Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Transform an outfit into a room!!

Did you think this was possible?! This is the best part of design! You can transform anything into a room!

 Possibilities are endless!

Monday, November 12, 2012

White Christmas 2012

 ...Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh...
That most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Prepare you home with the perfect Christmas accessories.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Transitioning Into Fall

Without a doubt, summer is definitely my favorite season. As sad as it is to say goodbye to summer, it is also refreshing to finally get some relief from the hot summer days. It’s always nice to transition into the cooler months of fall. There are so many things to look forward to when the months start to get cooler, like a nice cup of cider, sitting by the fireplace, watching the leaves change colors. One of my favorite things about fall is transitioning my home from cool colors in the summer to warm and cozy colors. If you are trying to find new ways to spice up your home for the upcoming months, I have rounded up some ideas to make this transition as warm and inviting as possible into the new fall season.


The images above are breathtaking! The foliage colors are just brilliant. 

Below are some ideas to help you when purchasing autumn decor for your homes. All of these things are easy to find and easy make. For more ideas, contact us at Divine Interiors, Inc. for a free consultation.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

D.I. Studio Website Launch

"Sometimes the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible." 

After almost three years of trying to launch D.I. Studio by Divine Interiors, Inc., the website is finally done!!!! Enjoy! If you have any questions please contact us at info@di-studio.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Design Inspiration

Many people always ask me how I get inspired to design a certain room. There are endless ways to get inspired. Inspiration can come from a simple photograph, a certain color, smell, object, favorite vacation spot even! Once I find that perfect piece of inspiration, almost instantly I can picture the entire room or house completed in my head. After the inspiration is the best part.... executing the design!!!! Below are several photographs taken in France. France is one of my favorite locations to visit. It can be a little difficult trying to find inspiration in France because there is so much to see, so much to visit. From the romantic Tour d'Eiffel to the very sleek and modern night lights. Can you guess which image will be used as my next inspirational image for my next design??

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Color Wheel and Interior Design

Hello everyone! Today I am writing about the color wheel and the emotional effects that colors have in our lives!!! Believe it or not color can determine our mood. So lets be careful what colors we choose when selecting that perfect color for that nursery, bedroom, or perhaps your restaurant! Below is an explanation on color and what they represent.


The chart above demonstrates the Primary, Secondary, and Intermediate/Tertiary colors on the color wheel. Below you will find what these colors represent.

Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue
In traditional color theory (used in paint and pigments), primary colors are the 3 pigment colors that can not be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues.  

Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple
These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.

Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green
These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That's why the hue is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange.

 Color Harmony

Harmony can be defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, whether it be music, poetry, color, or even an ice cream sundae.

In visual experiences, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience. When something is not harmonious, it's either boring or chaotic. At one extreme is a visual experience that is so bland that the viewer is not engaged. The human brain will reject under-stimulating information. At the other extreme is a visual experience that is so overdone, so chaotic that the viewer can't stand to look at it. The human brain rejects what it can not organize, what it can not understand. The visual task requires that we present a logical structure. Color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order.

In summary, extreme unity leads to under-stimulation, extreme complexity leads to over-stimulation. Harmony is a dynamic equilibrium.

Some Formulas for Color Harmony

There are many theories for harmony. The following illustrations and descriptions present some basic formulas.

1. A color scheme based on analogous colors
Example of an anaologous color harmony
Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.
2. A color scheme based on complementary colors
Example of a complementary color harmony

Complementary colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green. In the illustration above, there are several variations of yellow-green in the leaves and several variations of red-purple in the orchid. These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability.

3. A color scheme based on nature
color harmony in nature
Nature provides a perfect departure point for color harmony. In the illustration above, red yellow and green create a harmonious design, regardless of whether this combination fits into a technical formula for color harmony.

Emotional Effects of Colors
 Colors have different psychological effects, positive as well as negative. This point must be kept in mind while choosing colors in your design since various colors convey varied meanings. Now that we know the theory of color, lets choose the perfect color for our space!

Red is the color of energy, it’s bold, it’s powerful, it’s vibrant. It has the longest wavelength (the distance over which the wave’s shape repeats). It’s the color of effectiveness, excitement and liveliness. All over the world we follow red traffic light to stop, its visibility is the strongest amongst all other colors because of its highest wavelength. On the other hand its negative impacts can be aggression, visual disturbance and strain. You live in a red room for a day and you will go crazy, it has to be complimented with other colors to make it subtle.

Yellow is a very emotional color, it is the color of self esteem, confidence and optimism. After red yellow has the longest wave length, appearing to be strong from a distance. World over yellow cabs can easily be seen, sunflowers, daffodils appear to be friendly. Contrary to this it also communicates few negative values like depression, hatred and anxiety.
Blue is the color of intelligence, vastness, royalty, serenity, coolness and tranquility. Sky appears blue and gives calm effect, water appears blue and gives peace of mind. Blue appears to be the favorite color of most of the people but on the other hand it is also a color of coldness, unfriendliness and unemotional.

Green is the most refreshing and cool color. Green is the color of life, fertility, reassurance, peace, harmony, balance. Nature is green and how soothing it is to our eyes. Not a single tree in this world is of the same green tint or shade, yet it appears to be so full of life and create environmental beauty.  As for its negative traits it is the color of Boredom, stagnation, blandness and enervation.

Violet is color of truth, luxury and spiritual awareness. It has the shortest wavelength therefore it is considered to be weak also. A color of introversion and suppression. It is associated with deep contemplation and royalty, meditation and quality.
Orange gives warmth, comfort, security, passion, fun and frolic. Due to the mixture of red and yellow it gives stimulation and sensuality. Use of too much orange gives a feeling of no serious attitude and gives a feeling of deprivation if used with black.
Pink is a cute color, very feminine, love and tranquility. Though pink is a tint of red but it soothes rather than stimulates. It gives comfort and suggests grace and elegance. Sometimes too much pink looks physically weak and appears full of flaws. It creates impact of inhibition.

Grey is a neutral color, not giving a direct psychological effect. It may represent emptiness and dullness. It gives impression of dampness and right tone of grey must be used otherwise it may make your composition depressive.
All colors are absorbed in black. Black is glamorous, graceful, efficient and security. Women wear black to attract, they look sophisticated. Black creates hindrance since there’s no light no reflection. It works perfectly with white thus the co relation is either alternation or repetition. Black is the color of mourning also. Too much black creates heaviness and scary look.

White is pure, clean, hygienic, innocent and simple. White is total reflection. It gives perception of space, too much clutter in a design can be overcome by using spaces of white. The negative effect of white is that it makes other colors used with it cold and unfriendly. Can create a diminishing effect.

Brown is the color of earth, rugged, serious, old, and ancient. Rustic look can very well be created with this color. Since brown is the combination of red and yellow with much larger percentage of black, it also gives the same seriousness as black but in a warmer way. It is natural and supportive but at the same time it is too non humorous and appears heavy.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

D.I. Studio Architects Giveaway!

D.I. Studio is giving away a free room design AND a Nook Tablet! This is valued at over $1,200. All you have to do is send an email to info@di-studio.com with the following information and follow the steps below! Be sure to write Giveaway on the subject heading. Good luck!

1. Name
2. Age
3. Sex
4. Visit www.di-studio.com and download the questionnaire and measureing guide and submit your room dimensions and room photos.
5. Share this blog on your Facebook wall
6. Like our Facebook page
7. Visit our advertisements on the links to the right and below this post and let us know which is your favorite.
8. Finally, leave a comment on this post!

It's that simple. We will announce our winner and give you your free design and free Nook Tablet!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

And the winner is.... Pantone (Tangerine Tango)! For 2012 Interior Design color of the year!

Hi everyone! I have been traveling to find you the best accessory choices for this years color of the year. Let me tell you a little about the color. The Pantone color of the year — which, last year, was a bright pink shade called Honeysuckle — is an annual influence on fashion and design. Tangerine Tango has already begun to pop up in fashion and cosmetics, with a strong showing in New York’s fashion week this fall. The bright orange is not an especially tricky color to wear, but it’s also not universally flattering. A shade that looks good on absolutely anything, from walls to furniture to accessories. It can mix with a variety of diverse colors, from bright fuchsia to pastel shades like mint. Tangerine Tango is the hue that’s going to enliven your space in the new year.

You may have seen this reddish-orange color popping up in your favorite interior design mags and on blogs over the past year. It’s fantastic on linens, patterned accessories and pieces that you want to give a one-of-a-kind look, like this custom headboard.

Tangerine Tango marries red and warm yellow to deliver this delicious orange hue, so try mixing it with shades that complement red and yellow. Tiffany blues and grassy greens would be a great match. You’ll also find that it fits right in with shades of maroon and pink, as well as deep marigold.

Below you will find some great selections to enhance your space.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Animal Skin Prints – Interior Design Fabric Trends 2012

I wanted to share with you the Interior Design Fabric Trends for 2012.  Kravet is an industry leader known for cutting edge interior design fabrics.  Kravet creates many exclusive fabric designs in addition to  representing leading fabric designer collections.  Skins and textures are hot at Kravet, and some of the collections shown are Barclay Butera, Candice Olson, Kravet Exclusive, Thom Felicia, and Echo Home. Today, I had an appointment at the Kravet Showroom to select the design fabrics that will be a part of my new line. Below are some of pillows and furniture textures I will include in the line.

Above are Kravet Exclusive Skin Prints and Textures.
Skin Animal Prints - Interior Design Fabric Trends 2012
Glam Skin Java Pillow - Ryan Studio
Blonde Leopard Pillow
Sanibel Chest
Owen Antique Dark Bronze Iron/Natural Wood Lamp
Panthera Honey Pillow
Royal Tiger Ash Pillow
Candace Olson and Barclay Butera Animal Prints 2012
Skin Animal Prints - Interior Design Fabric Trends 2012