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.

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.

Dare to Live: Unique Interior Design Touches

Your home speaks volumes about you — it should be a true reflection of your life lived, presenting pieces that highlight your personal history and your passions. Are you a music lover, art aficionado or wine connoisseur? Showcase your collections with a scene-stealing display worthy of your treasures. Do you have a family heirloom that holds a special place in your heart? Make it a centerpiece for your surroundings, as well, so that you can appreciate it every day. By infusing your abode with items that are distinctly, 100 percent you, you’ll feel more at home than ever.

Think outside the box with spaces that may go underused in your home; they can become the ideal backdrop for flaunting unique touches. This front living room gets a new lease on life with an homage to the homeowners’ love of reading (note the intriguing sculpture made of manuscripts), plus the pièce de résistance: a log-burning fireplace that blazes brightly every day of the cold season. This sitting room now knows a greater purpose as the perfect place to curl up with a good book.

Vintage Pierre Cardin dining chairs reupholstered in plush peacock teal velvet? Check. Roomy heirloom dining table designed for collecting a crowd? Check. Whimsical bicycle sculpture that sparks conversation? Bien sûr! Make every meal more memorable and every occasion even more special by creating a purposeful dining room you and your family with want to return to time and time again.

A hand-sewn kimono hanging in a breakfast room? Why not, we say! Celebrate your heritage by purposely placing heartfelt objects throughout your home. By displaying this exceptional item as a cherished piece of art in a conspicuous place, this family gets a beautiful reminder of who they are every day they gather for their morning meal.

Imagine walking past a formal dining room table and your eye catches an intriguing vignette. A sculptural worship piece, flickering candles and a bright fresh floral impart an intentional design that enchants everyone who enters your home, even in a space you don’t utilize every day.

The Inspired Interiors team revels in helping you discover and display pieces throughout your home that will bring you joy throughout the years. Get in touch to learn how we can help transform your surroundings into a space that truly tells the tale of you.