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December 29, 2010

Spice Up Your Bedroom

Filed under: Bedroom,Upholstered walls,walls — Tags: , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 8:56 pm

In a past entry I talked about the wonders of upholstered walls. Sparked by a recent client inquiry, I realized that I didn’t discuss much about other upholstered options if a person does not feel comfortable upholstering their entire wall. Creating an upholstered panel is a simple yet attractive alternative to traditional wall coverings.

The process to make an upholstered panel is very simple and do it yourself friendly. Different sizes and shapes of materials can really lend themselves to a completely unique look. All you need to do is take a piece of thin plywood and make it the desirable shape and size. If you want to make a traditional style upholstered headboard, make a paper stencil out of craft paper to ensure that each side is exactly symmetrical. Once you have finalized the design of the panel you then take batting and staple it to the plywood using a staple gun. The batting is what determines the thickness of your upholstered panel and the depth of your tufts, should you choice to put them in. After adhering the batting, and you want to create tufts, you measure the distance of the tufts and mark them on the back of the plywood. After drilling out the holes, you can attach your fabric over the top, making sure that it is tight and stapled on the back side of the the plywood. For the tufting, string a needle through the hole drilled and through the batting and fabric. Attach a button and pull tight into the batting to create the tufts. Since the panel will be attached to the wall, the back does not need to be finished. You can decide the best way to attach the panel based on the individual application.

Upholstered panels are a great way to add interest and a bit of softness to a space. While not the case with fully upholstered walls, panels can be a temporary design feature that you can change with the seasons, or just when you get tired of them. They are also nice on stressful days when you just need something to bang your head against like I usually do, and they do have a nice padded cell chic feeling. Maybe that’s a little much, but upholstered panels can be the design solution to all your unique bedroom problems.

Make your own custom headboard

If you want to get really creative you can upholster a wooden frame and put christmas lights inside and create a lighting piecing.

December 28, 2010

Hooray for C. Jere

Filed under: Art and Accesories,mirror — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 7:07 pm

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. JHI was out of the the office all the last week, but we are happy to get going again in the blogosphere. While doing some holiday gift searching, I stumbled upon Jonathan Adler’s collection/partnership with the company that once was Artisan House to create C. Jere sculpture reproductions. I also remembered a recent article in Elle Decor about the same company, and thought I would post a little something on them.

C. Jere, or Curtis Jere as some people began to say, was not one person, but rather a combination of the names of the two founders. Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler met in the 1940′s and were friends, business partners, and eventually brother-in-laws. They made the perfect team, with Fels as the creative designer and Freiler as the genius manufacturer. They orgionally began producing unique copper jewelry that was popular through the 50′s and 60′s, but after a fire that destroyed their entire manufacturing warehouse, they were forced to start over. In 1964 they established Artisan House, where they designed and sold unique metal sculpture. They were featured in major venues in New York and at Gumps. The designs were outrageous and occasionally bizarre, and the team released about 50 new designs each year.

Now the original work be Fels and Freiler, signed C. Jere, is highly prized and sought after. As I said before, Johnathan Adler has partnered with the company that once was Artisan House and reproduces many of the classics. The sculptures themselves have a lightness and whimsy that is accented by flowing form. Many of their designs have a radial pattern which is favored by Kelly Wearstler. C. Jere is a brand that cannot be denied as an important contribution to home decor, and I can’t wait to keep an eye for more Jere design.

December 16, 2010

Capture the Beauty of Nature

 It seems that in these modern times, people are always looking for that bit of calm that comes from nature. Combined with the sustainability craze, the natural environment has come to have even more importance in people’s lives. Despite the recent hype, the desire for people to be close to nature is not a new one. I recently attended a lecture on biophilia. Biophilia is humans’ innate need to connect to other living things, including Mother Earth. Due to this, natural elements have healing properties and that is why plant life the is one of the five key components of healing environments, such as health care facilities. The color green alone is proven to have healing abilities, and can relieve visual fatigue (think about bringing a small plant into your plant and see if your energy level increases.) With all that being said, designers are always trying to find ways to integrate the outdoors with the indoors, whether that be through incorporating plant life, using natural materials, or creating an artificial nature. The idea of artificial nature is something that is ironic, but something I like play with. Many product lines make furnishings that look like natural elements, but are made of artificial materials. When a client wants the feeling of luxury, I can still incorporate the organic forms that natural materials bring, while maintaining a glam feeling. Below are some earthy interiors, as well as some interesting products that can help you come back to nature, without ever leaving your home.

The natural materials combined with modern lines is a great composition

The relaxation of nature… almost

While still embellished, this space still has an earth vibe

Can’t commit to an entire space? Accessories are a great way to see how you feel about a look.

Tree stump tables – the do it yourself possiblities are endless

Simply beautiful

Artificial nature at its finest! Have a great rest of the week!

December 12, 2010

Interior Design for Your Exterior

Filed under: Exterior — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 2:30 am

It may be winter, but that is no reason not to consider how your exterior can be transformed into a cozy interior. When we are at our Arizona office, we find people using their outdoor spaces more during this time of year, so I thought Iwould offer some exterior design solutions. Just because a space isn’t covered by a roof and four walls doesn’t mean that it cannot feel like an interior space. If fact the best outdoor spaces are the ones that most closely mimic the indoors. Who wouldn’t want to create a romantic living room where you can view that stars? With the advances in outdoor furniture these days, there is no longer the problem of finding attractive outdoor furniture or fabric. The real technique to creating an enchanting outdoor environment is by using unique materials, forms, colors, and patterns. Lots of furniture now features woven materials, or metals and wood. These can enhance your natural landscape and bring nature into your domestic life. In combination with natural materials, it is always fun to combine bright colors and patterns using outdoor fabric. An awning stripe offers a great sophisticated look that can mixed with different sized stripes to create modern fun. Consider adding outdoor drapery to enclose a patio area using the same stripe as your furniture. If you throw in a fire pit for those cool evenings, you will have a romantic getaway right in your own backyard!

Incredible innovation happening

Perfect for the modern lover

Outdoor lighting is just as important as outdoor furniture

Kelly Wearstler knows that an an exterior can have all the things that an interiors has like art work and sculptures

Favorite exterior!

Dreaming of a White….Kitchen!

Filed under: kitchen — Tags: , , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 1:11 am

If you want your kitchen to make a statement, just think white!  We have made multiple posts on using white in the home, so I don’t need to say AGAIN all the reasons why using white is fabulous, but I will say that kitchens are the most common place for white to be used.  If you are someone who really cares about making all components of your home coordinate, then you know just how hard it is to manage all the colors and materials of kitchen supplies. Appliances, hand help appliances, utensils, canisters, dish towels, plate ware; sometimes it is hard to mix all of that with the colors and texture of your cabinetry and not have the space look super cluttered. White really seems the be the solution to that because it is the perfect backdrop to any color and texture. Not to mention, if you think about what should be making a statement in your kitchen, it should be the food! So why distract from that gorgeous meal you have prepared and let your white kitchen become the backdrop. That’s why the most high end restaurants still use all white plates.

I think that sometimes white cabinetry has a kind of country or traditional stereotype, but  in today’s modern home, white cabinetry along with white marble counters can rock the house. While many people tend to shy away from marble due to their misconceptions about this beautiful material, it is irreplaceable in creating a rich and sumptuous feel.  The Greeks understood its beauty and resilience, creating the columns of their homes and temples from a combination of limestone and marble, as well as showing a preference for it when creating the sculpture we admire in museum today.  And okay yes, there is a maintenance process that takes a full day to ensure twelve to eighteen months of wear.  But it’s a small price to pay for the timeless elegance only marble can deliver. Thinking granite can still do the job? Think again – granite is on its way OUT.  As the year draws to an end I’d like to wish you all a white Christmas ~ and just maybe a white kitchen as well.

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