Interior Design | Add a touch of romance using red Reply

Just a little Valentine’s Day inspiration to start your day. We love red. It is romantic, passionate, and exciting…adding pops of red will instantly energize any space. Amore!touch of romance
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Interior Design| What’s Your Design Inspiration? Reply

Have you ever said, I know what I want the space to look like, but I can’t seem to make it happen? . . .Today we are introducing a new blog series, Interior Design Guide, your guide to understanding how great design comes to life. Learn from professional interior designers some of the key processes of interior design, and how those processes lead to creating beautiful spaces.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

One of the first things your designer will ask you to do prior to your initial design consultation, is to collect photos that inspire you the most; whole rooms, objects, colors, fabrics, architectural details, etc.  Think of design inspirations as all of your favorite things; flowers, family heirlooms, nature, colors, textures, patterns, comfy clothes, cool crisp fresh air, summer nights, cherished memories, and on and on.  Design inspirations can be anything!  Sharing your design inspirations is key to understanding your style.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Inspirations are everywhere so be sure to notice the simplest of details. Glass table scatter translates into beautiful rich jewel tones, interesting geometrical forms, and brilliant bling…is there ever enough bling?

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Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

We love visiting fabric stores for inspirations…sometimes patterns speak most, sometimes texture and color combinations speak the most. Take time to explore the world around you.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Don’t forget to stop and take in the scenery along the route.  This lovely backdrop of the waterfall, natural textures, and woodland colors resonates a sense of relaxed serenity.  Can’t you just feel the breeze from the falls and the sun on your shoulders?

Designer Tip: Take lots of photos everywhere you go because you never know what will inspire you the most!

Once you have collected your photos, you will want to organize them. Organizing is easy. Just cut & paste your favorite photos from magazines, Pin photos onto Pinterest boards, or if you are tech savvy, create a Photoshop collage similar to our weekly Saturday Sampler, Interior Design Collections to Inspire.

We enjoy using Pinterest to explore thousands of photos because it’s quick, easy to use, and doesn’t require sticky glue.  We can also control client privacy by creating a “Secret Board“.  Secret boards are perfect for sharing photos that only clients and staff can see and pin to.  Our clients love working with us through Pinterest since it’s a great way to communicate our design ideas!

Designer Tip: Make notes on each photo about your likes or dislikes to share with your designer. 

Websites for inspiration

If you are not the “photographerish” type, there are plenty of websites out there that you can visit to find inspirations . . . Houzz is a popular and resourceful website that allows you to collect and share inspirational photos.  Remember, inspirations can be found anywhere, so be sure to visit a variety website genres; science, fine art, history, photography, fashion, etc., but keep in mind the copyright laws and don’t overstep your boundaries. When in doubt, get permission to use other’s photos!

What inspires you most? Share your inspirational photos with us, we would love to see them!

Best,

Corinne Gail

Interior Design | DIFFA’s Dining by Design New York 2014 Reply

I had the pleasure of previewing this year’s DIFFA New York 2014, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Dining By Design table designs during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show held in New York, March 20-23rd.  Through fundraising and grants to organizations, 2014 marked DIFFA’s 30th year commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and care to those affected by HIV and AIDS.

 

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Which design inspired you?  Can you guess which one was our favorite? Hope you enjoyed seeing some of this year’s DIFFA’s Dining By Design New York 2014!

 

Best,

Corinne Gail Interior Design

 

 

Interior Design | 2014 Polar Vortex Dangerously Beautiful | Icy Design Inspirations Reply

I admit it, I’m a design inspiration junky.  Truly, I’m inspired most by Mother Nature’s gifts; color, texture, form, seasonal changes, and even dangerously beautiful weather phenomenons.  I can find design inspirations anywhere and everywhere, but I am not alone.  Below is a small collection of conceptual design interpretations inspired by Mother Nature’s wintery ice.

2014 Polar Vortex Reuters: The American Falls shown from Niagara Falls

2014 Polar Vortex Reuters: The American Falls shown from Niagara Falls

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Photo by The Beautifulist

Queensland Australia, The Beautifulist

Hotel De Glace

Hotel De Glace, Quebec Canada

Wintery White Pillows

Wintery White Pillows

The Snow Stools by Baek-Ki Kim

The Snow Stools by Baek-Ki Kim

Photo by Kevin Roche

2014 Polar Vortex photo by Kevin Roche

Modern 2011 Interior Design Girls Bedroom Cute Blue and White

2011 Interior Design

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Channel couture strapless ice blue feathered gown, Bvlgari by Iwren Scott Green diamond necklace

Nancy Hill Interiors

Nancy Hill Interiors

Possini Euro Icicle Chandelier

Possini Euro Design Wide Icicle Art Chandelier

Sending many wishes that everyone is healthy and safe during the 2014 polar vortex storm.  Have you been inspired by the storm?  Send us your photo inspirations, we would love to see them!

Best,

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design | Our Top Fabric Picks for Spring 2014 Reply

Congrats to Pantone for forecasting yet another beautiful color of the year, Radiant Orchid 2014!  I’m seeing Radiant Orchid saturating the market from nail polish to wallpaper and everything in between. Did you know that in addition to the latest Color of the Year, Pantone creates a Spring color collection too?

Pantone Spring 2014

Pantone Spring 2014

“A SEASON OF COLORFUL EQUILIBRIUM Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.”  Pantone.com

With Spring just around the corner it’s never too early to plan your room updates, and as I always say, color is the easiest way to refresh any space!  Want to add a trendy color to your home but don’t want to paint?  Incorporate this year’s designer colors thru fabrics.  Add an assortment of toss pillows, a new window treatment, or change up the upholstery on your favorite chair, the possibilities are endless. Here are our top 10 fabric picks for Spring 2014.

Stroheim Southampton

Stroheim Southampton

Kravet Jaipur

Kravet Jaipur

Duralee Fontana Print Collection

Duralee Fontana Print Collection

Stacy Garcia Whirlwind Night Flurry

Stacy Garcia Whirlwind Night Flurry

Fabricut Woodland Friends

Fabricut Woodland Friends

Duralee Overton Prints

Duralee Overton Prints

Duralee Overton Prints purple sage

Duralee Overton Prints

Eaton Square Circles Bermuda

Eaton Square Circles Bermuda

Eaton Square Wave Rider Bermuda

Eaton Square Wave Rider Bermuda

Go ahead, add a trendy 2014 color to your home using fabrics!  The possibilities are endless, what will you do?  Send us your photos, we would love to see them.

Best,

Corinne Gail

*We do not receive compensation for products or services mentioned in this article.

Interior Design | Bellevue Towers Inspired by Barbara Barry Reply

This past week we were very excited to be invited to an open house tour of the Bellevue Tower’s Pent House that was designed using inspiring Barbara Barry furniture.  With views that swept the Northwest’s beautiful landscape to use of nicely scaled furniture and soft colors took advantage of not only the amazing view but the layout of the Pent House.

We have seen grays be a dominate color pallet for a while now and finding the perfect gray that has a nice proportion of color without losing the soft gray undertone can be a challenge. At the Bellevue Tower’s Pent House the designer used a beautiful gray that was infused with a soft purple.

This soft gray purple was used throughout the main living and dining area as well as in the guest bath and den off the main areas. With different tones and intensities throughout the spaces you where gently lead from one space to another.

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The soft gray purple deepened once you reached the Pent House master suite to a deeper cool gray that was used both as a paint treatment, wallpaper and in accents throughout the space. The overall effect of the master suite was clam and relaxing.

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What do you think of the gray pallet that was used in the Bellevue Tower’s Pent House?? Need help finding the perfect gray for your space? Just ask for help!

Corinne Gail Interior Design

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