March 2014 Newsletter

March Design tip: “Consider using contrasting elements within a space. Whether it be with the use of color, fabrics, textures, patterns, or even the size of furniture or objects. These types of focuses can add balance and depth.” March 2014 Newsletter

Design Tip #6

Don’t be afraid of mixing fabrics in a room, the right combination can give you a designer look. Start by finding a great fabric you can build your design around. Limit yourself to no more than three patterns and make sure to vary the style and size. Use common colors so that fabrics relate and… Read more »

Design Tip #5

Up-cycling is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and will benefit the environment by turning trash into treasures. It can be as simple as adding a coat of paint and new hardware to a worn out dresser, or realizing a completely new purpose for an object. Not only will you give new… Read more »

Design Tip #4

Take advantage of available outdoor space to increase your living area by creating an outdoor living or dining room. Outdoor spaces are a great place to relax or entertain guests and patios or decks will also add to the overall value of your home. Once your furniture is selected, don’t forget to accessorize!

Design Tip #3

Featuring a single accent wall is a great way to make a bold statement and can make a room zing without being overbearing. Keep in mind that you are not limited to color. Patterns can be another great way to draw the eye, whether paint, wallpaper or a creative use of materials, the options are… Read more »

Design Tip #2

Statement pieces have inspirational value that can initiate the transformation of a space. These items define the style of the design and should reflect your own personality. Select something that is bold and unique to amplify the character of your room. Inspiration can be found in many different places: furniture, artwork and lighting, to name… Read more »

An Intern’s Perspective

As a Senior Interior Design student at Villa Maria College, I was encouraged to complete an internship in an area of design that I am most interested in. After completing various studio classes, I found that I most enjoyed commercial design. My last studio class focused on Evidence Based Design, designing for the Chemotherapy Infusion… Read more »