Lumar Interiors » Blog http://www.lumarinteriors.com Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:38:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Art http://www.lumarinteriors.com/art/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=art http://www.lumarinteriors.com/art/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:56:40 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4899 Once the artwork is up, the room design feels complete.  Without art it feels like there is something missing – we liken it to a woman without her jewellery. As we get closer to finishing up projects we usually delve into serious art stalking. You will see a few we have on order for projects

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Once the artwork is up, the room design feels complete.  Without art it feels like there is something missing – we liken it to a woman without her jewellery.

As we get closer to finishing up projects we usually delve into serious art stalking. You will see a few we have on order for projects below.

We have a couple of sources for original art but for the most part our clients are buying pieces that are good quality reproductions – lithos, hand embellished giclees, – that sort of thing.  Going back to jewellery,  we’re not talking about H&M quality ‘jewellery’ (no offence there – I’ve bought a few fun things there myself) but more the better quality Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Coach quality.  Make sense?

Art, in my opinion, has become very accessible.  And it can be a true expression of your personality.  So use it to add some to your home!

At High Point Market last fall I noticed not only oversized art but a growing trend using portraiture.  Everything from the regal Napoleonic type or Catherine the Great type portrait to more modern pieces like the one below.

 

Sometimes all a neutral room needs is a burst of colour in its art.

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Suzanne Kasler Design

Or sometimes the art pulls together what seems to be disparate colour combinations like the one below.

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Suellen Gregory Design

 

One of our favourite genres of art is the cityscape watercolour or oil.  The grouping below is done in a very ethereal manner whisking you along in a dream.

art grouping

Jessica Lagrange Design

 

Photography as art has been trending in the past few years but is really a classic.

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Cullman Kravis Design

 

And how chic is this to add a large modern floral above the Louis XVI fauteuil chair and antique bust?

Looking at a grouping of art like below is my version of being in a candy store.

 

Black and white or sepia toned art makes for drama against white walls.

 

Again a single large flower in a stunning colour adds such depth to this room and an obvious focal point.

 

Collections of framed intaglios are simply beautiful.  In earlier historical times the intaglios could have been made from plaster or gem stones.  They were often souvenirs from the travels of the wealthy.  Today some admirers collect antique ones and frame them shadow box style.  Or you can buy reproductions and add a certain understated panache to your room.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally if you have a beautiful silk scarf hanging around that you don’t wear you can frame it as art like these Hermes scarves below.

art blog 3 framed vintage hermes scarves

 

Now for a small sampling of what we’ve been ordering for clients:

Susie, our decorator extrordinaire, recently installed this grouping in a hallway for a client .  This is simple elegance that you will not ever tire of.

uttermost ferns

 

Luisa proposed these for a large kitchen either side of a fireplace.  This house is in the Scarborough bluffs area of Toronto and the back of the house overlooks a ravine.  So the neutral tones of the art doesn’t take away from the views but adds to the outdoor feeling.  The birds and butterflies are perfect.

leftbank bird art collage

 

I’m waiting for these to come in for a ‘purple’ bedroom we worked on last fall. The room has antique white painted nightstands and dresser but a new upholstered headboard in the lilac shade with an area rug combining the cream and lilac.  These will be a modern but soft twist to this romantic bedroom.

Leftbank art

 

And this we ordered in, just because.  sigh.

 

Leftbank art

Stairway to the Answer

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A whole lotta lighting happening here http://www.lumarinteriors.com/whole-lotta-lighting-happening/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whole-lotta-lighting-happening http://www.lumarinteriors.com/whole-lotta-lighting-happening/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:53:08 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4837 There is a whole lotta lighting happening here at Lumar Interiors.  We have sourced 25 light fixtures in the past 45 days:  some a little vintage, some a little bit modern, others oh, so classically beautiful!   Contrary to popular belief decorators don’t always get called in to do the whole room or house at

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There is a whole lotta lighting happening here at Lumar Interiors.  We have sourced 25 light fixtures in the past 45 days:  some a little vintage, some a little bit modern, others oh, so classically beautiful!

 

Contrary to popular belief decorators don’t always get called in to do the whole room or house at once.  Many times people work in stages. For instance a couple in the Beach area of Toronto called us in a couple of months ago with 3 main requests : paint colours, living and dining room drapery and light fixtures throughout their recent new build. (Though we have a few other things in mind we want to propose;)) This beautifully built home was given basic builder fixtures and was in need of ones that would add some ‘wow’ factor and presence where needed.  Our starting point was a 2-story high living room with a grand dark wood stained fireplace.  We’ve have 2 proposals for that room but this is our favourite!

 

Crystorama lighting, crystal and bronze chandelier

Bronze and crystal chandelier

 

 

Another couple in Vaughan called us in, again, to finish off the main floor.  Main furniture pieces were already in place.  Ceilings were 12′ high in some areas and it was very open concept.  So you can imagine how cavernous a home can feel with such tall ceilings.  First phase was to propose window coverings, area rugs and lighting fixtures for living, dining, family rooms and kitchen.  What fun!  We can’t wait to see the curtains installed in the rooms as they will totally warm up the spaces.  But I truly can’t wait to see the light fixtures up.  Here’s one we are dying to see.

glass chandelier

Cognac coloured glass chandelier

 

 

A past client in Richmond hill (see more rooms from this house here) called us in December to source light fixtures for the front hall.  Again it was a 2-story space with gorgeous limestone floors.  We needed to find a fixture and some wall sconces.  This lantern is going up in a couple of weeks and again, dying to see it there.  It will have a beautiful presence.

 

lantern lighting

Bronze lantern

 

 

We finished up a master bedroom inToronto before Christmas.  We were working with an existing bed and an heirloom persian rug.  We added drapery, bedding, a stunning blue velvet love seat, a bench, custom night stands and some gorgeous lighting.

 

currey and co light fixture

Currey and Co blown glass chandelier

 

 

In a Thornhill new build we helped the homeowners with all the decorating: paint colours, wallcoverings, complete bedroom design, custom furniture….and we sourced some gorgeous wall sconces for their powder room.  Can’t wait to see these go up on a black and gold striped wallpaper!

 

Crystorama wall sconce

Gold Wall Sconces

 

Finally in Newmarket, we are working with a woman to slowly re-do her whole condo which is housed in a century home.  We are starting with a complete gut and renovation of her master ensuite bathroom.  In keeping with the vintagey feel of the home, we selected these wall sconces for either side of her mirror.  The glass shades make these exquisite!

 

Currey and co wall sconce

Vintage looking wall sconces from Currey and Co

 

So as you can tell, we’ve done a lot of sourcing and of a lot of different styles.  We love to do whole rooms but very often do just parts, often finishing it off.  We hope to bring you pictures of these rooms completed in the next few months, so stay tuned:)

If you are stuck in choosing the right light fixtures for your home, give us a call or contactus@lumarinteriors.com.  We’d love to help.

 

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The ‘Anti-Trend’ Trend for 2015 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/anti-trend-trend-2015/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anti-trend-trend-2015 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/anti-trend-trend-2015/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:19:29 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4853 At about this time every year all the major publications and design bloggers put out their what’s hot/what’s not lists.  This year we’ve noticed a growing sentiment against this ritual. I’m calling it the Anti-Trend trend. Everyone wants to know what’s the latest and greatest.  And new trends usually put a fresh spin on old

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At about this time every year all the major publications and design bloggers put out their what’s hot/what’s not lists.  This year we’ve noticed a growing sentiment against this ritual.

I’m calling it the Anti-Trend trend.

Everyone wants to know what’s the latest and greatest.  And new trends usually put a fresh spin on old classics.  So there is nothing wrong with them.  Its when they are overdone for lack of an authentic aesthetic that they seem well, soul-less.  It’s the ‘me-too’ option.  As one of my clients put it to me recently:  when you see the trend on everything from fabrics to rugs to lamp shades, well it makes you want to ‘run for the hills’.  The key is to know yourself and what you love.  When a trend comes your way that speaks to you then put it in the mix – otherwise, ignore it.

As Lynda Reeves puts it in her January 2015 editorial of Canadian House and Home Magazine, “But equally important to this process (of looking at new trends) is the power of refusal….Your home should offer a narrative about you and how you choose to live…The infinite range of  choices is there mostly for you to reject.”  Beautifully put.

Do what speaks to you.  For instance, I’ve never been a big fan of chevron, a hot item the past few years.  It is now on the ‘what’s not’ list for this year – beaten to death really. However, our Schumacher rep came in the other day and introduced us to a gorgeous chevron in a silk velvet – wow! Now this would make a great accent.  Not because its in or out – it was just plain gorgeous to us.  I’d use that in a heartbeat.

Schumacher fabrics Shock Wave silk velvet

Shock Wave Silk Velvet by Schumacher Fabrics

 

So keeping this in mind here are some new things happening on the design front. Take what you like and forget the rest.

COLOUR

Grey is out – yes, the  masses are just catching on….but it has passed its peak. Its still great as a neutral for your wall or tile.  But there is more going on elsewhere. We have colour going in two directions.  So lots to choose from.

1.  Pastels are it.  At the High Point Furniture Market this fall we noticed many showrooms were showing soft mauves and soft pinks – really quite feminine.  Loved it! The european fashion and design scene have also been showing lots of soft pinks.

Mulberry bag

Mulberry

 

 

Reflective of this lighter end of the spectrum Benjamin Moore chose Guilford Green  HC-116 as its Colour of the Year for 2015.  It is light-hearted and goes with anything – almost a neutral (if you like greens).

Benjamin Moore Paints - Guilford Green

Benjamin Moore HC-116

 

2.  On the other hand, deep, moody, saturated colours are also in, if you so desire.

Design bloggers got all worked up this past December over Pantone’s Colour of the Year.  The reaction was overwhelmingly negative.  The design world had been doing deep moody blue rooms for a couple of years and many surely thought Pantone would pick up on that.

Plum Furniture moody blue

Moody Blues by Plum Furniture

 

Others in the design world, myself included, thought that it was red’s turn.  We also saw a lot of that at the High Point Furniture Market.

Alexa Hampton red room

Alexa Hampton Furniture at High Point Market

 

Well, remember the ‘anti-trend’ trend?  I think Pantone was on to something. They opted for a colour that totally went against everyone’s grain.  They describe ‘Marsala’, their colour choice, as ‘nurturing, fulfilling and grounded…enriching our minds, bodies and soul’.

Pantone Colour of the Year Marsala 2015

“Marsala’ – Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

 

 Interior Design in General

1.  Mixed Metals. Golds are it, followed by pink golds and coppers.  Gold has been back for a couple of years  but what is more prominent now is the mixing of metals.  Again, too much of anything looks like you’ve tried too hard. The key is how to mix.  Principles of proportion, balance and repetition in design will help you determine this.

mixing metals in design

Sophie Burke Design

 

2.  Clean lined Traditional with a modern twist.  Its not your grandmother’s kind of traditional but it speaks to the past.  In line with Pantone’s thinking again.  People want a warmer and more nurturing experience.  Below is an inviting layered family room.  The wing chair and the drapery soften the straight lines everywhere else.  The ikat pattern on the back of the chairs liven the room with pattern and colour.

 

cozy family room design

Atmosphere Design

 

Katie Stassi Design has been on my radar lately.  Love the classic period pieces of furniture mixed with the more modern coffee table, lamps and art.  Just a few more pillows to soften the furniture and that would put me over the moon.

 

clean lined traditional decor

Katie Stassi Design

 

3.  The last design trend we want to leave you with is one that I think few Canadians will embrace in a large way.  Canadian House and Home has referred to it as South American Fusion, Christiane Lemieux has talked about the Brazilian influence, and other bloggers refer to a trend towards patterned and colourful tile (think spanish patterned or moroccan patterned tile).  Its more ‘meaty’ than vintage; has a bohemian flair and is very colourful. Aside from a few grown up hipsters, I think this trend will be used more sparingly. Small accessories or accent chairs  perhaps combined with the above modern trad trend  might be used by well travelled individuals.  It will be a way to showcase their global worldliness.

 

moroccan home design

Via Apartment Therapy

 

In 2015 it will be about bringing home what rings true for you.  The true trend in design is to reflect a home that is uniquely you – something authentic to your soul.

If you need help in curating a look for you, please give us a call or contactus@lumarinteriors.com

 

 

 

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The Devil is in the Details – at High Point Furniture Market, that is. http://www.lumarinteriors.com/devil-details-high-point-furniture-market/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=devil-details-high-point-furniture-market http://www.lumarinteriors.com/devil-details-high-point-furniture-market/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:05:25 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4793 If you can manage to focus on the design details in the midst of High Point Furniture Market’s sensory overload, you will see many a beautiful thing. As experienced decorators we have a trained eye to spot the unique finishes, the beautiful hardware, the fine lines of a piece of furniture.  This is probably one

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If you can manage to focus on the design details in the midst of High Point Furniture Market’s sensory overload, you will see many a beautiful thing.

As experienced decorators we have a trained eye to spot the unique finishes, the beautiful hardware, the fine lines of a piece of furniture.  This is probably one of the reasons High Point Market has opened up to decorators and designers over the past few years.  Furniture, lighting and accessories have become more sophisticated and the consumer has too.  Hence, the need of the designer to bring the two together.

This fall market was brim full of eye candy.  And the devil was working overtime to draw you in to each showroom and show off its details.

The beautiful pulls and handles on casegoods was definitely a big story this fall.

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Mother of Pearl pulls on this Caracole Furniture piece

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Graphic gold leaf handles on this Worlds Away Piece

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Sophisticated ‘love knot’ pulls on this Bernhardt night stand

The hardware on the piece below reminds me of some of the heavy duty hardware that you might find on a women’s bag.

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Stunning hardware on a beautiful 2 tone piece from John Richard

 

Jonathan Charles fine english furniture

Handcrafted wood pulls on this fine Jonathan Charles piece

The other detail that seemed prominent in many showrooms was the use of not only 2 tones of wood (we’ve seen that now for a couple of seasons) but a banded effect on furniture – a modern inlay if you will.

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Stunning 2-tone wood piece from Moore Councill

 

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2 tones also on the inside!

 

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Gold banding on the bookcases from Lexington Furniture

 

Lexington desk

Gold banding on this amazing desk

 

stanley furniture

The outlined X and O detail in this Stanley piece

 

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Combination of dark wood and linen front with stunning door pulls from Caracole

 

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Beautiful 2 tone piece and gorgeous hardware by Worlds Away

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Nailhead trim creating an outlined effect on this Bernhardt piece

 

It was great to see these details live and in person.  Some of these suppliers we already dealt with; others are new to us at Lumar.  Though we love to design classic spaces that stand the test of time, finding pieces that are beautiful and a little unique adds so much value to our clients.  Definitely well worth 5 days of endlessly  walking the market.

Looking for someone to help you design a beautiful and uniquely you space?  Give Lumar Interiors a call or contactus@lumarinteriors.com

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Decorating the bedroom headboard wall http://www.lumarinteriors.com/decorating-bedroom-headboard-wall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=decorating-bedroom-headboard-wall http://www.lumarinteriors.com/decorating-bedroom-headboard-wall/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:18:26 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4524 We seem to be on a roll with custom bedrooms this past year.  They are one of our favourite spaces to design. They involve lots of soft furnishings like bedding, drapery and upholstery where you can really go to town with custom details (which we love, of course).  But they also allow us to add

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We seem to be on a roll with custom bedrooms this past year.  They are one of our favourite spaces to design.

They involve lots of soft furnishings like bedding, drapery and upholstery where you can really go to town with custom details (which we love, of course).  But they also allow us to add beautiful wood pieces and gorgeous jewellery!  ( we mean the lamps, chandeliers, art, mirrors….) Visit our Pinterest boards to see all kinds of great ideas.

However, the process is half the fun!  And unfortunately many people stop at the obvious pieces:  the furniture and bedding.   We love to make the headboard wall really work magic like a magazine picture.  All the details are taken into consideration.

We often do an elevation drawing like the one below.  Not only does it help the client visualize what the finished look will be but also helps us in our sourcing.  In this particular case, we probably played around with a few versions of this before we decided on this one. This drawing clarified the exact height to make the headboard and the size of mirrors to look for.  It was all done in proportion to the client’s existing lamps and the new bedside chests that we had spec’d.

custom upholstered headboard

 

This is what the above translated to…

custom headboard design Richmond Hill

Lumar Interiors

 

On the next project, the electrical for the sconces were already in place before we entered the picture.  So we had to find ones that filled the space properly.  In this case, the existing headboard was lower so we opted for art work above it to create some drama and fill in the space.   Stay tuned for the ‘after’.

custom bedroom

 

In the picture below, we love the way the dramatic art of the chandelier sets off this pretty simple room.

headboard wall

Via Home Design Note

 

Dying to do chinoiserie panels on either side of a bed like the picture below.  They are just perfect for a bedroom.  Don’t you think?

headboard wall

Design via marieagneau.blogspot.com

 

And you definitely can’t go wrong with a classic sunburst over a headboard.  The perfect exclamation point!

custom bedroom decor

via Whitehaveninteriors.blogspot

 

Or, simply wallpaper the headboard wall to create an impactful focal point.

King City bedroom decor

Design by Lumar Interiors

 

So if you are looking for some great ideas on how to take your bedroom walls from nice to fabulous, give us a call or contactus@lumarinteriors.com

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Decorating 2-storey high walls http://www.lumarinteriors.com/decorating-2-storey-high-walls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=decorating-2-storey-high-walls http://www.lumarinteriors.com/decorating-2-storey-high-walls/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:41:57 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4525 Rooms with high ceilings or open to above can be quite the challenge to decorate.  We love the grandeur it gives to a space but want it to feel warm and dressed at the same time.     Large pieces of art is sometimes not enough.  To really ground the living room above, we hung

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Rooms with high ceilings or open to above can be quite the challenge to decorate.  We love the grandeur it gives to a space but want it to feel warm and dressed at the same time.

 

living room luxury decor

 

Large pieces of art is sometimes not enough.  To really ground the living room above, we hung a beautiful wooden screen on the wall behind the sofa.

living room decoration

Lumar Interiors

 

The screen was about 7′ by 7′ and filled the space beautifully.  You can see it is hinged so it can be used as a floor screen too.

decorative crafts hand painted screen

Decorative Crafts hand painted screen

 

For a softer, less colourful look you can also find more tone-on-tone versions of this chinoiserie feel.

Decorative Crafts screen

Decorative Crafts hand painted screen

Other times you can do something with the walls themselves to have them feel less cavernous.

You can apply picture mouldings and wallpaper inside.  In this case in our Aurora classic project we used a linen wallpaper for a warm rich texture.

 

picture moulding panels

Lumar Interiors

 

You can see it again here in the stairwell.  And the grouping of art also fills the space in beautifully.

 

staircase moulding

Lumar Interiors

 

In this stunning craftsman style staircase, the wall panelling adds interest and the large art mirrors the large windows beside them.

stairwell design

Interiors by Studio M

 

Whether you are using a large screen or groupings of art to fill your walls or whether you are using mouldings and panelling to add interest and warmth, proportion is key in creating balance.

So if you need some help, contactus@lumarinteriors.com.  We’d love to help.

 

 

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Lumar Interiors Designer Inventory Clearance Event http://www.lumarinteriors.com/lumar-interiors-designer-inventory-clearance-event/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lumar-interiors-designer-inventory-clearance-event http://www.lumarinteriors.com/lumar-interiors-designer-inventory-clearance-event/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:53:30 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4695 The difference between nice and ‘wow’ in most interior design projects is the finishing touches.  The accessories, art, mirrors and pillows make the story come to life.  And home is where the story begins. Lumar Interiors is off to High Point Market this fall. We are so excited and looking forward to seeing all that

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The difference between nice and ‘wow’ in most interior design projects is the finishing touches.  The accessories, art, mirrors and pillows make the story come to life.  And home is where the story begins.

Lumar Interiors is off to High Point Market this fall. We are so excited and looking forward to seeing all that is new in the home decor world.  We’ll be seeing some of our current suppliers at the market and looking for new ones too!  So….we need to clear our current inventory of beautiful finds that we have accumulated over the past year.  We have pieces from Christopher Guy, Chelsea House, Stanley Furniture, Leftbank Art, Uttermost, Kravet Furniture, Global Views….. and more.  You won’t want to miss this 2 day event – September 26, and 27!  Everything will be 20-70% off!

SALE 20-70% OFF

Furniture, Accessories
& Lighting

Sept. 26 & 27

10am to 5pm

556 Edward Ave Unit #83
Richmond Hill ON L4C 9Y5

 

If you are looking for a beautiful lamp to add to a console table:

Left Bank Art Chelsea House Lamp

 

Or some unique table top accessories:

design accessories

 

Or, some blue and white porcelain, mirrors and more lamps!  A couple of gorgeous cocktail tables too!

 

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Or even a couple of stunning red chairs….

red custom chairs

 

We’ll also have a small selection of items where we will take best offers!  So, yes, we really want to clear our studio showroom!  So please stop by for a coffee and have a look around.

You never know what you’ll find to add to the story in your home:)

 

Lumar Interiors Designer Inventory Clearance sale

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When beauty meets function in interior design http://www.lumarinteriors.com/beauty-meets-function-interior-design/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beauty-meets-function-interior-design http://www.lumarinteriors.com/beauty-meets-function-interior-design/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:49:03 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4558 Whether designing a highly utilitarian room like a bathroom or a showpiece space like a living room, you know you’ve hit the sweet spot when beauty meets function. A well-designed space brings these two elements together and illicits great feelings.  The down-filled sumptuous sofa in the living room will likely draw people in to sit

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Whether designing a highly utilitarian room like a bathroom or a showpiece space like a living room, you know you’ve hit the sweet spot when beauty meets function.

A well-designed space brings these two elements together and illicits great feelings.  The down-filled sumptuous sofa in the living room will likely draw people in to sit and relax.  And the beautiful decorative drain you installed in your bathroom, not only does the job of making the water disappear from your shower floor, but it allows for a seamless look on your marble mosaic floor that you went to great lengths to choose.  Alas, beauty meets function.

 

 

We’ve recently discovered a wonderful manufacturer of bathroom fixtures that embodies this perfectly.  California Faucets, a California based company produces all-American made, quality crafted, and beautifully designed bathroom faucets, drains, and shower systems.  In fact, you can design your own faucets!  You can combine different handles and faucets and choose from over 30 finishes:  designer heaven!   They use solid brass construction and ceramic disc valves with lifetime warranties in their faucets.  So not only are they gorgeous but you know you can depend on them for proper function.  (Have you ever bought a ready-made vanity that included the faucet and counter?  Notice how inexpensive it was?  That’s because it is what it is…when that faucet fails you, there is no fixing it.  Throw it out and start over.  Trust me – I know from experience.)

Check out their virtual faucet creator here and design your own faucet!  We have a new project starting next week in Newmarket, Ontario whereby the client needs to renovate a bathroom on the upper flat of a century home.  The home was bought by a builder and turned into multiple condo dwellings.  It’s historical features are beautiful preserved.  I’m thinking one of these faucets will be perfect here.   I’ll combine this raised neck faucet with delicately curved lever handles in a weathered antique brass finish.  I have a feeling she’ll like the oil-rubbed bronze, but this is so much more interesting.  Don’t you think?  Go ahead and play around yourself – 30 finishes to choose from!

 

 

And, yes, we can get the beautiful Fleur StyleDrain in the same finish for her new shower.  (It’s shown here in a polished brass)

 

california faucets

Fleur StyleDrain by California Faucets

 

I’m sure you’ll agree with why California Faucets received the 2013 Interior Design Magazine, “Best of Year” Award in the Bath Accessories and Hardware Category.  They deliver on both the beauty and function aspect of design.

 

luxury design

 

Lumar Interiors quite agrees with Coco:  your home is your haven and that’s where true luxury belongs – in the comfort of your own home.

For help in designing the luxurious space of your dreams, contactus@lumarinteriors.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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King City High Design Student – An Architect in the Making http://www.lumarinteriors.com/king-city-high-design-student-architect-making/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=king-city-high-design-student-architect-making http://www.lumarinteriors.com/king-city-high-design-student-architect-making/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:57:45 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4536 Over the years we’ve had many students do their co-op placement at our studio.  Local high schools in Thornhill, Richmond Hill and King City have called on us to help their students earn co-op credits in their respective design programs. We always say actually working in the interior design or decorating industry is the best

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Over the years we’ve had many students do their co-op placement at our studio.  Local high schools in Thornhill, Richmond Hill and King City have called on us to help their students earn co-op credits in their respective design programs.

We always say actually working in the interior design or decorating industry is the best way to determine whether you will really like field.  On the outside, many jobs look glamorous or fun and perhaps, our industry has that reputation due to HGTV.  They make it look easy and what fun!  I wouldn’t trade my field of choice for any other but I’m not sure people are aware of what goes on in the background….A LOT of work!

Rhea, our summer student, has been an absolute delight to have with us – such a sharp girl!  She is thinking of going into architecture but wanted to explore the interior design world too.  I’m going to have her tell you a little bit about herself in her own words:

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Our design student Rhea tackling our paint chip situation

She says,

My name is Rhea Mazgaonkar.  I am 16 years old and about to enter my senior year at King City Secondary School.  I have been working at Lumar Interiors for the past month as a placement for my Summer Co-operative Education Program, because I wanted to gain insight into an interior decorator’s roles and responsibilities.

I come from a family of architects, contractors, painters and interior designers.  Because of this, I’ve always had an idea of what craftspeople do from a very young age.  This eventually influenced my decision of becoming an architect like my grandfather.  This young interest helped me gain hands-on skills: from a 3rd grader in beginner art classes to painting murals on bedroom walls. 

Being at Lumar Interiors, I was able to perform a variety of tasks such as ordering memo samples, answering calls, organizing fabrics and so on…Fortunately, I was able to assist Luisa and Marisa with fabric, furniture, and artwork selection for their clients.  I was also given the opportunity to meet clients at their homes.  I’ve learned many decorating essentials from the importance of gaining a client’s trust and respect to the difference between velvet and suede!

My experience at Lumar Interiors has been incredible.  After a month’s worth of absorbing the dedication and determination of these lovely women, I am beginning to consider applying to Ryerson’s Interior Design program after high school.  I thank them for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow at Lumar Interiors. (expect big presents).

Is she a doll or what?  We have been so blessed with such wonderful young students and are happy to share the business of design with them.  I highly recommend other designers and decorators take on co-op students – its a win-win for all.

design student

We wish Rhea all the best in her future endeavours – her positive, bright personality combined with her amazing creative skills will take her very far in any field she decides on.

 

 

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Blue is the new black! http://www.lumarinteriors.com/blue-new-black/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blue-new-black http://www.lumarinteriors.com/blue-new-black/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:38:41 +0000 http://www.lumarinteriors.com/?p=4482 We’ve been seeing soft blues and acquas for a few years now.  I think that was to get us ready for what’s happening now! Blues are definitely hot right now.   Usually considered a classic in traditional decor, it is now being used in fresh new ways.   Soft spa blues still strong in bathrooms.

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We’ve been seeing soft blues and acquas for a few years now.  I think that was to get us ready for what’s happening now!

Blues are definitely hot right now.   Usually considered a classic in traditional decor, it is now being used in fresh new ways.

 

Soft spa blues still strong in bathrooms.

soft blue decor

via Southern Living

Hits of turquoise as accents.

turquoise accents at home

via House of Turquoise

 

Mixing different types of blues – turquoise with true blue.

mixing shades of blue

Via Massucco Warner Miller Design

 

The blue velvet sofa as a classic neutral.

Tommy Smythe blue velvet sofa

Tommy Smythe Design

 

Deep blues enveloping a room for a cocoon like feel.

south shore decorating blog

via southshoredecorating blog

 

Love the mix of blues with gold!

blue and gold

Plum Furniture Design

 

Aerin Lauder’s home layers blue on blue.

aerin lauder

via Architectural Digest

 

 

aerin at home

via online.wsj.com

 

 

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