Reasonable Thoughts on Room Re-Design

Living-Room-Redesign

Room Re-design can be just what is needed to give a space an entirely updated, new feel and even functionality.  S Interior Design  offers a specific Room Re-Design service which uses the furnishings, accessories and artwork the client already has, but optimizes their placement and arrangement.  We then offer  recommendations for additional or optional design elements that would take the client’s  room further towards the desired look and feel .

The guest post below shares good advice about how to re-design a room.

Things to Consider Before Redesigning a Room
At some point over time, even the best decorated rooms may need a makeover. Knowing where to start, how much to alter, or even whether the time is right can be tough questions to answer. An unplanned approach can draw out the process and muddle the results. Here are some things to consider before the room makeover bug gets the best of you.

Love/Hate
Redesigning a room does not have to be a matter getting rid of everything or shelling out a lot of money to re-furnish. The first thing you should ask yourself is, “What do I dislike about the room?” While you may have specific pieces in mind to relocate, replace, or dispose of, consider the fundamentals first.
• How are the walls and floors? If you are looking at a reasonably involved redesign, the shifting of pieces may create a good opportunity to repaint or re-floor. You may also just want to target specific problem areas (touching up paint, refinishing wood, etc.).
• How does the room flow? Based on the function of the room, is it easy to get around? Does foot traffic get awkward at certain points? Think about where people walk the most and where opening up space would help most. This will help you identify what needs to change with the furniture.
• Is there enough or too much natural light? Often the lack of appeal to a room has to do with the lighting though this may not be the first thing we consider. Natural light should be considered first and can be controlled by careful consideration of window treatments. Applying window tint is an excellent way of utilizing natural light without fading interior fabrics or letting in too much heat while alleviating the burden of lighting by artificial means.
• Is there enough or too much artificial light? The sun being a light source that comes and goes, artificial light has to pick up the slack. The thing to consider here is whether the room loses appeal as the dark hours set in and whether the things you like about the room are lit well enough. At the same time, too many light fixtures can clutter space and too much light can be uncomfortable.
Now, pick out what you love about the room. Pieces that you love may just need better placement or better lighting to be done justice. Think about repainting or re-finishing wood furniture. For outdated upholstered furniture, you might want to consider a fitted cover if you still find you like it from a structural standpoint. With light fixtures you like, consider whether a different bulb, shade, or diffuser would be a better option. Also, if you like an item but it just doesn’t hurt to try placing it in a different room, space permitting.
Arrangement

Sofa - Chairs Version

S Interior Design Space Plan

Once you have accounted for what can stay and what needs to go, you have to get a picture of how to fill the space with the elements you have. It is a good idea to draw things out on paper to get an idea of how they should look in terms of the spatial arrangement. You don’t necessarily have to be a great artist, but you can also use a computer program if you feel your hand will not help enough to justify the effort.
Bear in mind that if you are planning to install more permanent features into a room, such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, or chandeliers, those should be considered first and by themselves in terms of placement since you will likely want to be able to work around them flexibly for future redecorating. Furniture should be next and considered in order of largest and heaviest to smallest and lightest so you can figure out how to make the best of the available space.

Long Term Viability
It is also important to consider whether the long-term value of what you are doing. If you plan to sell a place, you will have to think about whether your permanent changes will appeal to potential buyers. If the changes are all for your own enjoyment, you have to consider how often your budget will likely allow you to redesign and to what extent. Rearranging what you already have is the best place to start a redesign under a tighter budget. Acquiring and implementing new items over time may be the only option where budget dictates, but try to keep a cohesive picture in mind so that you are less likely to end up with a room full of mismatched elements. The more you intend to do at once, the more planning should go into the project, but a bit of forethought in any circumstances will help you create a room that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Stay Home & Travel the World

Summer is fast approaching and some of you may have already made great vacation plans.  Maybe local, maybe a short drive or perhaps a long dreamed about vacation out of country.

Unfortunately not all of us can be world travelers.  However, you can bring the feel of another country to your home with some well chosen furnishings and accessories.  It can be

An accent piece of furniture,
A new accessory or artwork for your walls,
Even lighting or fabrics can tell a tale of far away places

So travel a bit even if it means never getting on air plane.  Create the feel of the location you wish to visit in your home and you can mentally go there every day.

WALLS That Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Here at S Interior Design we are always on the look out for unique and environmentally friendly options to use in our design projects.  When we were asked to take a look at this product, it got an A+ rating on both counts.  So, we are pleased to share with you, and promote the product for the manufacturer.

That’s right –these are eco friendly 3d-wallpanels made out of Sugarcane bagasse

Eco 3d-wallpanels give an extra dimension to your walls!

WallArt will bring your walls to life with their eco friendly 3d-wallpanels made out of the fibrous residue of sugarcane also called bagasse. This fibres of crushed sugarcane stalks, remaining after raw sugar is extracted from the juice of the sugarcane by shredding it, is now the raw material that forms the base of this easily installed eco friendly interior product. The raw material used for WallArt 3d-wallpanels is 100% recycled, compostable and therefore 100% biodegradable.

WallArt 3d wall panels are all made out of a renewable source which is biodegradable and therefore contribute to sustainability. Bagasse, as a residue of sugarcane, is one of the world’s most renewable sources because sugarcane can be harvested up to 3 times a year. The total harvest worldwide is more than 1.2 billion metric tons yearly and out of each 3 ton of sugarcane there remains 1 ton of bagasse. By using this recycled raw material we can say this 3d-wallpaper is a real eco decor product.

WallArt introduced their 3d-wallcovering in Europe in 2011. They’ve been the first entering the market with this eco friendly home decor and interior product. At this moment there are 12 different models of the WallArt 3d wall panels available, for more information about WallArt and their 3d decorating wall panels please go to their website http://www.mywallart.com and check it out. WallArt 3d decorative wall panels are not only environmentally friendly but the 3d effect give an extra dimension to your walls!

http://www.mywallart.com

5 Forward-Thinking Contemporary Furniture Designs

Homeowners seeking modern interior designs for their living areas are constantly searching for a way to make their space look unique and cutting edge. This has pushed furniture designers to come up with ever more creative ways of reinventing existing pieces, ranging from anything between foot stools and electric radiators

In terms of storage, it doesn’t get much better than this Stack 8 Drawer Veneer from New York based company Matter. Designed by Shay Alkay this really is a striking piece of furniture. The draws sit in a tower arrangement but can be pulled either way, which gives an incredibly interesting form to the set and really catches the eye. (source: mattermatters.com)

Next up is this amazing Drift Bench designed by Amanda Levete, again for Matter. This piece was inspired by a piece of driftwood apparently, which must have been an incredible find, as the bench is stunning and has an equally stunning price tag. However, with its smooth lines and gloss finish it would create a beautiful focal point in any room. (source: mattermatters.com)

Staying with seating for a moment, designed by Singapore based Ministry of Design and built by Italian furniture company Saporiti Italia, the Woofer Chair, is quite something to behold. Inspired by a simple speaker, the chair allows user to feel the music around them as well as just listen to it and creates a “fully immersive soundscape”. The body of the chair is made of fibreglass with a soft canvas covering. Although it looks great in a minimal rectangular shape, the main body of the chair around the seat is designed to be reformed in order to create any number of aesthetics. (source: zillamag.com)\

Designed to examine the basic connection between human and fire, Moscow MA graduate Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva created the Essence of Flame. This is a series of bio inserts that can be fitted to transform a normal dull looking fireplace into something that really excites the imagination and actively shapes how the fire acts, as opposed to merely framing it. (source: essenceofflame.co.uk)

Last up is the BotoxLamp. Now, this is not strictly a piece of furniture so much as an installation. However, it is a brilliant piece of design and creativity, as it is a light feature that can interact with the users in its close proximity. Bent, plasma cut aluminium geometrically houses a set of LEDs, which are attached to a sensor designed to pick up the movements of users around the fitting and alter the lighting pattern accordingly. See it in action here http://vimeo.com/27123472.

10 + Home Renovation Tips

Welcome 2011!

Some of you may be planning a home renovation project this year.  I wanted to share an informative article from
House and Home’s online magazine about 10 plus  important factors to consider before undertaking a home renovation project that will save you time and money.

S Interior Design provides additional commentary and photos to the article to make it even more complete.  Our edits are shown in red color font.

Save money and time with these smart home-reno ideas. Continue reading

Think You Can’t Afford Custom Furniture?

Think you can’t afford custom furniture designed just for you by an interior designer?  You may reconsider after this video giving you a glimpse into the upholstered furniture design process as described by S Interior Design in a short video.

This beautiful sofa was designed at Pacific Furniture by S Interior Design just 6 short weeks ago.  We were able to choose a firmer foam fill for the seat cushions to make the husband happy, and a softer ‘cloud’ fill for the back cushions to make the wife happy.  The arm style, dimensions and overall look were all customized to fit this specific client’s design aesthetic. Designed in an about an hour and  one-half,  fabricated  in just 4 weeks by a local manufacturer so no freight charges were incurred.

You can watch a short video that will ‘walk’ you through the custom upholstery design steps we followed.


EZ Tips When Picking Window Treatment Hardware

The type of rod and finial you chose to hang your drapery from can make or break the final visual outcome.  The dimension of the rod should be big enough to balance the overall height of the ceiling.  for example, a 1″ diameter rod will look unbalanced in terms of scale hanging in a room with a ceiling that is higher than 8′-0″ high.

An analogy that is sometimes used for cabinetry hardware applies to the drapery rod finials; the finials are like the jewelry for your window treatments.  Like so many design choices, the options for finials are massive.  Here is a picture of two final designs S Interior Design is using in a project currently.  They will be going on operable drapery that will be in two separate rooms. The rods are 1 3/4″ in diameter, and the ceiling height is 10′-0″.  The finials themselves are 5″wide  x 5″high and 7 1/2″ wide by 5″high respectively.

Take a look at a video showing a professional doing a measurement for the spaces these lovely finials will finally be used.  All 140 yards of fabric that will be used were ordered today!

Custom Window Treatment Design

When creating custom window treatments, taking the right measurements of the windows and doors is crucial.  Take a look at a professional site measure that was done for an S Interior Design client today .  Can’t wait to share the finished room !!

Here are some of the ‘naked’ windows that are being measured to make sure that their ‘clothing’ or drapes and hardware will fit properly.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFyOdoa25-g

A Glamourous Bedroom Suite

S Interior Design has been working on a total makeover of  a client’s guest bedroom suite.   The client wanted Hollywood/ Greta Garbo inspired glamorous style for the overall look and feel for the room.  It started with a beautiful wallpaper in the bedroom, and a coordinating custom paint finish composed of metallic paints with fine tissue paper texture added in the adjoining bathroom.

The headboard is the focal point of the room.  We custom designed a 5′-0″ high button tufted velvet covered headboard with wings.  Inside each tuft is a ‘diamond’ for extra sparkle.

A round table got a custom designed skirt composed of a platinum silk, a black silk, a great fringe trim and an overlay fabric with sparkle.

On the other side of the bed, sits a mirrored geometric table named appropriately named  ‘The Cinema Side Table’.  Select accessories adorn the top of the table.

The existing cabinetry was painted a glossy black and new hardware will be added.  A black crystal chandelier replaced a 6″ recessed can light.

Of course the guests need someplace to store their clothing when they visit.  A antiqued mirror front dresser was refinished in a platinum/antique gold tone and the toggle drawer pulls changed to a high gloss black.  The mirror and floral  complement it beautifully.

A custom drape with beaded trim on the leading edge is hung on the Evita swing-arm drapery treatment to allow easy access to the outside courtyard from the room.  At night, the tassel hold-back is released for total black-out light control.

More Pictures of Completed Design Work

Here are some of the most recent photos of design work S Interior Design has completed.