Indoor Plants

         Humans are the only animal that domesticate other animals, even since the stone age humans had dog and cat ancestors for companionship. Now with indoor plants, the practice of growing them inside is unclear. The earliest historians can trace is back in the babylonian empire.  The king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar married his Persian Queen, Amyst, she felt isolated in the marble and stone palace. To make his queen feel better Nebuchadnezzar built her the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Hanging various types of plants from the ceiling and having gardeners make a flower grow upside down, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon became one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and possibly what created the idea of having plants indoors.

 

House plants can also date back to the Romans. Romans were party people who loved to have their homes elegantly beautiful lined with expensive marble vases which were filled with many types of flowers.

 

 

A few hundred years later, Christopher Columbus and other explorers travel to discover the americas and there they fall in love with the exotic plants. They decide to ship them back to Spain, Portugal, Italy, even France. Doing this made them learn that the climate was too different for the plants causing scientist to create the greenhouse, a way to be able to have the exotic plants survive, which then of course grew and became very popular.

 

 

Centuries later we come to what is commonly known as the office plant. When women started to overtake the business world and man the workplace they brought along a sense of making the environment women friendly, thus made plants common in office buildings.  

 

 

 

Here’s some more cute ways you can incorporate plants in your home for better air and to feel comfortable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Make-Over | Before Pics and Vision Boards

Last week we shared with you that we are under construction, read our studio inspiration post here.

Furniture and rugs are on order and we are so excited to show you what we have come up with for the re-vamp of our studio!!

Lots of time was spent brainstorming the design concept. We ultimately want to make a space that is functional for every day business practice as well as future presentations and events. The current layout works….but we want it to be better…best!!

Here is a look at some before footage of what we are working with right now:

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[before // view from front entrance]

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[ before // view from foyer]

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[before // view from foyer]

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[before // view from sample room]

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[before // view from fireplace]

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[before // view from kitchen]

Like we said, it “works” – but the potential is screaming out for attention! And we are giving it!

Here is a quick sketch of what is to come:

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And the vision for our studio…

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// Front Room //

The main goal in this space was to provide separate workspaces for our designers to call their own! Having a space to organize their projects and thoughts that is separate from the design table is going to help with productivity!!

As designers, we are constantly evolving and adapting to what the market and consumers are saying they want. By creating a neutral palette of brown, navy and cream we have the ability to bring in the latest and greatest trends without sacrificing the overall design and vision of the studio. By mixing contemporary design elements with traditional flare, we are able to showcase “today’s design” and still stay true to the history and architecture of the space.

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We tied in our signature colors, pink and yellow, by incorporating it into this funky piece of Oliver Gal artwork. This is a fine art canvas print of “Marie Antoinette’s Chambers”.

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// Back Room //

The back room is going to remain the sample room, however this space will also provide as a private office for our principal designer. After removing the large conference table and replacing it with a pub height table, this change will provide more accessibility to the sample room and give it room to grow!!

Again, using a mixture of contemporary and traditional design elements allows for the studio to showcase an eclectic vibe. Our clients will be able to see a clear vision as to the services and level of design expertise we provide.

So, now that we have shared a bit of our vision with you, tell us what you think!! Be sure to check back in a few weeks to see the final outcome!

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