Interior Design | Las Vegas Market Summer 2014 Reply

Off to #LVMKT … stay tuned for what’s hot in interior design this summer!

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We’ll resume our regularly scheduled blogs shortly…time to shop!

 

Best,

Corinne Gail Interior Design

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Interior Design | Stylish & Chic Dining| Banquette Seating Reply

Bye, bye vinyl seating…Potsy and Ralph don’t dine here anymore!Banquette Beauty

Remember your favorite hometown diner; greasy burgers, milkshakes and sticky vinyl banquette seating?  Did you ever regret wearing shorts there and were fearful of having to get up? Ouch!

Reminiscent of it’s diner brother, banquette seating made its way into our homes for the simple convenience of saving space and it’s ability to seat many hungry campers at one time.

I remember my mother’s excitement when our u-shaped banquette was installed. . . dreamy 1970’s tufted blue vinyl. It was the perfect solution to seat a large family of 7 in a small space all at the same time.  Although our comfy banquette seating did not solve the age-old problem of teenage bickering, it did bring us all together!

Today’s stylish kitchens and dining banquette spaces say goodbye to sticky vinyl and are going chic with beautifully upholstered pieces.

You too can have this look in your home. . . Easy peasy!

  1. Replace multiple dining chairs with a comfortable settee. You may be surprised at how affordable this option truly is.
  2. Be sure to measure your table length before shopping, you don’t want the settee too small or too big for your table space!
  3. If space is limited, armless settees take up less space by fitting closer to the table.
  4. Choose a fabric that is durable and practical for your family.
  5. Add a toss pillow or two for added lower back comfort!

Tip:  Fabric and food don’t always get along.  We suggest applying a healthy/safe fabric protector to help keep your chic banquette seating looking fresh and new.

Want more ideas on banquette seating for your dining pleasure?  Have questions and need guidance?  Give us a nudge. . . we will be happy to help!

Happy days are here again!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Uplift and refresh your style Reply

This Saturday we are inspired by the deep and rich pigment of Indigo. Indigo can add depth and sophistication to any room and these perfectly moody pieces below will add the perfect accent to your space, enjoy!

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Best,

Corinne Gail Interior Design

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Interior Design | Stickley. . .Own a piece of American history Reply

We had the pleasure of hearing Stickley Corporate Historian, Mike Danial speak this past week at the Seattle Design Center to share inside history, craftsmanship and the evolution of today’s Stickley pieces. Many, many thanks to Mafi International for hosting such a fabulous lunch and learn!  Here are a few of our favorite pieces. . .

When we think of Stickley, we think of beautiful heirloom pieces crafted of fine woods and finishes.

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“There is nothing like the feeling of a chair started by mother nature and finished by the craftsmen at Stickley.”

A premier manufacturer of authentic furniture design, today’s Stickley encompasses over one hundred years of American artistry.

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Over 1800 fabrics and leathers . . .express your unique lifestyle.

Not your expected Stickley. . .it was a joy exploring the classical Stickley designs, marvelously modern furniture selections and designer rugs.

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Stickley Fine Upholstery.

This was one of our favorite showroom upholstered pieces . . . Just as soft to the touch and comfortable as it is beautiful!

We truly admire the high quality of Stickley craftsmanship, but love, love, love the fact that Stickley furniture pieces are hand made in the U.S.A. using only ecological practices from beginning to end.  Healthy living by design.

So what’s your favorite Stickley style?  If you would like to own a piece of American history, send us an email, we will be happy to assist you!

Best,

Corinne

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Interior Design | Uplift and refresh your style Reply

Happy Saturday!! Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all…these beautiful mirrored furniture pieces!! Add a bit of glamour to your space with a mirrored piece like one of these. Enjoy!

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Best,

Corinne Gail Interior Design

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Interior Design | Uplift and refresh your style Reply

Well it is Saturday, Yay! Today we are inspired by the beautiful color of a summer sunset…Coral. Dreaming of warm summer nights on this cold winter weekend. Enjoy!

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For any info on the products featured please send us an email, we would love to hear from you!

Best,

Corinne Gail Interior Design

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Sustainable Healthy Design |Don’t just replace it…Revive it! 2

Let me be the first to admit that sitting at my keyboard over the last few years has not proved to benefit my public speaking skills!  I’m always amazed at the amount of perspiration one body can produce in the short span of 10 minutes!  In any case, this week I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of local business owners about Healthy Living by Design and the art of Repurposing, Reinventing and Reusing furnishings from around the home, a subject near and dear to my heart as a certified furnishings expert.  Here we go!

I don’t intend to drone over statistics and bore you with industry jargon, but I do want to share these facts I feel every consumer should know about common products used to manufacture furnishings.  Ready?

  1. The furnishing’s world is the #3 user of wood behind buildings and paper.
  2. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds-gases) are released into the air you breathe from adhesives and finishes…including formaldehyde.
  3. Adhesives are used in pressed & composite wood products; veneers, plywood, particle board, fiberboard, and MDF.
  4. VOCs from paints and finishes; varnish, lacquer, shellac, fabric sealers and backings.
  5. VOCs may have short and long-term adverse health effects on you and your children.  Asthma affects 15-20+ million people, many are children.
  6. VOC concentrations are consistently higher indoors – up to 10x higher.
  7. VOC concentrations can offgas (releasing of gasses) up to 1 year after use or application.
  8. Textiles require 10-100% of their fabric weight in chemicals to produce.
  9. These chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, and dyes.
  10. Asia rivers are the most polluted in the world.

Whew!  OK, we made it through the facts list!  Now that you have the bare bones knowledge of products of the furnishing’s world, let’s move on to a more pleasant topic…what you can do to ensure Healthy Living by Design in your home and office.

Are there alternatives for healthier choices on the market today?  YES, YES and YES!  Alternative products are more readily available today than ever, and cost about the same as any quality furniture item.  If you are in the market for a new sofa, chair, table, etc., ask your sales rep questions and be sure to check that the item is manufactured using certified wood products, certified organic fabrics, emits low to zero VOCs, and if possible, manufactured locally.  Contact us if you would like more information about healthier choices for your home, we would love to help!

Another 100% viable alternative for Healthy Living by Design is to repurpose, reinvent, and reuse the items that you already own.  Do you have a furniture piece that you just don’t know what to do with, but hate to toss it out?  I do, I do!  Then I encourage you to explore ways of redesigning its purpose to fit your lifestyle.  Below is just one example of what you can do.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Old dresser you don’t use?  Check out this artistic recreation!

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design.

Repurposing this unused dresser to a (have to admit) well used Wine Bar, was the perfect fit to our newly created wine lounge. . .formerly known as our very underused formal living room!  The process was fairly straight forward; sand, sand, and more sanding to prep for restaining and painting using zero VOC products.  Adding a few artistic touches such as grape cluster knobs, iron scroll work from a discarded CD tower, and accent paint, and Voila!

Don’t replace it…Revive it!  You too can create one of a kind healthier furniture pieces for our home!  Contact us if you would like more information about alternative Healthy Living by Design products available in your area.

What’s your Design Dilemma?  Send us an email, we would love to help!

Reinvent your space!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Design to Help You Sleep Better 1

Bedrooms should be retreats, places where we can go to rejuvenate and restore. . .places we can relax away the stresses of the day.  So, which colors can help you get the best sleep?  If you guessed calm colors such as blue, yellow and green, you are correct!  According to a recently published sleep study, color sets the mood and those sleeping in blue bedrooms received the best night’s rest, followed by rooms in yellow and green.

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Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

However, color is only one design element that can help or hinder your restful sleep.  If you are not sleeping as soundly as you should be, here are some quick tips to help you create a better place to sleep.

  • Eliminate signs of work from your bedroom. No desk, no computer, and no files!
  • TV’s should be kept behind closed doors when not in use, and always on a timer.
  • De-clutter your space and get organized…put everything in its place, and have a place for everything.
  • Choose soothing, calm colors for your bedroom, linens, and accessories.
  • Luxury linens are always welcomed and I like to suggest organic fabrics.
  • Hang blackout drapery if you have light sensitivities…these also insulate from the winter cold and hot summer sun.

And to help send you off to “Slumberville”, try a therapeutic calming blend of essential oils lightly diffused into your space minutes before bedtime.  Check out my favorite natural essential oils/product sites www.doTerra.com and www.Aveda.com for healthy living.*

Setting a restful stage with calming colors, de-cluttering your space and removing signs of stresses from work, will help encourage a good night’s rest.  To learn more about how we can help you design your personal retreat and promote the best sleep, please visit our website or Email us your questions. We are glad to help.

Sweet dreams!

Corinne

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Interior Design | Non-existent Entryway 2

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Last week we were inspired by beautiful entryways presented by Arcadian Home, and this week we thought we would explore homes and apartments with non-existent entryways, that is, entries that open abruptly into the main living space leaving you no place to hang coats and jackets, store and remove shoes, or a place to stow your soggy umbrella.

Entryways not only need to be inviting and guest friendly, they need to be functional as well.

Creative solutions you can do. . .

Entryways do not have to be defined by solid walls.  Here open shelving units work beautifully to delineate both spaces while providing a functional and convenient home for your keys, outgoing mail, or cellphone.  Keeping items in the same place will help eliminate, “Honey, have you seen my wallet!?”

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Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment therapy.

Photo courtesy of Apartment therapy.

We love the use of this folding screen that separates the spaces, and especially the addition of an entry table, umbrella holder and fresh flowers to create a welcoming experience for your guests.

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Photo courtesy of Houzz

Consider a custom designed entryway. . .

Your professional designer will work with you to create the perfect architectural details for your custom entryway.  For more information about our interior architecture and design services, please visit our website.

Photo courtesy of Sullivan Conard Architects

Photo courtesy of Sullivan Conard Architects

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Photo courtesy of Houzz

Adding a multifunctional built-in storage center can be a great solution for creating division between other areas within your home, such as this outdoor entry and open home office space.

Form follows function . . .

If your home is like most homes, your entryway is a dropping ground for clutter, and the key to a great entryway is finding functional and beautiful furniture pieces that help define your space and keep it organized.

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Photo courtesy of The Suburban Urbanist

Photo courtesy of The Suburban Urbanist

Creating a welcoming entryway where one does not exist, does not have to be expensive or complicated. For more ideas on how to transform your non-existent entryway into a unique space within your home, email us your entryway photos and a brief description of your design dilemma, we would love to help!

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Interior Design | Arcadian Home Inspiring Entryways 5

Hello, everyone!  I’m so happy to be here today with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog.  It’s a fabulous place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful folding screens to colorful rugs for the floor.

Let’s take a little virtual tour of eight foyers in different styles, some large and some small, but all chosen because they offer great ideas to help you create your own inspired entryway.  Please enjoy!

Thanks Corinne for letting me visit for awhile.

~ Mari

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This lovely eclectic home has no real foyer, but the homeowner has created the illusion of one with a narrow table and vignette of vintage treasures.  The table made of reclaimed wood appears to be only six inches wide, but it’s perfect for this tiny space, as is the antique mirror above it.

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Another small entryway is made beautiful and welcoming with a gallery wall and wingback chair in white with gold nailhead trim.  A tiny brass table just fits beside the slightly angled chair.

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Here a larger entryway has room for a long bench and interesting square shelf.  An oversized metal-footed clear glass vase with tall blooms adds drama in front of a lovely Japanese-inspired wallpaper.  Multiple mirrors are a beautiful focal point above the bench.

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A metallic antique chest just fits into the niche formed by this stair case.  A single glass pendant light would be pretty hung low in this space, but two in different colors create a stunning look.

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This beamed entryway is beautiful with its painted gray walls and natural finished woodwork.  It’s wide enough for a massive gray-washed chest and rustic seating on the opposite wall.

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How pretty is this art-filled foyer and hallway?  Furnishings are simple with a demilune table and large mirror, letting the artwork shine.

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Here in this soaring entryway minimalism is at work.  Large black leather lounge, tall metal sculpture, massive ball pendant light—what more does a contemporary foyer need?

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This inspired entryway is at once grand and beautifully rustic.  A massive capiz shell chandelier goes far beyond the expected metal foyer light.  Amazing! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these entryways?  Leave your thoughts below and come by our site for more inspiring interiors, home accessories and furnishings!

Thank you Mari for visiting our blog and for sharing these inspirational photos…lots of great ideas for our readers!

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Email us your photos of inspiring entryways!