Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Everyday Design No.4: The Coming Out of the Closet.

I cannot tell you how many times I've suggested to a client the idea of how we should design the interior of their closets and gotten in return odd looks and immediate questions of why. For reasons that are quite beyond me most people have taken to the notion that closet interiors should be white...simple, average white. 

While there is always the option of putting a lot of design into a closet with custom woodwork, special organizers and the like doing something simple can be just as good. I personally love to wallpaper closets in wallpaper not used anywhere else in the house..except perhaps other closets. Painting a closet interior in a colour not used on other wall is a fast way to change your closets. Find a colour that really sets off your clothing and accessories and run with it, choose a colour that suits your personality, your lifestyle. 

Since it is a small space that isn't seen that often I even suggest picking a paint colour you have always been afraid to use anywhere else. Mirror the entire interior, cover it in cork, upholster it, the sky (or little enclosed space) is the limit. Use this space to experiment with ideas you might want to use in bigger public spaces.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Everyday Design No.3: How High?

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked what height artwork should be hung I might very well be close to being able to retire. This seems to be the single biggest question and one of the biggest problem areas of interior design. Now, had I another dollar for every house I went into where their artwork was hung to high I would be able to retire...on my own island in the Caribbean. It really is that much of a problem.

While the 57-60 inch center height is not set in stone it is the best standard. It also works well if you are planning on hanging to pieces of similar sized art one above the other. In this case the 57-60 inch standard should fall in the space between the two pieces (which should be 2-4 inches on average).

Here is where it can get a bit complicated. If you are hanging two pieces, one above the other, but one is a good bit bigger the other the 57-60 inch height will no longer be on the center of the piece. This is how it works, let us say that the piece on the bottom is bigger, in this case the 57-60 inch line should fall between the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the piece depending its height. Should the larger piece be on top simply use the bottom 1/3 to 1/4. Simple right?

As always should anyone have questions on this topic I am always happy to answer them.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Everyday Design No.2: A Touch of Pink.

So many people are stuck in so many outdated interior design ideas. The ceiling is probably the worst place for these outdated ideas. Matte white..boring...is pretty much the norm in most homes, but it doesn't have to be. Use the tip above or experiment a little, the idea is to take a break from what everyone else does.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Everyday Design No.1

After a long...long...long absence from posting I am quite pleased to return with a brand new series called Everyday Design. In this series I'll be sharing professional interior design tips on topics from lighting to how to use flowers to enhance your interior. All this coming to you absolutely free...once a week or so.

Should you have questions about the tips or would like a tip about something specific please let me know, it would be my pleasure to help in any way I can.

I will also be writing posts here on Bastion & Lark with a bit more frequently from now on, at least until my schedule becomes terribly crazy again.


P.S. You can also find Everyday Design on my Instagram feed, @brjudge.

P.P.S. This post is basically the same as yesterday save a most embarrassing issue that arose. A friend was helping me write a few of the tips and advice to help me focus in on a writing style. When he sent me his versions of the ideas that I gave him I was instantly taken by the way the tip had been written and knew it had to be used for the first Everyday Design post. The problem is is the tip was an almost exact copy of a well known quote by a well known designer. After deleting it from everywhere it had been posted, and spending the evening in total embarrassment and regret for not knowing better, I decided to start again fresh with a new tip of my own and in my words.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On This Day Let Us Give Thanks.

It is my sincerest hope that everyone is able to spend this holiday with those they love to be with, in an environment they love to be in and at a table they love to be at.

Happy Thanksgiving,
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