Archive for ‘Design’

November 7, 2012

New to Come

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Starting to work on a few new bands to come!! Stay Tuned…¬†

November 7, 2012

Home Plan Take 2

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Meet the Browns                    

Their Present Living Room


The Brown’s came into Bassett and asked for help on their living room. The Browns are wanting to change their sofa, coffee table, and accent chair. Here’s what I came up with in my design:


Pieces are picked from Bassett Furniture Direct



I decided since they have a very white floor to help add some color would be to add an area rug and help keep the life of their carpet. They originally wanted one chair but talked about how they would like more seating. So, I added another chair and ottoman and pushed the furniture back to give this space more room.


Sofa is from our CU 2 collection with a sock arm. The Enizo chair adds to a much innovated design to this room and goes along will with the other dark woods in the room. The Brown’s also wanted a new coffee table without glass. This is part of our Cosmopolitan collection and adds beautiful lines and shapes to this space.




Fabrics!! The fun part of design is picking color. The Brown’s have huge windows which add in a lot of Green and they have two swivel rockers that have a lot of green as well; ¬†which means they need more variety. Mrs. Brown loved the middle fabric is the geometric lines. This fabric has a lot of gray, green, yellow, and brown. I used the floral pattern as their accent pillows on the sofa to bring in some yellow and pull that color from the fabric I am putting on the chairs. This fabric even compliments the portrait we are adding to place above the fireplace. Talk about two pieces that belong together!! The top fabric is a Chenille that they both loved! It’s call Almond and they wanted something neutral with a soft cozy feel. As for this lovely area rug is where we are pulling a lot of color from. We’ve got cranberry, tan, beige, green, yellow, blue, and soft browns. Talk about adding a nice blend of array of colors.

Down below I added some lighting to help with this room at night and the metallic beige with a silver base looks great with the brass they have in their current pieces and the silver added from the end of our Cosmopolitan collect (Who ever said Gold and Silver can’t be mixed?). These cute little end tables will look fabulous on each end of our CU 2 sofa I added to this room.

This is going to be one room they will love coming home to. Relaxing and Cozy is what they wanted and the Brown’s came in with loving this design and we’ll have to wait for the end results once the furniture is done being fabricated.


More Pictures to be Posted ..





April 16, 2012

Reupholstering Before Meets After

by tmariedesignwatches

OK, So this is/was my first attempt to reupholstering. I did this for a friend of mine and boy I did not know what I was getting into. These chairs were a pain to get the staples out of. The manufacture literally¬†covered the chair with staples. These suckers almost took my eyes out! So wear safety GOGGLES! Once getting the staples out then it was time to put on the fabric. My friend purchased this lovely fabric from Joann’s for only $29.00 a yard. We ended up getting 3 yards for six chairs. I ended up using a staple gun from Hobby Lobby. I would recommend as well using a nicer stapler gun because that will give you a cleaner look with the staples. I am currently poor right now and can only use what I got.

Let me know what you think and/or helpful advice!

Old (left) with the New (right)


March 21, 2012

Eclectic Design

by tmariedesignwatches

Have You Ever Heard of Eclectic Design? 

I having gone to school for interior design never really had this term explained to me. So, I did some digging and this is what I found and just thought, maybe, how many others out there may not know what this term is. We’re used to the terms Transitional, or Contemporary, Traditional, and Modern. But what bout Eclectic? What comes to mind when you hear this word?

After having dug around to see what this most interesting term meant I soon found that I believe that more of the designs I love are Eclectic. It was brought to my knowledge that Johan Joachim Winckelmann was the founder of the term “eclectic” and this word was used to correct a piece of art from combining classical traditional with elements from the Renaissance.

“Ok, That sounds Weird, Right?” Renaissance and classical traditional together? Yes, folks but it’s more that just that. In the article I read “Understanding Eclectic Style in Interior Design,” by¬†Mykola Stepanyuk¬†says

” The philosophy behind the art movement, called eclectic style, is simple as this: to combine elements or particular styles from different time periods and different origins within a single project.”

OK now that makes sense right? Or not? Well when you are mixing two different designs you do not want clutter or things that are not appealing to the eye. You want to keep harmony within the two styles. According to eclecticism is defined as “a¬†tendency¬†in¬†architecture¬†and¬†the¬†decorative¬†arts¬†to¬†mixvarious¬†historical¬†styles¬†with¬†modern¬†elements¬†with¬†the¬†aimof¬†combining¬†the¬†virtues¬†of¬†many¬†styles¬†or¬†increasingallusive¬†content.”¬† Following by the recent article defines eclecticism as:¬†eclectic style is a combination of styles in order to design an environment, which would have a great look, artistic taste, and a specific connective element, which would make the whole design look as one piece of work (Stepanyuk).


Here are a few examples:

March 2, 2012

Marcel Breuer

by tmariedesignwatches

Marcel Breuer

He developed the prototype of a residential skyscraper which, in the coming, would be built by others of an architectural cooperative.¬†His first architectural project was the Harnischmacher House in Wiesbaden, 1932 (almost destroyed during the war). Breuer moved to the United States in¬†1937 and soon became a¬†professor at Harvard University. His designs were¬†UNESCO building in Paris,¬†‚ÄúDe Bijenkorf‚ÄĚ department store in Rotterdam,¬†United States Embassy in the The Hauge,¬†Whitney Museum of American Art in New York,¬†Sedia Chair (1928),¬†Poltrona ‚Äď arm chair (Wassily, 1925) which was the first arm chair produced in steel tube and was called Wassily because it was designed for the Wassily Kandinsky at the Bauhaus.

Poltrona ‚Äď arm chair (Wassily, 1925)

Sedia Chair (1928)

Marcel Breuer

January 22, 2012

Classic Modern

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Le Corbusier

¬†Is a man of great modern design; you would be surprised of his design because it is something you have seen before. He was 18 years of age when he built his first home. He was a man who was very sure of him self with his advance ideas regarding architecture and city planning. His buildings are the creative sense of lightness along with functioning framework for structural elements. Le Corbusier‚Äôs known pieces for modern furniture are the Chase Lounge created in 1928, called the ‚Äúrelaxing Machine‚ÄĚ it is maximum comfort and maximum versatility. Along with the armchair and sofa (1928), which is a cubic model, that gives from an optical point of view a sense of compactness. This piece was very close to Mr. Corbusier.




December 25, 2011

NHome Texas Magazine

by tmariedesignwatches
NHome Texas

NKBA Fall Into Fashion 2011

This year I finally graduated from Liberty University 2011 with my B.S. Fashion and Interior Design with a minor in Business. Few months after graduating I received a job in San Antonio, Texas. Design Materials hired me as a full time receptionist to their firm, which they were known for their marvelous design in tile design. Within a few days literally I was thrown into this fall fashion show of Interior design featuring this  years looks and trends. The theme was to show business attire with this years design in interior design. I sponsored Design Materials for this amazing show.


This wonderful, and inspiring even was hosted by Light by Design, which they are known for their magnificent display of home interior lighting.  In the Magazine check out Pages 94,95

Photos are done by: Mariel Bayona & Clarissa Gutierrez

October 15, 2011

Can I do it?

by tmariedesignwatches

Next project is something I’ve never done before. It is Reupholstering and I am quite scared. But here’s a pic of what it is before and soon I’ll post the NEW ūüôā

Ok, So this weekend I’d thought I would get a head start on working on this project. I used the same paint that I did for my coffee tables and end tables. Let me know what you think? I also believe I got more paint on me this time than I did on the last project.

OK so after adding the stuffing to this chair I realized that there was not enough support so I went and bought burlap which wasn’t too expensive you can get this at either Joann’s Fabric or Hobby Lobby. Also through this I realized that I am allergic to burlap, yah! totally scratched the heck out of my arm ha.

Next after getting this awesome chair covered in batting next is to find fabric that will complete this look. Not sure yet…. More to come ūüôā


OK, So I know it’s been awhile since my last post. However, I DID finally find the fabric I want to use on my Chairs. First off I had to buy again more foam because it just wasn’t firm enough. This has been quite the learning experience for me and having started my job here at San Francisco Design I’ve learned a lot more of the construction of furniture and what good quality is. My foam is not the “greatest” foam out there. I got it at Joann’s and ¬†I still think it’s good. What the difference is from other expensive foams are how long they will last. But I think I’m ok with what I got.

Now on to fabric; I chose birds.  The gray will totally  match my fabulous grey sofa and the yellow birds will give a hint of color. I am planning on putting this on the back of the chairs and doing grey on the front. I have to wait for my grey fabric to get in and then I can finally have real chairs again! ha  Let me know what you think!



OK I am finally getting some where with these chairs. Now I know this is not a perfect but to me it’s all a learning process.

Start of the fabric process



So after having these chairs since October that my good friend Jennifer gave to me I finally had the money to do something with it. I had originally bought about an 1″ of foam but this was not sturdy enough so I went and bought more foam 2″ this time and it feels so much better!!!


This part wasn’t hard. Just cut 30″ x 30″ square and stapled on.



Just need to add pipping and trim up around edges. Putting fabric around these arms was quite the challenge. You can even ask my friend Kelly who had to watch me on skype messing around with this bottom piece. I now have to order more fabric to do the other chair for I used all on this chair!



I purchase the foam from Joann’s. I had boughten some tacks from there as well but, as a advice from this don’t buy cheap tacks the SUCK!!! SO I went and bought new ones from Home Depo. These worked out some what better than the one’s from Joann’s. If you can find a good about online I’d buy tacks from their.


October 13, 2011

Before & After

by tmariedesignwatches

OK, So you’ve probably have seen in my post about how excited I am with my many projects. And yes it’s true I bought these coffee table and end tables at a garage sale. She wanted $150 for them but I got them down to $100. ūüôā However they worn’t the color I wanted.

So I went to Home Depo and got Behr Premium Plus Deep Base black paint. Only got a quart and has been plenty. The hardest part of this project was sanding. Took a lot of time and strength. On the coffee table I used my sander and that was a time saver.


Still working on adding things. I got the wall stickers at Family Dollar for $3 and the candle holders on the wall same place for $5. The lamps a nice co-worker gave them to me. I plan on making them a project too in spicing them up a bit. ūüôā ¬†And table runner I got at Burlington Coat Factor for $16. I do plan on changing the pillows but that’s for a later date. What do you all think so far?

September 14, 2011

What’s Your Style?

by tmariedesignwatches

Now for those of you out there that may not know what kind of stay you are here’s a post that I’ve thought I’d put together to help you out. My mom who was just visiting me kind of help inspire me on this subject, because she her self was wondering what her style was.


From the famous Tv show HGTV defines contemporary as “Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form.” The colors you pay more attention to are: Browns, Creams, Taupe, and Pure Whites. Your furniture will have clean lines and smooth surfaces and your woods would be more so a light birch rather than any heavy materials. As with your fabrics most contemporary styles lean towards natural fabrics for example silk, wool, linen and cotton are used. However, bold color and/or geometric pattern may be brought into the design with pillows, a rug or a throw.


Now HGTV explains Traditional as “Traditional furnishings can hail from 18th¬†century England, the French countryside or even the exotic lands of the East. Among the most popular traditional styles are British Colonial revival, 18th¬†century English, 19th¬†century neoclassical and French country. Here’s how the traditional style breaks down” Traditional is not where you will find your straight lines or stainless steel you are going to see more curves, puffy,¬†muted plaids,¬†floral,¬†geometrics, tone-on-tone and small all-over patterns are common.¬†You will see more classic lines and understated details. It is functional, unfussy, and restful looking. Edges are soft, smooth, and blend into the whole.


Now to confuse you transitional and is a mixer of traditional and contemporary together. You will see your furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, allowing either straight lines or rounded profiles. Your “palette relies on a lack of color to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. Dark brown can add depth to a neutral balance of taupe, tan and vanilla,” says HGTV. Transitional’s fabrics are more¬†Chenille,¬†Corduroy,¬†Mircofiber suede,¬†Leather,¬†Cotton,¬†Twill,¬†Denim,¬†Raw silk,¬†Tweed,¬†Woven reeds, and¬†Woven rope.



Now this is more my style ūüôā My mom knew right off the back this was not her style. But being a young girl in her 20s this style is right up my ally. Now HGTV expains modern as “Modern style is a clean, streamlined furniture and architecture style from the 1930s with roots in the German Bauhaus School of Design and Scandinavian modern design. It’s characterized by polished surfaces, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry.” Here you will see more neutral tones and hear exciting words like : Sleek, Smooth, and Polished.¬†¬†Modern’s flooring in this style clings to concrete, granite and linoleum; chrome and stainless steel are common accents on furniture and in the kitchen.

No now the Challenge is Which one are you? There are many more out there. For example there’s Tuscan which is what these Texans love which involves very heavy woods and bold fabrics with lots of print. But I want to hear more of what your styles are.