or revamp any bookshelf that you that just doesn’t work with your home. Below are some examples of different ways that people have used bookcase – hopefully you can find some inspiration.
If you want your books to match a particular color scheme, re-wrap the covers with colored scrapbook papers.
Great detail shot of some little knick knacks that compliments books on a bookshelf.
OCD? That’s okay it still looks fabulous
I have always loved this idea of hanging art on the front of the bookcases. And remember – you can lay books horizontally as well as vertically.
Remember the post of accent walls? This is a PERFECT example of a unique accent wall.
Modern and crazy – I love it!
Don’t have any books? (You should probably go buy some) But you can always to use a bookshelf to show off other things that are important to you, like your favorite dishware.
I hope everyone is enjoying Jamie Herzlinger’s design blog and happy Friday! I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend. See you back on Monday.
November 10, 2010
Unattenuated ceilings are the bain of my interiors existence!
Ask yourself: Why do floors and walls get all the attention when ceilings are left behind and forgotten? It happens all the time; I go to a gorgeous home, look up and see the excitement of the space come to a grinding halt… they forgot the ceiling. And folks this isn’t like a bad sweater that’s can hide in the back of your closet until your next garage sale, if you forget your ceiling it is left in the open for everyone to see. Think about it – ceilings have the same square footage as your floor, so make sure that when you put a fabulous wood parquet on the floor, that your ceiling gets the same respect.
During the Gothic and Baroque periods, the ceiling was arguably the most important part of the space, originating in church architecture. Gothic architecture features complex buttressing systems that were made to support extremely tall ceilings with ribbed vaulting, which became the signature of Gothic. This is basically an architectural style designed solely to increase verticality and support complex ceiling systems. After the Renaissance period with the move away from religion and the support of the assertion of the self, the ecclesiastical world had to think of some way to get people back to churches. The glitz and glam of Baroque was created. Baroque was similar to Gothic in that is used classical components like tall columns and geometric patterning to increase vertically and draw the eye UP. The ceiling would usually feature advanced trompe l’oeil (meaning “to fool the eye”) paintings of heavenly scenes with gold gilding and high relief sculptures. This required the most expert of artists from painters to sculptures and could be the most precious and costly item in the space. Sistine Chapel anyone? I think you get the point.
Basically I am saying that the ceiling is NOT something to forget and is really a design opportunity that will add another layer to your space. You can start designing your ceiling by doing a little research about the style of your house. Panelings and coffering are classical design features that have been used since the time of the Roman Empire, but is still being made new all the time. Try something graphic with a repetition of shapes using panel molding. Don’t have a second story? Consider installing a skylight. If you are going for a more minimal look, check out the work of Carlos Scarpa – he frequented a technique of disconnecting the walls, ceilings and floor and made the surfaces all appear as if they were floating. A rosette or even ornamented detail around your chandelier/ceiling connection is better than nothing. Experiment with color and surface finishes. IF you are lucky, you might have a flooring design that can be mimicked on the ceiling. No matter what your house style is, there is a ceiling design that will compliment your home. That ceiling needs some respect!
No bad examples today (because it is likely you have already seen too many) - just great ceiling inspirations.
Use mirror – it is so easy!
See the rug detail – see the ceiling detail?
If you are going for a super modern or industrial look – expose the plenum and see what you think.
A crossword puzzle? Why not!
This is an example from my work – I combined a coffered ceiling AND a skylight. Really lightens up the space don’t you think?
Go Kelly, go!
This is my dining room and here you can see an example of the floating ceiling where the walls and ceiling are not connected. That simple metallic strip down the center makes a statement as well.
Of course they are tons are of great examples but this can be your starting point. Have a great rest of the week. Check back Friday!
November 8, 2010
An all white bedroom is something that is so classic and timeless, but still new and constantly reinvented by designers. The serenity and calm that an all white interior provides, particularly in a bedroom, is something that even the most vibrant designers use. Vicente Wolf has created an entire career based on plain white walls. The other interesting thing about all white bedrooms is that it forces one to design backwards in a sense. Instead of designing around the major surfaces in the room, all white allows you to think of how to the small accent pieces will speak against the blank canvas. It is a great way to highlight the activity in the space, to focus the attention on that seating arrangement or, in this case, the sleeping area. I am one of those designers who wanted the calming effects of white in my bedroom to clear my head from the day’s activities and promote restfulness. The trick to an all white space is thinking of it in terms of fashion, as I usually do. Use different tones of white with a variety of finishes, the same way you would pair a perfect white linen blouse with off white linen pants in the summer. It gives depth to a simplistic design. I would recommend a satin or eggshell on the walls, flat finish on the ceiling, and a semi gloss on the molding, base and trim. Just know that if you plan to do a gloss you should be prepared to find an expert painter and expect a large check, because it will take at least 16-18 coats to make it look just right. If you are going for more of a European look, try a white paint mixed with a little bit of grey. If you are in the sun belt area, go with a slightly warmer white. After you paint, think of how the white allows to you appreciate the natural beauty in the materials of your furnishings.
Here are a few images from my bedroom. As you can see, I let the white walls accent the rich floors, gorgeous finishes and stunning views in my bedroom. Although a lover of color, I can honestly say the clean bright bedroom is very rejuvenating.
Here are some examples from Vicente Wolf’s work. He uses white walls as the backdrop for almost every interior he designs. In these two photos the white is highlighting completely different things. That is a decision you get to make if you decide to go with an all white space.
Here are some examples from Lonny – they love clean interiors so they have tons of examples. Again, use white walls to highlight a gorgeous piece of art, particular piece of furniture, or an interesting lighting scheme. You can’t go wrong with the timeless design of an all white bedroom. I hope everyone had a restful weekend and check back this week for more posts!
November 5, 2010
Draperies as dessert? Why not! Gorgeous well done draperies can sweeten up any space. But unfortunately not everyone knows how to achieve that beautiful full curtain look that everyone loves. Whether you are shopping at West Elm or have drapery room, it is important to know what you want and how to communicate to get it.
I am about to let you into the biggest interior design secret in the industry that NO ONE ever tells you. Here it is: do not take the standard width of draperies – triple the width of every drapery treatment. That’s it! No one wants thin draperies – the one place where fat trumps skinny. It is worth three times the cost for full looking sumptuous drapes. Whether you are using a gorgeous tafida silk from Bergamo or panels from West Elm (who has the BEST linens) if you know how to communicate and know the secret you can get what you want. There is never an exemptions of time or place for getting gorgeous interiors.
You know what I am talking about – you go into your friend’s home (or your own home) and think “These draperies are wonderful, but what’s missing?” It’s that full looking floor length panel that gives whimsy to your window. Don’t know how to sew three panels together? Velcro is my best friend! No one knows when you double stick the hem of your pant line for a last minute party, so no one needs to know the imperfection behind your perfect looking draperies. If you decide to go with a premade panel – attempt removing the gromits for the draperies. If not – make it work. Here are some good and bad examples of skinny vs. full draperies. You decide which one you prefer.
First with BAD
Here is the online advertisement from West Elm for their panels. You can see how one unit of their draperies is NOT ENOUGH. Measure your window width and times by 3!
Love Lonny but yikes – I hope these people never intend to close their drapes because it’s not going to happen.
Hope you like the sun at 5:00 in the morning
Now to the GOOD
Can you say chocolate mousse in a meringue?
This doesn’t just apply to width measurements – remember your length. It’s the only way to get fabulous balloon curtains.
Hello chocolate almond ghateau!
Stunning white fluffy lemon cake with chocolate ganache filling? Yes please!
Ditch the diet – Go gorgeous!
November 3, 2010
There are so many wall coverings available it is hard to know what is is the right choice for the desired look. The one difference that upholstering offers is a softness and a three dimensional element. Some people do not have architectural elements in their home that provide movement and interest beyond furnishings and finishes. However this kind of layering is so important to creating a unified space and a visually well balanced home. Upholstering and creating pattern, especially in geometric forms, makes flat walls appear more tangible. There are so many ways to get a great look using fabric and upholstery. The very basic way to get a high interest wall is by using a thick fabric on the walls. This will not be as three dimensional as a padded wall, but depending on the fabric, you can create a surface that makes people want to touch it and lightens up the room. There is a particular way to adhere this kind of wall covering which you can find on the Internet, but for the most part, this can be a do it yourself project if you do not want to hire a design team. A slightly more complicated, but high interest feature, is actually padding the wall with a batting backing. This can be tufted like a piece of furniture or done in strips. You can even making padded walls appear flat from a distance and then create a surprise when people get closer to the surface. Below are some gorgeous interiors that have used upholstered walls that you can use as inspiration for your next redesign.
This is a bedroom that has taken a ceiling height headboard and manifested it into a padded focal wall. They chose to use faux leather.
Here is an example from Elle in a geometrical block pattern. This is one of those examples where the surface appears to be two dimensional but adds a softness. I have seen walls with this same look done in an onyx and you can get that look much more inexpensively.
This is kind of hard to see but this is a commerciaal example of padded walls used in a small seating enclosure. This kind of intimate spaces are perfect to use padded walls because people are close to the surface and can really see the fabrics textural values.
This is a bold color example if a bathroom that I absolutely love. A print would have been too much but that small amount of texture makes this room a surprise for the senses.
If you are not comfortable padding an entire wall, try experimenting with small niches like this one. This space still has a simplistic contemporary feeling that you can maintain even with a traditional diamond tuft.
Panels is always an option as well. Have a great Monday!