How to shop at HomeGoods like an interior designer

Annie Elliott has gained a huge following on social media with her advice on how to scour discount stores for decor that just looks expensive. So, we took her shopping.

With the exception of the plant, everything here came from a shopping trip at HomeGoods with interior designer Annie Elliott. (Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)

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Who better to help you buy home accessories than someone who does it professionally? Enter DC interior designer Annie Elliott, whose TikTok videos traversing the aisles of big-box stores and dishing out design advice have made her a Gen Z sensation—her first HomeGoods video garnered 4 million views. (She also took her followers with her to Ikea, Target and HomeSense.)

We recently went with Elliott to a Maryland HomeGoods to learn what the designer looks for quality amid the store’s discount decor. “That’s one thing about HomeGoods: You really have to inspect things because they’ve jumped around a lot,” she says. “Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s a bargain.”

So which items are worthy of a place in your home and which are better off staying on the shelves? Here, Elliott shares her tips for spending wisely at the decor store.

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Put furniture to the test

Elliott generally advises against giving out large upholstered pieces at the retailer. If you see something you like, she suggests inspecting the fabric closely. “Heavier wovens with texture are fine, but if the pattern is printed on, it can look cheap and may not wear as well,” she says.

She also recommends trying the merchandise on: Take a seat to make sure it’s actually comfortable, then look at the frame. No one wants a wobbly chair, so Elliott suggests giving it a good shake to make sure it feels stable and solidly made. “When you grab the armrests, you shouldn’t be able to feel the piece of wood that forms the arm,” she says.

Finally, consider the cost. During our shopping trip, most lounge chairs cost around $500—not bad, but as Elliott points out, “Once you get to that price point, you have to ask yourself, ‘Is this better than Crate & Barrel, which has really good quality?'” The Verdict: Only go ahead if the price is right and it looks well made, otherwise you might want to invest in better pieces elsewhere.

Examine assets carefully

Make sure doors on sideboards and cabinets are aligned, and that all drawers open and close smoothly. While shopping, Elliot stopped to give a trendy cabinet a second look only to discover that its facade showed visible paint drips in the trim and that its doors were crooked. “If you’re handy, I think you can fiddle with the hinges and level the doors, but if you have to take it home and fix it, it might not be worth it,” she says.

When asked if trendier pieces of furniture are a good investment at HomeGoods, she advises, “If the price is really low, and you know it’s not going to last forever, by all means go ahead.” However, she offers a more sustainable alternative: vintage. “You can paint a piece of wood you get at a vintage store, and the quality is 9 times out of 10 better,” she says.

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Elliot says the retailer is a good source for inexpensive, stylish side tables. A wooden mid-century-inspired end table that cost $130 caught her eye, as did a small rattan table for $60 that could double as a plant stand. She also liked a small live event table for $100. “You can’t really fake a live edge, so something like this is a good buy,” she says, inspecting the wood. “It’s a little worn, but because it’s the look of the piece, it feels intentional and it works.”

However, not all tables were winners. She pointed out those with flimsy or cheap metal legs and joints that looked like they were poorly welded. “The thing I advise people to stay away from the most is things that look cheap or poorly put together,” she says.

HomeGoods is a godsend for well-priced, designer-looking lamps, and you can often find an identical pair. Elliott says to always look for ceramic styles, and spotted several designs that were a steal with price tags in the $35 to $50 range. What to skip: lamps with full metal bases, “because when there’s so much metal in one place, it just doesn’t look expensive and the finish might not hold up as well,” she says.

Consider the mirrors, but pass on art

Elliott recommends checking the mirror section, as you can often find hard-to-find smaller sizes that measure 24 inches or less—perfect for small powder rooms. However, when it comes to wall decoration, the designer treads carefully. “Art is highly subjective; I would rather people buy art from a local art school, or vintage store, or get a print from Etsy rather than buy something really generic,” she says.

Make a beeline for the baskets

Elliott is a big fan of the many organizational solutions at HomeGoods, with twine and straw woven baskets at the top of the list. Many of the styles rival Moroccan-inspired versions from higher-end retailers like Serena & Lily, but at a fraction of the cost. “The big ones are especially great for stashing firewood or blankets in a family room,” she says.

Check out the accessories

With everything from hourglasses to obelisks, the decorative object section of the store is a treasure hunt in its own right. What made Elliott’s cut? “Animal figurines because they come in interesting shapes and are a non-controversial way to fill a hole on a bookshelf,” she says. Another endorsement: decorative trays. “If you’re trying to clean up clutter, just put it in a tray and suddenly it looks intentional,” she says.

Many designers and stylists—not just Elliott—will tell you that HomeGoods is their go-to source for large glass containers to display artfully arranged branches. “Most of the glassware says it’s made in Spain and the quality is excellent for the price,” says Elliott, who used several of the glass bottles to fuel her own malfunctioning fireplace.

Elliott says the store can be a reliable place to pick up extra sets of sheets—just read the label to make sure they’re 100 percent cotton, linen or bamboo, and stay away from man-made materials like polyester or microfiber. “I don’t worry too much about thread count, but look for the words ‘percale’, if you want a cool, crisp finish to your sheets, or ‘Egyptian’, if you want a fuzzier, softer feel – both is cotton,” she says.

Pick up and throw pillows

According to Elliott, no trip to HomeGoods is complete without a stroll through the pillow aisle—high praise coming from a designer accustomed to custom creations in luxurious materials. She suggests looking for pillows with zippers, removable covers (because they can be cleaned easily) and avoiding those that are sewn. Her one pillow pees: Tight, overstuffed pillows with no give. “I really object to polyfill when the pillow springs back into shape,” she says. Her preference: a mix of polyfill and down feathers.

When shopping for throws, Elliott says to look for natural fibers. And she believes the more realistic-looking faux fur throws will have a longer life than shaggier options, which already seemed to lose and fray on the shelf. “You have to think that if it doesn’t look good now, once you get it home and use it for a while, it’s really not going to look good,” she says.

Michelle Brunner is a writer in DC, covering interior design and culture.

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Technology Has Become an Interior Design Statement All Its Own

If you attended CEDIA Expo 2022 last fall, there’s a 99.99% chance you heard the word “design” used in booth after booth. Whether it’s product aesthetics, the ability to hide home technology, lighting fixtures to add function and flair, or promoting healthier smart living (along with much more), the influence of design and the prospects for interior design relationships promoted, was echoed by the Kay Bailey Hutchison. Convention Center during the Dallas event.

That’s a good thing. Manufacturers in the channel are trying to get integrators into projects earlier, and connecting dealers with designers is one way to do that. Once designers understand how integrators can help by creating proposals that use invisible speakers or color-changing lighting or TV mounts that fold into the ceiling (to name a few), they may be the ones who potentially work on their trusted bring technology partners.

The smart home and home design go hand in hand

Last year at CEDIA Expo, designers were welcomed to the revived personal trade show. CEDIA hosted the return of Design + Connection tours that brought interior designers to various booths including Crestron, Google, Harman Luxury Audio, HTSN Nationwide/Azione Unlimited, Lutron, Origin Acoustics, Samsung, Sony and AiSPiRE/WAC.

I visited several of those booths and many more whose exhibitors recounted various ways interior design influenced their product development and engineering, whether it was new products, revisions, or new category entries. I have found that design influences products ranging from LED lights, motorized shades, speakers, screens and even security and automation devices.

Take smart home manufacturer Crestron, for example, with its new LED lighting fixtures or Origin Acoustics working with Bang & Olufsen on a reimagined soundbar that fits in with the Danish company’s renowned design heritage.

Alongside Bang & Olufsen, Leon Speakers as usual showcased its custom soundbars plus its latest artist edition Ente SoundTiles and celebrated a quarter of a century in the industry. In fact, for its 25th anniversary, the company showcased its original Horizon custom-width soundbar, which will be available in a limited edition trim.

Sonance/James Loudspeaker does invisible, custom and low-profile well with their design mantra and one example is the Small Aperture range, in which the small speaker grill hides a much larger footprint chassis installed inside the stud box to help achieve higher performance to deliver despite the ultra-low profile. “Small Diaphragm was kind of the hero product for James for a long time,” says Sonance’s director of marketing, Mike Cleary. Invisible speaker specialist Stealth Acoustics noted at the Expo that the company is expanding its facilities for its impending eighth-generation release of the technology in the coming years.

Interior design pillars are growing more advanced

The display makers have been catering to the home design crowd for years, as the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG have continued to shrink, expand and help their products double as wall art, now capable of filling entire walls with the emergence of microLEDs.

Stylish keyboards from Basalt and the ability of Wall-Smart to built-in keyboards (and touch panels, Josh.ai devices, Sonos soundbar concealment and more) in various construction materials offer unique aesthetic perspectives for integrators and their customers.

The category of LED lighting fixtures has opened up all kinds of avenues for integrators to wow interior designers and customers with beautiful solutions that address many areas and applications. Personally, my favorite eye-catching design improvement at the Expo was the countertop back lighting, shown by some of the fixture suppliers such as Proluxe by American Lighting and Environmental Lights. Something that caught my eye, apart from the usual types of lighting, are 2×1 canvas sheets with individual LEDs that can be used for backlighting applications – especially for beautifying places like kitchen backsplashes and onyx counters and islands.

“You can take the slabs and cut them to size, there are multiple places you can cut,” says Proluxe national sales manager Jennifer Kirkpatrick. “Accent walls are becoming more and more popular. I have a dealer that has a customer who is putting up a Himalayan sea salt stone wall, it’s over 60 feet long and they light it with this canvas. It’s a $90,000 job – but the main place they use it is to underline tabletops.

Throw in some invisible speakers, voice control, motorized shades and lighting control and it doesn’t take much these days to put together a compelling technology package that can fulfill the needs of homeowners and interior designers, especially in often secondary spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.

This is only the beginning for integrators

There is much work to be done to connect integrators and designers, as I noted while attending my first KBIS show last year, moderating a session with integrator and Home Technology Association panelists before an audience of curious designers (HTA’s Josh Christian provides numerous resources for designers to learn tech basics, budgeting, and more). And if CEDIA Expo 2022 is any indication, the tech manufacturers are leading the charge to bring the trades together – there are exciting products across all categories of the custom industry waiting to be installed, so it’s time to get the word out.

It is part of CE Pro’s ‘Technologies to Watch’ series. Click here to read more about the technologies experts expect to shape the custom integration industry.

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THE FITOUT reveals the latest exquisite interior design work for Abu Dhabi’s Newby Tea Cafe

THE FITOUT has successfully completed its latest interior developments for the Newby Tea Cafe in Abu Dhabi. The cafe features THE FITOUT’s unique and sustainable range of interior solutions, which also include civil, flooring and lighting work. The success of the project was enhanced by its early completion, adding another milestone to the company’s growing record of achievements.

THE FITOUT used its signature range of interior solutions to develop the latest branch of the Newby Tea Cafe, with some of the key elements being a folding gold leaf partition, a ten meter floating table in reception and a gold metal mesh . . The company also undertook civil work, such as the construction of walls and partitions, as well as stripping and waterproofing solutions for wet conditions. The ceiling works, which included plaster ceilings and metal panels for the reception spaces, together with floor works such as self-leveling, carpet works, parquet floors, and more, were successfully managed by the professional teams of THE FITOUT.

Sherif Nagy, general manager of THE FITOUT, said: “Since its inception in 1987, our company has grown into a reliable supplier of complete interior solutions that meet the highest standards in terms of both quality and services. As one of the leading suppliers of high-end bespoke joinery and fit-out solutions, our recent completion of the Newby Tea Cafe has once again demonstrated our passion for quality finishes and interior solutions. Newby Tea has a proud history as an award-winning luxury tea brand. We were committed to maintaining the authenticity and richness of this brand throughout the project, which enabled us to deliver elegant interior designs for the brand. With many more similar projects in the future, we are confident that we can further strengthen our position as a reliable fitting solutions provider.”

The highest levels of quality were also achieved for the wall finishes, which included the use of an emulsion paint finish, premium wallpapers, marble cladding, FR MDF cladding and moldings. Along with providing an adequate amount of lighting with LED strips, spotlights and SS fixtures, the company has also made sure to include advanced glass works, door trims and other joinery such as coat hangers, pantry lounges and wardrobes for the ladies lounge . All MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) works are also completed with utmost professionalism to guarantee the safety and comfort of customers of the Newby Tea Cafe.

The newest Newby Tea Cafe in Abu Dhabi is the second store launched in the UAE. With its prominent neoclassical interior designs, the luxury tea brand offers its consumers a sense of royalty in addition to exceptional taste and quality. DIE FITOUT, as always, ensured to sustainably complete the project with a strong focus on the climate crisis, as well as employee safety. The project was completed in a span of just two months, due to the teams’ dedication and relentless efforts. Apart from that, any changes suggested by the client were easily adapted and adjusted by the firm without any hassle.

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5 Creative Ways To Use Metal In Interior Decor

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What kind of interior decoration does your house have? Are the walls and floors painted white, or is there a mix of different colors? Do you have any artwork or pieces of furniture hanging on the walls? What kind of material do you use? What about curtains and sheets? Home decoration is an important aspect of any home. Whether you’re planning to renovate your entire space or just revamp a room, it’s important to get the look right. With so many different options available, it can be difficult to decide which trends to follow.

Each season has its own unique set of home decor trends to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a classic style or something more modern, these trends will suit your needs. Keep in mind that each trend has its own set of guidelines and tips that you must adhere to in order to look stylish and professional. And for 2023 we are already starting a new trend by implementing creative metal decorations in the home.

Why do so many people choose metal in their interiors? With its sleek and masculine look, metal is often a popular choice for newly built homes and businesses. But there are other, more subtle reasons to go with metal in your interior designs. Metal is one of the most versatile materials you can use for interior decoration. It has a sturdy look that’s perfect for stronger walls and furniture, as well as a sleek look that can help create a luxurious feel. Metal also reflects light beautifully, making it an ideal material for nocturnal atmospheres.

There are many reasons why metal should be part of your interior design arsenal. By incorporating it into your home decor, you can create a timeless look that will stand the test of time. So if you’ve been thinking about adding metal to your interior decor, here are some tips on how to do it successfully.

1. Use metallic pieces to add interest to your interior decor

Your home is your sanctuary and you want it to reflect your unique personality. One way to do this is by adding interesting metal pieces to your interior decoration. You don’t have to go out and buy expensive metals, there are many low cost, interesting options available. It will give your home a sophisticated edge without breaking the bank. For example, if you’re looking for a simple way to add interest to your interior decor, consider using metal sheet designs. They can be created using traditional techniques such as soldering, welding or fabrication, but they can also be achieved using inexpensive epoxy adhesive sheet cutters.

2. Add metal accessories to your furniture

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Adding metal accessories to your furniture can give it an energetic and modern look. They will not only look good, but they can also improve the comfort of your home. When adding metal accessories to furniture, be sure to use the right type of metal.

For example, you can use creative metal wall art in the bedroom, a coffee table for the living room is an aesthetically fine piece, even you can order metal lamps for any corner or place in the house. Adding metal accents to your furniture not only gives your furniture a modern look but can also improve its comfort level. When choosing which type of metal to use, make sure that it is the right one for the specific environment in which the furniture will be used. Whether you’re looking for a transitional piece or something flashy and extravagant, using metal accents in your home is a great way to spruce up your decor and elevate your style at the same time.

3. Add shiny new metals to old pieces of furniture

Have you been looking for a new and inventive way to refurbish your old furniture? If so, you might want to add some new metals to your collection. In recent years, metals have become very popular in the home decoration market. They are stylish and versatile, and offer a high level of durability. If you don’t like the old-fashioned look of your new bed, just make a small investment and buy a new metal bed frame. You will immediately see the difference this piece will make to the entire room’s perception.

4. Fill awkward spaces with sleek storage solutions made of metal

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Finding storage solutions that match your unique style has never been easier. Metal storage solutions are the new trend in home decor and for good reason. Not only are they stylish, but they can hold up under heavy use. In addition, they are environmentally friendly.

In recent years, metal storage has become a popular choice for homeowners because of its many benefits. First, metal storage is strong and durable. It can handle a lot of weight and wear and tear, making it ideal for storing frequently used items such as clothes or furniture. In addition, metal is an eco-friendly option because it requires no funding or resources to produce.

If you are looking for a sleek storage solution that will compliment your contemporary home style, metal should definitely be your choice.

A good choice would be metal shelves to store your books, family photos and many small decorative accessories. You can also start a small DIY project and make a flower pot holder that can bring some freshness to the environment.

5. Make geometric patterns with metals that look industrial

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Making geometric designs with industrial-looking metals is a fun, creative way to add some visual excitement to your projects. These metals are sturdy and durable, so you can be sure your projects will last. You can use it for art, home decoration or even industrial design. A good idea would be 3D cube lights above your dining table or the kitchen counter.
Want to add some personality to your home’s interior? If so, you should consider metal art. With so many different options available, it’s easy to find the perfect piece of art for your home. In this article, we’ve shared some creative ideas that will help you get started.

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Houston Interior designer fills her house with soothing colors

The first home Charles and Sherrell Neal bought together is a 1990s-era manufactured home in Cypress. It has too many interior corners and a dated exterior, but Sherrell saw its potential.

Sherrell, who launched her own interior design firm, Sherrell Design Studio in 2016, tackled her own home as a major first project, creating a new palette for the exterior, then moving inside and reshaping its landscape as well.

Her vision for the home’s exterior included painting its pinkish-brown brick Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter,” a light “greige” that reads quite white on this house on sunny days, and installing new, black-framed windows and replacing of the brown roof with one that is light grey. New lantern porch lights (Ralph Lauren’s Carrington lantern for Visual Comfort) and dark green paint (Benjamin Moore’s “Bassett Hill”) for the front door add a little color and a lot of style.

The house is only 2,100 square feet, so when they started to tackle interior changes, Sherrell wanted to get rid of as many angled walls as she could to maximize room sizes. Any room that didn’t get wallpaper was also painted Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly Lace,” a popular shade of white because it has virtually no undertones.

The kitchen was nicely finished with modern European-style Foscari cabinets, so the Neals didn’t need to spend a lot of money to update that space.

In the living room, however, a previous owner installed similar modern cabinets on one wall and an angled fireplace wall—from ceiling to floor—covered in 20-inch squares of brown limestone tile.

Sherrell’s reinvention of the space was to remove the cabinets and allow for more seating, then replace the wall of tile with a sleek and simple mantle that will work with any style of furniture. The Neals tinkered with the windows in this room, removing two smaller windows with a single larger window for a better view of the backyard.

She used a large Stark sisal rug under an antique Oushak rug, then used a light color palette of neutrals and blues in solids, stripes and florals for furniture and pillows. Their white sofa was reupholstered in a light beige stripe, fabric from Suzanne Kasler’s coastal collection for Lee Joffa. A pair of swivel chairs are made in a soft, muted blue Belgian linen with a Greek key strap finish, and a few more antique reproduction chairs are reupholstered in a geometric print, with gold leaf applied to the wooden arms, legs and trim .

Sherrell said she knew the tight stripe on the sofa would read as a simple neutral rather than a pattern, allowing her to play with patterns elsewhere in the room.

“I love fabric and pattern, but there’s a balance in mixing patterns well,” Sherrell said. “I like pairing a floral with a stripe. You have to be mindful of scale; you need a small print with less white space, and if you use a floral with more than one color, you can have a draw color from it as a coordinating color.”

Sherrell loves chinoiserie-style wallpaper, but didn’t want the big investment of Gracie or de Gournay wallpaper, knowing it wouldn’t be a forever home. But she found a beautiful Tempaper mural peel-and-stick wallpaper with soft-toned botanicals that wraps around the dining room.

“It was cost-effective, but, honestly, I loved the pattern and color. It’s black and gray and soft warm white, and it’s a great look,” she said. “I wanted people to feel like they were in a garden.”

She covered her Schumacher dining room chairs in cornflower blue fabric and used a similar color for curtains in the room.

The room’s chandelier is a Visual Comfort piece designed by Julie Neill in New Orleans, who gifted it to the Neals. Charles Neal is a longtime employee at Visual Comfort, a lighting company started years ago by Andy Singer. Charles worked his way up the ladder and is now its executive vice president. In fact, all of the home’s lighting is of course from Visual Comfort.

Sherrell has lots of fine china, crystal and flatware, and sets a formal table when friends and family come over.

“In my family, we see each other all the time, and they’ll say, ‘You don’t have to do this for us,'” Sherrell said. “I want them to eat at their best. I can mix things from different collections because I gravitate towards the same colors and style. I can layer different glassware and I have tons of napkins, some with and some without a monogram. I switch it up for dessert and appetizers and soups — the whole experience.”

Sherrell is all about textiles, and that’s evident in her primary bedroom, where she used a form of bedspread called a “tester.” It brings in curtains and the equivalent of a valance behind the bed and its headboard, creating a romantic scene reminiscent of a four-poster bed, but without the canopy.

She put white and ivory and a soft blush in curtains, bedding and upholstery on a footboard sofa and had a new king size bed made with an 80 inch high headboard that backs up to the “taster” curtains for a bit more drama in traditional style.

A pair of Made Good nightstands, covered in faux ivory, add some texture to the room.

They started over in the primary bathroom, removing the old version that had a large corner tub and a small shower to create the reverse: a freestanding tub that took up much less space and a larger shower. Getting rid of an angled wall in an adjoining guest bedroom added a bit more space to the primary bath, allowing for two larger vanities, each with a tall storage cabinet.

They used luxury Italian Cararra marble for the counters and wall tiles and chose a mosaic version of it for flooring. Removing one of the room’s windows and reducing the size of the other allowed for two wall niches for towels, flowers or other things.

The three-bedroom house has two guest rooms, the smaller room has just a single bed with a small desk and the larger room gets the full design treatment with Brunschwig and Fils’ Talavera wallpaper, a pattern repeated in a large lumbar pillow and ‘ a bed For the bed, Sherrell took the headboard from the bed her husband bought years ago—a short, brown, nondescript headboard—and had a studio reupholster it after making it larger and adding a camel back detail .

Both of the guest rooms had carpeting, so the Neals found wood flooring similar to what was in the main living area and added it to the two bedrooms.

The two rooms also share a guest bath, which was cut off so they could install a wide dark blue vanity with a marble top, wallpaper, a new mirror and, of course, a beautiful chandelier.

“Color has had such an impact. You can use blue and yellow or colors that make you feel alive or awake. If you want moodiness, have a cigar room and paint it something masculine and strong,” she said. “Right now, all my clients love color. I’m painting more rooms with color, and there’s wallpaper everywhere. There’s no limit to color in the architectural story of our home.”

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Art Deco Interior Design: Everything You Need to Know

While some may argue that the era of Art Deco interior design is over, it is undeniable that its spirit lives on. “When we talk about Art Deco, we generally think of the style and aesthetic most popular during the 1920s and ’30s,” says Jennifer Durand, design director at Jessica Lagrange Interiors. Often defined by geometric patterns and motifs, bold jewel tones and rich material palettes, the interior design style is opulent and decadent. “Nowadays, we probably wouldn’t do a whole authentic Art Deco interior,” adds Jessica Lagrange, founder of the aforementioned eponymous design firm. “But we like to take bits and pieces, which can be very timeless, and use them in a contemporary setting.” below, A.D outlines everything you need to know about Art Deco style, from its history to modern interpretations, and how you can bring the luxurious look into your home.

What is Art Deco Interior Design?

A star-inspired design on the floor of a house designed by Jessica Lagrange Studio.

Photo: Douglas Friedman.

According to Wesley Moon, interior designer and founder of Wesley Moon Design and Decoration, there are two ways to think about Art Deco design: the historical roots and the modern versions. Of course, to appreciate the latter, you must first understand the former.

History of Art Deco Interior Design

Historically, Art Deco, which is short for art decorative, began in France in the early 1900s. “But it really flourished in the 20s and 30s in America,” explains Moon. Generally categorized as the style of art, interiors, architecture and product design popular in the era between the First and Second World Wars, it did not get its name until 1925 during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held . in Paris and was the first time the style was exhibited. Designs of this time were often defined by a streamlined look – usually composed of simple lines and geometric shapes for decoration – made from expensive materials. “When we think of Art Deco, we picture symmetrical, geometric, streamlined pieces with simplistic form,” says Durand A.D“but made with truly innovative, special materials.”

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These Interior Design Tricks Will Make Your Home Look More Luxurious

Do you want to give your home a luxurious, luxurious look? Whether you’re remodeling or just redecorating, there are some simple and easy interior design tricks that can make your home feel like a luxurious retreat. From the furniture pieces to the decorative accents, these tips will help transform any room into a luxurious oasis. With the right touches, it’s possible to create a space that looks and feels expensive without breaking your budget. Here are some of the best interior design tricks for a luxury home.

1. Indoor waterfall or fountain

A beautiful fountain or water feature adds a touch of sophistication and luxury to any space. Choose from an indoor waterfall, tabletop fountain, or wall-mounted water sculpture for an elegant look. When considering luxury indoor waterfalls and fountains, look for those made from high-quality materials such as copper, bronze and stone. If you don’t have room for a large feature, choose a small tabletop fountain that can be placed on any flat surface. Although water features can be expensive, they will make your home look and feel more luxurious. They can also be used to create a calming atmosphere.

2. Invest in quality pieces of furniture

Quality furniture pieces can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your home. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but investing in well-made pieces that are sturdy and stylish will give your home an air of luxury. Look for classic pieces with clean lines and timeless finishes that won’t go out of style anytime soon. When choosing furniture, avoid anything too trendy or gaudy as it can quickly become outdated. A few well-made pieces can go a long way in changing the look of your space. If you need help choosing furniture, consult a professional interior designer who can help you choose pieces that will make your home look more luxurious.

3. Add texture to area rugs and pillows

Adding texture to your home can make the entire space look and feel more luxurious. Consider investing in area rugs made from natural materials like wool or jute for an extra touch. You can also add texture by adding throw pillows with textured fabrics like velvet, linen, silk or even faux fur. Investing in some high-end pieces can really elevate a room, making it seem more opulent than it really is. In addition, adding texture with different materials such as metal, wood and glass can also give your space a more luxurious feel. It also adds depth and interest without looking overdone.

4. Choose statement lighting

Lighting is an important feature of any room, but in luxury interiors, statement lighting can really help make the space feel unique and special. Opt for designs made from luxurious materials such as copper or crystal, or opt for a modern take on classic styles with sculptural shapes and bold colors. Not only will statement lights provide a focal point in your decor, but they can also be used to layer your lighting design and create various interesting looks throughout the day. Furthermore, well-placed statement lighting can help create a luxurious atmosphere that makes your home look more luxurious.

5. Upgrade your fixtures and fittings

The small details can make a big difference in creating a luxurious look. Invest in quality materials, such as solid copper and bronze rather than plastic or chrome. Choose faucets and handles with interesting shapes that stand out from the rest of your bathroom or kitchen. Use wall screens to create an inviting atmosphere in any room. Upgrading these small elements can give your home a subtle yet impressive touch of luxury. If you can’t afford to replace fixtures, try giving them a fresh coat of paint or switch out the hardware with something more elegant.

6. Hang artwork to add a touch of class

The right artwork can really bring a room to life. Choose works that reflect your personal style and showcase your creativity. Invest in quality pieces that will last, and don’t be afraid to mix different sizes, colors, textures and styles. Large paintings or photographs hung over the couch can create an eye-catching focal point that draws attention away from any flaws in the room. Try combining several smaller framed pieces of art for extra visual interest. And try hanging them at eye level so they become part of the conversation when people visit your home.

7. Soften hard surfaces with curtains and drapes

Curtains and drapes can soften the look of hard surfaces, such as a stone wall or tiled floor. Not to mention, they add instant luxury. Choose thicker fabrics in opulent color palettes like jewel tones and rich textures like velvet or silk for a sumptuous feel. You can also go light but still allow light into your space while adding elegance. Also, don’t forget to layer your curtains and drapes properly. This means hanging them at different heights and adding a nice valance or pelmet to draw the eye and add visual interest.

8. Incorporate plants and flowers

Adding fresh greenery to any room instantly gives it a touch of luxury and class. Large potted plants can make a big statement, while smaller flower arrangements scattered throughout the room will also brighten up your home. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options like succulents that require minimal care and maintenance. Not only do they add color and texture to your space, but they can also help purify the air in your home! In addition, incorporating scented candles or potpourri into your interior design will help create a soothing and peaceful atmosphere.

These interior design tricks will help you create the luxury home of your dreams. By investing in quality materials, choosing statement lighting and artwork, softening hard surfaces with curtains or drapes, and including some plants and flowers, you can give any room an elegant and stylish makeover. With just a few simple changes, you’ll be on your way to achieving a high-end look in no time.

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13 featured interior design jobs (+ 1 professorship) in New York City | News

If you’re looking for attractive interior design career opportunities in New York, don’t miss this week’s curated job highlight from Archinect Jobs. Here are a number of relevant jobs selected specifically for Interior Designers, Interior Architects and academics in the field from the stream of new openings in the Big Apple.

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200 Eleventh Avenue by Selldorf Architects. Photo: DavidSundberg/Esto.

Selldorf Architects looking for an Interior Designer
“Selldorf Architects is an international architecture and interior design firm based in New York City in Union Square. The firm’s interior portfolio includes high-end residential, office, institutional and hospitality projects. We are looking for an experienced interior designer with 5 or more years of experience for a full-time position who thrives both in a team setting and individually.”

FLOAT STUDIO looking for a Designer
“Float Studio is a fast-growing firm with a focus on creating spaces for startups, tech companies and other creative agencies. […] You have an interest in developing your skills in both architecture and interior design. You’re ready to take your skills to the next level and start working on some of the most exciting commercial interior projects.”

25 Mercer by Fogarty Finger.

Fogarty Finger looking for an Intermediate Interior Designer, Intermediate/Senior Interior Designer VF&E, and Senior Interior Architectural Designer
“Fogarty Finger, an award-winning architectural firm, has quickly become a major design practice in New York, with significant experience in delivering complete architectural and interior design packages for residential and commercial projects of every type and size. We are seeking a talented and motivated Senior Interior Designer. Revit experience is a plus with a focus on interior projects.”

Fogarty Finger is also currently hiring a Junior Designer at their Boston office.

Neal Beckstedt Studio looking for an Intermediate Interior Designer
“Neal Beckstedt Studio, a 10-person boutique architectural and interior design firm based in Manhattan, is seeking a skilled intermediate to senior interior designer to join its growing team. Founded in 2010 by Neal Beckstedt, the studio is a full-service design team seamlessly integrates exterior and interior into modern, casual environments full of warmth and comfort.”

Neal Beckstedt Studio also offers a Residential Project Manager/Designer role.

47-49 Greene Street by DXA Studio. Photo: Evan Joseph.

DXA Studio looking for a Junior Interior Designer and an Intermediate Interior Designer
“DXA studio is looking for the following candidates: Intermediate Interior Designer: 3-5 years of professional experience, working full-time in high-end residential, multi-family residential, hospitality or commercial projects, preferably in New York City. Knowledge of NY building codes and ADA compliance requirements are a must.”

DXA is also accepting applications for various architectural positions.

IMC architecture looking for a Senior Interior Designer
“We are looking for an interior designer with 5-10+ years of experience to help start up an interior design department within the architecture firm. The candidate will design and manage projects and is responsible for sourcing, ordering, creating digital images , generate proposals, purchase orders, specifications and invoices, and ensure that client presentations are properly prepared and executed.”

IMC is also currently hiring a project architect.

Upper East Side Apartment by AJS Design/s.

AJS Design/s looking for an Interior Designer/Architect
“We are looking for an interior designer/architect with 3 to 5 years of experience to help create and produce the details to bring our vision to fruition. This is a part-time position that will transition to a full-time position within 4 months which includes ‘ a strong benefits package.”

CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture and Design looking for an Intermediate Interior Designer/Architect with Hotel Experience
“Crème is a multi-faceted design agency offering architectural, interior, custom furniture and brand design services from concept to execution. Crème works on a wide range of projects worldwide, including in the United States, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the Middle East . Based in the vibrant neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we surround ourselves with the cultural influences and resources unique to New York City.”

Tree house design looking for a Junior Designer, Interior Design / Restaurant Design
“Tree House is an established and published Interior Architecture firm located in New York City, with a strong reputation for high quality ‘Restaurant Design’ and food related ‘Retail Design’. We are seeking a Junior, Interior Designer. We are a small office with a work environment that is energetic, friendly and supportive. Flexibility with schedule is possible.”

Row House Interior Design by Elaine Santos Design. Photo: Matthew Williams.

Elaine Santos Design looking for a Junior Interior Designer
“Looking for a Junior Interior Designer with 2 to 4 years of experience in luxury residential interiors. The candidate will collaborate with the Principal on design concept and development, obtain and select design specifications, and interact with clients, vendors and industry partners (architects, builders , etc.). Candidate to work full-time at our Downtown studio.”

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) seeks an Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Interior Design
“The School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology invites outstanding candidates for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in Interior Design combined with interdisciplinary practices in Architecture and Digital Design. This faculty position will play a crucial role in shaping the future and continued development of the Department of Interior Design and the growth of its full-time faculty community.”

NYIT is also looking for a Fabrication Lab Supervisor and a Robotics Fabrication Lab Manager.

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Interior trends for 2023 include maximalism and organic materials

Interiors will become stranger in 2023 with stronger colours, mushroom materials and less birch plywood, designers told Dezeen.

As the new year begins, Dezeen asked 12 interior designers and architects for their predictions for the interior design trends that will dominate in 2023.

Interiors to characterize maximalism and strangeness

British interior designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio believe that interior design will be wilder and weirder this year.

“This is a violent time we live in,” the duo told Dezeen. “There is anger in the world and design needs to reflect that dynamic and not shy away from it. The deco period has been important to design for several years and we are now looking to expressionism and cubism for bold inspiration.”

“Weirdness has always been there and we’ve always been here for it. Think Haas Brothers. But now it feels like we’re in such a wild historical moment that weird is becoming the norm. See Nicolas Devlin and Charlotte Kingsnorth.”

“When the world gets too weird to comprehend, the designs of the moment reflect it. Let’s all get weird and express our awesomeness.”

2LG Studio believes we’ll see more weirdness in design, like in this Haas Brothers project. Top image of Hotel Les Deux Gares by Luke Edward Hall

One of the overarching design trends this year appears to be maximalism, as the world gradually moves on from the more stripped-down interior designs that have been popular for the past two years.

“Last year there was a shift towards maximalism, experimenting with patterns and rich color schemes,” Sanchit Arora of New Delhi studio Renesa told Dezeen.

“This year, this trend will continue with a fresher fervor. There will be bold and forward-thinking designs that give increased personality to the space. For both commercial and residential areas, customers are opting for custom patterns and colors rather than opting for customizable products that fit just any space, but compromises to stand out.”

Stronger colors and prints will take center stage

While last year’s interiors often sported a discreet, natural color palette – as evidenced by the homes in our list of top 10 home interiors of 2022 – 2023, it looks like it’s colorful.

“I think I see, after a few years of mostly conservative approach to color, a more fresh and bold use of color,” Raúl Sánchez, founder of Barcelona studio Raúl Sánchez Architects, told Dezeen.

“We leave the harbor of neutral and step into a rainbow!” added interior designer Pallavi Dean of Roar.

“The safe beige, gray and white walls are on their way out and we are experimenting with bold shades and darker shades to add depth to the space,” she added.

“Tread carefully when choosing your shade; it can affect your mood and change your perception of the size of your space.”

Interior of Dreams store in Atwater Village
Different colors contrast each other in Adi Goodrich’s design for the Dreams store in Los Angeles

Spatial designer Adi Goodrich believes that the use of color will be particularly prominent in kitchen interiors.

“I think people are finally embracing color and will choose to redesign their kitchens in a wash of color,” she told Dezeen.

According to interior designer Kelly Hoppen, neutral colors will continue to be strong, but will increasingly be complemented by bold prints.

“The way we use our homes has evolved over the last few years, as we appreciate the comfort and warmth of our own spaces, especially as many people still work partially remote or hybrid,” she told Dezeen.

“This will continue to reflect our color choices and so for multifunctional yet homely rooms, calming neutrals will be preferred, including cozy grays to classic beiges and taupes,” added Hoppen.

“That said, bold prints are making a resurgence and the asymmetrical feel in rooms is going to be big. Wallpaper, which is also making a comeback, will be used throughout 2023 decor. For example – textured walls are used as a backdrop for artwork or asymmetrical wallpaper borders used to add contrast.”

Rich and tangible materials to dominate

Tactile, rich materials will be especially popular in the coming year, according to the designers.

“We fancy a ‘multi-sensory palette’,” said Dean.

“The recent pandemic has deprived us of one of our most ‘human’ senses: touch. In response, I feel it will become increasingly important for designers to make use of materials that bring tactility to the interior scheme and to create spaces devise that provokes. an emotion in its users.”

“In the post-pandemic space, the well-being of the end user is being considered more than ever,” agreed interior designer Tola Ojuolape.

“Humble materials and finishes that give rise to a relaxed sophistication will continue to dominate the interior landscape. Lime plaster walls and trim, brick, natural wool will feature.”

Lime plaster walls within the London extension
Humble materials such as lime plaster will be popular. Image is of a London extension by Emil Eve Architects

Meanwhile, a growing appetite for bold designs could see some currently popular materials fall out of favor.

“I think the era of birch plywood may be coming to an end,” Goodrich said. “I believe richer woods such as walnut, cherry and red oak will be seen more in interiors moving forward.”

“Bold, colorful marbles balanced with neutrals will be particularly trendy,” Hoppen predicted. “People will be eating a lot more in 2023, so table tops (especially marble) and dining spaces will make a big comeback – perfect for those who want to entertain.”

Ateliers are also open to working with new materials this year as they strive for more sustainable designs.

“Material makes us excited as a studio,” 2LG said. “Mushrooms are going to become more important. Brands like Mylo Unleather are making headlines and getting us excited about the possibilities that mushrooms offer as an ethical and sustainable alternative to animal skin.”

Mylo mushroom leather
Designers think interior brands will follow fashion houses in using mushroom leather from brands like Mylo

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler agreed, saying, “Sustainability will continue to live at the forefront of all design conversations and innovations. I was very interested in the rise of mushroom leather.”

“This material innovation has already been revolutionary for the fashion industry and offers a sustainable alternative,” she added. “I expect we will continue to see its presence grow within interiors and design.”

Sustainability becomes a “necessity”

Designers are also more focused on sustainability than ever before and wary of greenwashing.

“Sustainability is an evolving topic in the interior space; it will continue into 2023,” Ojuolape predicted.

“Designers will continue to find ways to ensure that this is considered from the beginning and adapted to the life cycle of an interior project.”

“Intentional and deliberate education will continue to ensure resourceful material choices, recycling and reuse of furniture and smart reduction of plastic and waste,” she added.

Tatale restaurant in The Africa Center in London
“Sustainability is an evolving subject,” says Tola Ojuolape, who worked on the interior of the Africa Center

“As we confront ourselves with the ever-increasing issues of energy consumption and global warming, interior design projects will be greatly affected in many aspects,” predicted Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa.

“I believe projects that trace the context of sustainability will become a necessity, and it will no longer be something that is simply talked about as an idealized concept,” he added.

“I think it’s safe to say we’re all sensitive to greenwashing,” Dean said.

“Designers and clients are both better educated about the impact their work will have on the environment and are moving away from box-ticking certification goals. Instead, the focus is on long-term strategies – waste removal, efficient MEP systems and better construction methodologies. .”

Human connection important after pandemic

The importance of working together as a community was also emphasized by many of the designers Dezeen spoke to.

“Due to the pandemic, we’re all more or less isolated – so what we’re seeing is a longing to really reconnect and interact with the world around us,” said Norm Architects partner Frederik Werner.

“Translate this into the field of interior design – and we see how we as humans seek tactility, sensitivity and natural materials in the constant pursuit of well-being.”

Australia-based designer Danielle Brustman agreed, saying: “There seems to be a sculptural and more organic design trend growing in interior design. There is a return to the soft curve and the use of more organic materials. We are all moved by the covid pandemic and i think people need a bit of care.”

Minimal interiors of forest retreat designed by Norm Architects
Organic and collaborative design will grow after the pandemic. Image is from Forest Retreat by Norm Architects

This theme of community will also play out in the production of design projects, Ashizawa predicts.

“Having experienced the Covid-19 pandemic, I believe there will be more opportunity to reflect on the community – along with the cost of imports and logistics leading to a slower progress of projects,” he said.

“This will spur the expansion of community-based projects that focus on cultural values ​​of local production for local consumption.”

Similarly, Alex Mok of the interior design studio Linehouse believes that the difficulty of the past year will increase the need for collaboration.

“2022 was a difficult year for many countries and cultures, so we look to 2023 with a focus on human connection, authenticity and social interaction,” she told Dezeen.

“We see a greater consideration of the use and purpose of spaces beyond form and instead to activate communities. We hope to see more projects that revitalize existing buildings or connect with local craft.”

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Seeing Machines’ world-leading interior sensing technology on show in suite and in car, at CES 2023

CANBERRA, Australia, January 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Seeing Machines Limited (AIM: SEE), the advanced computer vision technology company that designs AI-powered operator monitoring systems to improve transportation safety, will showcase its world-leading indoor sensing technology at CES 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the most influential technology event worldwide, from January 5th through January 7, 2023.

Seeing Machines’ immersive technology demonstrations will be available by appointment at a private suite in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino and in our demo carto showcase the company’s latest ground-breaking software and algorithm developments for its FOVIO driver and occupant monitoring system (DMS/OMS) technology solutions.

Machines’ DMS and OMS technology can also be found integrated in a series of Tier 1 customer and partner demonstrations, which will also be on display at CES:

  • Magna (LVCC West Hall Booth 4425) – DMS/OMS integration in rearview mirror
  • Ambarella and Autobrains (Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas) – Combined Security Solution in System on Chip (SoC)
  • Analog devices (LVCC West Hall Booth 4725) – DMS with integrated IR LED driver and GMSL camera

Seeing Machines is revolutionizing global transportation safety, developing and licensing proprietary technology to some of the world’s leading automakers.

We use advanced machine vision technology to precisely measure and analyze head position, eyelid movements and eye gaze under a full spectrum of demanding lighting conditions, including through sunglasses. This data is processed to interpret driver attention state, focus, drowsiness and impairment levels to provide critical real-time input to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), as well as to vehicle cabin, comfort and convenience systems.

As the global focus on transportation safety increases, Seeing Machines continues to grow as an automotive technology leader in driver and occupant monitoring systems, having won a total of 15 automotive programs for 10 individual OEMs, spanning more than 160 vehicle models, representing more than 11 billion is undescribed. km of driving data and delivered with proven global automotive tier-1 customers and partners.

Seeing Machines corporate executives and technical experts will be present at CES 2023.

About seeing machines (Aim: SEE), a global company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Australia, is an industry leader in vision-based monitoring technology that enables machines to see, understand and assist humans. See Machines’ technology portfolio of AI algorithms, embedded processing and optics, powering products that must deliver reliable real-time understanding of vehicle operators. The technology extends from the critical measurement of where a driver is looking to classification of their cognitive state as it applies to crash risk. Reliable “driver condition” measurement is the ultimate goal of Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) technology. Seeing Machines develops DMS technology to manage safety for automotive, commercial fleet, off-road and aviation applications. The company has offices in Australia, USA, Europe and Asiaand provides technology solutions and services to industry leaders in every vertical market. www.seeingmachines.com

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