Designer Highlight

Today’s designer highlight features designer Rafael de Cardenas. Once a menswear designer at Calvin Klein, de Cardenas moved from fashion to product design and finally found his way to creating Architecture at Large in 2006. His design studio located in two major cities London and New York is derived of several creatives who design both residential and commercial interiors, furniture and architecture. 

Known for his boldly striking and luxuriously fashionable designs. His distinguishable style staples are using black and white, incorporating bold use of vivid colors and adding geometric shape to his designs. He also has a unique design style where he creates characters for his clients. Developing a fantasy that encompasses a storyline and theme with a soundtrack to match. That sounds like an awesome way to design. Take a look at some of his work and tell me what you think!

Canopy Beds

Now when you visualize a canopy bed what do you think of?  You may envision extravagance, ornate and decorative carved wood or handsomely sculpted metal. Maybe you see a symbol of status, or a sumptuously dreamy masterpiece. I am sure we can go on and on with our imagination, right? Well you may be surprised to know how far from that ideal the canopy bed originated. 

Despite the alluring extravagence typically seen of these admirable beds the concept came out of necessity. Lords and nobelmen used simple drapery in the Middle Ages to keep themselves warm. Canopy beds were also used to provide privacy since typically attendants were near by sleeping in the same room. During this time they were very understated. It was not until the 16th century were there was a focus on craftsmanship and more ornate designs. 

Another rich history of this masterfully crafted piece of furniture is in the pre-Republican China the canopy bed was an important piece to the family and customarily a brides dowery. I only dream of having the space to have an attractive canopy that goes with my personality and design aesthetic. In looking for inspiration there are so many styles to choose from. Take a look a tell me which style fits your personality. 

Perfect Pair

Poet Friedrich Schiller once said “There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.” This is absolutely true. There is nothing like having an understanding with the other because of the similarities between the two. Completely insynch. Now I know this quote was probably meant to speak for a loving couple. That’s great! But I am talking about your furniture. A balance and compatibility between two pieces that just work. That is what I call a “perfect pair.” 

The power of two creates symmetry and a harmonious balance within the space. The commonality between the two, the line, structure, size, and color create the ultimate statement.


The Raw Deal

Lately, everyone has been a bit more conscious of their carbon footprint…and rightfully so. It is important that we appreciate what the Earth provides us naturally. In today’s society green living and conserving precious resources  is a way of contributing to changing how we live for the better. 

There has been a rediscovered interest in natural materials when it comes to interior design. Incorporating natural materials in the home has been around for centuries. A way to show off natures beauty and live with it daily. Bringing nature into your home creates both character and warmth, welcoming and providing peace to those who inhabit the space. There are so many ways you can achieve this look in the design of your own home. Whether in the middle of renovating or just adding something new be inspired to look at nature. Here are a few visuals to get your gears turning. 

Sitting Pretty

I must say I think I am a bit obsessed with seating, but who isn’t? Right…? Well, I know my husband is going to be over me if I add one more chair to our apartment. I just can’t help myself sometimes. There is nothing like a statement piece of furniture. You know the kind that stops everyone in their tracks and becomes the center of attention. 

Strategically thinking about what type of seating will suite a space is a designers top priority. It is important to chose seating that best fits the personality of the owner/owners. The practicality of how the piece will be used in the space. Does it add drama and balance to the space? Is the color, comfort and size a good fit for the clients needs? These are all very important questions to consider when making the right choice for the space. Whether you are looking for a new sofa, accent or dining chair be mindful of the things I previously stated. It will make for easier hunting when you go out to find your perfect match for your space. 

In my ventures in looking for statement seating I found some inspiration to steer me in the right direction. Take a look and tell me what you think. 

Designer Highlight

Today, I want to highlight interior designer Michel Smith Boyd. Having received his BFA in interior design he has hit the design world by storm. Becoming one of the most influential and sought after designers. He has received many accolades and his work has been featured in several national publications. 

Michel Boyd’s design aesthetic is true luxury with a thoughtful and collected design style. He infuses and finds the perfect mix of texture and fashion into all of his designs. His work is definitely going to get you inspired to try something new in your own home. Take a look. 

Dining In

The rumor is dining rooms are becoming obsolete. Today’s modern family lives a more casual lifestyle and our homes are a reflection of that. With our busy schedules it is sometimes hard to all sit down for dinner. Just think, all the planning involved with creating a sit down dinner where everyone in the home is present. I know…daunting. Just kidding! It’s really not that bad. I am an advocate for family time and I don’t think dining at home is going out of style. At least I hope not.

I think the stigma with formal dining rooms are they can be a bit stiff and stuffy. I disagree! Your dining room can be sophisticated and comfortable all-in-one. Whether your style is traditional, modern, contemporary, rustic or an eclectic mix you can create a dining space that everyone will love and want to eat in. I am telling you it can be possible. Just be open, be inspired and create. Take a look at these spaces that do just that.