Power of art in the home.

Through the ages of time people have always understood the importance of having art in their life. From statues standing in town square to more personal works hanging in their home, art is a key factor in society. Not only is art a great way to record the past but, it also can add that personal human touch to any room of the house.  Easily turning the empty spots above fireplaces and walls into a focus point of conversation, while sharing your home with friends and family.  Whether it’s a painting of old or a new masterpiece, the styles and choices of what fits you and your desired environment are endless. Already have that piece your just absolutely in love with or has been in the family for years? Why not design a room around the art and incorporate everything you like about it into a actual living space. Now the next time you feel like something is missing you will know what, art.

Have a taste of the tantalizing twenties.

What with The Great Gatsby coming out in December and the allure of the more glamorous times of the past, it’s no wonder that 1920’s-inspired fashion, jewelry, and interior design is on the upswing.  I know I have an ardent longing for the fabulous parties and unapologetic wealth of the roaring twenties. The 1920’s and subsequent Art Deco movement “look” consisted of elongated shapes (like the feminine silhouette), geometric patterns, metallic embellishments, and an overall subtle extravagance. For inspiration, take a peek at the trailer for the upcoming Gatsby movie, or even the latest runway fashions (as seen above).

    

If you really like the 20’s look, it’s fairly easy to create a whole space that looks like it’s straight out of the twenties. What’s not to love? It’s traditional, with its rich materials like leather, but yet contemporary at the same time, with its clean lines and geometric shapes, both featured in the above dresser and folding accent screen.

Or if you’re a fan of moderation, Art Deco accents and fabrics are varied and easy-to-incorporate. I love the colors on the middle fabric and the uniqueness of the lamp; both would look perfect in a hallway or bathroom.  All these furnishings give your space an exciting and lavish look; it’s no wonder they were called the roaring twenties!

 

Take a tango with tangerine!

Is a neutral palette too tame for your taste? Then you will love the new 2012 Pantone Color of the Year, 17-143 TCX. And although you may think “Hey! 2012 is almost over; I don’t want an outdated color in my home!”,we at DOTI encourage you to think again – this cheery orange hue isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the Color Association of theUnited States has a few shades of orange listed on their Color Forecast for 2013, many of them are very close to this tangy hue. Tangerine is popular in both interiors as well as fashion because its brings together the vivaciousness and energy of red with the friendliness of yellow. Of course, being a bright color, it cannot be overdone, so doing an entire room in tangerine would probably be a little overwhleming. But as an accesorry, accent, or major focal point, this color is perfect. Make sure to look for he right balance of orange and pink – too pink you get into the corals, and too orange you get into the burnt, fake-tan color territory. If you want to brighten up your kitchen, energize your office or perk up your living room, take a look at these tangerine colored products we found from our vendors for inspiration. Tangerine pairs great with neutrals as well as other bright colors.  Try it in something small first to see how you like it…beware, this color will be your new favorite in no time!

  

Do you dig the modern flair?

    

This week, DOTI wanted to work on creating an elegant interior that both you, as well as your husband, can enjoy. For a relaxing, modern living area, we love this Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in brown leather, for they are as classic as they are comfortable.  This console table is a perfect companion for the Eames chair; a great setup for a flat screen and very masculine and modern with its strong lines and dark wood. Next we wanted to find a rug to give color and overall mood to the room. We found this modern rug from Surya with linear elements in it – although wavy in design, the vertical lines and rectangular shape of the rug fit with the straighter lines of the chair and console table. After that, it was easy to find accessories to complete the look. My favorite one is this cool end table from Global Views; I adore the way its cut and the funky wood! And how about that yellow pillow with its textured fabric…don’t you think that’d make such a statement against the smooth leather? All together, these elements make for a picture perfect family space. What do you think of this modern look? Be sure to let us know!

         

And the litmus test says…neutral.

Gray, beige, white, cream – you know these colors well. They are everywhere, and look good with almost anything, because of their wonderful neutral nature.  In interiors, monochromatic color schemes take on a myriad of different forms and are easily one of the most beautiful solutions for an elegant living space. For example, in the interior to the left, the contemporary patterns on the rug, ottomans, and pillows add flare and visual interest to what would otherwise be just a ho hum neutral interior. Even the textured wallpaper – as opposed to just a flat paint color – gives greater depth and beauty to the space. The gold base on the cocktail table really ties the warmth of the entire room together.

     

We found similar furniture and accessories from DOTI’s vendors, and these are definitely not the only beautiful neutrals that we have to offer! I really like this flowery neutral Villa Romo fabric (bottom right) for either pillows or upholstery. Not to mention, the gray leather on the Klismos chair (bottom left) is unique as well as stunning. What sort of neutral spin can YOU think of?

              

Come in and stay awhile.

Designs Of The Interior (DOTI) has a wide network of vendors and retailers for any type of home décor that you can imagine, making it easy for you to create your desired look. For example, we were drawn to this interior because of its warmth and visual complexity. We love the tribal rug that anchors the two loose-cushion chairs and provides a direct contrast to the light blue ceiling above it. It seems like a nice, comfortable, and beautiful place to sit down and read, or perhaps watch television.

By selecting our own similar tribal rug – Surya has a great variety of products we pull from for you – it was easy to recreate this fabulous interior look that could easily fit inside a many-windowed space with a high, light blue (or whatever else suits your fancy) ceiling. The chairs are rustic yet finished, and the print on the rug and pillows combined with the sculpture accessories gives the interior an updated, transitional look. What do you think of our interior re-creation?

        

     

I can see straight through you!

There is something beautiful about transparency. It could be its unabashed view of how things really are. Or it could be its amazing simplicity in a world of ever-growing complexity. Whatever it is, I simply love furnishings that make good use of transparent features. This chair, with its classic and simple design, is both fun yet also elegant. The polycarbonate material gives it a bright sheen finish, reminiscent, to me, of a diamond. These side chairs would be perfect for a light and airy outdoor area, or even around a dining table for a more modern look.  No matter the floor treatment – stone, wood, or accent rug – this chair will easily tie the room together – if, you know, you can stomach the $20,000 (!!!) price tag.

Speaking of tying the room together, how cool is this table for tying together all your loose ends in your workspace. Rather for a garage or other home office, this “Treasury” table provides a neat way to organize and semi-display all your handy knick knacks and supplies. It gives a new meaning to the phrase “hidden in plain sight”!

Why the gray face?

One of my most requested color combinations today in homes I design for is green and gray. Sophisticated yet fun, it’s easily applicable to anywhere in the home. Perhaps one of my favorite ways to uniquely incorporate gray and green is a gray sofa with light green accessories and/or wallpaper. Gray fabrics have an understated beauty to them and go with a variety of different floor and wall treatments. A vibrant green pattern on the wall or pillows makes the gray stand out even more, and green accessories like plants or vases add delightful splashes of color while still looking elegant overall.

It’s also easy to modernize a living or family room with green and gray. I love this ruffled lime green pillow, which combines two of today’s hottest trends (ruffles are in!). In addition, these traditional chairs with a slight green twist are fun to pair with overstuffed furniture for a cool contrast. Finally, add in this warm gray rug for a furniture anchor and it’s easy to take your designing and imagination from there.

What do you think about this color combo? Love it or hate it, leave a comment and let me know!

               

Comfy cushion or wicked wood?

I couldn’t help but take time to mention these little numbers. Although you may think they are upholstered, if you look closer you can see that they’re actually wood, carved to look like they’re not. I really just want to touch the one on the left to make sure that those wrinkles aren’t real! Although not really suitable for either dining or lounging, perhaps you could make use of one of these chairs in a children’s bedroom (they’d look great with any bright color) or patio/outdoor space (as a little twist to the au natural look). It’d even be cute to use as a kitchen desk chair. Can you imagine your guests’ faces when they go to sit down on something cushy and instead hit unflinching hardness? This limited edition, one-of-a-kind look is priced at $4,500 – transforming wood to fabric isn’t easy, you know!

Get a little wild!

Another hot fashion trend this year (which is as classic as it is popular) is animal print. Although at first you may be a little wary of its relevance – you’re not a teenage girl wanting a hot pink and zebra-print room, after all – the multitudes of styles, colors, and sizes for animal prints make it an easy trend to fit into your lifestyle. This zebra-print ottoman in the interior to the left adds a delightful pop of interest and pattern in a space that would otherwise be pretty tame. Or, just imagine this sea foam green zebra pattern on chairs like the one next to the aforementioned ottoman; it’s funky but subtle, and a great way to mix up an otherwise-traditional seating arrangement.

The same eye-popping effect can easily be pulled off with cheetah print; adding a warmer, more luxurious tone to anything it touches.. The visual texture of cheetah print gives sleek leather or pressed wood (seen in both pictures to the right) a partner fit for duty – fabulous home décor duty, that is.