Shedquarters - your new home office, pool house, man cave, artist studio, garden shed...all under 250 square feet!

Pre-fab homes have seen quite the rise in trend and popularity in the past 10-15 years. Economical, sustainable, and customizable all gave clients reasons to jump on board. But what if you do not have a plot of land or completely tearing down your existing home, or what if you are working with limited in space in let's say...your backyard?! This is where the "shedquarter" comes in - a small, usually prefab unit that can be used to any number of dedicated uses. 

Many clients come to us with the complaint that they do not have the dedicated space to anything from work to hobbies and some do not even have the space to add something like this. One of the many reasons we love the idea of a shedquarter! Being able to "escape" to a space that is solely devoted to whatever it is you need is ideal. Moving away from sharing the kitchen table, because as we all know that kitchen table is covered less and less by food by more and more papers and junk. And take it from us as small business owners, your productivity (both creatively and economically) increases exponentially when you have a functional dedicated area to any given task. So get on board and check these cool spaces out!

KANGA ROOM SYSTEMS: Based out of Austin, Texas they offer anything from modern to cottage styles and size can range from 8'x8' to 40' in length! "Designing for change" is what they are all about, creating functional and adaptable prefab spaces for any size and budget. Basic packages start around $6000 and upgrades can include porches, kitchenettes and bathrooms.

MODERN SHED: We are all about supporting the small business and this company was started by a husband and wife team in Seattle, WA! And check out their shed-gym, we MIGHT (we said MIGHT) actually dedicate a bit more time to the gym if we had that awesome space! They arrive flat packed and normal installation takes just a few days.

MODERN SPACES: Any company that sells "forts for grown ups" definitely gets our approval. With prefab styles from loft to mid century, they even offer the "tin hut." Currently only available to residents of California (lucky us!).

LOFT CUBE: We just had to include this company that originally designed their spaces for rooftops to obtain a "fusion of light, view, closeness, and individuality." Although perhaps not right for a backyard in Orange County, CA, but we're ready for that special client who is ready to explore with us like this!

So whether you have the space for a "shedquarter" or not, anyone can utilize the IDEA of the shedquarter and create a dedicated, functional space for you. Of course we at Interior Design Collaborative are here to help you create this space and look forward to collaborating!

Kitchen Countertops…Tips, Pros and Cons, Do's and Don'ts and anything else we missed.

Kitchen's are the heart of the home, where people tend to gather, and the room that generally clients are both willing and expect to spend the most amount of money on. Not to say that it goes unwarranted, as kitchens and baths are the two most common important factors of home buyers. So today we are diving into countertops specifically here at Interior Design Collaborative! 

We look at our jobs as Interior Designers to almost help push you as the client at least one step beyond what you expect, what you knew you were comfortable with, and what you thought was "right" and that especially goes in the kitchen. Too many times we see clients who have a well thought out dining room, living space and most of their home and ultimately falls flat in the kitchen. So time to put on your swim suit and dive right in! 

How you ask? Our first tip…mixing materials. This is a kitchen after all where a good recipe is executed. So let's take this approach to kitchens and specifically your countertops. A good recipe is all about well thought out layered in ingredients and that's essentially what we are doing in a kitchen…layering different materials to create a cohesive and well executed space. Form over function is one design mantra that may need to be ignored here as function is a must for every kitchen. So figure out how you use your kitchen the most to start building your materials "recipe". Do you cook daily or is it take out? Entertain and host? Do your guests tend to mingle in and surround the kitchen or do you push them to other spaces? Then when you approach choosing your materials; think of the benefits of mixing different options. First off it adds visual interest to your space and doesn't let your eye rest on too much of the same. Secondly, gives you the opportunity to save some money! Or let yourself splurge on a more expensive option. Let that unique, more expensive space be the contrasting island countertop and the more budget friendly option the more expansive surrounding counter. Lastly, it avoids the flat and over saturation of having one color or material running throughout the space. The common thread of well designed spaces is the ability to create a diverse and energetic room that is achieved partially by mixing and layering materials. FULL CIRCLE!

Check out these examples of well designed, functional kitchens that do an amazing job at mixing different countertop materials.

Stay tuned for another upcoming blog on specific materials and the pro's and con's of those, but for now keep an open mind and step (at least one step) beyond your comfort zone and create that dynamic space you are looking for! And of course our team of designers looks forward to collaborating with you on your space! 

 

Enter space…black and white interiors.

When it comes to designing a space it certainly takes a knack for color, learning how to bring together different textures and patterns, and how to layer. But what about those spaces void of color? We're talking about BLACK AND WHITE! 

Now certainly any space that has no color can easily turn cold, boring, and even institutional so in a way is even harder to create a comfortable space using no color at all. It is in these situations where it so much more important to create interest through bringing in those different textures. Because black is on the opposite end of the color "spectrum" there is so much contrast there it is equally important to bridge that gap between the two so your eye is not constantly seeing that high contrast, giving it a chance to rest. And one thing if you notice in each of our favorite photos, although void of color they are not void of life…as each has plants/greenery, always important!

Speaking of rest, check out some of IDC's favorite black and white interior spaces, and if you want to see more check us on out on HOUZZ by clicking HERE (or by clicking through any of the photos) and see our black and white Ideaboard! 

And whether or not you prefer black and white, bold colors, or somewhere in the middle, Interior Design Collaborative is ready to collaborative with you to make a unique and inviting space for you to call home. Let's collaborate!

What is Organically Modern Design?

WHAT IS ORGANICALLY MODERN DESIGN?

 One of the most frequently asked questions by our potential clients is, “What is your design style?” Our answer is always that our job is to help them discover their own design style by guiding them through the fundamentals of classic design, while keeping them from making any mistakes. We always want the interior design we create for you to reflect you…not us!  But, with that being said, if one really wants to know what the personal interior design style of Interior Design Collaborative is, we would have to define it as Organically Modern.

What’s that?  We define Organically Modern as: clean lines, open spaces, minimalist simple architectural design in home interior and exterior features highlighting the natural setting, by utilizing natural materials such as stone, wood, steel and glass. From the interior finishes and furnishings aspect, we love mixing woods, stone, metals, and glass as well, then softening with Alpaca pillows, gorgeous cowhides, and luxurious silks and wool rugs and striking art pieces. These elements combine to beautifully compliment the features of modern architecture in residences of today.

 If you follow us, you know that we are all about supporting our local architects, artisans and designers in Orange County….not only because they are local, but our opinion is many of the best are found here. Below is a home by Horst Architects that showcases what we would describe as Organically Modern:

 

People tend to associate modern as hard and cold. We couldn't disagree more. We like the answer our industry associates provide at Fresh Home as they state the following: 

A common misconception is that modern design is cold and hard. It is many times the complete opposite, as modern design is more often warm and inviting, utilizing natural elements such as wood and stone, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, vaulted post and beam wood ceilings,  all with large windows that let in natural light and the beauty of the outdoor features. What could add more character and warmth than these wonderfully modern features?  While the pattern may be linear, clean and uncluttered—there is definitely warmth to be found in modern architecture and interiors. Also, most modern plans contain fewer walls, thereby creating a more welcoming, open living space that most people crave. To continue this great read, click HERE.

Being able to define your style is an important step when working with a designer. Don't feel intimidated! We are here to help guide you and offer alternatives as well. If you are considering a new project, we recommend you start collecting images that you like. Although images of interiors are most helpful, we find unrelated ones are as well. For example, if something captures your attention in a fashion magazine with a fabric, or colors that draw you in in a travel magazine....save those images in a physical and/or electronic file. The next step is most important: using as many descriptive words that you can, define what it is you actually like and don't like about the images. When you meet with us for your consultation, reviewing these images and discussing them helps us understand you and your style. That is what makes working with Interior Design Collaborative a true collaborative experience! With our guidance and input, we help you to get to know you better! And we'll be honest…this is a great exercise to share over a glass of wine ;) 

Our talented team of designers are ready to create a home that is designed specifically for you, regardless if you are drawn to Organically Modern, California Contemporary, Coastal Classic, or a combination of each! Let's collaborate and define your style today!




Happy Valentine's Day from Interior Design Collaborative! Our card to you is this list of 14 ways to SEX up your home ;)

While we fully support a day dedicated to love, we even love more the fact that the folks over at THE NEST came up with this list of 14 ways to sex up your home. It's not going full on Christian Grey here (I swear I had to google the characters first name and that I haven't read the book…I swear).

This list has super easy steps to "sexing" up your home, that frankly shouldn't be focused just in February but all year round! While the full list is found here: http://ideas.thenest.com/decor-tricks/decor-style/slideshows/14-ways-sex-up-home.aspx ...Some of our favorites:

#1. Get a bed frame! One of our biggest cringe moments is walking into a clients home and seeing a mattress on the floor. Nothing says "I don't have it together" than a post college adult with their mattress on the floor.

#2 Invest in art! The home is one of the best ways to find out a person's vibe…how they live, how they show who they are; and art is a big component of this. Completely personal, your artwork should speak to you the owner and also make is extremely easy to start a conversation, after a great date, after some wine, eating strawberries….about why/how/where you have that piece. Tell the art's story!

#3 Add flowers. Sure what valentine doesn't want a bouquet of their favorite flowers waiting for them. But trust us when you make that weekly trip to the farmers market to switch out your kitchen centerpiece or nurture that fig to a great tall life it will breathe life into your space! My own personal style is neutral grays upon grays, but I always make sure to bring some sort of living green into every room!

So those are just our favorite tips pointed out, but definitely pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy their full list HERE.

Wishing you all a great Valentine's day…spread the love, and an even better President's day weekend! And as always thanks for making Interior Design Collaborative one of Orange County's top interior design firms!

Fall Inspiration by Interior Design Collaborative

One of the best parts of a partnership when it comes to the design process is that Kim and I can bounce of ideas off of each other which generally leads us down a path that we couldn't have found without each other. It's that collaboration with the client that truly creates something special! With that, we each bring something unique to the table and despite that temperatures still have yet to dip out of the 90's in OCTOBER (I spent three years in Chicago for design school so I'm allowed to say it's too hot!), this post is all about fall. My favorite time of the year! Sure other parts of the country/world get to see cool things like leaves change colors and other absurd oddities but here in Southern California it's when I can finally embrace my favorite color...GREY! I already consider fall a "masculine" season but can't wait to find that client that embraces grey the way I do. Most important when it comes to a monochromatic scheme, is playing with things like texture and pattern. Here are a few of my favorite products for the fall season! Check it out!

Faribault Woolen Mill is America’s last true vertical woolen mill! They make beautiful blankets that are totally fall and are one of my go to gifts for the holiday season!

Faribault Woolen Mill is America’s last true vertical woolen mill! They make beautiful blankets that are totally fall and are one of my go to gifts for the holiday season!

Such an iconic piece for Scandinavian design, do yourself a favor and pick up a Pia Wallen throw! You won't regret it!

Such an iconic piece for Scandinavian design, do yourself a favor and pick up a Pia Wallen throw! You won't regret it!

Started by two brothers, Billy Kirk makes awesome leather goods from belts to wallets to bags. All high quality made in the US, and they believe in simple design rather than design driven by trends. Can't argue with that!

Started by two brothers, Billy Kirk makes awesome leather goods from belts to wallets to bags. All high quality made in the US, and they believe in simple design rather than design driven by trends. Can't argue with that!

Every space can use a hide rug, and why not try something new like the Shapes Collection by Christian May for Woven Accents??

Every space can use a hide rug, and why not try something new like the Shapes Collection by Christian May for Woven Accents??

The husband and wife team over at BrookandLyn create some of the most beautiful hand made pieces. There is just something about the energy in something made by hand that just enhances by ten fold! 

The husband and wife team over at BrookandLyn create some of the most beautiful hand made pieces. There is just something about the energy in something made by hand that just enhances by ten fold! 

Tofer Chin - an amazing artist that is so simple and graphic yet incredibly interesting! Look for his art all over Los Angeles not just indoors but on building walls as well!

Tofer Chin - an amazing artist that is so simple and graphic yet incredibly interesting! Look for his art all over Los Angeles not just indoors but on building walls as well!

So there we go, just a few tidbits to check out! Click on photos for more information on sources for each! Stay tuned for our next blog post, have a before and after coming up that is pretty amazing! Happy fall, have an amazing day, thanks for reading...and of course we look forward to collaborating! Thanks for making Interior Design Collaborative one of the top Interior Design firms in Orange County!

Interior Design Collaborative - follow your passion!

Hello world! and welcome to Interior Design Collaborative!

Both Kim and I are excited to start this journey with you and can't wait to collaborate with you and see our vision for our firm grow into great things! This blog will serve as a way both to communicate on a larger scale about current and upcoming projects, our inspiration both in life and design, and hopefully make a few people smile along the way.

When it came to jump off the deep end and follow our dreams of working for yourself, it's a pretty scary situation to sit there and make that decision to give up the stability and certainty (heck, even insurance!) of that 9-5 job. But you have one chance at this life and why not use it doing what you love. I fully believe that Kim and I have the talent, drive, creativity and passion to make us successful. All the positive vibes we have received from clients, friends, and family are all much appreciated. But believe it or not Jim Carrey of all people gave me the final affirmation that we were doing the right thing. He recently gave a commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management, and in a touching, insightful and profound way was able to communicate to those graduates and myself to basically go for it! If you are going to fail at something, you might as fail doing something that you love. Check out the video for yourself HERE! That is when the lightbulb went off, and here we are…weeks in, dinner meetings, wine nights addressing envelopes, late nights creating design boards, and even a business trip to Las Vegas for a design convention. 

All worth it! Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading and we look forward to collaborating with you and thank you for making Interior Design Collaborative one of the top interior design firms in Orange County, CA!