Dear Claudia:

I am looking for a style for the interior of my new house. I was thinking about the Tuscan, Mediterranean style, but I am very inclined as well to the contemporary look.

What should I do?

 

Answer:

I recently visited Switzerland and I was enchanted by all the Old World architecture. The boldness of the structures and massively heavy materials used in the construction makes each and every one of the buildings unique in their own way.

When it came to the interior spaces I was taken by how the old and the new came together as in the pieces of art, the furniture, the interiors and the architecture. I loved the transition when walking through the long corridors to the interiors that were contemporary in style with sleek leather, glass, bright colors and straight edges.

Rather than choosing one single style I believe that the eclectic look is very chic; that is the art of mixing styles and creating unique spaces. If you like the Tuscan style then you can incorporate it with the sleeker look of contemporary pieces in your décor to make it all work for your unique space.

 

Dear Claudia:

I have a small budget and I would like to spruce up my living and dining rooms. I do not know where to start or what to do.

 

Answer: In today’s economy more than ever we are all looking to do things on a budget. The good news is that we can make subtle changes to our interior spaces that make them more appealing.

First, it is important to identify a budget. It will allow you to make the right choices without feeling guilty about overspending.

To start, it is necessary to look at your living and dining rooms and determine what you would like to change. For example, is it the furniture, the arrangement of the furniture or the colors used in the room? It could be a number of things, but by analyzing the room you will develop a clear idea of what needs to be changed or improved. Sometimes it is as simple as adding color to a wall, or even changing the lighting.

Sketch out a new floor plan, take measurements and make a list before you begin shopping. Don’t forget to look in consignment shops that specialize in gently-used pieces or outlet stores and to comparison shop for the best prices.  Even the smallest investment in our homes can greatly increase the enjoyment we receive as we live in them through the years. 

 

Claudia Dabdoub is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills and owner of D’amore Interior Design Studio. To ask a question for an upcoming column, reach her at (480) 751-9938 or www.damoreinteriordesignstudio.com.

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