For most Californians you ask, they’ll say their life motto is, “Work hard, play harder.”
ModShop’s owners and designers, John and Taryn Bernard do exactly this. For over 16 years the duo developed a custom furniture company once called Room Service, which has now transformed into the brand ModShop. For them, it’s not just about selling furniture and eclectic accessories, but about selling a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle.
A Stunning Example of Eco Friendly DesignOctober 2014
The Gherkin is a nickname for a building in London that is so well known it needs no address. This incredible design was built in London in 2001, and completed in 2003, on the site of the old Baltic Exchange which was badly damaged by an IRA bomb in 1992.
Painting Over a Previous DesignOctober 2014
As any modern interior designer will tell you, it’s often the design choices made by previous tenants that can cause a major headache. It doesn’t seem like a big deal when viewing a house for the first time, but once the initial attraction to a home fades you are left stuck with another person’s design choices.
Sometimes it’s just a bit of poorly thought out wallpaper, or a strange choice of light fixtures. Maybe it’s a general tidy up because your good taste doesn’t get along with the previous owner’s bad taste.
How To Design For the Gothic LookOctober 2014
The past is an interesting place to look for inspiration for home renovation. There have been so many different styles and movements, and each particular design element can speak volumes. When used correctly it can tell the world a beautiful story.
One such style that is increasingly popular is the Gothic look. Although it may have fallen out of favor with the modernist look of the twentieth century, it has never really left us. Gothic is readily visible in the architecture all around us, from cathedrals to stately homes. Look carefully and you will spot more Gothic details than you realized were there.
Bring Outdoor Design InOctober 2014
One of the best things about designing a lovely outdoor space is being able to really enjoy it, but sometimes weather, time, and practicality make it impossible to spend as much time in the garden as you would like. Interior design firms know this, and they’ve been working around the problem for years. Now it’s your turn to try bringing your outdoor space inside.
Modern interior decorators love combining inside and outside spaces to create a whole, and this popular design feature is gaining more and more fans every day. But where to begin? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Oscar WildeOctober 2014
There are many things that are well known about Oscar Wilde. He was a genius when it came to play writing. His wit was legendary, and he is one of the most quoted personalities in the world. He was flamboyant and eccentric, and was ahead of his time. A lesser known fact about Wilde is that he was a keen interior designer, whose ideas would have rivaled those of any modern interior design firm. His house in London was a designer’s dream, and when it was recently sold an interior designer bought it. They understood how important it was to keep as much intact as possible.
Kitchen TrendsOctober 2014
The kitchen, more than any other areas of your home, benefits from the intervention of an interior designer, such as those at Caisson Studios, if only to prevent costly mistakes and to avoid the awful prospect of ending up with a remodel that’s outdated before it’s even fully paid for! Trends come and go, and it can help to look around and see what everyone else is up to when it comes to design.
Listed below are three popular trends in kitchen design, and a few tips on how to achieve their unique looks. Browse through them and figure out which style fits your taste best!
The Mother of Interior DesignOctober 2014
In the twenty first century, the phrase interior design is used quite often. But where exactly did it all start? Who was the first to declare that what they were doing was interior design?
The person we need to thank is an American woman named Dorothy Draper. Born in 1889 to wealthy parents in high society New York, she always claimed that she had no formal schooling. All she knew was money and taste, and that served her well throughout her life and career.
Choosing Laminate Flooring For Your DesignOctober 2014
Laminate flooring is a synthetic design material that is fused together to create planks made to look like wood. These planks are then fitted, usually in a tongue and groove manner, and sometimes with additional glue, over an underlay. Reasonably simple to fit, and much less expensive than hardwood flooring, laminate flooring has grown hugely in popularity over the past decade.
Choosing the perfect laminate flooring for your home isn’t only about picking the color that goes best with your wallpaper or furniture. Read on for a Caisson Studios checklist that will help ensure that the flooring you choose will last and continue to look good for years.
Design Prep: How to Sand Wood FloorsOctober 2014
Wooden floorboards look amazing. They follow traditional design, are hard wearing, and may already exist hidden away beneath your carpet or flooring. If you’re lucky enough to have floorboards, they may not be in the best condition. Years of neglect take their toll on even the most sturdy of floors, but it is perfectly possible to sand them back to a brilliant and usable shine, and you can do it yourself!
Designing Your Hallway StorageOctober 2014
Having a hallway designed into a house can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you don’t have to walk straight into a living area, you’ve got space to take off muddy shoes and coats, and you’ve got an extra room to store things in. A curse because of the exact same things. The hallway will get muddy, and full of all the things you have no idea what else to do with. Luckily, the designers at Caisson Studios are interior design problem solving experts.
With a bit of clever thinking and design, your hallway could actually become a talking point in your home! By adding interesting storage ideas into the design, you not only find a place to put all of those things that were lying around, but you also make a design statement! Read on for some great storage ideas.