Design Tips From Valerie

IMG_4539Whether you’ve just moved, looking for a simple home face-lift, or perhaps something more significant, there are many tricks that designers use to create a big impact for minimal effort and cost. A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well, it uses color, patterns, and texture to create a mood that reflects the individuality of the owner and their family. By sticking with these three main principles of design—mood, function, and individuality—you will be on the path to a successfully designed living space.


Let’s begin by setting the mood. Before selecting paint or rearranging your existing furniture, spend some time thinking about what mood best suits you and your family. Most designers suggest finding an inspiration from a magazine, or perhaps the color or pattern of your favorite dress, before making larger commitments. Once you have selected an inspiration that suits your individual style, it’s a good idea to create a name for it. Maybe your style is coastal transitional, bohemian chic, or modern contemporary. Once you are descriptive and specific with your style, design ideas will begin to flow naturally. Colors and patterns should also support the mood of your space. Be sure that accent pillows, rugs, and artwork have complimenting and matching color schemes to ensure the style flows throughout the room.

Functionality is key to a lived in space. Contrary to popular belief, design is more than just aesthetics. By complimenting focal points with a functioning floor plan you will create a space that is both stunning and comfortable. Since each space differs from the next, its important to highlight natural focal points such as a fireplace or a beautiful view. If there is not a natural focal point in the room you can create one with a accent wall or a dynamic piece of art. Then, determine whether the existing furniture works well in the given room. If a piece of furniture is too large or small for the room, consider trading it with something else that makes more sense for the mood and function you’re going for. Finally, when selecting lighting fixtures for a room, be sure to consider both the style and function of the space. Soft mood lighting suits a conversational space such as a living room, whereas recessed or track lighting is a good option for kitchens.

Home is where the heart is. Therefore, your home is a space in which you are able to express your personality through elements of design. Redesigning your living space is a chance to show off your personal style. In my experience, most clients have sentimental items that they want to make an integral part of a space. I always suggest each accessory adds and supports the theme of the space, but items such as souvenirs from trips, collectables, and framed family photos are great accessories that easily add a personal touch. A general rule of thumb is to limit the amount of clutter to a room. Thus, by being selective with your accessories you can manage to leave a bigger impact.

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A Visit to the Windy City!

We just returned from a whirlwind trip to Chicago.  While there on business, we also had a fabulous weekend filled with good food, great friends and a whole lot of inspiration!  We were invited to stay at a very special client’s home in down town Chi-Town, which was absolutely gorgeous!  We got to see the wonderful Natalie, who used to work with us here at ADG.  Natalie now works with Eastern Accents in Chicago, she was able to get us the inside scoop and take us on a phenomenal tour of their home office and showroom.  Check out the photos below!

Chicago Skyline!

Chicago Skyline!

Our home-away-from-home for the weekend!

Our home-away-from-home for the weekend!

Beautiful Friends dinning together

Beautiful Friends enjoying the fantastic food in Chicago.

Visiting Natalie at Eastern Accents!

Visiting Natalie at Eastern Accents!

Eastern Accents is a unique wholesale bedding and accessory company

Eastern Accents is a unique wholesale bedding and accessory company.

Their in-house departments include product design, graphics, a custom workroom and photo studio!

Their in-house departments include product design, graphics, a custom workroom and photo studio!

These departments provide full control during the creative process for all products!

These departments provide full control during the creative process for all products!

Showroom designs!  We love the use of different pillow textures on a simple couch.

Showroom designs! We love the use of different pillow textures on a simple couch.

 

 

 

 

 

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High Point Market Spring 2014

Our team recently returned from the semi-annual High Point Market in North Carolina! We came home buzzing with inspirations from the overwhelming amount of sensational exhibits from all the top designers. High Point Market has become one of the most influential and largest home furnishing trade shows in the world, with over 100 countries that are represented and more than 2,000 exhibitors! During our week excursion to North Carolina, we were thrilled to find a wide variety of emerging styles ranging in color, pattern, texture, and function. Below is your designers-eye guide to magnify the rising trends of summer 2014!

Our team recently returned from the semi-annual High Point Market in North Carolina! We came home buzzing with inspirations from the overwhelming amount of sensational exhibits from all the top designers. High Point Market has become one of the most influential and largest home furnishing trade shows in the world, with over 100 countries that are represented and more than 2,000 exhibitors! During our week excursion to North Carolina, we were thrilled to find a wide variety of emerging styles ranging in color, pattern, texture, and function. Below is your designers-eye guide to magnify the rising trends of summer 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We loved this practical and stylish sectional sofa! This transitional style balances both masculine and feminine attributes to create a classic, clean, and timeless design. Perfect for entertaining friends, or relaxing at home with the family, this extremely comfortable and deep sofa was one of our personal favorites!!

We loved this practical and stylish sectional sofa! This transitional style balances both masculine and feminine attributes to create a classic, clean, and timeless design. Perfect for entertaining friends, or relaxing at home with the family, this extremely comfortable and deep sofa was one of our personal favorites!!

We loved the use of texture in this exhibit! Pillows with textures is a super easy way to add depth and character to a room in need of a face lift. Incorporating texture in a room is an artisitic way of harmonizing your style to achieve a fresh and collective look. By adding soft layers of complimentary textures you create a room that is both inviting and cozy. Try playing with different fabrics and patterns to add even more depth to your space!

We were struck by the creativity of this wine bottle chandelier! We love the concept of adding personal value and significant to any piece of art you install in your home. This innovative design allows you to put discarded wine bottles to good use, too! By preserving the wine bottle selection for each individual owner you acquire a unique and completely original lighting fixture, not to mention a great conversation piece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing a coastal style to your home doesn’t have to mean vibrant shades of blue and coral. We appreciated this casual approach to beach life with the choice of sandy hues and weathered furniture. The wooden table coupled with coastal accents lends even more character to this nautical atmosphere while the vintage-inspired accessories convey a sense of comfort and familiarity without going overboard.

Bringing a coastal style to your home doesn’t have to mean vibrant shades of blue and coral. We appreciated this casual approach to beach life with the choice of sandy hues and weathered furniture. The wooden table coupled with coastal accents lends even more character to this nautical atmosphere while the vintage-inspired accessories convey a sense of comfort and familiarity without going overboard!

When we were not wandering the halls of the 11.5 million square feet of show space, we spent our time following local trends. Perhaps our favorite experience was at the eco-friendly and “green” restaurant called Print Works Bistro in Greensboro. Attached to the Proximity Hotel, this local favorite has become nationally recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for their environmentally sustainable approach in both construction and design. We were more than impressed by the level of detail that went into this innovative design! Their sustainable practices included the use of recycled and efficient building materials, an abundance of natural light to preserve the integrity of their indoor atmosphere, along with solar panels for heating water! It is always inspiring to see beautiful and innovative designs that benefit both the environment and our aesthetics! Not to mention the food and drinks were terrific! We recommend it if you find yourself in the area! For more information, check out their website:
http://www.proximityhotel.com/dining.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By: Stephanie Lee

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Using an Interior Designer When Building Your Home

Whether our clients are building a dream home or a fabulous vacation get away they often include us in the early stages of construction.  Many people may think that an Interior Designer only deals with interior spaces but at Anastasia Design Group we often deal with exterior details, design and much, much more.  We assist in coordinating and reviewing drawings with Architects and Contractors as well as all the components of Project Administration from on-site inspections to help during move-in.

Of course we are there to help with your interior finish and appliance selections but we are also there to help you select the color of your new home as well as architectural elements, outdoor lighting selections and even hardscape when appropriate. Let us help you build the home you have always wanted!

Posted by: Victoria Lee Guttinger

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Inspire Me

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Inspiration comes from many places but for me traveling is the best time to be inspired. It’s a time when I can reconnect with my family and friends and slowdown from the hectic pace I call my life. Time to … Continue reading

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Top Colors for 2013

If you’ve seen Jim Draper’s new show at the Cummer Art Gallery you’d have had the pleasure of seeing Florida’s flora and fauna represented with an explosion of color. Ironically this Jacksonville artist’s newest series celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida” is a great example of the vibrant hues taking center stage this year.


“Pascua Florida: Feast of Flowers” illustrates Pantones’s top colors for spring; Monoco Blue, Dusk Blue, Emerald and Grayed Jade. Twice a year Pantone, a company which is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), hosts a secret meeting and picks a color for the following year. It is then published in Pantone View which fashion, graphic and other designers purchase to help guide their creations and plan for future products. For 2013 the Pantone color of the year is Emerald, a green that conveys a sense of harmony and a love of nature.


If you are in the mood for an interior design update nothing changes your space like color. While Emerald may be the hue of the year this doesn’t mean that you have to paint your rooms green to stay current. At ADG Valerie and Andrea add color through textiles, art, rugs and custom bedding and draperies. Call for a design appointment or come by the shop to see our collection of unique lamps and accessories and refresh your look today!

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Hiring a Designer for your Vacation Home

In this age of go, go, go, it’s no wonder people are looking for a getaway and buying a second home as a vacation retreat. With the increased inventory still available in Northern Florida and particularly in Palm Coast it is still a buyer’s market. Since buying a vacation home can be costly many people consider setting up their second homes as rental properties in order to maximize their investment. However, setting up and decorating a vacation home is no small feat especially if you have to meet the furnishings standards set by Resort Management companies. That is where a designer can be very helpful.

As the principal designer and owner of Anastasia Design Group, Valerie has over 20 years of experience in northern Florida, particularly in the Palm Coast area and specifically with Hammock Beach which is one of the country’s top Resort and Club facilities. As a “Preferred Designer”, Valerie has worked with resort clients for over 8 years to make sure that homes entering the rental program are stocked and furnished to the highest standard.

Whether or not you are working with rental management consider Valerie and our staff at ADG. We will improve your property value and increase your rental income making your second home a luxury investment you will never want to leave!

http://hammockbeach.com/lifestyle/rental-program

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Atlanta Home Furnishings Market

We just got back from our whirlwind trip to the Atlanta Home Furnishings Market! Which included 3 full days of immersion in furniture, lights, and accessories (also a sampling of some of their best restaurants thanks to our designer foodie pals we traveled with). Many of the manufacturers we work with were there, including some new ones with all of their best and most-cutting edge products. Below are snapshots from our adventure.

Luna Bella does design differently. These guys stood out from the crowd this year with their eclectic mix of traditional and modern products, all with a clever twist. Sectionals that rearrange into daybeds... adjustable hand blown glass light fixtures on pulley systems... We now look forward to offering their products.

Tangerine is in! Tangerine paired with neutrals gives a bright, fresh look.

Who says everything in the office has to be serious?

Dinner with our design girls after a long day at market! From left to right: Valerie, Andrea, Brigetta, and Lindsey

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ADG Interiors launches new Blog

We have recently initiated our new Blog.  More fantastic interior design ideas and information to follow.  

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Welcome to Anastasia Design Group

Thank you for visiting our blog. We are excited to post new tips and trends in interior design as well as keep you up to date with all the exciting things happening around here. Please check back often.

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