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 And although you may think “Hey! 2012 is almost over; I don’t want an outdated color in my home!”,we at DOTI encourage you to think again – this cheery orange hue isn’t going anywhere.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!

  

Decor fit for the fairest in the land.

Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all? You, of course! Mirrors are a great way to add depth and interest to a space. They come in all shapes and sizes: round, square, arched, even squiggly (the mirror on the right kind of looks like Elvis, how cute!). Whether you have a contemporary bedroom or a traditional living room, a mirror can brighten it up instantly.

So you love a mirror but don’t know where to put it? Not to worry, DOTI has a few ideas for you! Hanging it above a sofa arrangement is an obvious solution, but having the mirror lean on a mantel instead is a current popular trend (a more rectangular mirror like the top left one would probably be more suited to this job, though!) Or, if you have a tight hallway, hanging a mirror or two on the walls can instantly widen the space. And what about that half bathroom you’re looking to give a little pizzazz to? Instead of just using the standard rectangular mirror, why not choose one that has a cool frame – like the mirror on the left from Arteriors.  Whether you want the mirror to be a focal point or merely an accessory to match the lamps and pillows, DOTI has plenty of ideas and resources to find you the perfect fit.

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?

              

To boldly go where no flower has gone before…

BOLD florals always make a BOLD statement wherever they pop up.  Rugs, fabrics, even fashion are full of “flowers on steroids” cropping (ba dum psh) up in the markets and on the runway. I personally love bold florals and can’t wait to use them in my own home in any way I can – they really liven up a wooden floor or solid color frame chair. Indoor-outdoor fabrics are especially popular in these patterns, and for good reason: nothing says relaxing outdoor patio like fun flowers and lush leaves. Just imagine a neutral cotton fabric upholstered chair with a bright orange floral pillow on your backyard porch.  Our vendors have a great many options for selecting a bold floral accent piece – whether it’s rug, chair, or pillow, we’ll help you find the perfect peony print to add a splash of fun to your home interior.

      

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?

        

     

Up, up, and away.

Charged with the task of creating a modern airplane-themed child’s bedroom, Designs Of The Interior (DOTI) had to hunt down sleek, silver, high-gloss accessories – preferably airplane themed – to complete the fun tangerine and aqua space that we helped design to the client’s wishes. This was no easy feat, considering that most airplane-themed furnishings are vintage, not modern. However, much to the delight of our client, we found this perfect silver jet lamp for the nightstand of her son’s bedroom. She exclaimed:

 “Oh my goodness…it is awesome!!!! … You certainly have a way with finding just the right stuff.”

The lamp fits the theme, the modern look, and, of course, the client’s budget, making everyone happy and excited to see the bedroom when it’s complete and ready to take off.

We all scream for accent screens!

Looking for an easy way to spice up a plain wall? How about for a quick fix to visually divide a too-large space? Decorative screens are a beautiful and unique solution to both of these problems. The interior to the left is a great example of how a moveable accent screen can add that last little bit of oomph  that a space needs to really awe and amaze house guests. The gold frames of the screen panels perfectly  enhance the gold from the ceiling fixture, while the geometric detailing completes the just-right amount of pattern for the room. The screens and the fantastic wallpapered ceiling work together flawlessly to create this eye-popping room (can you tell how much we love it?!).

But back to the screens. Moveable screens are versatile, enabling you to section off a part of a room, hide something from view part of the time, or provide a background for a central piece of furniture.  If not enough space is your problem, a mirrored screen like the one below to the left can add depth where depth is sorely needed.