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Designer Tips for Decorating a Condo

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Ernesto

I started my career in big cities in America then traveled to Europe where I had to learn how to fight for every square inch (or every square centimeter) to give comfort, beauty, drama or serenity to each space. In my early career, I learned the standards for how space is used are quite different between urban and suburban areas. Condos (flats, apartments, etc) tend to have a smaller footprint with less square footage. On this post, I will be sharing with you some important guidelines to make your small Condo spaces more comfortable, livable, beautiful, and efficient ones. Enjoy!

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Built-ins will be your best friends in a condo. They are an exceptional means of increasing storage and shelving that can be decorative and functional at the same time. Keep it simple; appliqués and overly detailed elements can make built-ins look too heavy.  Ideally, built-ins should be addressed by the buyer, rather than looking to the builder to include them during construction. Designing your own built-ins to fit your needs can assure functionality and beauty.

Some examples: linen cabinets that fit behind a door and home office built-ins that house the TV, computer, printers, book shelves and decorative accessories.

 

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Paint colors should be in a unified palette. When you use a single color for walls in the living room and dining room. This will visually expand the spatial perception of the rooms. This doesn’t mean you cannot have an accent wall; sometimes it’s perfect to define a space. Because rooms will be smaller, the paint for the doors, trim, built-ins and closet doors in the same color as the walls. That way, your eyes will be drawn to furnishings and fabrics instead of the cutouts and openings in the space. Another quick trick is to keep the color contrast between walls and ceilings to a minimum; that will make people less aware of generally lower heights.

Bigger is not always better. Large and overly decorated chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces are not as suitable for condos. They can look overwhelming and out of scale. Choose clean-lined and more understated sources of light. This doesn’t mean you should get rid of everything from your previous home. Rescue pieces that are well proportioned to their new spaces. Heirlooms and antiques can become focal points in specific rooms. With art, the same rules apply, address scale first. You want to make sure that your furnishings will serve as an “anchor” for your artwork. It’s fine to use art as a focal point; just make sure a piece doesn’t completely overwhelm its surroundings.

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Trick the eyes with Mirrors! Mirrors are a useful tool in any space, particularly floor-to-ceiling mirrors. They expand your perception of the size of a room. Place them in foyers, dining rooms, bedrooms, and don’t be afraid to back furniture against them. You’ll be surprised how dramatic a console or a chair can become. Try anchoring a framed painting against a mirror. It will look like the art is floating!

When in comes to condo window coverings, less is more. Stay away from overly detailed rods and finials and heavy swags. Few condos have the scale to accommodate such treatments. Keep fabrics un-patterned and stay close to your wall color. If you must use a pattern, go ahead and make a statement but keep everything else in the room close to monochromatic.

Using any number of these tips in a smaller space will make your home feel spacious and cozy so try them out!

Inventive Solutions to Challenging Spaces

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Ernesto

No Space.

This is a frequent, sometimes inevitable, occurrence in secondary bedrooms. The headboard wall is flanked by a door to a closet on the other side there’s a door to a bathroom. After you place the bed you realize that there is no room for a standard nightstand, and forget about a matching set!

The solution is small tiered tables. Unfortunately you don’t find many of these tables in the market; I had to custom design these for our clients Guest Bedroom. But when you do find a table that suits your size and style needs, here’s how they can function in place of traditional bulky nightstands.

On the top tier you should make sure that the lamps you select are in scale with the tables and provide enough light for reading. On the other tiers you can use boxes or baskets for things you don’t want exposed or need to keep organized (such as prescriptions, stationery, pens, etc.) or you can use them to pile the latest novels you are reading. Adding some life to an unused bedroom is always a good idea, use one of the tiers to display floral arrangements or small lively accessories.

By giving your spare bedrooms a bit more attention to function, your guests will feel more at home and perhaps enjoy a few more visits!

Designer Solutions for Small-Medium Size Rooms

Posted on: March 15th, 2011 by Ernesto

When I am hired to decorate the interiors of older homes, one thing I am almost always faced with is smaller size rooms. Here are some simple guidelines:

1.) Select a light monochromatic palette. Less saturated colors reflect more light and give a greater sense of spaciousness. By limiting the amount of different colors in a room, the space will feel less busy, more open and airy. Using a monochromatic palette doesn’t mean a room has to be dull or boring. Select fabrics with different patterns and textures in the same tone. In this Living Room I selected a dozen different fabrics.

2.) Try to place furnishings close to the perimeter walls. By using the perimeter space, the room will gain visual openness in the center of the room and actually create a physical sense of space. Most larger rooms have a pathway, or traveling space around the outside of seating areas, but in smaller rooms this space can be moved to the inside of the groupings and make the space look much larger.

3.) Limit yourself to one large piece of furniture. For example, use one sofa or one large armoire and complement that piece with smaller furnishings this will give the room variations in scale without making it feel heavy or overcrowded.

4.) Don’t be afraid to use an eclectic mix of furnishings. Monochromatic palettes tend to unify them and harmonize the look just by color!

5.) Go vertical. Another optical trick is to make ceilings look higher by using vertical stripes on your wall-coverings. These subtle lines will draw the eye upward creating height. By painting the ceilings in a glossy finish you can reflect more light and take the weight of the ceiling out of the room.

Remember: “Small is Beautiful.” Ernesto Garcia, ASID

 

Award Winning use of Mosaics

Posted on: March 12th, 2011 by Ernesto

Mosaics: A European Delicacy

This project won two ASID Awards for our designs, one in 2011 for Residences over 6,500 Sq. Ft. and another for “Design in Finishes” (Mosaics) in 2012.

Mosaics come in glass, stone, porcelain, metal, wood and all combinations of these materials. You can use them on floors, walls, ceilings and any other surface you would like to add some detail to! This type of tile has been around as far back as the 4th century BC and it is exciting to see that they are experiencing a revival as vibrant as their most daring colors!

While currently designing numerous kitchen and bathroom projects, it seems that every one of my clients wants to see these beautiful little tiles used in one place or another. I have always been a big fan of mosaics, for aesthetic as well as practical reasons. I think they are timeless and I can use them in contemporary as well as traditional projects. Their small scale allows for versatility. These tiny tiles will wrap around the smallest radii, furthermore some suppliers will customize my designs for a specific backsplash or border so I can be as creative as I want!

Fields of pale colors give uniformity and serenity to a room; vibrant combinations of assorted colors can make you want to dance the Rumba. Formal or casual, traditional or contemporary the rediscovery of mosaics has brought new blood to design, to the spaces where we live, work and enjoy ourselves.

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Here are a few images where you can see a bathroom I recently designed. The central feature in the space is a “rug” made out of intricately cut marble pieces that create flowers, volutes, borders and medallions; this motif is carried to the tub surrounds as well as shower walls.

Check out the rest of this project in my portfolio!

Designer Tips for Multifunctional Guest Bedrooms

Posted on: May 7th, 2010 by Ernesto

Depending on the scale of your home, it’s very likely that your spare bedrooms will need to serve functions other than just sleeping quarters for your guests. More and more we see them double as home offices, dens, dance studios, music rooms, or art studios. If you have ever been one of those unfortunate guests that has to sleep in one of those insufferable sleeper-sofas, the sort where the middle bar is located right under your lower back, you know all too well there is no comfortable position to catch your Z’s.

I have one word that will create happy guests and family lounging: Daybed

These are perfect for multi-functional rooms because they have several functions too! Most of the frames you’ll find in stores have a headboard, or some sort of frame around three sides of the mattress. With the proper pillows, this can easily replace that uncomfortable sleeper sofa. When sleepy guests arrive, add a blanket and you’ve got a traditional bed!

If you’re looking for a simpler solution a twin mattress and a box spring, the right assortment of pillows, bed skirt and a bedspread sized to completely cover the mattress can also do the trick efficiently and elegantly.

If you’re lucky, you can find a daybed with a trundle bed, or pull-out bed, underneath and double your sleeping spaces without taking up more space in your home office. 

Sweet Dreams!