In the summer of 2020, we looked at feng shui design principles and how we can utilize them to increase wealth, health, and relationships in our lives through the power of good interior design.
Since we could all use more wealth, health, and better relationships, let’s revisit those principles today.
Feng shui principle: Provide balance to welcome a new relationship or deepen an existing one.
Here, we see a pair of bedside tables and lamps either side of the bed. This is welcoming of partnership in the bedroom for love and life.
Notice how the mirror on the left imitates the proportions of the door on the right. You should never place a mirror in the bedroom facing you, but it’s good beside you, to reflect energy.
Feng shui principle: Allow energy or chi to flow through the space.
This space is tidy and doesn’t interrupt the flow of energy into the rest of the house. The pendant light captures energy and shares it out. We didn’t want something spikey because that reflects jagged energy. Instead, we wanted something round but still not a hard circle.
This pendant has a softness to it that fills the space yet gently captures the energy in an almost cloud-like way, and it can be seen from multiple stories in the house. Perfect.
Feng shui principle: Choose color wisely, for a purpose.
While the use of reds and yellows are common in Chinese culture, here we’ve combined them into a single color – orange – bringing together elements of Fame, Health, and Love in this guest bedroom. See the bagua color map in my prior post.
Feng shui principle:Create an entrance.
When first entering the home, you want to capture the energy, compress it into a smaller space and then release it. Don’t allow the energy to pour out the back of a home, as happens in a straight view through the entire space from the front door.
Feng shui principle:Keep your surfaces clean and clear.
Notice the surfaces are plain and nearly devoid of ornamentation, keeping clutter behind closed storage doors. Frosted windows mimic the translucency of the chairs, bouncing light around, which encourages energy to move through the space and balance the darkness of the kitchen cabinetry.
And let’s face it, it’s easier to store clutter behind closed doors, so you can spend your time enjoying the fruits of your beautiful design choices.
Kimball Starr designs homes with feng shui principles throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
Grandmillennial style has been described as a layered, youthful take on Grandma’s traditional style. Think, contemporary furniture used by someone in their 30s happily living alongside chintz floral patterns, busy wallpaper, chinoiserie, drapery, fringe, and trim.
This is not the Instagram look, it’s the antithesis of that highly stylized approach, instead being both wild and curated at the same time. Here are 5 ways to get the look.
Gingham & Patterns Galore
I just ADORE the use of gingham and different scales of check patterns here, combined with repeated square shapes for a fresh, clean look! Plus, the copper pendant lights give a satisfying finish to the space.
Bring history into your home and make it your own. The key is to revamp vintage furniture with a new fabric or finish, then complete the look with personal touches, like artwork and sculpture, mirrors and vases, and plants.
Can you imagine your kids or grandkids having sleepovers and late nights with flashlights under the covers in this cozy attic?
Gather collections of Grandma’s beautiful things in small groupings for a big effect. The blue plate color repeated in the piping on the pillowcases is a nice touch in this arrangement.
Grandmillennial style exhibits an appreciation for heritage and timeless vintage items. Pairing Grandmillennial with Americana-inspired pieces works because both design movements are rooted in a love of history and tradition.
Kimball Starr designs beloved family homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a socially-distanced in-person or remote consultation.
I’m really excited by smart design, especially those that are dual-use or make excellent use of space. Let’s look at some clever design solutions today.
Custom Coffee Table
Above is a favorite project where my client’s entire townhome is just 596 sq. ft, so maximizing every area is important. Custom furniture can often be the solution to what may seem like insurmountable challenges.
Notice the custom glass coffee table is adjustable in height, doubling as a dining table while also serving their entryway as a place to put down bags and keys. The shape of the glass table was specially designed to ensure safe and comfortable access in a tight space. The table’s hydraulic lift makes changing it from coffee table to dining table and back again a breeze. I can create a solution for your design challenge, too. Contact me anytime!
Next, let’s look at some other exciting designs I’ve found.
This interactive bookshelf can be customized for any user’s needs and interests, simply by moving some of its parts. Inspired by Nordic style and known as Köllen, which is Swedish for Alps, the shape and materials represent mountains. Flipping some of the panels down allows them to be used as clothes hangers or back up as shelves to display treasures. So simple and beautiful.
Smart Storage Stairs
Items which traditionally clutter the hallway space from shoes and coats to toys and luggage can be stored under the stairs, making great use of often-wasted space. These smoothly sliding storage units require no building work and are installed in just one day, but you need to live in the UK or Ireland to use this specific company, so take inspiration from them and hire a contractor to build it locally. I can help you with this project!
Kimball Starr designs homes with clever ideas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a socially-distanced in-person or remote consultation!
People often ask me, “Where do you get your ideas for designs?” Sometimes I work with a beloved item my client brings to me, or a piece of artwork. Often, I’m inspired by the location of the home, which is what I want to share with you today.
Here are a few images of beautiful locations, and interiors that could be inspired by those locales, using materials, colors, and fabrics that might be pulled right out of a photo.
This coastal Malibu living/dining room below could have been inspired by the image above, with a sea-green pendant light matching the color of the water at the edge of the beach, and light-colored seating reminiscent of sand and clouds.
A forest-inspired living room below could have been inspired by the image above, featuring reddish, dark wood furniture and flooring, moss-green fabrics, and fantastic pendant lighting that resembles a lens-flare from sunlight.
The mountain-based living room below could have been inspired by the image above, featuring white walls and silver ring lights reminiscent of snow alongside the dark brown cladding the furniture and feature wall. The sky’s reddish-brown color reminds me of the modern fireplace and the furniture’s exotic wood patterning.
Kimball Starr designs inspired homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a socially-distanced or remote consultation!
Two years of COVID pressure can finally be released with some light travel. Hooray! While many of us would like to go full-on camping, it’s more likely that glamping might be where we gently venture out of our homes. Camping is about being prepared and having the right tools and supplies. Glamping is about feeling a connection with nature without having to get too dusty and dirty. So glamping is the luxury version of camping! Here are a few inspirational ideas to get you started.
This tent expresses true luxury beneath canvas fabric, with beautiful wood flooring, headboard, and furniture, plus textural fabrics, and soft, glowing lighting. Everything you see here can be folded and transported elsewhere.
Living Room Under Canvas
Moab, Utah is one location of glamping company Under Canvas. I love how they’ve transported an entire leather living room suite and woven rug in desert colors to make the space feel cozy and stylish.
This beautiful space is for an African safari in the Serengeti, with mosquito netting around the bed and woven rugs underfoot. African safaris are true glamping experiences because there’s no infrastructure at all, everything will be transported and set up for you, celebrating what drives people to nest and create a home away from home.
Kimball Starr designs for adventurous homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
Everything old is new again. See this saying in action in the trend known as Cottagecore.
I like this definition from architect and YouTuber Stewart Hicks:
“Cottagecore is a movement harkening back to agricultural life, skills, and crafts. As a concept, it embraces a simpler, more sustainable existence that is harmonious with nature. Aesthetically it’s a nod to the traditional English countryside. Key aesthetic components are bringing natural elements indoors as decorative elements like flowers (either fresh or dried) and house plants, along with a natural color palette like neutrals and warm tones and woods. Add in a healthy dose of inspiration from old-time farming and some of grandma’s vintage dishware and you’re on your way to a cottagecore appreciation.”
Let’s look at some inspirational examples.
You can almost smell the freshly-baked pies coming from this kitchen. Love the plate and bowl open storage.
This bathroom demands reading a book in the tub. The neatly hung art reminds me of a Victorian curiosities library.
The textural element of this painted tiling combined with the brass, exposed-plumbing-style faucet with a single white ceramic handle really captures the feeling of cottagecore.
Neatly-framed photos and artwork balance the softly messy bed linens, inviting a nap. The moss-green wall color is so hip right now, and yet timeless, when combined with a white door. Fresh flowers complete the look in this cottagecore-inspired bedroom.
Kimball Starr designs romantic homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.