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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Interior Designing for My First Home

This site focuses on interior design (for your home and mine). Interior design impacts the value of our homes as perceived by us and by others. Interior design for homes is centered around decorating the living spaces in our homes. Interior design then encompasses aspects related to the choice we make for such things like living room furniture, bedroom furniture, kitchen furniture, wall accents, rugs and chairs. The choice of color matters as well.

This site will contain articles on interior design by myself, and other contrubuters and writers. I hope you will learn more about home decorating and get decorating ideas through this site.

But before we get into the thick of things, let me tell you how I developed an interest in interior design.

First off, my home is not a mansion. It is a two bedroom apartment in a medium-rise building. It is a typical city living abode that acts as my sanctuary away from the urban jungle out there.

One of the things that drew me to the apartment was the view - the living room has large windows on two walls. The first window shows off the city view. And the second (my favorite) overlooks a garden that contains huge trees. In the summer, when I look out of that second window, I see greenery all about me. The tree tops are just about the reach of my apartment window. So much so that I can imagine being in a cabin out in a cool place in New Hampshire or the like!

The people who lived in the apartment before me did a lousy job though of decorating the place. They used horrid furniture, painted the walls colors that were much too bright. For instance, the living room walls were a brilliant yellow, the master bedroom was a deep blue, and the guest bedroom a lime green. It was like being hit by a kaleidoscope of confusing colors as I ventured from room to room. Lucky for the view and the layout of the place, or else I would have walked away and not bought the place!

But anyway, this is my humble adobe as I had viewed it then.

What I Had on My Hands - Foyer

What I Wanted - A Contemporary Foyer Design

The question was once I had bought it, what could and should I do to make it into the place I wanted it to be?

Interior designing was a lot harder than I bargained for. However, I did not wish to hire an interior deigner because I did not have the means to do so, like so many regular folks out there!

So I read up, browsed through home interior stores, flipped through countless of home interior and home decorating catalogs. I still do that today. I have gained a passion for this!



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September 7, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
OpenID decormate1 said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
DÉCOR TIPS & QUIPS from AlphabetPIX.com
Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out http://www.alphabetpix.com. Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love AlphabetPIX.com pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
Create your own personalized name art with Photos That Look Like Letters at http://www.alphabetpix.com!

September 8, 2009 at 12:06 AM  
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