Why It Pays To Go Custom With Interior Designing

Our next guest blog post is from Barbara Pettinella , for more pictures from her album click here

In the beginning of the last century, many of the clothes and much of the furniture we bought was made by an individual or individuals for the customer specifically. Almost nothing was pre-fabricated or mass-produced, most things were measured and built special for the buyer. While these days, we buy a lot of stuff from the same stores and end up finding the same furniture in other people’s living rooms and same clothes on all our friends.   You see yourself coming a going.

Barbara Petinella's High End Interior Designs

Barbara Pettinella's High End Interior Designs

Society has become used to the mass produced discounted items. Why?  We still have a few opportunities today for special items, made just for us.  It’s called custom. What better way than to get something that is absolutely made just for you, just get custom.  Custom draperies can be a great way to ensure that there are a few things in your home that you won’t find everywhere else in the neighborhood.

Barbara Petinella's High End Interior Designs

Barbara Pettinella's High End Interior Designs

By choosing custom made drapes you can get a very personal experience when decorating your home. Most ready-mades use standard colors and sizes, making them commonplace.  Commonplace is boring and predictable. What does this mean? NO originality! Maybe you have a special color in mind or may have seen something in a decorating magazine. You are probably not going to find it down at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target.  For special treatments like this – you need to work with a designer and go custom.

Barbara Petinella's High End Interior Designs

Barbara Pettinella's High End Interior Designs

Interior Designing 101 From Rebecca Robeson – San Diego Interior Designer

The following guest post is from Rebecca Robeson, a very well respected interior designer from San Diego.  Rebecca is also an interior design Youtube sensation, you can view her channel here.  She has over 400,000 upload views and 3,700 subscribers so definitely take a look and subscribe — her interior design videos are top notch.

This is a project that fully embraces the Southern California lifestyle. While the vibe is casual and cool, unique and unexpected textural accents keep the aesthetic modern and edgy.

But first…. Let us take you from the very beginning. Our home owners, recent transplants from New York, purchased their first Southern California home. Drab and out of date, they decide to hire a professional Design Firm to help them achieve their goals for a sophisticated,
Beach- inspired home with modern elements suited to their personal taste.

The Beginning

Before.

As with all of our projects, we began with 3D renderings of the vision we had for their home. This allowed the clients to visualize the possibilities and add input to the overall design BEFORE the project began.

3D Renderings

On the fireplace, 3D textured panels turned something once ordinary into a stunning work of art. Colored diamond rocks added a twist with a flash of bright color.

In the Family Room, the softness of the oversized sofa and textured linen drapes was a perfect contrast to the tailored furniture. Dark banding on the woven wood valances and custom made pillows added drama and definition to each space throughout. To keep the room feeling fresh, botanicals and books that pop with bright color were used as table top decor. The commissioned one of a kind artwork brought it all together with textural elements reminiscent of the Southern California landscape.

Window Treatments addressed the walls and connected the spaces creating indoor/ outdoor appeal.

Our challenge in the Living room was to add character to a room that was otherwise lacking personality. Budget constraints required using some of the clients existing furniture pieces from another room.

Rebecca Robeson Interior Design

Before

After



To add textural detail, a wooden room divider screen was taken apart to replace the plantation shutters. New side and cocktail tables were added along with updated pillows, art and accessories. Chrome accents and a sunburst mirror added another unexpected 3D element to the room.

The use of a modern, glass bubble chandelier, hung just above the Dining room table is seen the moment you walk in the door, creating a dramatic first impression.

With the candles lit, lights dimmed just so and music playing in the background… Our clients experienced an overwhelming emotional response when they saw their beautiful new home for the first time. The remarkable response to the reality of what they now own …
THE HOME OF THEIR DREAMS, ….is what drove our passion to work day and night to create the home they had been longing for!

The Final Result!

To Quote our client’s:
“Now I finally the house I’ve always wanted it to be, you know…its not just walls, it’s a Home!”

"It's A Home Run!"

"It's A Home Run!"

I think it’s fair to say, Our clients now know what it means to … Live. Your. Style.

Here’s the Youtube vid of the entire project:

Unearthing Some Designs From The Constant Shuffle

Just thought I’d share some of the work from the users of the Design Shuffle community. All of this stuff is just pure art – it takes an imaginative mind to come up with these creations. Every single interior designer here imprints their personality onto their work. You can see each interior designer sprinkle his or her own flair onto each project.  Kudos to you all! Keep’em coming!

Oh, and if you’re an interior designer and you’ve got a portfolio, don’t be afraid to join for free and share your stuff.  We’re all interested to see what kind of art you are putting out!

By Studio Ten 25 View more @ http://abbe.designshuffle.com/albums/

By Studio Ten 25 View more @ http://abbe.designshuffle.com/albums/

By C2 Limited Design Associates. View more @ http://csmith-c2limited.designshuffle.com/

By C2 Limited Design Associates. View more @ http://csmith-c2limited.designshuffle.com/

By Design Line. View more @ http://megenia.designshuffle.com/albums/

By Design Line. View more @ http://megenia.designshuffle.com/albums/

By Design Line. View more @ http://megenia.designshuffle.com/albums/

Interior Designers: Enter To Win A Koncept Z-Line Contemporary LED desk lamp!*

*Note: you must be an interior designer to participate in this promotion.
Here are the steps to register:

  1. ‘Like’ the Design Shuffle Facebook Page.
  2. ‘Share’this promotion on Facebook.
  3. Sign Up(if you haven’t already) and Upload at least 10 photos from your portfolio to Design Shuffle.

    OR

    Current Design Shuffle Members: Write a blog post about one of your uploaded projects in 250 words on your Design Shuffle blog.

  4. POST in the Promo for Interior Designers forum thread: “I would like to be entered”(Click here). (IMPORTANT! You won’t be entered if you don’t do this)

As a thanks to our growing community of top tier interior designers, we’d like to give back to you all for making Design Shuffle such a quality site. All you need to do is complete the following steps and you’ll be entered for a good shot at winning an Koncept Z-Line LED desk lamp.

The details:

  1. Everyone can enter and everyone has an equal chance of winning no matter where your entry is placed.
  2. Limit one entry per household.
  3. This contest is for ONE Koncept Z-Line Contemporary LED desk lamp. But stay tuned because we’ll be having promotions like this every few weeks!
    Follow Us On Twitter
    to stay up to date.
  4. U.S. + Canadian participants only.
  5. Contest will last from 9/07/2010 until 9/17/2010. Winner will be announced the next day.
  6. We will verify entrants as interior designers based on their website or we may request additional information.

Reduce Your Morning Stress With One Piece Of Furniture

The following guest blog post is from interior designer Stacey Sexton of New Jersey.  Stacey is a Certified Interior Designer(CID) and a member of the American Society of Interior Design(ASID).  If you want to scope out some of her works from her fantastic portfolio, click here.

To many homeowners September is the start of a long nine month journey in organization. Its the beginning of the new school year and all of the activities that begin. Sports, classes, paperwork, homework, lunches and early starts. Your home needs to be set up and ready as you are. Evaluate what you feel your struggles are in the morning, when it comes to being organized . Some people have a hard time with finding their keys in the morning, or missing permission slips, forgotten lunches or missing shoes. All these things can add frustration to your day.

The best way to prepare your home is to have a landing space for all your morning needs. This can be an entry bench ,entry table or hall tree. The book bags, shoes, homework and coats are left here and ready to go. A cubbie or wall hung magazine organizer holds signed permission slips, or keys. Lunches can be placed on the seat or a reminder note about getting lunch out of the refrigerator can be left here.

Its best to have one central area and as close to the door as possible. If possible each member of the family should have their own basket, cubbie or hook. Baskets or hidden storage can keep the area neat and tidy. Everyone needs to get into the habit of using this area and making it the only place you need to look. This will help to reduce your stress level in the morning, so you can enjoy the rest of your day.

Thanks so much for the guest post Stacey!  If you want to follow Stacey on Twitter, click here.

Enter To Win A $200 Nordstrom Gift Card

Been dying to buy those new shoes? Itching to get those new jeans into your wardrobe?  Then follow these few simple steps to be entered for a $200 Nordstrom Gift Card!

Steps For Entry:

  1. ‘Like’ our Design Shuffle Facebook Page
  2. Click here to share the Promotion:
  3. Choose any Designer you like(Browse Here) and either ‘Like’ OR   by clicking on ‘Share’ and clicking on ‘Facebook’.  Refer to image below for clarification:
  4. POST in the Promo forum thread (Click Here): “I would like to be entered” (IMPORTANT! You won’t be entered if you don’t do this)

As promised, we’re rolling out our second promotion!  We know you’ve been dying to splurge on some new Fall gear, so why not let us help you out with a $200 Nordstrom Gift Card?

The details:

  1. Everyone can enter and everyone has an equal chance of winning no matter where your entry is placed.
  2. Limit one entry per household.
  3. U.S. + Canada participants only.
  4. This contest is for ONE $200 Nordstrom Gift Certificate.  But stay tuned because we’ll be having promotions like this every few weeks!  Follow Us On Twitter to stay up to date.
  5. Contest will last from 9/13/2010 until 9/23/2010.  Winner will be announced the next day.

Keep checking back every two weeks for more promotions!

Calling All Interior Designers: We’re also running a promotion just for you, click here!