Monday, February 29, 2016

GOING GLOBAL: SAUDAH SALEEM INTERIORS FEATURED AT THE AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW



Last weekend, I had the honor of participating as an exhibitor in the American Craft Council's (ACC) annual American Craft Show held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The ACC asked 4 designers, including myself, to transform a white space into a room vignette inspired by fine craft for their "Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft" exhibit. Our assignment was was to demonstrate the essence of regional style in the North, South, East or West. I chose East as my design direction and created an African inspired room vignette for the show.

Getting Started


Planning is a major step in my design process. My primary goal was to create a space that highlighted the artisan's work while also transporting show attendees to Africa without the use of a passport! 

Here's a look at the preliminary design board I created to illustrate my vision. Naturally, Allegra Brelsford's quilt of colors was the awe-inspiring starting point for the design. I love the graphic nature of the quilt's design.





Installation 


Here’s a before shot of the space—blank slate, indeed a designer’s dream.




And here's the finished space...




I displayed Allegra's quilt on the wall beside the sofa.


I added a pair of wood beams above the vignette to echo the natural elements throughout the space.


Masks and baskets were perfect complements to the quilt and added authenticity to the room vignette. Show attendees included other artisans and enthusiasts who appreciated the thoughtfully curated pieces.



Several attendees actually sat in my space which confirmed their comments about the warmth and inviting environment I created within the three walls.

The space felt as if it had been collected over time, each piece carefully chosen, not just decorated. Mission Accomplished!



Other crafts featured in my vignette included an iron horse sculpture by artisan Scott Nelles. It’s regal presence held a prominent position atop a bronze metal table beside the sofa.



I think I may have let out an audible squeal when I initially rolled out the violet overdyed rug courtesy of Rugs USA. The color is absolutely beautiful and quite captivating. The vintage inspired pattern and subtle color changes seen through the rug add character to the space.





The Big Day


The craft show was a 3 day long event and each day bought more excitement than the previous day.  I spoke with attendees about the inspiration for my space and shared ways they could incorporate craft and color in their own homes (look for a blog post on those tips soon!), as well as conducted 3 (eek!) live interviews for various press outlets.



This year the ACC also featured Style Slam, a fun new interactive program that pairs professional local stylists with the network of talented clothing, accessories, and jewelry artists at the show. Stylists were tasked with creating wardrobe looks inspired by the room vignettes. Style Slam proved to be a great example of how fashion and interior design can, and often do, inspire one another.

Here is one of the models, styled in a look inspired by my room design!


Huge thanks to the ACC for inviting me to participate in this year's event! It was such an amazing opportunity.  Thank you to Rugs USA for providing the showstopping overdyed rug and to Reflektion Designs for the beautiful lumbar pillow.

And finally, thank you to all who stopped by (from near and far) to show support, talk design, view the space or share a kind word. Making a connection and providing inspiration through design is what it's really all about.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

14 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME NOW!

One of the most common misconceptions about interior design is that you have to make big changes to achieve a new look in your home. This couldn't be further from the truth.  As a design professional, my job is to help clients refresh, renew and sometimes re-purpose their living spaces. I enjoy helping clients unlock the hidden design potential in their homes.


Did you know that it's not always necessary to completely renovate a space to get a new look?


Why reinvent the wheel? Sometimes all that is required are small and simple changes.  You'd be surprised what a coat of paint or the addition of a few strategically placed home accessories can do for a space.


Here's a quick round up 14 tried and true "SMALL CHANGE/ BIG IMPACT" things you can do to transform your space right now.  


1. HANG A  GROUPING OF MIRRORS




2. PAINT ON OLD DRESSER A VIBRANT COLOR




3. LAYER A PATTERNED RUG OVER A NATURAL FIBER RUG




4. PAINT YOUR INTERIOR DOORS



5. ADD NEW THROW PILLOWS TO YOUR SOFA




6. PAINT YOUR CEILING




7. WALLPAPER THE BACKS OF YOUR BOOKCASE





8. HANG NEW ART




9. UPDATE CABINET OR DRAWER HARDWARE




10. PAINT WINDOW TRIM



11.ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS BY COLOR




12. PAINT A SET OF DINING ROOM CHAIRS




13.CHANGE YOUR DRAPERY




14. REPLACE A FLUSH MOUNT LIGHT FIXTURE WITH A STUNNING CHANDELIER



Whew! That list was packed with ideas and great visuals to get you started on your own space. Want customized design tips on what will work in your home. Let's talk! Contact me and book a consultation on your space today.



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I'M A FEATURED DESIGNER AT THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL SHOW THIS WEEKEND!



I have exciting news! I am 1 of only 4 interior designers asked to create a space for the Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft exhibit at the American Craft Council's Annual American Craft Show happening this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center


This year’s Make Room theme is “4 Directions,” where designers transform a white, hard-wall space into a spectacular room vignette inspired by fine craft that demonstrates the essence of style in the North, South, East, or West.

Inspired by my appreciation for the craftsmanship, natural beauty, and function characterized by much of the design in the Eastern Hemisphere, specifically Africa, I selected "East" as my design direction for the Make Room exhibit.

The contrast of natural wood elements traditionally used against woven textiles, metallic sculptures, and exotic, vibrant color creates a timeless beauty and strength I seek to capture in my vignette. 


I'll be using these 3 stunning pieces by artists Allegra Brelsford, Scott Nelles and Robert and Tor Erickson in my space.






It is truly an honor to be invited to participate in a live design exhibition!

I will be at the show this Friday through Sunday (February 19-21st), meeting people, discussing the space I created and checking out the country's best contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home d├ęcor.

Thousands  are expected to attend. I'd love for you to join me. If you're in town this weekend, please stop by and say HELLO!

  SHOW DAYS & TIMES 
Friday 10am -8pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday Frdiay 11am - 5pm

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I'M FEATURED IN A NATIONAL MAGAZINE THIS MONTH!!

I have some great news friends.  2016 is off to such a great start!

I'm featured in this month's issue of EBONY magazine sharing inspiration and design advice on how to style incorporate global style in your home decor.  


As using global decor and accents in home design becomes increasingly popular, homeowners and renters both want to know how they can get on board with this exciting design aesthetic that's become mainstream.

I firmly believe that you don't have to actually travel the globe to appreciate all the beauty international destinations have to offer. 


In the article, I'm sharing 12 of my favorite global inspired home decor and furnishing pieces, a few easy styling tips plus my do's and don'ts for creating a "global getaway" at home.




Huge thanks to Ebony magazine for another amazing opportunity to share design expertise with readers across the country.  Go grab a copy of the February issue of Ebony magazine and check out the feature staring on page 70 today!