There’s nothing quite like visiting your grandparents, nestled comfortably on the overstuffed, patterned sofa, enveloped by the smell of something freshly baked with the sound of Turner Classic movies filling the background. Reminiscing a moment like this gives more than enough reason to understand the increasingly popular trend now known as, Grandmillennial style.
The term was coined by House Beautiful last fall, however, the movement has been on the rise for a few years with design-savvy 20 and 30-somethings taking serious notes from their older loved ones' homes to create their very own granny chic spaces. Experts credit the origin of this trend to the need to distract from negativity by leveraging nostalgia and comfort in new, fresh ways.
Now you may still be asking yourself, what in the world is Grandmillennial style. At first glance, the name doesn’t evoke a clear image. But trust us, when you see these beautifully layered spaces balancing the vibrant, chintzy designs from past generations with the crisp, polished finish of our contemporary, present day, the word takes on new life.
During this old school renaissance, millennials are drawing inspiration from Victorian and English Country design, curating classic pieces and features that have otherwise been deemed outdated or old-fashioned. Think shapely, skirted sofas, glossy, cane furniture, gilded hanging mirrors, ruffled bedding and plenty of eye-catching patterns for walls and curtains to match. Smaller pieces that offer an instant Grandmillennial style boost include a bold ginger jar (get a pair for extra measure) and pleated lampshades throughout the room. Not to mention, adding extra flash to your window treatments with swag and tail details. Retailers have also followed suit, producing a great array of Grandmillennial offerings like this upgraded needle point pillow and this chintz floral wallpaper.
The secret to keeping these spaces from feeling stuffy is to balance the traditional elements with unexpected moments like contemporary art or a muted, neutral furniture piece. This ensures the space still has the essence of the warm, comfort felt while visiting a grandparent but with the modern luxuries of 2020. Take our recent photoshoot featuring our fierce founder for example, the cool, floral wallpaper and tufted, velvet couch create a Grandmillennial statement but feels current with the modern lighting.
So while we are staying safe at home, now is the perfect time to rummage through those boxes stored in the far corners of the attic and see what gems have been hiding. Perhaps a forgotten antique, maybe a family hand-me-down that sparks memories of yesteryear, or if you’re lucky, a vintage heirloom waiting to be put on display. If you don’t happen to have a twentieth century treasure trove in your home, fear not, there are plenty of surefire pieces to discover online. Happy hunting!
According to a study by Delos, a wellness-design innovations company, we spend 90% of our time indoors, with two-thirds of that time spent at home. Due to the current, global health situation, we're occupying our residential spaces even more. Because of that, it's vital our homes promote our health and overall wellbeing. In this blog, we'll cover the most important elements to focus on inside your home, while also providing healthy solutions to improve the quality of your space.
We typically think of air pollutants existing outdoors, but research shows concentrations of allergins, toxins, and pollutants can be up to five times higher indoors. Poor air quality can greatly impact our health. While short-term effects include respiratory irritation, long-term adverse effects include increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung cancers, and other respiratory issues. Therefore, the level of air pollutants in our everyday spaces is vitally important.
Thankfully, a movement of wellness-inspired design solutions has swept over the design community. While we're all familiar with air purifiers and their function, the technology has rapidly advanced in sophistication and sleekness. Samsung's Cube Air Purifier, for example, uses a laser-monitoring system to provide real-time air quality measurements. Always reading the room's conditions, it adapts to and improves the air in its given space.
It's true that Americans benefit from better-quality drinking water than other countries. Our water treatment infrastructure, however, is aging and deteriorating, leading it to receive a grade "D" by the American Society of Civil Engineers in their most recent report. Additionally, the EPA has estimated that US water infrastructure needs over $734 billion in improvements.
As our systems break down, water contaminants increase. In just the past five years, nearly 77 million Americans lived in communities whose water systems violated at least one Safe Drinking Water Act rule, with over 88,000 total violations.
To help people take control of their water contaminant levels, many companies are offering professional-grade water filtration systems. Brondell, for example, offers an under-the-counter reverse osmosis (RO) water filter system that features a four-step filtering process that's 10x more efficient than typical RO systems. Award-winning Australian company, Zip, has developed a tap-system that provides instant purified chilled, boiling, and sparkling water.
Working or studying from home doesn't necessarily mean you'll be spending more time inside. However, with many businesses closing to accommodate social distancing, the need or reason to leave one's home has decreased. This could, indirectly, cause people to stay indoors more than usual. With that in mind, we need to be aware of our space's quality of light.
As discussed in a previous blog, lighting has a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. It affects our sleep patterns, our mood, our stress levels. That's why it's essential our inside spaces receive as much natural light — or light mimicking natural conditions — as possible during this time.
Top-of-the-line, smart home light integrations — like Delos's Darwin circadian lighting and Ketra's human-centric dynamic lights — mirror natural light patterns. These do require more advanced installations (and we highly recommend them for future projects), but the Eria smart lightbulb kit can be implemented right away. As featured in our Healthy Design: Lighting blog, this smart kit allows users to activate a circadian light setting and the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of these bulbs is 90+. (CRI measures the color an object looks under artificial light in contrast to natural light, with a 90+ rating deemed as "excellent" light.)
By now, we've probably all given our homes a scrub down (or two) and we're definitely more conscious about the surfaces we touch when arriving home. With that said, many of us will neglect cleaning the cleaning tools themselves, leaving us exposed to unwanted contaminants. For that reason, we recommend touchless cleaning solutions.
Typically, we don't think of touchless hand dryers or paper towel dispensers in the home. In fact, touchless soap dispensers just recently joined hand-sensor trashcans as semi-common household products. Appliances like these, however, can make all the difference when trying to keep a sanitized home.
Robot vacuums and mops can also be great solutions. Our daily habits and cleaning routine have already changed so much, so if there's a tool out there that can operate on a consistent schedule (giving you one less thing to think about) take advantage of it!
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As stated earlier, we spend 90% of our lives inside, and 66% of that time at home. So no matter the situation, it's important your home promotes healthiness. If it seems like too many solutions to implement on your own, no worries! We're here to help.
As we step into the holiday season, we all begin preparing our homes for those occasions where we invite our family, friends, and colleagues to share the joy and company of one another in our space. Often, this involves a dose of fall cleaning and perhaps some decorating, but it should also include updating your home fragrances.
While it was once believed the olfactory sense had little importance to humans, in the last decade, scientists have discovered quite the opposite. Just like it shapes the way other living creatures interact with their surroundings, smell plays an extremely important role in how humans experience their environment. Therefore, even if you're planning to tantalize your guests with the aromas of your home cooking, there's always an opportunity to create a moment that triggers positive reactions to your space via enchanting scents. It could be in the bathroom where your family will wash up before dinner or the guest bedroom your sister and brother-in-law will stay. If you've gone through the effort of designing and preparing your space for them, you can elevate it even higher with a wonderful home fragrance. To help you pick the right one for your home, we'll give you five of our favorites so you'll have a quality selection from which to choose.
We don't want to call this scent our favorite, but there's a reason it's at the top of our list. It pleases everyone. Period. Just recently, we were photographing one of our home designs and our design assistant kept commenting on the fantastic smell of the client's home. We informed her it was Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir and our two other colleagues broke out with emphatic nodding and praise because they too obsess over this scent.
NEST consistently produces fan-favorite home fragrances (and perfumes), but Moroccan Amber truly is a classic. While coming in both the candle and diffuser, we tend to favor the candle, as it produces a lovely smell even when unlit.
The legendary, Parisian perfumery, Diptyque, creates some of the most elegant, high-end fragrance lines on the market. While encapsulating the scent of freshly picked berries, blended with roses, Baies (berries) extends its warm-weather notes and can be appreciated during any season.
West Elm's Apotheke Pur Charcoal reed diffuser is an easy go-to for us. The simple, black design complements any modern space, and the scent that fills the air is one of white cedar and sandalwood.
"This candle smells exactly like Anthropologie's Capri Blue Volcano" is how other candle stores try to pitch their similar smelling, but inferior, products. This Anthropologie home staple is highly sought after by those trying to recreate the olfactory atmosphere so beloved by the store's customers. While the candle also comes in a standard container, this iridescent jar carries a bit more style.
The great thing about these home fragrances is that they also make great gifts! So while you're out picking up your NEST Moroccan Amber or Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir, grab one for someone else and you can cross that person off your gift list!
In our previous Shop Talk, we highlighted a local, modern decor store, explaining how shops like Kasart are where you find those unique, eye-catching pieces for your interior design. We love our local businesses, but big-box home furnishing stores, like West Elm and CB2, have their benefits, too! In this edition, we'll discuss exactly what those benefits are.
When it's time to replace a large piece of furniture in your home (bed, sofa, dining table), it often means you'll also replace many of the space's supporting pieces – bedding, coffee tables, media stands, dining chairs, etc. This is usually the point where clients come to us, saying "I have to refurnish my place but have no idea what I'm doing. Can you help?" And of course we can! Nothing brings us more joy than helping people with their interior design projects (truly). But for those people who love to DIY or who may not have room for an interior designer in their budget, commercial home furnishing stores can be great places to start when updating one's space.
One of the best features stores like West Elm and CB2 have is their room or style photos. Because these stores sell everything from sofas to hanging mirrors, nearly all of the items featured in their photos are purchasable from their shop. These photos act as advertisements, showing people how great their space could look if they purchase the accompanying pieces, but they can also be helpful tools for those who want guidance in keeping design continuity in their space.
Another benefit of stores like CB2 and West Elm is they offer a diverse range of neutral styles, allowing them to appeal to a majority of modern design lovers. Are you one for minimalist luxe? Or perhaps mid-century is your cup of tea. Either way, the commercial modern furnishing store will have your style.
Need help finding your style, read our Four Styles of Modern Design blog!
Don't feel limited to just these shops. There are a handful of stores you can explore to find out which one best matches your budget and style.
And, in the end, if you feel stuck, an interior designer will always be there for you, so don't hesitate to reach out!
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO AN INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT
The interior design world has always been mysterious. That rings true for clients and other designers. For years, professionals kept their processes secret from competitors. In the age of social media, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts, a wealth of knowledge has been shared amongst the design community. However, this content comes from industry-known sources, not from ones the everyday home or business owner regularly sees. Which means the most common question from new interior design clients is still, "So, what's the process?"
The truth is, not all designers will approach a project the same or have a clear, laid out plan. Therefore, we can't speak for the entire industry. We can, however, share the steps Beyond Interior Design works through so you can gain a general understanding of the interior design process.
CONSULTATION The first step to any project is the consultation. At this appointment, the designer walks through the space (if accessible) and creates a baseline scope of what the clients would like to accomplish. This is also the first opportunity the designer can provide valuable information specific to the project.
CONTRACT After the consultation, if the project seems like a good fit, both parties sign a contract. A fee or retainer is usually collected at this time.
TRADES DAY Now that the designer has onboarded the client, it's go time! The design team heads back to the project site to obtain measurements, capture before photos, and finalize any other criteria. The team also schedules tradesmen to come out and propose very rough estimates of cost and doability (for example, if raising the ceiling was in your scope list, the designer would schedule roofers to come and determine if that's even possible.)
DESIGN AND DOCUMENTATION This stage is where the magic happens! The designer now has everything they need to do what they do best — design. While creating the floor plan and renderings, the designer also sources goods (furnishings and materials) and services during this stage. Once the drawings have been executed, estimates can be procured.
PRESENTATION The design comes to life in the presentation stage. Here, the designer reveals their concept to the client, providing 3D renderings, samples of materials, and cost estimation.
ORDERING AND BUDGET REVIEW Once the design team gets the go-ahead, it's time to purchase the furnishings and decor. A responsible designer will keep an eye on the budget so they can notify clients if anything changes drastically (i.e. price or availability of items and how that affects budget).
CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION This stage can occur simultaneously with the ordering and will also undergo budget review throughout the progression of the renovation/construction. (Simple renovations like wallpapering and painting occur during this stage, as any changes to a room's surfaces must occur prior to installation.)
INSTALLATION After completion of construction, it's time for Installation Day! This is when all the purchased goods are brought into the house and placed according to the design concept. Additionally, the designer will often bring styling items that the client can purchase if they like the aesthetic the decor creates. It may help some clients to view Installation Day as the final design day. Unless changes are made, the only other step is to close out the project. Basically, the installation is the climax of the process.
DEFICIENCIES The designer and client will walk through the new space once the installation is complete. The client will identify any deficiencies, and the design team will resolve them as soon as possible.
PROJECT CLOSURE The last step in the design process is the project closure meeting. Here, the designer and client will meet one last time to receive their project binder and final invoices. Afterward, the only thing left for the client to do is to enjoy their newly designed modern space!
Our process may seem simple, but we can't stress this enough — it's definitely not. Starting from the design stage and intensifying during project management, we're immersed in a complex game of Tetris, and every little piece has to fit together perfectly. Mess one up and it takes several more moves to get back on track. That's why the process exists in the first place, to help organize all the moving parts and keep us working efficiently for our clients. It truly does take a dedicated professional and their team to execute an effective design process, and we strive for that every day.
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BUDGET FOR YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT?
Whether you're building a home, remodeling your new commercial space, or updating that early 2000's kitchen, it's hard to know where to start when setting your interior design project's budget. You may know how much you'd like to spend, but don't know if that number is even feasible.
To be honest, it's probably not.
Now, don't think we say that to scare you — we say that to prepare you. As interior designers, it's our job to set cost expectations, and the earlier we can do that, the better. Imagine if you went to get your tires changed for the first time, expecting each tire to cost $20, and when you get there the serviceman informs you it'll be $100 instead. You're frustrated because you didn't prepare for this. It was your first time purchasing new tires, afterall. And the serviceman was just charging industry standard. But because the expectation didn't meet reality, you end up having a negative experience. That's why it's better to prepare you earlier rather than later.
So, how can you, the client, prepare a realistic budget before even approaching a designer? That's what we'll help you with in this two-part post. In Part I, we'll cover interior design budgeting for decor and furnishings.
1. PICK THE ROOM
This may seem obvious, but the first step is picking the room you want to redesign. You may only have one room, but if you have an entire house you should look at each room individually instead of grouping everything together. This will make the following steps much easier.
2. LIST OUT ITEMS
Look at your room and create a spreadsheet of all the possible items that would go in there. The most critical will be the items you probably don't think of — paint or wallpaper, hardware (i.e. curtain hardware, towel racks, etc.), art, accessories, rugs, pillows/pillowcases, plants and planters. If you have an inspiration photo from Pinterest or elsewhere, list all the items in that photo even if you think it's too much. It's better to overshoot then underestimate.
3. RANDOMLY SELECT ITEMS AT STORES YOU LIKE
Once you have your room's purchase list, head on over to your favorite home store's website (or in person if that's your thing). Take your list and randomly select items from that store that check each box. For example, if you've listed "king bed", price out a random king bed. The idea is to get a general budget, not a specific one. Specifics won't be needed at this point since you'll be entrusting your interior designer to make the best selections later on. Another benefit to the exercise is that it allows you to see how each item adds to the total cost.
4. DESIGNER FEES AND INSTALLATION
Remember, you're not only buying new furnishings, but you've also hired a designer to create your interior's concept. There will also be an "installation day" — the day designers and crew come in to install your new furnishings. The cost of these services will vary based on the designer's cost structure, but make sure you consider each before finalizing your budget.
5. FINALIZE YOUR BUDGET
After working through your spreadsheet and considering service fees, estimate what your interior design project will cost. This will give you a reasonable budget. From here, you can finalize the budget you'll take to your interior designer.
We understand the reasonable budget will most likely be higher than your desired budget, and that's ok. If the difference is slight, you can discuss this with your designer. Maybe it's too far out of range for you, in which case an e-design route could be optimal (this option has minimal service fees, as the purchasing and installation are left to the client).
Whatever you choose to do once you've calculated your budget, at least you'll have made an informed decision!
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Catch next week's Part II, budgeting for a remodel/new build.