July 20 2016

How To Introduce Luxury Into Your Home 

When I started my journey into the land of luxury for myself, it was surprisingly only a few years ago. I can design and procure at a higher level for my clients, that’s my job, but purchasing with this notion for myself was a whole other story. The pivotal point started with the idea that it’s impossible to design with luxury if I’m not willing to purchase these pieces for myself; it seemed hypocritical. For me, it’s about buying less but spending more on the things that truly bring me joy every time I look at it or touch them. I can say there have been no regrets when my purchases have been made in this regard: I love them enough that I have to pause before purchasing because it always stretches my price point for something special. The carefully chosen find will be of superior quality that can be seen and felt (knock-offs can’t touch it with a 10 foot pole), and it’s unique and often functional.

My stance on adding luxury in your home is not for the sake of grandeur or to spend money unnecessarily, but to take the time to choose things that add quality and interest in your home. There’s an elegance to having a few special pieces that can handle the test of time. And here are the key words – A FEW. Unless you have the means to buy luxury everything, you need to be strategic and plan ahead. Pick a few key pieces in prominent locations and spend on the best you can there. Mixing high-low is totally acceptable and the bonus is your low is elevated to a higher level when you have your luxury items mixed in.

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Here are a few tips on how to get started on this path of luxury in your home:

– Replace your decorative lighting in key areas with high-quality, unique fixtures.

– Replace Kitchen and Bathroom counters with marble.

– Update drapery with custom-made.

– Update your hardware with interesting detail, scale and finish.

– Start collecting accessories of value and group them together for impact.

– Purchase a statement piece of furniture, art or mirror for each room.

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blog1*All rooms shown are designed by Habermehl Design Group.

 

Alison

June 22 2016

Designing for A Maximum Life

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I’ve noticed a major trend in design spanning across commercial, hospitality and residential. These are spaces created to allow people to live a maximum life. By this I mean, we are blending all the areas in our lives, such as home, work and entertainment wherever we go. We now have the ability to do this thanks to portable technology. We are essentially curating our lifestyle so we have all the necessities and luxuries at our fingertips. We want it all; the familiarity and history of using natural materials, such as stone, wood and metals, but we also want the maximum sensory experience that the latest technology gives. We are now designing spaces that make this possible. We are already seeing virtual reality entering into our place of work, we now want to blend this experience in all areas of our lives. Soon having portable VR devices that we can hook up to our smartphones with be common place.  So why not get onboard and design the places we live and work to be seamless! We want a place to hook up to our laptops wherever we go. We want to hold a company board meeting at our private clubs with full tech support. We want to experience live feeds virtually from anywhere in the world.

We are evolving, but we still want familiarity and comfort. It’s up to designers to create spaces that still give us a sense of place and yet support the future of technology.

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Inspiration!

Above are a few photos I used for a recent presentation for a hospitality project. These spaces are intended for a luxury private club, yet could easily be translated into our own homes.

 

Alison

May 26 2016

Is It Time To Refresh Your Styling?

Don’t underestimate what styling can do for your interiors. Our designs always include a styling budget for each project we work on. It’s the finishing details that make a real difference when giving your home a personal touch.

Here are a few examples of areas where the right accessories add interest to each space!
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Alison