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Contemporary Design Transformation

We’d like to share one of our contemporary projects with you. But first, what makes a room or project “contemporary”?

Key Elements to Contemporary Design

1. Open floor plan
2. Natural light
3. Similar wood tones
4. Airiness to furniture
5. Overall neutral colors with color accents
6. Metal accents
7. Use of natural materials

When it was time for a contemporary design change after 25 years, the couple living in this traditional Chevy Chase home called upon Danziger Design to help them through the many hurdles of their renovation project. The game plan involved turning the entire first floor from traditional closed off kitchen, dining room and family room to a contemporary design with an open floor plan.

Contemporary Design

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Since the homeowners were previous clients of Danziger Design, we were initially called in to review the architect’s plans for the space. These plans were tweaked based upon our knowledge of the client and from there, the project took off. Many decisions had to be made throughout the project. Selections such as floors, cabinets, counter materials and other finishes were made at the beginning and once construction began, the fun part began. We worked with the client to decide upon rugs, furniture and accessories.

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Some of the features that make this an engaging space are the tall cherry cabinets and bookshelves throughout that provide more than ample areas for storage and display. The dining room and family room placement were switched to allow for less formal entertaining.

Dining Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Dining Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Angles throughout make the first floor more appealing – from the angled island in the kitchen to the angled wall that serves as a room divider between the dining room and kitchen.

Breakfast Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Breakfast Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

 

*Photography by John Cole Photography

 

 

Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

Often times, the professional terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used synonymously, however, they are very different. Let’s begin with Decorator.

What Does An Interior Decorator Do?

An Interior Decorator works at adorning and embellishing a space. They may deal with paints and wall-coverings, and window-treatments. They also may deal with, rugs, furniture, and other textiles and accessories. Formal education is not required for an Interior Decorator.

What Does An Interior Designer Do?

An Interior Designer has a combination of education and experience that prepares them for creating functional spaces. They do everything an Interior Decorator does , but they also need to have an understanding of people’s behaviors within a space. Often times, licensing is required for an Interior Designer to work in particular states.

What Type Of Licensing And Education Are Required?

There are several professional organizations associated with Interior Design. Some examples are ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA or the National Kitchen and Bath Associations, and IIDA or the International Interior Design Association. These associations are work to promote Interior Design and educate the profession and those looking to hire professionals.

Interior Designers work to solve problems while adhering to codes to create safe and healthy livable spaces. Interior Designers are required to stay current in their field through Continuing Education Courses (CEUs).

Designers are experts with space planning and may use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to create floor plans, elevations, and other drawings to communicate to their clients. They work with architects, contractors and other professionals to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.

In Conclusion

According to NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), Interior Designers may decorate, but Interior Decorators do not design.

As you can see, there is a difference between the two terms and professions. It is important to be aware of these differences when you have a project in mind as you want to make sure that you are hiring someone who can handle all aspects of your project.

Interior Designer

An Interior Designer is adept at space planning and can provide floor plans and elevations for your project.

Shelves – How to Accessorize

What is the best way to accessorize shelves? You probably have a bookcase or some other type of furniture piece with shelves in your home. Often times these pieces are crammed with all sorts of books lined up one after the other in anything but a creative or attractive fashion. But did you know that you can easily turn these shelves works of art that you would love to look at?

You probably already have what you need to make this happen. First, give your titles a serious look and donate the books you will not read, reference or re-read. Of the titles that remain, get creative with their placement.

Place a grouping of books vertically and add a heavy object (a box, a figurine, a vase) at the end of the grouping. Stack some books horizontally (with the spines showing) on another shelf. You can leave these as is or place another object on top of the stack. Use other objects as “fillers” on the shelves, but remember, in this instance, less can definitely be more.

Shelves - How to Accessorize

Here are some objects other than books that make shelves more interesting:

1. Letters – a word, a single letter, or a combo of letterscreating your monogram
2. Vases – a single vase or a unified grouping of varying heights
3. Boxes – these come in all different sizes and serve a dual purpose being both decorative and a place to hide small items
4. Candlesticks and candles – decorative on your shelf and at-the-ready when you need them
5. Photographs in frames
6. Seasonal items (a decorative heart for Valentine’s Day, a pumpkin in the Fall, etc.)
7. Objects from your travels
8. An interesting sculpture
9. A clock
10. Figurine

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Create interesting vignettes on your shelves and use items that you love or that have special meaning to you so that looking at these shelves makes you happy.

At Danziger Design, we can design built-ins and bookcases for you as well as help you with display of your books and favorite pieces.

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Wood Countertops; Solutions for MD, DC, and VA Interior Design

Wood CountertopsWhen a wonderful company or product comes along, we have to give them a mention.

We recently received this book (left) of projects from a company named Grothouse located in Germansville, PA. Danziger Design had the pleasure of working with this company on two separate kitchen projects. Grothouse specializes in wood solutions; specifically, solid wood and butcher block countertops for kitchens, bathrooms, bars… you name it! Not only does Grothouse provide a quality product, the owner and employees are very professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

As the industry continues with the movement of paint-finish kitchen cabinets and counters made of quartz, granite, or marble, wood countertops provides a warmth that these other materials simply can’t. The finishing process used at Grothouse makes these wood surfaces usable, not something to be feared.

We worked with Grothouse for two kitchen projects. The first was a large Potomac kitchen with grey toned cabinets, wood floors, quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. For this kitchen, we used a round, 2″ thick, edge grain Peruvian walnut counter for the eating area.

The second project where a Grothouse wood surface was used was in Wendy’s own kitchen. Her small Bethesda kitchen has grey-green cabinets, wood floors, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances as well. Wendy decided upon a walnut table top that would be nestled between two pantry style cabinets.

DANZIGER DESIGN PROJECTS USING WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Both projects with Grothouse solid wood surfaces are shown below:

Kitchen - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

Wood counter top

Grothouse was kind enough to feature the project above in their Wood Innovation book…

Wood counters

Our thanks to Grothouse! We hope to see you in the near future!

Bathroom Design

We’ve recently completed two very different Master Bathroom Projects and would like to share them with you here. For each bathroom, we used the same approach from an interior design perspective, however, based on the materials selected, the final outcomes are very different.

The first is a Master Bathroom in Bethesda, MD with transitional look, a traditional backdrop and spiced up with an ethnic flair.

Bathroom Design - Bethesda, MD

Custom Master Bathroom Vanity – Bethesda, MD

The second is a transitional Potomac, MD Master Bathroom with a contemporary backdrop spiced up with Asian flair.

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Custom Master Bathroom vanity – Potomac, MD

Bathroom Design – How We Achieved These Results

In the first approach, we began with an updated floor plan that removed the large, seldom used tub, enlarged the shower and provided for ample storage in the custom vanity cabinets and linen closet. Next, easy maintenance porcelain tiles made to look like slate were chosen for the floor and shower. Accents were selected for the shower with the look of bronzed metal.

Master Bathroom - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Master Bathroom – Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

The clients knew they wanted wood cabinetry, so we honed in on a slightly traditional Shaker silhouette in cherry wood with a warm honey brown finish. Timeless fixtures in polished chrome were chosen and work began.

Master Bathroom - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Master Bathroom – Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

Fast forward to post-construction, we selected ethnic-inspired accessories to compliment the couples’ love of travel.

Bathroom Design, Bethesda, MD

A framed ethnic print was selected to liven up the far wall.

Bathroom Design, Bethesda, MD

Hand-made baskets from Uganda add color to the wall across from the vanity.

A custom niche trimmed in the same bronzed metal tile used in the shower graces the back wall of the separate toilet room.

Master Bathroom Niche - Interior Design, Bethesda, MD

* Custom niche trimmed in tile.

 

In the second Master Bathroom, we began very much the same way as the first. An updated floor plan made better use of the existing space… a large tub was removed from the room which allowed for a comfortable shower, large vanity, separate toilet room, loads of storage, a fireplace, and something the client really wanted in the room – space for a comfortable chair to watch television.

The shower tile was selected next – the highlight –  round tiles that resemble water droplets were used along the entire back wall of the shower.

 

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Walk-in shower – Potomac, MD

 

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* One wall of the shower boasts a textured circular tile that looks like water droplets.

 

A neutral colored stone resembling bamboo was selected for the TV/fireplace wall. We love the look and texture of this tile!

Bathroom Design, Bethesda, MD

Textured fireplace tile made to look like bamboo.

With all the tile in place, it became evident that something different was needed for the bathroom floor. After much research, a natural teak was decided upon. With storage as the primary goal, the vanity/linen cabinets were designed, and a grey-green similar to the shower tiles was selected as the millwork paint color. The wall color is a ginger tone that provides and unexpected punch.

Bathroom Design, Potomac, MD

* Even the family dog likes to snuggle up near the fireplace/TV wall.

 

As the clean Asian-inspired look was subtly coming together, the addition of custom wood-framed soji screens to enhance a large window made perfect sense. The feel of the room is very spa-like and the warmth of the teak floors keep this bathroom from feeling stark.

At Danziger Design, we bring a two-fold approach to Master Bathroom Design. First we look to provide maximum efficiency in your space while meeting all of your functionality needs and wants. Secondly, we guide you through the many selections that will ultimately give you the look and feel you are seeking to achieve.

*Photography by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg