Modern Interior Design Blog with a Distinctive Edge!Tips, Tricks, DYI, Resources & Inspiration
MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN BLOG by KIM COLWELL DESIGN
Take away our unique design tips to personalize your space, improve energy and upgrade your style. Our fresh approach to transforming environments merges luxury with intuitive energy to create interiors that positively impact your mind, emotions & quality of life.
With an extensive background in art and the wonderful experience of being a second generation feng shui master, this modern interior design blog will include the most innovative, beautiful and diverse design resources from around the globe…all with our unique perspective. Apply our tips & tricks to your home, office, retail space or lifestyle so that you can have a FEEL-GOOD space that is rich in personality and as stylish as it is harmonious.
Lately I have been inspired by Japanese furniture designer Shuji Nakagawa’s indigo dyed furniture. I am always intrigued by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain’s ingenious and imaginative work and support local talented friends such as Los Angeles based architects Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Visuals that excite me have a special mix of imagination and whimsy always driven by good clean designs.
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Top Row: 1 – Roderick Vos Designs, Photo by Rene Van Der Hulst 2 – (upper left) canary table by India Mahdavi, representation by Ralph Pucci 3 – Inform Showroom – Gas Town Vancouver BC 4 – Aquario Cabinet, by Fernando Y Humerto Campana – sold at BD Barcelona 5 – Artist Ran Hwang 6 – Greg Klassen Designs
Middle Row: 1- Fredrikson Stallard Species Sofa, representation by David Gill Gallery 2 – x tray & photo by Vitamin Designs 3 – Gaetano Pesce Design, Photo by John Rohrer 4- Roderick Vos Designs, Photo by Rene Van Der Hulst
Bottom Row: 1 Roderick Vos Design Studio 2 – Cabinet by Elizabeth Garouste, representation by Ralph Pucci 3 – Office Interior Design by Kim Colwell 4- Chocolate Mint Dessert by chef Jefferson Alverez & Photo by Secret Location, Vancouver 5 – Portrait of Christy Turlington by sculptor Michael Evert for Ralph Pucci
DESIGNS FOR COUPLES - THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND THE DESIGN The above image on the left shows a design that I created for a then single female client. It was personalized to bring out all the wonderful aspects of her personality and she loved living in the space. We set it...read more
FENG SHUI TIPS Good feng shui begins with balance, intention and in our case, beauty and style. Each detail in this feng shui alter (after photo above) was carefully thought out, from understanding the 5 natural elements represented, to the position of the table and...read more
SPLURGE Splurge on Gaetano Pesce's pond table - it has always been one of my favorites - it was designed in 2012 as a series of 7 and uses ridid polyurethane foam, PVC, opoxy resin, and soft urethane resin to capture it's effect. PSYCHOLOGY IN DESIGN Gaetano Pesce's...read more
DESIGNING FROM NATURE Designing from nature in mind makes the concept more dynamic and profound for me. Whether it be the gorgeous way that nature creates or the feeling that you get from being around it, stones, leaves, flowers, trees, water, metals and all the...read more
PSYCHOLOGY IN DESIGN Using psychology in design is vital to the way I work because no two people are the same. It makes sense for me to approach each home, office or retail space a little differently because each client has a vastly different aesthetic or personal...read more
SALVADOR DALI FURNITURE Salvador Dali furniture as impactful as his paintings. He has been one of my favorite artists since I was a little girl. I didn't discover his furniture until I was an adult. The Leda table, inspired by his painting 'Femme à la Tête Rose',...read more
AVANT-GARDE FURNITURE Cutting edge designers, Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard of Fredrikson Stallard take my breath away. Taking the geometrical art form of a rock and turning it into a functional piece of furniture with the pop art sensibility of using a bright...read more
DESIGNER HOUSES - NEW CONSTRUCTION Our new construction project is coming along. I don't know what it is, but sometimes (to our electrician's chagrin!), I just have to get up on that ladder. It has been a fun project. I will be excited when we get this beautiful place...read more
INTERIOR DESIGN SPLURGE - LUXURY GOODS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE Interior design splurge will bring you extravagant luxury finds that will range from raw, refined, new to antique or vintage. We scour the globe to seek out rare, exquisite finds from our favorite designers,...read more
INDIGO DYED WOOD - JAPANESE TRENDS Indigo dyed wood, a recent trend in Japan, is made by using Aizome, a traditional indigo dye derived from the ai plant. We have spotted Japanese craftsman experimenting with dying hard wood floors and furniture. This unique Japanese...read more
GREEN DESIGN - FUNCTIONAL ART Greg Klessen is an environmentally conscientious furniture designer. Sourcing only locally sustainable wood from the banks of the Nooksack River, he handcrafts tables inspired by the waterways of the Pacific North. What I love about his...read more
CHEAP & CHIC FINDS Cheap & Chic decorative items are perfect for conscious consumers who want pops of color in their space without breaking the bank. Greg Gallego, owner of Makye77 has designed bowls that are a perfect catch all for small items that live in an...read more
INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS Interior design ideas don't have to stop at aesthetics. Each piece you bring into your home tells the story of you and represents something, be it a symbol, a memory or simply your taste. What I love about this little X TRAY planter by Vitamin...read more
SMALL OFFICE DESIGN - A TRANSFORMATIONAL DESIGN APPROACH Small office design is equal parts productivity, branded style, and warmth. Warmth was added because I believe that creating a level of comfortability in the place that you work can impact productivity in the...read more
MODERN HOUSE DESIGNS Modern house designs from Animalick Interior Design and represented by B.D. Barcelona. B.D. Barcelona's has a design meets art philosoph. With a background in architecture, there is an artisanal quality their projects. For me, their furniture...read more
WALL DECORATING IDEAS Mixing patterns, color pops and scale selections makes for a posh and delightful concept. We are in love with this bold, striking boutique hotel design which shows off the most wonderful wall decorating ideas. The monochromatic use plums and...read more
WOOD CASTING FURNITURE with ALUMINUM + TREE LOGS = FABULOUS! Wood casting takes my breath away. Nature's raw beauty is reinterpreted in a sublimely modern way. The beautiful furniture shown was created by Tel Aviv based product designer Hilla Shamia who creates an...read more
UNIQUE FURNITURE Unique furniture designs begin with imagination and that is something Rodrigo Almeida has in spades. This simple design becomes unique for me because of the textile and subtle use of shapes and details that all together make me feel playful and...read more
FENG SHUI DOOR COLORS The beautiful image shown is by friend and fabulous LA photographer Jay Goldman. It is a perfect example of how to open the mouth of chi (life force energy), to allow for vital energy to flow into your home. The reason for this is there are no...read more
TREND ALERT Trend alert encompasses special finds from artisans, innovative designers, unique design ideas, and inventors from around the globe. I am always on the look out for the best of the best and there are so many incredible ideas out there to share. People are...read more