Find Your Design Style!

Personal Style in Design

When asked, “what is your interior design style?”, I hesitate because I truly have a love and appreciation for all styles, colors, art, and the infinite combinations that can be created from all of the above.

When I work with a new client I can get a general feeling as to what their style is with a few clues.

Art is a good indicator of style.  Abstract art usually reflects a love for modern design, clean lines and a minimal look and feel.  Flea market vintage art can reflect a love of antiques, curvilinear furniture and soft color.  Art is very personal and says something about you and that which you like to surround yourself.  Using a favorite piece of art as a building block for interior design is a good place to start.  It is the perfect way to build a color palette.

I have clients tear out pictures from magazines.  I ask them to save pictures of objects, colors, textures, anything that catches their eye.  If there is just one element in the picture that they like, save it.  When I review all the pictures, their style begins to emerge.

Your style may not be clear cut and that is okay.  Blending styles can be interesting too, while still utilizing the basic principles of design.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal style.  A professional interior designer will help you create an environment that is comfortable, functional and fits your style.

Contributed by Jackie Rosenthal, CAPID

Exploring New York Design Center

Fresh inspiration at the New York Design Center

CAPID Members are always looking for fresh inspiration.  Monica Norquist shares her inspiration from a trip to New York.

With the somewhat recent addition of our adopted Russian daughter, it was definitely time for a vacation for mom! Since hubby was traveling to New Jersey for training and I was invited along, I decided to make a work trip out of it and hop over to Manhattan. Like in most of my trips to New York, my first stop was the New York Design Center (NYDC) to see what was new and exciting. For those of you unfamiliar with this building, it is a 16-story, 500,000 square foot building which serves as a design resource for architects, interior designers and other industry professionals. It houses several hundred lines of furniture, fabric, wall covering, kitchen and bath fixtures, and decorative accessories. Here (and in other trade showrooms) we can find unique items for our clients, unavailable to the general public.

Several of the showrooms at NYDC have counterparts here in Los Angeles, but it was still interesting to see the East Coast influence.  In the more urban type showrooms, you could sense the appeal to loft living in the scale, style and heights of many of the pieces being shown. One of my favorite showrooms at NYDC, Tucker Robbins, offers tables (shown above) and benches made from slabs sliced from trees so that the edges are raw. Not, “Oh man, I caught my sleeve on the table” raw, as the edges are “softened” enough for practicality’s sake, yet  still maintain their rough-hewn character.

My favorite floor is the one dedicated to 1st Dibs,  “The most beautiful things on earth. The world’s number one marketplace for antique, mid-century modern furniture, estate jewelry, vintage watches.” I discovered so many delightful things on this floor. I have a love of mid-century modern and there were plenty of items for me to ponder. I did fall in love with a fireplace mantel, which I discovered was a prop and not for sale.

Get Back Inc. caught my eye with its very interesting industrial pieces.  There were many unique pieces like this old dental cabinet (shown on the right).

But by far, what held my undivided attention was this amazing dining table and chair set (shown below). It has a metal base from an old industrial piece and a glass top. This can be yours for under $30,000!

Capping the day was a leisurely stroll through the streets of New York during which I came upon a flower mart. For this suburban-raised girl I found it a bit odd to  flowers and gardening supplies lining the sidewalks. New Yorkers know how to impart a little suburban character on the City.

Contributor: Monica Nordquist, CAPID Member
Photos by: Monica Nordquist, CAPID Member

“Mad” for Design – Modernism at the Museum

Exploring Modernism Some of our members recently attended the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) exhibition, “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” which explores California’s role as an influence in the design culture of the United States. A fun day was had by all as we saw hundreds of items from furniture […] Read more »