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Monday, October 15, 2012

Ecodesign and Green Living

Ecodesign is a conscious awareness of the environment that we live in.  It begins by choosing eco-friendly products, improving air quality, conserving our natural resources and reducing waste.

As a former respiratory therapist, I am always aware of our indoor air quality and how to improve it.  Children and adults can have allergic reactions to materials we use, such as cleaners, laundry detergents, VOC in paints, glue in carpets and pressed wood products.  Also formaldehyde can be off-gassed from cabinetry, flooring and furniture.  Choosing eco-friendly products will improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergic reactions as well.

Ecodesigning our homes is all about designing a room that is functional, beautiful and healthy, so why not choose products that will improve your indoor air quality and reduce the use of our natural resources?  For example, if I am doing a lighting design for a client, I am also thinking how I can help them conserve energy, such as replacing light bulbs with CFL bulbs, which use less energy.  

There are other ways you can conserve.  When updating your kitchen or bathroom, choose fixtures such as low flow shower heads and faucets that can help you reduce water use and save money.  By using water saving tips and making our homes more energy efficient, we can reduce the consumption of our natural resources.  These are all easy ways you can design and create an eco-friendly home.

Begin slowly by practicing the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.  When we reduce clutter in our homes, we are reducing indoor air toxins, the end products of bacteria caused by dust mites and pet dander which contribute to asthma symptoms and allergies.  You can also reduce clutter by simply purging what you no longer use such as papers, clothing, toys, etc.  You are also cleaning up your home environment, improving indoor air quality and making it easier to dust and keep clean.  

One affordable way to decorate a room is to use a technique called redesign.  What we do is “shop” your house.  We will reuse existing furniture from other rooms to create a new look.  Also, recycling is a great way to ecodesign your home.  You can recycle furniture that you no longer want at Goodwill, missions or charities.  By doing this, you are giving your things a good home and helping someone else.  In addition, you may find a recycled furniture piece that you can purchase for your home at a fraction of its cost.  Look at Nate Berkus.  He does it all the time.

To ecodesign your home today doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can go through each room and take inventory, decide what you want to keep and what you will recycle.  Then reuse your furniture by moving them to other rooms or repurpose them like Sabrina Soto does on “The High Low Project” show.

Greening up your home is a new way of thinking.  It takes time to be environmentally friendly.  Begin slowly with small changes.  Read labels and try to choose products that are eco-friendly.  You even have green plumbing options.  It’s up to you to decide how much or how little you want to incorporate ecodesign in your home.

Katy Hahn Designs offers ecodesign solutions with an in-home or online design consultation.  Contact us today to make an appointment.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Venetian Interiors

Welcome to Venice, Italy, one of the most romantic cities in the world!  Travel with me as we view the extraordinary interior designs of some private homes in Venice through the eyes of Giuseppe Molteni, one of Europe’s most respected photographers and world renowned architect, Roberta Motta.   Today I will share with my readers their new book, Venetian Interiors with text by Nicoletta Del Buono.  My special thanks to Daniel Melamud, publicist for Rizzoli International for allowing me to blog about this book and to the Sheffield School of Interior Design for their support of the design industry and for their “Venetian Interiors Rizzoli Book Giveaway Contest”.  

Classic, timeless design has always been a favorite of mine.  I saw the beauty in this room and I could imagine what it would be like living there.  But little did I know that my comments would win me this lovely book.  After reading the story of the revival of this home, I knew that I chose the right room.  Madame Architect didn’t see a moldy room or paint peeled walls, she saw only the light pouring in and she imagined what she could turn the home into.  That is what it is like to be an interior designer.  And so I would like to share some of the highlights of this book with my readers.  

This particular home of fabric designer Mirella Spinella is a converted lumber warehouse.  The open space of the warehouse is divided into three functional areas.  Foyer, living room and kitchen are set at different levels.  The bedroom sits above the living room and can be reached via a spiral staircase.  The eclectic interior design elements used in the room are from different period styles.

Many new architects are redesigning Venetian attics and lofts.  It is where many begin to reinvent their space by combining the old architecture style with modern architecture and design elements.

The beauty of Venice is reflected in its architecture.  Architects like Andrea Palladio designed beautiful buildings in the Roman and Greek tradition.

A collage of suitcases depicts the Venetian propensity for travel and returning home with mementos from other countries.

Since Venice is known as the City of Canals, gondolas were used to travel from island to island.  Boat moorings were color coded to represent the aristocracy of the families inside.  For example, these red and white striped mooring poles became the emblem of the barber/surgeon's profession.  Red stripes represented blood stained bandages and white stripes meant clean bandages.

Since Venice is known for its arts, I thought it is only fitting to show the home of DJ Spiller where high-tech electronics co-exist in these large rooms alongside frescoed ceilings and rocaille wood paneling.

I found the book, Venetian Interiors to be rich in heritage, history and culture.  It is a book that you peruse and savor every word.  Every photo has depth, color and texture woven throughout.  And the photography captures the essence of Venice, past, present and future.

If you would like to read more, please see my article on Venetian architecture and interior design.

Thank you for reading my blog.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  Please feel free to leave your comments. 

All images from Venetian Interiors © Venetian Interiors, Rizzoli, New York, 2012.  Serial rights are available as are images to accompany your coverage.  No images may be reproduced in any way, published, or transmitted digitally, without written permission from the publisher and are to be credited  © Guiseppe Molteni, from Venetian Interiors, Rizzoli New York, 2012.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Orlando Florida Energy Summit

Orlando, Florida - 2012 Florida Energy Summit by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

I have been watching the energy summit today and learned some excellent tips on how to green our homes:  Our lifestyle plays a key role in energy conservation.  Landscaping can be used to cool our homes through strategic placement.  Learning the simple technicques of the 3 R’s - reduce, reuse and recycle will affect the air we breathe and the water we drink and bath in.  Switch to CFL bulbs and save hundreds of dollars per year and help reduce our energy use.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kitchen and Bathroom Updates Add Value

Working in the greater Orlando interior design industry, I am asked many times by my clients,  “How can I update, upgrade and enhance the value of my home?"  I always steer them to their kitchen and bathrooms.  These are the rooms that add the most value to your home, so why not invest in them?  In most instances minor kitchen and bathrooms updates will give you a 80 – 90% return on investment. 


I recently spoke with John Bodrato, owner of Drain Genie Plumbing Services, a BBB certified Orlando plumbing firm.  I asked John what is the most important aspect to consider when updating the interior design of a kitchen and bathroom.  “Quality is the main item to consider when updating kitchen and bathroom fixtures.  These fixtures get used daily and are normally upgraded every 10 years,” John says.  So look for quality and endurance when updating the fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom.  "I recommend top brands like Moen and Delta for my clients.  They are affordable and offer excellent quality that will bring you years of enjoyment,” John added. 


You can update and upgrade your kitchen by not only changing the faucets but also by replacing the sink with drop-in, top-mount, under mount, vessel, farmhouse or apron front sinks, depending on the style and look you want.  While updating your kitchen consider installing a garbage disposal, a water line for the refrigerator ice maker and installing a water filter, like a Pur filter, to improve the quality of your drinking water.


"In the bathroom, when replacing faucets and shower heads, use low flow designs to save water and money," says John.  They come in a variety of styles from modern and contemporary to classic and vintage.  If you want a whole new look, replace your bathroom sink so it complements your new faucets and your new look!  

Moen offers a variety of shower heads for the ultimate shower experience like ceiling mounted showerheads and vertical body sprays.  When updating your bathroom try a vessel sink.  Moen also offers bathroom accessories to match the color and style of your faucet.  For ease of use, try the Moen hands free faucet where you merely wave your hand to start the water flow. 


Besides kitchen and bathroom updates, there are other ways to upgrade the plumbing in your home, like the installation of a sink in the laundry room.  This can be used to hand wash clothes, clean up after gardening, wash pet bowls, etc.

I hope this gives you some interior design tips on how you can update, upgrade and enhance the value of  your home.  My thanks to Orlando plumber John Bodrato of Drain Genie for his useful tips.

Drain Genie Plumbing Services is a top rated Orlando plumbing company serving the greater Orlando areas including Winter Park, Oviedo, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deltona and Winter Springs.  


Friday, July 20, 2012

Moroccan Style

I don’t know what it is, but there is something about the Moroccan style that I find romantic, intriguing and very exotic.  Not to mention it is a new hot design trend.

Moroccan style originated in the country of Morocco in Northern Africa and is greatly influenced by the countries of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.  If I had my druthers, I would design my little retreat room in the Moroccan style.  The nice thing about this style is that you can go all out with a full-fledged Moroccan theme using bright colors, patterns, decorative pillows, accessories and ceiling treatments.  Or, if you are like me, you could add a touch of Moroccan flavor to the room with a neutral color palette for both walls and sofa, a low L-shaped sofa and bring in touches of bright colors using pillows with textures and Moroccan patterns.  Add lighting like a unique paper shade or rattan chandelier to complete the look and feel of the room.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Redecorating And Remodeling Your Bathroom

Katy Hahn Designs is big on showing our clients ways they can update, upgrade and enhance the value of their homes.  Remodeling your bathroom can bring you 49% to 85% return on investment, depending on your budget.  Shahab Shokouhi with Dulles Glass and Mirror  has written a post below to show readers how they can remodel and redecorate their bathrooms.


Doing it yourself is a big step for many looking to remodel their bathrooms. The good part is that by being a DIY-er, you can start saving money, and start turning heads with your bathroom. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and compromise.

If you can’t afford to swap out your whole sink, vanity, tiling, and bathtub, there are great alternatives.
  • Fresh Paint, Fresh Fixtures
A fresh coat of acrylic, water-based paint and new unified bathroom plumbing will give your bathroom a face-lift and that new pop. And both are affordable and will beautify your bathroom. The more Do-It-Yourself and hands on you can become, the more money you will save. It is worth noting that YouTube is filled with tons of do-it-yourself remodeling tutorials and is a great first step towards becoming a remodeling maven.

  • Replace the Vanity?
You should also consider replacing your old vanity, medicine cabinet, and lights to give your bathroom that bright beautiful look, while being functional.

Being on a tight budget, there are several options to keep the costs down. You can keep your existing vanity, but replace just the vanity top, and sink. Sanding down your old vanity and repainting it or wrapping it with a new outer cover is another DIY option.
  • Going Granite
We all would prefer a large granite slab for our vanity tops, but that isn’t always the most affordable or DIY friendly option. Granite slabs are fragile and need to be cut by a professional. On the other hand, by replacing your vanity top with a granite tile kit, you will save as it is only a third of the price of a granite slab, for the same modern stone look.

  • Designer Tile
Most designer bathroom tile is quite expensive, but that doesn't mean you have to replace every single tile in your bathroom with it. You can use it sparingly as trim or a border.

More specifically, you can keep your original bathroom floor tiles, but still add a new design cue to the floor. To do this, you can cut an in-set in the floor tile and insert a different designer tile to add a contrast to the floor. Today’s most trendy tiles include: natural stone, pebble tile, stone mosaic tile and stainless steel tile.
  • Vessel Sink
Don’t stop there, do an online search and with a little bit of effort, you can find a modern-looking vessel sink and faucet, at an affordable price. EBay and Craigslist are a good place to start your search. Some DIY-ers have even made their own vessel sink by drilling a hole into a large kitchen bowl. Your mileage may vary.

  • Need storage room? Spice it up!
Need more storage in your bathroom, on the cheap? Install a spice rack for an affordable way to store polishes and lotions that you may have in your bathroom.
  • Bathtub Refinishing
Want to keep your existing tub? You can have your existing bathtub refinished and painted a new color. This is cheaper than swapping it out for a brand new tub, but it will still give your tub that brand new shine.

(photo: dulles glass and mirror)
  • Shower Door Alternatives
And if you can’t  afford to install a full set of skyline sliding glass doors to your bathtub, you can also opt for an affordable glass bathtub screen, which reinvents the bathtub enclosure into a modern, attractive, centerpiece.

These redesign and DIY decoration tips will make your bathroom look very high-end and modern, and will save you a ton of money!

Dulles Glass and Mirror is a manufacturer of commercial and residential glass products creating custom designs of frameless custom shower enclosures, custom table with glass top and customized bathroom mirrors

Thank you Shahab for sharing your expertise with us this week! 


Friday, July 6, 2012

Katy Hahn Designs E-commerce services

Katy Hahn Designs is now offering shop at home online services from top name brands to designer labels.   It’s an E-commerce experience with a twist.  Throughout the week we will post new products as they become available.  These are one-of-a-kind unique products including home furnishings, gifts, jewelry and more!  Products will be discounted and have a limited quantity.  Once they are gone, they are gone.  This is a great resource and will save you time and money.  It is great for gift selections, buy on sale and put away for that special day.  Each week brings something new to the table.  You can check our weekly specials on the E-commerce tab above.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Venetian Interiors

A few weeks ago, I entered a contest at my alma mater, Sheffield School of Interior Design.  Sheffield asked us to pick our favorite room design from Venetian Interiors, a new Rizzoli book by Giusppe Molteni and Roberta Motta featuring contemporary Venetian interior design and decoration.  I recently learned that I won a copy of this fabulous book.

As you know Venice, Italy is one of the most romantic cities in Europe.  A city famous for canals, bridges and gondolas.  Venice is know for its classic beauty of art and architecture taken from the Greek and Roman culture.  I love classic, timeless design concepts and I am hopelessly romantic.  Thank you Sheffield School of Interior Design and Rizzoli Publications for this beautiful book.

After I explore Venetian architecture and design through this book, I will share my experiences with you, my readers.  Stay tuned!  : - )


Thursday, June 28, 2012

World Renowned Winter Park Artist

A few months ago I stumbled upon a painting and I was drawn to it.  They say art is subjective and personal.  You either like it or you don’t.  It either speaks to you or is doesn’t.  I knew nothing about this artist but there was something about his work that just mesmerized me.  It finally got to the point that I began to recognize his work wherever I saw it.  It penetrated my mind.  Unforgettable!  Who is he?  His name is Jamali.  He describes his style as a fusion of expressionism and mysticism.  No wonder I was fascinated by his work.  His paintings and sculptures all possess a unique character.  I was pleasantly surprized to find that he lives and works locally in Winter Park.

Jamali was born in Pakistan and came to the U.S. to study painting, later receiving a degree from the University of Florida.  Little did I know that his sales have exceeded $35 million.  All I know was how I felt whenever I saw his work.

I have included a small sample of his work for your enjoyment.  To view more of Jamali’s work, visit Jamali Mystical Expressionism.

In Dreams

With Joy
This one is my personal favorite!

Who could resist the love of a mother and child?

I know this feeling.  I call it my epiphany.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts with a comment.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Designer of the Week: Kelly Wearstler

This week I am featuring Kelly Wearstler.  As an interior decorator, I am always fascinated by other interior designers and what influenced them.  One of my favorite designers is Kelly Wearstler, known for her modern glamour design style.  What inspires me most about her is not only her work but also her design philosophy, "take risks”, written in Elle Decor magazine.  I love interior designers that inspire others.  Kelly is one that has inspired me.  Kelly was born and raised in South Carolina and now practices in LA on the West Coast.  Kelly Wearstler is currently featured in the New York Times for combining modernism with the old Hollywood style.  I recently found out one of her biggest influences was Dorothy Draper, a famous interior decorator from the 1920’s.  I am big fan of how Dorothy Draper’s designs influenced the interior design industry. Another favorite designer of hers and mine as well is David Hicks, known his fabulous table scapes.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mismatched Dining Chairs

Our guest post today is from Arcadian Lighting.

Hello, everyone! It's Mari from Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful place to find light fixtures and lighting ideas and trends on the Internet. Be sure to stop by and check out our great blog. I'm so excited to be here visiting at Kathy Hahn Designs. My guest post topic today is mismatched dining chairs. I love collecting chairs of all kinds. This slight obsession has led me to experiment with mixing (and seldom matching) an array of seating for the dining room.
Using several different chairs around the table means never having to choose just one style or color. For those who love to shop flea markets, garage sales and used furniture stores, it also means being able to snap up an irresistible find with a clear conscience, knowing it can happily fit in with other treasured chairs at the table. Here are eight spaces made unique by their lovely mismatched dining chairs. I hope you will be inspired to try your own variation on the very interesting mismatched chair theme. Please enjoy!
Mismatched Dining Chairs Mostly pastel hues can be found on dining chairs in this eclectic room. How many different designs can you spot? There's a French metal Tolix, an Eames molded plastic, an interesting wood folding chair and more.
Mismatched Chairs This time in black, another Tolix and an Eames DSR show up in a bright white Scandinavian dining space.
Mismatched Dining Chairs Even traditional dining rooms lend themselves to mixing chairs. These mismatched seats are upholstered in several contrasting patterned fabrics├│all shown off beautifully underneath this lovely hanging light fixture, a fancy chandelier.
Mismatched Dining Room Chairs Atop a rich red vintage rug, this Danish modern table is surrounded by a colorful mix of Mid-Century chairs. The deep turquoise is my favorite. How about you?
Mismatched Dining Room Chairs A great eclectic collection of mismatched chairs seems perfect for this vintage space. I love the one black and white harlequin seat.
Mismatched Dining Chairs Here, a long wood table is surrounded by a most amazingly eclectic collection of vintage chairs. Not to be outdone by seating, vintage signs, lighting fixtures and mirrors effectively vie for attention.
Mismatched Chairs Mismatched chairs are reflected in a beautiful mirrored buffet in this small dining space. An Eames rocker and Series 7 side chair keep company with a more traditional wood design.
Mismatched Dining Room Chairs Color is what sets apart this set of traditional chairs, showing how a matched set can take on an appealing mismatched look when each chair is painted in a different color while seats are upholstered in a rainbow of varied hues. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Did you just run out and buy some mismatched chairs to add some interest to your dining room? Why not get a great new chandelier to bring even more attention to your fabulous mismatched chairs at Arcadian Lighting, find yours today!

Arcadian Lighting is an online retailer that prides itself on bringing their customers top quality lamps at extremely affordable prices.  Because of their history and strong relationships with the lighting manufacturers, they offer elegant and sophisticated lamps.  Also visit their sister home decor e-commerce site.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lighting Designs

Beautiful rooms include beautiful lighting designs, an important element in interior design.  Room lighting plans are many times forgotten or left until the end of the project and not considered a part of the overall room design.  But it is!  Read more about how to create a home lighting design.  Here are some of my favorite light fixture pics.  Each has its own style.

Elegant Contemporary Pendant
courtesy of Arcadian Lighting

Modern Schoolhouse Pendant
I can see two hung over a large kitchen island
courtesy of Michael S. Smith

I fell in love with this one!  It is made from Saguran fibers of
Talipot Palm leaves from the Philippines.
I can envision it hanging in a small sunroom sitting area.
courtesy of Troy Lighting Bento collection

Contemporary Accent lamp - great for entry table
courtesy of Arcadian Lighting

Now here is an element of surprise - a bathroom’s shell-encrusted chandelier
courtesy of ElleDecor magazine June 2012 issue

A vintage look with Harlowe wire and glass pendant
courtesy of Pottery Barn

Beautiful wall sconces for your powder room
courtesy of House Beautiful June 2012 issue

Very beautiful Pendant light by Paul Ferrante
courtesy of Architectural Digest June 2012 issue

Vaughan Brass Shadow Ball lantern light
Looks elegant and exotic in a powder room
courtesy of Vaughan Designs
Gem Hanging light by Kevin Reilly
Looks like candles but the convenience of electricity
courtesy of Holly Hunt Enterprises

Which is your favorite?  Leave us your comments.
Curious minds want to know. ;-)