Sweet Dream ARE Made of These - The Register Reports on Bedroom Trends Seen At The ASID Design Tour

Lauren and I have been on the ASID Design Tour a million times and every time there is something new to see or a design idea pops out at you that you didn't notice before.

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 Tour ends May 22 so be sure to see it for more design ideas before it closes!

Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs Showcases Sophistication At The 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria

"As one enters this penthouse they are immediately drawn in by drama and sophistication. Simple design in exquisite finishes," says Megan Crane of Megan Crane Designs of her space at the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria. She continues, "This contemporary home focuses on a color palette of high contrasting warm and cool toned neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Bursts of varying shades of bold tangerine and an overall heavy metallic dusting all culminate in a sense of luxury."
More About Megan Crane Designs Inc.
Megan Crane Designs Inc. is a multi-award winning interior design firm led by Principal Designer Megan Crane offering unique and innovative designs to residential and hospitality clientele. Megan’s career began with The Walt Disney Company where she spent over 15 years in a creative capacity for the worldwide Theme Parks and Cruise Lines. Her experience and extensive international travels have allowed her to integrate many different cultural and architectural details into her work, lending a distinct perspective to her designs. Megan received her Associate of Arts degree from the Interior Designers Institute, a private FIDER accredited design school in Newport Beach, California. Megan’s designs have been featured in Coast Magazine, Orange County Home Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Home and Outdoor Magazine and the Orange County Register. http://www.megancranedesign.com/


35 of Orange County’s Hottest Interior Designers Participate

From its membership of over 1200 members, ASID Orange County is honored to feature the work of 35 of Orange County’s hottest designers on the 2009 ASID OC Design Tour – Urban Living @ Astoria taking place April 21-May 17 inside the brand-new, Astoria located within Central Park West, Irvine.

Each of the participating designers will make their mark in one assigned area of the six urban living spaces being featured on the tour which include four Penthouse Lofts and 2 flats on the 13th and 14th floors of Astoria. A mix of contemporary living and traditional luxuries, Astoria offers a concierge, business center and secured wine vault, as well as an oversized pool and spa. A complete list of amenities is available at (www.astorialiving.net).

While all of these designers have headquarters in Orange County, many of them have been influencing design worldwide for years with projects all over the United States and beyond.

The participating designers for the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour include:

Tony Baldocchi, Allied Member ASID
Joyce Elizabeth Byrd, Allied Member ASID
Rick Campos, Allied Member ASID
Julia Caro, Allied Member ASID
Oma Talley Cast, Allied Member ASID
Megan Crane, Allied Member ASID
Barbara Coulter-Phillips, Allied Member ASID
Char Cowan, ASID, CID, IIDA
Audrey Duncan, Allied Member ASID
Deirdre Eagles, Allied Member ASID
Robret Easterley, Allied Member ASID
Fumiko Faiman, ASID, CID
Gary W. Finley, ASID
Kimberly Franzen,Allied Member ASID
Bonnie Gorrell, Allied Member ASID
Samatha Gorrell, Allied Member ASID
Lana Hamden, Allied Member ASID
Interior Deisgners Institute
David Kelley, Allied Member ASID
Taylor LeClaire, Allied Member ASID
Eve Lowey, ASID
Wendy Ann Miller, Allied Member ASID
Tamra Mundia, Allied Member ASID
Megan Myers, Allied Member ASID
Frank Pitman, Allied Member ASID
David Rance, ASID
Sue Rexroth, Allied Member ASID
David Romero, Allied Member ASID
Sue Sanders, Allied Member ASID
Shala Shamardi, Allied Member ASID
Tamara Shermer, Allied Member ASID
Beverly Stadler, ASID, CID
Bunny Sutherland, ASID
Richard Thompson, Allied Member ASID
Natalie Umbert, Allied Member ASID
Westwood College
Beth Whitlinger, ASID, CID

About the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour
The 2009 Design Tour – Urban Living @ Astoria will be the first of its kind for the ASID Orange County Chapter featuring contemporary design in an urban, high-rise setting. The chosen location for the 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour are the luxuriously appointed towers known as Astoria, located within Central Park West (Irvine, Ca), and will include four penthouse lofts and two flats on the Terrace and Grand Tier levels. The floor to ceiling windows and vast outdoor spaces will provide the perfect backdrop for 35 of ASID/OCC’s fabulous designers to showcase their unique talents.

Incorporating cutting edge design - from green living to a full spectrum of this year’s hottest colors and furnishings, this year’s Tour is sure to inspire the imagination and appreciation of every visitor. Designers were issued the additional challenge of creating environments that will appeal to visitors at all stages of their life, from bachelors and young families to empty nesters.

A mix of contemporary living and traditional luxuries, Astoria offers its residents an on-site business center, concierge service, a secured wine vault with private wine-tasting room, fully equipped exercise room as well as an oversized pool and spa. A complete list of amenities as well as additional images and information about Astoria can be found at www.astorialiving.net.

The 2009 ASID/OCC Design Tour will be open April 21-May 17, Tuesday- Sunday from 10AM – 5PM. The Tour will remain open until 8 PM on Friday nights. Tickets for the 2009 Design Tour can be purchased beginning March 6 online at www.asidocc.org, through the Orange County Performing Arts Center box office (714-556-2787) or at Whole Food at The District in Tustin. Tickets are also available at the door.

ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria - Before Photos

I love a "before" and "after". Below are the "before" photos and I can't wait for the "after."

The 2009 ASID Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria - is going to be AMAZING! I can't wait to see how the 37 designers tackle the challenge of transforming these new spaces into a contemporary-inspired home, using innovative ideas. I love to see how other people are inspired by color, shape, technology and space and I am sure that these Penthouses and Lofts will not disappoint.

So save-the-date. The Design Tour is April 21-May 17.