Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Read this before you buy a neutral colored sofa

Yes, a neutral or white sofa is a safe choice, but not necessarily the best for your living room and style!
So how would you know if you should go with a colorful sofa or neutral?
The decision has more to do with how much color you'd like to have in your living room. If it's mostly going to be a neutrals palette (nothing wrong with that!), and just pops of color in art, pillows and perhaps a chair, then stick with a neutral sofa. But, if you'd like to bring in more then just small dosage of color into the room, then you need to pick out one or more of the large items in color (rug, window treatments, sofa, chairs or wall color). 

Here are my tips to selecting a colorful fabric for your sofa without regretting your choice:
1. The sofa color should be a color that you absolutely love, whether it's trendy or not!
2. Your sofa color needs to be in your planned color scheme.
3. A colorful sofa works best if your sofa is in the center of the room or close to the focal point, because your eye will instantly be drawn to it. 
4. Pick a color that works with all your accent colors so you can work with pillows etc.
Here are some inspirational ideas

One of my personal favorite colors for a sofa that's not neutral is blue. Here are some examples..

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Navy blue is a nice option if youre looking into a dark color and some contrast

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An apple green sofa is a great choice!




Yellow? if that's your favorite color then  go for it!
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The most timeless color combination



Some color combination are trendy and some are timeless. Blues and whites are definitely a timeless combo. I played around with some inspiration boards here, starting with a single pillow as an inspiration!
If you're working with a  blank slate room, a fairly easy place to start is a pillow you love. 
Like this one for example:



If your pillow was that, your color scheme could be this color combo:
Always make sure you have a neutral in your pallet.


Now, add a few more pillows that work nicely together...


Back to you color scheme, you can select the sofa to be a light gray, white or blue. I selected a light gray sofa, dark blue jute rug and a clean lined coffee table and lamp.
With chairs, I was playing with three choices: navy blue, teal blue and a geometric patterned fabric chair. I wonder which ones do you think works best.



And here are my inspiration boards with all three chairs:
Board one- navy blue chair

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Board 2- patterned chair

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Board 3 - teal chair

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Which one is your favorite?









Friday, April 28, 2017

Coastal colors. contemporary feel inspiration board


What if you like the blues and green colors scheme, the breezy feel of coastal style, , but want to skip the slipcovered sofa and the printed sea shells, and create a more contemporary styled living room?
Here's some inspiration boards for you.
I started with these three pillows from society


Below are two inspiration boards alternatives, using the same pillows. I picked out white as my neutrals and repeated the other colors and curvy shapes in the furniture

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The second board is a variation on the theme
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Which one is your favorite?


One living room - three inspiration boards



Inspiration gives you direction and clarity.
It gives you a starting point and a place to go back to when you get confused or side tracked, both of which I am guilty of. especially the side track part...
So I decided to try a little excersize. Pick out a pillow , art or fabric that will be my starting point fora living room's color scheme.

I picked out this pillow from west elm

Crewel Offset Color Blocks Pillow Cover - Light Pool | west elm:

Here's my color scheme:



Next, I started playing with some ideas of actuall items that can work together for the imaginary living room


Blue rug, white sofa:




Neutral jute rug with a white contemporary sofa

 Jute rug with a velvet dark contemporary teal sofa

 Jute rug with a medium teal traditional velvet sofa








Friday, April 21, 2017

Ask Vered




I'm starting a new series called "Ask Vered", where I will post readers design dilemmas and questions along with photos and some suggestions of how to solve the dilemma.

Here's how it works
  1. If this is regarding your home, take 3-4 photos of the room you need help with (living, dining, bedroom etc.). Take your photos in day light and from a distance so they include as much from the room as possible. 
  2. Specify the dilemma or what you need help with. 
  3. Email your question + photos to me at veredr012@gmail.com . I might email for more details. 
  4. When your room gets selected, it will be posted on my blog/facebook with suggestions and ideas to solve your design problem. Your name can be changed if you like.


A happy fresh color combination to copy



How to find your favorite color pallette for an design project?
Find a photo of a room that you absolutely love, and start from there. Notice the colors, and copy the color palette for your own project.
Does the photo have to be an actual room? not necessarily.
Here's an example
One of the most cheerful color combination that feel fresh and spring like are teal and pink


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Here's the color palette:




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Now that you have the color pallete, you can create beautiful rooms like these:



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Or this one

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enjoy spring!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to make your bathroom look less like a bathroom


What I like about this bathroom below is that it feels more like a room than a bathroom. 


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Why? because it incorporates pieces and applications that are more likely to be seen in a room that is not a bathroom, such as
1. side table  - more likely to be in living rooms, but certainly comes in handy when you need to place your clean clothes or even a glass of wine or cup of tea while you bath.
2. wall paper - full bathrooms are seldom wall papered because of obvious reasons (moisture), but when installed professionally and on walls that are not in direct contact with water, wall paper is a great way bring in color, pattern or texture. 
3. Art - for obvious reasons (moisture exposure), art is seldom seen in a bathroom, but when it does, it's a pleasant surprise. I would not use anything that is valuable, but cheap colorful art is definitely an option.
4. Built in bench  with a cushion - such a cool idea for a bathroom to have a cushioned seat. 

If you'd like to warm up your bathroom and personalize it - bring in elements that are more likely to be seen in other rooms: furniture, wall paper, fabric window treatments, art etc. Just make sure that these pieces can are moisture resistant or are at least not extremely valuable to you in case they absorb the moisture and deteriorate over time.

If you need help with your bathroom renovation or how to "face lift" your current bathroom, feel free to contact me at vered@veredrosendesign.com 617-584-9965

yours

Vered


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Inspirational bathrooms I love

Starting with this post, I will begin sharing bathroom photos I've collected over time and found to be inspirational in one or more ways. Each one of these bathrooms has at least one idea you might be able to "steal" for your own project. 

This is the first photo of a beautiful, luxurious white and gray marbled bathroom.


Photo: Erica George Dines
Why is this luxurious master bathroom so appealing?
symmetry - symmetry is always pleasing to the eye. It gives us a sense of order. In this bathroom symmetry is everywhere: 
1. The large beautiful window is centered in the arched niech.
2. The free standing tub is centered under the window
3. Symmetrically centered two wall niches with two identical wall sconces.
Emphasized architecture - everything in this bathroom works to emphasis the architecture of the room - for example, the tiled arch and surrounding wall tiles around the window emphasize the shape of the arch and window.
Tiled mosaic "area rug" - I love this application. In this bathroom, the centered tiled floor mosaic looks almost like an area rug, surrounded by large marble tiles. This application also emphasizes the room's symmetry and gives the floor a unique definition.
Color scheme - white, gray and black is a classic combination. 
Texture - The key to creating white bathrooms look interesting and inviting is texture. A variety of tile sizes and patterns in white and gray, as well as the right wall color make this bathroom look interesting, unified but not stark.
Free standing tub - this bathroom says "luxury" not only because of the high ceiling, expansive windows, arched niech, and the uncompromising symmetry, but also because of that beautiful free standing bathtub, centered right under the huge window.

Below is a photo of the same bathroom from a different angle. Here's an example of a really cool application of mirrors
Mirrored niech - In this particular bathroom, placing a mirror in the niech, not only defines the niech, but also reflects in light and views from the adjacent windows in day light. At night, it visually "doubles" the wall sconces.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Last minute gift ideas under $50


Need some last minute gift ideas under $50?
Here are some ideas that are both aesthetic and unique:

Dining and serving
Satellite bowl
Oval oak wine carafe

cheese & crackers serving board


Olive server
Gifts for tea lovers


Iced tea gift set

Green herbal tea set

Herb growing bottles

Herb grow bottles



Gifts for chocolate lovers on a diet...

Box of chocolate soaps
A gift for the sensual

Lost, then found

Bluetooth tracking tag

For your meditative mindful friend

yoga pose hanging sculptures
Happy holidays and low stress gift shopping!
Vered

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

9 beautiful menorahs for Hanukah

Tonight is the second night of Hanukah, so I wanted to share 9 beautiful Menorahs (or "hanukiot" in hebrew) that I found online.
I find it interesting that candles and lights are such a major part of all three major holidays we celebrate here in the US at this time of the year: Hanukah, Christmas and kwanza.
Other than their unique symbolism in each of these holidays, the proximity to the winter solstice must have had an effect on the evolving customs of these holidays. The warmth and festivity of candles lifts our spirits when the days are short and the weather is cold.
Here are some cool Menorah's I've found:

contemporary Menorahs

Hanukkah Menorah Modern geometric Judaica - White ceramic Contemporary $115


Hanukkah Menorah Gift Guide: Pea Menorah
Pea Menorah / Pea Chanukiah - Aluminum
Jonathan Adler Menorah - Utopia Reversible Man/Woman Menorah, $147.99

Nature inspired menorahs

Michael Aram Judaica Botanical Leaf Menorah, $199

Pomegranate Menorah 2 pieces made out of nickleplate and oxidized bronze
     Menorah round up


Happy Hanukah and happy holidays to you all!

Vered