Add a Touch of Southwestern Flair to Your Home

Southwestern design has a comfortably laid-back character, but this shouldn’t be taken as a euphemism for “shabby.” Rather, designing with natural color palettes and materials is a great way to reflect the beauty and culture of the Southwest, while creating unique and unpretentious warmth. Below, I’ve featured a design in which I used color, texture, art and other decorative accents to add the right amount of Southwestern flair.

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In this dining room, the wall color sets the stage for other design elements. We used warm sand tones throughout the room and made sure the walls’ golden tones were rich enough to complement the room’s art and decor. This golden hue is also reflected in the wood planks between the floor tiles to create design cohesiveness.

Other colors used in this room also characterize the earthy, yet often vibrant quality for which Southwestern design is known and loved. Touches of blue evoke a desert sky, as well as precious gemstones like turquoise and lapis, which are often used in Native American jewelry. Medium to dark-toned wood furniture brings in old-world appeal and keeps the room grounded. I even added a potted green succulent, which adds an important dash of color and textural interest.

Southwestern art and patterns can be mixed and matched to add extra charm, but they should connect to the room’s overall design in some way. The wall art we used in this room contains the same color palette seen throughout the room and adds the right amount of whimsy to match the wrought-iron chandelier frame. Lashed rawhide, used in the chandelier, adds lots of rustic charm and connects with the room’s wall color. The textile patterns found in the dining room chairs are elegant enough to provide visual balance against the chandelier and wall art. Other features, such as the dynamic sculpture in the corner and the large candle on the credenza contribute to the room’s Southwestern feel.

If you’re ready to add a touch of Southwestern flair in your home, let me and my associates at Paula Berg Design Associates help you. Contact us today to learn more about our design services.

Play Time: Kid-Friendly Bedrooms

Does your child dread being told it’s time for bed? Maybe it’s ripe time to rethink your child’s bedroom design. With the help of a professional, your kid’s bedroom can be strategically designed to create a space that both you and your child love.

Whether its animals, cowboys or astronauts, one thing I try to do when designing kids’ rooms is to incorporate motifs that parallel their favorite childhood fantasies. Once I know the child will love it, I make sure the parents will love it, too. From carefully selected palettes to built-in features with smart storage, I always find ways to make staying tidy easier, while also making sure to maintain an air of sophistication that will complement the rest of the home.

I thoughtfully designed this kid’s room with a symmetrical layout to maximize floor space for playing, while discouraging messiness and clutter. Custom-designed bunk beds with cubbies for each child not only create a neat aesthetic, but also help to keep belongings off the floor.

These bunk beds may look plain at first glance, but kids love having their own special, built-in drawers for their favorite toys. A rough-hewn finish was added to the wooden bunk beds to create a rustic feel that would match the home’s style and decor.

I designed these custom bunk beds with decorative touches to add charm and playfulness to this room for a family with little girls. The bunk beds not only add beautiful style the girls and parents both love, but they also make it fun and easy to have friends sleep over, which the girls especially love!

Are you designing a kid’s bedroom in your home? Contact Paula Berg Design Associates for a bedroom makeover or other home design projects today.

Live Plants Invite the Outdoors In

Every room could use a touch of green. If you’re thinking about pistachio walls, chartreuse pillows and teal upholstery, think again. When you’ve got a thing for green, bringing the outdoors in with live plants is the ultimate nod to nature.

Warm tones fill this great room, so the foliage placed sporadically throughout are excellent for adding coolness and balancing the earthy browns and reds.

Even the smallest hint of greenery can make a huge impact. This all-white space is a great example of that. Too much white can sometimes wash out a room. But the sprawling plants toward the left give this space the balance it needs.

You can’t ignore how this romantic oasis is framed by greenery on either side. These homeowners might as well be in Hawaii, or perhaps in a Mexican villa!

If you are worried about the upkeep involved with live plants, there’s nothing wrong with adorning your mountain style home with artificial foliage. There’s no watering required, and you won’t have to worry about which plants need to be in direct sunlight. You might not be able to tell if the potted plant on this coffee table is the real deal or not. But one thing is for sure — it’s simple yet appropriate for the surrounding space. One plant could be all the green you need.

This gathering space represents the best of both the indoors and outdoors. Floor to ceiling windows provide a breathtaking view and the seating nearby make guests feel as if they’re already outside, perhaps sitting around a campfire. Since this space is already packed with natural elements and colors, the greenery surrounding it is fitting. What you’ll notice in almost all of these spaces is that the greenery stretches up toward the ceiling. Don’t assume that foliage is limited to potted plants on a coffee table. Tall or elevated greenery helps add height to even the most cramped space.

Incorporating plants into your home could run the gamut from underdone to over the top. Let our team at Paula Berg Design Associates customize a mountain home design that smartly brings greenery into your living space!

Add a Touch of Modernity with Textured Wood Ceilings

Many people automatically categorize wood interiors as old fashioned and outdated. But please don’t be fooled — knotty wood can make for the ultimate modern interior design when incorporated properly and creatively.

First, let’s talk about what exactly knotty wood is. It’s a pretty simple concept. Have you ever seen a freshly cut tree trunk? You may remember seeing a number of spots or “knots” present. These natural demarcations, when left fully intact, can help emit a natural and rustic feel in the home.

Contrary to popular belief, bold interior designs don’t have to involve use of bright colors and off-the-wall decor. Many times, it’s all about the way you use common materials in unpredictable ways. In this particular space we designed, the ceiling is much more than just its name. Acting as a fifth wall, these wood planks and beams play a vital role in adding visual texture for an overall appealing focal point.

What’s also great about this space is the overall tone-on-tone theme. Although there are lots of materials used in this room, it all comes together to produce a warm, earthy feel that’s still completely modern.

Using wood in design can do much more than make your home a modern, yet rustic haven, too. If you’re looking for deeper meaning and going green is your thing, wood that’s renewable, sustainable or even locally harvested are all ways to ensure your home project doesn’t use unnecessary resources. Not only will these options save materials, but they’re often more cost-effective as well.

I’d love to have the opportunity to blend knotty wood into your rustic home design. Be sure to check out my photo gallery to see of examples of how we’ve already done this. To speak one-on-one about your design needs, you can always reach out to one of our studios in Park City, UT or Scottsdale, AZ. The team at Paula Berg Design Associates can’t wait to speak with you!

Elegant Fireplaces for Luxury Master Bathrooms

Most parts of the U.S. have experienced a brutal winter so far this year. While we may not have been snowed in or gotten caught in the arctic front, that doesn’t mean those of us out west don’t like to come home to a toasty retreat after a long day’s work.

Is a luxurious and relaxing master bathroom makeover on your radar? Placing a fireplace in this unconventional space is the ultimate feature that’ll warm you up in no time. Adding a hearth in the bathroom is a calming feature that allows you to unwind, de-stress and collect your thoughts. Not only is it visually appealing, but it will stimulate your other senses as well. The sound of crackling flames and the woodsy, smoky aroma of logs burning will all contribute to an hour or two of rest and relaxation.

This is just one of many bathrooms from our portfolio. It evokes a charming Old World feel, and the fireplace helps to enhance that aura. Stacked stone, a handsome copper freestanding tub and a beautiful Oriental rug complete the look. The mix of natural materials like wood and stone really bring this space to life.

Another great feature of this bathroom is its lack of symmetry. Many master bathrooms are designed with a predictable, perfectly equal his and hers sections. Here, our bathroom still exemplifies balance with the vanity, fireplace and tub all taking up equal thirds of the entire space.

With a fireplace in your bathroom, extreme weather and freezing temperatures are no concern of yours. Paula Berg Design Associates would be happy to design a space that goes beyond your wildest dreams. We have two studios located in Park City, UT and Scottsdale, AZ. Contact us today to find out how we can transform your ordinary bathroom into a toasty, year-round retreat!

Designing with High-Style Armoires

From Britain’s Victorian era and ancient Rometo the days of King Louis the XIII, armoires have been an effective home feature for centuries. Not only can they solve just about any storage problem, but they also add character like few other furnishings can.

Believe it or not, the life of the armoire started out as much more than a pretty piece for the corner. Roman soldiers relied on timber boxes known as “armoriums” to transport weapons. Over time, as people began to thrive, they needed a secure place to display their belongings. As such, those timber boxes were turned on their sides, legs were added and they evolved into chests or “caskets” that could hold a family’s possessions and valuables.

It doesn’t matter if your armoire is a Victorian antique or a sleek new model from a high-end furniture store – it deserves to be the focal point, especially in important spaces like bedrooms and living rooms. Armoires take up a vast amount of space, so the right placement will help match it to your surrounding decor.

Don’t feel that you always have to force your armoire flush against a wall. Here, we placed this unit at an angle beside the fireplace. It almost feels like there’s an extra wall in this small, cozy space.

Much like our 14th century predecessors, this built-in armoire is a seamless continuation of the rest of the room’s wood finish. In fact, it fits like a glove!

There are times when an armoire looks best when pushed flat up against a wall. We adore this space because the storage unit acts as a continuation of the room’s massive built-in fireplace.

Finally, don’t let your armoire go to waste! You can use it to store all kinds of things – bed linens, towels, a wine or China collection – whatever can fit inside is fair game. You could even use it as a mini closet, perhaps in a guest room!

If you think that adding a charming armoire to your home could never work, think again. Contact Paul Berg Design Associates for help with getting your space and storage up to par!

Airy Design – Floating Shelves Décor

There are no rules when it comes to arranging floating shelves. They can be adorned just as much or as little as you’d like. If you get frustrated with cluttered coffee tables and other surfaces, a floating shelf feature at home could be the perfect solution for displaying things without a messy look. Here are some ideas for making your floating shelves stand out:

  • Do you prefer a precise and tidy look? Arranging items on floating shelves by color or stacking books on their side instead of straight up can add visual interest. Books can also lean on shelves without being completely vertical or horizontal.
  • Don’t think that shelves are just for books. Paintings, framed photos, a cherished collection, trophies and even accessories that you can’t quite seem to fit anywhere else can make their home here.
  • Balance is key. Without it, your shelves run the risk of looking either too cluttered or too bare. For example, if you’re displaying a few small items, don’t group them all together. Place some on either side of your floating shelves in opposing spaces.
  • Will your floating shelve be an area that the family has to access often? If so, place heavier items on the lower shelves, so they’re easier to reach. Lighter items can be safely placed up top.

Another way to create balance is with a specific theme or color. In this room I designed, we incorporated plenty of warm earth tones in the mix. Spreading them out adds symmetry to the floating shelves, not to mention the entire room. This is harmony at its best!

You can also take advantage of shape. In the room above, notice how the left shelf houses a long, slim vase that fits the opening perfectly. Even if your tall and short items don’t seem to make sense together, they will once they’re dispersed. It all goes back to balance!

If you think floating shelves would work wonders for your home, Paula Berg Design Associates would love to work with you. Contact one of our studios in Park City or Scottsdale today!

Vendor Spotlight: Hammerton

Beautiful interiors are best shown off with a series of custom light fixtures. This was my motto for many of the projects I designed involving unique chandeliers. Traditionally, light fixtures have been viewed as functional objects, but are now playing a bigger design role in creative ventures. Therefore, I decided to shine some light on Hammerton, one of the largest custom residential lighting manufacturers in theUnited States.

Based in Salt Lake City,Utah, Hammerton was founded in 1995 by Levi Wilson. Since then, the company has grown tremendously in the design world. Best known for their custom services, Hammerton has gained national recognition for creating exquisitely designed light fixtures entirely from scratch, as well as with customer-specified materials, such as rawhide and textured glass.

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From classic to contemporary and western to urban, Hammerton carries a range of collections with both indoor and outdoor products. Designers can find frontier elegance in their Log & Timber Collection or sophisticated city influences in their Contemporary Collection. But best of all, every sconce and ceiling light is finished with hand-applied paints and decorative finishes.

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Here’s one of my interior designs featuring a truly magnificent light fixture by Hammerton. I designed the chandelier and had Hammerton custom make and manufacture the piece for a contemporary mountain home. The mica used in the fixture really makes the chandelier glow in an understated way. Additionally, the energy exuding from the fixture is both eye-catching and dynamic, serving as the perfect focal point for this rustic yet modern interior.

Visit the Hammerton website to view more of their beautiful fixtures, and be sure to check out Hammerton’s blog, The Spark, as well. And if you’ve had a piece by Hammerton installed in your home, leave a comment to let us know about it. We would love to hear how you’ve incorporated one of their gorgeous designs into your space.

If you are in need of assistance designing a new home or remodeling your current space, let my team and I help you achieve the look you’re dreaming of. Contact Paula Berg Design Associates in Park City or Scottsdale to schedule a design consultation.