Saturday, October 11, 2014

How Can An Interior Decorator Help You?

Over the years I have spoken with many homeowners and this is what I have learned from my clients.  Most people hire an interior decorator when they need help with:

  • Room balance
  • Placement - What goes where in a room.
  • Planning their space  
  • Blending furniture of different colors
  • Scale
  • How to create a focal point
  • Creating a nice flow throughout the house
  • Choosing the right color
  • Mixing patterns and textures
  • Creating a cohesive look
  • Selections
Most people buy first and then fit the furniture into the space instead of analyzing their room first.  What winds up happening is a hit or miss game.  They wind up with a non-cohesive look and many times the room just doesn’t feel right.  The human mind seeks balance and if a room doesn’t look balanced, it will not feel balanced.  Homeowners won’t be happy with how their home looks and how it functions.  Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Our goal at Katy Hahn Designs is to help you create your best design plan.

At Katy Hahn Designs, we offer many types of design consultations, specific to each client’s needs.  In the DIY design consultation, we teach our clients how to create function, mood, harmony and flow throughout their home. Or, in a full design service, we can handle the design project for them, from conception to completion. Our design selection service is for clients that are remodeling their existing home or new home buyers.  They want help in specific areas and we bring them some samples to see in their home.  We discuss colors, patterns and textures and how to tie everything in so they have a nice flow and feel to their home.  This will help clients define their likes and dislikes, and feel more confident in their choices when they go to a design center or making the right selections when shopping at a store. 

For clients who would like a home design analysis, we will walk with them through their home, one room at a time.  We will give them advice and direction on ways they can improve and enhance the value of their home plus answer any design questions they may have.

As you can see, there are many services an interior decorator can provide.  I hope this helps.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Trends 2014

Fall started yesterday and so it’s time to check out the fall trends for 2014.  Here is a sampling of some of the hottest ones.

One of the big trends this year is the return of metal in furniture design.  Steel, iron, aluminum and copper are all being used, whether alone or with wood cork or fabric.  Can anyone say, “1950’s?”  BuzziSpace has created a new Legends line of tables and chairs using salvaged steel rods and aircraft aluminum.  Metal is also being used for accessories like pendant lamps.

We are also seeing bright, vivid colors in many places, from wallpaper to paintings, cookware and kitchen accessories.

Of course, wood is still very popular and some artisans are finding unique uses for it.  Pascal Oudet is a sculptor and wood turner who has created beautiful decorative and lacy wooden sculpture.
Courtesy Pascal Oudet
Here is an overview of other up and coming trends:

  • Brass is on a comeback, especially in the kitchen and bath.
  • The merging of indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Ethnic prints from exotic places used in fabrics.
  • Corduroy used as an alternative to velvet in upholstered furniture.
  • Floral textile designs in both interior design and fashion.
  • Lighter colored woods like oak and cherry in furniture.
  • Many tints, tones and shades of blue.  Navy is very hot.
  • Classy, softer tones of black and white.
  • Pineapple shaped accessories.
  • Modern versions of old, classic designs.
Courtesy of Freshome

Let me know what you have seen as new design trends.  Love to hear from you.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Have you ever redesigned a room in your head?

Thats what I do when I have no clients.  I walk into a room and I imagine what I would do if I was redesigning this room.  Apparently, I am not the only interior designer/decorator who does this, according to a new post by Houzz.  They posed the question, “What do interior designers create when they have no client, only their own imagination?”  Thank you, Houzz for the article, “Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House.”

This article highlights the 2014 Holiday Hamptons, where 16 of the top designers in the country have used their talents and imagination to decorate spaces in the historic 1881 Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor, New York.  The old factory is being converted into 64 condominiums.  Some of these lofts, townhouses and bungalows are being temporarily transformed into special rooms inspired by moments or special holidays in the lives of each designer.

I love the look and the feel of the rooms, with a nice yin and yang feel, combining both modern and traditional elements.  Each designer did a wonderful job converting the factory rooms into comfortable and beautiful living spaces.  They say its all in the eye of the designer.  I say it is in the imagination of the designer.

Here are a few photos of some of the rooms.

I especially love the last bedroom photo and the whimsical touch above the bed.  How clever!

Thank you Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine for sponsoring the show house which is open to the public through August 10 and using the proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Thank you Houzz for this posting this great article.  Photos and article courtesy of Rikki Snyder, Houzz Contributor.

To read the entire article, click on this link: