I was recently perusing the posts of some of my favorite fellow design bloggers, when I ran across a post from Belle Maison and was intrigued by her choice of colors and patterns for her new office design. Her inspiration was the dress Gisele Bundchen was wearing on the February 2011 Vogue China cover (see below).
Just as I have mentioned using “magic fabrics” to inspire room designs for my clients at Knotting Hill Interiors, Julie, of Belle Maison, used that same concept, only substituting a colorful dress in place of a “magic fabric”. From that one article of colorful clothing, Julie created a color palette and incorporated furniture pieces, accessories, and artwork into her office design….
To view the full post about her selections for this office, be sure to click the Belle Maison link above!
The reason that I have been particularly obsessed with office designs lately is because I am currently in the throws of making a decision about the style of my OWN new office at our expanding Knotting Hill Interiors retail location. We are scheduled to open in only a few short weeks, so the time has come to make my final choices… Buuuuut I just can’t quite decide if I should go with something quiet and serene or peppy and fun? Which style do you vote for?
Stay tuned for more photos this week of office spaces I love!
If you have any fun or original ideas for a home office, please comment with your suggestions! I would love to hear from you! You may also email me at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com.
Now, go have an “It’s so Fabulous!” day!
I am not sure if there is any other color in the entire fan deck that has more power than red. It is a color that is confident, bold, alluring and powerful. Red is like no other. In a word, red is simply, well… RED!
Recently, I met a client (of Knotting Hill Interiors) who is the epitome of red! She walks and talks all the confidence and power that the color exudes. When we met to discuss the interiors of her new home, I just new that red would be a powerful component of the design. And as soon as her kitchen cabinets came up in the discussion, we immediately decided that was where we would insert the color!
Tempered with black countertops and a wonderful mossy green for the walls, I think this kitchen turned out fabulously (SEE PHOTOS BELOW)!
What do YOU think? Do you like red kitchen cabinets? Do they reflect your personality, or is another color better suited?
Now, go have an “It’s so Fabulous!” day!
If you would like help making YOUR home even more fabulous, contact me for an online or in-home consultation at Kimberly@Knottinghillinteriors.com
Continuing with my post earlier in the week about incorporating small earth-friendly changes into your lifestyle & home, here are a few more easy suggestions for getting started on your journey to “living green”:
Implementing more efficient lighting not only includes turning off lights when you leave a room, but also switching to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s), once your old bulbs burn out. CFL’s use around 75% less energy and burn about 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Win, win!
MONITOR YOUR THERMOSTAT
Although it is ideal to keep the temperature in our homes at the most comfortable settings possible, remember to operate your system at the most energy-efficient temperature that you and your family can tolerate. Commonly recommended temperatures include 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, depending upon your home’s ability to insulate and maintain a consistent temperature.
Did you know that electronics plugged into the wall, even when not in use, can eat up 40% of your electric bill? By unplugging appliances, such as televisions, stereos, DVD players, microwave ovens, and computers, not only can you save yourself a great deal on your electric bill, but you can also help reduce energy waste!
LOAD IT UP!
Rather than doing partial loads of laundry and dishes, fully load your dishwasher and washing machine/dryer before turning them on. In doing so, you save water and energy.
Photo from Casasugar.
CHANGE AIR FILTERS FREQUENTLY
Dirty air filters slow down airflow, causing the system to expend more energy to force air through the ducts. To reduce that unnecessary energy usage and keep system maintenance to a minimum, simply change your air filters more frequently. Check the product instructions for recommended scheduling.
What are some of the ways that you have changed your lifestyle to become more green-focused?
If you are interested in creating a beautiful, yet eco-friendly, home interiors design, CONTACT ME FOR AN IN-HOME OR ONLINE CONSULTATION AT KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM
Now, go have an “It’s so Fabulous!” day!
It has been a couple of months since I last blogged about earth-conscious living. However, some of you loyal readers may recall from previous posts that this topic is truly one that is near and dear to my heart. Now, I know that not
everyone feels as passionately about living green as I do. Sooooo…. if that statement happens to apply to you, please read just a couple of more sentences before checking out on me.
First and foremost, there is one critically important point that needs to be made with regard to converting to a more earth-friendly lifestyle….
Often, we hesitate to implement a change (with regard to anything in life!), because the scope and size of the task simply seems too overwhelming to tackle. Understandable! However, the beauty of earth-conscious living is that there is a seemingly endless list of options to choose from. You select the changes that best suit your lifestyle! If we all committed to just one small earth preserving act, the impact on the environment could be staggering!
So, if you have read this far (thank you!), you may now be asking yourself, “What are some of the ways that I can make a difference?”
Take a look at this starter list of a few simple suggestions that may get you headed in the right direction….
CLEAN YOUR HOME WITH “GREEN” CLEANING PRODUCTS
Not only will this change reduce the levels of toxins and hazardous chemicals in the environment, but it can also enhance the health and well-being of your family!
USE RECYCLABLE GROCERY BAGS
I am definitely NOT a girl who is willing to sacrifice beauty in the name of saving the planet! Luckily, there are so many chic options for recyclable bags that there is sure to be a style to suit everyone’s fancy!
For instance, the bag pictured below is from Rume
and comes in a variety of fun and fabulous colors! If you search around online you can find recyclable bags in almost any pattern you want!
CONVERT TO ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLES
Rather than buying bottled waters that produce huge quantities of unnecessary waste, why not invest in a water filtration pitcher or a filter faucet attachment for your sink? Then, treat yourself to a fashionable reusable water bottle to fill and take on the go!
There are literally thousands of styles to choose from, and some websites even offer the option to customize your water bottle with a name or activity of your preference! Aluminum water bottles also make fabulous gifts for that hard-to-buy-for friend or teacher!
These water bottles are made by Earthlust.
PLANT A TREE!
Planting a tree is an activity that the whole family can participate in! It is always fun to learn about the trees indigenous to specific areas, as well as the overall benefits of adding trees back into the environment. You may opt to dedicate your tree to a special person or cause. In addition to cleaning the air and providing new homes for wildlife, trees also provide shade and natural beauty in your yard!
Stay tuned this week-end for the second part of Home Interiors: Living Green! In the meantime, share some of your favorite suggestions for going green with ease!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
If you would like helping making your home even more fabulous, contact me for an in-house or online consultation at Kimberly@knottinghillinteriors.com
One of my favorite little luxuries of interior design are tassels! Tassels are such versatile little creatures that can be incorporated almost anywhere to add a pop of glamour. They can be hung on drawer pulls, tied around bed posts, dangled from lamp switches, gathered around window treatments, and an endless list of other locations. Tassels are also manufactured in a variety of sizes and materials to fit almost any decor… even a child’s room or a masculine office. So, the next time you feel like your space is lacking that “special something”, consider tassels as an option! You may be surprised to find that they are the perfect little luxury you were searching for!
All of the following photos are taken of my own designs for Knotting Hill Interiors. Look for the tassels in each one!
Can you see the tassel on the right side lamp switch?
There are tassels on the lidded vases.
- This photo was actually taken from one of the vignettes set up in my retail shop, Knotting Hill Interiors.
Tassel tied around books!
Can you find the tassel in this home office?
On bed posts!
- Hanging from a drawer pull!
On the dining room table!
Even in a powder room!
Now, go have an “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
What do you think about tassels in your home? What are some of the unusual materials you have seen them made of?