An important tenet of our interior design philosophy is personalization. We design homes with our clients in mind, considering both the personalities and the functional needs of the people who live there. One way people express their personalities is through collections, whether it be china, stamps, books, figurines or sports memorabilia. While they can be a lot of fun to create, collections can be difficult to display in an aesthetically pleasing way. Too often they can appear cluttered or busy, completely missing the opportunity to highlight and enjoy the pieces. One of our clients has a son who collects athletic shoes, possibly one of the more difficult collections to show off attractively! While we were designing a lower level bedroom and lounging suite for him, we turned a wall in the main living area into a display space for his collection. We created shelving built into the wall to minimize encroachment on foot traffic and added lighting. This design not only allowed him to highlight his collection to everyone who visits, but the shoes add color and dimension to the space. He is happy to have his passion out of hiding, and his parents are happy the shoes are organized and tidy. If your treasures are wasting away in a closet somewhere, give us a call. We will help you come up with a creative and engaging way for you to enjoy and showcase your collection. Send us an email, or give us a call at 317-253-8986.
As interior designers, we help our clients balance their desire for a particular look and functionality with the budget they would like to stick to. Often a client falls in love with a pricey element such as a fabric or wallpaper and is disappointed to hear the impact it will have on their total investment. It is in these types of situations that having a talented interior designer on your side can help! For example, our client wanted to bring big impact to her teenage daughter’s bedroom without investing to the level of a more public space. We found a vibrant graphic wallpaper and embroidered fabric that fit the aesthetic perfectly, but not the budget. Fortunately, we had a solution. We placed a bit of the wallpaper behind the shelving of the built-in cabinetry. Then we covered a flat cornice and the front of a throw pillow with the fabric. By using those two expensive elements for their greatest impact, we were able to give our clients the look she wanted while staying within her intended investment.
One of our favorite topics is the seemingly endless design possibilities of guest baths. They are usually small, sparingly used spaces which make them the perfect place to expand your style. For example, while you may be a fan of rich color, you may not want to live with it every day. The guest bath is the perfect place to show off this different side of your design taste.
The guest bath pictured above is an example of how one of our clients included a nod to their more traditional side. The rest of their home featured a transitional design, with clean lines and soft colors. However, they had lovely antique dining furniture handed down from family members that they wanted to include in their space. We were able to combine these two styles in the dining room but felt that a bit more of the traditional look was called for. The first-floor guest bathroom offered the best opportunity.
The unusual shape of the room led us to construct a tapered cabinet design that made use of the full wall space. The warm cream antique-glazed cabinetry, coupled with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and hardware lent an old-world look. Large, Asian-themed graphic wallpaper harkens back to the 18th century when this style was in its heyday, and plays off the antiques in the rest of the home. Finally, we added a wood-framed mirror to create the feeling of additional depth to the wall.
We had a lot of fun with the lighting too. A lovely crystal chandelier hangs in the center of the space. while lamps flank the sink bowl to help fill some of the wide countertop area. The two windows in the small space offer exquisite natural lighting during the day, though it was necessary to install a window covering over the bottom half for privacy at night.
The final result was a sophisticated guest bathroom that transports the visitor into a time gone past. Do you want to add bits of other styles into your home? We’d love to help! Send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8986.