Ever get stuck with what to do with a plain white room? What about a living or family room? This special home in Kansas City’s Roeland Park area needed some attention to just that…a blank slate. The homeowners were short on ideas. They wanted a comfy space with great seating, but were bored with local shopping. Tran and Thomas was excited to help give the space the fun, new look they were wanting.
“BEFORE” (above) This living space needed some major help and fresh ideas
This Kansas City home has a fresh, new look.
“BEFORE” (above) Nothing to crow about
“AFTER” This new living room’s interior design is perfect for the homeowners!
Warming up the wall colors was a sure-fire way to get the space to feel more cozy. Every living room needs a comfortable sofa, but the size has to be right. This sofa’s texture and fill (the core of the cushion construction) is as perfect as it’s softness. With hot reds, fun art, interesting pieces, adequate lighting and a new furniture layout, it is easy to see why these clients were so happy with the final product.
For more interior design projects by Tran and Thomas Design Studio, please see our portfolio.
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With our crystal balls firmly in focus, we’ve been saying, “brass is back” for years. It has been slowly sneaking onto designer showroom floors one chair leg at a time. But now, we’re seeing it everywhere.
The new go-to metal, brass has successfully unseated nickel, silver and bronze. As opulent design reigns supreme, brass is a natural complement to this exciting trend. Tables, chairs, light fixtures and mirrors are all gilded.
If you don’t consider yourself a fan of brass, you may be remembering it from years past. Gone are the dainty pieces we’ve seen before. In its new form, brass is rich and solid looking – not fussy at all. With its updated finish, it can add glamour and shine to any room.
If you’re not ready to make the switch, consider trying out the trend with small accents. Trays, candlesticks or small bowls are a great place to start. But, consider yourself warned. These small touches of glamour can be contagious. You may find yourself wearing red lipstick on Mondays and calling everyone “Darling.” (It sounds kind of great, doesn’t it?)
After years of the same metals, isn’t wonderful to have this old favorite back in style?
Each year at market, we get a first look at pieces for the season ahead. We love seeing reinvented classics and completely new ideas. After a few days of walking the floor, we get a clear idea of which trends are emerging for the new season and begin imagining how they’d look in our clients’ homes.
If this season had a motto, it would be “more is more.” Opulence reigned, as beautifully decadent pieces took center stage. The lines of furniture pieces stayed relatively clean, but shine and texture created a dressed up look.
If you’re looking for new ways to make your home feel special, consider some of our favorite finds from market:
- Bone, jade and mother of pearl inlaid pieces
- Patterned mirrors
- Gold and brass
- Fur and leathers
- Tufted sofas in rich fabrics
- Ornate hardware
- Extravagant wall coverings
While this season’s pieces made a statement, we can’t say what we saw was much of surprise. Ornate items have been slowly making their way into designer showrooms for several years. The biggest change is that they are everywhere now. And, we couldn’t be happier.
Keeping up with trends helps keep spaces from feeling stale, but being a slave to them can make you feel like a stranger in your home. Strike the right balance for your aesthetic. With attention grabbing pieces like this, you can either layer on the luxe extras or choose a few key pieces to add interest to your room. Adding ornate hardware to a favorite piece is one easy way to introduce this trend into your home.
You might think resolutions were made to be broken, but having a functional and beautiful space can help keep you on track long after January 1st. A gorgeous kitchen might inspire you to eat more meals in. Well-designed storage solutions help keep homes clean and organized, while comfortable bedding makes getting beauty sleep simple.
A few weeks ago, we were asked by The Kansas City Star to offer tips on how interior design can positively impact your New Year’s resolutions. Needless to say, we had a lot of ideas. In the article, we give specifics on how to create spaces that will have you:
- Spending more time with family and friends and
- Learning something new
It sounds fun, right? Read our tips here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/27/4702931/resolve-to-set-up-your-home-for.html
Velvet adds a bit of luxury to any room. It has the unique ability to absorb light making spaces feel sumptuous and rich. Although we like to use velvet, it can become crushed or matted over time. This can happen when it has been pressed down repeatedly. Over the years, we’ve developed a few techniques to keep your velvet looking luxe. Follow these easy steps to bring your velvet back to life.
Before you begin, test our technique on your fabric. You can use the underside of a skirt, the bottom of cushions or the back of a sofa. Please be aware these solutions may NOT work on all velvets.
First, try steaming the fabric. Afterwards, use a fine tooth comb to brush the nap or pile of the fabric. If steaming doesn’t work, you can use a fine mist spray bottle to apply a small amount of water to the fabric. Then, take a comb or even your hand to wipe the fabric, lifting the fibers up as you go. This will give them the opportunity to return to their original position.
This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star, discussing a fabulous home accessory – throws! We love adding one to the end of a bed, over the back of a couch or piled into a basket.
Throws are a great way to add interest to a room, while being the perfect ingredient to movie night. Adding throws to a space can provide texture, color, pattern and softness, making your home feel like a cozy retreat. Over the next few months, you’ll find them at a number of stores. Think of picking one up for a great gift or have one custom made into the perfect size. You can even add extra lining for warmth.
However, we will issue a word of warning. Pay attention to the trim. It can really tickle.
Painting a room red adds drama and personality, but it can be really tricky. In my first home, my husband and I had a cherry kitchen. It was adorable. I loved it and still miss it. But, guess how many coats of paint it took to finish that room. Four!
Since painting that first kitchen, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped make the process go more smoothly. Orange, purple, pink and brown are all components of red, so the tips I’m sharing here also apply to these colors. Keep in mind this advice also works best for dark, red browns.
1. Paint a dark color on your walls before adding red. I always ask my teams to paint the walls black first. This undercoat eliminates more than two other coats of paint, and oftentimes, my clients love the black so much they want to keep it.
2. Open the can a few days early. Even with some higher quality paints, the paint magically becomes thinner when the red pigment is added. I have learned opening the can a few days early and stirring it every few hours helps thicken the paint, making for fewer coats.
3. When using red, buy the highest quality paint you can find. Trust me. It will be worth it. If time is money (four coats in a room?!), you save big. Consider the quantity of materials used. Using higher quality paint can reduce the number of coats cutting your materials in half and reducing extra trips to the store.
Every autumn, we roll up our sleeves and clean our chandeliers. Much like placing your diamonds in jewelry cleaner, cleaning your chandelier will add some sparkle to your home.
We tackle this project in the fall to begin getting our house ready for holiday entertaining. When the weather turns cold, we spend more time indoors, and it’s nice to have something beautiful to look at while we’re sipping hot chocolate.
Bringing your chandeliers back to life can seem like an impossible task, but trust me it’s actually very simple. Channel your inner Martha Stewart and use our 10 proven steps. Read more »
This Sunday, we were featured in the House + Home section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, we discuss some of the design challenges that come with vaulted ceilings. We have developed a few tricks over the years for making the most of this dramatic architectural feature.
Here, we included some photos from our portfolio, along with advice on how to best highlight vaulted ceilings. Read more »
In August, one of our projects was featured in Spaces Kansas City. We’re very proud of this particular renovation and would like to share more about it with you.
Our client was looking for a bathroom with a sexy vibe. They wanted it to be clean, bright and white. Their original space had felt cramped, so they were ready for a spa-like retreat. Here are five tips from this project that helped give the space a spa-like feel.
- Put it in neutral. Our owner wanted a white bathroom, but any neutral palette can make a space feel serene. We used shades of white and a variety of textures to create a sophisticated, interesting sanctuary.
- Let there be space. Cramped does not feel spa-like. For these owners, we were able to design a spacious interior by making a few, thoughtful choices. Providing a special nook for the bathtub helped with the overall flow of the room, while glass doors on the shower visually opened up the space.
- Free thyself of clutter. We’ve all been there. You know the place where you can’t figure out why you have three kinds of mascara. We helped this couple create a zen like retreat by clearing the counter space and providing ample, custom storage. Mounting the sinks’ faucets on the wall contributed to the clean look.
- Bling it on. Our client wanted some bling, and we were happy to oblige. The bathroom literally sparkles. Roos wallcoverings applied above the cabinets are embellished with miniature, reflective, glass beads. Curvy, satin nickel legs set off the custom cabinetry and add sheen to the space. The countertops also have subtle metallic flecks.
- Light it up. We really can’t stress how much lighting can transform a space. The fixtures used here were carefully selected for function, as well as design. We mounted lights underneath the cabinetry to aid in late night navigation and hung a gorgeous, circular fixture in the center of the room to set off the vaulted ceilings and provide another layer of sparkle to the bathroom.
Team: We worked with Clay Lyon of Lyon Construction.