Design Feature in Parlore Journal

Design Feature in Parlore Journal

Thank you, Parlore Journal for featuring me in your fabulous online publication.  For those of you that do not know, Parlore is a company that specializes in streamlining interior design.  They have a FANTASTIC app that helps design professionals work smarter and manage projects from concept to install.  I use this app and I absolutely love it!

This is a snippet of the article.  You can read the FULL article here.

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Living Like a Rockstar: Living Room

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

The sweeping city views in this midtown loft are absolutely stunning, so in designing the space, my client and I wanted furniture that in no way shape or form obstructed this dramatic backdrop.  We chose a white leather, low back sectional with mixed and matched pillows, and a dark purple rug to give the space that “rockstar” feel my client desired.  The dark coffee table with a black glass top and the metallic side table add function and visual interest while also providing a place for my client to show off some of his favorite books and accessories.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Although the wall of windows in the bright and sunny living room makes for a gorgeous scene, it also makes the room VERY hot in the afternoon.  So, in order to control the light and heat coming into the space, we installed motorized solar shades.  They block the heat, but not the view. – Just one innovative way smart home technology is becoming a must have in today’s homes.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

My rockstar client also wanted a fireplace for those chilly winter nights in Atlanta.  We installed a modern, electric fireplace and surrounded it with large slabs of limestone.  It looks incredibly contemporary and masculine, while still giving off a warm glow and some heat.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

This living room, complete with a hanging bass guitar, is gorgeous in pictures, but even more stunning in person.  It was featured in Modern Luxury Magazine in their Men’s Book Atlanta March Issue.

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To incorporate more contemporary design or smart home technology into your space, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Design Defined: Commode

Commode

Commode:

(And not the one in the bathroom…) A commode is cupboard that is traditionally used for storing chamber pots.  It is often used as a side table or nightstand.

According to Wikipedia, the commode became such a necessary commodity in eighteenth century France that cabinet makers took to using the finest woods and materials to build them.  They even went as far as to decoratively carve them in the traditional French provincial style.

Here are several examples.

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Classic Habersham Stafford Commode Cabinet from Wayfair.com

Silla Fine Antiques (sillafineantiques.com)

French Louis XVI Style Marquetry Marble Top Commode Chest of Drawers Cabinet – Silla Fine Antiques (sillafineantiques.com)

18th Century Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Drop Front Desk Bombe Commode or Secretaire from www.1stdibs.com

18th Century Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Drop Front Desk Bombe Commode or Secretaire from www.1stdibs.com

 

For design inquiries and questions, please email me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a good day!

Not 50, But 4 Shades of Grey

It is no secret, I LOVE the color grey!  If you look at my interior design portfolio, you will see grey peeking through a great many of the photos.

I find grey to be the perfect neutral.  Beige has been so overdone its become “blah” and in its place, grey has immerged as the new go-to wall shade.  Its clean, crisp, refreshing, and ultra contemporary.  It works in spaces designed for both men and women and it carries a subtle hue of relaxation that seems to fit in perfectly within most spaces.  Its kind of like that multi-functional scarf you have that you can casually wear to a music festival on a summer day that also transitions into the ultimate accessory for an uptown cocktail hour Wednesday evening. – Grey serves many purposes and seems to be voted “most popular” wherever it goes these days.

I’ve been receiving a lot of comments and questions about the shades of grey chosen for the spaces I’ve designed recently.  Because grey has become such a staple in modern day design, its seems as though THOUSANDS of shades have arrived in the paint sample aisle.  Its overwhelming.  And confusing.  And downright stressful to pick the right shade!

So, I am unveiling (drum roll, please) my 4 FAVORITE shades of grey.  I’ve hand picked these shades, seen them painted in person, and spent a lot of time in their presence, so these are what I would call “trusty go-to’s.”  They are absolutely gorgeous and I think you will find, they are the cream of the quickly growing “grey crop.”

Without further adieu…

1. Dovetail by Sherwin Williams

This is a nice warm grey.  Its great for a space that needs a contemporary feel while still being cozy and welcoming.

Dovetail Grey by Sherwin Williams

Dovetail Grey by Sherwin Williams

2. Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

This is a dark grey with a green undertone.  Its great for an office, a creative space, or a bedroom.  Its slightly moody and mysterious while still being ultra chic.

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

3. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

This is a shade I would call “greige” – a cross between grey and beige.  So, if you are a devoted beige lover wanting to take a leap into the more modern world of grey, this one is for you.  Its warm, but still feels contemporary.

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Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

4. Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams

This is a nice green grey.  It adapts well to most spaces and has neutral, yet still contemporary feeling that so many of my clients are desiring.

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Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams

 

Still finding yourself lost in shades of grey? For additional trouble shooting and design help, email me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.  My team and I are at the ready to solve all your design dilemmas!

Tell me, do you like these shades of grey?  Did you find this post helpful?  Leave me a comment and let me know – I would LOVE to hear from you!

I wish you great luck in finding your perfect shade!

Design Defined: Focal Point

Focal Point

Focal Point: It is a point of interest or emphasis in a room. You can have more than one in a space, & every room should have one.

 

Here are some examples from my portfolio:

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The Focal Point in this room is the chandelier.

(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

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The Focal Point in this space is the artwork above the bed.

(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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This room has several Focal Points – The amazing metal chandelier, the artwork on the mantel, and the metallic, round coffee table that is styled with books and two vases.

(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Having a Focal Point is one of the key factors to keep in mind when designing a space.  It gives the room visual interest & directs the eye on a place to land when entering.  It also grounds a space… so this is something you must NEVER skip when designing your personal oasis.

For inquires regarding interior design and services, contact me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a smart, stylish day!

Living Like a Rockstar: Master Bedroom

I love design and one of the greatest parts of my job is getting to know my clients.  The collaboration throughout the process can tranform a normal client-designer relationship into great friendships as well.

One of the results of cultivating these relationships is the ability to create spaces that reflect the innermost parts of my clients’ personalities.  It is a privilege for me and one I take very seriously.  I work really hard to create spaces that not only look great, but that also evoke emotion… I want my clients to feel as though my work is a direct reflection of them – like if they were to magically turn into a room, the one I created for them would be the exact room they would turn into.  (I have a vivid imagination)!

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

This particular space was designed for a former rockstar.  He lives, eats, breathes, even dreams music.  He has guitars and framed records gracing the walls of his midtown condo – everyday reminders of the success he has achieved.  So, I wanted his master bedroom to reflect that same rockstar style and emotion, while also being really restful and calm. The design was focused on the following key elements:

• Dark walls – slightly moody, maybe even a little mysterious, but also incredibly cozy and relaxing.  Dark walls are synonymous with rock star style and in this bachelor’s master suite, they coincide perfectly… Like a melody to a perfect phrase.

• Dark silk curtains – no rock star room is complete without beautiful drapery.  And in this space, we wanted the moody, mysterious look to be consistent throughout, so we chose silk curtains in a similar color to the walls. This gives the room some eye-catching dimension without being distracting.

• Acrylic encased music art – just in case you weren’t sure a rock star slept in this bedroom, this piece satisfies all doubt.  This restful piece of art was chosen to stir the emotions that the love of music brings to the soul.  Its simple, with a hint of complexity, while being incredibly intriguing – just like this man’s music.

This master suite fit for a rockstar came together so organically after the conversations my client and I had regarding the feel he wanted this room to have.  The photo is absolutely lovely, but the real thing is EVEN better.  (This entire space was featured in Modern Luxury Atlanta Men’s Book.  You can access the article through my post here).

For a little rock star style in your space, contact me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Did you like this post?  Did you find it intriguing?  Let me know in the comment section and while you are at it, let me know if you have any questions or blog topics you would really like covered.

Have a GREAT day and cheers to smart, stylish living,

Design Defined: Grommet

Grommet

Grommet:

A large eyelet reinforced with two pieces of metal that are clamped together in a fabric panel.  Grommets are traditionally used in contemporary window treatments.

Lord & Hodges 1/4" Grommet Kit on Amazon.com

Lord & Hodges 1/4″ Grommet Kit on Amazon.com

Here are a few pictures of curtains with grommets:

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PotteryBarn.com

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Grommets are a great way to incorporate a contemporary feel into your space!

For any design inquiries, email me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a smart & stylish day!

Living Like a Rockstar: Cooking & Dining in Star Style

This rockstar loves to entertain – and not just on stage, either.  Whether its a few band mates, or a full fledged party, he was adamant that entertaining be at the top of the list when considering design aesthetic and function in his new high-rise space.  Because high-rise living is compact, we made up for the finite space with stellar style and functionality fit, literally, for a rockstar.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

The articulating faucet and large rectangular sink by Kohler are a provoking focal point in the kitchen, and the gorgeous backsplash and quartz counters ensure that clean up is a breeze.  Unlike granite and marble, quartz countertops do not need to be sealed bi-annually or annually.  They are incredibly durable and for a busy professional – working in music or otherwise – they are a low-maintenance, no worry solution to a beautiful kitchen counter.  I recommend them for clients that like a streamlined, expensive look, but prefer a no-extra-fuss in the kitchen kind of experience.

Again, high-rise living can be compact, but the possibilities for packing a BIG punch are endless.  (And the city views provide such an amazing backdrop for the space they can only be described as artwork.)  So, in the dining area, we wanted to create high impact with minimal square footage.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

We started with artwork.  My client said he wanted art with a lot of movement and color, so I knew exactly who to contact – Houston based artist, Blakey Bering.  I love Blakey and she has provided me with some show stoppers in the past, so we commissioned this particular piece of art for the dining area.  Blakey uses an unusual technique in her art… the sun.  She lays down the basic design with a myriad of oil and  metallic paints and then allows the sun to ultimately determine the design.  Because the art is created outdoors, the art sometimes contains small pieces of foliage and even small insects on occasion.  It is one-of-a-kind and absolutely stunning in person.

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(Artist: Blakey Bering)

The dining chairs are a sophisticated choice and pair perfectly with the round table, and the chandelier also provides a touch of bling without be overly feminine.  Together, the art, chairs, table, and chandelier create an intricately balanced space that is inviting, artistic, and incredibly contemporary.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Combined, the kitchen and dining area are a one-of-a-kind space in which carrying out the tasks of every day life transform from a chore to a pleasure.  Now that’s what I call smart, stylish living!

For inquiries regarding your space, contact me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.  I would covet the chance to transform your space into one that is smart, stylish, and reflective of you!