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Danziger Design voted 2019’s Best Interior Designer by Bethesda Magazine

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This is big! And we’re excited! Very excited!

Can you tell?! We have been voted Bethesda Magazines’s Best Interior Designer for 2019. And we are doubly excited because this is the second time in a row we have received this honor. We would like to thank our wonderful clients for making this possible. Without you, we would not exist. It’s that simple.

We wish you all a wonderful New Year… ours is off to a great start!

Main Line Today Magazine

See our most recent work in Main Line Today magazine. We are excited to have worked with this special client on their third home. Thank you to Main Line Today for featuring our work!

Lighting in Your Home: It’s Looking Up!

Lighting plays an important role in your home. Of course we need lighting to see; that’s the functional role of lighting. But lighting can also step up and play a decorative role in a home as well. There are many different types of lighting, but we are going to focus on hanging pendant/chandeliers, semi-flush lighting and wall sconces. Often times, decorative lighting may serve as an integral design feature in a room.

First, let’s look at hanging pendants and chandeliers. These are the fixtures you would typically see hanging in a dining room or kitchen above a table. Pendants can be small or large. People usually think of kitchen islands when they think of pendant lighting. But pendants and chandeliers are turning up in entry foyers, going up steps, in bedrooms, and even bathrooms and powder rooms. Semi-flush fixtures hang close to the ceiling, but may drop down 12-18 inches. Wall sconces are lights that hang on the wall.

When choosing pendants/ chandeliers, semi-flush lighting and wall sconces the scale of these lights in relation to the size of the room, furniture, etc. is very important. A light that is too small or too large will look odd in a space. Also, the style of the light makes a difference. A traditional looking light in a contemporary space may look out of place. Remember too, that the finish of the fixture should blend with other finishes in the room.

Another important thing to keep in mind when selecting these types of lights is to pay attention to the amount of light a fixture gives off. If it’s too much, a dimmer can always control the light output, but if it’s not enough, you are kind of stuck.  These fixtures can be used for task lighting, or they can be used to set a mood or feeling within a space.

We want to share with you some of the lighting we have used in our projects and why.

This small star shaped pendant fixture is perfect in the entry foyer of this 300 year old farmhouse. It provides ample light to greet guests and the shape and finish coordinate well with the other decorative items in the foyer.

small star pendant light

This large pendant fixture was used in this space obviously for light, but also to create a dramatic look in the room. Since all other fixtures are close to the ceiling, this pendant demands attention. It’s polished nickel finish is reflective and goes well with the other finishes in the room.

Large pendant light

Next, the glass baubles on this chandelier leading up to the second story are just right for the baby grand piano below. The airiness of the fixture provides the perfect contrast to the heaviness of the black piano – it almost looks like it’s floating. Of course the light also leads the way to the second floor.

small chandelier

These wall sconces on either side of the family room window provide ambiant light and softness to this contemporary space.

wall sconces

This semi-flush light fixture was used above the kitchen table to provide light without blocking the view to the outside. The light fixture has an interesting detail at it’s base and the finish of the metal and the shade coordinate with the other items in the kitchen. In this case, the light is beautiful, but is not the focus of the room. One thing to look for when selecting a drum type fixture is a light diffusing cover on the bottom of the fixture that hides the bulbs from view underneath.

semi-flush light fixture

In summary, lighting plays a key role in your home and lighting fixtures provide a way to bring light in while serving as a design element in your space. Need help finding the perfect lighting for your home? That’s where we come in!

Wallpaper – Go Big By Going Small

Set your preconceived notions about wallpaper aside.

Wallpaper is making a splash as the new “it” kid on the design scene. It never really went away, but gone are the days of the basic boring wall coverings. Now it’s patterns and textures and florals and geometrics (insert, “OH MY!” here). If you are wallpaper shy, or traumatized by the wallpapers of the seventies, let’s take a look at easing back into these “goods”  in a small way.

First up, the laundry room. Most people don’t love to do laundry so why not make your laundry room a lively place that is appealing to the eye? Here, this trellis pattern by Schumacher and Co. infuses some fun and color into a basic white laundry room.

Wallpaper - laundry room

Next, a powder room is the perfect place to add interest without a huge commitment and without breaking the bank. This powder room by Muse Interiors is infused with a royal blue and white stylized block print wallpaper . It adds interest to the room and certainly makes a bold statement. Wallpaper can add “pow” to any powder room. See our last blog where we enumerated other ways to add pizazz to your powder room… See Previous Blog Here

Powder room wallpaper

Next, an accent wall can infuse a space with energy and can even take the place of artwork. We recently had this red zebra print wallpaper by Scalamandre installed in a client’s foyer. A custom credenza will be placed in this niche as well. The wall has high impact and will certainly be a conversation piece whenever anyone new enters the home.

zebra print wallpaper

Here’s another wall accented with wallpaper in a bedroom at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. A vintage French map was used to provide interest to the bed wall. The result is stunning.

Wallpaper accent wall

Next, consider backing a bookcases or bookshelves with wallpaper. This can add a pop of color, texture or pattern to a bookshelf area which will immediately add a more lively look. Go easy on this one… a little goes a long way!

Bookcases backed with wallpaper

Melanie Johnson Photography for Domino

 

Bookshelves back with wallpaper

Design by Christina Murphy

Finally, another way to add wallpaper in small doses is to install wallpaper in picture frame mouldings. Here, wallpaper was inserted into picture frame mouldings to add pattern and color to a space. The result is an instant impact.

wallpaper in moldings

Have we convinced you yet that this is no longer your grandma’s wallpaper? Here are some interesting textures and patterns to consider…

Fun & New

Eykon wallpaper

This Eykon wallcovering adds texture and color to this wall.

 

Elitis wallpaper

Ths wallpaper by Elitis adds warmth and interest to this wall.

 

Lori Weitzner wallpaper

This fun Lori Weitzner wallpaper is a nod to all that is fit to print.

 

Osborne & Little wallpaper

This “homey” wallpaper by Osborne & Little is anything but.

We can provide wallpaper ideas that will give immediate impact to a particular area of your home. You can opt for one of the smaller ways we talked about above, or wallpaper an entire room. Walpaper is going big and waiting to come into your home!

Has Your Powder Room Lost its “Pow”?

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to take a good long look at your powder room. This is most likely one of the smallest rooms in your home which makes it a “big bang for your buck” project. Typically this is an often used room for both family and guests alike. Also, chances are very good that the room is so small that no plumbing needs to be moved. This is a win! So where do you begin with a powder room renovation?

When considering a powder room renovation, begin by taking a serious look at each of the following with an objective eye:

Floors – If your floor is tile, is it dated? Are there cracked tiles? Are the grout lines wide or dirty? If so, it may be time for a new floor.

Walls – If your walls are painted, is it time for a refresh? If there is wallpaper, is it dated or coming apart at the seams? Perhaps you currently have painted walls, but want to make an impact with wallpaper.

Lighting – Is there ample lighting? Is it dated? Is it time for LED lighting?

Vanity or pedestal sink – Are these dated? Is it time for something more current and attractive?

Countertop/sink – Are the colors outdated? Are there chips? Is the countertop material used no longer in style?
Faucet – Is the finish peeling? Is the faucet outdated?

Toilet – Are there chips? Is the color unappealing? Is it working properly?

Accessories – towel rings/bars, mirror, shelf, cabinet pulls/handles, etc. – Is it time for a refresh on these items?

Once you’ve determined what you like and what you don’t about your powder room, you’ll find that it’s possibility for transformation is usually somewhere between a new paint color and an entire renovation.

Since powder rooms are often small, this is a great place to add drama, often times without breaking the bank. You can opt for a to die for wallcovering or wall paint treatment, a striking vanity, an interesting mirror, beautiful lighting, gorgeous floor tile, or a combination of these items. We would recommend that you don’t make a statement with your toilet and sink.

Powder Room

Lighting can also make a huge impact in a powder room. Instead of using the expected light above the mirror, opt for sconces on each side of the mirror instead. Another option is to use a striking chandelier in the center of the room.

We designed this powder room for a client in Maryland who later termed it, “the fancy powder room”.

powder room

This custom-built bookmatched mahogany vanity along with the pieced porcelain vessel sink are a few of the hightlights in this fancy powder room

We can help you decide what look you want for your powder room and can help you achieve that look. We ask a lot of questions to understand your preferences. Here are two of our favorite powder room looks from the internet…

Powder room

The textured wallpaper provides interest in this powder room by Julia Wong. Photo by Werner Straube

black and white powder room

This black and white powder room was designed by Vanessa Francis Design. Photo by Stephani Buchman

We also do full bathroom design as well. take a look at our blog titled Bathroom Design.