Difference between Interior Design & Interior Decor

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The two professions are very often confused and used interchangeably.  But while both involve interiors, they are profoundly different.  Design is a spectrum of elements that collectively contribute to the congruency of a space; the connection between people’s behaviors and the corresponding functional expectation from all composing elements of a room.

Decoration on the other hand, focuses on the space in-parallel to how it’s being used and by whom.  It might meet all functional expectation through furniture, colors, textiles and textures but fall short in the ideal scale, layout and proportions.

Interior decorators often help with fabrics, paint and furnishings while designers dig deeper and are more involved with space planning, finishes and structural details, by considering light and sound as well as other sensorial experiences.  Designers will likewise provide technical expertise through three-dimensional programs like AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino and 3DMax.

In the framework of a project, both decorators and designers can help select and purchase furniture, lighting and accessories.  The difference will be apparent when designer may also help with the room’s layout and construction finishes.

Below is a brief example of what to expect from an interior designer.  In this 3D rendering of a modern living room, customer was able to see their space along with the color choices, furniture selections, as well as the layout of a challenging (partially) rounded structure prior to making a large investment.

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Furniture used in this space: Soleado sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti, I-modulART wall unit by Presotto, Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini, convertible coffee table by Ozzio, Bamboo silk rug by Surya and glass art.

Gamma Arredamenti: The Night Collection

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Quality and modern distinction, paired with innovation, makes Gamma Arredamenti a leader in the field of fashion furniture.  From conception to finished product, Gamma’s hand-made workmanship brings to life the most exquisite designs among which are the ever expanding night solutions.   Premised for contemporary settings, with simple lines and immaculate proportions, Gamma’s Night Collection proposes a comprehensive look for sophisticated, yet discreet luxury.

Gamma leather beds and occasional furniture are inscribed with incredible style and the highest of quality standards, focusing not only on the finished product but on composing elements that are invisible to the eye but make an enormous difference that goes well beyond form and function.

Tulip leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Tulip leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Pepper leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Pepper leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Offering flexibility and versatility, along with a strong visual identity, Gamma designer leather beds like the recently introduced Tulip leather bed and the new Pepper leather bed, offer personalization and exclusivity through different textures, colors and aesthetic silhouettes.  Eloquently coordinated solutions like matching benches, ottomans and night tables are innately distinguished by a fusion of design details like fringe and chesterfield tufting.  Famous for meticulous details that highlight the form and underscore the essence of Italian authority on fashion and furniture, Gamma’s Night Collection also boasts memorable designs like the Aston and Wind Beds, both of which explore timeless solutions for bedrooms of diverse styles.

Aston leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Wind leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Wind leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Investing in Luxury: top decorating tips for investment properties

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

It’s utterly lucrative to invest in the next hottest real estate opportunity and many of these are disguised as vacation homes that get rented occasionally.  With sought-after high-rise condo properties that offer ocean views like those steadily springing up along South Florida’s coastline, luxury living is inevitable.  But beside the obvious luxury perks like full concierge and full amenities, these properties are blank canvas and require an equal amount of luxury design to make them on par with their backdrops.  Here are a few decorating tip that guarantee exactly that:

Function is key and most of the time, storage is one of the most important elements which is why it is pivotal to invest into custom closets and wardrobes.  Ranging from simple to elaborate, functional closet organization is truly essential in every room as well as at the entrance, kitchen pantry and bathrooms.  Some stunning examples include Plana collection by Pianca and Tecnopolis collection by Presotto.

Plana collection by Pianca

Plana collection by Pianca

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Sophisticated window treatments and ambient light fixtures are also popular luxury barometers as are wall coverings and smartly placed furnishings.  So choose wisely by selecting finishes and materials that have a wide appeal and also are consistent with the look and feel of the condo property.  Some properties have a clean modern look while others offer a more transitional vibe.  Check out Big table by Bonaldo with the colorful base in an all-white condo space that certainly gives off an art-deco, Miami-like style.

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Big dining table by Bonaldo

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How often and how the areas behind and underneath heavy furniture should be cleaned?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

To start with, cleaning behind and under large furniture is not as intimidating as it seems.  If anything, avoiding the shocking discovery of dust and dirt hidden by furniture only when moving or renovating should be the main reason behind planning to better upkeep the more challenging areas of our interiors.  So how often and how should these areas be cleaned?

The hard-to-reach areas like the ones under a bed, around the sofa, and behind the buffet, should be cleaned at least every 6 months.  This can be done by either moving the furniture or creatively reaching the areas under-and-behind these pieces.

But before we proceed with various ways to move furniture, let’s take a step back and discuss the type of furniture that should be selected if the choice is there.  To prevent having to move heavy furniture, albeit twice a year, chose furniture on legs with easy access to the space underneath.  Examples of such options include the Nelson bed by Cattelan Italia, Sunset sectional by Gamma Arredamenti and Tide buffet Karim Rashid for Horm.

Sunset sectional by Gamma Arredamenti

Sunset sectional by Gamma Arredamenti

If the space under the furniture is almost non-existent, try a stick vacuum or any other tool with small footprint.  And also plan ahead.  When installing new furniture or moving in, add felt pads to heavier furniture that are standing on hardwood or tile floors.

3 reasons why poufs and ottomans offer so much more to modern interiors

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Poufs, footstools and ottomans are no longer designed and used for their sole and primary purpose.  Instead, manufacturers are rethinking their original purpose in innovative ways, adding not just sculptural originality but also functional enhancement with value for every space around the house.  While the fundamental objective of an ottoman remains as it was, the following modern ottomans offer storage, a source of light and sculptural integrity.

1. Visual originality – Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo are meant to be used as a composition or individually; turning from a single seat into a bench while enriching the visual value of their surroundings.

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

2. Storage – functionally convenient without visually depreciating the overall design impact, Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini offer storage and a seating solution at once.  The same stunning aesthetic dominion and functional brilliance applies to Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa and the smart stool trio of Freddy, Bruce and Sugar by Gamma Arredamenti.

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

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