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Design Tips: Add Style to Your Dining Room with Mismatched Chairs

OD-AY710_MIXING_JV_20130904173613When it comes to creating an interesting and inviting space for your dining room, keeping the space both visually enticing and functional can sometimes be a challenge. However, there is one simple and easy design tip that you may want to consider to add some much needed space to your dining room. The simple art of swapping out some of your matching seats in your dining room set with some different chairs can really add some interest to your dining room. With many dining rooms lack any real personality, you may be surprised to find out just how much of an impact you can make by getting rid of the repetition around your dining room table.

There are a few different approaches you can take to creating the perfect mismatched chair look, and the best part is, there is no real ‘wrong’ way to create this look. One of the many ways that designers suggest you start with the process is to create diversity be adding a single new chair to the mix or a pair of chairs. The best approach to finding the right combination and the right mix is to play around with your options. You may be surprised to find out just how much moving different chairs into different positions can impact the overall look of your dining room set up.

However there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, if you want to make sure that your dining room still looks well put together and stylized, as too much variation can end up leaving your dining room looking like a big mess. Try keeping the same color pallet, or stick with a single color or material. You can also try keeping all of the chairs in the same design and in the same material but keeping the colors different. If you have pain chairs such as simple wood chairs, attempt the addition of some color or patterns with two different upholstered chairs. However, if you are adding patterns into the mix try to only introduce a single pattern as to prevent the set-up from becoming too overwhelming. Also, keeping seat heights the same is a great rule to keep in mind, and to keep variations in height to a minimum.

Finally, keep in mind, that just because you may not see a chair as the ideal ‘dining room chair’ it doesn’t mean that it’s not a possibility for your new set up. Benches, settees and wing back chairs can all make bold and beautiful additions to your dining room table. Ultimately, the choice is yours in what statement you want to make with the simple addition of a new fun chair to your dining room table.

Luxury Midtown NYC Hotel, The New York Palace Finishes Second Round

defaultThe historic, luxury Midtown New York City hotel, The New York Palace has been a fixture in the Big Apple for decades. However, over time the popular hotel has started to deteriorate based on its age, prompting many who have loved this historic inn to petition for new renovations for the building. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the second round in what will be a total of $140 million in renovations to the building has been completed. The renovation is being spearheaded by the San Francisco based design firm BAMO.

This second phase renovation features some new additions such as the add-on of six different dining destinations within the hotel. The design firm used some previously unoccupied space within the building on the north Villard Mansion of the property to add some of these new culinary fixtures. This includes the new street-facing bar, Tavern on 51 and the new bar in the lobby Trouble’s Trust.

The new renovations also include a newly revamped hotel lobby and a new Towers Lobby for the building. The new main lobby will contain a lounge and an upscale place where they are not only able to be welcomed to the hotel but to find new places to socialize and unwind upon arrival. The spacious new Towers Lobby was designed to help provide guests with a warmer welcoming to the establishment, says the team behind the new design. The goal of the new Towers Lobby is to give the guests the feel of entering into a true landmark hotel upon entering the space.

By utilizing several styles to bring together a rich and enchanting feel into the space, the design team behind this latest renovation round is hoping to create a sense of style that will eventually fill the entire hotel once the renovation is complete. The designers have infused this new fresh, modern approach to the hotel while still staying true to the original aesthetics of the building. The entire design including the renovations in the lobby is designed to help the hotel maintain the same luxurious feel while providing a contemporary approach to its classic look. The lobby still boasts features like an oversized crystal chandelier, gold leaf ceilings, a large historic marble fireplace and other original fixtures that are surrounded by upgrades like a new reception desk and marble flooring.

Moving forward with the renovation, the public can expect to still see modern embellishments added to the hotel as the designers honor the history and the original design of the building. The future also includes the addition of two additional dining establishments and a few other tweaks before the renovation stage comes to completion this fall.

A Look at How Cinema Is Inspiring Interior Architecture and Design

1385008-C-D_ArtCinema_Feature_MdWhile many people view the cinema as a place to go to see video based art in the form of movies, there are many artists in today’s interior design world that are taking cinema as the muse for their inspiration. The inspiration of film can be seen in a number of architectural structures, particularly in New York City, as the influence of classic cinema starts to meld with the world of interior decorating.

In some ways, the joining together of art and cinema is being done on a large scale. In neighborhoods like Brooklyn, you can see the influence of cinema in a quite literal way thanks to artist and cinema operator Harvey Elgart who collaborated with Italian artist and Brooklyn based artist Federico Massa to create a superhero-inspired spray painted art work in Elgart’s theater as the focal point of the establishment. This has been one of just the many ways that cinema has found its way into buildings in New York City, and while this approach may have had some street art influence, the opposite side of the spectrum can also be seen in the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Their approach to mixing the worlds of artistic design and cinema lies in their year round “Cabaret Cinema” evenings. On Friday nights, the Manhattan museum mixes martinis and movies with the art that is on display for a more immersive environment within their walls. The goal is to bring cinema and art together in a more “immersive environment” for its visitors.

On the Lower East Side, films have been inspiring art at the gallery space of the MINI/Goethe Institute Curatorial Residences where a gallery of film inspired artwork is on display. The exhibit is called “Celluloid Brushes: An Anthology of the Filmic Perception of the Artist.” There is no denying that inspired cinema design can be seen all over New York City, in all type of displays and the influences from this art is starting to meld over into the worlds of design and architecture.

By viewing cinema as what it is at its heart: a type of art, it can be easy to see how the influences of film are not only being seen as piece of artwork to hang on the walls but as art that can inspire design and lead to a whole new type of interior style. From elements from the actual theaters to iconic images from the films and the theatrical artwork themselves, there is no denying the way that cinema can influence design. Everything from film real pieces of art work to stylistically decorated rooms that draw their influences from films that depict a certain era (such as mod, mid-century styled decor inspired from Breakfast at Tiffany’s) there are all types of ways that design elements inspired by film and cinema can find their ways not only into New York City architecture but into the interior design elements of all types of buildings.