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The 10 Best Home Office Design Tips for Maximum Style & Productivity

Here are 10 Tips for maximizing Style and Productivity in your Home Office -- Scroll down to go more in-depth or Pin This Image to your Pinterest Profile to Read Later:  1. Get Your Office Organized You're ready to overhaul your home office with cohesive decor and a mixture of built-in storage solutions but before you start anything, you'll want to go as paper-free as possible.    2. Choose an Inspiring Color Palette Some may prefer splashes of Color for character so not too distracting, but we had fun with these clients who wanted a bright, bold wallpaper to keep them inspired all day long. 3. Pay Attention to Flow & Frequency Seating  is the key for comfort in a home office. You’ll be spending a lot of time time in office chairs so choose desk and lounge seating that you can comfortably adjust positions in all day long.   4. Vary Lighting Types   Rely first on your natural light since it's easiest on the eyes, then put any additional lighting like task lighting or chandeliers on dimmers so it’s easier on the eyes and easier to transition from day to night. Consider getting a screen protector for laptops or televisions.   5. Hide Electric Cables This one is pretty self-explanatory: Nothing ruins a beautiful room quite like our 21st century comforts, but hide electric cables and stow unsightly printers away with some chic built-In cabinetry.   6. Float Your Desk   One of the biggest mistakes we see homeowners make again and again is pushing all their furniture up against the wall. Give your home office a designer touch by floating your desk in the middle of the space. It is an office, after all, your desk should take front and center.   7. Accent with Mirrored Surfaces Integrate some shimmer to bounce light: mirrors, metallics, mixed metals. We love mixing metals to give a space texture, luxe, and a lived in feel all in one.    8. Accessorize with Art   Include art you want to look at all day long! In the case of this particular home office, the art was already part of the client's personal collection, which was the perfect jumping off point to help us personalize her home office.   9. Face Your View   How your home office seating placement functions is two-fold: firstly, you're likely spending a lot of time at your desk, so you'll want a relaxing view. Facing windows always helps! By the same token, you don't want visitors to be distracted, so the placement of extra seating is directional and will tell them where to look. 10. Go Green! In the vein of going green, be sure to include some fresh flowers or plants throughout the space. .


How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home

Answering questions like: Why is it so hard to choose a paint color?

Why is it so hard to choose a paint color? Oftentimes clients have no problem choosing furnishings, tiles, throw pillows, and home accessories, but become paralyzed by fear when it comes to choosing a paint color. Change is scary and painting an entire wall a different color is a lot of change. Because paint covers so much square footage and can be time-consuming to repaint, people are terrified to get it wrong. We want to make choosing a paint stress-free by answering all of the common questions we get about paint: How to choose a palette for my home? Start with selecting a color that you love that's already in the room. Perhaps a secondary color from a rug or a piece of art, is a good jumping off point. There are also apps that let you take a pic of the room and it will paint the walls. (Like the Benjamin Moore Design Your Own Room App) Or find an inspiration image that you love and select colors from there. An inspiration image can give you a good idea of how the room will look when it's completely painted. What are the differences in paint finishes? How to Choose An Interior Paint Sheen? Flat- Flat finishes are easy to repaint and hide blemishes well. Consider flat finishes for low-traffic areas, interior walls, and ceilings. Eggshell- A good finish for an elegant look, but still hides blemishes on the wall well. Eggshell finishes are beautiful in moderate traffic rooms like living rooms. Satin- Satin finishes are beautiful, but you must have a near perfect wall surface because blemishes show. That said, satin finishes are great in rooms like kitchens or bathrooms with some exposure to moisture. Glossy and Semi-Gloss - Gloss is for high-sheen effect, perfect for cabinetry and trim. The surface must be blemish free, but a glossy paint is durable and will hold up well over time. Applying a gloss finish takes many thin layers of paint to get correct coverage. Lacquer Finish- Lacquer finishes require 10 or more layers to get a thick, glossy finish. The application is time consuming, but the end product is stunning. Are there any colors I should avoid? What mistakes do homeowners make in choosing paint colors? Color is specific to each person, so there's no color to avoid. However if you're going for something bold, test out an 4x4 patch on the wall to make sure you really like it-- the lighting in a room can affect how similarly or differently you view the paint compared to the swatch you saw at the store. In any event, a good rule of thumb is to give yourself 3 days to adjust to the new color.  You might hate it at first and then fall in love. What colors work best for reselling my home? What colors are best to paint rentals?   Whites and neutrals (light light greys, creams) are the best. These colors have broad appeal and work in virtually every space. White and neutrals are also great for rentals, for the same reasons. It’s also a good idea to use an in-stock, popular color for touch ups. White/Light colors are the best because you don't need a primer when you repaint.   Where do color trends come from? Do they matter? Paint companies, color trend companies, blogs and magazines all have their opinions about trends, but paint is personal and you should select what you love. Realize your opinion of what you love, however; is being affected by the trends in the aforementioned with the imagery they put out in print and social media. What types of paint to avoid/toxic paints? Go for Zero VOC if possible, but at least Low VOC. Avoid paints with formaldehyde. Acrylic or water-based paint is great, unless it lists toxic chemicals such as cadmium, cobalt, magnesium, chromium, and, of course, lead.


Terrifying Toxins We’re Eliminating from Our Homes

With our firm’s focus on Green Living, we get a lot of requests to help create not just beautiful, but healthy homes.


5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Mid-Century Modern Home

Midcentury modern style is trending and it isn't actually that hard to achieve in your own home! From updating the space with a fresh coat of paint to choosing the perfect piece of budget-friendly art, Lori transformed a ranch-style home into the quintessential midcentury modern. Take the house tour in the video below and scroll down to read our 5 budget-friendly tips for updating your midcentury modern home: 1. Transform Your Midcentury Home with Poppy Colors: Paint is always going to be the least expensive way to quickly transform a space! Pair a pop of color with a calming neutral. Vibrant reds, oranges, or lime greens callback to the heyday of mid-century modern, when the Brady Bunch was all the rage, but don’t go overboard. Offset powerful colors with neutrals. In this case, we combined orange with a modern grey.   2. Update Your Midcentury Modern Home by Emphasizing Height: Midcentury Modern homes are often single-story, but living in a single-story home doesn’t mean you can’t have height--You just have to emphasize it! Oftentimes the original architecture in these homes comes complete with beams. These homes have great bones, so you just have to figure out how to highlight the height. Consider creating a playful wall-mural to draw the eye upward. Cityscapes are always a good idea! 3. Make Old New Again: As LEED-certified designers, our firm places a heavy emphasis on sustainability and green interior design. A great way to do that is by using what you already have and giving it a new life: Midcentury Modern homes are a great place to work in these repurposed pieces. In this home, we repurposed a vintage rug on an ottoman for a super retro vibe! 4. Update Your Fireplace: Play with the design of your fireplace. In this home, the fireplace was original to the home, we just gave the brick an updated, modern paint job to emphasize it’s style! 5. Art: A little abstract art can go a LONG way to completely transform a space! With so many budget-friendly art resources, giving up-and-coming artists a platform online, there’s no reason you can’t start a stunning art collection of your own. 15% OFF ALL Gus* Modern


Tile Style: 6 Stylish Tiles To Use In Your Home Makeover

If you want to get creative with your home renovation, tile is a great place to start. Tile has the potential to make or break a design. Read on for our complete guide to choosing stylish tiles for your home makeover


The Future of Design: Trending Towards Sustainability

What Does the Future of Design Look Like? Fully-immersive, hands-on experiences like Virtual Reality and 3D-printing are making design much more accessible. As the general public becomes more sophisticated in their aesthetic preferences and understanding of the necessity for quality products, there is a trend towards sustainability and customization. And with more millennials entering the workforce, cities are booming and telecommuting is on the rise, which has many wondering if workspaces and offices will eventually disappear entirely.   SohoWorks Coworking Space in London Having recently spoken on a panel about the Future of the Workplace at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, we'll argue that office spaces aren't going to cease to exist just yet. But one thing is for sure: the line between work and personal life continues to blur and the future of design is going to be dependent upon our ability to adapt accordingly. So what creates structure in a structure-less environment? What does the future look like? Enter more multi-disciplinary home offices, coworking spaces, multi-use and modular, community-centric environments--spaces that are economically and environmentally conscious. These are the design trends shaping the future of a brighter, more sustainable future: The Future is Bright! Sustainability, modern design, and minimalism all share an aesthetic connection. The materials we use and the colors we source them in are often dependent upon environmental necessity. And when predicting design trends, it’s often a good idea to look towards the automobile industry. Take popular color trends, for example: the car industry is worlds ahead of many others in color technology, in creating colors that can withstand weather and last a long time, which is why you might have noticed an increase in bright green cars (outer-borough New York taxis, or on zippy sports cars, for example); or perhaps you’ve noticed more crimson-red colored vehicles that don’t fade into a tomato-red in the sun like older models would (And both Greenery and Marsala-Red were recent selections for Pantone’s Color of the Year).    Brighter colors are also historically used in traffic control, in and around cars for safety purposes (Think Stop signs and car blinkers, crossing guard vests, etc.)  Don’t be surprised if you start seeing a lot of bright blue! YInMN (Yes, you read that jumble of letters correctly)-- the most recent shade of blue to be discovered in 200 years has been synthetically crafted in a lab and has recently become available for commercial use. The Future is Vertical! As a response to advancements in medicine and globalisation, populations are increasing and living longer, which means more vertical building to account for everyone. We’re losing horizontal outdoor spaces: less backyards, less gardens, but as a response we’re seeing a movement towards lots of plants indoors, and vertical wall gardens Lagranja Design Coworking Space in Spain Vertical wall gardens are a wonderful way in which people can grow their own produce or just improve the air quality in congested cities.  As the line between indoors and out is blurred, vertical gardens seamlessly bring the outdoors in. Tesla's solar roof panels have recently become available as well, making it easier than ever to harness solar energy in a sustainable fashion. With a focus on the aesthetic design, Tesla's tiles also make it more incentivizing for home owners to harness the power of the sun. The Future is Flexible! As a culture we’ve become accustomed to fast-fashion and instant-delivery; knock-off products that may look great initially, but are ultimately unsustainable. As a response; however, the general public becomes more aware of the process of creating products and services, we’re beginning to see more of a push back and demand for authenticity. The compromise of the cultural demand for instantaneous delivery, customization, and quality that is economical sound cultivates in the form of technologies like 3D-printing. Take a look at the time lapse below of an entire home that was printed in 24 hours:         Right now there are still limitations: manufacturing 3D-printed products with multiple materials at a time is still being developed, which does mean mixed materials will be out as a trend for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, this will result in more monochromatic, "futuristic," minimalist aesthetics overall, and will generate less waste by using only the exact amount of a material necessary. This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader #DesignForFuture


Why is My Home Renovation Taking So Long?!

The Design Process: How Much Time Do I Need to Renovate My Home?

The Design Process: How much Time Do I Need to Renovate My Home? The time required to renovate your home is contingent upon a lot of different factors:  the size of the space, how long of a time you take to feel comfortable with the design, and how intensive is your renovation (is it just a "pull and replace" project where things are just getting updated, or is the space/ floor plan being rearranged to increase functionality, are things being custom designed and made-to-order?) There are a lot of components that have to come together perfectly to allow for a project to go just as expected and that rarely ever happens. You can expect to spend on average, 2-6 months on a medium-sized home renovation, but we always suggest anticipating your project to take longer than originally planned. Here, Lori shares the 2 biggest reasons your home renovation is taking SO long:   Permits, Materials, and Lead Times, Oh my! Building permits take about a month to get after the design phase and before any building can really get going. Particular materials and specialty products with long lead times can add on months to your renovation. Custom cabinetry, for example, can take 3-4 months. Semi-custom cabinetry generally takes 4-8 weeks, stone or tile products often have long lead times. But a lot of delays come from the "unknowns" - Unlike the products and materials with predictably long lead times, these are the things we can't anticipate. Finding things you don't want to find once the process has started is always a bummer, but that's what we're here for! These issues can range from structural issues requiring additional permits, to plumbing & electric issues. Sometimes, during construction we find old infrastructure has to be upgraded or replaced. According to Houzz, here are the average amounts of time you can expect a project to take (Keep reading: We’ll break this down into a bit more detail below):   Kitchen Renovations Kitchens can take 3-6 months to complete, dependent upon what upgrades you want to make. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the appliances, and the harder and more surface area there is, the longer you can expect a project to take. From new ovens, sinks, and refrigerators, to counter tops and custom cabinetry, kitchens are entirely large appliances and hard surfaces. Bathroom Renovations If you’re overhauling a large master bathroom, complete with shower and/or bath features, and multiple sinks and counters, expect your renovation to take no less than 3 months. Smaller powder rooms may take slightly less time, but choosing, ordering, and installing the perfect sink, tiles, and toilets can still take about 3 months.   Laundry Room Renovations Similarly, laundry rooms require ordering large appliances with longer lead times, and can take upwards of 3 months to complete. Closet Renovations Building your dream closet means designing, building, and installing custom storage for all your clothing and accessories. While not as taxing as a bath or laundry room, the custom built-in’s are to blame for you closet renovation taking about 2-3 months. Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Home Offices Dependent upon the size of the room, designing a bedroom, living or family room, or home office can take 3-4 months. If you want custom furniture or if your project if more traditional and requires a lot of details, you can expect it to be even longer. But even without, furniture lead times can sometimes be unpredictable. Ready To Get Started? Get in touch with us and let's see what we can do together.


Honolulu Vs. Martha’s Vineyard: Which Island Getaway is Calling Your Name?

Are you more Tropical or Traditional?

Martha's Vinyard Vs. Honolulu: Which Island Getaway is Calling Your Name? Are you more Tropical or Traditional?


5 Simple Steps to Get the Modern Farmhouse Look

The ‘Modern Farmhouse’ is the new design trend taking social media and Southern California by storm!

Marked by its tactful combination of rustic pieces and sleek accents, the modern farmhouse look is an incredibly warm, welcoming aesthetic. It is an indicator of tailored, designer taste, but it is also lived-in. It’s not stuffy or off-putting, as overly-embellished or overly-edited rooms can sometimes be. You know it when you see it: The modern farmhouse has increased in popularity due to the demand for the ‘Restoration Hardware’ look. But actually achieving the modern farmhouse style is as much about the architectural details of the home as it is about the furnishings, accessories, and textiles.


15 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Dads Who Have it All

  Skip the Hallmark card and necktie department and get Dad something a little more luxe this Father's Day! We’re specifying gifts at every price point, for every personality! Whether he’s a wine-tasting, world-traveler, or the king of the grill who loves to entertain at home, there’s something for every dad on this list.  Use this guide to think more creatively this Father’s Day. Kitchen & Bar Accessories for Dad $-$$ Bar, coffee, and grilling utensils and accessories always make practical, appreciated gifts for Father’s Day! 2. For the chef who already has it all, getting more cooking supplies might feel too redundant. Check out Williams Sonoma where they have fabulous steak and lobster of month subscriptions! 3. Update Dad’s morning coffee with a shiny new Nespresso machine. Once you taste this frothy espresso, you’ll never go back to boring slow drip. 4. We always love a group activity gift, a game or kit-- something you and dad can do together! Turn your home into your own craft brewery with Williams Sonoma’s gluten free beer making kits. 5. And a Wayfair keg fridge to match! 6. If dad is more of a mixologist, consider an outdoor bar or 7. decorative wine storage. We’re partial to these fabulous easy-assemble bars and storage units from Wayfair! Home Accessories for Dad 8. Style dad’s office with a set of uniform desk accessories. West Elm has super chic collections of mid century desk organizers we can’t recommend highly enough, as well as  sleek phone and ipad tech covers. 9. Upgrade Dad's desk chair with a sleek, ergonomic one. 10. Green thumb? Cute compostable planters from Wayfair are a unique backyard addition dad will love. Travel Accessories for Dad $-$$$ 11. Luxe luggage is often something Dad’s won’t think to buy for themselves. Upgrade dad to first class with a leather duffle like this great find from Wayfair 12. And a custom passport cover to match. Luxe Gifts for Dad $$-$$$ 13. Every golfer needs an efficient way to organize their clubs! Wayfair has an impressive selection of sports storage racks dad will love. 14. No man cave is complete without a game table! This chic, multi-functional table from Wayfair fits perfectly with multiple decor styles. 15. For the ultimate collector, we discovered an elegant selection of watch winders on Wayfair. Structural beauties themselves, you won’t mind leaving them out on a bathroom vanity counter top or nightstand.


We Asked, You Answered: What’s In Your Dream Bathroom?

Bathroom Design Trends

Sparing no expense, what would be in your dream bathroom? Last week, we asked our followers that very question and got some amazing responses we just had to share! Read on for the top amenities our followers want in their dream bathroom makeover


Moorish Patterns Featured on Houzz

The History and Style of Moorish Patterns

Our summer is getting off to a great start! Houzz has featured a photo of one of our favorite projects in their post about The History and Style of Moorish Patterns.  If you'd like to read more about the rich Moorish tradition, learn about the variety of intricate patterns and see beautiful ways to incorporate Moorish designs into your home today, check it out here.   In other news... We'd like to thank Arch magazine in China for featuring the same Hip Hacienda project in their latest issue.  This project is striking a cord with everyone!  Could it be the chef's kitchen, his and hers private closets off the shared dual master bathroom, the cool gentleman's lounge or the colorful home office?   What's your favorite room and why?  We'd love to hear in the comments below.  


Your Survival Guide to a Sustainable Summer

The Summer Accessories You Need for a Chic Summer

This Summer, we want you to look and feel fabulous. So you'll need all the right accessories. We put together this guide to help inspire some ways to accessorize and look and feel your best. Whether you’re entertaining friends or lounging solo, you’ll want to bask in the Summer sun in style. These are the ultimate beach and poolside accessories our staff at Lori Dennis Inc. will be sporting all summer long


Wedding Season Gift Guide: Dare to Go Off-Registry?

Shop perfect presents for the newlyweds in your life

Use this guide to get fun ideas to complete your own wedding gift registry or 2. Use this guide to get inspired to go 'off-registry' and get something personal and creative for your friends of family getting married


How to Decorate Your Outdoor Party like a Designer

Decorating and Designing Your Party
More fun, less stress: That’s Our Party-Planning motto. For some, decorating for a party and planning a get together is a huge hassle, but we hope to alleviate that stress by giving you three areas to focus on: comfort, drinks, and ambiance! With minimal effort, you can elevate your outdoor party to the next level. Including some essential furniture pieces, festive cocktails, and aromatic flowers, will add the necessary touches to make it effortless and fun for the whole party.


Help! We’re Killing Our Houseplants!

How To Keep Houseplants Alive: The Definitive Guide to Indoor Plants

How To Keep Houseplants Alive: The Definitive Guide to Indoor Plants


A Glimpse into the Pasadena Showcase House 2017

2017 Pasadena Showcase House We were honored to be invited to a special Blogger's Breakfast and private tour of this year's Pasadena Showcase House, set in a historic 1916 English Estate.  This annual event which re-imagines a different home each year, always holds a special place for us in Los Angeles.  And this year's designers didn't disappoint.  We noticed ongoing themes of global styles and rich colors, along with the classic neutrals and old-world touches, and keep your eyes peeled for the gorgeous Walker Zanger tiles in the kitchen and baths. But first, let's start with all the buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.   Bee's Bliss Gardner's Retreat We started our tour at this sweet little 114 square foot cottage housed so many special detailed moments with bee-hive and honeycomb motif's. Favorite Elements:  The doors.  Look at the leaded glass and cute little door knob and lock set.  We almost died! Loggia This picturesque loggia was the set for the famous garden party scene in La La Land.  Do you see it? Favorite Elements: Indoor Outdoor Lifestyle featuring one of our favorite color schemes: peacock blue, indigo and gold.  Sheers blowing in the wind softened the brick columns, giving it a touch of romance.  And of course, the bar cart.  Everyone's gotta have a bar cart. Pool Garden A serene retreat just outside the loggia featuring a shaded organic shaped pool and lush California plantings. Favorite Elements: This stunning custom concrete centerpiece with a delicate meandering stream running through a landscape of rock and succulents. Let's take a peak inside . . .   Foyer & Staircase The Entry and grand Staircase were filled with detailed carving guiding your eye up toward the vaulted ceiling.  Magnificent! Favorite Elements:  The Trompe-l'oeil printed fabric on the ceiling and hand painted panels between the wooden wainscoting. Conservatory & Dining Room We loved this mix of vintage elegance in these high contrast rooms, set on top of classic geometric encaustic floor tiles. Favorite Elements: Large scale black and white botanical wallcovering and the petal mirror. Living Room A casual and peaceful setting filled with textural elements of linen, cotton and raw silk throughout the room. Favorite Elements: You can never go wrong with a set of blue and white ginger jars. Kitchen A simply stunning mix of finishes and materials: white faux marble porcelain counters, cherry cabinets with a brown sugar stain, delicately designed wall tiles and limestone porcelain floor tile work together to create a charming old world kitchen. Favorite Elements: Check out that faucet! Library Inspired by the lifestyle of the iconic designer, Ralph Lauren, this library blended timeless design with modern luxury. We love the warmth of crackled leather, creamy neutrals, luscious velvets grounded in black and tan. Favorite Elements: The Vintage Rug. Hands down. Master Suite The calming color palette in muted blues and neutrals makes this bedroom a perfect retreat at the end of the day. Favorite Elements: If you have room in the ceiling, hide the TV in the attic space. Master Bathroom Tying together the Seaside Escape theme, the Master Bath brings in soft soothing blues with hex floor tiles and 3-D textured wall tile wainscot, grounded with an earthy warm wood vanity and sandy quartz counter. Favorite Elements: The delicate tracery work on the ceiling overhead. Guest Bedroom We absolutely loved this eclectic global funk of a room.  Everywhere you look there's something interesting, collected, and detailed. Favorite Elements: Mix of patterns and embellishments.  And let's be honest, the crystals. Nanny's Room Casual elegance envelopes this earthy room, featuring a custom headboard covered in a beautiful damask hemp linen.  Yes please!  And don't forget that inlayed black and white dresser. Favorite Elements: That rich dark green accent wall.  All. Day. Long. Nanny + Nursery Bathroom I could kick myself, because this photo doesn't give this room justice.  It's so fresh and soft with shades of salmon and teal.  The teal and white arabesque encaustic tile, freestanding tub with aged brass fittings and grasscloth wallcovering were splendid. Favorite Elements: The peach shower drapes with natural beaded trim. Nursery We couldn't get enough of this little nursery.  How CUTE!  With the mix of vintage toys, rose gold crib and star filled silk canopy, we were in baby heaven. Favorite Elements: The handmade macrame baby swing. Teen Room This room was filled with a rich blend of textures, from the fireplace updated with geometric glass tiles and matte black stone, to the hand carved wooden furniture, charcoal and gold accents throughout. Favorite Elements: Mix of materials in metals, woods and linen. Laundry Room This is a multi-tasking masterpiece of a room.  Complete as a mudroom, laundry room, potting room, gift wrapping area, prep station and office. Favorite Elements: A must have is the deep utility sink with an air circulation mode for washing delicates.  Brilliant! Terrace Definitely a modern contrast to a traditional English style home, and it worked great.  Contemporary and Traditional CAN co-exist.  The live green wall was a great backdrop to this setting. Favorite Elements: You had me a pop of orange. We hope you have a chance to check out the Pasadena Showcase House before it closes on May 21. You won't be disappointed! Get your tickets here.


How 3-D Printing is the Wave of the Future for Interior Design and Architecture

Let's Demystify 3-D Print Technology & How it Impacts the Design Build Community There is exciting news for all you design lovers out there. 3-D Printing is becoming more accessible, more affordable and faster than ever. Still not sure how the process works and can't seem to wrap your head around it? Check out this video above to give you a visual understand of the process. Let's start with the basics. 3-D Printing is a 35 year old additive (key word!) manufacturing process that builds material layer upon layer, and is controlled by a computer. Currently we can print material using wood, plastic, metal, glass and organic material (food and organs!  Yes you heard that right!). This is technology that's going to impact our industry as much as the industrial revolution. A Rococo table, is being 3-D printed using contemporary materials and colors.  A great way to make the old new again. 3-D Design and Printing is here and only getting bigger. In 1995, it was a $295 Million Dollar Industry. In 2014, it grew to a 4.1 Billion Dollar Industry. By 2020, it's projected to be a 21.3 Billion Dollar Industry. According to Ben Uglow of Morgan Standley These are number you can't ignore. There are some titans in the industry who are creating innovative pieces of furniture in a way that is forward thinking and environmentally conscious. Dirk van der Kooij is printing furniture that is Cradle to Cradle using 100% recycled plastic, printing locally and with less environmental impact.  Check out more of his work here. Bram Geenen has streamlined the process to be more efficient using a thin expensive carbon fiber skin that is printed on top of 3-D material without waste. Check his work out here. Lilian van Daal is inspired by nature and Biomimicry.  With her designs, she is changing the shape and feel of furniture being built with 3-D printing so that it's hard where it needs to be (legs for support) and soft in other areas (like the seat and back). There are Still Challenges This isn't a magic box.  You need tools or you need help. Inexperienced designers will need education or an engineer to build the CAD models to then manipulate and customize designs in scale, proportion, material, etc. They haven't perfected the process of the conception to finished product. This is still expensive technology at this phase in the game.  Printers run anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000. How Can You Design Your Own Line?   What's exciting to me about all this is that there is NO barrier to entry.  Currently, if a designer wants to develop their own collection of furniture, they have to work with existing powerful brands who hold the magic key.  As 3-D printers become more accessible, designers can soon create their own line whenever they want, or print one-offs.  It will be like a Kinko's for the design build industry.  This is nearly impossible with expensive traditional manufacturing.  When you design your own piece, it's highly customizable where you can easily change the color, dimension and entire concept. Now Watch This! If you printing furniture blew your mind, check out an entire HOUSE (above). This home was built in 24 hours and only cost $10,000! So Where Are We Going? To the moon, Alice! You heard me.  Norman Foster + Partners has completed a project with robotic arms that will be sent to the moon to 3-D print homes made of moon dust! And now, the sexiest scientist I've ever seen, Neri Oxman.  Neri is a material scientist at MIT and is printing wearable skin embedded with organisms to help humans survive in interplanetary travel. It's crazy! Check out her TED Talk here. Story of Provenance If you've read this far in my blog, that tells me you're interested.  Great!  So now you can participate in the conversation and join the community which is your opportunity to be a part of a new story. In printing your own designs, you can create an emotional connection and customization in your work to share with your clients about being at the forefront of the industry.  That's quite impressive! Because of all this, I've joined the Board at Print the Future which will be the next wave of printing ideas on demand.  We've set up a Pop-Up shop in NYC during the month of March 2017 so you can see the printer with your own eyes. I am incredibly inspired and can't wait to see what the future holds!


Benefits of Standing at Work

How many of us are guilty of sitting like this at work? Our design firm has a holistic approach to living and what we create in our environment, our bodies and our lifestyle.  An office is no exception.  If you think about it, most of us spend a huge amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer.  We've been hearing it for years, that sitting stationary for hours at a time has negative effects on our health and that getting up periodically or adding stand up desks has impressive benefits to your health. Health Benefits of Standing at Your Desk 1. Reduced Chance of Obesity 2.  Reduced Chance of Diabetes 3.  Reduced Risk of Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure 4.  Reduced Risk of Cancer 5. Lower Chance of Desk Small things we try to do in our office is take a mid-afternoon break for some exercises: Or other other simple exercises like these:     Your posture should look like this while you're at your desk: Don't worry.  Your desk can be a huge asset to you! We were first turned on to the best of the best in Sit-Stand Desks by one of our high tech clients, but not everyone has the option of purchasing a new desk and some may not have the budget for the Bugatti version. Here are a few options to help maximize your comfort and health benefits while at work: Flexi-Spot Sit-Stand Desktop Work Station This desk workstation is a simple way to give you the same benefits as a sit to stand desk.  The Flexi-Spot is easy to adjust with handles on the sides and 12 height settings (adjustable to reach your individual height). It has a deep surface area for up to 2 monitors plus accessories, and a retractable keyboard tray.  We've been testing this version awhile and it's been steady with solid construction, smooth and easy to operate. A cool design element is the built-in groove for a tablet or phone. Price: $269.99–$349.99 What we Love:  You can place this on any surface to transform it into your own desk workspace.  Built with environmentally friendly materials. What we Suggest: Set an alarm every hour to remind you to stand or sit.  Sometimes you're so focused that you forget to move.  Flexi-Spot has other products, including height adjustable desks, sit-stand-move options, and under desk bikes. Stir Kinetic We first learned about the Mac Daddy of all Sit-Stand desks from one of our awesome high tech clients. Not only does it have a sleek modern design with telescope legs and recessed ports for AC and USB outlets, but it's the technology that really sold us.  The touchscreen interface is within the desk and tracks the usage, movement and data of each person who uses the desk.  Whisperbreath is one of our favorite features.  When it's time to move and get off your seat, the desk will slowly rise then lower 1 inch.  This is a gentle reminder to take a deep breath and transition. Price: $2,990 - $4,990 What we Love:  The technology, hands down, is the most impressive aspect of this desk. What we Suggest: The current models have a very modern design.  We'd love to see more styles on the market. We want to encourage you to move, stand up and breathe, so no matter what your budget is, these desks and desk accessories are a great start living a healthier life.


Compact Wine Coolers for Any Space

Do you Love Wine and Want More of It? 3 Wine Coolers to the Rescue!   Sr. Designer Sara Plaisted, on a recent Design and Wine Italian tour with Adam Japko (of Wine Zag), about to bring home cases filled with her favorite wines.   As wine continues to increase in popularity and our tastes become more refined, it makes sense to want to save your favorite wine for a special occasion without it spoiling. Sorry to say, your regular refrigerator just won't cut it. But maybe you don't have the space in your home (or the budget!) to bring home cases of wine to store in your own wine cellar. Except this this lucky client who has a refrigerated whole room wine cellar: Lori Dennis Interior Design Project: Villa del Sur Construction: SoCal Contractor Before you start... Top 3 Things to Look For in a Wine Cooler 1. Single or Dual Temperature The ideal temperature to store sparkling wines, white and red wine is somewhere between 45º and 60º.  Coolers are available in either single or dual temperature compartments to keep them in their own zone.  Your regular home refrigerator is about 40º, which will be too cold for wine and will also dry up the cork. 2.  Noise and Vibration Nobody wants to have a constant humming appliance in any room in the house.  Another reason your refrigerator won't work for wine storage is because the vibration disrupts the maturation process of the wines.  Think of your wine like a precious sleeping baby - it's best if she sleeps in a dark quiet room with nobody fussing with her. 3.  Racks We all like a little flexibility.  Having adjustable or removable shelves allows you to store big bottles along with regular size bottles.  We also love the seamlessly smooth and fully extendable racks with separate slats that keep the bottles from rolling into each other. No room in your kitchen for a wine cooler? Just build a custom Armoire Bar! And Voila! Let's find you the best bang for your buck! In working with client's budgets big and small, we've compiled a quick list of our 3 favorite wine refrigerators (or wine coolers) for any size and any budget. 1.  Whirlpool Undercounter Wine Cooler for a Modest Budget Surprise!  You can store up to 51 bottles in this 24" wine cooler! Whirlpool offers sizes starting at 15" wide (storing up to 34 bottles) with a single temperature controlled zone - great for those of you who only love either red or white wine. Check out Whirlpool Wine Centers here. 2. Viking:  Under Counter or Full Height Wine Cooler for a Mid to High Range Budget    The Viking Pro Dual Cooling Wine Cellars come in sizes between the undercounter 15"-24" wide  (storing between 25 and 40 bottles), or larger units at 30"wide full height which can store up to 150 bottles.  With soft close hinges, heavy-gauge full extension and smooth glide shelf racks, and alarms when the door is left ajar, Viking offers high value with multiple options. Check out the many options of Viking Wine Cellars here. We added this compact 24" Viking undercounter wine cooler at the end of an island in our a small beach condo kitchen.  These fit great in any lower cabinetry space, or as shown in the armoire above. Using 3 narrow wine coolers, we created this chic home bar in Hollywood Hills on Blue Jay Way. 3. Sub-Zero:  Built In Full Height Wine Cooler for a Larger Budget The Big Daddy of Wine Coolers. It's a close race between the Viking and Sub-Zero wine refrigerators.  However, Sub Zero was the first company to build a storage system for wine and are considered the top of the line in manufacturing of quality and durable products.  These coolers also have two temperature control systems and low vibration, They also have undercounter sizes between 15 and 24 inches wide and full height coolers between 27 and 30 inches wide.  See all Sub-Zero Wine Cooler options here.  Works great in our modern kitchen design with stainless steel exposed finish.  Or as a double unit with custom panel doors.   Who needs milk when you have wine?  Many thanks to our friends at Ferguson who specialize in all ranges of wine coolers, along with appliances, plumbing and lighting!    Don't forget your wine glass! We've tested all the unbreakable wine glasses on the market and have found these to be the best.  They're perfect to take on a picnic, camping or to have around the pool.  Also great for all the clutzes out there who often break a glass simply by washing them in the sink.  (You know who you are.) Purchase here. If you're interested in any of these wine coolers, we'd be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your home.


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Lori Dennis is a top Interior Designer, speaker, best selling author, star of HGTV’s The Real Designing Women and co-founder of Design Campus.

 

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