Designs to Inspire

Great design brings people home. As a residential Interior Designer I think it's important that you love the home you are in, no matter what kind of budget you are on. This site is to help you start thinking about your home in a new way.

New blog at sarahbernardydesign.com/blog May 23, 2011

Thank you for visiting Designs To Inspire. I have my new blog up and running from my website, so please visit me there. We haven’t changed our name, just our host and I plan to keep inspiring you with great design. So, don’t be shy, visit us today! Connect with us from: www.sarahbernardydesign.com or www.sarahbernardydesign.com/blog

See you real soon!

 

Mother’s Day 2011… May 3, 2011

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What will you be doing this Mother’s Day May 8, 2011? I will be running the Race for the Cure at the MOA for my 3rd year in a row. What better way is there to celebrate Mothers/women then to help us fight for our future health without Breast Cancer? Join me and thousands of others as we race to fight this horrible and curable disease.

“You will find beauty and peace with the power of many.” That’s how I felt when I ran this race for the first time 3 years ago, so inspiring. It’s unbelievable the number of people brought together to celebrate their love for a mother, sister, brother, or friend that may have battled and either lost or survived this disease.

See attached link to register and learn more about the Susan G Komen foundation.

http://www.komenminnesota.org/Race/Race_Information.htm

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

A few words on traditional design… April 21, 2011

“If you want a traditional feeling, it doesn’t mean you have to have swags and ruffles.” – John Saladino

Good point John. I often take the design “theme” that my clients suggest or ask for and exaggerate it with Classic details and a Modern twist. Of course if swags and ruffles are what they want, I’m happy to oblige.

 

Artistic balance… April 8, 2011

Some years ago I had purchased a stone dining table from an Italian manufacture, which will remain un-named, for my client. A sleek 60″ round stone top on three stone legs. When received by my warehouse they immediately notified me of their concerns of the unsteadiness of the tables design. The pegs that held the table top to the base did not fit the holes tightly. With that much wiggle room and too short of pegs we were concerned that the top if leaned on would tip. We were especially concerned as I knew this piece would be going on a hand carved area rug. To stabilize the top we crafted wooden pegs that went deeper into the peg holes and that fit tightly into each. We then glued the top to the base. The glue could be removed if the client chose to relocate. We fixed the problem which was very clear to us. I was amazed that a manufacturer would produce something that could be of danger to its user. Form MUST follow function in all designs! I can’t image having somebody sit at a table they can’t lean against for fear of being crushed.

As Interior Designers it’s very important that we select and specify products that are safe for our clients to use. We not only are looking at products that are better for our health and the environment, but safety in use. When selecting imports the regulations that American manufacturers are required to follow aren’t the same and this was apparent on the above mentioned table design. Thankfully my skilled Furniture Receivers at the warehouse were able to identify a possible disaster.

While I can appreciate the beauty in the designs of these tables I also fear for the safety of its occupants. The Italians put out some very interesting and unique pieces, yet gravity can be their demise. Hopefully they have perfected this in ways unseen in the photos provided.

Enjoy the following designs for what they are. They may be better suited for a museum.

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Vivid color… April 3, 2011

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Elle Decor living room by Sig Bergamin

 

Color, when used correctly can be an awesome thing. The creative use of patterns and textures is always key in the placement of color and the above room from Brazilian Designer Sig Bergamin does that and more. I pulled this image from Elle Decor’s online portfolio, but have had this article, Wild At Heart from their Dec/Jan 2011 issue, laying open on my desk for weeks now. This room has a wonderful energy about it that I just can’t put away.

 

Staying connected through social media… March 24, 2011

I recently started a Facebook page as a means to stay connected and reach more people than I am currently connecting with, check out the attached link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Sarah-Bernardy-Design-LLC/191015090931183 You can also find me on Linkedin and of course my beautiful website: www.sarahbernardydesign.com! Like us on FB and through my blog here at WordPress we’d love to hear from you!

My Linkedin profile can be viewed from my blogroll under Interior Design click on “my professional profile”.

 

Stairway to my heart… March 14, 2011

Stairs, they are an obstacle that most of us tackle daily in some fashion or another. Why not take them a step further and add some design pizzazz that will make you long to climb them or linger by them? I’ve collected these images of stairways because they bring with them a certain energy that stirs my soul. They inspire a creativity within that pushes my senses to new heights. And so I hope they evoke in you great passion and inspiration to do better in your next project, no matter the subject.