Monday, 30 November 2015

Searching for the best Interior style

Each one has his own preferable style, each style have its own elegance, i found this sample photos and would like to share it with you as a prove that searching for elegance is not related to a typical kind of interior decor style.
 Before renovation

 After Renovation using transitional elegance

After Renovation using modernist elegance

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Interior Decor & Furniture Styles Guide

Don't get confused anymore!, an easy way to differentiate between interior decor styles and furniture styles that we all hear and read about.











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"Hot Wheel" kids room tableau

Converting the regular photo frame to be a cool kids room tableau showing your kid's first letter with a "Hot Wheel" stile.

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The Siller/Hokanson house

Article by: Joni Webb


The two houses designed by architect John Ike.  The one on the right, the Neoclassical styled house, is Siller & Hokanson’s first collaboration with Ike.  The house on the left was built a few years later – and Siller did the interiors for that house too.    As you can see, their former has a much dressier fa├žade than the one they live in today.   Read about the Georgian house in Architectural Digest


The Siller/Hokanson house is based on the 1794 Summer Derby House, built by Samuel McIntire, in Massachusetts.   The Summer Derby house was moved in 1901 to Glen Magna Farms, which is today a popular wedding venue.   Considered one of the finer examples of Federal style in the United States, the Summer Derby house is a National Historic Landmark.   The resemblance to the Houston house is remarkable.  If you look at the two houses, you can see that the corner urns are included in the Houston house, but the two large wooden figures of the shepherdess and the reaper were excluded.  Other similar details are both houses are white with black accents and the arched  window placements are the same as are the shutters and door.  The main differences are the center window is much larger in the Houston house and the wing that juts out  to the right side is unique to the Houston house.  The fabulous picket fence and gate that surrounds the Houston property also sets it apart from the Summer Derby House. 
 While the exterior of the house is a rare look for Houston, the interiors are too.   Houston is known for its slipcovers, light linens, and painted antiques, but Michael Siller definitely marches to his own fabulous beat.  His personal aesthetic is far from what is called the “Houston Look.”  He has a love of fine antiques – the finest there are.  He loves color and pattern and delicate silks.  And most importantly, he and Hokanson have a particular affinity for anything Russian – Royal Russian, that is.   This love of Imperial Russia all started when Hokanson read the best selling biography Nicholas and Alexandra.  I can totally relate.  I read the same book and became consumed with the mystery of the Princess Anastasia who was purported to have escaped the execution that killed her entire family, including her parents the Czar Nicholas and Czarina Alexandra.   For years – almost her entire adult lifetime – the Polish Anna Anderson proclaimed she was the missing Anastasia.   Some relatives of the European Royalty families, believed her story and visited their “cousin”  sporadically during her long life.  Unfortunately for Anna, DNA testing became available  - and after her death, she was proven to be a fraud.  The real Anastasia’s bones along with her brother, were eventually found – separate from the rest of their family – and DNA also proved this.  One of the great mysteries of the Russian Revolution was cleared up, thanks to modern technology.  The story of the of the Romanovs, the Russian royal family, with their untold riches, glorious palaces and opulent lifestyle, along with the misery of the hemophilia which struck the crown Prince, is a great romantic tale of epic proportions.  Since I too fell under the spell of the Romanov’s tale, I can understand how Hokanson, and then Siller, got hooked on everything Russian.    Most exciting though, the two were fortunate enough to take their obsession a little further than most of us. 
When designing their previous house – the Neoclassical one, Siller and Hokanson went to St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum where they were interviewed for two days by curators in hopes of purchasing some reproductions of the royal furniture.  The designing duo had a list of antiques from the Hermitage they wanted copied – but first they had to pass inspection to see if they and their house were worthy.  The number of people who are in possession of these Russian reproductions is  quite small, actually tiny, and includes European royalty.  Siller and Hokanson, along with the plans for their house, passed the inspection and today are owners of exquisite furniture hand made and hand carved in the same exact manner and out of the same material as they were originally crafted.  Besides these pricey reproductions, they have a large collection of Russian art work and antiques.  They happily lived in their Russian inspired Neoclassical house for several years, before the bug to create a new house bit them.  They spent several years with John Ike, fine tuning the plans for their new house – laboring over each and every tiny detail – and that house became the Federal style house seen in Luxe magazine.
For this new house, Siller changed up his color scheme. Instead of the more vibrant reds, bright yellows and forest greens of their former house, there is now a sea of gray, platinum and silver which Siller feels updates the look of the period antiques.  But, have no fear, despite being primarily gray, there is nothing Shabby Chic or Rough Luxe about this house.   Instead it is a house that is the height of elegance and rarefied taste. 
Despite the changes in the color scheme, one design element didn’t change.  Both houses that Ike designed for Siller and Hokanson are Piano Nobiles, with the main floor being on the second story.   Additionally, both houses have intricate and extensive molding and classic detailing.  One interesting note – when a prominent Houston couple toured Siller’s former house, they tried to buy it from him and Hokanson.  At the time they wanted to stay put, so instead, Ike designed a Piano Nobile in the Georgian style, right next door – and Siller decorated it.





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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Cool Cheese grater light

you should try to make a cheese grater light like this in your kitchen.
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Using large area rugs

Even when you have beautiful floors, an area rug makes a perfect anchor to a seating area for that layered, photo-shoot-ready look — but only if the rug is large enough. If it merely floats between the seating pieces instead of tucking fully under, it’s usually better to go without one. 

Try a custom-cut plain Berber carpet to get a perfectly sized rug without spending too much money.
Article by Yanic Simard

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Clean lines

Whether you prefer modernist minimalism or traditional elegance, you should keep some lines clean and tight for a polished look, especially in the kitchen. Notice here how the open-shelf portion of the cabinet sits flush with the bulkhead above and the backspalsh and countertop below to form one continuous line. 

Getting the cabinetry and backsplash to line up is usually quite possible, but installers may not bother to cut tile to achieve this if not instructed to do so. So you need to insist on it. It will prevent jagged edges that can make the design subconsciously read messy.
Article by Yanic Simard

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Full draperies

Draperies are not essential to every room. In fact, there’s a certain modernist charm to leaving windows completely unadorned. But when used, draperies should be in sufficient fullness and height to look like a celebration rather than a functional afterthought. 

Three-foot-wide curtain panels may cover a window, but for designer fullness the material should be 2½ to three times wider than the window, and start at either the ceiling or a good 12 to 18 inches above the window line.
In the below bedroom photo the window behind the draperies was actually rather small and off-center. With the wall-to-wall drapery, you’d never know it.
Artcle by Yanic Simard

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Texture Variation

A rich variety of physical and visual textures takes a room from OK to truly engaging. Here, texture makes a simple color palette look beautiful. 

An easy way to add texture is to introduce a piece that includes wood, another that includes metal and another that includes glass. For a truly designer look, find places to include as many of these materials as you can: leather, paper (books or art), plush fabrics, mirrored surfaces, tufting, lacquer, basket weave, sheers, ceramics, concrete and textural patterns
Article by Yanic Simard

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Layered Lighting

It cannot be stressed enough: Lighting should come from more than one source in any room. Those well-spaced recessed lights won’t be enough to eliminate the shadowing that inevitably harshens a room.

Try to include task lights or spotlights, hanging lights, and table or floor lamps to get light from different directions. An extra advantage is that you can go full bright (as in this photo), then turn off a few lights for a more dim and moody atmosphere in the evening.
Article by Yanic Simard

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41 m2 home in Sweden

A look inside a small home in Sweden.






Found on Design-elements-blog.com

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

While walking in one of the old country bazaars, I found this Cool Illuminated Decorative Ball Light and Illuminated Decorative Mushroom Light, a perfect Outdoor Lighting Design Ideas For Gardens.Each light up sphere is made of fiber glass and will becomes an elegant translucent ball planted in lawns, gardens, along walkways or in the corners of an interior space.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Contemporary living room

Using texture variations and mixing between more than one material to make your living room more rich and stylish.
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Elegant Shower cabinet

Love the warm colors and the decorated frieze.
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

The Golden Ratio

About the Golden Ratio: The Golden Ratio can be illustrated within special dimensions of Spirals, Triangles and Rectangles where the ratio of the length of the short side to the long side is .618, was noted by ancient Greek architects as the most visually pleasing rectangle and its dimensions were used to construct buildings such as the Parthenon.

The Golden Ratio is a beautifully simple piece of mathematical theory that can help make your designs feel well proportioned and pleasing on the eye.



It's believed that the Golden Ratio has been in use for at least 4,000 years in human art and design, but it may be even longer than that - some people argue that the Ancient Egyptians used the principle to build the pyramids. In more contemporary times, the Golden Ratio can be observed in music, art, and design all around you.


Ancient Greek architecture used the Golden Ratio to determine pleasing dimensional relationships between the width of a building and its height, the size of the portico and even the position of the columns supporting the structure. The final result is a building that feels entirely in proportion. The neo-classical architecure movement reused these principles too.









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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Traditional luxury with a modern touch

Traditional luxury with a modern touch.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

White traditional architectural details

Using traditional luxurious architectural details will take the eyes even while using only white color.
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