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Curve Appeal: The Circular Sofa Gets Resurrected

Equal in comfort and sculptural appeal is the curved sofa; and furthermore,  a more stylish choice over the usual L shaped sectional.

 While some attest to its comfort trumping that of the average sectional, one will find it ideal for the entertainer or simply engaging in conversation with family and friends.  As San Francisco designer Chloe Redmond Warner stated… “It closely mimics the around-the-campfire vibe, which is so gloriously communal.”  And we agree, well put Ms. Warner!

The curved sofa is the perfect solution for creating interesting lines in a generally boxy room, or softening a more edgy look.  Jonathan Adler adds a feminine touch to the rustic look of the home below with his creamy curved Danner Sofa.

While we have a hit list of favorites, a few must-sees  include the gorgeous St. Germain Sofa by ModShop in LA.  Available in about a dozen colors, and optional feet.  These sofas are custom made to order, and will satisfy your love of Deco style.

If you have the space and are feeling really ‘groovy’ the 70’s inspired, Restoration Hardware Curved Wave Sectional might just be the ticket.

For more information about the Curved Sofa trend or items in this blog, please leave us a comment.

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Commercial Design: Primp Lounge in Manhattan Beach

Commercial design is always an exciting and challenging aspect of our business at Jigsaw Design Group.  Recently, our team completely renovated a former office space into a beautiful, bright, light filled beauty lounge in Manhattan Beach, California called Primp Lounge.

Our design team took a dark multi room office and breathed life into the space.  The first task was opening up the location by tearing down walls, replacing hardwood floors, and reconfiguring the floor plan to maximize the heaps of natural light from all the massive windows and skylights.  
Meanwhile, major upgrades were made in the water & plumbing systems, then air conditioning and a second bathroom were added, all to meet the new LEED standards and for the future patron’s comfort.

For the interior design, we added crisp white walls and bleached hardwood floors.  This lays the perfect canvas for twinkling chandeliers and cozy lounging areas  featuring Jonathan Adler furniture and accessories, all with a beach modern flair.

A must for every beauty lounge are comfortable, ergonomically designed chairs for hair, washing stations and lash applications.  Amid the white and black faux alligator covered swan chairs are Carrara marble table tops, and gold accents all throughout the space.

The beauty lounge renovations were perfectly executed to meet all the client’s needs for a gorgeous, functional space where ladies can come to relax and get primped!

See www.theprimplounge.com for more information on Primp Lounge in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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The Modern Twist on Nautical Style

Classic styles always evolve, and in this post, we’ll share some ideas for updated nautical looks.  Our design firm, Jigsaw Design Group is based in Southern California in a beach community called Manhattan Beach.  Here, we’ve seen the typical beach bungalow or beach cottage with shells and sailing kitsch mold into a more Cape Cod meets Modern style with elevated design and luxury finishes.

Achieving the looks is pretty simple, and the nuts and bolts can be done by a pro or some DIY aficionados if one feels brave enough.  While installing shiplap or board and batten are not required for the look, it has become immensely popular.  Using ship lap with it’s wider boards rather than the classic wainscoting make the look more up-to-date, much like the idea of hardwood floors getting wider too.  In the two images above one can see a Board and Batten example in the first photo, and Shiplap in the second image.  Pairing these finishes with crisp white walls throughout lay the perfect canvas for your Nautical Modern space.

Next, minimize. Using items with clean minimal lines like the console table above and simple framed mirror add a Modern touch amid the earthy basket and tufted ottoman.  Keeping items clean and simple and uncluttered for a ‘less is more’ aesthetic add to the modern touch and in the end make a big statement.

 

Something green in every room.  With all the neutrals, white walls and seaside color accents (aka flora and fauna) a pop of green will bring your space to life.  It also adds to the beachy, outdoor vibe of your nautical home.  The Schefflera,  known as the Umbrella Plant, as seen in the right corner of the above room is the ‘It’ plant in home decor for the modern nautical home.

Adding touches of seagrass, twine and wicker keep the nautical theme, but keep in unfussy and from looking too kitschy.  A perfect example is the bedroom about with rattan chairs paired with simple white linens and asymmetrical furniture placement.

Even the nautical stripe gets a modern update by Ralph Lauren.  Chic black and white replaces the navy standard for a fresh take on seaside style.

For more information on nautical modern style or images used in this blog, please leave a comment below or visit our contact page to speak to a Jigsaw Designer directly.

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Tips for Planning A Backyard Pergola

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer, and our temps here in Southern Cal reflect just that.   Therefore the hot request we are getting from our client’s right now is for backyard pergolas.  Adding this type of feature to your home adds value, square footage, and a space to create  fun filled memories with family and friends.  In this post, we’ll share some quick tips on planning a pergola for your home as well as explore some interesting ideas to make your space unique.

For starters, you’ll want to find the perfect space in your yard, and one that is flat if possible.  If your land isn’t leveled already, that can be done by a construction professional.

Next, selecting a space with some trees for a bit of shade from another structure is best.  A pergola is meant to be open to the sun above, so on hot days a little shade will be welcome.

A fun way to add a little visual interest to your pergola is by adding laser cut sheet metal to the roof or custom wood work.  This details creates fun pattern play that simply adds another interesting layer, making your space fit your personality and style.

Think of a pergola as an added outdoor living space. Creating a space for outdoor dining to a home with a small dining room indoors would be an excellent solution to maximize space for your home.  Or, simply creating a fun outdoor space for your family to enjoy movie night via a large wide movie screening area as seen below.

Adding special touches makes your space your own, like the above with a rock path leading to the black pergola with globe chandeliers.  Or the poolisde pergola below with oversized beds and draping canopies for a dramatic solution for a shady spot to break from the hot sun.

Whether your pergola is free standing or attached, traditional or modern, creating an outdoor space to gather with friends will add value to your life as well as your home.  Relatively low in cost to build, a typical pergola can be built on the low end around $3500, but can climb upwards from there depending on your amenities.  For example a classic four post structure with comfy lounge chairs will cost less than one with an outdoor kitchen.  By definition a pergola is a four-pillared structures with an open, latticed roof, and are covered with concrete or a flagstone patio.  But even something as simple as mulch flooring and three pillars like the image below can break the rules, yet provide as much fun and relaxation as one on a grand scale with all the bells and whistles.

*JDG Tip-If you plan to go the DIY route, we recommend contacting your local utility companies to ensure you don’t dig post holes into underground utility lines.

Whatever your design style or budget, just make it functional, fun and most of all,  make it your own.

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How To: Select-Measure-Calculate Wallpaper

Take your space from bland to wow in an instant simply by adding Wallpaper.  Transforming your space using bold colors, textures or patterns make a statement in your home or office quickly and for a cost that won’t break the bank. 

With so many options available, choosing the perfect paper can be a bit arduous, but by following a few basic tips we’ve provided and using Jigsaw Design Group calculation tool, your search can be simplified and even fun. 

For starters, draw inspiration from your current space by bringing an existing accent color to life, or consider selecting a dramatic pattern to  bring excitement a room where most of the upholstery is solid.  Take into consideration how many walls you plan to cover, a giant geometric may be more suited for an accent wall or a petit powder room instead of the four walls in your bedroom.   A good rule of thumb is that the wallpaper should match the mood of your room.  For example,  a relaxing or romantic print for the  bedroom,  a bold and quirky print for a kids room, or rich and glamorous for a dining room will make sense in those spaces.  

Below, see how a Jigsaw Designer took a bedroom from pretty to a fashionista haven simply by adding the navy and white striped wallpaper.  She took inspiration from the navy and white theme of the room, and also used the more masculine bold stripe to contradict the frills of the Baroque framed mirrors.

Also, see the dramatic difference adding a wallpaper feature wall made to the entry in the same home come to life.

 The transformation is huge.  So, now that we have you on-board for trying wallpaper for your space, next…measuring and ordering.

Things to consider: Each variety of wallpaper has a bit different temperament than the other, so it is vital to the success of a wall coverings project to measure and order the appropriate amount of paper or fabric.  Jigsaw also suggests using a professional contractor for application.  This will take the stress off of you and avoid time and financially consuming mistakes. 

While most wallpaper is pre-pasted to make hanging a bit easier, grasscloth is not. Therefore, applying specialty wallpaper glue will add a step to the instillation process.  Finally, priming walls with a Shellac or any wallpaper primer will prep the walls for a beautiful final product. 

Luckily for our valued readers, Jigsaw Design Group provides a very handy Wallpaper Calculator on our website where one may easily input the measurements of the space to cover, discover the number of rolls needed for a project, and get an approximate cost for labor.  Wallpaper costs can be a bit tricky, so the Wallpaper Calculator can help eliminate unwanted surprises with your budget.  To check out the Jigsaw Wallpaper Calculator please visit our website at http://jigsawdesigngroup.com/wallpaper.  This calculator and all of the helpful information on the website helps make the task of selecting, measuring and ordering wallpaper so much easier and enjoyable.  

While there are dozens of wallpaper vendors, and many more listed on our website,  below are some of our favorites. 

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www.fschumacher.com/catalog/Wallcoverings

www.wallpaperstogo.com

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At Jigsaw, we love using wallpaper to enhance spaces.  It brings something special into a room and adds warmth to a stark space.  For more information on wallpaper, or even help in choosing the perfect paper, leave us a comment or contact a designer through the Jigsaw website.  We’d love to help!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day-Lovely Green Interiors

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are resurrecting a beloved blog on green interiors.  The color continues to stay fresh and inspiring!  Covering everything from emerald to kelly green we will share gorgeous green ideas in this post proving, it really is greener on the other side.

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Summers arrives and everything blossoms, the spring rains usher in lush colors of green and inspire us to bring nature’s most soothing color into our space. The color green, in essence, signifies nature, life, youth, hope and safety.  Therefore, bringing green into your formal dining room plays off as comforting yet with a regal twist.  Use this lovely shade of green with muted colors for a softer look or make a bold statement contrasting with black and white as seen in these dining rooms that are sure to charm.

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Sofas and accent chairs in the living room make a bold statement and create a definite wow factor.  A pair of kelly greens chairs with a small gold table for a sitting area is the perfect way to add a pop of color to the room.   The Jigsaw designers like mixing grand velvet green sofas with gold accents, charcoal grey and black and white as seen in the images below.

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Our bedrooms are our sanctuary, the escape from the world to be completely ourselves.  If you are not one for a typical soft palette in your most private space, then the calming color green is the answer.  Known for it’s relaxing qualities, it has long been a symbol of fertility and was even the traditional wedding dress color in medieval times.  One trend that we are in love with right now that works great in the bedroom is painting walls and the ceiling your favorite emerald or kelly shade.

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Green is very striking, it is the symbol of “GO” by all means, so adding it in smaller doses might be just enough for most of us.  Green drapes make the perfect temporary green fix.  Kick it up a notch by adding a black and white trim or using a fun green and white chevron pattern as seen in the following images.

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Green with it’s many meanings including balance and well-being, are actually recommended by color experts in that adding green into your environment will help create a fresh new balance in your life.  A lamp, a bench, wallpaper, whatever it takes, just get some green into your space and enjoy the revitalizing and fantastically stylish feeling it gives you.

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Champagne: Hardware Color of the Month

Let’s toast this season’s hottest hardware color, champagne!  Blurring the lines between yellow and rose gold, this hue stands out in more matte finishes offering a sublte alternative to its typically shiny finish.

The lovely metallic offers the perfect compliment to the kithen or bath especially when paired grey, blue, black or white cabinets.

 

The Jigsaw designers have always had a fondness for gold finishes. But this one we are really embracing.  We suggest a bold statement piece like Jonathan Adler’s Sputnik chandelier to wow your visitors.  Perfect for the entry, dining room, bed or bath this mid-century throw-back is a stunner.

If you’d like something a bit more streamline, then nothing softens a space like the perfectly lit wall sconce.  West Elm’s Glass Cyliner Sconce in Champagne luster has a beautiful finish in a minimal design…this style is also available as a pendant lamp.

Furthermore, metallic tile is a trend on the rise.  This fun peel and stick champagne tile is a great options for an apartment or office where making a permanant change is not an option.

Pop the champagne and just go all the way with a room layered in the hue from trims, fabrics, wallpaper and hardware.

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Vainglorious Velvet

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Forever hand-in-hand is the runway and interior design.  Eternally classic velvet has reemerged on the market in haute couture while simulanoulsy trending in the home decor  space.

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Luxury designers in apparel, footwear and handbags are diving in head first to beautiful rich colors in wine, forest green and misty pinks.  What’s to stop a gal from matching her handbag and her bedding?

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This beloved fabric has been synonymous with fashion and interiors since the Renaissance.  Though the textile has been watered down through the centuries and can be found at any price point, the velvet we are in love with has a great hand and quality that can stand the test of time.  The Jigsaw Designers are big fans of Jonathan Adler’s velvet for example his rich sapphire blue Gold Finger collection that is trimmed in gold metal as seen in the photo below.

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Soft cream and grey velvets are timeless and an ideal way to impliment the color for longevity.  The colors are also perfect for the holidays too.  Create a winter white space with hints of greys, gold, and creams for a Joyeux Noel.

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For those of us that are not color shy, just go all the way.  We love the look of bold colors perfectly married together like the brave purple/blue space below.

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For more information on velvet trends please leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.  To reach a designer, visit the contact page at www.jigsawdesigngroup.com or call (888) 367-9114.  

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Grasscloth Reimagined-Natural Fiber Wallpaper

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The Grasscloth trend has been on the rise again for some time now.  Attributing to its recent rapid growth are many factors: the desire for something more natural in the market, history repeating itself, and the reimaging of this long time traditional product.

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Grasscloth is usually comprised of an assortment of natural materials; arrowroot, jute, sisal, hemp, and cork to name a few.  Each have different strand thickeness and color resulting in a unique texture.  Just below are images of two different cloths, the first is Jute in Blue and the second, is Arrowroot in Grey, both by Phillip Jeffries.  Despite the colors, one can easily see the similarities and the differences, which therefore add a timeless texture to any space.

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These materials often come at a rather significant price between $75 to $350 per roll.  Though the price is easy to defend considering the painstaking process in manufacturing the product.  The complicated procedure is done by weaving together thin cotton threads and grass strands, and then fastening these weaves to a lightweight backing like rice paper.  Typically, these wallpapers do not come pasted, so a professional contractor is recommended for hanging this delicate product.

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Some of the Jigsaw Design team’s favorite players are Phillip Jeffries and Schumacher who have a corner on the market, and rightfully so.  Jeffries is constantly taking new perspectives in the grasscloth segment by creating unique finishes and designs.  For example the grasscloth cloth Rivet Collection, and the Metallic Grasscloth Collection as featured here.

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While pairing beautifully with the seaside or traditional home, designers like Jigsaw have broken down those barriers and integrated this timeless classic into modern and transitional/contemporary homes across the country.

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grasscloth-bedroomAdaptable to any space, the dining room is not the only room in the house for grasscloth anymore.  Nurseries, bedrooms, bathrooms, powder rooms are all perfect places to add the luxurous texture that often arrives with a natural earthy smell.  Even the ceiling gets remimagined in grasscloth in the image below.

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Textured Walls: Fresh Ideas for the Accent Wall

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The Jigsaw Designers have always been advocates for painting accent walls  fun colors, bold stripes, metallics or whatever trend is of the moment.  But, sometimes a little texture is just what you’re looking for.    From textured wallpaper to stone walls, in this blog we’ll show you some great ways to create a dramatic accent wall rich in texture.

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The image above is a dining room with an accent wall made of stone.  The rustic ranch style room can keep it’s neutral palette, yet it attains a wow factor with the beautiful texture in the stone.  One would think that too much space would be taken up in a room with this size stone, however these are half stones which are installed with a similar process of how brick is installed.

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We’ve always been a big fan of the exposed brick wall as a matter of fact we’ve dedicated an entire blog to it.  Taking the brick accent wall a step further by painting the brick can be a great trick to adding drama like in the charcoal painted brick below, or neutralizing a color palette like the white brick in the bedroom photo.

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brick-wall-1Additionally, wallpaper can be a great way to add texture to your space.  With an almost unlimited amount to choose from,  one can express their own personality through many differnt styles, colors, patterns and types.   Today, the market can satisfy any style need one can desire from grasscloth, flocked, and even paintable wallpaper.  Grasscloth can fit into many styles of space and it pairs especially well with Cape Cod, Traditional and Beach Chic, while flocked pairs perfectly with the old Hollywood Glamazon and Classic French styles.  For more information on Wallpaper, see our previous Wallpaper Blogs, and stay tuned for the upcoming blog focused solely on Grasscloth and natural wallpapers.

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Paintable wallpaper is hot trend right now because it allows you to love your texture, but be fickle with the color you want to keep.  Perfect for you design lovers and DIY types that like changing things up every season or so.  Also a great idea for stair risers, and ceilings.

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