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Window Treatments: Roman Shades

Need help designing window treatments for your home or office?   Contact Jamie Kern, ASID, President of DTIC at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

I’m not typically a fan of an overdone window treatment.  No swags, tassels, layers of gimp and bouillon fringe, tie backs, scarves or 18″ of puddling.   There’s certainly nothing wrong with these elements but my design style is a bit more streamlined.  I prefer something a bit more tailored or more relaxed.  I believe window treatments should be functional and attractive but not the focal point of a room.  I try to work with the exterior views and use window treatments as a means of framing the view and softening the hard window lines so that a space feels more comfortable and easy. A Roman Shade is one of my favorite treatments.   They can be tailored or informal, but they are wonderful for giving a homeowner the option for privacy when needed and simple beauty when privacy is not paramount.

TAILORED ROMAN SHADES

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

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Interiors by Laura Tutun Interiors

 

CASUAL AND EASY ROMAN SHADES

Casual and Easy

Casual and Easy

 

NATURAL ROMAN SHADES

Natural Shades

Natural Shades

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Great Seating by MyFace

For current pricing and lead times, contact Jamie Kern, President of DTIC at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com  

Sometimes a person or company comes along who reinterprets the norm and introduces us to something extraordinary in furniture & seating design, building products, lighting, technology.    As one with a passion for architectural and interior design, these people and products inspire me to break down the barriers of my imagination, encouraging me to grow as a designer so that my clients always receive the most value for their money.   I believe these are the people we celebrate and try to emulate.

So today it’s “Bottoms Up” to MyFace, a furniture and seating design & manufacturing firm based in Portugal.  MyFace has created a line of exceptional seating and tables that are modern and simply elegant at every angle.  The attention to detail is unrivaled and I find it hard not to stare!!

 

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

Nodo Lounge Chair by My Face

 

Mo Modular Sofa by My Face

Mo Modular Sofa by My Face

Mo Modular Sofa by My Face

Mo Modular Sofa by My Face

 

Fable Swing by My FAce

Fable Swing by My FAce

Fable Swing by MyFace

Fable Swing by MyFace

Fable Swing by MyFace

Fable Swing by MyFace

 

Houdini Sofa by My Face

Houdini Sofa by My Face

Houdini Sofa by My Face

Houdini Sofa by My Face

Houdini Sofa by My Face

Houdini Sofa by My Face

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Good, Better Best: Colorful Outdoor Furniture

For designer pricing and lead times contact Jamie Kern at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

Want to add some dazzling color to your outdoor seating area?  You can do it on almost any budget.

One of my favorite newfound outdoor furniture lines is from Damian Velasquez and sold on Artfulhome.com.   This is a gorgeous, airy, sculptural chair made of stainless steel and powder coated in blue, orange and white.   It is sturdy with a modern shape and the perfect pitch to the back so you won’t feel too reclined or like you’re being pushed forward.

This is a splurge item at $2,500 per chair but if the price is a budget buster, keep scrolling………

by Damian Valesquez

by Damian Valesquez

Fermob is still one of my favorite outdoor lines.  Founded and manufactured in France, the Luxembourg collection feels like a garden cafe.  All of the pieces are made of lightweight aluminum and available in 24 vivid colors.  I’ve seen pricing range from $700 for the rocking chair to $400 for the dining chairs.   What you get for your money is furniture that is made from recycled and recyclable metals and powder coating products and techniques.  The paint is UV coated to maintain the vibrance of each color and each piece goes through a rigorous quality control inspection and is signed by the quality control inspector.  These pieces will last a lifetime and can be left outdoors, uncovered with confidence.

But if you’re like me, your tastes change with the wind so you may not need a lifetime piece.  Scroll on…….

 

Fermob Luxembourg Collection

Fermob Luxembourg Collection

Luxembourg Rocker by Fermob

Luxembourg Rocker by Fermo

Luxembourg rocker by Fermob

Luxembourg rocker by Fermob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here’s my favorite alternative for any budget.  This is the outdoor Golf chair by Emu Americas.  Available with or without arms, it comes in 5 fun colors and  lands in the $120 price range.   A grouping of these chairs around a fire pit or a dining table makes for great impact!  Emu is known for making furniture that will withstand public space use and abuse, so this chair will stand up famously to a residential outdoor space.

Golf Chair by Emu Americas

Golf Chair by Emu Americas

 

 

 

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A Visual Guide to Wood Flooring Trends

Wood flooring has changed tremendously in recent years. Manufacturers in particular have increased the range of color and texture in a bid to make wood flooring suitable in a greater number of interiors. In this visual guide we take a closer look at the most recent trends.

TYPES

There are in fact two types that fall under the definition of real wood flooring. One called solid wood because it is made from whole wood and one called engineered wood because it is made from wood and synthetic materials. Both look the same and cost the same.

Solid Wood – The use of complete wood makes this type especially strong. It is suitable in most interiors, particularly commercial interiors due to the floorboard’s strength. It does not suit wet areas such as the bathroom or kitchen, nor on top of under floor heating (due to expansion from heat).

Solid wood Design Theory Interiors of Ca Jamie Kern

Engineered Wood Flooring – The use of wood on the top helps ensure equal look when compared to the previous type. The use of synthetics in its core (ply, mdf and softwood) means that you can fit this floorboard across the entire interior, even in wet areas and even on top of under floor heating.

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COLORS

The color of the floorboard often comes from the species of hardwood. There are a few common species of hardwood that are used for flooring. The list includes:

Walnut – Available from Europe and from North America, Walnut flooring tends to display darker shades. Walnut is considered a great long-term investment because of its durability.

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Oak – Oak is the most common material for hardwood flooring. The color can vary from light grey to deep brown. Oak floors are considered stylish due to attractive grain pattern and equally strong.

Oak design theory interiors of ca jamie kern

Ash – Ash typically grows in Europe but also in parts of Asia. The wood is particularly strong and features almost white heartwood. It is a great option.

ash design theory interiors of ca jamie kern

Maple – Another popular choice comes from the Maple tree. The wood that comes in shades of honey is incredibly strong, which can make working with the wood time-consuming (and therefore expensive to you).

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TEXTURES

The finish of the floorboard was traditionally used to protect the floorboard from minor damage (e.g. dragging items on the surface, contact with shoe sole etc.), however nowadays it is used in conjunction with technological processes to alter the texture of the floorboard. Popular trends nowadays are black, white and grey texture options.

White – White wood flooring is popular in areas that get limited natural light or when you wish to make the room look bigger using an optional illusion. The whiteness is achieved by using special diluted white color in a process that is called ‘white-washing’ or ‘lime-washing’.

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Black – Black and darkwood flooring is popular to create a stylish interior against white furnishing. The black color is achieved by thermo treating the wood in a stove until the required degree of dark is achieved.

dark design theory interiors of ca jamie kern

Grey – Grey wood flooring have only come to light in the last few years. The traditional color of wood furnishing (i.e. brown / honey) would often clash with natural color wood floors, so manufactures developed the grey color which seems to sit well with traditional color of wood furnishing.

Grey design theory interiors of ca jamie kern

 

Thanks for reading. For information on interior design and to discuss your project in detail, contact Design Theory Interiors.

 Information by Jonathan Sapir, CEO of http://www.woodandbeyond.com/ Follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

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