Diamond in the Rough

Hello Defined Designers! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Recently I was re-organizing my apartment and I decided to give my sister our mothers Jewelry box for her birthday.  She has always wanted it so I figured it was time to pass it on to her. But, when I gave it to her I quickly realized it nowhere near fit her room decor. So a project was born!

Last week we decided it was time for the Jewelry box make over. So we headed out to Home Depot and picked up some glossy black spray paint, silver metal finish spray paint, and sand paper to re-imagine the jewelry box to better fit her style. Here is the before:

First I took off all of the Gold hardware and cleaned the jewelry box. I then lightly sanded the piece for better paint adherence. Take a look at the prep:


We then headed outside to begin the painting!

Now take a look at the finished product!

This was a great quick way to give something with sentimental value a new life! Now my sister can enjoy it as much as I did. What do you think defined designers?

Until next time!

-Kristina

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Tangoing with Tangerine

Hello Defined Designers!.

I am loving the color of the year “Tangerine Tango.” Take a look at the great pieces I found that could add a bold splash of color to your space.

Anthropologie- Howell Wing Back Chair

Jonathan Adler Whitaker Stockholm Saffron Ottoman

Jonathan Adler Queen Anne Orange Mirror

Thomas Paul Geo/ Metric Alcazar Pillow

Stray Dog Designs Fred Sconce Pumpkin Blush

Capel Rugs Serpentine Sunny Wool Rug

Aren’t these great! These pieces would make any space pop! Now your asking how can I use this great color in my space, and just the right amount of it. Take a look at the room concept I have put together:

Tangerine Tango Room Concept

This color is paired great with grey and blue tones and antique bronze accents. This color palette was inspired by a day at the San Diego Zoo. I saw the most amazing colored bird; the Secretary bird from Africa.

Now how have I introduced this great color into my space and life? Take a look:

Tangerine Michael Kors Ostrich Bag…. LOVE!

 My Bedroom: Crate and Barrel Orange Mirrors and Lamp. Hand made Mexican bowl.

Hope you all enjoyed! How have you all introduced this great color into your lives?

Until next time Defined Designers!

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Changing Lives One Room at a Time

Hello Defined Designers!

Last month I had the opportunity to be part of an amazing charity project. The charity is Designed from the heart. The charity was founded by Heidi Bendetson. The charities objective is to help heal people in need with the gift of beauty. What would be a better way than to do that by bringing beauty to the very place people have saught that help. The project took place at Beit T’Shuvah a renowned rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

How did I get involved you ask? Anat Aharoni my former blogging partner came across a flyer at HD Buttercup. She quickly asked me to join her. I was so excited to be able to be a part of something that would help those in need especially those in the process of sobriety. Being from a family that has dealt with various types of addiction and that has even taken the life of one of the most important people in my life, I was honored to be a part of something that could make a difference.

Anat and I teamed up with Deborah Gregory of DiG Interiors and our design team was born. In early March we toured Beit T’Shuvah and were given our room assignment. We were assigned Room 215 in the men’s quarters. We were shocked when we saw the condition of the room. But we were up for the challenge. Take a look at what we saw for the first time:

After measuring and photographing our room we quickly got to the drawing board. Here is a look at our preliminary room sketch:

It was definitly a challenge to find the products we needed for the space. It took some time to contact vendors, clients, friends and family but we were able to get what we needed to accomplish the goal; to make this room feel like a getaway. Take a look at the process and the final product:


Drum roll please…. and for the reveal:

Wall pattern hand painted by Deborah.

 Inspirational artwork by Deborah and I.

I thought a personal touch of inspirational quotes was fitting for the space. I wanted the residences to feel inspired and cared for through their journey. Here is one of the quotes that was represented on the wall:

“The meaning of life is not what happens to us it is what we do with that which happens to us” Dr. Viktor Frankl

John the residant of room 215

All the labor and work was put in by Anat, Deborah, and I. We could not of done it without my amazing husband Gordon, Anats father, Deborah’s husband Brian, and CRAIG MILLER and his team. This project was definitley a learning experience. I can now say I designed from the heart and it is truely an amazing feeling. I cannot wait to do more meaningful work as I grow further into my design career.

Donation Credits:

Flooring Donated by: InterfaceFlor

Console, chair, and table lamps donated by: HD Buttercup

Bedding, closet drapery, bathroom hardware & accessories donated by: Deborah Gregory

Window Treatments donated by: Lewis Hyman, Inc.

Paint donated by: Anat Aharoni & I

Bathroom flooring donated by: CTM

If you would like to learn more about Designed from the Heart and Beit T’shuvah visit there facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/DesignedfromtheHeart, http://www.facebook.com/BeitTShuvah?ref=ts.

Until next time!

-Kristina

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2011 in review- Thank you Defined Designers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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‘Dia De Los Muertos’

Hello Defiend Designers!

Last week was full of Halloween festivities. I thought now would be the best time to talk about a much celebrated holiday in Mexico “Dia De Los Muertos’ and how it has inspired me personally.

October 31st marked the first day of festivities in Mexico in celebration of  “Day of the dead”. This celebration fascinates me. With this celebration comes amazing art and creativity all of which is created in celebration of those who have passed on. During this celebration it is believed that the spirits of the deceased pay a visit to their families. In preparation of this an altar is made in their honor filled with “offerings” such as pictures of the deceased, favorite things, and foods.

Why am I talking about this you ask? Out of this celebration comes amazing artwork. Take a look at some of these great pieces:

David Lozeau Art Work

Sylvia Ji Artwork

Electronic Rainbow- devianart.com

How have these pieces inspired me? Well my husband and I share a love of this art. We have quite a few pieces that we have collected. We also decided this theme would be a great addition to our wedding décor and a great way to show our personality!

Take a look at how we incorporated “Dia De Los Muertos “ into our wedding day:

Cake Topper- ‘Love Never Dies’

View of the entire cake with topper

In Memory of table with ‘Dia De Los Muertos Art Print’

Custom Candy Boxes with ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Art Print

Skull Cameo Necklace- Bridesmaids gift custom made to match my wedding colors!

Hair piece inspired by cameo necklace flower- very similar to the flowers seen in the artwork above

Hair By Michelle Lopez (my lil’ sister)- She also took her inspiration from the cameo necklace and recreated the look in her own way for each bridesmaid.

Here are some more pieces that we have collected on our trips to Mexico:

I find art like this can really bring personality into a space.

Hope you enjoyed defined designers!

-Kristina

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Blank walls?


Hello Define Design readers!

I am currently on the search for some amazing and affordable art for my newly painted but lonely wall. So I recently stumbled upon this great site called Society6. They have a great collection of art prints for pricing starting at $18! I am in love with this site and I can’t stop myself from hoarding all the art they have to offer. Check out some of my favs below. Great art from new and unique artists not to mention the humor category.

Here are some that I think can definitely add some interest your interior.

Here are some that made me laugh…

Don’t forget to check out http://www.Society6.com  They can even print the art on a T-shirt or iPhone case.

Great art; simple, fun, and affordable! I’m hooked. What are your favorites?

Thanks for reading!

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Roses are Gold?

Hello Defined Designers!

It has been a while since our last post but we are back! We have new updates to our site coming soon! So keep following us!

During our little break I came across some fantastic finds and a new love for Rose Gold. First on my rose gold wish list this Michael Kors watch which inspired this post. (hint hint hubby…..)

Number two on my rose gold wish list this Nate Berkus table lamp.

Some other great rose gold finds:

Slarbia Rose Gold Tiles

DKNY silk rose gold tufted pillow

Zeita Chippensteel Chair

Amalfi Rose Gold Bowl

Rose Gold Pendant

All of these pieces would make a great statement in a space. I think a little goes a long way with this tone. What color combinations would you pair with Rose Gold you ask?

This is how I would pair it:

Tell us what you think? Do you have any great rose gold or metallic accessories that you can’t imagine your space without? Tell us about them! I hope you enjoyed defined designers!

Until next time!

-Kristina

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