Exposed beams and brick. Rough wood. Concrete floors.
Somewhere along the way, the unfinished look and feel of a warehouse or construction site became a source of inspiration for interior designers. Industrial interior design seeks to unveil the inner workings of the structure by showing off the I-beams, joints, bolts, pipes, and nails that other styles of design might seek to cover up.
Large amounts of natural light and simple furniture and decor help to keep industrial spaces from feeling dirty or messy. Don’t forget to add rugs and upholstery made with natural fibers to highlight the rawness of the space.
We’re loving all of the texture and personality in these spaces below:
Picture yourself on the porch of a Cape Cod beach house. Soak in the sun and salty air, and let the breeze tickle your nose. Now turn around and walk inside the house. What type of interior do you see? Slipcovered white sofas on sisal rugs? Wicker? Maybe some blue and white pinstriped pillows?
All of these elements work together to create a cozy, casual, cottage style. Bright white walls, natural fibers, and beadboard are some of our favorite details of this style. Of course, no two cottage homes are the same. Some fall into the Craftsman cottage category, with abundant woodworking, built-ins, and sturdy ceiling beams. Others, with their cane furniture, oversized plants, leaf prints, and British Colonial references fall into the style we lovingly refer to as the “Tommy Bahama” style. But one thing all of these cottage styles have in common is their proclivity to cozy furniture, natural fibers, and wood ceilings and floors.
The photos below have us craving a good window seat by the ocean – take a look!
We are so excited to announce that one of our projects has been featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Sacramento Home Magazine! The project, our Glamorous Glass Ensuite, is one of our favorites to date, and we were so lucky to have the lovely and talented Kat Alves as our photographer.
This bright, classic, traditional bathroom was inspired by the client’s love of the crystal blue waters found along the west coast of Italy – a color that also happens to be the client’s favorite. The client’s main requests included: increase the amount of natural light and airiness, add storage, and make the room feel like a retreat. The delicate glass tiles and floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure bounce light around the room like ocean waves, while the undermount tub with Carrera marble deck and sparkling bubble chandelier bring a sense of spa-like luxury to the space. In order to add natural light, rather than adding window treatments for privacy, the clear glass in the windows was replaced with opaque, textured rain glass that filters light evenly throughout the space. This solution also solved the problem of window treatments for the client’s octagonal windows.
Every detail was coordinated to create a sense of gracefulness; from the unusual boat shape of the sinks and mirrors, to the sleek, comfort-grip cabinet pulls, to the sophisticated vanity lights. Although the client declined to install grab bars in the tub and toilet areas, backing was installed in the walls for future grab bar installations, and the slide bar for the handheld showerhead doubles as a grab bar as well. The spacious vanities, sculptural storage tower, and custom closet organizers were all designed to fit the client’s needs and increase usable storage space, and the unique countertop edge detail adds a sense of timelessness that will keep this bathroom feeling elegant and refreshing for years to come.
To see the whole project, click here! And don’t forget to pick up your own copy of the Spring issue!
Through the years, Pantone’s color of the year has inspired global color trends and provided direction for fashion, decorating, and design. The color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). Pantone describes the color as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade of purple which is meant to communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking, which points us towards the future.” The Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, said that the color is poignant for this year because “we are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet… Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” We love that!
You may be wondering what exactly this shade of purple looks like? Basically, imagine the most beautiful, rich shade of purple you’ve ever seen (insert heart eyes emoji here). Purple is often associated with mindfulness, calmness and – historically – royalty, because of how expensive it was to dye fabrics purple. It can also add a bit of whimsy to a space, as the color hints at fantasy – something almost unreal. After all, real ultraviolet rays are naked to the human eye!
Depending on how you do it, adding purple to your interior can make your space feel traditional and elegant, or it can be an unexpected, bold move. It looks beautiful surrounded by neutrals or with other jewel tones and gold accents. It can be used to call attention to a statement piece of furniture, or in smaller doses like in a rug or piece of art, as an accent wall, or on throw pillows (like we did in our Vibrant Country Chic House)! Balance is the key – if you’re going to go bold and incorporate this color, make sure you have some light and bright accents in the space as well!
If you want to add some Ultra Violet in your life, here are some inspiration images to get you started!
The field of Interior Design has always been a natural fit for Rebecca. Even before pursuing a degree in the field, she designed rooms for her friends and family. Rebecca further developed this passion through education, and then sharpened her skills through experience with internships. After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she began her career as an interior designer in a Sacramento firm and never looked back.