1.20.2011

design mail


Hi there.  I hope everyone is having a terrific week!  If not, the weekend is almost here!  I want to introduce you all to a new series on the Studio Surface blog - "Design Mail".  As you may know, I'm a licensed Interior Designer and this blog is a companion to my boutique interior design studio of the same name.  And as I mentioned before in the post below, I strongly believe that design is part of celebrating an inspired life as design can connect us.   That being said, I love talking about design to any one who will listen and imparting my "wisdom" to whoever would like a bit.  Think of this new series as a bit of free design advice alright?  I love educating folks about what I do and perhaps giving them a nudge in the right direction when it comes to their design needs.  So it will go a bit like this:  readers will email me with their design dilemmas and I will post my design solutions in a Q & A format with photo examples.  Example:

Q. Michelle, I'm thinking about  painting our master bedroom bright pink and my husband threatens to leave me if I do.  Is there a way to compromise and sneak this color in? Or, is our marriage doomed?  Thanks, Charlotte.

A. Hi Charlotte.  That is a dilemma.  Bright pink is a bold choice and I think it would look kick ass, but I can empathise with your husband and that he doesn't want to feel like he is waking up to a "girly" room each morning.  How about sticking with a neutral backdrop such as gray or white walls with crisp white bedding, then punctuating your room with touches of black accents?  Reserve the bright pink for a few decorative pillows and artwork.  Add a bit of yellow or orange to round it out. Check out this example.....  


Your marriage is intact and now you have an awesome room for both of you to enjoy (and just may make your marriage stronger if you get my drift, hint..hint...)

OK, so the "dilemmas" probably won't be that dramatic but you can see where I am going with this.  You send design questions to my "mailbag" and I dole out tidbits of design wisdom. 

Looking forward to it!!!


8 comments:

Torrie said...

Sounds like a plan! When I have a design dilemma, I'll be sure to let you know! :)

Estelle said...

Love it! Now I've got a house full of design dilemmas I would like to send your way? Care you see a photo of my half-assed new office? You might cry a little but then maybe you would be inspired to share a load of free advice. =) Seriously, I'm a mess.

Karin Grow said...

I love it! I'll be wracking my brain for something design worthy.

bink and boo said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I have a feeling you will be getting so many emails from me that you will eventually have to start charging me.

Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

Ooh!! I cannot wait for this!!

kendall k. said...

awesome feedback!!
P.s just put you on my blog roll, wth? how did it take me soo long. xo

Kaston said...

One of your husband's friends Simon (Trumpy from hobby king)sent me to your site and I am in LOVE with this room! I already have most of the IKEA Malm series, but I did not see those night stands anywhere, where are they from?

Thanks,
Kaston

Michelle Salz-Smith said...

Hi Kaston! I tried to email you directly but unfortunately can not reach you (no public profile). BUT, the end tables are similar to those once available through West Elm. You may find similar styles at Chiasso and IKEA (the Expedit side table can be flipped on its side). There are also some great IKEA "hacks" that you can find showing cool mods on IKEA pieces....

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