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“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond to and balance one another” Andre Putman ” a house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually. John Saladino When you re building a room, you re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home Rose Tarlow We shape our homes , and then our homes shape us. Winston Churchill It’s all in the Details. Patricia Gray


hi patricia,
your blog is beautiful and interesting. i like the putnam quote, about objects in a home working in relation to each other. like the sun umbrellas, too, and the cards matching interior designs. looks like you had fun with it. thanks for sharing your thoughts. love susan

Thanks for your comment. Yes I did have fun with it. That’s when I do my best work in the “fun” mode.

I love the Saladino quote. His interiors have always evoked powerful feelings. Somehow he achieves an airy mood with pieces grounded in history and rich texture.

Nice assembly of quotes, Patricia!

What people are saying.

5 Interior Design Blogs We Couldn’t Live Without This cleanly designed and beautifully photographed blog is the creation of a generous interior designer. Vancouver based Patricia Gray shares her keen eye for style, takes us on trips around the world and points out the resources and materials that she enjoys using on a job. The later is particularly useful for interior designers. It’s great to see a master designer work, to look at her resources as they appear in finished spaces, and get an analysis of why and how they function beautifully. You also get the bonus of a well-trained feng shui expert, layered on top of this interior designer, and you can better understand why Patricia’s interiors exude calm, serenity, and strong flow.

Patricia Gray is an interior designer par excellence with a pedigree that would wow anyone. Her innovative design work has been featured all over the world, and in many different publications (including the renowned Architectural Digest). Patricia’s warm style and originality have helped skyrocket her to the top of the interior design world, and her blog reflects this. Design 55 UK

I love your blog. and view it every morning with my coffee to start the day in a good way.
Margie Hennig, Zürich Switzerland

I cannot tell you how much i enjoy your blog, I really feel that it is the best in the blog world. Love your inspirations.
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Patricia, as always, your blog lifts my spirits by seeing such lovely things and all of them presented so magnificently. Brava!
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Patricia, you give us aspects of the world that we might never see; ideas to inspire us, pictures that move us emotionally, a view to a kinder, more artistic world that lies within our reach. This must take time and energy, and I am most thankful for your blog. J Marie Goodwin Vancouver

You have one very nice blog bravo.
Greetz Patrick Desmet. Artist Belgium

Patricia has such energy she reminds me of a streamlined jet! International, sleek, knows where she is going and always provides a smooth landing I always admire her work.

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Introduction to Line in Interior Design

Horizontal Lines. Weighty, secure, restful, stabilizing.

Horizontal lines suggest a solid, harmonious relationship with the Earth; this gives a stabilizing, peaceful harmonious effect to window treatments for example. When found in a connecting architectural detail such as mouldings, horizontal lines provide a smooth transition between rooms or areas. If they lead to a focal point, they help to emphasize it.

Too many horizontal lines in an interior may become boring and lack visual interest. Horizontal lines make a room appear wider or longer.

Vertical Lines. Lofty, solid, formal, imposing, restrained.

Vertical lines lift the eye upward and make windows, and sometimes, entire interiors, appear taller or higher. They have the ability to lift the mind and the spirit as well. As such, vertical lines are purposeful tools for architects and designers of churches and public buildings because they inspire awe and tend to diminish the significance of human scale. Vertical lines convey a feeling of strength and dignity and are quite appropriate in formal dining rooms, entryways and formal living areas, as well as offices and public meeting and performing spaces. However, this formality can bring stiffness or a commanding feeling to the interior. Too many vertical lines can cause a feeling of uneasiness and too much confinement.

Diagonal Lines. Action, movement, interest, angular stability.

Diagonal lines are flexible because their exact direction may vary from shallow to steep angles. Diagonal lines generally suggest movement, action or dynamism, perhaps because diagonal lines are associated with going places up or down a staircase or escalator, the taking off or landing of an airplane, for example. Interest is usually sustained longer with diagonal lines than with horizontal or vertical lines, possibly because the angles seem to defy gravity and the eye and mind are stimulated. Yet diagonal lines also can be secure, such as the reinforcing diagonals of a roof truss system.
Too many diagonal lines can be over stimulating and compete with horizontal or vertical lines.

Zigzag Lines. Exciting, lively, rhythmic movement.

Zigzag lines are short diagonal lines that reverse upon themselves and form a regular or irregular pattern. A zigzag line can be one single line or several in a set. A set of regular zigzag lines is called a chevron or herringbone pattern, and irregular zigzag lines are typically called a flamestitch pattern. Angular zigzag lines can add energy and life to an interior. If too many zigzag lines are incorporated, however, the effect can be frenzied and agitating.

Curved or Circular Lines. Soft, humanizing, repetitive tempo, gracefulness.

Curved or circular lines provide relief and softness to straight and angular lines and balance the harshness of too many straight lines. Curved lines give a human quality to interiors; they can be easy on the eyes and pleasing to view. A series of curved lines, such as an arcade (a procession of arches), gives a rhythmic cadence to an interior, suggesting graceful movement. In architectural components, round or elliptical segments (sections of circles or ovals), such as archways and arched transoms or fanlights, provide graceful dignity to interiors. Generously curved lines are viewed as feminine. An excess of curved lines may become too decorative and consequently, a little overpowering.

Flowing Lines. Gentle movement, growth, linear development.

Flowing lines are irregularly curved lines that move gently in a random or spiralling manner. Flowing lines may be seen in large interior trees or climbing vines, in spiral or curved staircases, or in the lines of fine Oriental rugs, for example. Inspiration may be taken from the graceful and curved forms of growing and changing live plant forms. As we are never certain where the line will end, flowing lines can provide a great deal of interest.

Tightly Curved or Busy Lines. Playful activity, zest, lively visual stimulation.

Tightly curved or busy lines are most often seen in textiles and in wall and floor coverings as complicated patterns that are lively, busy or active. Tightly curved lines can add frivolity and fun to interiors. Complicated tightly curved compositions, such as those in vivid floral fabric, in area rugs or wall coverings, add life and may be visually stimulating and aesthetically satisfying. As such, busy lines may save interiors from becoming dull or boring, yet control over the quality of the design is imperative. Colours and contrasts that are bold or feature too much obvious pattern might prove displeasing and detract from the harmony of the interior.


Every interior uses lines in combination, yet often one line will be planned to dominate in order to accomplish a desired effect. Vertical and horizontal lines form the structural or architectural foundation for a building.

Angular and curved lines are used for interest, movement, relief and to humanize an interior space.

#boutique interior design



The “Nuts and Bolts”:
Atelier Turner is a boutique design firm blending both interior architecture and interior design to create high-style boutique hotels and restaurants. We work on new construction and existing building projects. Our full range of interior architecture and interior design services includes conceptual design, schematic design, design development, space planning and floor plans, permitting, construction documents, furniture and material selections, furniture specification, and construction oversight.

To Boutique or Not to Boutique, That’s NOT the Question?
Now that the “nuts and bolts” are out of the way, let’s talk. If you are a hotelier, restaurateur, developer, or hotel development group who is looking for experienced hospitality design experts who are “out of the box” thinkers and creative solution implementers for your next project, then you’ve come to the right spot. We design hotels and restaurants specifically for the boutique market and speak your language.

There’s a certain character to a boutique hotel or restaurant – and to the owners, of course – and it comes from a place of independent thought and design. The rule breaker, the pioneer, the trailblazer, the innovator, the mold breaker, the person who’s already busted though to the “other” side of the box…yeah, we are talking to you. We think like you and design for you.

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Here is a little weekend inspiration! Enjoy.

“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” – Albert Hadley

We shape our homes , and then our homes shape us. Winston Churchill

Dining room at Chartwell

“I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.” – Interior designer Dorothy Draper

Buy the best, and you only cry once.Interior designer Miles Redd

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel’s Paris Apartment

The difference between good design and great design is intelligence. — Graphic Designer Tibor Kalman

Minimalist rooms can be so beautiful, but I can t live in one; I love objects too much. Interior designer Bunny Williams

When it comes to art, buy with your eyes, not your ears. I tried very hard not to decorate with art. Art should be reflective of your personality and what s going on in your head not reflective of the colors of a sofa. Hotelier Jason Pomeranc

Apartment of Jason Pomeranc, decorated by Steven Sclaroff.

I must have books everywhere. They re the soul of a room they reveal the taste, the interests, and the secrets of whoever lives there. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg

Apartment of Diane Von Furstenberg

a house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually. – Interior designer John Saladino

John Saladino s bedroom at Villa di Lemma

The best interiors make your heart pound. Interior decorator Tony Fornabaio

#scandinavian interior design


The Pioneers of Scandinavian Design

In the past, Scandinavia has been defined as the three kingdoms — Denmark, Norway and Sweden — while today most includes Finland and Iceland, rarely Greenland, as parts of the region. The design movement which emerged in the 1950s known as Scandinavian design corresponds to this modern definition of the region. The very term “Scandinavian design” originates from a design exhibition that traveled the USA and Canada under that name from 1954 to 1957.

Chair designs by Arne Jacobsen

The ideological background of Scandinavian design was the emergence of a particular Scandinavian form of social democracy after the WWII. The idea that beautiful and functional products should not be reserved only for the wealthy but accessible and affordable to everyone was born in line with these prevailing democratic social views. That’s way Scandinavian design is often referred to as democratic design. This does not mean that it was deprived of beauty in any way whatsoever. Other important influences responsible for the development of this distinctive design were increased availability of new low-cost materials and methods for mass production. Last but not least, the Lunning Prize. awarded to outstanding Scandinavian designers, two each year, from 1951 to 1970, was instrumental in defining the concept and profile of Scandinavian design as well as promoting it at home and abroad. The concept of good design that prioritizes functionality without eliminating beauty and is intended for everyone lies at the heart of Scandinavian design. This notion has been maintained ever since and has contributed significantly to modern design.

Interior with Panton chairs

Scandinavian design has been perhaps most widely recognized in furniture. Subtle, minimalist and functional forms characterized by clean lines and light colors draw inspiration from the Nordic nature and the way of life that, for centuries, revolved around the home. Through time Scandinavia has had a number of world-renowned furniture and interior designers, but when we talk about the pioneers of Scandinavian design, we mean Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, and Eero Arnio. These Nordic designers have laid the foundations and established criteria of what is known worldwide as “Scandinavian design”. They have produced so many design classics during the fifties, sixties and seventies of the 20th century that stand as reference points in the history of modern design.

Paimio chairs by Alvar Aalto

Finland’s most celebrated architect and one of the key figures of mid-century Modernism Alvar Aalto (1898 –1976) made his international breakthrough as a furniture designer. His furniture designs were a natural extension of his architectural thinking. Alvar Aalto exclusively used wood (mainly Finnish birch) and became the first furniture designer to use the cantilever principle in chair design. In 1935, Aalto founded Artek. a Finish furniture company set up to market and sell Alvar and Aino Aalto’s furniture, lamps and textiles. Aalto’s furniture designs are still popular today.

Aalto’s Tea trolley

Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobson examined the potential of plywood for the mass market using new techniques and achieved to create a design classic in 1955 with his Model 3107 chair. New techniques have enabled him to bend plywood in three dimensions and create a light and compact object that fits perfectly into modern homes to this day. It is one of the most sold chairs in the world and the most copied too.

Model 3107 chair

Towards the end of the 1950s, Jacobson increasingly began to experiment with plastics and foam that would ultimately enabled him to create the famous Swan and Egg armchairs in 1957.

Verner Panton also utilized the properties and possibilities of these new materials, especially plastics. During his career, one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century furniture and interior designers created futuristic designs in vibrant colors that are stylistically close to Pop Art. In 1960, Panton designed the world’s first single-form moulded plastic chair — The Panton chair, also called the S chair due to its S shape. It is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Danish design and Panton’s most mass-produced chair.

The Panton chair

Most of Panton’s bold and colorful furniture models are still in production. His designs, along with those of Finnish designer Eero Aarnio . have been used in a number of science-fiction film productions as part of sets due to their futuristic look. Aarnio’s favorite material was fiberglass. The workability of the material enabled him to design geometric and ergonomic forms without restrictions. The Ball chair, the Bubble chair or the Pastil chair are some of the most iconic fiberglass creations made by one of the great Scandinavian innovators of modern furniture design.

The Ball cahir by Eero Aarnio

The Pastil chair

When we talk about Scandinavian design, it would be unfair not to mention contributions to the glass design. It is usually overshadowed by furniture and interior design although this industry gave some of the best craftsmen and designers in the world. One of them is certainly Tapio Wirkkala whose art glass and glassware sets virtually created the look and content of iittala design.

Iceblock bowl by Wirkkala for iittala

The vast oeuvre of Tapio Wirkkala, Finland’s internationally best-known designer stands on the border between the arts and crafts. During a vital period of Scandinavian design, he designed more than 400 different art glass objects and glassware series for iittala.

The Bolle collection by Wirkkala for Venini

Wirkkala’s countryman and fellow, Oiva Toikka . is another great name in Scandinavian glass design. Originally trained in ceramics, Toikka took up glass design later in life and made his name as one of iittala’s highly regarded designers. His iconic collection of iittala Birds began to spread back in 1972 and soon won the hearts of collectors all over the world. Since then, Toikka has created more than 400 truly poetic and imaginative birds, all individually mouth-blown and unique.

Glass rooster by Toikka

The story of Scandinavian design, of course, doesn’t end here. It never ends same as its influence. Scandinavian design continues to spread its philosophy and aesthetics well into the twenty-first century moving towards environmentally friendly homes and cleverly functional objects which do not lack elegance and beauty. Scandinavians have proved that less is more, making simple but beautiful things that make our life better and more comfortable. As such, they managed to reach out to people all over the world and shape the trends in global design.

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Home Interior Design Business Plan

Executive Summary

The city of Claremont has been growing by 6% annually for the past five years. Currently, the city’s population is 700,000. Most importantly, the greatest population increase is in southwest Claremont which is the city’s most affluent area. The population of southwest Claremont has grown by 20% the past two years. The 80,000 residents of the area have an average income of $200,000 and the average home is valued at $350,000. The new construction in southwest section of the city is valued at 600 million dollars in home sales next year alone. Growth in the area has also generated increase remodeling of existing homes. Last year, remodeling projects were up 20% over the previous year and accounted for $20 million paid for remodeling services in the area.

The building and remodeling in southwest Claremont has increased the demand for interior design services. Last year, residential interior design companies generated $4 million in sales in the greater Claremont area. Forecasts for next year predict that there will be an increase of 11% in sales.

Hamlin and Park Design will offers a wide range of interior design services to meet any client’s needs in southwest Claremont:

  • On-site consultations;
  • Project survey analysis;
  • Space planning furniture arrangement;
  • Design concepts;
  • Finishes furnishings;
  • Custom designs;
  • Purchasing, delivery, installation;
  • Project coordination management.

Courtney Hamlin and Katherine Park have ten years of experience with the city’s top interior designs firms. Both have been successful is creating a base of former clients that will refer new business to the designers.

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1.1 Objectives

Hamlin and Park Design offers a wide range of interior design services to meet any client’s needs in southwest Claremont.

The primary objectives of our firm are to:

  • Exceed customers’ expectations for service and product.
  • Increase the number of clients served by 15% per year through superior performance.
  • Develop a sustainable start-up business that is profitable.

1.2 Mission

Hamlin and Park Design’s mission is to assure superior customer service by doing the following:

  • Open communication with clients. The explanation of the “pros and cons” of different selections and design options are discussed in detail.
  • Include the client in every stage of the design process.
  • Exceed the customer’s expectations for the project.
  • Maintain continuing education of the latest development and innovations in the interior design field.

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Scandinavian Interior Design

by ModernMagazin November 5, 2014

Scandinavian interior design is formed in the Nordic countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Harsh climate, little sunlight, long winters, is why the Scandinavian interiors are filled with light and freedom. The main features of Scandinavian design are simplicity and naturalness. Therefore, Scandinavian interiors contain a minimum of decoration and are made ​​in light natural tones of natural materials and simple, but looks unique and original. image by https://founterior.com/ image by https://casaedecor.wordpress.com/

Palette of colors in Scandinavian style consists of bright pastel shades. Here s the obligatory presence of warm colors, yellow, milky, bright terracotta color that emphasizes striving to heat and sunlight. Also, in Scandinavian style dominates blue, white, and allowed to use soft shades of green, shades of gray, turquoise and yellow. Scandinavian interior is characterized in that there is not much furniture.

Upholstery of furniture can be in strong colors. Choosing a strong color for the carpet, pillows and rugs will make a room with white walls and light wood furniture, to be unusual and joyous. Low and bright furniture of natural materials is characteristic for Scandinavian interiors. Most often for the production of furniture is used wood in bright colors, usually bright trees, juniper or pine.

The surface of the walls as if by rule is a ton of color. On the walls are put images and photos with thin frames. For this style is the fact that the windows should be great for them to be made into curtains but maximum daylight. On the windows can be placed blinds, to be lifted up to the maximum for natural light to enter.

#hdb interior design


Interior Design Styles for HDB Apartments

Once you get your keys to your brand new HDB apartment you are all ready to decorate and move in to your new home.You want to redecorate your house but there s one thing stopping you from achieving you goal. You don t know what you want.

There are so many interior design styles out there and you like just about all of them. You don t know which one you should choose for your apartment and now thats when your dilemma starts.

Master BedRoom – 3 room HDB Flat

The first thing to do is to sit down and take a good look at what it is your budget and what is the theme that you would your future home to have.If there is no major renovation work is involved than we would suggest that you look through home and decor magazines and surf thro design websites to get inspired and to get ideas for your future home. view more on HDB Design Here

4 room HDB Flat Design by Projectfile

Once you get those sorted out then it s a matter of deciding which particular interior design styles you like. When you do that, then it s easier for you to start narrowing your selection down.

4 room HDB Flat walk in wardrobe

Like for instance you might like the colors and the patterns of the post modern interior design styles but you don t know if you could live with that throughout your entire house.

5 Room HDB Flat by Orange Cube

5 Room HDB Flat

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Black and White Bungalow off Bukit Timah

“It’s hard not to gush about this black and white colonial-style bungalow on a leafy road off Bukit Timah. Step inside the house. and you’re not in black-white territory anymore. There is colour everywhere, from the citrus-green silk drapes lining the two-storey high windows of the grand triple-volume foyer to the bright summery stripes of tangerine, turquoise, lime and scarlet….” Home Décor Magazine.

This new construction was designed in the style of pre-war “Black and White” colonial homes. The design brief was to recreate the glamour of a bygone era whilst introducing contemporary elements to suit a modern family while remaining faithful to the colonial architectural style .

Design Intervention had an ideal platform in which to create a formal, romantic and elegant atmosphere. Different styles were successfully thrown into the mix. Traditional and classical shapes of furniture were given a new lease of life and in turn upholstered in surprisingly modern fabrics . A sense of the unexpected was introduced throughout this project with the usage of colour, textures and sensual fabrics.

Interior design by Design Intervention . All images courtesy of Design Intervention

Breaking with traditions and the past often ushers sensitivities towards what can and will withstand the test of time. New materials used between the periods 1900 to the 1930 s have set standards for the Modern Classical and the opulence favoured by the rich and famous home owners.

Room with a View

The Bayshore Park penthouse featured here is inspired by the Italian design of that period,and that has an affinity for modern classical furniture and big open spaces with large windows.

Large open opens spaces often highlighted by smooth marble floor with thick carpets. adds character to the affluent design and provides the austerity required for this type of design.

The designer for this penthouse has cleverly used soft and hard flooring to unify the interlocking spaces with neutral tones.

All photography by Amir Sultan

November 18, 2008

A prestigious 4000 square feet aged penthouse unit at the heart of orchard road was totally deconstructed,re-sculptured and furnished with top end materials and furnishing.

ONE STOP CONCEPT Design Director Norman Yeo was commissioned and given full carte blanche to design and transform this decade old penthouse into a second haven for his client’s business entertainment and holiday home in Singapore.

One Stop Concept philosophy is guided by; beauty, function, practicality, safety and refined value for each of our discerning client. Attributing our success to each of our client’s preferred lifestyle and keen eye for the finer things in life. We advocate only the finest; through careful analysis of each client’s lifestyle and evolving needs.

From design conceptualisation, turn-key project management,
detail in-depth design, construction to the final touches of styling up your abode. One Stop Concept plans and executes each milestone with perfection as our guiding principle, continuous refinement to our design, service, craftsmanship, improving the level of gracious living in all the lives of who we have touched.

Terrace water feature.

Images courtesy of One Stop Concept.