Creatively, the arts are all around you. How do you experience beauty? Is it through sound, site, texture or aromas? Bring your inner child out to play and pursue some creative outlets such as painting, pottery, cooking, writing, or interior design.

Choices are abundant when it comes to selecting the right wood floor. homeowners or businesses can install beautiful wooden flooring quickly in residences or commercial buildings. Choose from distinctive patterns, realistic looking photographic wood grains, and a variety of colors on the laminate layer exteriors. Match interior design schemes to laminate flooring that merchants have in stock or order custom styles. Either way, the premium flooring local buyers have access to will always have the highest quality look, feel, and texture, and it will be economical to use.

Interior architects and interior design consultants assist customers while they browse the store. They help customers narrow their choices based on their needs, color and texture preferences, and budget.

Interior Design texture

Texture is an important aspect of Tuscan interior design. The appearance of many layers of paint, cracked stucco or marble walls, and worn furniture are used to add an Old World charm to the room. Wood grain and texture are highlighted, as well as any cracks or crevices. Irregularity is used to add interest and warmth.

Wooden laths are narrow strips of straight-grained wood depending on availability of species in lengths of from two to four or five feet to suit the distances at which the timbers of a floor or partition are set. Laths are about an inch wide, and are made in three thicknesses; single (â…› to 3⁄16 inch thick), lath and a half (Â1 inch thick), and double (â…o–Â1 inch thick).

Paint & texture

Many people settle for selecting a paint color from a small paint chip that’s usually no more than an inch wide, and more often than not the results are disappointing.  The simple solution is to narrow down your color selection to two or three colors, then go and buy a small amount of each color – it’s worth the slightly extra expense.  Then get some foam core board, about two-foot square for each color selected and paint each foam core piece one of the colors.  Prop up the dried samples against one of the walls in your room and study them at different times of the day because they will look different in different light; also move them from wall to wall because the light can affect them differently on different walls.  It is always best to do this so that you do not regret your color choice two months or more down the road.

Emily Wadsworth, â€oStucco Reliefs of the First and Second Centuries still Extant in Rome,â€? Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 4 (1924) 9-102 Roger Ling, Stuccowork And Painting In Roman Italy, ed. Roger Ling (Aldershot : Ashgate, 1999)

An insight into the French term “galante” can be seen through Boucher’s painting Le DA©jeuner (above), which provides a glimpse of the society which Rococo reflected. “Courtly” would be pretentious in this upper bourgeois circle, yet the man’s gesture is gallant. The stylish but cozy interior, the informal decorous intimacy of people’s manners, the curious and delightful details everywhere one turns one’s eye, the luxury of sipping chocolate: all are “galante.”

Some Interior Design facts

November 17th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

A few days ago, I was talking with a friend, who’s an interior designer, and I made comment that it must be a cake walk getting work for what she does. She looked at me with this smirkish look and laughed until she was red in the face. After few giggles she shot straight from hip and said interior design is not as glamorous as it is on all the TV shows. There is a lot of behind the scenes work involved, and even if you’re the greatest at what you do, you will not always have clients chasing after you to design their homes or workplaces. With all that said we took sometime to look at some interior design marketing tips that she passed along to me, we also talked about what I figured out on my own, I want to share what I have learned and there are something that are essential.

Japanese interior design involves the use of shoji screens, there are literally hundreds of different latticework patterns that to work with. Personal touches are added in regards to artwork, furniture and seasonal decorations.

The foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to advance interior design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit IIDA and the interior design profession. Under the guidance of its Board of Trustees, the foundation works in collaboration with IIDA to support the strategic plan of the association.

Interior design magazines often document the interior of homes, furniture, home accessories, textiles, flooring and architecture usually in a highly stylized or staged format. They may also feature cafes, historic houses, eco-friendly living and cutting-edge design.

Interior Design School

The School of Architecture and Interior Design traces its origins back to the 1869 foundation of the School of Design within McMicken University. By 1875, architecture offerings expanded to include history, design, and drawing. At the time, it was one of only eleven collegiate-level institutions in the country to offer architecture coursework. The architecture coursework did not survive the transfer of programs to the Cincinnati Art Museum Association in 1884, but it established a pattern of architectural education that reemerged fifty years later.

The daily requirement of water needed for drinking, cooking, bathing, sanitation and cleaning is 13.2 gallons of water per person. Yet the average American household consumes 260 gallons of water. Now factor in that 1 in 8 people in the world (884 million) lack access to safe water supplies and that every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related disease. Conserving water is the second tenet of green interior design. This can be done simply by taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth, by washing the dishes by hand, by only doing full loads of laundry. Other key strategies are to check that your faucets are not leaking – if they are replace the washers, to use a low-flow faucet aerator and a shower head with air holes to reduce the gallons per minute flow.

An Interior Design Portfolio

The first word in making an interior design portfolio is efficiency. Your portfolio should be concise, yet contain all the pertinent information and imagery necessary to make an unforgettable first impression.

Wherever we go, wherever we turn, a shade of blue always follows: the sky, the ocean, blue flowers and birds, blue mountain tops and deep blue lakes. Blue is a calm, restful color, perfectly suitable for interior design, especially for bedrooms. It’s a Mediterranean color, one that reminds of the summer and the sea, a define mood booster. For this reason interior designers started to use this color in offices, day rooms and even to decorate summer gardens and kitchens.

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 members in ten (1specialty forums, and twenty-nine (2chapters around the world. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence, disseminates industry information, nurtures a global interior design community, maintains educational standards and responds to trends in business and design.

Decorating Dirt Cheap

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by Donna May in Decorating on a budget - (0 Comments)

Decorating Your Home Dirt Cheap

So many designers will give all kinds of advice to make your home more stylish on a budget. The problem is what most of them see as budget decorating is still a small fortune to the average family. It has been proven that getting creative and shopping at garage sales, thrift stores, goodwill and the like can be quite successful as a strategy to decorate on the cheap.

Check out this brief video where one young lady shares how she decorated her home with mostly items from goodwill and dollar tree.

More Budget Decor Thoughts

Oddly enough, a nice mix of just a few nice things put together with some very cheap pieces can create quite a beautifully decorated space. All it takes is just a bit of creativity and staying focused on re-purposing things to add texture, color, and depth to your decor. Another great tip is to use hardwood flooring as a canvas on which to build layers of texture and color.