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December 29, 2010
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 6, 2010
The questions that I get asked the most when I meet with a client for the first time are always in regards to color. I think people get intimidated by just how many options there are when it comes to color. There is a ton of advice out there on being bold with you color choices and taking color risks, but sometimes it can just go wrong. My advice it to be bold with color in the right places. Some times it isn’t a good idea to use that bright red you have always loved, in your bedroom. Spaces that you use every day and that you expect to have certain emotions in, need to have more calculated color choices. However, in spaces like your powder room, dining room and office space, and bold burst of color can be just the surprise that you need to keep the energy up in your home.
Like I said – there are so many color choices, how do you decide? The truth is that color is so individualized that there is not really any formula. You may already know that you favorite color is blue and that is what you want to have in your home. If you are from the east coast then you might tend towards cool colors, while if you are from the west coast you might like colors with gold tones. I know that right now there are a couple of colors that are everywhere and that a majority of people seem to respond to. Orange and green. It might sound kind of strange, but those seem to be home favorites when it comes to color usage. Typically the orange is more coral toned or an Hermes orange, while the green tends to be more muted like a pea green. You can see this color palette in commercial and residential projects alike, which rarely happens.
If you already know what colors work for you then keep doing what you know, and try and use those extra bold tones in the places that I suggested earlier. If you have no idea what colors you want to incorporate in your home, take a look at orange and green. Paint your powder room and see how you feel – a small space like that is so easy to repaint that you can do it yourself. Check out these photos below of some bold color usage or orange and green.
People seem to love this combo of green and orange in the project I did called Caron Street
Can you say bold? This dining room definitely makes a statement
Even such a bright color orange makes a comfortable palette for other color accents
If you are okay with putting a vibrany color in the bedroom then go for it!
A wallpaper is a great way to incorporate color
Simple jesters make a bold statement
Kelly is the queen of color
Hope you have a great Monday – holiday season is upon us.
December 3, 2010
Maybe you haven’t noticed but people are really obsessed with “glam” lately. The whole Hollywood regency and glam has really taken off and you see the style in classically modern spaces all over. The signature of that style is highly reflective materials and finishes whether that be mirror, metals, or gloss finishes, and these days people can’t get enough of the shine. If you read this blog frequently then you know how I feel about I feel about gloss – YES PLEASE! I can’t blame you guys for loving the glam – I do too! Humans have been obsessed with shine and reflective qualities since Ancient Egypt when people believed that gold helped the body reach the afterlife, and was the literal physical manifestation of the sun in object form. So it really isn’t our fault for loving glam – its practically built into our DNA (or at least that’s what you can tell people.) One method that has become popular for making a space shiny is just painting the entire thing is a high gloss paint. You know what I’m talking about – the walls, the cabinetry and the molding are all gleaming in all of their glam glory. What you might not know is the process that goes into painting a high gloss wall. Unlike furniture – there is a very limited number of options to get that reflective look on the walls. My recommendation is do not try and paint in high gloss by yourself. There are many do it yourself solutions to about every interior design issue, and we suggest that you save the money and do some things independently, but when it comes to glossy walls, it really is just one of those things you should call a professional for. The process to get high shine takes multiple coats with precise drying time in between. To the get that glam look you love hire a professional – if you want to save a little money prime the space yourself. This post might not seem like it is very helpful if you are wanting to get the look by yourself, but before you make a gloss disaster in your home, think about what we said. JHI loves high gloss walls, but take it from us, spend the money and get a professional. Here are the glam examples good enough to eat.
Kelly Wearstler always has the glam
Too much shine would have been overwhelming – this combo works
This rooms puts the GLAM in GLAMOROUS
Can’t deny the shine
Need I say more? (more…)
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!
October 31, 2010
You don’t have to be an interior designer to know about the concept of a focal point or accent wall. Every television designer and diy design books discuss it as a simple way to add interest to space. This concept is completely true. Every space should contain a heierarchy of features to creat unity. Hotels in Las Vegas, for example, use focal point and interest features, which is why it is known to be overwhelming and a place of sensory overload. Even minimalist spaces have focal points that come out in the architecture rather than furnishing and finishes. Unfortunately, the solution to accent walls and focal points has become standardized to simply applying a bold color or wall covering to one wall. My thought is: if you want to be bold, why not paint your whole room that outrageous color or pattern and let the simple aspects become the focal points? However, I do understand some people do not want to be bold but do want to try and create that hierarchy of visual features. After browsing one my new favorite blogs by Kim Myles, one of her posts showcase the alternative to the typical accent wall. You can see the entire article at http://www.kimmyles.com/wordpress/?p=2062 Basically instead of covering the entire wall in a wallpaper – why not frame it in and showcase it in panelings to make it look like a piece of art? It can frame out the furniture piece in front of it drawn attention to it as a design feature as opposed to a wall finish. Below is a gorgeous example of this from her article. Again, of you want to see more photos please visit her site.
This designer is using the panel as an over sized headboard in a bedroom, but you can use this same thing in a living room behind a sofa. Even think about using fabric or tufting a framed in position for even more of a twist.
The focal point in the bedroom is always the headboard – so it is hard to break away from the norms of its design. Headboards however have very historic roots and has been apart of our culture for a long time. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that people carried all of their power in their head, so the beds used neck rest and a downward slating bed to keep the brain elevated so the knowledge wouldn’t fall out the top of the head. In the middle ages, simple furniture forms were common so the use of textiles and fabrics because very important. The bedroom was especially a place of status and it was common to encase the entire bed in fabrics. On the wall behind the bed there was a textile hung called the “bed head” and based on its woven pattern display, told people about the person’s status and importance. The emphasis on the place of rest and what it around a person’s head when they sleep is something that has continued into the modern day with the popular use of headboards. However, the tradition form can be challenged to reflect something more historic or something completely innovative. Kim has some great headboard photos but I have chose some examples she put up on two dimensional headboards.
As I was talking about earlier, instead of covering hte entire wall with an accent wallcovering, these wall papers have made the headboard the focal point and let the simple walls emphasize the sleeping area. Doing this is also very easy, and such a unique take on the traditional headboard.
I hope these examples has given you some ways to create different focal points in your spaces and has encouraged you to break down design norms. Hope every one has a wonderful Halloween weekend! Please share your fall design ideas and photos with us!
October 7, 2010
So, was running by Zitomer-Madison in the 70′s-great all round pharmacy and make-up
anyway-working on an apartment-flat walls-in desperate need of a pick me up! so how to make flat walls come alive-so-saw and found the answer in yes-you got it-FLASE EYELASHES!!
for those of you just getting to know me!I find inspiration everywhere, anywhere and with all aspects of beauty, fashion and just stunning! Yes, the eyelashes used with just a thin line of liner-takes your eyes to a sexy level-day into nigh-so that being siad-so does panel molding! painted in a darker shade, usually to contrast the wall-paint it a high gloss and the wow facotr -you got the picture!
So, needless to say, bye bye ugly flat walls and hello Audrey Hepburn!