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.

Living Rooms That Defy Expectations

Living rooms can get a bad rap. Depending on an abode’s layout and its inhabitants’ lifestyle, living rooms can be seen as stuffy, staid surroundings that don’t often see the light of day, or they can be messy, disorganized catchalls where people conduct most of their life without much thought about the look and feel of the area itself.

If the kitchen is known as the heart of the home, think of the living room as the persona — often the first place in a residence that guests experience, but also a room where you and your family can really let loose and relax. It’s an interior design balancing act to be sure, but by injecting your personality into the space, your living room can be the place in your home where you can really live.

Here we’ll explore several current living room trends that are giving living rooms the freedom to be interesting spaces that truly reflect the people who inhabit them.

So Mod

The return of modular seating is a boon for interior designers and their clients alike — never has a piece of furniture offered so many possibilities! We like flexible seating configurations because they revolutionize the living room. With modular seating, you can center around a coffee table and face each other, and you can enter from different directions, making these seating arrangements more conducive to daily living and the overall flow of the room. Manufacturers are even making these sofa backs more attractive and even functional — look for built-in bookcases and shelving.

Fire and Ice

What’s more appealing than a roaring fireplace serving as the centerpiece of a cozy living room? A glass-enclosed fireplace that can be viewed from multiple vantage points. These elegant hearths add an atmospheric element to the home, providing an entrancing focal point while also creating an inviting sense of warmth and comfort.

Hide and Seek

The mainstay of most living rooms is a TV, but when the set is not in use, it can be an eyesore. Today’s TVs now play with the eye — hiding behind mirrors, rolling out on hydraulics and projecting onto cinema-style screens. Gone are the days of pointing all of your living room furniture towards a television the size of a small vehicle. Sleek and sophisticated sets now rule the roost.

Make it Personal

Most importantly, you want your living room (like all of your rooms) to be an expression of who you are and what you’re passionate about. Are you a musician? Put your instrument on full display (even if you haven’t picked up a drumstick in years). An avid gamer? Collect vintage arcade games that your guests can get in on. An art aficionado? Your collection will really shine in a shared space where it will spark conversation and inspire others. Put your personality and your passions in the pieces you place in your living room, and you’ll never want to leave.

We love getting to know our clients and their lifestyles so that together we can create spaces that truly dare you to live. Contact us to find out how we can collaborate on your next dream project.