Too many people are disappointed in their do-it-yourself design projects, mainly because they miss some basic steps at the very beginning. Here are 10 Easy Steps to take at the start and get that project going the right way!
Step 1: De- Clutter: This is the big first start to getting your great interior design project into shape. Throw or give away everything you really don’t need and probably never use! Then live with the results for a week and do it again. Start with as clean a space a possible.
Step 2: Think Flow: All spaces in your project are connected and flow together so fixing just one room may not fix your problem. Even if you only have enough money to do one room right now, work on a plan for the entire project. Your design will only be complete when you achieve an overall flow and theme throughout. (more…)
People always ask us how we find all the great fabrics, furniture and fixtures we use in our interior design projects. There are lots of ways it can happen, but one of the most direct is when the company rep brings these fabulous goods to us and our Beasley & Henley designers can choose the lines we want to use to fill our library.
Every 4-6 months these hardworking reps come knocking, bringing their show on the road and letting us know the latest their lines have to offer.
Sometime it is hard to find the time to meet, but if reps have a great line to show us and they come with wine and cheese, or even a good lunch, in tow we are bound to give them our undivided attention. It’s simple really -just feed and water/wine us!
Two clients with the same bill for the same interior design project can feel completely different about what they got for their money. Was the money spent an excellent investment with great future returns or just an annoying expense?
The idea that interior design has an ROI (return on investment) has gotten a lot of interest lately. Check out this article on the subject from the design savy FastCompany. For those in design, the ROI on design is obvious. We know there is an ROI in terms of lifestyle, value and home re-sale for home owners and increased productivity, worker satisfaction and better branding for commercial clients.
The true value of good office design is the effectiveness of an office environment, measured in the dollars and cents of an increased profits. (more…)
The heat and a few clouds in the city did nothing to disturb the thousands of buyers, all excited to see the latest and greatest trends for this year. It was refreshing to see so many buyers.
This being my first year attending, I was slightly overwhelmed by the four buildings full of wonderful vendors and several must-see showrooms. I focused my energy on furnishings, lighting and home accessories for this trip with a quick side trip to the cash and carry.
The overall trend at this market was still very much COLOR COLOR COLOR! Check out the great shot from Global Views. As you can see, Orange is still strong.
I was also thrilled to see lots of vintage or rather Paris flea market finds still really popular, like these items from Aiden Gray. (more…)
Here is the HGTV blog interview from July 6, 2010 by Jenna Ontrop in Design Inspirations. The direct link is http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2010/07/06/designers-troy-beasley/#more-11521
Troy Beasley is the principal designer for Beasley & Henley Interior Design. The company works with architects, builders and private clients from every corner of the country to create beautifully personalized interiors. Troy’s travels through Greece, Italy and Asia have influenced his tastes in architectural detail, artistic crafts and textile art.
1. Which designers influenced you? I can’t site a specific designer or even a group of designers. I look at so many different people! I am influenced by anyone who is creative and artistic. It’s not just designers, but also artists, writers, fabric designers, architects…there’s a long list of captivating creative thinkers. I soak it all up.
2. What’s your favorite design style? Hmmmmm…. Eclectic Classical. I like to blend periods and styles. For example, modern artwork used with traditional case goods, and then mixed in with transitional upholstery. Or traditional oil paintings over a modern sofa set beside a funky lamp. It’s a challenge to get the mix right. I love it.
3. What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
I always look for an odd accessory or an unusual piece of furniture. Something unexpected, like a stool as a side table. I loved it when the petrified wood side tables first came out because they fit perfectly into my search for quirky pieces. I also love to use art books and travel books because they can take you to different places. People love to flip through them.