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Enter spaceโ€ฆblack 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 lifeโ€ฆas 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!

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  Americaโ€™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 Americaโ€™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 areโ€ฆweeks 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!