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Wood & Concrete

by Anna on March 18, 2013

So I’ve been thinking to myself lately “if I were to design my dream bathroom, what would it look like?” I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be a combination of concrete and wood with white and grey accents.  Bali is my inspiration. When I visited Bali I fell in love with the clean modern look of concrete mixed with the warmth of beautiful teak wood. Something about this particular juxtaposition of materials is so appealing to my senses. Simple, clean, honest, cool, and warm. I imagine a large sunken in-ground tub made of  grey stone or concrete alongside a separate stand-in steam shower with a slated teak wood floor and matching bench. The counter top would be of poured concrete and have a continuous concrete leg to the ground. The sinks would be either hollowed stone or plain modern white porcelain. Floors of pebbled stone, teak wood framed mirrors, light grey walls. Ahhhhh…I can just see it now…Relaxing by candlelight in my cozy bathtub.

loft bathroom at clio bali seminyak

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ROOM INTERPRETATION: Gold Glam

by Anna on October 5, 2012

As the cooler temperatures fall upon us my mind is naturally yearning for warm, soft, cozy interiors. A pairing of gold and plum is always a favorite fall combination as it brings warmth and softness to a room while also creating a very glamorous feel. Below is my Room Interpretation of a beautiful interior featured in Elle Decor. Grab a hot cup of tea and enjoy!

 

Gold Glam Items:

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Horse meets Home

by Anna on August 24, 2012

I introduce to you: A concept board for the project of my newest client. A friend of mine just purchased a condo in Del Mar and I just had to get a start on bringing together some ideas. I’m loving the fact that she wants to incorporate some quirky horse paraphernalia into the living area- its really going to add some personality and fun! I’d like to mix some modern pieces with rustic equestrian pieces and tie it all together using sleek blue and rusty orange. I think we will definitely have a good time pulling off this look while also working within a budget. Here is my take on the MODERN EQUESTRIAN LOOK……

Small Rectangle Lacquer Trays
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Room Interpretation

by Anna on August 13, 2012

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Room Interpretation

by Anna on July 21, 2012

I’ve decided to dedicate a monthly post called “Room Interpretations.” I will share photos of beautiful interiors and then post a collage of items that a person could use to replicate that given room. I will try to focus on creating the room with reasonably priced items so that it makes it easy and affordable for you to actually recreate these rooms. Enjoy!

Red Blue Yellow

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Design in a Box

by Anna on June 19, 2012

Recently a friend was telling me about an interesting concept called “design in a box.” This is where an Interior Designer would sell their services online as a packaged or “boxed” design concept. I’m not certain on the details but I would assume that there would be some back and forth communication between designer and customer which would direct the designer to create a room or “box” that the customer would fancy.

I thought it would be fun to try my hand at this type of design. Here is my “design in a box” which I have created for a laid back, nature loving, travel going, young couple. Enjoy!

Anthropologie Jacinto Pillow $118, West Elm Finn chandelier $199, Paint colors by Serena & Lily in Punch and Dune, Serena & Lily Senegalese storage baskets set of 3 $290, Groundwork feather print $20, Viesso Strata loveseat $2,039, West elm gradiated stripe rug $99, Classicon Bell table (call for pricing).

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Baby room to the MAX!

by Anna on April 12, 2012

Max’s bedroom is finally finished! He hasn’t arrived yet (today is April 11, his due date was April 8th) but he will soon. His bedroom awaits his arrival… as does as his mama and papa.

To be quite honest there wasn’t much planning that went into the room. I wanted to use what we had available and spend as little as possible. I just couldn’t justify spending a bundle on a room that I know is going to be changed in a few years anyway. I must say that I do feel that I got pretty lucky with the things that we already had and how well everything fused together. I think the best way to make this type of design work is to not be tied or limited to color. I chose to keep white as the base on the walls and use a dominance of blues and greens with pops of bright colors. I already had the beech color bookcase from Ikea which is what prompted my decision to choosing  the beech color crib and changing table, this would make for a more cohesive look.

I used my own tall blue dresser that was stained by my mother and used in my younger brother’s room when we grew up. My amazing friends bought us the beech crib from Ikea and Matt and I purchased the matching diaper changer from Ikea to match. We found the baby mobile laying next to the trash bin of our apartment. So I washed it up, put in new batteries, and “Voila!” good as new. We even found a stack of children’s books a few weeks later near the trash bin which we claimed and are now being housed in the bookcase. Talk about lucky!

The armchair was my own and is upholstered in an unattractive brown fabric so I took one of my old white duvet covers and wrapped it around the cushions. Easy DIY change! We decided that because we will be having so many guests in the next few months stay with us to visit and meet little Max, we should purchase a fold up sofa bed. This we also bought from Ikea… You just can’t beat their prices!

Accessories and decorative items: Most of the stuffed animals were presents from friends and family, the play rug is from Ikea, the sock monkey bunting purchased through Etsy.com was re-used from the baby shower, the bed linens are Ikea, the knit throw was a gift from family friends, the knick-knacks we already had, the MAX letters were purchased at the Pasadena flea market, the sofa pillows were hand sewn by myself, and the wall art was fabric that I purchased on Etsy.com and wrapped around wood stretchers.

This room is full of love and I can’t help but just sit in it and imagine holding our little one in my arms. I hope you enjoy our little Max’s room as much as I do!

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Red hot Pink passion

by Anna on February 11, 2012

Happy Saint Valentine’s! Fly Design Studio is sharing some love :)

Have you ever realized how much we are physically and emotinally effected by color? It always amazes me! I was reminded of this yesterday while browsing the aisles of Target. Target is always top of their game when it comes to changing their inventory to reflect the seasons current holiday. February, of course, being the season of love. As I walked down the aisles I could feel myself becoming more and more excited and actually felt happier. I even sensed a stronger desire to buy/consume (as if it isn’t difficult enough for me to go into Target without purchasing $100 worth of STUFF!). How amazing is that?! A simple thing as color has such a significant effect on the human psyche. Keep reading below to find out more interesting info on how the colors of Valentine’s day (red and pink) effect us.

RED Physiological Effect: Red has been shown to increase blood pressure and stimulate the adrenal glands. The stimulation of the adrenals glands helps us become strong and increases our stamina. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impression that time is passing faster than it is. It relates to the masculine principle and can activate the “fight or flight” instinct. Red is strong, and very basic. Pure red is the simplest colour, with no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, it can be perceived as demanding and aggressive.

Attributes: Courage, love, passion, strength, warmth, heat, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement, defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain, appetite, seriousness, dignity, power.

PINK Physiological Effect: Pink, a lighter shade of red, helps muscles relax. Pink soothes, rather than stimulates. Pink can also become irritating and demasculating if there is too great exsposure.

Atributes: Tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species, unselfish love, romance, weakness, vulnerability, inhibition, calmness, protection, sweetness, gentleness, softness.

Now, take in some of this eye candy and let your emotions take you on a journey. Enjoy!

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Wee rooms for Wee-ones!

January 11, 2012

Baby is on the brain! Here are some Wee-one rooms that have me inspired. Unlike the typical girly pink and powder blue rooms, these rooms have character and STYLE. I’m especially loving the bright white and natural vibe of some of these rooms. Almost all of these looks can easily be acheived on a budget….think Ikea, second […]

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Old Old is the New New!

January 1, 2012

Eco friendly design/ environmentally conscious design is fortunately still growing in popularity. One trend that I hope will never phase out! Take a look at this furniture store on La Brea ave in LA called Cisco Brothers. They use organic materials and sell refurbished pieces. Very Anthropology-esque. Check out a few of my fav pieces […]

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