interior design

Picking the Perfect Accent Chair by Sharon Blaustein

Feeling ready to refresh your space, but don’t have the time or desire to commit to a full redesign or renovation? Never fear, there are lots of design tips that you can use to energize your home in the meantime! One of our favorite (and fastest) ways to bring some new life into a room is to add a fun accent chair!

When selecting a chair, don't be afraid to add in a pop of color, a funky shape, and some cool materiality. A chair has the opportunity to bring style and personality into a room, without being a huge undertaking or investment like other pieces of furniture. Keep reading to see how we've used seating to switch up some of our spaces! 

We love the deep blue color that you just want to dive into after a long day. and the enveloping design gives off an approachable modern vibe. The  Ventura Lounge  chair is one of our personal favorites! 

We love the deep blue color that you just want to dive into after a long day. and the enveloping design gives off an approachable modern vibe. The Ventura Lounge chair is one of our personal favorites! 

 

When searching for the perfect chair; comfort is key. Make a design statement that also serves a practical function. We believe comfort should never be sacrificed for style, especially in your home or workplace. A good chair should feel like it's welcoming you with open arms at the end of a long day.

Upholstery Selection

Choosing a nontraditional fabric is a great option for a lounge chair, but it's also important to keep the traffic and use of that room in mind. A stark white linen chair might make an elegant statement, but the first time somebody spills red wine at a party, it's a heartbreak! 

The sumptuous velvet of these lounge chairs provide a surface that's just begging to be sat upon. They also juxtapose with the vintage rug that we chose for this room, you can also read more on our  tips for selecting the perfect rug !

The sumptuous velvet of these lounge chairs provide a surface that's just begging to be sat upon. They also juxtapose with the vintage rug that we chose for this room, you can also read more on our tips for selecting the perfect rug!

Choosing the Perfect Print

You can also mix things up with by selecting a fun pattern! You can think of your chair like your own personal throne, it's an opportunity to have a physical reflection of your style.

This cowhide lounger is definitely making a statement in a living room or office. Organic textiles like a cowhide always give a one-of-a-kind feel, we also love to use these as  unique floor coverings

This cowhide lounger is definitely making a statement in a living room or office. Organic textiles like a cowhide always give a one-of-a-kind feel, we also love to use these as unique floor coverings

Mixing Materials

In contemporary design, selecting materials and shapes that complement one another is very important to the overall flow of the room. Another of our favorite chairs is the Ipanema Armchair designed by Jean-Marie Massaud. Named for one of Brazil's most famous beaches, its design does remind you of reclining under the sun, but the clean lines and dark walnut finish blend perfectly in a modern living room.

Dark colors and a structural design come together perfectly in this modern living area. 

Dark colors and a structural design come together perfectly in this modern living area. 

Take a Risk!

A chair is a great time to go all out and have some fun! You may have read our previous post about selecting the perfect stools for your home, having seating options that works for your home and your personality is very important. Chairs are typically not as expensive as some of the larger pieces of furniture that will define your space, not as permanent as a coat of paint or wallpaper, and they truly can tie a room together. Below are a few of the crazier seating options that we've seen over the years, hopefully you will now feel inspired to go out and find a new chair to transform your home! 

The Spanish Chair  by  Børge Mogensen  is made with solid oak and saddle leather.

The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen is made with solid oak and saddle leather.

The Tropicana Chair  by  Patricia Urquiola  made using wrapped threads on a tubular steel frame.

The Tropicana Chair by Patricia Urquiola made using wrapped threads on a tubular steel frame.

How To Use A Wallpaper To Transform A Room? by Sharon Blaustein

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I'm sure that if you like Interior Design, you have noticed the extensive use of wallpaper in interiors and you were wondering, 'How could I use a wallpaper to transform a room?'  Up until a few years ago, wallpaper was considered passé or old fashioned but no more! Wallpapers have made a huge comeback!

Wallpapers come in a variety of materials such as fabric, grasscloth, cork or metallic in addition to conventional paper and vinyl . Each material is different in terms of qualities and look. Vinyl or other synthetic wallpapers are great for high-traffic areas, kid's rooms and washrooms. They are easy to clean, durable and inexpensive. Other materials such as silk are more delicate (and expensive) and are more suitable to a master bedroom or living room. The variety is endless and it all depends on where do you want to take the space. We use wallpapers in many of our projects both residential or commercial.

Here are some examples of ways to transform a room with wallpaper:

How to use a wallpaper to transform a kid's room:

The tree pattern creates the illusion of very high ceilings and adds character to the room without being overwhelming. This is one of our favorite wallpaper from  Cole & Son

The tree pattern creates the illusion of very high ceilings and adds character to the room without being overwhelming. This is one of our favorite wallpaper from Cole & Son

One wall of a print this bold is all you need to make an impact.

One wall of a print this bold is all you need to make an impact.

How to use grass cloth wallpaper to transform a room?

Made of loosely woven fibers, it’s a natural product that will inject just the right dose of texture in an organic yet sophisticated fashion. Grass cloth is a great choice for living room or bedrooms. Grass cloth's natural variations in shading are part of its appeal, so it will not look totally uniform and once installed, it has visible seams. It's warm and soothing and can replace artwork or can make an art piece pop. We love Phillip Jeffries grass cloth!

In this masculine master bedroom we used a dark grass cloth wallpaper to add depth and a touch of sexy!

In this masculine master bedroom we used a dark grass cloth wallpaper to add depth and a touch of sexy!

In this magnificent TriBeca penthouse we used grass cloth wallpaper as a backdrop for the art collection in the foyer and corridor. 

In this magnificent TriBeca penthouse we used grass cloth wallpaper as a backdrop for the art collection in the foyer and corridor. 

How to use cool and funky wallpaper to transform a room?

There are SO many cool wallpapers it's hard to choose from! The trick is to use it in a way that will not overwhelm the room. If we use a bold wallpaper we tend to use it on one wall only and leave the other walls painted.  

This black and white wallpaper has movement to it and turns this basement from dull and dark to a cool and energetic space!

This black and white wallpaper has movement to it and turns this basement from dull and dark to a cool and energetic space!

Flying whales and hot air balloons in a home office?! This wallpaper is fun and whimsical but is surprisingly masculine and gives a dimension to a somewhat smaller  home office .  

Flying whales and hot air balloons in a home office?! This wallpaper is fun and whimsical but is surprisingly masculine and gives a dimension to a somewhat smaller home office.  

These are only few examples of how to use a wallpaper to transform a room. You can do the same in your house, contact us to learn more!

How Much Does Interior Design Really Cost? by Sharon Blaustein

Have you ever considered hiring an interior designer but were intimidated by How much does interior design cost?

So, you are looking around you and are very tired of your living room. You really want to get rid of that awful sofa that your husband brought from his bachelor pad when he moved from the West Village, you have that rug that you bought on your last trip to Turkey which you love, and you do have those chairs that you got from ABC Carpet + Home, but nothing really works together and you are desperately looking for someone who can tie it all together.

You google “NYC Interior Designer” or “Modern Interior Designer” and find some designers you really like, but it all looks very expensive and intimidating and you have no clue on how much this is all going to cost.

Here are 3 tips that will help you figure out how much does interior design cost

 

Tip 1: How does the designer charge?

Make sure you know how the Interior Designer charges. Some designers charge by the hour, others charge a global fee, and some charge a purchasing fee and/or a combination of any of the above. Before you start working with an Interior Designer make sure you are clear on how they charge.

Tip 2: Your expectations from your designer

Know what you really want to get out of the interior design process: Do you want to be more active and come up with some items or do you want the interior designer to lead the process? If the latter is true, communicate it to the Interior Designer, if you can do some of the leg work then the designer will charge less.

Tip 3: Budget expectations

Set a reasonable budget for your project. If you are on a budget take into account the shipping, sales tax, installation and purchasing fee. Make sure you communicate it to the Designer so your budget includes all these costs. They can add up and inflate the total budget.

In conclusion:

Nobody likes to start a project not knowing how much it will cost them at the end.  Therefore you need to be clear on how much interior design costs before you start working with a designer.

When we start working with a client, we set the expectations early on and make sure that everyone is on the same page. We believe in an open communication, zero surprises and happy clients!

Contact us with your next project big or small and you will know how much your Interior design project will cost.