Natalie Umbert, interior designer and style guru of atelier natalie umbert, just sent our Orange County-based Public Relations firm TO Media Co. a note saying - "You guys are really terrific!" How nice is that!
With NOTHING OVER $200, you will be able to find some fantastic pieces for unbelievable prices. And, the mini-consult you can get from the participating designers is your Gift With Purchase!
Check out the write up from Lisa Boone @ the LA TIMES -- http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/10/the-deal-designer-tag-sale-saturday-in-costa-mesa-.html
GREAT DEALS FROM GREAT DESIGNERS, who could ask for more!! Shop early and pass the word!!
The Orange County Register picked up on a bedroom trend that I thought was great -- dreamy bedroom suites with symmetry. Cindy McNatt of the Register's Home Section featured the rooms of Eve Lowey (Chameleon Studio), Amanda Malson and Jolene Ballard (One2BOND), Kimberly Franzen (Franzen Interiors) and Barbara Coulter - Phllips (Bliss Linens)
The One 2 BOND designers include: Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson and David A. Romero. http://www.one2bond.com/
Everyone who tours their room is crazy about the wood carved doors, the custom side tables with nail heads and the orange accent wall that was carried up onto the ceiling. My other favorite idea from this room are the framed wall paper panels -- that is an easy way to try the wall paper trend without committing to it fully.
Here are their tips on easy ways to freshen up your home:
1) Reupholster a piece that already exists in your collection at home. Cost effective AND green.
3) Light, neutral flooring with a darker accent rug will keep the room from feeling too heavy.
4) Reframe your existing artwork. It's easy and inexpensive.
For those of you who want to get sneak peak at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria and learn about the events and all of the happens on the Tour, here is a video that we thought you might like.
He is responsible for three spaces (the foyer, the staircase and the landing at the top) at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria, all of which welcome you into the home. I love his choice of art for each space. It is bold, colorful and really makes a statement.
After spending some time with Rick on the Tour he was kind enough to give us some design tips to freshen up our own homes.
Tips from RICK CAMPOS – Christopher Tracy Interiors www.christophertracyinteriors.com
1) Add reflective elements like a mirror or mercury glass
2) Art books, the bigger and chunkier the better, one or three, meticulously placed.
3) Rotate art to give new life to a space.
To get more ideas, inspiration and expert advice visit the 2009 ASID Design Tour - April 21-May 17 at Astoria in Irvine, CA - www.asidocc.org/news_events/design_tour
WHAT ARE THE HOT DESIGN TRENDS IN THIS SPACE?
Hollywood Regency meets Classic Contemporary in an elegant bathroom that’s both modern and glamorous. Beautiful Blue Chelsea Art Glass tile on the shower walls imitate the fluid qualities of water. A deep blue hand- blown glass sink sits atop a sleek wood vanity with a frosted glass front, mounted on a wall of translucent white glass. Glittery crystal sconces and a mirrored table complete this elegant space.
Some of the Hot Design Trends that you will be seeing in their space at this year's ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria are:
Eclectic styling: Mixing of different periods and styles: Contemporary and Art Deco
Sustainable: Use of Eco friendly products. e.g. Flooring, fabrics, pillows
Decorative pillows. Pops of color and unique high fashion detailing to add drama.
Art: Love your art! Pick things that set the mood you are looking to create.
Style Shock – Take something typical and create your own style: e.g. Take picture frames and make a door. Then insert music albums into the frames. Tadah... You have changed something typical into something unique.
She continues, "The glitz of crystal chandeliers and pendants against warm woods and reflective mirrors provides a fabulous backdrop for the city view by day and the sparkling night lights. Almost every piece of furniture in the space has been custom designed specifically for the design tour by the designers, creating a totally unique and one of a kind space. Dark rich woods and wood veneers, gilded accents, stone and mirror all combine with rich textural upholstery to create unique pieces that will be found here alone. Adding to the richness of the space are specialty wall treatments by local artisans, an anniversary edition platinum Richard MacDonald sculpture and beautiful Baccarat and Lalique crystal accessory pieces."
After speaking with Tamara Shermer of OC Interiors, one of the designers on the ASID 2009 Design Tour, you can tell that her heart and soul are in every project. She says, " “I Want to inspire a second glance, and draw the spectator into a world they’d want to linger in.’
Enjoy a sneak peak at her space!
To reach Tamara at OC Interiors call 949.510.0533.
More about Franzen Interiors - Interior designer Kimberly Franzen is a current member of ASID, IIDA, IDCC, National Trust for Historic Preservation and NDCA (National Dance Council of America). She also holds a B.A. in Interior Design, a certificate in Zen Design and has a working knowledge of Feng Shui As an Orange County design-industry professional, Kimberly provides full residential interior design services that include everything from space planning and color consulting to home staging for resale, Zen design, outdoor spaces, and custom design pieces. http://www.franzeninteriors.com/