Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Does anyone have any fun traditions surrounding thanksgiving? My family always starts a puzzle after dinner, and tries to finish it before Christmas. This year however, my parents met me on the east coast, and we had thanksgiving dinner at a friend's lovely home, which I hope to show you next week.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having a second turkey dinner with P and his family. Here are some photos of the lovely meal. I frequently confuse where to put the salad for, and the rest of the silverware for a formal dinner, so here is what Emily Post says:

"The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use, that is, from the outside in. A second rule, with only a few exceptions is: forks go to the left of the plate, and knives and spoons go to the right."

I remember this by the lettering..fork and left both have 4 letters, whereas spoon, knife, and right all have 5. I think our table looks lovely, and follows the rules fairly well! Click here to see how you did.
After our wonderful dinner, we relaxed for a minute, before a delicious chocolate cream pie with a homemade whipped cream topping. Our meal was so nice, and really hit the spot! I took home the bones to make a turkey soup with, yum!

Happy holidays, and happy designing! Feel free to leave any comments or specific questions that you would like addressed.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I recently moved into a new apartment that is huge by comparison to anywhere else I've lived. My favorite part about moving somewhere new is unpacking and putting the new space together. Because this place is so much larger, I had a lot of holes. In the living room, I needed chairs, a shelf for the tv-- that multi-tasks as organizational space-- and a coffee table.

When picking the new furnishings, I wanted to make sure the colors, patterns and styles worked together. A good way to do that is making a collage of the materials' colors and textures and see if they play well together.

A. Area Rug; B. Sofa; C. Blanket; D. Pillow; E. Coffee Table; F. Basket; G. Lamp of Corks; H. Chairs
After making the final choices on the colors and textures, this is how everything ended up in the living room:

Happy designing. Feel free to comment, and if you need specific help, let me know!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Practice Projects


My name is Krystle and currently I am a student finishing my last year of school towards my Interior Design degree. I wanted to start this blog to provide ideas, tips and inspiration, since I am still in school, I thought I would share with you some of the projects that I have completed.

Here are two examples:

In one class we had to design a custom table. We partnered with another student, asked questions, and made tables. My 'client' was a single woman in her early 20s, who loves all things make-up. She goes to make up shows and practices fun application styles in her free time. So I decided to give her something inspired by her passion... make up! The legs are designed like lipstick tubes, and the top is like a giant compact, that opens up with a polished nickle piano hinge with a mirror on the inside. It is lacquered in various pinks, with black and silver accents. The design is modern and chic, and can actually be used to store make up, or even to sit at and apply make up! Best of all, she loved it!

These are the drawings of the table. On the left the table is shown in plan, front and side elevations, and section. The image on the right, is a rendering of what the table might look like once constructed and in place.

The next project was a studio apartment up on a hillside in California with a window wall facing the Pacific. We had to plan the space, specify the materials and choose the lighting.

In this project, I let the beach inspire me for the colors and the materials. I also specified sustainable materials. From the ground up: The flooring is dark bamboo wood planks. The counters are a man-made granite in the color of wet sand. The back splash is made up of glass tiles in blues, sandy browns, and frosted whites, and it reminds me of sea glass.

From left to right, the upholstery fabrics are for the sofa, in a light sand color, with the texture of grass cloth; the bright orange adds a pop of color to the window benches, and as toss pillows; the blue is on the accent chair, and also made into toss pillows, and the rich brown is used as piping around the edges of the sofa, chair and window bench to add an element that ties them together, and accentuates there shapes.

On the left of the board, you will see the bedroom details. The striped fabric is used for the bedding. The reclaimed wood is used to assemble a custom wall/headboard, that measures 5'Hx7'Wx1'D creating a boundary between the social and private areas, an interesting textural wall on the living room side, and a sturdy headboard on the bedroom side.

Happy designing. Feel free to comment, and if you need specific help, let me know!