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Interior Design: How Much Do Things REALLY Cost?

People often ask us how much it will cost for a remodel, and our first question is usually "What would you like to do?" and our second is "What is your budget?" Most people honestly have no idea how much things cost, so we're here to help lift the curtain on the remodeling show. If you're lost and don't know where to start, think of your budget like you would a car: Would you like a Honda (Economy), BMW (Premium) or a Bentley (Luxury)? Other Questions We Might Ask You There are so many variables to consider, starting with the style of the home. Is it clean and modern? Or traditional with a lot of details? What is the size of the room? Are you changing the floor plan (moving walls or plumbing locations)? Knowing your budget helps us determine what type of finish materials, appliances, plumbing, fixtures, windows, doors, lighting, furniture, etc. We can find you a $5 door knob or a $500 door knob. Knowing what you'd like to spend helps us find you the best bang for your buck. Again, each of these items range from economical to high end luxury, or somewhere in between. Costs will include all of the above, but don't forget about permits, cost of labor and Contractor fees, and Designer fees. It's also a good idea to plan a little extra for the unexpected surprises along the way. Investing in a Kitchen or Bathroom remodel will definitely increase your property value and give you the best R.O.I. What Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost? A modest kitchen remodel might cost between $40,000 and $75,000. This would include things like possibly creating a new layout, professional grade appliances, custom cabinetry and hardware, stone counters and a glass backsplash. A high end luxury kitchen remodel might cost over $100,000. This might include a new layout with more detailed finishes to align with the style of the home, higher end luxury appliances, fixtures, cabinetry and materials - all with stunning details and beauty. What Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost? Remember, the scope of the project has a lot to do with how much it might cost. Is this a Powder Room or a Master Bath? A mid-range bathroom remodel could be somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000. This might include upgrades to plumbing fixtures, a new toilet, material finishes like tile and flooring, lighting, vanity and counter. On the high end, it could be anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000. This would be for a full remodel, again depending on the scope of work. Costs might include new layout, high end fixtures and materials, custom cabinetry and added specialty details. You could include options like a steam shower or radiant floor heating. How Much Will It Cost to Furnish My Whole House? We've seen it happen a few times where a client spends over $1 Million to build their dream home, yet doesn't want to spend the money on furniture.  Instead, they bring in their dated furniture and are disappointed that their new home doesn't feel as special or cohesive as they'd hoped.  Furniture and Lighting are just as important as the finishes of your home because it really completes the look and style that you're going for.  We're not suggesting that you toss everything and start over.  Mix and Match Old and New to make your home feel collected, but keep in mind the style of the home and interior furnishings should work well together. A full room would include furniture, lighting, window coverings, rugs, wallpaper, pillows, plants, art and accessories. A moderate range can be between $10,000 and $15,000 per room. High end luxury furnishings could be over $30,000 per room. Our suggestion is: Figure how much you'd like to spend first. Research looks and styles that you love. Set your dream goal for what you'd like to do, then whittle down to what you can afford. Interview reputable Designers and Contractors who will guide you along the way. Have reasonable expectations of what things will cost & how long it might take. Most important - HAVE FUN!


Before & After: Kitchen & Bath plus Master Closet

 Are you ready for some Make-Over Magic? We know you love Before and After shots, so we'd like to share a few of ours with you. The first few images below are from one of our Aging in Place / Accessibility Remodels. Our goal was to not only make this space functional, but a happy and beautiful home to live in and thrive.  Hallways and doorways were widened, the carpet was removed, and a serene and peaceful blue and white color scheme was introduced throughout. Along with brightening up the kitchen with new white cabinetry, blue counters and small subway tile backsplash, we replaced the floor with a wood-like porcelain tile throughout.  The florescent lights in the ceiling were removed and we added a beautiful chandelier, floral drapes for privacy as well as a built in banquette with table. Fresh, clean and up to date!  Our little secret was this accessible vanity cabinet.  Nobody wants to see the undermount of a sink and plumbing in this case, so we concealed it.  It's safe and easy for anyone in a wheelchair and looks finished and beautiful when not in use.  The home is now easy to move around in, free of obstructions, and transformed into a lovely home that feels comfortable and relaxing. And now....one of our favorite makeovers is this closet. Can you believe this is the same room? As you can see, the door was widened to showcase a stunning view room from the master bathroom into the custom built, Sex in the City inspired, master closet for her.  We've wallpapered the ceiling, added a ribbon glass chandelier and mirrored armoire that makes the space feel even bigger. And now for a Cost Effective Do-It-Yourself Make-Over... In general, one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform a space is by simply painting the walls.  In this case, add white molding to bring in a more traditional feel.  A new upholstered bed with nailheads and white linens really make it clean and beautiful.  Matching lamps bring in the balance and symmetry.  If your nightstands are different sizes, that's ok, just make sure your lamps are at the same height.  You can accomplish this by placing one lamp on top of a few books.  Sprinkle in a few decorative items like a rug, table, or even a chair and voila!  You've transformed your space from drab to drama!


La Cornue – The Bentley of Luxury Ranges

Last week we were invited to Snaidero for a cooking demonstration on the state of the art range, La Corneu.  Not only was the food incredible, but we learned a big difference between Luxury and Premium brands of ranges and what makes La Corneu a great investment. La Corneu has long been considered the Bentley of residential ranges.  The best of the best in terms of performance, quality and stunning design.  Some units, like the Chateau Grand Palais 180, cost as much as $60,000!  This may seem outrageous to some, but back in the day, appliances were considered a major investment - so much so that people took them with them as they moved from home to home. Made with solid brass gas burners and a multi functional electric oven and convection oven in one. Luxury means hand-made with exquisite attention to details.  Similar brands like Aga or Gaggenau are also considered luxury, however they might be a bit challenging for the average American home chef which can be frustrating.  We were assured that this range is not complicated and anyone working on a La Cornue will have a comfortable and easy cooking experience. Made in France and distributed here in Los Angeles, La Corneu has responded to the market's demand and is now offering their version of a high quality range for as low as $7,000.  That is comparable to our other favorite Premium brands, such as Miele, Wolf, Bosch or Thermador.  At this same price point, why not go for the Bentley?    We can't get over all the beautiful details - the knobs, trims, brass burners and towel rod.   With over 8 colors and 3 trims selections, have fun and enjoy the experience of cooking on a La Cornue. Do you feel pretty?  Why not go for pink?   With so many to choose from, which is your favorite?


What We’re Up To: Lighting, Unbreakable Glasses and The Franklin Report

 This has been a really fun week! We are currently on a judging panel for Residential Showroom Lighting.  There are so many beautiful spaces that it's hard to pick just one.  Somebody help us!  Since lighting is on our minds, we thought we'd  share a few special light fixtures from one of our latest  projects. The image above is a delicate circular chandelier above the dining table and a peek into the office beyond where you can see a beautiful curved wall sconce and a gold lotus chandelier above the writing desk.  What a cool Master Closet for him, featuring a metal cubist chandelier and faux horn lamps with burlap shades.    Of course, she has a Master Closet of her own, featuring a fanciful gold glass and crystal chandelier and wall sconces to feature her fantastic shoe collection.    This is Big Daddy's Happy Place, where you can always find him after work - hanging out in the club filled with a poker AND pool table, cigar lounge and wine cellar.    The Living Room features contemporary reading floor lamps and a stunning rings of gold chandelier above the seating area.  Unbreakable Wine Glasses      We've launched something special on Amazon - Unbreakable Stemless Glasses. We've tested so many shatterproof glasses to find you the best on the market. They're crystal clear and BPA Free with a smooth rim and strong body. I'm thirsty already.  Someone, pass me the bottle.    These are a perfect size and fit all types of hands, even petite ladies and kiddos. One of the highlights we love is that they're dishwasher safe, reusable, recyclable and long lasting.   Look Sexy on the Beach! Safe for use on boats, pools, camping, tailgating, concerts and anywhere you don't want broken glass.     Ending our week on another high is our invitation to be included in The Franklin Report.  Lori Dennis, Inc. and SoCal Contractor are honored to be a part of such a highly curated list of designers and contractors in Los Angles. And on that note, I think it's time for a celebratory Unbreakable glass of wine. Happy Friday!


Bathroom Backsplash Styles and Trends

We are honored to be featured in the Bathroom Backsplash Styles and Trends gallery on HGTV and Apple News! Today's designers are taking tile from floor to ceiling in the bathroom, and not just in the shower. Our bathroom features a bold blue-and-green mosaic tile backsplash that extends throughout most of the room. Look for more inspiration on creating a spa-like bathroom of your own. Classic subway tile which is always clean and classy A solid sheet of tinted glass for a chic look Fun shapes like octagon or arabesque tiles Natural Stone that's traditional and timeless Bold Colors for fun and excitement Monochromatic Colors that look a bit more masculine Narrow Glass Tile for the ultimate contemporary style Traditional Square Glass Tile Speaking of tile, stay tuned for our new collection from TileBar!


Color and Your Personality

Have you ever thought about why you're attracted to certain colors and what it may say about your personality? Check out some of our designs below and see how your favorite color describes you! BLACK Artistic, Intuitive, Bold, Powerful, In Control WHITE Independent, Organized, Logical RED Driven, Determined, Risk Taker GREY Reliable, Cool, Composed, Seeks Peace YELLOW Teacher, Enjoys Learning, Expressive ORANGE Social, People Person, Team Player PINK Wants to Love Unconditionally, and Be Loved Unconditionally PURPLE Perfectionist, Seeks Emotional Security, Humanitarian BLUE Seeks Inner Peace and Absolute Truth, Always Thinks of Others GREEN Loyal, Honest, Values Integrity BROWN Great Friend, Enjoys a Stable Simple Life, Not Materialistic One of the easiest and most affordable ways to add color to your space is through paint. Katherine Ireland is known for her use of color in her designs and has partnered with C2 Paint Company.  They are fantastic and luxury for any project. And you can never go wrong with our other favorite, Benjamin Moore Guess you'll have a future project to plan soon! Have fun!


Five Fabulous Tips for How to Accessorize a Room

  The final touches to making a room feel put together is accessories. All the top interior designers know, accessories are the cherry on top.  But many people feel stuck. They either have too much stuff and don't know how to organize it (edit, edit, edit), or they don't have enough (Time to shop!  Oh, the torture.).    When setting your table like celebrity interior designer Lori Dennis, don't forget to add the finishing touches. We love a casual look, placing your dinnerware, glassware, stemware and beautiful linen napkins (available soon at Lori Dennis Home) in stacks on the table.  Don't forget to bring in color and texture through flower arrangements, decorative items, textiles, a decanter and bottles as displayed in this contemporary dining room.    What color grabs your eye in this room?  That's right, Pink!  It really pops in an all white living room and gives it a little excitement.  Pops of color give a room personality and are an easy way to pump up the volume.   Every successful room has a touch of black in it. It's sexy, sophisticated and dramatic.   This James Bond inspired, masculine, master closet exudes richness with the ebony Bombay chests and faux horn lamps.  Staging a table with accessories is all about scale and diversity.  A bowl of flowers on a couple books, art, pottery and trinkets in various sizes, and lighting keep the eye traveling around the space and creates an interesting composition. Show your personality with romantic floral wallpaper, a glam gold leaf lamp, personal art from your travels, vases and pottery. And Voila! So are you ready to decorate?  Let's get to it!


2016 is Starting Off With a Bang!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here we are in Paris celebrating the holidays. I have so many things to be grateful for from 2015 and so much to look forward to in 2016.  For starters, this month is going to be busy busy busy!  We have great design projects we're working on and 2 big Design Campus Live summits coming up where we get to meet so many wonderful people who we can inspire and be inspired by.  I always walk away from camps filled with a deep love and excitement for what I do and the design community as a whole. Design Campus and Design Campus Live have fantastic events for you to be a part of.  We've expanded our reach within the design industry and have opened our Campus doors, offering on-line courses, including CEUs, community involvement, an extensive library and interactive monthly events with Design Time.  Read more here. This weekend I'll be co-hosting Design Campus Live at the Atlanta Winter Market. And the following weekend, we'll host Design Campus Live at the Dallas Winter Market.   If you haven't signed up already, you still have a couple days left to join us at either Super Camp. Get started early this year! CEU's are available in this 2 day event packed with exciting and informative speakers who will discuss licensing, architectural and landscape elements, Instagram, accessorizing with art, designing in the current economic climate and trends. 10 hours of Continued Education Units (CEUs) Exclusive guided showroom tours of 12 top home furnishing vendors Meet and greet with product designers Mentorship by celebrity designers during showroom tour 14 expert speakers and design icons who will take the stage at the Dallas Market Center Extensive training on topics such as: social media, marketing, licensing, architectural and landscape elements, healthcare design, designing in the current economic climate, trends and more. Cocktail parties and networking opportunities Giveaways from our partners! While I'm in Dallas, I'm honored to be a presenter for the 27th Annual ARTS Awards where we will shine the light on beautiful 2015 designs in Rugs, Home Accents, Textiles, Lighting, Interior Designers and Retailers and more.   Don't worry.  I'll make sure to share everything I see and learn this month with you.  It's gonna be great!


Manual of American Interior Design

  We are thrilled to be published in the Manual of American Interior Design, along with friends Timothy Corrigan and Joe Lucas. The editors have done a beautiful job of capturing stylistic building techniques and furniture from the Early American Colonial Period through Modernism.  The book is filled with rich colors, textures and variety and our project Club Laurel Canyon was featured in the chapter of California Style. Images for our project Photography by: Ken Hayden


Designer Home Tour: Andrea Michaelson’s Romantic Modern Abode

    Andrea, seen here with husband Marc We had a wonderful opportunity to tour the stunning home of Andrea Michaelson - an unbelievably talented designer of interiors, metal tile, furniture and fashion.  Her eye is exquisite with no detail left unattended, and she is incredibly down to earth, kind and humble. Andrea's Coffee Table Plank finished dark burnished brass plated aluminum. Her Coffee Cube Tables made of metal, wood, marble - fully customizable. Although these next images of her personal home don't do her space justice, we were so thoroughly enthralled and had to share.  It's a perfect blend of casual comfort and rich sophistication, without any pretense.    At the entry, sweet little delicate chairs flank a stunning overscale and ornate mirror. The structure of her home is architecturally modern with clean lines, concrete and metal finishes, but she adds in rich layers of antique furniture, modern art and perimeter lighting which makes the space completely unique and other worldly. Traditional furniture warms up the modern home, and a slip-covered sofa adds a contemporary feeling. A sleek metal coffee table designed by Andrea and laid back sofa sit among vintage and antique furniture rugs and tapestries. Staircase railing made with a metal chain and finials add texture. Curved wooden doors and old world decor. Curved doors fit perfectly into the straight edge detail of the wall structure. Who says you need one big dining table? The pizza oven in the professional chef's kitchen made the most authentic pizza. Don't worry so much about marks, stains or rings on your furniture. Nothing is perfect and this is a great example of something that has been lived in.  So relax, enjoy your home and make your memories. Modern art and a metal coffee table contrasts with the worn and aged furniture. The outdoor lounge space in between the structure of the home covered in vines and her Design Studio.  We could've hung out here all night.  Overlooking the pool on to the Design Studio in the background. Samples displayed on reclaimed wooden crates. A creative way to display and store her inventory of delicate wrist sleeves. Her metal tile samples hung casually by clips. One of our favorites was the Deck Composite Tile in a Dark Nickel Finish. We couldn't be more impressed with the taste and quality of her designs and want to thank her for her warm hospitality.


Fall Decorating for Thanksgiving

  I love the fall and the changing of the seasons (as much of a change as we get here in California!) It's a time where we bring the elements of autumn into our homes to add warmth and create a cozy, welcoming place to create lasting memories with friends and family. Think about Color, Texture, Earth Objects and you're ready to go.  Here are some great ways to add fall decor to your home... A warm welcome for you and your guests - 2 urns filled with leaves and branches from nearby trees and a pop of color from pomegranates. Even a neutral pallet can add a cool texture to a traditional home using raw wood, metal and a natural decorative pumpkin. A great example of Farm to Table.  Fill a tray with gourds and squash, and add leaves to linen white terracotta vases. An easy table display using colorful pumpkins, veggies, branches and candles. Do you have an old board laying around?  Use it to prop up your centerpiece of candles, fruits, gourds and whatever else you find in your backyard. We love West Elm and this season they have beautiful boxwood garland and topiaries that are freeze dried so they'll stay fresh for years and still look great! Gourds!  All I Really Want is Gourds!  I love this idea of using these as a vase for vibrant dahlias and other flowers.  Just empty the insides and add water. Like the flowers in the gourds above, here are beautiful succulents planted in a white pumpkin.  All natural baby. Here is my idea of winter white.  Soft linen sheets and a duvet, natural light wood and a comfy woven rug underfoot. (PS. that faux sheep skin rug is from IKEA and we use it everywhere!) A simple outdoor setting.  Just lie freshly cut flowers and leaves down the center of the table so guests can easily chat with their friends across the way.  Add a relaxed vibe with soft Mexican blankets for when it gets chilly in the evening. White on White on White.  An elegant and chic way to decorate this fall. I hope you've found some inspirational ideas for your home.  I know I have a few fun projects to work on this weekend.


The Design Campus Collection at Jaipur Rugs

 Hot off the Press! Lori Dennis and Kellis Ellis, of Design Campus, are proud to present a fun new rug collection at Jaipur Rugs, debuting this fall at High Point Market. Kelli and I, about to enter the Jaipur Showroom. Their showroom design is always so beautifully layered and their back coffee bar isn't bad either!  A go-to every time. I've been working with and using Jaipur rugs on my projects for years and am so happy that we were able to partner with them on our collection. Jaipur Rug in our Chicago Loft Style Project Jaipur's rich design catalog along with their business and manufacturing philosophy is something I've always stood behind and am now proud to be a part of.   This, coupled with their stunning designs, make us and our clients thrilled with the final results - and all at an affordable price. It's a win-win. Our chic and clean condo project for our Business Bachelor in Marina del Rey The new Design Campus Collection exemplifies contemporary living through contrasting colors and playful graphics that are at home in urban to coastal settings.  Appropriate for indoor and outdoor use. Check it out and play on! Clink Time Piece Ten Palms Neighborhood Watch Crew Neighborhood Watch Aquatics We'll be in High Point this weekend and would love to see you pop by and see these rugs in person!


We Have a Thing for Cement Tiles

  Encaustic Tiles (or Cement Tiles if you'd like to keep it casual) add a rich texture, color and visual excitement to any space - all for a relatively affordable price point.  They first appeared in the northern region of Catalonia, Spain in the 1850's and were later introduced at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1867.   Hand mold from France, circa 1920 The name "Encaustic" comes from an art term used for metal enameling that uses a type of lost wax procedure, and the intricate patterns and designs mimic the encaustic enameling process. They are special in a few ways.  The pattern isn't a product of the glaze (there is no glaze) but different colors of clay (typically 2-6 colors).  They are not fired.  The pattern looks as though it's inlaid into the entire depth of the tile, so as time goes on and the tile is worn down, the design remains.  Plus they're extremely durable! A more modern mold from Granada Tile Here are some of our favorite examples of Ceramic Tile Installations: Colorful floor tiles with simple wood furniture and bare walls. An example from Granada Tile on the many ways you can customize your tile design Keep it classic with black and white with pops of bronze Continue the floor tile up the wall You can never have too many choices! Brighten the room with touches of gold Modern touches One of our smaller projects in a Modern Moroccan style Continue the backsplash up the wall and show it off with floating shelves rather than closed cabinets. A bold entrance Continue that vibe in your shower Love this funky style, again with pops of gold We could go on and on and on.  Our point is - cement tile adds fun and excitement to a room and we can't get enough!


View on Vegas

    We had a blast at this summer's Las Vegas Market and are excited to share a recap video on our favorite finds and trends posted on Instagram. For more inspirational shots, check out all the Design Tastemaker's and Showroom Instagram pages below: Lori Dennis Top Pic at Peninsula Home Kelli Ellis Top Pic at Selamat Carson Kressley Top Pic at Christopher Guy Julia Buckingham Top Pic at Global Views Michel Boyd Top Pic at Palecek Jamie Durie Top Pic at Phillips Collection Allison Mattinson and Eliza Sharp of Trellis Home Top Pic at Somers Furniture Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva Top Pic at The Barn at Hoey Ranch Heather Vieira of 20th Century by HKFA Top Pic at Blue Ocean Traders I'll be at High Point this October and will make sure to keep everyone posted on what my favorite finds are.  Stay tuned!


My Summer Internship Experience at Lori Dennis Inc.

I'm Lauren Daly and I had an amazing internship with Lori Dennis this summer!  My interest in interior design sparked in middle school when I was able to design my room exactly how I wanted – from paint to carpet to furniture and accessories.  I have since interned with various interior designers to gain experience for when I am an interior designer myself. This summer I had the ultimate internship with Lori Dennis, one of the top celebrity designers in Los Angeles.   What sets Lori Dennis apart from other designers is that she works closely with a construction company (SoCal Contractor) and a materials company (Lion Windows Doors and More). I saw first-hand the benefits of being a “one stop shop.” Because all of these trades work as one team they are able to tackle large projects in less time. They also work great together. I saw this cohesive collaboration first hand for one of the projects I worked on. A family needed to move from the east coast into their new Los Angeles home in just a few weeks, and at the same time also needed to freshen up their 25-year old Georgian Colonial home that felt really dated. I loved this project because it was exactly my style – Traditional and Classic with lots of blues and whites! I was excited to be in charge of accessories and art – which I learned is more than just “the cherry on top” – it’s essential to give a home a finished look. To find these special pieces I traveled with the Lori Dennis team to the Las Vegas Market. Not only was it my first time in Vegas, it was also my first time going to market! I didn’t know what to expect but when I walked up to the World Market Center I saw three huge buildings filled with a seemingly endless amount of showrooms. One of the best parts of these showrooms is that designers can buy these items at wholesale prices, which is more than half the price of the retail price! I loved everything at Leftbank Art  Can I buy all the lamps at Visual Comfort? The next day we attended Design Campus, a project Lori started with a fellow designer, to help designers get their CEUs in a fun and convenient way. Although this was a “mini” camp, a half day instead of the normal two full days, I learned a lot from the speakers - including feng shui specialist Ariel Joseph Towne, YouTube expert David Brownstein, and a renowned architect, designer and landscaper William Hefner!     The engaging and informative Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne       David Brownstein, encouraged us to post short but sweet youtube videos The awe-inspiring architect, William Hefner A stunning project by William Hefner Another highlight was going to San Diego to work on a photo shoot of a completed project. We worked hard for two days straight to make this beautiful project absolutely picture perfect. I learned that to get published in a magazine, or to have an impressive portfolio, it’s all about the details.   How fun is this table setting?      Now I feel like a pro at staging a bookshelf! But before a designer can have their work photographed, they must always go through “install day” which I learned can be even more exhausting but equally exciting to see the rugs, furniture, paint, accessories, etc. all come together! There’s nothing like seeing a client see their home move in ready for the first time. Placing hand painted art above the mantel. With my favorite accessory, a blue and white ginger jar I helped with two installs during my internship along with attending an event with Kathryn Ireland, the “Million Dollar Decorator,” and I created social media content out of sample boards. Oh and did I mention this was all within a month? I told you Lori and her team works fast!  Sample Boards I worked on at Lion Windows Doors and More Material Showroom  This summer was the best of my life and I look forward to working with Lori and her fabulous team in the future!


Master Architect: William T. Baker

  A building, or a home, becomes an exquisite work of art when special attention has been paid to every detail, everywhere you look.  It's richly layered and creates a sense of history and permanence in classic styles like French, English and Georgian.  In researching master architects for our Atlanta and Dallas Design Campus Live Events next January, I came across the work of William T. Baker.  His work is magnificent.  Each element, detail and finish is stunning, and I was especially impressed by his rendering - skills taught to him by his furniture designer father at the age of 5.  The concentration it takes in drawing is something I'm sure defined his sense of impeccable taste and quality.   Here are some images from Bill Baker's portfolio that I find stunning. Baker knows when to show restraint in order to allow a design feature, like this coffered ceiling, to shine. Notice architectural details like deep windows ledges, chic arches, dentil molding, and a fantastic stair rail.   Such beautiful cabinets, and check out that hood.  This French Country style is refined yet relaxed.   Bring the eye up with drapery panels to discover a classic ceiling molding detail.   I always love a great bookshelf (and ceiling molding again!) A beautiful Georgian Home, classic in white with black windows and doors.  Can you see that entry door? Here's his rendering Stunning Staircase There are so many delicate details in this fireplace mantel. Rich and Regal Again, the ceilings, moldings, arched built in bookcases, columns - everywhere you look is delightful. Architectural Digest featured an Atlanta home by Interior Designer, Suzanne Kasler, who partnered with Bill Baker, that is both elegant and relaxing at the same time, completely without pretension.     Laid back wood paneled walls and molding as a backdrop to fine traditional furniture.  And yes, that fireplace....Oh Yes. Even with a more relaxed design, the details are still in the slight curves of the cabinets. Nothing too over the top with this warm wood ceiling. I can't get enough of this sweet ceiling.  I'm incredibly inspired. Having an interior architecture background has helped us bring our client's homes up to a more elevated level, as shown in a few of our past projects below: In learning about other master architects and designers like William T. Baker, we sharpen our eyes, refine our taste and recognize beauty in the fine lines.  It gives us something to aspire to, and for that I am grateful. Please join us at either Design Campus in Atlanta January 15-17 or Dallas 22-23 where you will have the pleasure of hearing this master William T. Baker speak on his craft.  You won't want to miss it!


On Trend for 2015

We've been seeing a lot of exciting styles happening in interior design this year.  It's almost as if there are no rules - just go for what you love and whatever makes you happy.  Many of these individual styles are often mixed together to make a fun and richly layered home.  Check out the big trends of Blue and White, Trellis, Botanical, Coastal and Boho Chic.  We LOVE them!   BLUE and WHITE The most popular by far is blue and white.  It's classic, pretty and always in style. TRELLIS Trellis adds texture and dimension to a room and can be used as wallpaper, fabrics or architectural detail. ORGANIC BOTANICAL Feel romantic and get back to nature with flowers, plants and birds. COASTAL We're always drawn to the ocean for it's calming comfortable vibe. BOHO CHIC The tip to creating the boho chic look is to layer, layer, layer - fabrics, materials, textures, lighting and color. Whatever style, whatever your personality and whatever you feel drawn to most, just go for it!


Coming to America! The Real Design Women

After airing in HGTV Canada, France, Israel, the Middle East and countless countries around the world my TV series The Real Designing Women finally hits the US!  You can check it out on the Ion Network. They're not just at the top of their game, they are the game - Four of the most successful female interior designers working in North America today, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace (Toronto) Lori Dennis (L.A.) Jennifer Flanders and Nina Freudenberger (NYC) lead us on a fun, fascinating and completely real jaunt through everything and anything design and decorating related (real designers, real clients, real everyone) - it's their world and we're welcome to it.   Hope you enjoy the fun and fabulousness!


Master Designer: Francois Champsaur

Francois Champsaur's project in a historic Parisian Trocadero Apartment is one of the most sensually soft modern designs I've seen in awhile.  Champsaur took on a project that had been in a family for generations and untouched for 40 years, and transformed the space into something completely unrecognizable and fresh.   He removed everything and started with a blank slate of over 5,000 square feet of living space.  The walls now undulate as they divide rooms.  The color palette is calm and neutral with splashes of bold colors.  The custom furniture is sparse and sculptural, and there is a nod to history revealed in the original exposed beams.   Softened corners on the marble wall and kitchen ceiling complement the clean lines and diagonal seating area.   This custom green banquette in the dining area was designed by Champsaur, balanced by the angular Mars chairs by Konstantin Grcic and table by Eric Schmitt.    Stunning bronze glazed doors continue the lines in the wide plank floors and louvered ceilings, allowing light to fill the space but also divide it.   Romantic drapes and a cozy chair help to soften the room. And can I please have that beautiful bench? I need it.  Bad.  Real bad.      I could spend hours in this oak and marble bathroom.   This home feels much more architectural than decorated.  Uncluttered home, uncluttered mind....   A sleek and simple bronze fireplace / art installation designed by Eric Schmitt Materials are made of wood, bronze, oak and marble - Soft, Supple, and oh so Tranquil.  No need for unnecessary decoration, only a peaceful backdrop to quiet the mind, body and soul.


Master Architects: Lee F. Mindel

I was recently pouring over the pages of Architectural Digest and I paused for quite awhile on the exquisite work of Lee F. Mindel's penthouse project in Manhattan. Since the passing of Peter Shelton in 2012, Lee has continued on in the ascending success of their New York based firm Shelton, Mindel and Associates and has landed on AD100 with good reason.  Fresh, tailored and joyful are often words that accompany his work as he marries clean lined architecture with luxurious furniture and finishes. The handsome Lee F. Mindel.   Mindel is no stranger to high-end commissions which include Sting and Trudie Styler's London townhouse and Ralph Lauren's Headquarters in Manhattan, along with The Marquand - a $15 million luxury condo on the Upper East Side, a 2,000 passenger cruise ship and a Gulfstream G550 jet.  Not bad.  Not bad.  He makes every space both chic and comfortable - the epitome of luxury. Here are a few images from AD on his Manhattan project. Notice the amount of light that fills each and every space. "Seamless integration of the interior elements—light, acoustics, texture, color—makes the space pleasurable." - Lee F. Mindel Laid back layering. A simple addition of a traditional chair along side lucite tables. A Master of mixing modern lines with traditional pieces. Modern organic lucite desk with a classic shape X-base stool. Mindel is not shy about expressing his passion for Nordic Designs.  "I've long collected furniture by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm. Unlike most Scandinavian designers, Kjaerholm often worked in metal rather than wood.  I love how he made new materials like stainless steel feel organic by combining them with the humility of string or linen. My favorite piece is his pk91 folding stool."  PK91 Stool in white.  Yes please!   His light fixtures always add a touch of whimsy. Bringing the indoors out. More lovely work by Shelton, Mindel and Associates: A peaceful balance. The art preference seems to be sculptural. A few examples of our work that have the same feeling of light and luxury - California Style:   For more images and inspiration, I would highly recommend adding the Rizzoli book Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design to your design library.  You won't be disappointed!


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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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