Interior Design Ideas

Designer secrets to a sexy beedroom

THE ULTIMATE CANOPY

A canopy encloses not only the bed but the entire room, in a master bedroom designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. “By using fabric to soften the room and create this space, you forget that you are in a small room and it makes you feel as if you are in a huge bed,” says Noriega-Ortiz. The use of blue behind white makes the colour feel soft and inviting.

 

SEDUCTIVE SHEETS

“A sexy bedroom has lots of luxury bedding,” says designer Cathy Hobbs. One of her favorites: 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets by E. Braun & Co., shown in the “Palladio” style.

 

ROSY REFLECTION

Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz placed a large bed next to a 14-foot-high rose-tinted mirror for the Mondrian Scottsdale, a luxury hotel in Arizona. “The reflection makes you look amazing because after all, everything looks better when you look at it through ‘rose color glasses,’” says Noriega-Ortiz.

 

 

LINEN’S LOVELY TOUCH

“It’s very sexy sleeping on linen,” says designer Robert Verdi, who suggests 100% linen sheets bySferra Fine Linens. The Italian sheets become softer with each washing. Says Verdi: “It’s like sleeping in your favorite linen shirt.”

 

SEE-THROUGH EFFECT

To make the bed feel sensual and mysterious, designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz enclosed it in a layer of transparent fabric. The mattress has a thick feather pillow on top that helps create the illusion of being on “cloud nine.” By keeping the bed off the floor, the designer reinforced the idea of floating.

 

 

DESIGNER SECRETS TO A SEXY BEDROOM

A mirrored sconce adds a little bit of sparkle,” says designer Eric Cohler, who designed the Tyler Sconce, made by Visual Comfort. “Go for a little glamour in the bedroom.” For a soft glow, use a pink bulb.

 

A COMFORTER FOR TWO

Designer Rebecca Cole, a member of the Select Comfort Advisory Board, loves this half-heavy, half-lightweight comforter because it allows two people to snuggle under one comforter even if the two have very different preferences. “A bedroom is where we share,” says Cole. The Dual Warmth Comforter by Select Comfort is filled with European White Goose down, in an all-cotton damask cover.

 

 

DIVINE SCENT

“Smell is integral to the romantic environment,” says interior designer Robert Verdi, who favors long-burning candles by Molton Brown.

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Designer Living Room Decorating Ideas

 

Glamorous Blue

There’s never such a thing as too much blue according to designer Tobi Fairley. She wrapped this living room in layers of pale blue tones. For a hazy and serene look, the walls are a powder blue Venetian plaster.

Sophisticated Simplicity

“No fuss” was Lynn Morgan’s mantra when she decorated this  house “I wanted it simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort.” An ottoman in Zig Zag by Alan Campbell lends modern oomph between a pair of Louis XV style bergères. To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white. A David Hockney lithograph hangs above an antique mercury glass mirror.

 

Purple Accents

In the living room of this apartment , designer Alexander Doherty painted the walls painted Pavilion Gray, and the trim is Lamp Room Gray, both from Farrow & Ball. A blue-and-white Qing dynasty lamp and a 20th-century painting by Michael McGuigan, behind the piano, reflect the owners’ wide-ranging connoisseurship. Throw by Frette.

 

 

French-Inspired

In the living room of this Victorian home in Illionois, original Beaux-Arts plasterwork and parquet set off imports from designer Annie Brahler’s company, Euro Trash. On a seagrass rug from Lowe’s, she grouped linen-covered Belgian bergères and a Louis XVI side table with a 19th-century French gilt settee and Dutch footstools. Vintage curtains hang at the windows. A Belgian crystal chandelier and sconces sparkle against walls in Ralph Lauren Paint’s Design Studio White.

 

 

Black and White

Antique meets modern in this living room. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with Ralph Lauren’s black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank’s Leather & Hides.

 

Cozy Spot

In the living room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, house, designer Ashley Whittaker created a cozy spot for two with a pair of the homeowners’ favorite chairs and a Currey & Company Circe bench.

 

California Living

With a breathtaking view of the coastal California countryside, this living room is an ideal spot to entertain. The multiple seating areas accommodate either a large or small crowd. Designer Suzanne Tucker chose warm colours for a cozy feel even on a dull day.

 

A Blue and White Living Room

David Lawrence uses blue and white to make the perfect summery living room in this house. The fabric on the sofa is Vizir in Indigo from Old World Weavers. Throw pillows by Ralph Lauren.

 

Monochrome

In the living room of this home designer Mary McDonald employed hints of colour against a neutral backdrop for a quietly refined mood. “In monochrome rooms, texture is key,” says McDonald, who covered the custom-made chaise in Pierre Frey’s Ice linen, and Reagan Hayes’s Henry sofa in a Duralee cotton velvet, with pillows in Schumacher’s Chinon silk and Padova damask. McDonald designed English-style bookcases in taupe with back panels painted a pale blue. The Klismos chairs are from JF Chen.

 

 

Sophisticated and Colourful

Bursts of sunny yellow and fuchsia refresh traditional architecture in the living room of this home designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company. A hanging mobile light fixture by David Weeks “artfully fills” the soaring ceiling. Love seats in Larsen’s Bouquet Garni II bring texture and pattern to glossy Venetian plaster walls.

 

 

Blue, White, and Green Living Room

This living room designed by Marshall Watson  evokes a traditional mid-20th-century  sensibility but with a modern twist. Watson’s senior designer, Wendy Monette, mixed colours, patterns, and styles that lend a clean, graphic edge to the room, like the sofa’s superscaled houndstooth and the rug’s green and navy stripes.

Calming Gray

In a Florida home another Marshall Watson design,  a 1980s Lucite-and-glass table provides a jewellike accent to the muted tones of the living room. Asilah chandelier, Jerry Pair.

 

A Pop of Colour

Designed by Christopher Maya, this living room features a mantel painted in glossy Black Panther by Benjamin Moore. It creates high drama amid the play of colour. Flanking the fireplace are antique French chairs covered in Nicholas Herbert’s Rombau. Red armchairs are upholstered in Clarence House Belgian Linen.

 

 

Happy Colour Combination

Lavender, chartreuse, and aqua make a happy colour combination in this living room.  “They are bold colours,” says designer Pat Healing, “so I used them only as punctuation.” Bird’s Nest Cocktail Table by HB Home; Campion chandelier, Urban Electric.

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The London Underground is in fashion

The recent fabrics  created by Kirkby Design include the distinctive look of the London Underground to celebrate the 150th Anniversary and were collaborated with Transport for London. A  truly iconic pattern which gave me a pang of nostalgia ,  made in rich velvet and a variety of colour´s true to the original´s.

Blend the high quality weaves with existing furniture and have a piece of British History at home , upholster a chair to bring memories into your comfort zone or use at the office , and include style with our British  Heritage.

 

 

Frank Pick

As head of the London Underground in the 1910s and 1920s and of the newly merged London Transport in the 1930s, FRANK PICK (1878-1941) was instrumental in establishing the world’s most progressive public transport system and an exemplar of design management.

From the red, white and blue roundel that has symbolised the London Underground since the 1910s and the diagrammatic map which enabled 1930s Londoners to find their way around the fast-expanding underground train network, to publicity posters and upholstery fabrics created by famous artists such as Man Ray and Edward Nash, many of the best known – and best loved – images of London were commissioned by one man, Frank Pick.

 

London Underground was formed in 1985, but its history dates back to 1863 when the world’s first underground railway opened.

Today, London Underground is a major business with three million passenger journeys made every day, serving 275 stations and over 408 km of railway.

Past and future

London has changed a lot since the first stretch of line – the Metropolitan, or Met – opened on 9 January 1863. The first stretch measured six kilometres (nearly four miles) and ran between Paddington (Bishop’s Road) and Farringdon Street.

DId you know…….?

 

 

 

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Latest fabrics for Superior Interiors


Joining the latest in fabric fashion and becoming the  new “it” creature of the year is the butterfly! Butterflies are not particularly new to the fabric or fashion scene, we have always seen them gracing prints in a whimsical way, but for autumn/ winter 2013 they will be creating  a surreal style as motifs in kaleidoscopic patterns, translucent overlaid wings and saturated colours,  use the butterfly as an icon of the pure elements. Incorporate into your existing interior design and bring a splash of fashion as an accent addition.

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Project in Andraitx

A recently completed project on a villa in Andraitx , interiors created by Nikki Jones, artwork  by Property Art created by specification for the client , curtains ,poles and fabrics by Alison of  Superior Interiors

 

Colour your mood

 
How you work with colours in your garden can create diverse effects. Some people do not bother with colour and just let things happen, while others like the idea of spending a bit more time and planning in more detail. Designing colour themes is easier than you might think if you have a couple of hints.
Marketers use colours to motivate us subliminally. Why not apply it to our own backyard to create the mood and atmosphere we want? Understanding what the colours really do for us is a good start. It allows gardeners to obtain the maximum from  their flower beds. Your selection of  colour can create an illusion, making some flowers appear closer or further than they really are. Planting bright colours in the distance will make them appear closer if lighter shades are planted nearer the viewer. And if darker shades are added instead nearer the viewer, it will make bright colours seem more distant.

Some colours, like orange, yellow and red, can make you feel warm. Coolness can be achieved with blues and greens. If these colours are used in the shade, it will seem even more refreshing. If you plant compatible colours, like pastels, they will create a gentle and peaceful mood. Monotonous colour will create a calm sense, and strong and contrasting colours will induce energy and excitement. Interplanting white and soft yellow  can help you to soften excessively strong areas. Strong colours get your attention and the viewer will be attracted to them, so plant accordingly. One bright and vivid container of red geraniums at your door will be spectacular, but too many in your yard will confuse the viewer’s eye.
Yellow

Yellow is the colour of joy and sunshine. It is a colour of clarity and one that the eye is drawn to. It is filled with energy and illumination. A true yellow is cheerful and vibrant in the garden.
Orange


Orange is exciting and dynamic. Warm and cheery, orange flowers are best set against clear blues and pinks but suffer against purples and dark blues, which create dullness. To create a soothing mood, combine pale shades of orange with greys, pinks, or silver-blues.
Red

 Shades of red may be hard to use in your garden. Many are almost too strong and stimulating to comfort your senses. Red delivers a punch of energy, so plant it strategically and sparingly. When planted with red, peach, pink and violet shades will make an interesting mix. Silver or gold variegated foliage goes well with red. Mix deep-dark reds with true reds to create a great combination of comfortable tones.

Bedroom Idea’s

You probably already know that your bedroom should be your safe haven… your oasis… your special retreat, it is the place where you end your day  and begin a new one..

 

Shouldn’t your bedroom make you smile and feel comforted?
1. Paint your bedroom in your favourite colour. Waking up to a colour you love is the perfect way to start your day. whatever the latest fashion says in the “in shade”. If you love orange, then include it in your bedroom decor as a  statement or  add accents in your favourite colour.

Just use colours you truly enjoy for a personal bedroom design.

2. Use comfortable and inviting fabrics, . many people find it difficult to coordinate different fabric patterns or textures. In fact, many bedroom design ideas can become too fussy, start off keeping it simple and develop the style and look which appeals to you,

Choose a fabric that compliments  your paint colour and use it in your drapes, or your bedding… and even in an upholstered chair.Don’t forget the cushions, they add the luxury touch.

3. Add candles and mood lighting. Lighting can enhance a bedroom design far more than you may realise. Yes, you need lamps for task lighting, but to really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and relaxing you need some mood lighting.

This can be created with candles, bedside lamps, wall sconces and even picture lights.

4. Add soft textures Keep in mind that the goal of your bedroom design idea is to calm and soothe. So, choose fabrics that are soft and comforting. Select silks, linens, cottons , velvets and suede’s. 

5. Make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add to the coziness of the room.
Planning the perfect bedroom design idea doesn’t have to be difficult.

Keep it personal, choose the colours and fabrics you like… select artwork that enhances your style and enjoy the decorating process.
fabrics by, Andrew  Martin &  Alhambra

Exterior of the Home

The exterior of your house is the face of your home and shares its style and personality with the neighbourhood and those just driving by. It is the last thing you see of your home as you head into your day, and the first thing that welcomes you on your return. The exterior details and materials are just as important as the inside, even more so than the bathroom tiles or your kitchen’s back splash. Materials such as stone, copper, wood, steel and brick can be used to finish a specific architectural style or create a new one. Your house’s exterior paint colour may be the most visible design decision you make especially if showcased with exterior lights. The landscaping of the front and side lawn offer both a welcoming transition from street to door and a buffer between your home and the public spaces it shares. Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be. What surrounds your home is just as important as what is in it. Whether it is the manicured front lawn, the infinity edge pool in the back or flower beds and potted plants, These spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any bathroom or kitchen. Well designed landscapes complement the home’s architecture and design, giving the home a story that can be read inside and out. By carrying your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, or even a balcony into another room of the house. Plan space for your lifestyle by incorporating ample seating, outdoor tables, cushions upholstered in outdoor fabrics, play areas, dining areas and sunning areas. Many outdoor spaces have become quite elaborate, including seating areas, fireplaces , barbecue facilities, kitchens and dining areas. Even if your space isn’t that elaborate, you can still create a relaxing spot for lounging and entertaining. Exterior Lighting not only helps to beautify the home, but also enhances the safety. and helps to change the complete aura of a house, as it lights each and every corner. Lighting in the exterior spaces can facilitate people to enjoy the weather for longer and make them look spectacular. Entrances, decked areas, gardens, lawns, staircases and many other exterior corners can be brightened up with lights and made a center of attraction for the home.There are various kinds of outdoor lights and they can profuse your house with an air of elegance, charm, sophistication and aristocracy. The various models of outdoor lights include: Victorian five lamp-post, palm tree uplighters, garden torches, archway lights, French style lanterns, hanging and patio lamps and others. Apart from households, outdoor lights can also be installed in your workplace or any other public area to make that place look beautiful and decorated. They also add security to the place by providing adequate lighting. As a transition space, your porch should feel like an extension of your home’s interior. There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Don’t forget, this can be done for apartment balconies and high-rise terraces. A popular trend which looks appealing is the use of outdoor curtains around seating areas, offering some shade or wind protection. As you are outside keep in mind materials like metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Materials are available for terraces and gardens that are sun and mold resistant at reasonable prices to ensure your decorative items remain in their original condition, fabrics produced for the marine industry are also a good choice for exterior garden use, and a new edition is specialist outdoor curtain fabrics too.

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De Stress Living

Your home and you would benefit from having an area for promoting a healing and relaxing atmosphere, use these little home makeover ideas.
The choices you make can result in enhanced mood, less stress, and better sleep. To transform your living space into a healing haven, follow these easy 10 decorating tips for a stress-free home.

Healthy Home Secrets

IN THE HALLWAY OR ENTRANCE
1. Create a feel-good focal point. When you enter your home the first thing you see should be something you love, whether that is a piece of art, a vase of flowers, or a special keepsake, a beautiful first impression helps you relax from the day you have let behind.

2. Organise your daily pastimes, seeing old newspapers on the floor and bags of charity donations waiting to be dropped off, you will be thinking obligation, not relaxation. Leaving anything messy in your entry suggest the message that there is more mess and chaos within, not very helpful in creating a relaxed atmosphere. Have a designated space for every item that enters and exits your house by placing a couple of chic containers near the front door, one for outgoing items and one for incoming things.

Home Cleaning Mistakes

IN THE LIVING ROOM
3. Create space, our anxiety builds in small spaces if there is too much clutter, to reduce the clutter and make the room feel larger, ask yourself if you really need the end tables or picture frames, and dispense with anything deemed nonessential. Consider painting a table or bookshelf the same colour (or a tonal one) as the wall it is up against, so it “disappears” into it. Painting walls white or a light colour will always make a smaller room feel more spacious.

4. Light up spot areas and not whole rooms. as bright overhead light can make it difficult to wind down at the end of the day.Use positional lighting for areas where you need brightness, such as next to the sofa where you may read, and put overhead lights on dimmers. Also, switch to full-spectrum bulbs, which mimic natural light and they create a more soothing harmonious atmosphere.

Hidden Home Dangers

5. Create pedestrian-friendly paths. especially if you can barely get into a chair without banging your leg on the coffee table, or if the path from the sofa to the door is cramped, rearrange your furniture,not being able to safely and easily move about produces anxiety.

6. Simplify your colour scheme. Use restraint with patterns and strong colours. If you mix patterns, keep their colour schemes similar, and if you like lots of colours then compromise by keeping patterns to a minimum. If you have too many bright colours or vivid contrasting patterns in a room then your eyes are going to be drawn all over the place, this will make it difficult to switch off and relax. Simple designs and colours are soothing. A less-is-more rule applies to shelving and tabletops too, try to not fill them just because they are there. Display just a few pieces that are meaningful and complimentary to each other.

7. Bring the outdoors in. By surrounding yourself with natural elements this will encourage friendlier interactions with others. For a more peaceful home you could display a couple of houseplants or try hanging a mirror across from your largest window to maximise the view outdoors , or even hang art with a natural theme.

Create the Ultimate Home Gym

IN THE BEDROOM
8. Use soothing hues. Usually we find cool shades of blue and green and neutral earth tones to be relaxing and calming because they remind us of nature, If you are not quite sure of changing a colour scheme incorporate a few accessories, such as throw pillows, a quilt, or lamp shades, in calming colours.

9. Switch off electronics. If you can then remove all televisions and computers from your bedroom. The light emitted by these devices signals the brain to stay awake, interfering with a good night’s sleep and leaving you with elevated levels of stress hormones in the morning, or at least camouflage their existence when not in use by way of a cabinet or screen.

10. Bring your idea of tranquillity to life. What does paradise looks like to you?. If it is a tropical island you could add sand and ocean colours, even sea shells with tropical touches, incorporate wicker or cane accessories, Prefer a mountain cabin or a country home? Then add colours, textures, and accessories to your bedroom decor that bring those settings to mind. Use magazines for ideas of your idyllic surrounding.

 

 

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An Interior Designer….

The image often conjured up by the term interior design is that of having a rather ‘arty’ individual come in to throw around some unnecessarily elaborate ideas, come up with an over-decorated result, and who will select high-end and expensive designer furnishings that you may prove quick to tire of, and successfully part from you a lot money!!

Add to this the fact that the face of interior design has been portrayed by the media as a thing of fun and frivolousness it is little wonder that people may well consider it a luxury, and certainly a service that does not lend itself to times of financial constraint when we are all pulling in our belts a little.
What the interior designer has to offer to businesses and individuals thinking of refurbishing their work and living spaces, is very different. It is valid service that can, in the long run, save time and money and when spend time giving my clients advice and ideas on how to create the interior they are looking for it is time I do not actually include in a bill. I am after all just doing my job of working with fabrics and that is what is paid for.

When approaching a project the designer should always get a brief from the client outlining what they want for their room or home, in terms of use of space, the number of people using that space, and any colour schemes the client may have in mind.

The functionality of a room is obviously very important, but so are the aesthetics and other factors such as whether or not the client wishes to maintain existing furniture and features into their new scheme.

Another important factor to consider is the budget. Everyone has either a budget, or an idea of how much they have, or want to spend. To this end it is very important for anyone embarking on an interior refurbishment project to know this information at the outset. Both designer and client are wasting time and resources if the designer comes up with a fabulous scheme regardless of cost, the client loves the scheme, but once all the quotations are in it is too expensive, this creates disappointment and it can be difficult to continue in looking at different fabrics and ideas without wanting what you first chose,. The correct way to approach a new project is with an idea of the budget in order that the appropriate fixtures, fittings and finishes are selected, and they come within any cost constraints.

There are other aspects of interior design that must be taken into account, such as health and safety, particularly when applying interior design to a commercial use, such as retail interiors, clubs, restaurants and the like although most companies supply suitable materials within the legal confines, that is the manufacturers obligation.

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