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DeCO inspo Interior Decorating Magazine

Get the Look - Minimalist DECO St yle Inspiration - Beachy Coastal St yle Acr ticle - 50 Shapes of Grey in the Home


DECO I CON - John Saladino

Note from the Editor Hey Readers! Welcome to this month’s issue of DECOinspo! This month we have aimed to focus our five ar ticles on a large variet y of popular interior decoration st yles. Hopefully, this mag will help you define your personal deco st yle and bring many new ideas and inspirations to your creative process. We hope you continue to enjoy exploring the posibilities of interior dessign and aim to inspire lots and lots of new creativit y and exploration with your home!

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Contents Deco Ideas - Introduction 4 Get the Look -Minimalist 6 Issue Style Inspo - Beachy 8 Article - 50 shades in the Home 10 Deco ICON - John Saladino



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DECO Ideas Bring Your Personality into your Home with these Decorating Ideas

“Your interior design style is something which should grow as you grow. Your style is part of who you are.”

You’ve just moved into your new home, and you want to put your stamp on it. Fantastic! Who wants to live in a beigebox with no place to put your feet up and relax? But you’re faced with a blank canvas; where do you start? Start by being a sponge. Absorb colours, shapes and textures in the world around you. Actively seek out inspiration from museums, stately homes, art galleries, showrooms, furniture catalogues, magazines, books, films, nature and the internet.Remember the colours, sounds and sights of your last holiday. Why did they make you feel happy? How can you use these elements to recreate that contented feeling in your own home? Put together a file or use a scrapbook and collect pictures of rooms you like. Take photos or buy postcards of places, buildings, furniture, beaches, sunsets.... anything that inspires you. I always put together a “Concept Board” for my clients, where I arrange a collage of pictures of colours (perhaps flowers or nature pictures), textures (wood, metal, etc) and other images which reflect the feel I’m trying to achieve in the interior design once we’ve discussed the client’s brief. I once showed a client, who wanted a glamourous living room, a photo of Grace Kelly, golden blonde in an ice blue satin gown with a dash of bright pink lipstick. These are the colours I’m suggesting, I said. Pale golds and creams on the walls and upholstery, with ice blue silk curtains


and a dash of hot pink on cushions as an accent. The room looked wonderful when it was done! Use your smart-phone to photograph your inspirations when you’re out and about. Often the secret to why an architectural feature works is hidden in the proportion of one part to another. Try to analyse why a particular room or building looks and feels right to you. What are the proportions? Is it symmetrical like in the classical design favoured by the Georgians, or assymetrical as in Japanese and mid20th century design? Are there a lot of decorative features, or is it very plain? By finding answers to these questions, you are finding your own style. Once you have a store of inspiration, you are ready to source materials, chose colours and buy furniture that fits your style. Perhaps you’ve been inspired by a holiday on the English seaside. You’ve taken photos of the grey flint houses with their maritime blue trim, the long stretches of sandy beach with its tufts of marsh grass, the colourful beach huts lined up along the shore. Translate these images into your home by sourcing sofas and chairs upholstered in sandy neutrals; painting your walls with a creamy paint and letting the sun stream into the room with linen sheers or plantation shutters. Accent it all with cushions, rugs and art in those beautiful sea blues and greens. Keep your accessories natural wood, stone, shells, flowers. If you stay

true to those elements which gave you pleasure on your holiday, you’ll create a happy space in your home. What about your personal treasures your books, art and collections? Show them off! Build in shelves to display your treasures. Create a library wall for your books. Place your collections, whatever they may be, into groups on tabletops, shelves and walls rather than scattering them around the house. As a group, your collection will have impact. Hang those black and white photographs together on the hallway wall; create a tablescape with your turquoise ceramic vases; hang a collection of straw hats on a wall. Collections are all about your personal taste and help to bring your personality into your home. The more you explore and make a conscious note of the things that inspire you and give you pleasure, the more confident you will become with your style preferences. Always stay open to new influences. Keep your eyes and ears open. Your interior design style is something which should grow as you grow. Your style is part of who you are. Why not make it part of your unique home?

Adrienne Chinn


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Adjective Of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree; negligible. Characterized by the use of simple or primary forms or structures, esp. geometric or massive ones.


Get the Look

The minimalist look can be summed up in three words: “Less is more,” but what does that mean and why do architects and interior designers love the look so much? To the uninitiated, “minimalist” is sometimes thought of as sterile, but as so many photos in our HIP Inspirational Photos pages prove, if done right, it is anything but. Here’s how to get the minimalist look in your home. Less is More

What does it take to make a room work for you? Do you really need to fill up every metre of floor space? Do the walls need to be covered with photos, paintings and shelves? A minimalist would say no. The play of light in the room; the unobstructed view of the outdoors; a stunning focal point; and, perhaps most importantly, an atmosphere of uncluttered tranquility are some of the most appealing aspects of a minimalist interior.

Furnishing a Minimalist Room

Minimalist interiors are beautiful both because they are uncluttered and because the furnishings and decor they do contain is beautiful. When choosing furniture, look at its style before you look at its price tag. Since you will be buying less, you can probably afford to buy better furniture. Instead of a three piece lounge suit, for example, think about one comfortable couch and a side chair or two as needed. In the bedroom, a headboard is an unnecessary distraction. Instead, look at some low platform beds with unobtrusive storage drawers that you can use instead of having to buy another piece of furniture for bedroom storage. Because you’re keeping furniture to a minimum, it’s also important that it is in proportion to the size of the room. A two-seater couch in a large living room, for instance, would look awkward and out of place.

Minimalist Flooring

Your choice of flooring materials in a minimalist environment is arguably more important than your choice of wall colours. Because so much of the floor is exposed, it strongly influences the room’s ambience. Timber floors, bamboo flooring and some of the newer minimalist styles of seamless looking vinyl flooring are a few of the most popular choices of interior designers.

Minimalist Walls

White, grey and black are often associated with minimalism, but subtle earth tones can work just as well. Since your floor is going to be such a prominent feature of the room, choose wall colours that complement the floor. If you have a hardwood floor, for instance, a touch of beige in the wall colour may be in order. In a larger room, you might consider making one short wall a feature wall. Stone veneer wall tiles add a touch of natural texture that keeps the walls from looking too stark and bare.

Minimalist Room Accents

The walls and shelves in a minimalist interior don’t have to be bare: in fact, they shouldn’t be. However, instead of filling the walls with hangings and the shelves with bric a brac, choose a few tasteful, stylish accent pieces. A beautiful vase filled with fresh flowers adds a refreshing splash of colour against a wall. One great painting is better than half a dozen hangings spread around the room.

Keep it Clean

Fortunately, keeping a minimalist interior clean is easy, since there is so little to clean. Cleanliness is important, though, because a coffee stain on a coffee table or breadcrumbs on a kitchen benchtop will become unwanted focal points in the room. Also avoid clutter on flat surfaces. If you have a designer expresso machine in the kitchen, for example, show it off, but put the toaster away. A vase or attractive ornament in the centre of a large coffee table is great, but magazines, your TV remote and some mail are not “ornamental.” There’s no reason why you have to go to extremes to get the minimalist look. Once you get a feeling for its simple elegance, you can personalise your interior as you like. You might like to keep a copy or two of your favourite magazine on your coffee table, for instance, or want to prominently display your book collection or antique dolls. Once you have an eye for mimimalism, you’ll see that it is the best way to highlight the things that are most important to you. It’s the unimportant things you can do without. That’s minimalism in a nutshell.

Rob Schneider  


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Beachy Coastal You might want beach living room furniture no matter where you live. It can make any home feel casual. It can even help you relax .

because they don’t have to be perfect. Just make sure that they are smooth enough that they won’t give anyone splinters.

Nate Berkus, a famous decorator who is often seen on the Oprah show always says that your home should rise up to greet you. Even if you can’t afford a professional decorator you can still turn your house into that ideal beach local. So whether you are decorating a beach house, or you just want the feeling that beach living room furniture can give you, here is how to get it.

o Add in a nautical vibe. You can do this in a few places throughout the room without making it seem like a child’s room. Pick one element from the beach that you love to accent your beach living room furniture. This can be as simple as placing a few large shells on your bookshelf. You can even get silver accessories that look like sea shells for a sleeker look. You can also wrap rope around the legs of your coffee table or even your lamp for unique, homemade accessories.

o Think of the colors of the ocean. At first glance it mght seem that your beach living room furniture has to be blue. Depending on your beach, there might not even be blue in the water. The ocean has many shades of aqua, green & even brown in it. Don’t limit yourself to just a cheery bright blue that will be dated in a few years.

Think of the colors of the ocean... o Look for worn woods. If your beach living room furniture has any wood detailing, it should look weathered. Think of how a patio chair looks after it’s been left outside. This is a fantastic way to refinish your existing pieces


o If all else fails, go with white wicker. You can even find a nice sectional in the outdoor department. This will lend a casual air & it’s an affordable way to get beach living room furniture. o Go to Miami beach. This has been a popular wedding theme because of the hip club scene in Miami. They often place modern white sofas throughout the space. This will make your room feel airy, bright & modern. You can bring in beach accents to get your point across. This way the most expensive items in your room will be neutral so they will last long. Article by eHow and can be acessed by

Pick one element from the beach that you love to accent your beach living room furniture.


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Feature Article

50 Shades of Grey in The Home

How-to guide on utilizing this seasons hottest hue throughout the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Written by Kat Tate


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50 Shades of Grey in

The Home

This year, grey is all the rage. It’s dominating fashion runways, splashed all over our TV screens (think Downton Abbey) and has now found its way into the home. With grey being the hottest hue for the home in 2013, we’ve scoured the shops and spoken to our secret sources to bring you our guide to grey in the home. Why Grey?

Grey is anything but drab and dull. While the notion may conjure up images of rainy days and itchy school uniforms, it’s in fact an incredibly fashionable and versatile colour that can take you and your home through every season. Experts exclaim that grey is the new cream in the home. It adds luxury in bedrooms, understated style in living spaces and an inspiring canvas in the kitchen. The best news is, grey isn’t everyone’s first choice in home décor. Which means you can create a truly unique space that is both comforting and chic.

Working with Grey

When working with grey, it’s important to choose the right shade. Warm greys have a yellow base, while cool greys have a blue base. Visit your local paint supplier and pick up a few paint swatches to see which tone you prefer. Most likely, you’ll favour warmer greys as these tend to be more comfortable and nurturing. Grey works best as a base for showcasing brighter colours. A bright yellow lamp or ruby throw look striking when contrasted against a grey backdrop. Too much grey and your home will look industrial. Just enough and it will appear cosy, calming and sophisticated. Here’s a tip: the smaller the space, the lighter shade of grey should be used. Only use deep, dark greys in large spaces such as outdoors or in a large galley kitchen.

Grey in the Kitchen

The kitchen might just be the best space for a splash of grey. Think stainless steel splashback, grey cabinets under a glossy white island bench, or a simple grey feature wall or zone. Team grey with pale timber furniture – a rustic dining tables or bar stools, for example. This will create a natural, earthy look.

Grey in the Living Room

When paired with black, white and brights, grey can create a relaxing vibe in the living and sitting spaces. On the walls, choose fawn matched with a white ceiling. Perhaps bring


in a dark grey sofa and juxtapose it with bright cushions, a chrome or glass table or a colourful vase of fresh flowers. Orange also looks rich and ravishing when paired with grey. If you’re unsure about how much grey to use in the living room, start small. Create a pale palette and build on it until you create a look you love.

Grey in the Bedroom

Some stylists advise against grey in the bedroom. Others, however, say it creates a Parisian-like boudoir worthy of royalty. If the room doesn’t have a whole lot of natural light, you can choose quite a dark hue. This is because the darkness will likely make the room appear larger. There really are at least 50 shades of grey that you can use in the home! It’s important to note that grey changes based on the furniture and accessories around it. So experiment and see what works. Kat Tate

Grey is the new cream in the home.


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John Saladino Mixing the old with the new is John Saladino’s signature. By Elaine Markoutsas The hallmarks of the style of John Saladino are his impeccable taste and the timelessness of the interiors and furnishings he designs, characterized by classical roots such as Greek or Roman columns, architectural fragments, wall moldings and what he calls “metamorphic” color. “I don’t like explicit color,” says Mr. Saladino. “I like color that changes according to the seasons, light and the time of day.” A preference for shades of amethyst, gracefully skirted chairs, mismatched chairs, diaphanous fabric veiling windows, texture contrasts, corroded surfaces, opulently scaled accessories, a mix of antiques with contemporary furniture of human scale and, above all, elegance, suggest the Saladino signature. Done well, one of his rooms might bear a price tag in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But he says that good design and style don’t have to cost a fortune. A meticulous design practitioner, Mr. Saladino has been known to match a client’s skin with the paint shade that will grace her walls. He admits he indulges in a little fantasy. “Most interior designers and architects are dealing in reality,” he has said. “I am not. I’m interested in mood and theater. Houses should cater to our emotional needs. If you walk into a room and it doesn’t move you, then it’s a failure.” A pre-eminent presence in the creme de la creme of design publications, Mr. Saladino has a well-documented credo. He has always been a proponent of simple silhouettes and has paid scrupulous


attention to detail and craftsmanship. He considers himself conservative, although his furniture has always been tagged “modernistic.” In fact, he once described a furniture collection that he created as having “one foot in the ancient world and the other in the 21st century.” Some classical designs, he insists, can’t be improved. So why try? He is, above all, respectful of the past and more than a little “proper.” “My furniture is meant to appeal to ladies and gentlemen,” he said of a 60-piece line that he recently designed for Jack Lenor Larsen.

Mr. Saladino’s international clientele includes the rich and the celebrated. He is most excited about a Harvard project, awaiting funding, which will take him to Florence to restore the villa of the late art historian Bernard Berenson. Mr. Saladino’s point of view is highly respected, and he is the frequent recipient of design honors. He takes

design seriously, both as historian and critic, often uttering pithy, caustic and always entertaining put-downs of what he regards as design atrocities. For example, he told a writer for Mirabella magazine that he parted ways with a client because she insisted that a huge crystal be imposed on his design. “She came around with this meteor,” he said. “It was the size of three basketballs, like a giant hideous cantaloupe that had been broken open and filled with glass stalactites. She wanted to put that in the entrance hall and she wanted it underlit.” Mr. Saladino still acknowledges a certain nostalgia in design. “The more technologically advanced we become, the more people . . . look to the past for comfort, to remind them of a simpler way of living. That will continue. I don’t see people living in Mies van der Rohe glass boxes in the future. If they live in Mies buildings, they’ll probably put in crown moldings and Oriental rugs.” Actually, the simpler design to which Mr. Saladino refers is a kind of editing that he does in his interiors. “Timelessness,” he says, “has to do with a minimum of means, a paring down of something. It’s sort of like good tennis. Why do in 12 strokes what you can do in one? Materials and logic create the shape of something. Fuunction is enhanced by common sense. The key is what we leave out, not put in. I don’t gild the lily; I simplify. If anything, I keep space underfurnished.”

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