It’s all about me- baby!

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It’s all about me- baby!

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

Whether you live in a mansion or in a shoe,
here are some fun ideas for you to do.
Grab your kids and their imaginations too,
fabric, wall paper and bedding themed like a zoo.

The best children’s rooms are colorful and practical, and put style into play. Busy geometric prints, illustrative animals, and patterns in soft colors spark your child’s imagination with dreams of being a prima ballerina or a pilot.image
image20 Most little girls will love floral fields and bold statements; don’t be afraid to team an eye-catching design with a patterned wallpaper and add layers.image26
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Little boys with their love of robots and airplanes would be thrilled with the combinations of wallpaper and fabric available for them. Rooms they can grow into and that will help inspire them.image25image24

Don’t know what your little tyke would like. Well, yellow is gender neutral and adds a lively blast to any kids room.image23
“Even if the rest of your home is designed with neutrals, your children’s room is one area where you should shake off any inhibitions and go for broke!” shares Claudia at bb interiors.
Until next time…

Artsy _ _ _ _ _ _ at bb interiors

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

Since I started my adventure at bb interiors I’ve heard from a number of people how excited they are about our selection of local artists. They’ve told me it’s been difficult to find such an eclectic variety that somehow still works together. Variety the spice of life. I’d like to introduce you to some of these talented artists: * Loretta Hamilton initially focused on figure drawing which resulted in a series of charcoal nudes. Her next series were inspired by her love of antiques and antique frames.; using family members and old-time photos as inspiration. Her other passion, gardening, has led her to her latest watercolor studies featuring floral and still-life paintings. These include both whimsical and realistic subjects. “I am now happiest working in the world of color and I hope to keep experimenting and daring to do the unexpected with watercolor paints.”image13image14

* Jennifer Ross grew up surrounded by art and in painting studios. In 2008, she began studying and painting nests and eggs using a technique which was created by using crushed eggshells. “When the initial painting was completed, the awareness emerged, like a fledgling from the nest, that I was honoring my family’s artistic heritage of portrait paintings by seeing the eggs as representing each member of a family.” The paintings of the bird’s nests and eggs are created as symbolic “family portraits” of what we hold dear, our home and loved ones.image11image12 * Dayle Sazonoff has been painting since 1996 and has been giving her full attention to painting oil still life’s. “There has been a recent resurgence in the popularity of this subject matter. The important interplay of colorful and colorless in a painting, the pattern of light, and the composition are great challenges to me. Cut flowers, fruit and favorite objects, new and worn, are reminders of life’s transience and of things past.”image16 * George Turner mixed media paintings are “abstractions based on natures common elements- the weeds, wind, dry leaves and sticks, temperature, light, green, dirt, water and more.” Mr. Turner shares that his compositions “minimize the idea of view and present nature’s wonders in a symbiotic relationship that continuously changes in time and place.”image15 Maybe you didn’t know about some of these artists, maybe you did but didn’t know where to go and see their talents exhibited and to learn more about them. Well, now you do. Make a trip to bb interiors to see some of these talented artists work and explore the works of other local artisans. Until next time….

Let there be light

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

Lighting always plays an important aspect in any interior or exterior space. When decorating, people usually focus on furniture, rugs and art, but “the good use of lighting can be as crucial an element as any of the pieces you use and effects the overall outcome of your design project” shares Claudia from bb Interiors.
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The basic principles of lighting to consider during any design project begins with the use of general lighting. This means filling in a space with an overall illumination. General lighting principles include recessed cans, floor and table lamps and the use of decorative lighting such as chandeliers to provide both decorative and architectural interest.image6
Feature lighting is directed at specific areas of interest. We can highlight and add drama with the use of feature lighting.image7
Task lighting is illumination for performing a job or task such as reading or cooking. All kitchens should have plenty of task lighting over counters and areas where work is carried out.image8image9
Exterior light is often overlooked yet it is the extension of the interior and enhances the exterior “curb appeal” by adding character to the environment around your property.image10
With these lighting design tips in mind you can create and make your dream home a reality.
Until next time…

Wallpaper, in all it’s guises, is here to stay!

Posted on: June 7th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

The history of wallpaper begins in the 16th century and there are some fascinating tales along the way.
We begin our journey in 16th century Europe with textiles.(although the Chinese were hanging decorated rice paper on their walls for a couple thousand years prior to that.)
The first European wall decorations were sumptuous wool and silk tapestries which were used for decor, artwork and insulation. These tapestries were only available to the wealthiest consumer due to the cost of labor and supplies.image
The renaissance was the golden age of textiles and during this time wallpaper was developed as an inexpensive alternative.
A historian from the era wrote: “a type of tapestry on paper…which is used by the poorer classes in Paris to cover the walls of their huts or shops.” These earliest wallpapers were block-printed and colored by hand, mimicking luxurious fabrics and chinoiseries created by the Chinese.image1
In the 18th and 19th centuries wallpaper was an increasing popular decoration with designers. During this time of immense technological development wall paper was printed much faster and cheaper than before with an ever increasing number of styles and patterns.image3
Wallpaper was very popular during the first third of the century, however, the influence of mid-century Modernism soon led to a lot of white walls and a decline in the use of wallpaper.
Recent developments in digital printing have brought a new generation of artists and designers to the medium; ensuring that wallpaper’s long history marches on.image4
Until next time…