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Great Gatsby-Art Deco

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading the Great Gatsby you will have noticed the exuberance and excess of the era which were represented in the clothing, art and home decor.
The modernist movement and Art Deco emerged as the defining characterized style of the 1920s,1930s and 1940s. The era was highlighted by bold geometric, dramatic flourishes and icons. These were influences from the Far East and the dazzling artifacts discovered in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. The style responded to the human need for pleasure, escape and faith in social and technological progress and was captured beautifully in the film The Great Gatsby featuring Leonardo Di Caprio; notice the geometric patterns in both the rails and flooring.

“Visually the movement is characterized by sumptuous colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. The style is classical, symmetrical, and rectilinear…purely decorative.” (Art republic)
The decline of Art Deco was imposed by World War II. It did, however, leave us with many beautiful landmarks and design ideas that are to this day incorporated in architecture and design.

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
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.
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…

Visit your private refuge

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

The slightly warmer weather in the last few days has inspired me to think about impromptu al fresco meals with my friends and family.
I need to make sure I am ready to entertain my guests with a warm and welcoming atmosphere so I checked to see what condition my patio furniture was in after this harsh winter -they have definitely seen better days.
I decided to go and see the ladies at bb interiors and see what I could find. As usual, I was offered a variety of options. I found exactly what I was looking for in the Caluco outdoor furniture collection and layered it with a few lovely “performance” fabrics by Sunbrella, adding both color and texture to my beautiful new set. Elegant and stylish design at an affordable price. Wow!image10
Here are a few tips I learned from the ladies at bb interiors about the many different levels of performance fabric and what to look for when looking for quality:
* Coated fabrics: looks for performance fabrics embedded in the product. Many fabrics are created by just applying a coating. The coating may be inexpensive and could disappear with long term use and fade with sun exposure.
* Engineered for performance: true performance fabrics are entirely engineered to meet specific requirements; abrasion and fade resistance, ease of cleaning, comfort and styling. Engineered performance fabrics can be more expensive than alternatives, but offer the best value and fewest compromises between durability and aesthetics.
Now that we have a comfortable place for everyone to sit and enjoy their dining experience let’s focus on the meal. One of my favorite books for al fresco dining is “good for you” by Dana Jacobi. I am sharing with you one of the easy, healthy, everyday recipes that I will be serving on my Simon Pearce dishes along side the cantaloupe- basil granita served in my Simon Pearce stemware.image4image3
Al fresco dining is a pleasure to be savored and a very important part of well-being. So go, sit outside, share wonderful food and drinks with your loved ones and be well.
Until next time

Bb interiors favorite fun spots in Geneva

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

After months of scratchy sweaters, boots knee deep in snow and scaly dry skin we are finally heading in the right direction. Spring 2014 is here… well, almost.
The ladies from bb interiors wanted to share with you some of our favorite places to visit in Geneva. They will delight and rejuvenate you.
Since we are going to be walking all over town, and need to look great doing it, we will begin at Nora’s shoes shop. A women’s shoe boutique that specializes in shoes and boots that are not only comfortable but extremely stylish. Yes ladies I said boots. Booties are one of the hottest trends of the season.image22image15image16
Style and comfort. Stop in and visit the knowledgable ladies at Nora’s shoe shop and they will help you find your Spring shoe selections.
We will now head over to Fushia, the boutique is around the corner,literally. You need to stop in and select the sassy Spring wardrobe you need to go with your wonderful new shoes. “Fushia is filled with a dynamic selection of ageless classics, everyday pieces, and hard to find jewels and accessories to compliment your wardrobe and lifestyle.image17
Down the street at Odalisque they “seek out the best luxuries for your skin and the coolest make up trends” to keep you fashionable. Bridgette can help you attain fresh and dewy skin for the season. Stop in and try some of the luxurious products she offers.image19
We have taken care of our skin, clothing, and shoes. That was a lot of fun and now it’s time for sustenance. Cotto a Legna offers wood fired pizza, the freshest seafood and salads, and an excellent selection of wines to compliment your meal. It’s the perfect destination to unwind and enjoy a memorable dining experience.image20image21
What a lovely day of food, fun, and fashion. Spring time in Geneva. I hope you enjoyed our tour of some of our springtime favorites.
Until next time

Designing your nest for Spring

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

Spring unfortunately in not in the air, but that’s not stopping the optimistic designers at bb interiors from transforming your nest into a masterpiece of Spring time colors and designs that you’ve been craving these past few months.
With a little patience, great desire and talent, and the right vision the designers at bb interiors will help you create and build your nest. We start with the small and necessary details and guide you along the way to create what you have envisioned all winter long.
Your nest, your home, your sanctuary…

Spring is coming- be prepared to enjoy it.
Until next time

Toile de Mayenne

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

Imagine yourself walking through the serene French countryside and the village of Fontaine-Daniel, the birthplace of the famous Mayenne textiles- Toile de Mayenne.image2
Toile de Mayenne has been manufactured at Fontaine-Daniel for over 200 years. The spinning mills and the accommodations built for the workers gives this village it’s own unique character. The buildings all have their own cottage gardens and the streets are named after local flowers. No wonder the artisans are inspired to create such beautiful fabrics that, with the help of the designers at bb interiors, could transform every room into one you could only have dreamed of.
Stop in to see us and enjoy un cafe creme while you are leafing through the beautiful varieties of Toile de Mayenne.
Until next time

bb interiors

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by Heideh Fardi-Lindstrom

If you haven’t been to Geneva lately, I’ll forgive you for not knowing about the rather sophisticated design convention that’s been going here for the last few years. This scenic spot, less than an hour outside the city, has a number of interesting home stores and interior design resources.
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Claudia Beebe of bb interior designs owns one of these wonderful shops offering an eclectic array of high-end furniture, antiques, gifts and the most amazing fabric collection featuring Toile de Mayenne.
This is where my new adventure begins; sharing with you my love for all things beautiful offered at bb interiors. We begin with the newly acquired Simon Pearce Glass Collection.

Simon Pearce produces it’s own handcrafted glass using centuries-old techniques based on classic 18th and 19th century forms. He has developed his own personal style and focuses on on creating glass designs with individual character for contemporary times. All designs and products are produced in Vermont and Maryland.

Check out our blog often for a cornucopia of interior design subjects, latest trends, amazing finds and helpful hints.
Until next time