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.

Staying home… October 30, 2010

Staying home means more today then it did years prior. We not only are spending more time at home, but are thinking of staying in our current homes for the long-term. With that in mind, more and more of my clients are updating important rooms in their homes. Kitchen and bath renovations are helping clients feel more comfortable in their current space as this is where the majority of our everyday happens. Wouldn’t getting ready for work and school be much easier if you had a better functioning bath? Night-time meals could be simpler if your kitchen work area functioned for your style of cooking.

We are not always doing major renovations in these important spaces. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing out fixtures: In a bath–it may be a mirror, light fixture or vanity top that needs some updating. In the kitchen–It could be changing out old appliances, adding a backsplash, or updating that boring center island. So, don’t be afraid to make a change. Interior Designers are great at helping you discover where to best put your money so that even the tightest budgets can make improvements.

Check out these island updates recently completed by my contractor. While both are similar in color and design, it’s interesting to see how one clients existing kitchen is complemented by the new furnishing–more modern approach. The others kitchen takes on  a total facelift with the new island furnishing and the perimeter of the existing kitchen having been painted out– an old world approach. 

Special details to add to these spaces:  -lighting in toe-kicks, crown mouldings, and under cabinets -contrast countertops from the perimeter of the room with the island counter -add decorative features to an island or cabinet such as corbels, step moulding, roping or bead mouldings to give the piece personality not present in the rest of the room which will make the piece more special decorative hardware is a great way to change the feeling of cabinetry -changing or adding tile to a backsplash that pulls in the colors from the countertop and/or island -eat-in kitchens are great for families on the go–I’m currently working with a client on taking out her small island and dining table and creating one large eat-in island which she’ll entertain on.

 

ASID Design Awards… October 11, 2010

Filed under: Events — sarah bernardy-broman @ 9:18 pm

The 2010 Minnesota Chapter Awards Banquet of the American Society of Interior Designers takes place on Thursday, November 11. International Market Square will be hosting the event as they celebrate their 25th year in the business. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the ASID Office at IMS for $75/person.  Join us in celebrating great design. Cocktails at 5:30 pm/Dinner at 6:15 pm/ Awards Presentation at 7:15 pm/ Last call at 9:15 pm

ASID Office 612-339-6003

(must purchase before October 28th)