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Balancing Act: The Art of Symmetry in Interior Design

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The classic interior design traditions often incorporate the beauty of symmetrical balance. Symmetry is exemplified by repeating the same objects in the same positions on either side of a center point. Incidentally, symmetry also reflects the human form, so we’re innately comfortable in a balanced setting.Symmetry in Design

Asymmetrical balance, however, is sometimes more suitable in modern layout design. Balance is achieved with some different pieces that have equal visual weight or eye attraction. It is more casual and has a less contrived feeling, but it can be more difficult to achieve. Asymmetry suggests movement in the design of any room or  landscape, and it leads to more a dynamic look.

Symmetry in DesignA well-designed room always has focal points throughout its natural flow. A focal point must be dominant to draw attention and appealing enough to encourage the admirer to look more deeply into the ambiance of the space. It imparts a lasting impression, but must also be an integral part of the surroundings linked through scale, style, color, or theme.

What are some of your favorite focal points in your home? Fireplaces? Grand staircases? Share your thoughts with us!

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Bringing the Outdoors In: Natural Elements in Interior Design

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Even if you do not have a green thumb or a natural affinity for the outdoors, you will notice that when greenery, flowers, wood or water textures, or other natural elements make their way into your space, you discover a new sense of calm or well-being. Bringing a bit of nature into your home can be very comforting and therapeutic to your mind and body.Elements of Nature - Bedroom

One of our favorite quotes at Haleh Design is from Haleh Niroo herself: “Supreme elegance begins with comfort, the most important design element of all.” She understands that within luxury lives the place we all like to come at the end of a busy day – home. We all have an innate love for living things, and bringing a live element into our space creates that simplicity and true beauty that we all crave.Elements of Nature - Windows

Do you have a green thumb? A talent for bonsai? An eye for artificial foliage? How do you bring the outdoors in?

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Take Your Celebration from Simple to Stunning

Monday, August 13th, 2012

As summer’s end approaches, you might be thinking about how to wrap up the season with a Labor Day celebration. Even though it is still a month away, planning a perfect party takes some forethought and an eye for detail.

Traditionally, Labor Day festivities include greasy food, paper plates, and a healthy dose of t-shirts and shorts. But what if your ideal social gathering is a little lighter and airier than a down-home barbeque and a game of horseshoes?

Consider upgrading that age-old American tradition to a tasteful afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, champagne, and of course, delicate summer teas. In order to prepare your home and outdoor space for this type of social gathering, you’ll need to create an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication, while maintaining a warm and inviting feel.

Upscale Kitchen

Decorative vases and serveware are a great way to create a stylish, yet subdued canvas for the artful placement of your food and beverage selection.

Herend Royal Garden Tea & Coffee Collection - 24K Gold

How do you prepare for a summer social gathering? Share your thoughts on changing that Labor Day get-together from simple to stunning!

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Spotlight on Draperies

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Luxurious window treatments can really make a room, and they are an invaluable part of creating a high-end look and feel in a space. They are also a dramatic way to change the appearance of a room with a minimum of design overhaul.

This warm and inviting space has glorious windows and doors to the outside, but notice the floor-length drapes adorning the corners of that wall, just waiting to envelope the room with a cozy glow in the evening. During the daylight hours, the curtains just frame the beauty of the expansive windows, but as dusk and evening approach, the drapes can be closed to keep out the chill of the night.

Luxury Drapes for your Grand Salon

 

On the other hand, the room below features a flowing valance and long sheers over another picture window. This design allows the curtains to be open or closed during the day, without compromising the natural light. These drapes are much lighter, but they still have an element of warmth and interest on the wall.

 

Grand Salon

The good news is that from the outside, most upscale draperies appear to be white, beige, or another neutral shade that gives a uniform appearance for anyone who might be admiring the exterior of your home. While curtains are an essential element to the design of a room, they must not interfere with the ambiance of the outside space.

How have you changed the look or feel of a room using window treatments?

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Wide Open Spaces: Emptiness as a Design Element

Friday, June 15th, 2012

There is an old adage that states, “Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.” Although this saying originally referenced the importance of a relaxed and open mind, it works just as well as a tip on how to create a well-designed room.

We often tend to crave objects in a space – we want to fill up an area with the things that we love and that create beautiful visuals. But how can we be sure that the eye is drawn to our stunning décor and impeccable details?

One of the best ways to create focus for our objects d’art is to consciously plan open spaces within a room. High ceilings, wide floor expanses, and neutral walls can be regal and breathtaking, while also crafting a canvas for our palette of gorgeous embellishments.

Take a look at the room below. Although it has an upscale look and feel with its amazing design work, what do you notice at first glance? Is it scrollwork, ornate draperies, and detailed trim? Probably not. You likely see the grand staircase, marble floors, high ceilings…

Luxury Entryway

In other words, the fresh, open space is a showcase for the grandeur of the detailed design work. Without the emptiness, you might never see the meticulously chosen fabrics, sculptures, lighting, and other luxurious elements.

How do you utilize open space in your home?

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The Belle of the Ball (aka Your Living Space!)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Just for fun, let’s look at a makeover to an already beautiful space and talk about how it’s similar to your own transformation when preparing for a social gathering.

This Potomac kitchen was clearly a perfect canvas for some couture design renovations. It featured a lovely, open space with neutral walls and cabinetry, but it just needed a professional touch to allow the room to shine.

Luxury Kitchen Before

Now imagine you’re preparing to have a night out or invite some good company to share some laughs and conversation. You look in the mirror and see that your outfit could use an update or your makeup needs to be freshened up. You’re happy with what you see, but you just want to add a few special touches.

Let’s go back to that Potomac kitchen. After a complete design overhaul, we can still recognize the space and its functionality, but its true colors shine through, and it makes a real statement. Notice the lighting and luxury details to the cabinetry and walls. The room finally got the attention it deserves.

Entertain in your beautiful kitchen!

Similarly, as you’re preparing for your social event, you might pull out a dramatic lip color or adorn your entire ensemble with that special piece of couture jewelry. Just like that beautiful kitchen, you have transformed your appearance from simple to stunning.

Do your interior design choices reflect your personality and style the same way your wardrobe does?

Luxury Kitchen After

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Creating Flow in an Open Concept Space

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Open concept kitchens, living spaces and dining areas are making their way from urban loft living to the suburbs.  New construction and renovations are featuring a noticeable lack of walls between the main living areas.  Opening up these spaces definitely changes the feeling of the home, but can also present new challenges in decorating.

There are two basic ways of decorating an open concept space: treat the space as one large room or try to break it up into individual rooms within the open space. This room does both successfully.  The library is easily identified because of the built-in nature of shelves.  Otherwise this room was a blank slate that could be divided in a number of different ways.

This open space is divided into three distinct activity areas simply by furniture placement. An  area for tea or a card game is created by placing a table and chairs just off to the side of the room. A conversation area takes its place alongside a fireplace.  A library table and chairs is placed within easy access to the books. Laying out the room in this manner creates flow between the spaces, but allows them to feel separate as well.

No matter if you decide to divide or unify an open concept space, open concept is a great high end design layout for today’s living.

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Investing in Fine Antique Persian Rugs

Monday, April 18th, 2011

More than simply beautiful decorative elements, antique Persian rugs can also be a wise investment.  Persian rugs are handmade in Iran, formerly Persia.

A fine antique rug will last more than a lifetime.  Like all antiques, the rug must be at least 100 years old to be a true antique.  Beware of “antiqued” rugs that are chemically washed to give an older appearance but are not true antique Persian rugs.

What makes antique Persian rugs expensive is as much about quality as it is about age.  Antique Persian rugs are hand-woven on a loom, which distinguishes them from modern copies that are machine made.  Weaving consists of weft, the long vertical threads, the horizontal threads called warp and the knots that make up the color and pattern of the rug.  In antique Persian rugs, the warp and weft can be wool, cotton or silk while the knots are usually made of wool. Remember, the higher the number of knots, the higher the quality of a rug.

The best wool is handspun and has a sheen or gloss to it.  Good quality wool is another factor that adds to the expense of a Persian rug. Color is traditionally achieved with vegetable dyes. Modern rugs use chemical dyes which do not have the same depth as vegetable dyes.

Ask questions and always buy from a trusted dealer. You do get what you pay for when it comes to fine antique rugs, so beware if the price seems too good to be true.  A pleasing pattern, high knot count and good quality wool will help make your Persian rug a great investment.

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Magic of Custom Murals

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Custom murals can add magic to any room of your home. We all know that paint is one of the simplest ways to transform a space. With imagination and skill, simple paint can be used to create a custom mural to transport the room into another world or era.  If you are creative, you might paint the mural yourself or hire a professional mural and faux-painting expert. A custom mural can work in almost every room in the house.

Trompe l’oeil, which literally means “trick the eye” in French, is a mural technique that dates back to the Greeks and Romans. Trompe l’oeil is a painting technique that creates the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional wall. Trompe l’oeil became popular in the Baroque period where it was used on ceilings and walls as well as in paintings.

Custom murals in the kitchen can range from a pastoral scene to a trompe l’oeil still life of vegetables and fruit. Murals can also be used to add visual interest in a breakfast nook or dining room.

A customized mural is a wonderful way to make a nursery or child’s room feel magical. Designs are only limited by your imagination. Popular mural themes for a nursery or kid’s room include safari, garden, space, racing cars, sports, circus, princess castles, enchanted forest and underwater themes. Murals can be as complicated as an entire landscape or as simple as a single animal.

These are just a few places in the house to add a mural. Others include an entry hall or bedroom. A mural can wrap around the room or cover just one wall for a focal point.  Murals can be used in place of wallpaper as well.  All you need is your imagination and paint to create magic.

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Glamorous Glass Beaded Decorative Wall Finishes

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Shimmering, luminous and absolutely gorgeous, beaded walls make any room over-the-top luxurious. From jewel-box powder rooms to full-blown living rooms, glass beads are showing up everywhere. Achieve a modern abstract feel or a classic traditional one depending on their application.

They adhere beautifully to any surface and are earth-friendly, durable and waterproof. Who knew you dressing your home with jewels could be as practical as it is glamorous? Incredibly it takes almost 39 million dazzling glass beads to finish the walls of a typical powder room!

1 beadded walls

2 beaded walls

3 beaded wall

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