A dash of drama for your interiors can make the difference between a blah place and a stunning interior designed home. Sometimes, drama has gotten a bad name but, when it comes to interiors, a splash of drama is what distinguishes your custom designed space unique.
Giving yourself some luxury for the holidays makes the season merrier and brighter. But luxury means different things for each of us. Luxury defined in the dictionary means: “not essential or necessary, but conductive to pleasure or comfort in life.”
Have you ever considered purchasing fine furniture and/or accessories from a consignment shop? I didn’t until recently, when I took a tour of the huge selection of consignment and thrift shops in the Valley. I was truly amazed at the selections, styles and most of all, the prices.
In the Sept. 24 issue of this newspaper, Carol Sampson made a cogent and impassioned plea to support Democrat candidates David Garcia for superintendent of education, Janie Hydrick for the state Senate and for Mitzi Epstein for the House. Her letter was titled “Build a strong bridge for the future.” Interestingly enough, no mention was made of Fred Duval.
The foundation of a bridge rests on strong and solid footings. A strong bridge from graduation to the job’s market needs to be built by the Arizona Legislature in order to have a successful Arizona economy. You can’t have one without the other.
Finding your interior design style can be challenging with so many choices to love and gravitate toward. I’ve often thought I need at least three or more houses to get my styles fully expressed with all the interior design choices we have today. I’d have an elegant traditional home with luxury fabrics in colorful patterns, florals and lots of big spectacular furniture rich in architectural details and finishes. The next home would reflect my love of the cowboy West using big plush sofas, leather and nail-head trims, Western artwork and lots of whimsical details on fireplace screens, door handles, towel racks, lamps and wood-carved furniture. And my next home would be a sophisticated soft contemporary place with clean-lined seating, geometric patterns, glass and metal tables, colorful big abstract art and a few traditional pieces to keep it from having a cold, hard-edge appearance. Alas, if I could only win the Mega Millions jackpot!
Lighting has so many functions and personalities that developing a thoughtful plan to incorporate function, drama, ambience, mood, tricks and style is always worth the time and money to get it right. Pre-planning a well thought out lighting scheme should be at the top of any remodeling or redecorating venture. There are so many ways both natural and artificial lighting affect any room and the people in it all day and all evening.
"Green” interiors are not a new style, a preferred color choice or even a new trend. “Green” interiors means using energy-efficient, non- or low-polluting products, built with sustainable resources and can be maintained without the use of toxic cleaning products, to create interiors that are both for people and good for the environment. Why should it make a difference in our interiors and our lives? Because most people want their home to be a place where they feel comfortable, secure and at ease knowing they are living in a safe and healthy environment that is also beautiful.
We have all made the classic mistake of selecting a paint color for our walls from a tiny 2-inch-by-1-1/2-inch paint chip on a long strip of descending hues. I’ll never forget my own classic paint color mistake.
Interior design trends are always altering, varying and changing as new ideas and merchandise enter the world of home design. It’s exciting to see what new trends are making a difference and what forecasts will fill the future of design.
Successful interiors involves a designer who has a combination of creative solutions, qualified sources, superior craftsman and careful planning. There are always many ways to put together an interior space but getting the best combination of style, merchandise and budget is a close collaboration of designer and client. The designer can help interpret thoughts and stretch imaginations bringing in the newest elements and mixing them into a uniqueness only for that client’s project. All clients want a dazzling and one-of-a-kind interior look that captures and expresses each client’s individual spirit.
It’s a fact, when it comes to buying or selling any house the kitchen gets the No. 1 scrutiny and can make or break the sale. It is the most used space in the house and has the most expensive components concentrated in one spot. The kitchen has been the most evolved room in the house and does not look nor function the same as yesterday’s kitchen.
On Jan. 8, Keystone Montessori honored their key founder, Sherri Sampson, with day-long festivities which included an open house and a student-designed slide show and presentations. There were also special guest speakers from Keystone alumni Eunea Yoo and Teresa Velasco. They shared how their Keystone education gave them the solid foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
The “snowbirds” are in Arizona for a vast array of fun and games within the next three months. They have been winter traumatized by the last couple of server storms and are now ready to have some warm merriment in our renown state for great winter weather. There will be visits from family, friends and visitors descending on many households for a few days, a week, or even longer. They can enjoy such things as golf tournaments, sports events, car auctions, horse shows, charity balls, concerts and all kinds of cultural entertainments. Is your home ready to entertain guests for the evening, a few days or for a special event?