Las Vegas’ Design & Construction Week!
Every year, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders' Show (IBS) brings together designers and brands for a whirlwind intro to the latest and greatest new products for these most-important spaces. This year’s Design Week did not disappoint.
I scoured the floor looking for the trends I knew my clients would love. From artisan tiles, wood sinks, 3D printed faucets and more. Check out some of my favorites form when Sin City literally went to the toilets
Downsizing has become the new up-sizing and I couldn’t be more excited. It use to be people chose small homes strictly because of budgetary constraints. But in this fast past culture people are choosing to live in homes as small as 300 square feet not only for their ability to cut costs, but for their efficient uses of space, and simplified living.
No doubt small homes become more efficient when customized by a designer with built in furniture or tailored interiors, creating that big impact. But, customizing your space to make life easier can also get expensive. So, here are a few of my tips to make the space you have feel larger without having to break the bank.
1. Select small-scale furniture.
Keep sofa and chair seat depths to 34” - 38”. Look for low profile sofas and chairs, ones with low backs and arms or arm-less.
2. Select lightweight appearing furniture.
Choose small frame or glass furniture as well as furniture that are light in color thus appearing light in weight. If you are doing a bathroom renovation, choose glass shower doors over a shower curtain, which becomes a visual barrier likewise, you can replace wooden doors for glass panels doors.
3. Select furniture that reveals more floor space.
Longer legs on furniture allow the floor line to continue, expanding the space visually letting your eyes take in every inch of space that exists.
Dwell on Design, America’s largest design show, returned to Los Angeles Convention Center this month. The three-day event was a celebration of modern design, with 400 exhibitors and over 2000 products. With a focus on looking beyond the urban dwelling and on the hunt for the new modern products, the exhibit expanded to the outdoor area that included the best prefabs and landscaping. A resurgence of luxurious design, bold neon colors and many other cutting-edge creations, here are some of my favorites at this year’s show as well as a few from last years.
After spending weeks and sometimes years designing a home for a client, staging is the icing on the cake, the finishing touch. One of the most common questions I get asked is “how do I stage or style the homes I design?”
Whether staging a coffee table, end table or an entire home, following a few basic design rules will help sell a house or create a home. Here are simple guidelines to use when styling horizontal surfaces such as bookcases and table tops:
1. Have Something Tall
Large vases or candlesticks are great. When candles are lit they add a festive feel and warm glow to the area. Large vases come in a variety of colors and can be used to add your own style to the room.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.