Mixing Old And New, Beautiful, Chic And Fun

Mixing vintage pieces in with your new furniture is a terrific way to make a home feel chic and comfortable all at once. Much like mixing mediums in our post on art installation, mixing mediums with furnishings adds interest to a room. Mid Century designers like Tommi Parzinger, Emil Stejnar, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman have made a great impact on design and architecture that has lasted and still look amazing today.


Using an older piece in the home does not mean you are restricted to a completely older look. The piece, especially if it needs refinishing, to begin with, can be redone to bring new life to it. Using new fabrics and textiles can make the piece look amazing and also give it a more comfortable feel as well. Unless the piece is in pristine condition, to begin with, don’t be afraid of making an older piece new again, unless of course, it will interfere with the piece retaining value.


Shopping for these pieces can be challenging. I love to take my sourcing trips to my out of state vendors and find just the right pieces for the clients I am shopping for. This not only saves the client money but offers a larger selection as well. I then have the piece shipped direct to the client or brought in for refinishing and then delivered afterward.

Mix, match, and accessorize with a variety of pieces in your home. Just be sure they work in harmony with each other and the space’s palette and you are on your way to an amazingly beautiful integration of old and new.

Accessorizing, A Final And Truly Important Step

Accessorizing is one of the final, and perhaps one of the most fun stages of home renovation and interior design. While it may seem like it is an easy step to wrap up what may have been a lengthy process, this can be far from the truth. Finding the correct pieces to tie the room, and home together can be both fun and challenging at the same time.

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A very important factor that goes into this step is being sure to reserve part of the budget for the finishing touches. Using all or most of your money and not being able to accessorize correctly is much like presenting a Broadway show with a bad set design. It can be distracting and the true beauty of the show may not ring through as it should. Be sure and reserve a fair amount for the end stages of the design process.

During the design process, we like to review our client’s space, furnishings, and window treatments, and consider where they may need something extra.  Accents such as side tables, lighting, pillows, and artwork are what I consider to be functional accessories. Browse for items that are fun and work with your style.  They can be bold or subtle, but must always work with the palette of the room.

Be careful to not overdo, however. Sometimes less can mean more. Placement of key pieces in the right spots can make a big difference. Be mindful of your floorplan and flow, don’t place pieces so you feel as if you’re navigating an obstacle course. Clean, clear line of sight to where your eye draws you in are important spots to accessorize, however. Enjoy the fun of finding just the right pieces, but don’t overdo it. A fine line of balance is key.

Jarret Yoshida
Asymmetry, How A Design Challenge Becomes Can Become A Design Advantage

Sometimes homeowners and their designers are faced with challenges due to the original architectural layout of the space. As designers, we look to achieve a balanced composition that feels stable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition outweighs the other, offering balance to the entire space. Asymmetry in the space’s original layout may seem like a test for the skills of the designer. However, they actually offer opportunities for a great layout that is unique to the space.


Art placement, window treatments, careful spatial planning and the use of the right furniture are but a few options we use to balance out what may seem like a room or home that seems to have a disproportionate use of space. Arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything works in unison and fits together in a seamless whole. Each individual part contributes their design function but doesn’t try to become the sum.

Being creative and open to possibilities is often key in making asymmetry work to your advantage. Working closely with our clients and vendors give us the information, the ideas, thoughts, and material to creatively overcome a challenging, asymmetrical layout.

Jarret Yoshida
Ceramic Tile, Refreshing Your Space Without Breaking The Bank

A critical part of our job is offering clients an affordable price point leading to a beautiful finished product. While some clients may want to, and be able to have a larger budget, we are realistic about most people’s needs and budgets. However, whether your budget is large or tight any good designer will look for the best product at the best price.

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One example of maximizing your finances while maintaining a high level of design is in the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic tile can be used to make a large impact and not necessarily burn up the budget. Using classics like subway tile can save money, add value to the space and look dynamite. There are variations on size and finish for subway tile these days and many diverse patterns for layout. Accessories include, but are not limited to pencil strips, different trim, and chair rail. These will add more visual interest to the room where it the tile is installed.. Layout patterns vary from herringbone and offset to running bond and crosshatch with others in between. Be aware that some patterns use more tile. Subway tile is offered in many places and is very affordable. It is a style that dates back over 100 years and is still being used today, offering a fresh new look to an old bathroom or kitchen with an affordable price attached.

Maximizing Space With Built In Radiator Surrounds

Space is a premium asset, be it in a large house or studio apartment. Maximizing not only your horizontal but your vertical square footage as well is so important. It is really a matter of being creative.

One prime example is using the area around and above radiators. Done correctly this will not only put the area to good use but also beautify the space as well. Many times we will suggest built-in cabinetry to not only hide unsightly radiators but offer additional storage and shelf space as well.

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There are a number of really wonderful radiator grilles offered today to match the style and feel of the space they are used in. The material used for the surrounds vary from different woods, whether painted or stained to metal. They will match the surroundings where they are used.

These radiator surrounds, be it a simple cover or a larger bookcase or desk, also offer safety for children and adults alike. They will separate you from the hot radiator surface. Beauty and safety together, all the while offering storage or workspace, or even an area for photos or books. Truly a more decorative bang for your buck.