Fun Is Luxurious

Americans are spending more and more time at home, thanks to the rise of remote careers and the ability to order anything you could ever possibly want delivered straight to your door. And, if the American Time Use Study is to be believed, 96 percent of those people engage in some sort of leisure activity each and every day. Why not combine those two fun facts and make your home a hub for social diversions?

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we invite you to create a home that sparks excitement, intrigue and adventure. In this installment, we’ll explore ways to celebrate your surroundings as a gathering place for entertainment and action.

Think of unused space in your home as an opportunity to play — quite literally, in this sense. Vintage arcade games enliven and elevate a basement into a favorite hangout of kids and adults alike — just get ready to be the most popular place in the neighborhood.

More of a Big Lebowski than a Pinball Wizard? Salvage yards often sell portions of bowling alleys of yore, which can be repurposed for the ultimate in pin-spiration.

A single Skee-Ball lane has the same freewheeling feel without taking up much space.

Your own personal skating rink or dance club are easier to achieve than you may think — a few layers of epoxy for the flooring, and you’ll be gliding and grooving in no time. DJ and skate rentals (unfortunately) not included.

Music moguls in the making can even install their own recording studio — DJ Khaled will need to make room for you at the Grammys.

If you’re more the outdoorsy type, bring nature to you by incorporating a sunroom or observatory where you can mingle with flora and fauna (without ever sacrificing your creature comforts).

Now that your home is an oasis of pleasure, you may need a way to exchange information with your family and friends that goes against the grain, as well. Transform an entryway or a mudroom into a communication hub with interactive message boards that impart a sense of playfulness in day-to-day connections.

The Inspired Interiors team believes that all of the areas of your home should serve a purpose … with plenty of room for fun. Connect with us to dream of ways to infuse joy into every day.

Anchoring Design Trends With Classic Pieces

Much like the world of fashion, home design trends fluctuate and evolve. Certain design elements may come in and out of vogue, giving us all ample opportunity to breathe new life into our spaces. What never goes out of style, however, are classic pieces with clean lines that transcend time and lend your rooms a grounded, accessible appeal.

Some of our favorite current trends in interior design flip the script on what’s become expected, letting us all flex our creative muscles when introducing new elements into our abode. In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we show you the latest ways to unleash your interior design inspiration and ingenuity.

Behold the ultra expansive bathroom! By upending the notion that tiling should differ throughout a room, your eye can continue unabated, creating the illusion of a spacious, serene space. Other design elements that add to a refreshing bathroom vignette? An abundance of natural light, the introduction of sleek backlit mirrors and a generous dose of bold geometric shapes.

Make mealtime magic with mirrors in the dining room! An ostentatious piece of artwork placed behind a dining room table? Tired. An intriguing, artistic reflective surface that catches the eye and creates conversation? Fresh! A chandelier suddenly becomes more sparkly, your glassware immediately more glittery and stolen glances of your dining companion promptly more steamy.

Oh, and get ready to see smoked mirrors everywhere. You read it here first!

Looking to make an audacious design statement in your home? Graffiti art is the answer. We’ve worked with several artists specializing in graffiti on custom pieces that inject energy, spark dialogue and create movement in any space. Keith Haring would be proud.

All hail the return of the mighty terrazzo! We adore this versatile material for many reasons: its extreme durability (seriously, this is a 100-year product if ever there was one), its sustainability (the content is often recycled) and its chameleon-like ability to bring pops of color that complement rather than clash.

Taking calculated risks with your interior design ensures your home invigorates the senses and always feels new and exciting yet still familiar to your family and friends. Reach out to the Inspired Interiors team to see how we can embolden your interior design choices while remaining true to your vision and lifestyle.

Blending Historic and Modern Home Design

It may seem intimidating or even downright impossible, but blending historic and modern interior design in your home isn’t as tough to pull off as you might think. By taking into account your home’s essential interior and exterior elements, you can add furnishings, fixtures and other flair that introduce a more modern attitude and best represent you and your individual aesthetic.

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we explore how to harness the power of interior design to create surroundings that are a true reflection of our personalities and lifestyles. Here we’ll delve into the myriad ways to combine traditional and modern aspects into one harmonious home design.

Europeans are far more free when it comes to embracing the juxtaposition of the historic and the contemporary. (When your buildings date back centuries, you tend to find creative ways to inject a sense of currency.) Design-minded travelers will find these bright, colorful front doors throughout the continent, and we love the energy they emit, especially when paired with traditional exterior masonry. Why not spark interest in your abode and stand out from the rest of the street?

It may seem counterintuitive, but a sleek steel-and-glass staircase can lend an appealing airy quality to a more staid space, such as in this English Tudor cottage. It’s a strategic way to not be hemmed in by a home’s classic bones and a brilliant use of space.

In the Midwest, we see an abundance of Prairie-style residences, often with coffered ceilings and wood millwork. Rather than attempting to cover up these decidedly traditional design elements, it’s more alluring to play off of them by introducing bold contemporary furnishings that imbue the space with fresh energy and positivity.

Intriguing modern furnishings are a welcome breath of fresh air in a historic space. The seemingly paradoxical pairing is refreshing and highlights the more traditional elements of a home such as wainscoting in surprising, satisfying ways.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home, by all means, show it off! Incorporating modern mirrors, furniture and lighting into the room pays homage to the hearth but still offers a compelling contemporary edge.

We believe that anything is possible for your surroundings when you open your mind and, of course, work with an experienced design professional. Connect with the Inspired Interiors team to discover how we can collaborate on an interior design that embodies the historic and the modern in equal measure.

Lighting interior design inspiration

Some may consider lighting an afterthought when planning out their interior design, but we look at light fixtures as a key component in achieving your overall aesthetic. From sleek and modern to opulent and over-the-top, lighting interior design can be everything from functional to decorative, but is always essential.

For our ongoing Inspired Interiors Dare to Live series, we’ll illuminate the various ways lighting trends can make a style statement — while brightening our days and enlivening our evenings.

If your tastes lean to the ornate, you really need some Baccarat crystal lighting in your life. The renowned crystal connoisseurs create eye-poppingly extravagant chandeliers, sconces and other fixtures that positively drip with elegance. These pieces never go out of style and always hold their value, so consider them an inimitable investment.

From the timeless to the task-oriented: Don’t forget that lighting also serves a fundamental function. (But that doesn’t mean it should ever be boring.) This slim, sophisticated SEED Design light fixture sheds light over a table or desk without interfering with an abundance of natural light — or masking a breathtaking view.

Have a large space you need illuminated? A graduated, multi-armed hanging light fixture will throw light around the room, accentuating any natural sun you have coming in and casting a lovely halo effect.

Are you craving a more ethereal setting? These luxury handmade chandeliers from Manooi are one-of-a-kind objets d’art, conceiving a dazzling cloud of crystals that captivates anyone who has the pleasure of being beneath them.

A flickering gas lantern sets a distinctive mood, as any visitor to the French Quarter can attest. Bevolo has been handcrafting gas and electric lighting in New Orleans since 1945 and capturing the imaginations of Southerners (and Southerners at heart) ever since. These evocative fixtures have been a staple in upscale Southern residences but also add charm to homes everywhere. Make the neighbors ask: “Who lives in that house?”

Speaking of Southern Gothic style, can you think of anything more fantastical than a wax-draped chandelier holding court over a sumptuously decorated dining table? Nope, us either.

Simply put, lighting has the power to transform the interior design of a home. The Inspired Interiors team is exhilarated by the options we can share with you to light up your life. Let’s chat!

Collection Display Interior Design Ideas

A collection can be whatever you make it — from vinyl records to vintage clothing. It doesn’t have to be something formal or forced, but assembling timeless items does offer a snapshot of your life and what you consider valuable. Whether it’s comprised of inherited heirlooms or lovingly acquired purchases, a collection is a sweet homage to what you deem important.

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we have been exploring ways in which interior design allows us to fully inhabit our surroundings and imbue our spaces with life. Here, we’ll discover how designing around dearly accumulated items can be a particularly rewarding pursuit.

We hold this axiom close to our hearts: Everyone needs a china collection. But not just any collection — why not amass a riotous mix of patterns and colors that transform a dining table into a canvas fit for a living, breathing painting? Parties have so much more pop when the decorations are built right in.

Speaking of tableware, a quirky collection of teapots, cups and saucers sets a whimsical tone for any afternoon tea party. With a selection to choose from, you can pick the pieces specifically for each guest, making for a memorable soiree that will have your attendees talking.

Doorknobs might not come immediately to mind when thinking about an appealing assemblage. We beg to differ. Think about what a doorknob represents: a passageway, a pause where time passes, decisions are made and people progress through their days, their lives. They’re also often beautiful pieces that look rather enticing when grouped together.

When was the last time you looked at the time (and we don’t mean on your phone screen)? Nothing beats the melodic tick-tock of a grandfather or cuckoo clock perfectly positioned in your home. It creates a different atmosphere and literally transports you through time.

Speaking of the entrancing power of sound, a vintage record player, turntable or Victrola offers the opportunity to listen to music as it was meant to be heard. Imagine playing some DeBussy while relaxing on the couch or — even better — in the bathtub.

What could be more personal than a display of love letters, carefully preserved and affectionately assembled? One of our favorite interior design projects was for a woman who had a compilation of correspondence from her grandfather to her grandmother while he was stationed overseas during wartime. This touching tribute is now a centerpiece of her home and a beguiling glimpse into her past.

On a much more boisterous note, a spare space-turned-home-arcade is a sure crowd pleaser. A vintage pinball machine, arcade-style video games, a pool table — these are all invitations to check out of everyday life and lose yourself in the sheer joy of fun and games.

We all have various items we adore to have in our home, and our team loves to let those collections take center stage. We can help you display and showcase your collections so that your surroundings show an appreciation for the past while creating a captivating present. Let’s connect!

Hot Stuff: Summer Interior Design Ideas

You know the vibe: Summertime, and the livin’s easy. We definitely crave these hazy, crazy days, but we also find endless summer interior design ideas in this most lush, verdant time of year.

If you’re like us and live somewhere where relentless winters mean the summer season is met with nothing short of exuberance, making the most of our outdoor spaces is a way to connect to nature and bring more relaxed playtime into our lives. After all, we can all use more time in green spaces and fresh air to boost our mood and give us our daily shot of natural vitamin C.

In this summertime edition of our Dare to Live series, we’ll embrace the warm weather and all of the outdoor interior design ideas it brings to light.

Install a Putting Green 

Indulge your inner fantasies of PGA stardom and install a putting green in your backyard or even on your balcony. Working from home just got so much more productive when you can make deals while sinking a hole in one.

Reach for the Sky

Never got that treehouse you dreamed of as a kid? It’s not too late! Utilize the trees on your property to construct an opulent abode in the sky that will leave your childhood memories in the dust.

Make a Splash

Only have a sliver of space between your and the neighbors? No matter — a narrow custom lap pool will fit nicely, thank you very much.

Elevate Your Outdoors

Outdoor dining spaces can truly be a sanctuary — a place to retire to after a long day or to spend long, luxurious weekends. Even if your landscape doesn’t match this one, you can create your own piece of paradise with elegant tablescapes that bring a bit of elevated style to your outdoor escapades.

A Posh Picnic

It’s a blessing and a curse for many city dwellers: You have a high-rise balcony or a petite patio, but the space is often restricted by its rectangular shape. Rethink the rectangle by mirroring its lines with a super-long picnic-style table that can host a sizeable soiree, maximizing what the real estate gods have given you.

Now’s the time to let your imagination run wild with summer interior design ideas. The Inspired Interiors team loves to collaborate on interior design projects that dare you to live — indoors and out. Let’s connect on how to transform your outdoor space into a warm-weather haven where your fantasies come to life.

Bathtub Ideas That Make a Splashy Statement

As it’s most likely the largest component, it makes sense to consider your bathtub the centerpiece of your entire bathroom renovation. Thinking beyond pure function, bathtubs can also take on a persona of their own. Is your aesthetic all-American or Euro chic? Do you want to create a cozy, intimate vibe? Or a spa-like haven for self care? There’s a bathtub for that.

As we continue our Dare to Live series, we’ll take a deep dive into all of the bathtub design ideas that are making a splash in 2019 — and beyond.

Go ahead — place your bathtub near windows. This spacious freestanding tub is flooded with natural light, a beautiful space to envision bringing the outdoors in. Greenery is also having a major moment in interior design, and the bathroom provides the perfect place for plants to flourish.

A colored bathtub can take on many guises — here, it’s a whimsical vintage vibe. Look for colored skirts, or DIY types can make it a painting project. This airy open-floor plan (complete with cozy fireplace!) allows the soaking tub to really take center stage.

Matching your tub to your bathroom wallpaper? Why not, we say! This spectacular scalable print from Devon & Devon is enhanced by the striking red hue of the bathtub, conjuring an especially chic aquarium where you can fashionably float your cares away.

Let form follow function in your bathtub design. Would a two-person tub fulfill your fantasies? Sounds like a pleasant way to clean up to us. Place a small table or lamp with a stand nearby to stow bath and body products — or a nightcap.

Speaking of a fun Friday night, incorporate versatile (and easy-to-clean) acrylic or wood caddies to your ensemble to hold the essentials for a luxurious bath: bubbles, a book and a glass of vino.

If you have the space, a separate dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom is a fantastic addition, giving you a private nook to get ready, read a book, lounge, daydream…. You name it!

An elegant slipper tub with elongated backs is the perfect pairing of style and substance — it resembles a gently sloping wave while keeping your back warm and supported during an extended soak. We also love this serene all-white design scheme in the bathroom — it is tranquil and polished without being harsh.

What could possibly be more Zen than a Japanese soaking tub? You literally need to climb into this deep vessel, where relaxation meets the ultimate in luxury.

The Inspired Interiors team believes that bathrooms should be a well thought out respite — a place where you can go to prepare for the day or evening ahead, plot your future or just unwind. Let’s talk about the bathroom renovation of your dreams.

Picking the Perfect Faucets and Showerheads

If you’ve been following our “Dare to Live” series, you know that we find the most inspiration in interior design details that comprise a cohesive, compelling home. By carefully selecting items, furnishings and fixtures that really resonate with you, you’ll craft an overall aesthetic that is reflective of you and your lifestyle and truly feels like home.

Because we spend so much of our lives in our kitchens and bathrooms, our faucets and showerheads take on meaning beyond functionality. By choosing fixtures that fit your range of needs (from the practical to the polished), you can upgrade your daily chores into enjoyable self-care rituals.

Kitchens With Style and Substance

This ultra-modern kitchen showcases several design trends we’re loving. First of all, notice the three different faucet installations from Brizo. The main faucet features smart-touch technology (tap lightly to turn on/off or hold to move without turning off the water), while a bar sink and pot filler add convenience for the home cook. The minimalist open-floor plan and fireplace also make us swoon!

A cool industrial vibe is gleaned from these faucets from Waterworks, where function meets fabulous. The internal mechanics are exposed, giving you something to gaze at in wonderment while you rinse your Champagne flutes.

Brass and black faucet finishes are also trending in the interior design world — we love how this classic-meets-modern combination fits in a wide variety of decor styles.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Airy, expansive open-floor plans extend to the bathroom, as well, lending a feeling of more space and letting the fixtures really pop. These brass faucets and showerheads from Brizo make a stylish statement while elevating your daily routines from simply cleansing to immersing yourself in spa-like luxury.

Style and substance come together beautifully in this shower system from Waterworks, with an overhead faucet joined by a bathtub spout and a wonderful shower “wand” that works like magic and cleans like a dream.

We believe that by enhancing your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, you can boost your spirits and improve your quality of life. We’re here to help you find the perfect fixtures and furnishings that create your ideal surroundings — find out how we can collaborate.

Design Is in the Details

Yes, we love a splashy statement piece as much as anyone, but, for us, the best interior design definitely lies in the details. By dreaming up creative ways to express our clients’ interests and lifestyles through their living spaces, we are helping to build a home that authentically reflects their personalities and passions.

In our “Dare to Live” series, we have been exploring ways that your surroundings can be a true reflection of who you are and what you care about. We believe that the seemingly small details of your design the thoughtful touches that show what you appreciate and value most in life are really the most revealing, the most profound and, yes, the most fun aspects of your home.

A recent Inspired Interiors client is an avid book lover who wanted his surroundings to speak volumes about his boundless adoration of reading. Rather than recycle trite odes to publications, we unearthed innovative ways to make his space an elegant celebration of the written word.

In a bedroom designed specifically for this bibliophile, a herringbone bookcase organizes his prized books in the most eye-catching of ways. Arranged as a sort of Pez dispenser, his monthly reading lists are now at the touch of his fingers. Flanking the bed are nightstands crafted from old library card catalogs (you remember the Dewey Decimal system), which were purchased on a salvage sale website and made locally.

On the same salvage site, we sourced vintage letterpress pieces that were custom crafted into a striking bar. As we consulted with our client about all of the stories by other people that he’s read, we wanted to start weaving his narrative through his home’s singular design.

In the same home, we took a wrought iron detail from the flagship NYC Barnes & Noble store and used it as the surface of a distinctive dining table that sparks conversation as it gathers guests.

Perhaps your passion lies in classic cars, as is the case with another recent client of ours. Using headlamps sourced from vintage vehicles, we commissioned a custom chandelier to rev up his foyer. The best part? The lights can be pivoted and repositioned to showcase anything and everything his heart desires.

Sometimes the most dynamic details are those that elevate an everyday object into an objet d’art. Consider, for example, this decadent liquor cabinet, featuring glossy wood veneer, leather and brass on the exterior that houses a lighted, mirrored interior. Thoughtfully recessed doors ensure no one bumps into all this fabulousness while crafting a cocktail.

By taking the time to select pieces that are emblematic of what makes you you, your surroundings will have a one-of-a-kind feeling you can’t find anywhere else. And, isn’t that the point of interior design in the first place? We can help you identify those unique characteristics to draw out in your home’s design. Let’s start the conversation.

Ideas for Elegant Home Organization

It’s officially springtime, and it’s natural to start thinking about renewal — rejuvenating our routines and refreshing our living spaces. Just like the daffodils are bursting through the ground to bring new life to the outdoors, our indoor surroundings could use some revival, as well.

We’ve all read the annual “spring cleaning” stories that advocate for deep cleanings and the tried-and-true “store-donate-toss” rule. We’d like to push the boundaries on that line of thinking to talk about multifunctional interior design that opens up new possibilities throughout your home. By adding a few intentional touches and reimagining your rooms, you can create storage solutions that will free up space in the most elegant of ways.

Kitchens That Clean Up

We have long been fans of glass cabinet doors that make kitchens feel light and airy — and inspire you to keep your household essentials arranged nicely!

A lovely dining room hutch is another classic storage solution to hold all of your special pieces. You’ll find it’s much easier to use all of that wonderful china and glassware you’ve been hanging on to when it’s all within reach. Perhaps it’s time for a festive spring fete!

Beautifully Designed Bathrooms

With all of the various lotions and potions and accoutrements needed to put yourself together every day, the bathroom can easily become the most disorganized place in the house. By sourcing attractive repositories to house all of your necessities, you’ll clear the clutter and create a serene, spa-like space to start your day in very Zen surroundings.

Home Offices That Mean Business

It’s true: Organized surroundings lead to clearer thinking, just the thing that’s needed in a home office. Modular, multifunctional blocks can be built into an interchangeable bookcase to put everything you need right at your fingertips. They can also be moved and stacked to create room dividers that delineate space but still let the light flow.

For a more vintage vibe, an old armoire can be transformed into a stylish storage space by removing the front doors and letting the shelves take a starring role.

Hyper-Organized Entryways

It’s human nature: You walk through the door at the end of a long day and immediately want to free yourself all of your stuff. Make your entryway a sort of nerve center for your home by hanging coat hooks, adding shoe cubbies and building in bins to house scarves, gloves and other daily necessities. A mirror and a wall clock are useful touches to help get you out of the house on time.

The Inspired Interiors team loves a good home organization project! Together, we’ll find innovative, attractive ways to optimize storage and reimagine spaces with luxurious design in mind. Let’s work together.