5 Ways to Use Fabric to Transform Your Home

One of things we are excited about Designer Fall Markets is to see the  launchings  of new fabrics. And just like fashion, the new patterns and colors of fabric always bring us joy and happiness. Often, these new patterns and colors of fabric will transform your home like a magical. And without any doubt, using of upholstered pieces in your home will make it more warm, inviting and comfy with a touch of elegance and personality.

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Visiting one of my favorite showrooms  during the Fall Market. Love this bright orange channeled mid-century comfy sofa and cannot wait to pick up my new fabric samples.

Here is the over-view of the showroom.

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And here are the new fabric samples of fall 2019:

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Aren’t you fall in love with these fresh colors and patterns? Want to see what I got?

 

Yes, I played these fabric samples I picked up on my dining table this morning. OMG, aren’t they beautiful?

As I said that fabric can transform your space in a second. Unfortunately, people are often afraid to use patterns and colors.  So I will share 3 tips on how to  choose fabric in your home:

  1. Choose the colors and patterns that evoke your emotions.

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    Interior Design by Ken Fulk
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  2. When there are more than 3 patterns, play the proportions and make them into different scales. that way, your eye will not feel the busyness.

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    Interior Design by Leandra Fremont-Smith Interiors
    Photography by Jeff Roberts ImagingHouse Beautiful – September 2019
  3. You also can go tone-on-tone if there are more patterns involved.

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    Interior Design by John Fondas
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  4. Use colors and patterns on accent pieces and you can update them seasonaly.

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    Interior Design by Martha Angus
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  5. Layer up with different textures to add extra depth and comfy to the space.

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    Interior Design by Nicolette Horn
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Hope you feel these tips helpful. If you would like to know our intention design package, please contact us info@khkdesignsinteriors.com

 

Happy Saturday

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5 Trends From Boutique Hotels to Home

Wouldn’t you agree with me If life is about to open curiosity of cabinetry, life will be more fun. I guess that might be the reason that I enjoy design career so much.

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I recently went to BD West —-a boutique hotel design show in the west coast to check out what’s new & trendy in hospitality design industry and also would like to get some fresh ideas that I am  able to apply for home or whatever the projects  in the future.

Here are some pretty cool trends I got from the show:

  1. It’s about luxury experiences:
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Luxury Experience #1—Comfy with a touch of luxury.  This black velvet upholstered club chair is light, stylish and super comfortable.  Love, love the sheen on the black velvet—such a luxury!

2. It’s about having fun:

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Luxury Experience #2—a fun atmosphere.   Duo chandeliers, the gourmet cocktails, the stylish bar setup and moody candles—these all set up a good mood for a chill-out  and cocktail party.  And similarly,  kitchen island area is also the most popular spot at home. So embrace some cool components and make this area a drama!

 

3. Play with patterns and forms

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Love love this black striped garden chair with this cute form.

4. Of course, Pantone color of the year 2019

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The more I look at Pantone color of the year 2019, the more I like it. It is fresh, warm and inviting. Of course the color here is a lighter version of Pantone Color of the year 2019. I love how their pair the color with brass and the artwork with a lot of black—it’s kind of cool. 

5. Last but not the least—-customization, customization and customization.

It’s good to know even in hospitality industry, owners try to develop their own brands and customize whatever possible.  It looks like nobody like cookie-cutters. And one of the things they do customization is using unique decor by hiring local artists.

Coastal Maximalism

Every time when people talk about California coastal interiors, it is always kind of either white, cream or blueish color palettes with signature California lay-back vibes. But not for this one.  It is located right at Corona Del Mar , So Cal and has a perfect polished modern classical style with maximalism in mind. The home is owned by Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, the co-founders of the California-based cosmetics brand Too Faced. Then, I guess you expect some big wows!

 

Interior designer Mary MacDonald create such wonderful color palettes for each room:

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Feminine hot pink pops up from cream, white and grey background with masculine architectural elements.
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The entry hall staircase is so French featured  with gilded rails, hand-painted wallpaper, marble stairs.  White, gold and black create such a modern classic tone for t5he whole house
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Love this teal color in the library
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Grey, white, gold again create classic atmosphere in the master bath and wooden ottoman add a touch of warmth to this all marble-covered space.
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Love this pink guest bathroom. Pink, black and strong geometric patterns balance off each other.

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6 Ways to Bring a Little Lagom to your Interiors

Hygge might have been the décor buzz word in the last couple of years.   But this year,  Lagom, a Swedish concept is set to change the way we decorate our homes and look after our health and well-being.

Unlike hygge—the Danish idea of “coziness” that promotes warmth and comfort—lagom is a life style.  It means   “just the right amount,” focusing  on moderation and creating the perfect balance between not too much and not too little across everything from work/life balance to financial well-being.

Coming across a lot of recent designs and Instagram,  I feel that lagom interiors may be on the way to become one of the  design trends to watch in 2018!  Here are 6 ways to adopt a little lagom into your interior today:

  1. Efficient flow: Creating balance in a space is much more than just the aesthetics of the room, is also incorporates the way that the room flows and how it supports the way that you use it.  Will the scale of the furniture fits the space or overwhelm the space?    Can you comfortably move around the room without having to squeeze past furnishings? Meeting needs such as these, without overcomplicating the design is an important component of lagom interiors – take a practical approach to the design process for a space that offers everything you need. LAGMON-2061369-1485546693.640x0c
  2. Calm color palettes: The color of your home can have a profound impact on your mood and well-being.   We all find that calm, soothing natural colors such as white gray, muted pastels and light earthy tones can absolutly relax us and provide a simple and fuss-free foundation for a beautifully balanced room.
  3. Practicality  and functionality: There is a purpose for each room and decor accessories in terms of functionality and the way it triggers your emotion.
  4. Natural materials and craftsmanship: : Lagom promotes to make things less complicated and allow the natural beauty of materials and artisan craftsmanship to shine such as celebrating the grace of woven natural materials, the warmth of raw oak and the purity of soft cotton. IMG_2894.jpglagomscandinavian-traditional-kitchen-sweden-sweden-by-sigmar-2Lagom-Decor-2
  5. Layer effect: Tone-on-tone theme with various textures and materials to creat a warm yet sophisticated space.  lagomeclectic-bathroom-stockholm-sweden-by-studioilse-1Lagom-Decor-17
  6. Mix something new and something old to build up characters and personality: The antique, vintage pieces always add history, depth, story and charisma to the space, making it fun to live with and often spark a good conversation.  NPLivingroomholidayguestroom-1kitchen24.jpgIMG_3827.jpgblackinteriors.jpgLagom-Decor-18

 

 

Happy Saturday!

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Maximalism in 2018

It’s finally Friday and its grey, cloudy and overcast in LA.  I thought the rain is coming but Siri said no.  Anyway, it will be a perfect day to cuddle at home, doing some heavy readings and just gathering all of my thoughts together.   I came across some topics on interior trends in 2018.   One of the trends that everybody is talking  about is Maximalism.  I talked about Maximalism in one of my blog last year and it seems that this trend  is going to mainstream in 2018.  For me, Maximalism is so inevitable after several-years of Kondoing and Scandinavia minimalism.  It gives you a such big release and freedom to express yourself.  When you start to see a lot of colors, patterns , textures and adoring objects, you truly feel happy from inside.

 

First of all, here is the food.  This is one of of the events we went recently.  Don’t you just love these colorful veggies?

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And here is the tabletop I just did for our MLK weekends.  Don’t you agree with me—the more the merrier?

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Here are some great plates and linens with patter-on-pattern Maximalism style.

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Then here is the art event we went recently.  It’s Pip & Pop’s debut US installation entitled “Here Comes Sunshine”.   The installation is constructed by highly detailed works that embrace notions of abundance, utopian dreams and fleeting pleasure.  The installation made me feel so happy for the whole night.

 

 

 

Last but not else, here are some great Maximalism interiors I really enjoy.

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Love the saturated color palette and various textures.
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a cheerful living room
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More is more

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Hope you enjoy all of these happy vibes too.

 

 

A Mix-and-Match Living Room

From beginning of the year, we truly have fun to mix and match the room designs for the projects.  There are several key factors to bring everything together with harmony in a depth:

  1. Repeat the color palette to get the flow going.
  2. Use same colors but in different shades.
  3. Use same colors but in different textures.
  4. Laying the room to bring interest and depth to the room.
  5. Always pick up colors from area rugs or artworks for the rest of furnishings.
  6. Muted neutrals provide the best backdrop.

Here is a living room we just designed.  The patterns, textures and colors in the artwork is the key to inspire the overall decor.

 

Happy Tuesday