In the past decade, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has experienced massive growth, making it the fourth-largest metro area in the nation. Because of this growth, many neighborhoods have begun undergoing revitalization to support new residents and their culture. We've seen this with Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum, and the Bishop Arts District. Another neighborhood more recently experiencing changes is Inwood Park, and Beyond Interior Design has had a unique opportunity to breath new life into this neighborhood. Partnering up with Grand Development and Clay Stapp + Co, we've been able to bring modernity to the northwest Dallas community near Dallas Love Field.
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Once upon a time, kitchens were merely the place people cooked and prepared their daily meals. They were a place of work, not leisure, and they definitely weren't exposed to guests. Fast-forward to today's open-concept living and kitchens are showcased to everyone who walks in the main space.
This transformation of spatial planning has changed the way we experience and utilize our kitchens, especially our kitchen counters. During dinner parties, people gather around the island, which is filled with hors 'doeuvres, cocktails, and conversation. In the morning, the family grabs their seat at the bar, partaking in their breakfast ritual. The space even becomes the home office, with papers and the computer sprawled out among the spacious countertop.
As kitchens become multi-purpose and used more frequently, the aesthetic and functionality of the elements within the space become ever more important. We're talking specifically about the seating. Stools, having used to be afterthought additions to a kitchen, are now oftentimes a centerpiece of the space. Which means they need to be selected as carefully as one would choose an accent chair. If you never imagined you'd have to put so much thought into selecting counter or bar stools, it's ok. We'll set out some easy criteria for you to follow to help you choose your next set of kitchen seating.
If you've purchased a set of stools before, you've probably already researched whether to get counter stools or bar stools, making you think this category is obvious. However, you'd be surprised how many people still place the wrong stools underneath their counters.
In the simplest terms, counter stools (23"-28") are about four to six inches shorter than bar stools (29"-32"). Another way to think of it is to know you need at least 10" of space between the bottom of the countertop and the top of the stool for comfortable seating. If you have too little of space, legs won't be able to fit under the counter and your food or workspace will be too far away from you.
In order for you to choose the right set of stools, you need to think about how much you'll use them and for what. Will they be a seat for you to leisurely enjoy your breakfast with family at the kitchen island? Perhaps they'll allow you to hanker down and utilize your spacious countertops for work (it's always nice being close to coffee and brain food). Or will the stools simply be seats guests can use while enjoying appetizers before the meal is brought to the dining table?
If you don't think you'll use your stools regularly, you can choose stools with or without backs — your options are limitless. But if you plan on frequently using your seats for prolonged periods of time, you should choose stools with backs. Don't worry, you won't sacrifice style or sleekness for functionality. If anything, you just limit the options you have to look at, making it easier to avoid analysis paralysis.
Last, but certainly not least (so cliche, we know), aesthetic is key to creating or maintaining your beautiful space. Because counter and bar stools are front-and-center in open-space concepts, they must be aesthetically pleasing and flow with the overall style of the main space.
Now that you have some criteria of how to choose your bar or counter stools, we trust you'll be able to select a set that enhances your space and fits your lifestyle! And if you ever need help, we're always here for you.
One of the first questions we ask new clients is "how would you define your style?" Since we're a modern design firm, we understand their general taste, but we need to know more to create a personalized space. Their response, however, can be a bit disorganized. And, honestly, what do we expect? They've come to us because they need help articulating their style and replicating it in their space. We don't expect them to familiarize themselves with all the subcategories within modern design.
When we take on a project, we help define the client's style. Of course, this is helpful for us to create a cohesive design, but it's also beneficial for them so they can make informed home decor/furnishing decisions in the future that match their style.
In other words, while not necessary, it's beneficial to know your style, which is why we've picked four unique modern designs that have personality in their own ways. At the end of the blog, if you see one of these examples and say, "OMG — that's totally my style!" then you can download the corresponding mood card to pin on your inspiration wall at home.
Traditionally, "glam" decor features tantalizing textures, rich fabrics, and metallic accents to create an extravagant and opulent space. While sensually dramatic, it typically keeps to muted tones as to not fully overwhelm a space. Modern glam interior design incorporates the tempting textures, accents, and muted colors of glam, but it keeps to sleeker lines. It usually consists of less tufted furniture and ornateness throughout the home.
Less is more.
— Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (1886-1969)
For minimalist luxe, less truly is more. It strips away the unnecessary, creating a simpler way to live while simultaneously showcasing functional design. Minimalist luxe interiors will have a concise color palette, pared-down silhouettes, and clean, crisp lines.
Curated interiors are all about the individual, so there are no visually standard elements in this style. The basic concept involves taking the emotional and treasured pieces of someone's existing collection and combining it with new elements to create a space that exudes the individual's personality.
MODERN COLOR POP
Interiors that keep the sleek, clean lines of modern design but defy the rule of muted color palettes are prime examples of modern color pop. Colors aren't just schemes in these designs, they're the essence. Color pop spaces are loud, but (when done well) they also maintain the sophistication and timelessness of modern design.
Click on the mood cards below to download and print!
I go to mother nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.
– John Burroughs, American essayist
In the 1960s, German-born American psychoanalyst Eric Fromm termed "a passionate love of life and all that is alive" as biophilia. It was a term to describe a psychological attraction to all things living. The following decade, Edward O. Wilson applied biophilia to his study of biology. He believed that humans are drawn to the environments that used to support them, so our attraction to nature is a part of our genetic makeup.
Given this newfound biophilia hypothesis, people began studying the effects the natural environment has on the human psyche and overall health, and the results have been astonishing. In one study, people who spent two hours in natural environments reportedly felt more satisfied and had better health than those who did not. That's just two hours! Another study, performed by the Univeristy of East Anglia, found that spending time in, or near, natural green spaces reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.
This is all very scientific, but how does it relate to interior design?
As designers, we don't simply create beautiful spaces. Our mission is to improve the lives of our clients through our designs. While it's true we can accomplish this by creating an aesthetically pleasing space with continuity, that's not the only trick up our sleeves.
We can improve the overall health and well-being of our clients by implementing biophilic design. Oh, yeah — that's a real thing! In fact, there's an entire 56-page study strictly dedicated to it – the definition, the benefits, and the application of it.
COGNITIVE FUNCTIONALITY AND PERFORMANCE
Strong routine connections with nature can provide opportunities for mental restoration.
As a result, our capacity for performing focused tasks is greater than someone with
fatigued cognitive resources.
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Experiences of natural environments provide great emotional restoration, with lower
instances of tension, anxiety, anger, fatigue, confusion, and total mood disturbances
than urban environments with limited characteristics of nature.
PHYSIOLOGICAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Physiological responses triggered by connections with nature include relaxation of muscles,
as well as lowering of diastolic blood pressure and stress hormone levels in the bloodstream.
Environmental stressors to the physiological system can be buffered through design, allowing for the
restoration of bodily resources before the damage occurs.
According to the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, "nature" doesn't have to be defined in literal terms. The presence of biomorphic forms or natural materials in a space can also provide a connection with nature. For example, the design Belgium architect Victor Horta created for Hotel Tassel's interior included curvaceous stairs, mosaics, railings, light fixtures, window details and other decorative elements that resembled the tendrils of a plant or vine.
Nature also doesn't have to be represented in visual form. It can be felt or heard. Some fans have a "breeze" setting that mimics the organic movement of a breeze rather than a constant, machine-like push of air. Interior water elements, like waterfalls or ponds, stimulate the visual system, yes, but the auditory one, as well.
Of course, the easiest, and therefore the best, recommendation we can give our clients and readers is to incorporate literal natural life into their homes. That's right — get yourself some plants!
Whether they're in our finalized 3D rendering or used as style items on installation day, we always incorporate plants into our client's spaces. Something as simple as an orchid or succulent can transform how a room feels, and subsequently how the occupier of said room also feels.
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And if you cringe at the thought of caring for real plants because you've yet to keep one alive, there are some great faux plants out there that will achieve the same effect — increase your overall health and well-being — and look elegant in your space!
Do something for yourself and add some of nature's green to your space. You deserve it!
Love the look of orchids but can't seem to keep them thriving?
Read our blog on Orchid Care!