Art is subjective… it can be many things, it can add color or be a back drop. As a designer, Flora Brama feels a space is hollow with out it. It is a beautiful back drop, a story and reminder to us, of color, moments and textures. Art is different to each individual and could be so many things; a child’s scribble, a hand written envelope or an artists rendition. So frame up what you call art and group them to create a “forever” home on your walls.
The above photos are an annual philanthropic design that I take part in, its for FOR Parks. For Park, which stands for Friends of Roseville Parks, which is a volunteer organization that supports the city park system of Roseville, MN. One of the annual fundraisers the organization holds is its Holiday Home Tour, where designers and industry professionals donate their skills and creativity to create holiday decorative spaces in usually two ‘donated” homes which are then opened to ticketed holders to tour.
This year’s briefing from FOR Parks was to decorate a small children’s play space, located at the top of the stairs in a two- story house. This space is open to the hallway on one side, with one window and was approximately 10′ x 10′. This was my fifth year in participating in the FOR Parks event, and my first time decorating a play space.
Kristen Sheikh is the 2012 ASID Emerging Talent award winner. Her interior design studio is located in Shoreview, MN.
Thank you Kristen!
We spoke with Andrea and Jen of Fiddlehead Design Group. They shared with us ten frequently asked questions about hiring a designer, here are their first five answers… more to come!
Why hire a designer?
How much will a designer cost?
How long does a project take?
How can an interior designer help add value to a home?
It’s that time of year again, if you were able to hold off on holiday decorating until after Thanksgiving congrats, I personally didn’t make it! There is something so special about holiday decor, maybe it’s because on no other occasion could you have a 3 foot brass deer, a vase filled with colorful bulbs or a quirky menorah.
We spoke with a local interior designer to get her tips on holiday decor done right.
Flora Brama of Revelry Studio has been creating custom designed holiday decor for her clients for years. Here are some stunning examples of pieces she has designed.
- Think beyond red and green, just because your decor isn’t typical holiday colors, doesn’t mean it’s not festive
- Use natural elements found in nature to spruce up wreaths and trees
- Add in a few unexpected elements such as a feather or a giant bow
- When decorating a tree, don’t forget to place ornaments into the tree branches a little. You don’t want all the decoration on the surface of the tree
- Add in sprigs, twigs, pine cones and ornaments
- Temporarily place the decorations on a wreath when decorating, to get an overall look before making any permanent attachments
We spoke to Anna Berglin of Anna Berglin Design to get an Interior Designers perspective on mudrooms.
- Color Color Color… paint your cabinets and don’t be afraid to use some colorful flooring.
- Art. Incorporate wallpaper and get some art on the walls.
- Mix in an antique or furniture piece somewhere.
Linoleum in tiles or sheet goods are another wonderful option, as there is no need for grout. Linoleum is a timeless look and will last a century!
Talla Skogmo designs interiors that live as beautifully as they look.
Talla believes projects are created and measured by teams — client, designer, architect and builder. She has been an Interior Designer for three decades and has kept the same philosophy; creating spaces that fulfill her client’s needs in a timeless and tasteful style.
We are excited to share with you a truly one of a kind project designed by our Friends at Walsh Design Group.
Designed for a family in Minnetonka, whom four of the members have MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). MCS is a chronic medical condition characterized by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level chemical exposure. Commonly accused substances include smoke, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, scented products, petroleum products, and paint fumes. Symptoms are usually vague and non-specific such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.
Walsh designed a “clean room” addition above the garage to allow the family members with MCS, a safe environment to gather and create memories with friends and family.
- What was the most challenging aspect of the project
- The most challenging aspect was finding building materials, interior finishes, and furniture that met the homeowners chemical sensitivity requirements, style and quality standards. The homeowner had a traditional style and lots of great ideas of what she wanted the addition to look like.
- Choosing materials and furnishings from our standard resources would have been easy is it wasn’t for needing them to be made of 100% natural products with no preservatives, pesticides or finishes. While there are many “green” products on the market, many of these still did not meet the safety guidelines for the project.
- What was the most rewarding aspect of the project
- Creating a safe space that the homeowner has been able to enjoy with her family and friends that is not causing allergic reactions for her and her children.
- Which type of materials were used
- The homeowner consulted with a chemical specialist to identify materials that should be safe for the family. The structure began with a hospitality HVAC system, specialty lumber and plywood and zero VOC paint. Every building material and all of the furniture and accessories were chosen of the purist natural materials.
- Which type of furnishings did you use
- All of the fabrics were natural: wool, silk and cotton. We researched how the fabrics were stored and had them washed in a special detergent to remove all foreign materials they may have come in contact with. Rugs and carpets were not only made of specific wool, but the wool had to come from specific sheep. Sheep that were raised in their own buildings away from other sheep that were treated with pesticides, moth repellent and flame retardants. This wool was pure. Once made the rugs and furniture ere shipping in special packing materials and allowed to off gas for months before they were delivered to the new clean room. Much of the furniture was bench made locally by custom workrooms.
- Does this family have special lifestyle constrains due to allergies and sensitivities
- Yes, the family will experience ” allergic like” reactions to many environments. They cannot be comfortable outside the clean room for too many hours per day. Traveling and hotel stays have always been a big challenge.
- How long has the project been complete. Have you maintained contact with them regarding the health and wellness of the family.
- The family has been living in the clean room for about two years. Their quality of life has improved remarkably since their new space was completed. Careful selection of the building materials, fixtures and furnishing have created a space that for the first time in many years the family can enjoy safety and comfortably.
You have been told that the first impression is the most important. How about the first impression when you enter your home… what is it saying to visitors? Is it showcasing your individual style while welcoming your guests?
- Key catch-all
- Coat rack- if no closet
One of the most important things many people forget about in their entryway is seating. Seating is important to assure that there is a comfortable spot to remove shoes,especially for children and the older generations. A bench may also double as additional storage, which is certainly an added bonus!
The featured designer of October is Lisa Ball of Design by Lisa. Lisa’s idea of successful design is more than following a formula, it is about helping to create a home that reflects not only good design but reflects her clients as well.
Master bedroom- before and after
The featured designer of September is Joy Cacicia of RCC Interiors. Joy has over 40 years of experience, and has designed over 900 projects in her career. Joy works closely with her clients to ensure their goals become a reality and her designs stand the test of time. We are thrilled to share with you this questionnaire featuring Joy!