Wall Ovens – Easy open doors

Bosch side opening wall oven

Wall oven with side opening door

Just like a microwave - sideways opening doors

Just like a microwave – sideways opening doors

Last year Bosch introduced it’s Benchmark Series double and single wall ovens available with either left or right hand side-opening door options.    These side-opening door wall ovens have been popular in Europe for some time now and are gaining popularity.   Mounting these ovens at just the right height for the user provides the perfect ergonomic solution to assist with cooking and keeping reach level at an easier comfortable height.   The side-opening  doors open out and away from the body allowing one to reach in and grab a dish without scorching your forearms as a conventional oven inadvertently always seem to catch you at least once a year!

When planning for new appliances review the newer ergonomic options available

Interior Design, Modern Drapery Design, Custom Area Rugs – Great Falls, VA

Decorating with Fabrics, draperies and upholstery
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Family Room custom carpet with matching border, size 14′-6″ length x 7’9″ width

We began the home design by first selecting area rugs for the Family Room, Foyer and Living Rooms.  The customer called for assistance exhausted from searching, ordering and returning rug selections trying to coordinate with her existing furnishings and light yellow painted walls.  We presented many patterned broadloom carpet selections in her home with her furniture and lighting making the selection process simpler.  The Family Room and Foyer carpets match and use a wool and silk broadloom field with a matching border. 

The Living Room carpet has a patterned field bordered with two solid color carpets.  The custom fabricated carpets are able to be sized to fit the room dimensions and coordinate with her existing furnishings beautifully.

2015 Interior Design and Custom Area Rugs, www.goldeninteriors.com

Custom Carpet 1st designed with grey accent border

custom carpet design process

carpet selection process in home with actual lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern home interiors include custom window treatments completing the finishing touch of any room.  We used a traditional swag and jabots drapery style fabricated with a contemporary sheer fabric and banded with a shimmering gold silk fabric.  The small gold banding provides definition to the swags and jabots and highlights the pattern in the sheer fabric.  This modern drapery design with traditional styling blends nicely with the home’s architecture is used throughout the main level rooms for a unified design.

Windows draped with beautiful fabrics, define the views, add warmth and character to complete the home’s design and provide acoustical softness. Drapery design takes time selecting the right materials and hardware to enhance your existing furnishings.  When designing custom window treatments it is important to scale the treatment perfectly to the window shape and size or to the entire window wall, as in the Family Room with 3 windows across the back of the home.   Here we framed the entire wall of windows using the jabots with long tails on the outer edges and short tails in the middle – notice that the short tails are perfectly aligned with the wall sconces creating a nice balance.  The goal is to allow maximum viewing and just the right decorative element to complete your interiors.

Our favorite drapery fabrics are light, airy sheers with timeless design patterns as in this elegant sheer embroidered with gold and silver threads.  Contemporary sheer fabrics have a soft elusive design and do not overwhelm a room as heavier fabrics of traditional drapery stylings.   

Pet Lovers: Create a Unique Space or Your Four-Legged Friends

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Pet owners are requesting separate bathing areas for their pets especially when they own larger sized dogs. Mud rooms and laundry rooms are great places to incorporate a shampoo station for your beloved family members.

Emerging Trends – New LED Light Fixture Designs

Trinity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

New LED light fixtures create unique styles and add dramatic accent effects. Some of our favorites include lighted bathroom vanity mirrors which provide soft illumination for make-up applications – shown below from Electric Mirror with optional upgrades for TV Choices, Defogger, and Night Lights.

Trinity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

Bathroom Vanity Mirror with natural even lighting

Providing natural even lighting to illuminate the user. Trinity™ comes in four standard sizes and custom sizes.

Lighted Vanity Mirrors

Integrity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

The Integrity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror is a polished edge mirror and an inner frame of frosted light available in six standard sizes or custom sizing.

LED Wall Wash Lighting Fixture

LED Wall Wash Lighting Fixture

We use Wall Wash lighting for dramatic effect and it’s ability to provide highlighting of walls while accenting artwork and adding glare free lighting to a room.  Sure to be an emerging hit among homeowners and one of our favorites is Edge Lightings Reveal Wall Wash dimmable LED system that mounts flush in a 5/8″ drywall ceiling. Units may be mounted continuously and even wrap corners for a uniform wall wash effect. Sold in 1 foot increments and can be cut to any length. LED fixtures are available in 5, 7, or 10 watts per ft. with a separate power feed every 100 watts – lamps available to 95+ CRI.

Increase Employee Productivity with Ergonomic Seating, Office Furniture Solutions

Executive Desk Chair, Office Furniture

Comfortable Employees Are More Productive and a company’s most Valuable Asset

Executive Desk Chair, Office Furniture

Mesh Back Executive Chair
Mesh back chair comes with a three-dimensional knit back that distributes weight evenly in all directions allowing the knit back to self-adjust to the user. Offered with a fixed or adjustable back and 3 seat sizes, 4 heights and several adjustable mechanisms to provide individualized control and comfort.

Comfortable ergonomic seating enhances Employee Productivity allowing workers to relieve stress points and make chair adjustments that suit their individual needs.  Employees often break for coffee, water, rest room, etc. uncomfortable in older desk chairs they get up automatically as if in a rush for something. Newer desk chairs designed with ergonomic features include:

Chair height adjustment

Seat Back height adjustment

Lumbar support and/or air lumbar control

Seat Back reclines without seat moving in fixed position or free float option

Adjustable height and width and/or pivoting arms

Other specialized features ie: sliding seat pan, articulated waterfall edge

Comfortable employees will remain focused on business activities for longer concentrated periods.  A well designed chair allows the employee to adjust the chair to fit their body size and type.  Feet flat on floor (in flats or heels), no pressure under the knees and a comfortable supportive back rest that moves with the individual allows the employee to shift body position without getting up from their chair.

Office Furniture Ergonomic Chairs and seating

Comfort lies with the Suspension System
This patented technology revolutionized desk chair seating in the early 90’s. copied now by many seating manufacturers, there is no plywood in the seat with the polystyrene suspension remaining as comfortable as the day you purchased the chair.

A modern HR Employee Empowerment Technique is to provide employees with a well-designed Ergonomic Desk Chair that alleviates back stress, knee and ankle joint pain and carpal tunnel syndrome and will assist the employee’s task focusing abilities. New chairs make the  employee feel special and well treated, the employer reaps the Productivity Benefits with a payback in very short time.

It takes a Forward Thinking Leader to make the decision to replace all the Employee Desk Chairs at one time given the associated costs however the payback is quick and substantial when compared to worker output.
Instead of replacing all the chairs at one time you could phase out several older models and reward your best employees with new chairs.  In time you can continue to phase out more of the older chairs especially if you are growing and need new furnishings.

Ergonomic adjustable desk chair, Office Furniture

Ergonomic Task Desk chair
Adjustable height back allows user to position lumbar support, several arms options including gel pads and several adjustments for seat and back moving together or independently allow user to find their optimum comfort zone.

Reward loyal employees in inventive new ways showing your company appreciation. We have installed thousands of new desk chairs for small businesses, Associations and Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years.

Office Furniture, executive desk chairs

Executive Desk Chair
Available with a fixed or adjustable back, 3 seat sizes, and several adjustable mechanisms, offering multi-function user positions. One of our best-selling chairs for Executive offices and conference rooms; we installed 44 chairs in a Chantilly, VA, DOD Conference Room after four staff members tried out 5 different mfg’s.

In addition to the exceptional comfort of these desk chairs all of the upholstery zips off for easy field replacement should the upholstery become damaged beyond repair. Side chair models have a slight spring in the seat making them more comfortable than traditional chair options. A top executive in Alexandria, VA where we ordered 86 chairs for the office remodeling project wanted to have a different selection feeling that every chair from the same manufacturer was restrictive. We brought in several other manufacturers and after selecting one for her office she admitted after 3 months time that she should have ordered the recommended seating – she could feel the difference in the seat comfort.

Office Furniture Leather Desk Chairs

The not so little Black Leather Executive Desk Chair
Ideal for prestigious conference rooms or private executive offices. A top Executive selected this desk chair with (6) matching high back conference chairs. The executive compared this chair with the avant-garde, nationally acclaimed mesh desk chair and after speaking with by other top executive peers that their wool pants were piling from the mesh seat material. After testing both chairs for one week the order was for this comfortable upholstered version pictured.

Kitchen Storage that Hides at Floor Level, Toe Kick Drawers

Great ideas for adding more kitchen storage and clever use of toe kick drawers. All manufacturers standard toe kick is 4″ in height. Toe kick drawers in a standard 4″ base will allow for items that are 2 1/2″ in height or less to be stored. If you wish to store pet bowls or larger items then you need to ask for a higher toe kick.

Be Fabricut: Mount Vernon – Volume II Collection

Stunning fabric collection and great colors add interest

Waterproof HDTVs – Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling, Interior Design

Viewing HDTV in your Bathroom

Latest waterproof HDTV screens for bathrooms

Mirror HDTV, waterproof options make their way into bathrooms

Watching HDTV from the comfort of your own bathroom is one of the latest electronic upgrades for bathroom remodeling.
Mirror HDTV’s may be mounted above the vanity, bathtub or in your shower wall with many waterproof, tempered mirror glass television options available in clean contemporary frameless styles or with traditional and modern picture frames to coordinate with your décor. The mirrors house an HDTV with ultra-bright LED screens that are fog free and when turned off create a complete mirror.  Accessories include waterproof remote control, built-in speakers or remote speakers for enhanced sound.

Moderate priced Bathroom TV screen

Evervue TK Bathroom TV White with an 18 1/2″ screen size starts around $ 620.00; optional Android add on $ 135.00

With the optional Android App you can browse the internet, watch movies, check Facebook, Twitter, email, play games, read eBooks, watch live internet TV, Radio, Movies, YouTube and chat with your friends from your bathtub or shower! Would you actually chat with your friends from your bathtub?

Installation above a bath tub or next to a vanity is not difficult provided the wall is not tiled, with the same principle of housing a medicine cabinet in a wall pocket. Simplest install if you are not remodeling is to buy a fully housed version that you attach directly to the wall with a mounting plate. The tricky part is the power and cable wiring that comes out from the bottom of the housing and will need to be configured with your audio-visual/cable/internet house connections and if you use remote speakers the wiring must extend from the main HDTV unit to the speaker locations. Not difficult for trained electricians and wiring specialists but probably a bit more than the typical DIY task.
Bathroom HDTV framed screen sizes are 18.5”, 22” and 32” screens, measured diagonally, with the overall framed size similar in dimensions to a computer monitor.

Round bathroom mirror TV

40″ Round vanity mirror with either a 15.6″ or 22″ TV screen

Vanity mirrors, or MirrorVue can be as large as you need with rectangular mirror sizes ranging from 27.5, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 and 125” widths and various height options to fit your bathroom. You then select the TV screen size 15.6, 22, 32, 40, 46, 50 or 60” which is centered on the lower portion of the mirror. Some smaller models are just under $ 1,000.00, with many medium size screen models available under $ 2,500.00 and very large mirror screens go up in pricing significantly. Round and square shapes are available in 40” and 50” diameter or square. The 40” round runs $ 1,830.00 with a 15.6” TV screen and you add $250.00 to increase the screen size to a 22”.  Integrated lighting options can create just the right light for putting on makeup and create a clean, contemporary design.

Built-in HDTV’s for today’s modern Kitchen
Evervue’s Kitchen Series installs seamlessly in or under Kitchen cabinets with a sleek, contemporary design. The stainless steel finish makes it easy to match with all other kitchen appliances and will look great in any kitchen. The Evervue Kitchen HDTV is completely water proof, the screen is protected by a strong, tempered reflective glass that gives the TV a beautiful mirror finish when turned off. Screen sizes are available in 18.5, 22 and 32″ with the housing dimensions of 22″ wide x 15.2″ high, 23.5″ wide x 17.75″ high or 37.5″ wide x 23.75″ high respectively and a box depth or 4″.

Kitchen TV ideas, interior design

Plan room to mount a TV in your kitchen cabinetry avoids the on the counter or hanging it from the wall cabinets and destroying the work counter space

All images are from Evervue USA Inc

Downsizing? Interior Design & Furniture Tips for Creating and Maximizing Space

Small furnishing ideas

Small scale furnishings, mirror and silver accents

It seems counter-intuitive that one of the most on-trend things you can do today, in terms of home ownership and interior design, is live in a smaller home. Downsizing is becoming more and more popular, as people increasingly realize they occupy a home larger than they need, perhaps an unused spare bedroom or home office, a basement or attic that’s going to waste, or a third bathroom that nobody ever enters, let alone actually uses.
With well-designed interiors and clever use of space, you can live with less, enjoying all the advantages of a smaller home and lower your carbon footprint with none of the disadvantages. The idea of downsizing can seem a bit daunting, even if you have space in your home you’re not using—it may conjure up images of cramped rooms, narrow hallways, and dark spaces. A small home definitely does not have to be that way. There’s so much you can do with smaller spaces, and in some ways, working with less square footage forces you be more creative with design ideas, and explore possibilities you may not think to consider.

residential space plan, www. goldeninteriors.com

Hand drawn Floor plan layout

The key is careful planning, of your home’s layout, and of the way you decorate it. Floor planning is the best way to figure out how to use your space, and while there are now apps that assist you do this, it’s still just as effective to use pen and paper and an experienced design professional will create options beyond the cookie cutter method of drop in place furnishings.

Multi-Functional Fixtures and Furnishings Help You Do More with Less

Storage Ideas under stairs

Under stair storage cubbies add extra space

Planning aside, the most important aspects of furnishing a small home (or room) is with creative space planning and highly selective furnishing choices. In terms of using space effectively, there are typically nooks and crannies, even in a smaller home, where extra storage can easily be added.  Above or over doors, under beds, cupboard door interiors, and beneath stairs, are spaces that go unused in larger homes, but in a smaller one, can be modified with shelves, drawers, or storage modules turning them into useful spaces.

When it comes to the furnishings you choose, furniture with more than one function is particularly useful. If your home doesn’t have an office or spare bedroom, the simplest and most practical solution for providing accommodation for guests is a comfortable fold-out sleep sofa. Whatever furniture choices you decide scale is most important to not overwhelm the space with excessively large furnishings designed for today’s larger homes. Suitably scaled smaller furnishings will make the small spaces feel larger.

Contemporary small scale sofa

Contemporary small scale sofa

Transitional small scale settee, slightly curved makes an interesting piece

Transitional small scale settee, slightly curved makes an interesting piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage Bench seat

Storage Bench seat

 

Storage Ottoman

Storage Ottoman

 

 

Highly useful is the humble ottoman—part footrest, part stool, and part storage unit—a smaller one can serve as a chair, a larger one as a coffee table, and an ottoman of any size can double as extra storage.

 

 

 

A Small Room doesn’t have to Feel Small

Small scale furnishings home decor

Small scale furnishings, glass, mirror finish ideas

Designing small spaces isn’t just about using space effectively, it’s also about making spaces look bigger than they are. Small spaces that are badly designed feel claustrophobic and are unpleasant to be in, but it’s not difficult to employ a few design tricks to open up even the smallest rooms. Mirrors, shiny silver surfaces and crystal bounce light in many directions add a glint of light airy feel.
Downsizing Ideas contributed by reader, Jenni Cooper, edited and photos by Peggy Golden, ASID

Colorful Geometric Fabric Designs for 2014 – the new Ikat!

Geometric Fabrics 1; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

Contemporary fabric patterns on crisp White grounds

Geometric Fabrics 1; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

From Fabricut – Bold patterns used sparingly, the back of a chair and accent pillows

Collection of new fabric introductions from several manufacturers: Fabricut, Greenhouse, Quadrille and Mayer Fabrics. Geometric patterns are taking center stage this year with bold and bright colors highlighted on crisp white backgrounds.

Fabricut, modern-nuances-1; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

Sheer drapery panels with elegant overlapping circle pattern creates a beautiful, light window treatment for modern draperies. Fabricut

 

 

 

Colorful Fabrics of 2014; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

From Quadrille – Modern damask with a twist – reverse block coloring creating two different looks for the same design; bright colorways on crisp white background

Geometric Fabrics 2; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

Lively geometric in bold fuscia/white combination and a great multicolored neutral stripe fabric

Greenhouse fabrics, 203548; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

Classic Chevron design in popular coastal colors, great for pillows and draperies

Geometric Fabrics 3: http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog/html

Bold Chevron Design in crisp clear colors with White background; Greenhouse Fabrics

 

 

Contract Fabrics for 2014; http://www.goldeninteriors.com/blog.html

Exciting new patterns with deep plum tones

Contract Textiles: Mayer Fabrics: Textures and Tapestries collection of fabrics is engineered with Crypton 2.0 for a softer and greener result. The patterns include Malibu, Nirvana, Xanadu (pictured), and Debonair. With bold and exotic colors, these fabrics are designed for healthcare, hospitality, and education settings including Senior Living or window seats where your pet is always perched!