Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Hide Everyday Clutter - Stylish Entryway Storage That Works

When I'm designing a space, I start with determining what purpose needs to be fulfilled.  What is the client trying to accomplish with this design?  I created this entryway in my client's home to serve 3 purposes.  The entryway needed to: 

1. be comfortable
2. be stylish
3. be efficient

The plan was to create an entryway that provided the family with "smart" (hard working and good looking) storage. I came up with this design scheme to incorporate the family's need for serious storage as well as their desire for a stylish new look. At first glance, you wouldn't know that this setup is a landing spot for a busy family of 5.

The first step in the design process was to outfit the space with a hardworking console table.  This small table near the door is the perfect place for the family to drop off  keys, mail, and other small items plus it has 4 drawers below that provide additional hidden storage. I gave the table a more customized look by painting the hardware with a hammered copper finish.

Next we added 2 rolling woven storage ottomans.  Not only do the ottomans hold shoes and wintertime accessories like gloves, scarves and hats, they also serve as extra seating.

 A decorative storage box was placed on the table to hide and corral grab and go items. While the vintage wire basket (on the floor to the left) works great for holding umbrellas and/or the kids' sports equipment in the summer months.

The final step in the design process was to add personal touches like the tribal print rugs, the imported mirror and the mercury glass lamp.  Including these final elements are what make the space unique to the family and shows off their own personal style.

In general, a great entryway should organize,  minimize and conceal clutter.  It should also reflect the personal style of the person who occupies the space.  I think we accomplished that here. 

What are your thoughts? Would this design work for you and your family?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Little Statement Art Goes A Long Way

 Although gallery walls groupings add an interesting and collected look to a living space, I've found that using one single piece of over-sized art or "Statement Art", as I like to call it, tends to make more of an impact than groupings of smaller objects.
Two common misconceptions about using large scale art in designing a space is that you either need a room with soaring ceilings to pull off the look or that using an over-sized piece will make the space feel smaller. Not true!  An over-sized piece can actually make a space look larger and you do not need high ceilings to successfully pull off the look.

Here are some of my favorite examples of how using a large scale art can make a huge impact on otherwise simple spaces.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Modern Use of A Traditional Color - An Ode to Navy Blue


 I would use all of the above to describe the dramatic effect adding navy to a space can bring.   Most people assume that using dark colors in a space will instantly brings the mood of the space down.  This idea couldn't be the furthest from the truth!  Using a deep dark shade of  navy blue can actually add tons of life to your space.   Navy is a perfect example of a dark color that adds instant sophistication and elegance to a space.

When you think of navy, you may tend to think of it as nautical or traditional. But it's so much more.  Here are some of my favorite modern uses of this traditional color.

Look how well navy works with so many different colors. What's not to love?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

We're Officially "Award Winning"!!

Great news!  Saudah Saleem Interiors just received a Best of Houzz 2014 Award for Customer Satisfaction!!  (insert cheers here)

I'm truly grateful to the entire HOUZZ community and my amazing clients for recognizing my design work and customer service.  

Such an honor!  Couldn't happen without great clients.  It's a wonderful feeling to know that clients are pleased with my work and service. Looking forward to providing more great service and great design to all of my clients throughout this year.