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November 1, 2011

Add interest to your living room by decorating your coffee table.

by rebecca elisabeth design
coffee table

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When it comes to designing/decorating coffee tables many people struggle. You strive to make them functional and unique to your decor. Here at REDinterior.com we offer you this advice to create a beautiful coffee table following these simple tips:

  • coordinate your objects with the rest of the decor in your room
  • use an odd number of items, 1, 3 or 5 is good
  • if you use one item make sure it is large enough and has impact to stand on its own
  • make sure the scale of the objects don’t overpower the coffee table and still allow it to function as a coffee table
  • to keep your eye moving from one object to the next create a grouping of similar objects with different heights
  • including greenery as one of the objects brings a living element into the space and adds interest
  • put a short object on books to elevate it
  • use an easel to display a small piece of art or a favorite dish
  • candles create drama and atmosphere in a room
  • look at your vignette and make sure it looks nice from all angles
Consider changing your coffee table decor (and possibly sofa pillows) with the seasons to give your home a different look at a very low-cost.
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October 4, 2011

Lighting: How do you know what to use?

by rebecca elisabeth design
Dining room china cabinet

example of accent lighting

Lighting is a fundamental element of any room, whether it is your kitchen, your bathroom or your family room there are 3 tiers of lighting that we at REDinterior believe should be layered to create proper lighting for the space.

  1. General lighting: most common is recessed or can lighting. This layer of light lets us see all the elements of a room.  Make this lighting dimmable if possible to allow you to add mood to a room. Low light makes things cozy and romantic.
  2. Task lighting: most commonly floor lamps in a living room or under cabinet lighting in a kitchen. This layer is fairly self-explanatory as its function is to provide light suitable for the task at hand like reading or cutting vegetables.
  3. Accent lighting: this lighting adds drama or style to a room by highlighting a certain element of a room. Lighting a picture, or fireplace are examples of using accent lighting. A dining room chandelier can be both accent because of the style as well as general lighting.

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October 26, 2010

Beautiful furnishings I saw at market.

by rebecca elisabeth design

Market comes but twice a year – typically spring and fall.  For those of you that don’t know what I mean when I say ‘market’, it is when trade-only design centers show their newest product and put on educational seminars for design professionals.  This is where interior designers can see new trends, expand their knowledge, and get inspired.  Interior designers in Southern Californians are a little spoiled, as we have access to some of the largest and best design centers in America. While I spent most of my short time at market this year in seminars, I was able to snap a few iPhone shots of some of the beautiful things that we, as design professionals, have access to, to create gorgeous unique designs for our clients.

#1 Fantastic Glam Chandalier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture - 2010 Market

Wow, this chandelier (Fantastic Glam Chandelier and Bronze Sculpture – 2010 Market) – what a statement this would make in someones home. Thin chains hung from oval bands of dye-cut metal, drape luxuriously around the light source, creating amazing light and shadow patterns on the surrounding walls. The juxtaposition of this glam fixture paired with this organic edged walnut table with hammered metal legs is where design is headed. Mixing and matching vs. matchy matchy is the new way to go.

Ecletic Living Room - 2010 Market

Eclectic Living Room - 2010 Market

This living room is a classic beauty with clean lines, warm neutral coloring and easy style  would look great in many homes. While the furnishings are of the highest quality and look picture perfect, what’s really cool here is the rug.  I’ve included a close up of the rug in picture #3- [Detail of Rug from Eclectic Living Room – 2010 Market], the texture, warmth and intrigue this rug adds to the room is priceless.

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

Traditional Dining Set - 2010 Market

While this photo [Traditional Dining Set – 2010 Market] isn’t super clear, don’t overlook the stunning turning on this inlay dining room table leg.  Plus, this 3 light chandelier is amazing for the traditionalist.

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

Dining Vignette - 2010 Market

This final photo is a quaint little dining vignette with great art which makes the space pop.

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September 7, 2010

Estimating food quantities for parties, leave you confused?

by rebecca elisabeth design

Interior design is my area of expertise,  but my clients sometimes ask for help when planning a party.  While my father, a European trained chef, prefers to have very little left-over, he also possesses the skills and expertise to know, item by item, the exact right balance per person.   I, not a professional, believe it is best to err on the side of caution and have too much – nothing more embarrassing than not enough food!

Chocolate Cake Flourless (1)

Portion size per person ‘Rule of Thumb’

  • appetizers – 4-6 bites per hour
  • main course
    • meat, chicken, fish – 8 oz for one item, 6 oz for two items
    • pasta uncooked – 2.5 oz main dish, 1 oz for side dish
    • rice, grain uncooked – 2 oz main dish 1.5 oz for side dish
    • potatoes – 5 oz
    • veggies – 4 oz
    • salad – 2 cups main course, 1 cup side salad
  • Dessert
    • 1 slice of cake
    • 5 oz ice cream, gelato, sorbet
    • 4 oz of mousse pudding

Some Don’ts:

  • Unless this is a weight watchers or vegan gathering, avoid too many veggies for appetizers. While it is quick and easy to include a vegetable platter, if you notice, at the end of the party, those poor vegetables are still there feeling all neglected and ashamed that nobody wanted them. Veggies are for healthy eats, most people want to cut loose and enjoy themselves when they are out and really like to sin with company, and repent when they are alone.  So keep the veggies to a minimum.
  • Don’t put items with perishable ingredients, like mayo, in the sun for hours.
  • Don’t neglect your buffet, be sure to keep it filled or remove platters where everything is gone
  • Never let there be a last one or two because that means you didn’t make enough.

Some Dos:

  • Evaluate your guest list, all women, all men, kids, a mixed group
  • Evaluate the length of your party – all day will require more food than a cocktail party
  • With multiple items, think about which item will be most popular to ensure you have enough
  • Round up in your calculations
  • Learn from each party! If there is an item that hasn’t been touched, clearly not a crowd favorite – don’t serve it again. If you only have 0-2 cookies,  apps, etc. left, that means you didn’t make enough! It is seldom that a dish will be cleaned out, most people are too polite to take the last of anything. It is likely that if you have 1 or 2 of something left, that there were numerous people who would have had another but just didn’t feel right taking the last one – make 15% more next time.  If an item is empty, that means you way under estimated that dish and need to make 30% more next time.

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