Could you imagine living in a house smaller than 400 sq ft? Even 100 sq ft? Well for all the homeowners apart of the tiny house movement, they can imagine it everyday! The tiny house movement is a social movement where people are downsizing the space they live in. An American home is typically around 2600 sq ft, while the typical tiny home is between 100 and 400 sq ft focused on smaller spaces and simplified living. The most popular reasons for this movement are environmental concerns, financial concerns and the interest in seeking more time and freedom. Time and freedom? If you think about it, between one third and one half of Americans income is dedicated to the roof over their head. If their mortgage was gone and home bills were cut down more than 70%, their might just be more time and freedom in your future. While this movement isn’t for everyone, there are definitely people out there who have jumped on board and those seriously considering it! Check out this fun informational graphic diagram below to learn more about all the savings and perks of ‘tiny living’!
Could you see yourself or someone you know trying this way of living out?
Brittany Yunker of baysidebungalow.com built this home after attending a tumbleweedhouses.com workshop and now rents it out!
Check out this video from The Daily to learn more about tiny houses and to take a tour of a few!
It’s time for an interior designer spotlight! Ladies and Gentlemen…Miles Redd. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Richard Avedon fashion photographs to Rene Gruau illustrations, his style is bold, glamorous, elegant, colorful, and fearless. My kind of style!
Redd grew up in Atlanta and he began his design career in New York working for antiques dealer John Rosselli and later interior designer Bunny Williams. In 1998 he opened his own Interior Design firm in New York and is now known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. He’s been the Creative Director of Oscar De La Renta Home since 2003 and has been featured in countless magazines including Vogue, Elle Decor and Architectural Digest. Redd was most recently honored as one of Architectural Digests “AD 100″ in 2012, 2013, and 2014!
Drawing on inspirations ranging from Richard Avedon fashion photographs to Rene Gruau illustrations, his style is bold, glamourous, elegant, colorful, and fearless. My kind of style!
Beach Media/Game Room
Lyford Cay vacation home in the Bahamas
Miles Redd’s Apartment
A Connecticut Home
As you can see, Miles Redd is not afraid of anything when it comes to style and expression. What an iconic and influential interior designer. I’d say he’s earned his spot in “AD 100″ three years and counting!
Spring is just around the corner. In Florida however it seems as if we can’t decide whether it is in fact Spring yet with all this unpredictable cold weather!
“Dazzling Blue” is the hot color trend for Spring 2014. This color prediction (which has been predicted for some time) helps Fashion designers, Florists and Interior Designers alike guide their designs and planning for future products. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing a lot more Blue hues in designs from the runway to the living room.
Blue and Grey
Blue and Grey together might sound a bit drab at first, but once you see them put together as successfully as this, you’re bound to have a new favorite color interior design combination!
Blue, Yellow and B&W
Yellow of course looks great against this shade of blue as they are complementary colors. A pop of yellow enhances the richness of the blue wall. Notice how black and white work well in tying the room together.
Blue and Black
(Image from: www.thefashionstyle.com)
And here we have an image of inspiration straight from the runway of Michael Kors! I love seeing how fashion and interior design can go hand in hand with inspiration.
Blue & Brass
(Image from: www.thesuitelifedesigns.wordpress.com)
Struggling with what accessories to pair with Dazzling Blue? Brass is a great choice because of its different Gold/Yellow tones. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the brass accessories, each has its own unique look which allows them to blend together in unison.
Now go have some design fun and dazzle your home with blue!
As Interior Designers, we are interested in many aspects of design, especially when it involved bettering our daily lives. I’ve come across some pretty incredible innovative humidifiers for the home recently and had to share! I love a good product that is as visually appealing as it is resourceful.
Chikuno Cube House
Is a natural air purifier made from bamboo charcoal and clay materials. Its micro-honeycomb structure helps amplify the surface area making this small cube able absorb odors in an enclosed space up to 17 square feet. This Japanese purifier measures only 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″!
(Image info: www.rikumo.com/products/chikuno-cube-house-natural-air-purifier)
Can you guess which item in the picture is a humidifier? Its modern vase design will compliment an array of styles in the home and blend in with other decor. This humidifier is perfect for people with chapped lips, dry skin and other symptoms related to dry air. No one will ever know it’s cleaning the very air they are breathing!
(Image info: www.lumacomfort.com)
Middle Colors Humidifier
Here’s another humidifier, very different in appearance, by yet another Japanese designer. Mimicking a vase, this humidifier combines convenience, comfort and style in one. Unlike the last humidifier, this one features an aroma-therapy function. Simply add your favorite scented oils and the humidifier automatically fills the room with a relaxing, comforting mist. Available in a multitude of colors, you might end up having one in every room of the house!(Image info: www.gizmine.com)
Misty Garden Aroma Humidifier
I had to double check if this was really a humidifier at first glance. How cool is this? The Misty Garden is a silent humidifier the puts moisture and aroma into the air. The ecological anti-bacterial filter is shaped like a bed of flowers that need to be watered for moisture to be added to the air. This creates zero noise and requires no power! All while looking stylish and cleaning the air in your home, office or wherever you choose!
(Image info: www.infmetry.com)
Which of these would you display in your home?!
White walls might be a thing of the past, but black? Many peoples initial reaction is the same, but they soon realize how strikingly dramatic this style can be. Metals, metallics, pops of color and white pair beautifully against this black backdrop. My favorite style, Hollywood Regency, would be stunning with black walls incorporated. Really any style can be incorporated with black walls, its all in how you tie everything together.
So I’ve decided I’d like to see this black wall trend happening a lot more! It’s an unexpected use of color that blends well with many different styles and textures. Never underestimate your desire to try something new!
Happy Valentines Day everyone! What a more fitting post for today then the iconic heart shaped chair by Verner Panton, a highly influential figure in design development in the 1960s and 1970s.
Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton
In the mid-1950′s, Verner panton converted a Volkswagen bus into a mobile studio and travelled across Europe. In 1958 he returned to Denmark full of unconventional ideas…one of which evolved into the iconic Heart Cone Chair. The design was so futuristic and shocking that when it was exhibited in a shop window in New York City police had to order its removal due to the traffic chaos its presence created!
Today, an authentic heart cone chair retails for around $4,200 but can be found as a reproduction for much less. Yellow, Black, Blue and Purple are just a few of the colors offered. I think Red would be my choice of color if I had the opportunity to choose!
Yellow Heart Cone Chair
Hearts come in many colors according to Verner Panton!
Beautiful Violet Heart
What color would you choose?!