For those of you who have never worked with a designer before and are considering hiring one for your design project, there are a few factors to consider. Besides education, work experience, and their portfolio, a good interior designer does these 5 things:
Today, we’ll be talking about 2019 interior design trends. Some interior design trends tend to carry over from the previous year with a few new additions. Navy and metals have been popular for quite a few years now and will continue to be in style. Trends from last year such as all black kitchens, curved furniture, natural elements (wood & plants), blush, velvet, and metals continue on into 2019. What’s different this year is that we’ll see large scale bold patterned backsplashes, artisanal pieces, a focus on sustainability, art deco influences, and floral wallpaper & fabric. Check out a few 2019 design trends we’ll see interior designers incorporate in their projects that have already been showcased at the Las Vegas Market this year! As for me, I’d like to incorporate bold kitchen backsplashes and Art Deco pieces into my design projects this year. First, I have to convince my clients to take that risk as the trend for most people is sticking to neutral colors, furnishings, and materials!
It will be officially spring in a few days and it’s the perfect time to tackle your kitchen renovation project head on. If you’ve been procrastinating, no more stalling. Get motivated, step up, and move on it. Take it one step at a time because it’s no small feat. There’s definitely lots of things to consider when going through a remodel and it can be intimidating. So, where to start? I recommend first browsing kitchen images on Houzz, Pinterest, in magazines, or at showrooms and create an ideabook of designs that appeal to you. Make a note of what you like about the kitchens such as countertop design or cabinetry, colors, trims, hardware, floors, lights, etc… Once you have created an ideabook, (which likely includes thousands of images), think hard about your budget. Be realistic about what you can afford versus what is “nice to have”. Consider your layout and definitely don’t forget about lighting. Most people don’t include lighting in their budget, but lighting is really important. Go through your ideabook again. Keep the kitchen images that you think would work realistically with your budget and get rid of the others. This will narrow down all the endless options to keep you grounded, clear, and sane! Once you finalize your ideabook, you’ll be feeling inspired, motivated, and excited to get started on your kitchen renovation. As mentioned above, here are my top 3 tips for designing your kitchen that I hope you will find helpful.
I had someone reach out to me a few months ago on Instagram because she saw an image of a bedroom I designed. She wasn’t even a follower, but really liked the bedroom and wanted to know where all the furniture and accessories were sourced. Unless my clients specifically request that I don’t reveal any information or they don’t give me their permission to give out information, I have no problem telling people where items are sourced (some interior designers don’t give this information out freely due to “client privacy” or because they just choose not to). She wanted to recreate the same design in her own bedroom. I’m not sure if I’m flattered that she loved my design enough to want to copy the same exact design in her own bedroom or irked by it. I can totally understand if someone is searching for inspiration and likes certain aspects of a room design such as a bedframe, dresser, wall color, or mirror they might have seen in a magazine or on Houzz AND want to make it their own, but to mimic the exact same design in their own space is something I can’t quite comprehend. In fact, while perusing through photos on Houzz, I noticed someone commented that they loved a particular kitchen design and they were going to duplicate the entire kitchen. It’s true. Someone actually made that comment publicly on Houzz. If I see the comment again, I will post it on here because I was quite surprised by it.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the SF Decorator Showcase held at 2698 Pacific Avenue. The 11,000 square foot Classical Revival home was built in 1904 by Architects Newsom & Newsom. Each room in the house has been brought to life by the visionary designs of Bay Area interior designers. A common theme that designers explored was not only sharing their personal story and what spoke to their heart, but also an homage to classic and contemporary, a blend of old and new world design, a sense of modern glamour. Dark colors, architectural details, natural stone, wall coverings, and luxurious window treatments was a commonality among many of the designers who sometimes collaborate together. A sense of serenity and calmness flowed from the luxurious bathrooms that was an oasis in it’s own right. Large, bold, contemporary light fixtures were focal points creating a striking statement that caught your eye as you walked into the rooms. There were a lot of unique furnishings, lights, and accessories, some designed by the interior designers themselves which gave each room a distinct flavor and curated feel.
When it comes to the SF Decorator’s Showcase, it’s not always about functionality in the minds of the designers. Designers aren’t limited by practicality, just the inspiration of the story they want to tell and what they want to convey to the world about their creative vision. I say that because every year, I hear the same comments by attendees. The comments are always about how this and that isn’t functional. “There isn’t a filing cabinet in the office!” says one lady. “I don’t think this will hold up in an earthquake” says another woman who looks at a floor to ceiling custom shelving unit displaying bakeware, spices, and ceramics in the kitchen. It’s true, some of the designs aren’t functional and may not work for everyone, but they sure are beautiful!
Each room was exquisite and creative, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the library/bibliotheek by Martin Kobus. Walking into the room, it just felt comfortable and relaxing, yet glamorously contemporary. I loved the light fixtures designed by Martin Kobus and the portraits which have been reinvented as one of a kind light boxes printed on silk and lit from within. Loved the dark colors in contrast to the white hearth and textured ceiling, the modular seating upholstered in a cognac colored hide. I have to note that the kitchen designed by Jon De La Cruz, inspired by sea salt and black pepper is also amazing. It is the 2017 House Beautiful Kitchen of the year and it’s obvious why. It’s classic, timeless, and universal. From the custom cabinetry by JWH to the black and white limestone floors by Haussman, to the natural stone countertop by Caesarstone, it’s hard not to love this kitchen! Check out some photos below and let me know which design is your favorite!