Color and Interior Design Trends 2014

If you are in market to remodel or re-design your home, I am sure that you want to know what are the current interior design trends.

My favorite area to start with is color and the look and feel you are trying to create. Every season Pantone comes our with colors that are used to inspire designers.

In 2014 there is no exception. The featured color of the year is The Pantone Radiant Orchid 18-3224. The Radiant Orchid color is an regal color that has a warm and calming effect. It is an enchanting color that will bring warmth to any area.

pantone color of year radiant orchid

Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid

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How to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Cozy but Not Crowded

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A small kitchen can definitely present a design challenge, but you can still manage to make your kitchen the hub of your home even if there is not a lot of square footage to work with. By carefully choosing your furniture and getting creating with storage, your kitchen will feel comfortable and not crowded. Here are some simple tips for assembling your small kitchen and dining area in such a way that it will feel larger than it actually is and be as functional as it is well designed.

High Dining Room Tables

A high dining room table leaves you more floor space for additional furniture, or just room to walk around in the space. Rather than getting a low sitting round table, consider a high-legged rectangular table that can be pushed up against one wall when it’s just family, or moved into the center of the room when you need to seat a few more guests. A table with a leaf is another good opportunity to conserve space with your table on a daily basis – you can add the leaves on holidays or other events, and remove them when it’s just a family dinner. Vendors like offer a variety of high tables.

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A Look Inside Sammy Sosa’s $7.6 M South Florida Mansion

sammy-sosa-down-to-pool - Photo credit: yahoo homes

sammy-sosa-down-to-pool – Photo credit: yahoo homes

First of all Happy Birthday Sammy Sosa!!  I always admired you while you were playing baseball. I am glad to see that things have calmed down in your life. Congratulations on the great birthday gift this year, your new  $7.6 Million mansion in North Miami Beach. The views from your new Ocean front home are spectacular and breathtaking.  If you need help decorating or making any changes, we are available at your service, come rain or shine…. back to the matter at hand, our blog post highlighting the special features of Sammy Sosa’s new Miami Mansion.

First, I must confess that I was taken aback when i first saw the pictures.  The views were outstanding, but the inside was just nice. I just expected so much more, but after taking a second look, I realized that since the house was decorated yet by an Interior Designer, it was just a nice mansion with a gorgeous view.

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Color Trends 2014 – New Colors that you will fall in love with

Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014

Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014

Can you believe that we are almost into 2014?  If you are looking for a fun way to transform your home, new or existing, check out these fabulous new color collections from Benjamin Moore for 2014. They have created 23 colors that work together effortlessly and are paired together in four collections for 2014, starting with: the Blue Family, the Plums and Lavender color palette, the Greens and Earthy neutrals color palette and lastly we have the Pinks and neutrals color palette.

I must confess that I love them all.  I could definitely see suggesting any of these in a design consultation for painting. Naturally, the color recommendations would depend upon the desired look and feel that we are trying to achieve in the overall home, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom area.

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How to Create a Custom Built-In Closet

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Have you been thinking about getting organized lately in your home? A well defined custom built in closet system just might do the trick.  This is not the closet systems of yesteryear that were all about the hooks, polls and the wire shelving. But rather, a custom built-in that is on par with quality and craftsmanship you would find in a designer kitchen or designer bathroom.  Your walk-in closet can have features such as, lighted display cases, shoe racks that rival a department store, a valet for belts, ties, etc., and several other fun and inviting options, that you’re your clothes and accessories organized.

Is a built-in closet a good solution for your home?

If you are like most homeowners, you have more things in your closet than you would like, and find it challenging to organize clothes, shoes, bags and other items in one place. The great thing about having a built-in closet solution, everything has a place in the closet. You can have custom size shelves, drawers and cabinets that make things easy to access and easy to find at your finger tips.

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Interior Design: Hardwood Flooring vs. Carpet – Guest Post

Carpet vs hardwood flooring
Re-decorating: Hardwood Flooring vs. Carpet

When faced with the prospect of re-decorating in the home, there are numerous points that need to be considered before finalizing a design and purchasing supplies. For example, if furniture is to be replaced, a visit to a local showroom might be called for; alternatively, perhaps it will simply require a few minor modifications. Taking some time to choose colors for the walls and woodwork, fabrics and draperies, is also important.

When it comes to floor coverings, deciding between hardwood flooring and carpet may be difficult. Making the right choices will involve carrying out a thorough review of the pros and cons of both possible options.

Advantages and disadvantages of carpeting

Carpeting offers several advantages that may make it the ideal addition to a room or entire home. Carpet provides a high level of comfort, especially the sculptured, textured and plush varieties. It is also available in a rainbow array of colors and patterns, including variegated shades, so there is certain to be one suitable to compliment or contrast with the décor of the room or rooms.

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Guest Post: Tips & Tricks on Creating Cozy Room with a Brown Leather Sofa

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Tips & Tricks on Creating Cozy and Elegant Room with a Brown Leather Sofa

Your living room is one of the most important parts of the household; therefore it should have a warm and elegant appeal to your guests. Don’t worry, this does not mean that the home will be too sophisticated for enjoyment, but rather it will be more warm and inviting so that your family and friends will enjoy the space, while spending time in your home. There can be many ways in which you can make your living room look elegant, warm and enjoyable.

Is a Brown-Colored Leather Sofa is a Good Decision for Your Living Room?

It’s a good choice to buy brown colored leather sofa for your living room. Since the brown color is such a nice neutral and soothing color, it makes an exception choice for a main living room piece.  Also, it does not hurt that that leather sofas are quite durable and comfortable. [Read more...]

New Video: Pompano Beach Painting, Crown & Base Molding Project

Pompano Beach Paint Crown and Base
Check out our new video online featuring a new video on Pompano Beach Painting, Crown & Base Molding project in the beautiful Golf Course community of Palm Aire located in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The new video features a three bedroom, two and a half bath model condo painted with Crown and Base Molding throughout.

The following colors were used on the walls and the for the Accent walls  the following colors were used in the living room and den.

Model of the condo is the F Unit  in Palm Aire.

The homeowner selected beautiful Benjamin Moore colors for her seasonal Pompano Beach, Florida home.

Take a look and give feedback.



Using Mosaic Tile: Brings Beauty and Fun to a Remodel Project

photo credit Susan Jablon Mosaic Tile

photo credit Susan Jablon Mosaic Tile

Any tile less than 2 inches wide is considered a Mosaic Tile. Although in the past, mosaics were laid, literally one tile at a time, in more recent times mosaic tile comes in a form that has a mesh backing on a sheet of tile.

Mosaic tiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, designs and materials. You can find mosaic tile in glass, porcelain, stone and the wildly popular metal. In a more traditional mosaic tile pattern, the tile pattern will not vary from sheet to sheet. In other instances, you will find mosaic tile patterns that are random, which creates interesting floor designs.

The main reason that I like to use mosaic tile in bathrooms is that it helps make a neutral pattern pop and come to life.  It does take some time and consideration in the overall design because mosaic tile can create havoc in the process, if the wrong colors or shades are chosen.

photo credit: Susan Jablon

photo credit: Susan Jablon

Real life example, a client fell in love with a mosaic that did not blend well with the other tile that was selected. The mosaic tile was gorgeous, as was the main tile.  However, the tiles did not work well or  play well together in the bathroom.  Unfortunately the client thought they would work well under a different lighting in a tile showroom. After installing the mosaic tile and looking at it next to the main wall tiles, it did not work at all and had to be taken down. Valuable lesson learned, lighting is important and can make something look entirely different.

photo credit: Mod walls

photo credit: Mod walls

When making a selection of using a mosaic tile in a bathroom or kitchen, it is important to see it all together. I suggest creating an imagination station in your home with the tile or an area in a tile showroom.  Looking at the tile with several pieces plotted out will help tremendously.  There are several software programs that allow you to upload various tile options  to see how they would look in your space.

When using mosaic tiles in a home remodel project, don’t forget to consider using lighting to bring out the beauty of mosaic tiles with color. If done properly, mosaic tile can turn a wall or floor into a masterpiece work of art. It is a great way to spice up a wall in a bathroom or kitchen.

Commonly used materials for Mosaic Tile include the following:

  • Glass Mosaic Tile
  • Porcelain Mosaic Tile
  • Pebble Mosaic Tile
  • Metal Mosaic Tile
  • Ceramic Mosaic Tile
  • Stone Mosaic Tile

 A few Mosaic Tile Manufacturers we like include:
Susan Jablon Mosaics – New York Company – Uniquely creative designs by inspired artists  - If you can dream it, they can create it and customize it for your needs. They are passionate about design and quality.
Modwalls - Modwalls’ aesthetic is modern and mid century inspired. I like the fact that they make beautiful quality tile that is fun and inspiring yet, so very affordable.
Mosaic House - Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in Moroccan tiles. Exotic tiles that are rich in texture and color.


An evening with and CB2 Miami Beach  and CB2+Miami Beach and CB2+Miami Beach

What: Connecting, Communicating, Collaborating—an evening with and CB2 – Miami Beach – Licoln Road
When: Wednesday, February 20th  from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: CB2, Miami Beach 1661 jefferson ave, lincoln road mall, miami beach, FL 33139

Join the team at CB2 – Miami Beach, as they present the fresh new insights and perspectives from the 2nd Annual Houzz homeowner’s survey on building, remodeling and decorating.

You must RSVP to attend the event – so hurry and do so now, since space is limited. Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served while you are networking and learning all the latest trends and tips.

Click on the RSVP link to reserve your space at this can’t miss event presented by and CB2 Miami Beach

Note: If you have never been to CB2 this will be a treat. The stores are spectacular with a great selection and modern feel. I guess it is understandable, since CB2 is a sister company of Crate and Barrel. The CB2 first store opened in 2000 in Chicago.  Some may say that this is a cross between Crate and Barrel meeting IKEA. Once you visit CB2 for the first time you will see that they have done a great job carving out there own identity.  Visit one of there 13 locations and see for yourself how we they successfully showcase emerging trends for the loft apartment or for a large home.

Check out their website at – I am sure that you will be impressed.