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Creating a Bedroom/Home Office that Really Works…

Soho Loft Project

Soho Loft Project

In today’s world, especially in our urban centers the use of minimally sized spaces for multi-function is at an all-time high. We live in smaller areas, and our work is sometimes done  at home not at an outside office. There is an increasing consideration for a home office to be incorporated in the design process. Clients with a minimum of space come to me asking how to create that home office as a shared space in a master bedroom for example.

My job as a  designer is to configure not only the best possible physical layout of the space but also the best psychological perception of the space by the client. Sleep and work are juxtaposed in the same scenario so the Client’s view on which area is designated for what function becomes crucial.

Clients ask “what are the items to consider when creating a useful bedroom/office?” Here are some tips to remember when your space is at a minimum but your creative vision is wide.

I think that customization is important, having a custom desk fitted to the client’s specifications and needs. A desk facing out is ideal, so when you arrive “at the office” you have a different vantage point, such as a city view… this can separate work from rest and psychologically propels you into your work mode.

Appropriate lighting is always on the top of the list in any home but in the bedroom/home office it is essential. How can your office lighting be integrated so that the workspace is well lit and the sleep space has its own ambiance as well? Overhead work lights above the desk are great and bedside lamps for the sleep area can work well so that the delineation of work and sleep is clear.

Personalization is also an important detail. Create the work environment you feel is most productive and arrange computer, files and stationery accordingly so that your work day has its own world apart from where you rest. Storage space that can be hidden is great so that when the work day is done, you do not see the tools of your productive day and can fully decompress and sleep.

A private door or curtain that can create a separation can really help to delineate the functions of one room divided for two purposes. Create the worlds you live in, by thoughtfully dividing the space into work and productive mode and rest mode. By clearly separating the areas, you will not be tempted to get up and do work in the middle of the night or when overtired or stressed because you see your work area and are compelled to do more work.

Having a schedule of work within the bedroom is important. Treating your workspace like an offsite office  helps to enable the harmony between relaxation and productivity to  be achieved.

 

All about the Mix…

West 56th St. Project by Giusi Mastro/ORA studio

West 56th St. Project by Giusi Mastro/ORA studio

 

The movement  towards a mixture of styles, materials, and eras, in Interior Architecture and Design has become a leading trend. This “nouvelle eclecticism” is not so much mix and match, as it is mix and mix. For an Interior Designer this opens the door to new conceptual ideas of what a space can look like and also perhaps some new challenges when dealing with a Client with many ideas that need to be developed into a cohesive plan. A concept is still imperative for good design. The mixture of pattern, materials, and colour still need to be cohesive.  There is also this movement to mix periods, decades and styles. Modern with Traditional….Urban with Ethnic and so many other combinations that is interesting and innovative.

How do we work with the Client and organize their eclectic desires? It all starts from preference, what the Client’s likes and dislikes , what makes them feel comfortable and happy in their space and what works for their lifestyle. The designer is there to conceptualize, organize, and suggest the best solutions for their needs, resolve challenges that the Client once saw as unresolvable, and sometimes even be a mind reader .

The word Eclecticism literally means (from the Dictionary)

“a tendency in Architecture and the Decorative Arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or increasing allusive content”

With this literal definition, it is truly an “art” to mix styles and elements of a certain period in a way that looks fresh and “now”.  There is serious thought to what can really work in regards to colour, pattern, shape, material, and proportion.  I think the “mix” is a very trendy way to say this type of approach and this mix is not only in Interior Design, but in Fashion and Beauty, and even Cuisine. There is this reenergized movement to look to the past, derive what you like from it, and then translate and interpret it into something innovative, aesthetically beautiful and modern.  As a Designer, fitting into only one niche can be precarious. Modern does not necessarily mean spare and minimal, but it means fresh, unbothered, harmonious and functional for today.

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The Power of a Grand Entrance…

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What becomes a home most? The entrance is that first impression, that indication of what is to come. In a grand space, you need a grand entrance, something that is  harmonious and sets the tone for the rest of the home. What creates a grand entrance is not necessarily the size of the space  but it is how it is designed, lit, and dressed. These are the components of a memorable entry.

Whether it be traditional or contemporary, the foyer or entry is the first “hello” and welcome for guests. This image is from a project we completed at UN Plaza in Manhattan, the apartment is a stunning duplex with panoramic views of the East River and United Nations compound on the east side of Manhattan. The client  had specific ideas about the home’s aesthetic and what he would like to see come to fruition. This entry is Contemporary in feel  and works symbiotically with the elliptical staircase, industrial fireplace  and the Living Area.

A bright colored, contemporary carpet warms  and saturates the space and creates contrast from the floor and walls, the table in wood also warms the space and the accent piece is artistic and unobtrusive

When a home is on such a large scale, the entry must neither detract or distract from the overall feeling of the home. Objects and accent pieces are carefully placed and it is a nice addition to bring  some nature inside  to create a homey and warm  atmosphere.

 

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The Power of Harmony: The Home Office

Tribeca Loft

For those who work at home or have a home office that is utilized regularly for household tasks, creating a harmonious and flowing space is crucial. The home office is the epicenter of organization, where we can be comfortable and productive doing household business or professional job related tasks. I want to explore the concept of “office symmetry”, having tools, workspace, and storage space organized in such a way that items are easily accessible, available and maximized in their usage.

If my Client is fortunate to work at home, that is an important aspect of their space design or renovation. How does working in the home affect all other activities? Lighting, layout, storage and office placement in the home become that much more important.

My goal is to design a space that spurs my Client’s productivity in a positive and calming way. Ease and simplicity of color for walls, lighting and furnishing all play a role in creating that harmonious work environment at home. The image presented is from our Tribeca loft project, this workspace is clean, fresh and comfortable.

At home work spaces are becoming the new normal. As more and more people have their own enterprises, a home office becomes a necessity for their space and part of the concept of their design. This movement towards working at home adds another dimension to our design task and allows the designer to be creative in more than just a residential capacity, what we are really doing is two types of spaces in one that can work harmoniously in one home.

New Year, New Beginning…

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My words for 2014 are Abundance, Inspiration and Excellence.

Abundance can be defined as “a plentiful amount of something”. I am thinking about the abundance of happiness, serenity, and harmony. The plentiful amount of joy that one can have in their life by being good to their mind, body, and spirit.

Inspiration can come from any source, what makes our heart beat? What makes us work harder and stronger to achieve our goals? What do we draw upon in ourselves to create the path to our dreams?

Excellence means something different for every person. It can be happiness, inner strength, career success, financial stability. What kind of excellence do we want to achieve in this new year, this new beginning.

As a Designer I am inspired by Art, Architecture, Fashion, and Beauty…anything that opens my creativity, that allows me to use my talents and skills in my Design firm ORA studio to help my Clients achieve their Design dreams. As I look forward to this New Year I am focused on these words, the inspiration, the excellence and the abundance in life.

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The Wall is Your Canvas…

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When looking to add some color, texture or drama to a space, the walls are the ideal  surface . By transforming with paint,  large scale graphics or fabric, you can create an Art Gallery in your own home.

The image in this post, is a modern, custom graphic in the Master Bedroom from our Soho Loft Project at 40 Mercer, NYC. This graphic evokes an atmosphere and mood and transforms a large wall into a statement Art piece.

By keeping furniture and objects clean and streamlined, the structural walls become the star of your room. Color and texture on the walls create depth, warmth, and light.

This is a large scale canvas and you are the Artist. Anything can be created, with the most innovative materials, rich color tones or lush and luxurious textures.

Adding these elements can be the makeover that was needed, a fresh viewpoint on an existing room, or add charm, whimsy, and beauty  to your home.

The Science of Creating a Happy Client…

I think the most rewarding outcome of any Project is a Happy Client….but what is the Science and steps that the Designer applies to creating that “happy” Client?

When meeting with a Client to embark on a residential refresher or full renovation, we listen very carefully to what the Client’s needs are, what their desire is, what challenges they face and what budget they have in mind. From there we create a clear plan of action and a process that we convey to the Client  step by step,  in order to have their involvement and clear understanding  of the overall  Design and Construction process and to provide a line of communication and trust. I also can impart my vision and  encourage   the Client to dream beyond their expectations, to think of their space without the boundaries of any preconception. My goal is to help that Client understand the process of the work, from inception to fruition.

I like to emphasize 3 important concepts that I represent as a Designer:

  1. Luxury, not necessarily monetary, but luxury of comfort, of grandeur, of possibilities
  2. That our services are all inclusive, encompassing space layouts, lighting design,  material and furniture selection.
  3.  My rapport with the Client and the guidance and trust that I can instill in them to create a space of dreams.

While  there is no exact formula because each Project has its distinct voice, Client/ Designer relationships are based on mutual respect, interest in the Project, and trust. My firm ORA studio has launched a video called   “A Testimonial from a Happy Client” that really illustrates what goes into creating and maintaining a great relationship with a Client. I think this is a wonderful tool to demonstrate the world  of  ideas and great results attained  when you and your Client have that rapport.

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With every Project’s completion I am learning about the intricate details of personality, and how that relates to my profession. It is a Science and I  am like a Doctor of Interiors….I give  a diagnosis of what your home or space needs, I treat it, by creating a functional layout, using high quality materials, and I have a “bedside manner”, navigating  my Client through all the challenges that a Project may throw at us and assuring them at every step that the end result will be a success.

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