Weekly Design Tips

Did You Know Lights Have A Temperature?

Being An Interior Designer, I always get that one question from everyone….

“HOW DO I MAKE MY ROOM LOOK LIKE MY INSPIRATIONAL PICTURE?!?!?”

It’s a lot easier than you think. Interior Designers use a number of principals which fall into the psychological category of our profession. We use feeling and emotion to design spaces for our clients. We do this through our knowledge of scale, color, and even lighting. Lighting is one of the the most Important, in my option. Having the right lighting can make or break a room. This is one of the main reasons why most of my clients have a problem making their spaces look identical to their Pinterest inspiration photo. There isn’t just one temperature or color that everyone has as a “Go To”. It all depends on how the clients want the room to feel or look.

This is a very complex topic. There are even specialty interior designers who focus just on lighting.

This article by Life Hacker will help have a better understanding of lighting temperatures. Here are a few examples of how lighting and change a room.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

Trending in 2019

In 2018 the colors and styles of furniture have seem to fit well in the 50’s with their pastel colors and classic design. 2019 is looking more in the direction of deeper and brighter colors, glass and more glass, along with ceramics from you mother’s house. Those nasty green and mustard yellows are fighting their way back in to our homes. Deeper jewel toned decor will be the front runners of all new designs according to Helena Barguet and Fabiana Faria, owners of New York City design shop Coming Soon..

“Pastels will take a back seat to deeper, darker jewel tones in 2019. Pastels have been so prevalent, and these days we’re seeing that richer colors are getting more interest when it comes to home accessories”

Seeing some fun deeper colors this year is just what we need. I feel people are getting tired of the cold, sterile white rooms. People want to show their personality in other ways in their clothing. We have found a few interiors of what we’re talking about!

Deeper Jeweled interiors

Color Glass Lighting

Holy Dog Treats!!!

Having the title “Interior Designer” everyone around me thinks designing my own home is easy and probably looks like a museum….WRONG! It’s actually on of the hardest spaces for any designer to successfully complete. We’re our hardest clients with our endless ideas and indecisive mindset. We’re the very same people we hate to design for. PICKY PICKY PICKY!!! The absolute hardest part is if you have fur-babies. Designing for pets very challenging because wagging your tail doesn’t help make decisions. Our minds have developed an O.C.D mentality ( If we didn’t already have it ) where everything has to fit in it’s perfect spot, and is functional in the space.

Browsing the web for clients, I’ve found an online pet shop. Pets So Good is a pet designers heaven with muted colors and clean modern lines. Perfect for O.C.D and high modern pet lovers.

Here are few of our favorites from the site. Hope you all enjoy.

1. CASTELLA CUSHION SET. DARK GREEN | $160

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3. DEAUVILLE (Available January 2019) | $400

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We all should have a wonderful Christmas including our Fur-Babies!

Head Over To Pets So Good now to get 20% off of all orders of $100 or more!

Skelly Home’s Office Space | Austin, Texas

When you take a glance at Skelly Home’s website, you think they’re an interior design firm based out of Austin. Surprisingly their a renovation and construction company who work closely with interior designers. Skelly Home is a great example of how women can do anything they set their mind too. CEO, Diana Skellenger, is a leader when it comes to women taking over the world. As stated on their website:

“As a female leader in the construction industry, Diana brings a special viewpoint that allows for her passion for quality renovation, teamwork and integrity to be integrated in every project.”

This is true is so many ways. Skelly Home stand out among the rest. Not just for their female power in control but for their quality of work and attendance to detail. This small, but large detail, sets them on top of the market and having the ability to connect and KEEP relationships with fellow industry partners.

One of the many projects that Skelly Home has completed is their personal office.

Just as their website and team has set them apart from other industry professionals so has their home base.

Check our Skelly Home on social media

Instagram: Diana Skellenger - Skelly Home

Pinterest: Skelly Home | Female Contractor

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It's a Tile Party

This year has been extremely crazy for Studio R & my personal life as well. My Fiance and I decided to downsize our lives. We felt we had too much “stuff” so we bought a tiny home! At first it felt like I was making a huge mistake, but after really thinking about it we knew it was the best decision we could have ever made! I knew I had to get rid of the majority of my samples. It was hard, but after giving many away to other designers, and sending some back to their original owners I felt a sense of relief. About a week ago I received an unexpected package in the mail and it made my day. Fireclay tile sent me a complete set of tiles. After getting rid of 1000’s of tile samples I didn’t need to start adding back to my collection, but I made an exception to keep them! Here are some samples of what Fireclay sent me.

  1. Hand Painted

2. Matte Glass

3. Brick

It's Going To Look A lot Like Black Christmas

Here is a little inspiration for all the dark Christmas doers out there. Not all of us are all about the green and red, including myself. I have found CB2 is killing it this holiday season with their black decor! Here are of a few of my favorites, enjoy!


Old World < New World

Over the summer, we started working on a kitchen renovation for a client who was putting her home on the market.  The home was built in the mid-70's and was in need of a makeover. The client purchased the home about nine years ago. The distaste for their kitchen was very real. In reality, they hated it but never knew what they wanted to do with it. 

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The kitchen was beyond the need for an update. The cabinets were barely hanging on for dear life and the paint seen better days. The client's style was more of an old world fantasy of a French chateau in the countryside, and couldn't bare the look of something little more modern.  We gathered many great ideas, and while the client still wasn't sold on a more modern kitchen, she understood the home was going to be sold, and she would be able to do what she wanted at the next houese. Our client was also on a budget, and knew she couldn't go overboard. We decided to us Ikea cabinets and hardware, reusing the exsisting appliances. We also chose a cheaper quartz counter top that allowed us to stay within her budget. While we didn't give our client the dream kitchen she always wanted, we created a space where the new homeowners can enjoy a clean, and more modern kitchen for years to come. 

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Just looking at the new kitchen you can see a MAJOR difference between the two.  Using light finishes and cooler metals, we were able to make this kitchen look young and fresh. The contrast between the white cabinets and duel counter tops make the space seem more upscale and comfortable. 

This Face lift has made the kitchen a place to enjoy a nice glass of red wine, while you gossip over a cheese board with your closest girlfriends!

Dada for the Art

The interior of your home feeds off of your personality, which in return creates a livable space thas suitable for family, loved ones, and visitors of all walks of the earth. When you dig into the nitty-gritty of an interior space, there is one item in particular that sticks out....ART. Art has a voice of it's own and can honesty make or break a space. Art comes in an array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. 

Dada is one of the most unique movements in the art world. This rebel inspired art is something we here at Studio R love to use in our spaces. We use Dada art in modern and traditional homes as well as transitional, and comtemporary as well. 

Here are a few of our favorites.

The 3rd | Isabel Reitemeyer

Art Source :  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Impermanence | Deborah Stevenson

Art Source:  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

We have Electronique | Micosch Holland

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Going Directly To The Source | Deborah Stevenson

Art Source:  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Green For DAAAYZZ!

Bold colors have started showing their faces in kitchens through the tile, paint, and our favorite, CABINETS! Using color is a bold way to complement any space. Green seems to be the color people are most afraid of when it's actually one of the calmest colors to use. Being on the cooler side of the color wheel, no pun attended, green gives the space a calm and collective feel. Going a bit darker shows a great deal of sophistication when styling with classy brass or steel hardware. Using in small amounts can juxtapose any modern or transitional space with overall cleanliness while leaving a statement. These loud kitchens will be around for a while but will soon fade as every other trend.

Here are a few kitchens using green to make your edgy dreams come true. 

  Photo Credit: Top to Bottom; Studio McGee, Becki Owen, Sarah Gibson, Camille Styles

Paint Colors of the Week!

Dark colors are here  to stay! These phenomenal colors will  transition any space into a nice cool place to hang out, and be comfortable!  We see more, and more homes getting a full black makeover, and we are perfectly fine with it.

Here are a few of our favorite dark colors and how we say to HELL with white! 

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