Design Defined: Drop Front

Design Defined: Drop Front

Drop Front

 

Drop Front:

 

A drop front is the hinged front of an upright desk that drops down to provide a surface for writing.

These versatile and multifunctional pieces are great for homes short on space.

Here are a few examples:

www.potterybarn.com LUDLOW TRUNK WITH STAND SECRETARY DESK

www.potterybarn.com LUDLOW TRUNK WITH STAND SECRETARY DESK

 

www.1stdibs.com Mid-Century Modern Borge Mogensen Style Danish Teak Drop Front Desk

www.1stdibs.com Mid-Century Modern Borge Mogensen Style Danish Teak Drop Front Desk

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Wentworth Secretary Desk

www.crateandbarrel.com Wentworth Secretary Desk

 

I think drop front desks are great.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Would you have one in your home?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Spring is All Around Us: Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

Spring is All Around Us- Modern Artwork to Liven Up Your Space

The cold weather is lifting, we’re starting to trade our winter boots for sandals, and we can almost taste the freshly cut watermelon at a summer barbecue with friends.

Are you ready to usher in the warm weather?  I know I am.  I also know that as the seasons change, I tend to change my interior, as well.  Switching it up can be a really good thing.  It’s so fun to come home after a day of work to a fresh space that feels in tune with the season surrounding it.

New throw pillows?  New throw blankets?  Maybe a change of dish ware to something a little more lively?  Yes, yes, and YES.  But today, I’m going to be sharing some inspiring artwork that reminds me of the lovely months between April and September.

Here are some of my favorite modern artwork finds to liven up your space:

 

1.

Papier-Mache Wall Art from West Elm

 

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art - Geo Panel

www.westelm.com Papier-Mache Wall Art – Geo Panel

 

Bright and clean.  Textural.  This geometric artwork is perfectly on trend and so fresh.  It would go with virtually any color palette and it provides a very interesting focal point for your space.  I picture this in a downtown, bachelor pad loft.

2.

The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

www.icanvas.com The Mermaid by Judith van den Hoek

 

This piece feels very stark and simple to me while still being feminine.  It could go seamlessly in multiple spaces: a single family home, a female executive’s office, a single guy’s dining room…  This art is the perfect example of less is more.

3.

Hush by Vinn Wong on iCanvas.com

 

www.icanvas.com Hush by Vinn Wong

www.icanvas.com Hush by
Vinn Wong

 

This abstract piece would fit perfectly with a black, white, and gray color palette.  It would add the perfect punch of color.  I picture this in the contemporary living room of a single family home.  It provides just enough visual interest without being over powering.

4.

Deep Water Current – Glass Coat at Z Gallerie

 

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current - Glass Coat

www.zgallerie.com Deep Water Current – Glass Coat

 

I love the color variation in this piece – different shades of blue against a white background.  The glass coating also makes it really shiny and reflective.  This art work would easily brighten up any space.  It’s incredibly versatile and I could picture it pretty much anywhere, though I would love to see it in a fairly monotone space.  Maybe white walls and a white sofa with this centered above…

5.

WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS at Pottery Barn

 

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

www.potterybarn.com WHITE HORSE FRAMED PRINT BY JENNIFER MEYERS

 

What exemplifies freedom (the summer months) better than an unbridled horse?  I love the simplicity and depth of this photo.  It’s another piece so versatile it could fit virtually anywhere.  I would love to see this in a modern master suite on a feature wall.


 

As coffee is to cream, so is artwork to your space – an essential pairing.  I hope you enjoyed viewing the pieces above as much as I enjoyed finding them for you.

What do you think?  Do you like this modern artwork?  I would love to hear from you!

As always, for interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy Spring!

Design Defined: Anodize

Anodize

 

Anodize:

To anodize means to use a chemical process where a coating is etched onto metal.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about anodizing,

“The process is called anodizing because the part to be treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than does bare metal. Anodic films can also be used for a number of cosmetic effects, either with thick porous coatings that can absorb dyes or with thin transparent coatings that add interference effects to reflected light.”

Here is an example of anodizing in action:

Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion) by engineer guy:

Pretty neat, isn’t it?  I didn’t fully understand anodizing until researching this blog post.  I don’t think I’ll ever look at my phone or laptop the same way.

What do you think?  Are you enjoying/learning from these Design Defined posts?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a good day!

Spring Has Sprung: The Best Plants for Your Interior

Spring Has Sprung- The Best Plants for Your Interior

 

Spring has sprung, and summer is around the corner.  What better way to enjoy the weather and bring a touch of the outdoors inside than with indoor plants?

These five, easy maintenance indoor plants will bring a little green (and oxygen) into your interior.

One.

The Pothos

 

www.homedepot.com Golden Pothos

www.homedepot.com Golden Pothos

 

Today.com has this to say about this easy plant:

“Why you want it: First of all, this indoor plant has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. How neat is that? It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.

How to care for it: This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail eight feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy. It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.”

Air purifying?  Absorbs and strips toxins?  Easy to take care of? … Where do I sign?

Two.

The Peace Lily

 

www.amazon.com Hirt's Peace Lily Plant

www.amazon.com Hirt’s Peace Lily Plant

 

HousePlantExperts.com provides this information about the Peace Lily:

“Removing pollutants: A study performed by NASA and Dr Wolverton  to determine how plants can remove pollutants was conducted. As you can see, the list here tells us the peace lily removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethane, and others. I’m not an expert on pollutants, however, something tells me these don’t sound like something I want to be inhaling, so if a few plants can help, I’m in.

Flowering: The white lily flowers (known as a spathe) begin blooming with a twist at first before flourishing and revealing it’s yellow or white spadix in the center. The right light conditions are required for the flowers to bloom which can last a couple of months.

I had one that produced one flower the first spring and then three the year later.. so it seems as they mature the more they can produce, with enough light. They usually bloom springtime, sometimes later.

Foliage: The lance shaped (long..wide in the middle) dark green glossy leaves grow outwards and droop, and grow to around 6 inches long. Cleaning them gently with a soft sponge will keep them looking healthy and attractive.

Where they like to reside: Because the peace lily is a fairly small plant in height and width they are suitable to place where you see fit. It’s important to make sure the place has plenty of light, but not direct sunlight to prevent damaging the leaves. The best environment they prefer is light and shade throughout a day.”

Another beautiful, easy plant that removes pollutants from the air?  Yes, please.

Three.

The Moth Orchid

 

www.whiteflowerfarm.com White Moth Orchid

www.whiteflowerfarm.com White Moth Orchid

 

SouthernLiving.com says that:

“Moth orchids are great year-round, but they’re especially well-suited for cold days when you’re spending a lot of time indoors. Their elegant flowers will brighten tables and windowsills in your home for months at a time. Don’t be intimidated by their exotic appearance. They need very little to thrive inside.

Kate Santos loves moth orchids. “Dr. Kate,” as her coworkers call her, is director of research and development for Costa Farms near Miami. It’s the largest grower of indoor plants in the South. “Moth orchids are perfect for new gardeners because they are some of the easiest orchids to grow,” Kate explains. “They also do not require a lot of attention, which makes them great for people who don’t have a lot of extra time.” Even experienced gardeners enjoy these easy flowers, she says, because new variations in flower color, size, and bloom become available each year, so gardeners can add to their existing collections.”

Intimidated by orchids?  Start with the Moth Orchid.  As you can see above, it’s a low maintenance, beautiful plant for the busy working American who still desires a little organic material inside.

Four.

The Lemon Tree

 

www.fast-growing-trees.com Meyer Lemon Tree

www.fast-growing-trees.com Meyer Lemon Tree

 

According to GoingHometoRoost.com, the Lemon Tree:

“Serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons for much of the year! They are hardy plants that can be moved to a patio for the summer and inside for the winter. These trees are always either flowering or blooming!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 8 feet tall.”

Lemons are beautiful and fragrant, and lemon juice makes for a delicious addition to many drinks and dishes.  I have a feeling the lemon tree will be making an appearance in my home very soon.

Five.

The Pachira Aquatica

 

www.ebay.com EDIBLE NUT EXOTIC PACHIRA AQUATICA TROPICAL BONSAI

www.ebay.com EDIBLE NUT EXOTIC PACHIRA AQUATICA TROPICAL BONSAI

 

ApartmentTherapy.com shares that:

“The Pachira aquatica is also known as the money tree, guiana chestnut or the saba nut. Because this tropical tree thrives near wetlands and swamps, it loves soil that is moist at all times. Hence, the kill-proof factor. It also thrives in indirect light so growing it indoors is no problem. Just position it in the brightest area of your home. (Wiki)

How to care for the Pachira aquatica:
• This plant loves moisture but you should never let it stand in water. Good drainage is essential.
• Position this plant in bright indirect light indoors, turning it everytime you water it for even growth and leafing.
• Water this plant consistently. 1 – 2 times per week depending on humidity. Make sure you water all the topsoil, just until the water starts leaking out the drain holes.
• For optimal longevity, lightly fertilize the Pachira 3 – 4 times a year with a water-soluble fertilizer. (I use an easy one that you scatter on the topsoil that gradually dissolves with each watering.)”

While money may not actually grow on this tree, it will save you some dinero as it is very hard to kill.  I love the braided trunk!


Well there you have it!  Five indoor plants that will liven up your space, and in some cases, even purify it.  Plants are essential accessories and any of the above would make a great addition to your home.

Will you be purchasing any of these?  Better yet, do you have one or more in your home?  We would love to hear from you!

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy Spring!

Design Defined: Corner Cupboard

Corner Cupboard

Corner Cupboard:

A triangular shaped china cabinet made to fit into a corner in a dining room.

Corner cupboards provide extra storage, and in many cases decoratively display, fine china.

Here are a few examples of a corner cupboard:

www.wayfair.com Sedona Corner China Cabinet by Sunny Designs

www.wayfair.com Sedona Corner China Cabinet by Sunny Designs

 

www.houzz.com Santa Fe Corner China Cabinet, Dark Chocolate

www.houzz.com Santa Fe Corner China Cabinet, Dark Chocolate

 

www.wayfair.com Eagle Furniture Manufacturing Coastal Corner China Cabinet

www.wayfair.com Eagle Furniture Manufacturing Coastal Corner China Cabinet

 

Do you have a corner cupboard in your space?  What do you use it for?  I would love to hear from you.

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy Thursday!

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

I’ve said it before, and I’ll certainly say it again: Lighting is everything.

 

EVERYTHING.  It sets the tone for your space while adding the ever important element of, wait for it… function.

We need to be able to see in our homes, right?

Beyond setting the tone and adding light to our spaces though, can chandeliers double as a focal point?  A piece of visual interest?  Even a work of art?

The answer is YES, and because your home is your sanctuary, why wouldn’t you invest in chandeliers that are stunningly beautiful while being equally functional?

Before showing off some of my favorite chandeliers in the homes I’ve decorated, I’d like to chat briefly about size and scale.  You can have an incredibly gorgeous crystal chandelier – hand crafted in Italy – but if it’s too small for your space, it may look like a single pea on a dinner plate.  Or conversely, say you have this stunning Jonathan Adler modern chandelier, but because you forgot to measure your ceiling height, it looks like a Goliath in your more David sized dining room.

Before spending your hard earned dollars, do the work no one wants to do: measure your space thoroughly (or hire me).

Figure out the square footage and ceiling height of the room in which you are looking to place this chandelier.  Also, what is the intention for the space?  Is it a kitchen?  A dining room?  A powder room?  A living room?  A bedroom?  Each of these spaces will most likely be a different size and will require different functionality.  In a dining room, a lower hanging chandelier is acceptable over your dinner table.  You won’t be hitting it with your head all the time.  Conversely, a low hanging chandelier in your living room may obstruct views and deter conversation.

You get the idea.  You can have the most beautiful chandelier on the planet, but if the size and scale of it are wrong for your space, it will be a distraction.

For more on size, scale, and calculating the ideal chandelier for your space, take a look at Wayfair.com‘s Chandelier Size and Placement Guide.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Here are several of my projects that highlight chandeliers.  Not only do they provide abundant light, but they double as focal points & stunning works of art.

One.

 

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

The chandelier in this photo reminds me of a 1920’s flapper dress.  It glows and shimmers ever so subtly.  Its beautiful in this photo, but even more stunning in real life.

Two.

 

Photographer: Mali Azima, Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy

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

The modern chandelier in this downtown Atlanta bachelor pad resembles floating bubbles.  It is so unique, and when its turned on, each glass bubble reflects on the others making it glow throughout the space.

Here is a close up:

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

Three.

 

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

This glass chandelier has been one of the most talked about in my work.  While it is indeed stunning, it’s not overpowering in the space.  It fits just right – adding a slightly modern twist on a traditional design.

Here is a close up:

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

Four.

 

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

This particular dining room chandelier is a modern take on a candle lit medieval classic.  It fits perfectly in this contemporary space.

Five.

 

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

This colorful, mid century modern living room was one of my favorite projects.  The chandelier almost has a personality of its own.  Its interesting, lively, and definitely worth talking about.

Here is a close up:

Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors - Midcentury Modern Masterpiece 6

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

The End (for now).

 

Can you see now how easily a chandelier can double as a work of art?  In my experience, they are worth every penny of investment as they will provide much needed light and beauty to your space for years and years to come.

Oh, and don’t forget to install dimmer switches.  You will want the ability to control the level of light emanating from your chandelier.

What do you think?  Do you like chandeliers?  Have questions about incorporating them into your space?  We would love to hear from you.

As always, for inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

May your day be filled with light and beauty!

Design Defined: Canterbury

Canterbury

Canterbury:

A transportable magazine rack named after the Bishop of England.

Canterburys provide a decorative way to display literature and magazines.

Here are a few examples of a canterbury:

www.monticelloshop.org The Monticello Canterbury

www.monticelloshop.org The Monticello Canterbury

 

www.1stdibs.com Large English Regency Canterbury Magazine Rack

www.1stdibs.com Large English Regency Canterbury Magazine Rack

 

www.houzz.com Theodore Alexander The Archbishop's Canterbury

www.houzz.com Theodore Alexander The Archbishop’s Canterbury

 

Have you ever heard of a canterbury before (besides Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales)?  Do you have one in your space or would you like to have one?  I would love to hear from you!

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a wonderful day!

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss

 

Side tables/end tables are necessary in every space.  They provide a surface for beverages, lamps, books, and anything else you might want elevated off the ground.  Not only are they incredibly functional, but as is evidenced below, they can be incredibly chic and fashionable.

I have scoured the internet in search of some of my absolute favorite side and end tables.  They are contemporary, visually appealing, and practical – must haves in any space.

Without further adieu, here they are!

5 Side Tables You Do Not Want to Miss:

 

1. Crate and Barrel Entu Side Table

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Entu Side Table

www.crateandbarrel.com Entu Side Table

 

I love the design of this table.  It’s interesting from every angle – which means you can angle it any way you want.  The wood provides warmth while the shape of the table makes it very contemporary.  It is the perfect marriage of old and new.

 

2. Sunpan Union Modern End Table

 

www.overstock.com Sunpan Union Modern End Table

www.overstock.com Sunpan Union Modern End Table

 

This polished concrete table shouts masculine design.  I absolutely love it!  Its shape makes it contemporary and visually interesting, while its composition makes it super solid and functional.  I picture this piece in a downtown loft.

3. Jacques 2-Tier Side Table by Jonathan Adler

 

www.jonathanadler.com JACQUES 2-TIER SIDE TABLE

www.jonathanadler.com JACQUES 2-TIER SIDE TABLE

 

This side table is simply stunning.  Its Hollywood Regency meets modern-day-contemporary-glamorous design. It will elevate any space it inhabits.

 

4. Lucida Side Table by Crate & Barrel

 

www.crateandbarrel.com Lucida Side Table

www.crateandbarrel.com Lucida Side Table

 

Its no secret that I love metallic accents.  Mixing metals into your space creates depth and this table is an example of that.  The shape is playful and fun, yet still functional, and the coppery color provides warmth.  I would love to see two of these on either side of a grey velvet chesterfield sofa.

5. BOND END TABLE by Jonathan Adler

 

www.jonathanadler.com BOND END TABLE

www.jonathanadler.com BOND END TABLE

 

This table is perfectly named.  It does seem like its straight out of a James Bond movie.  The lucite base provides the illusion that the burled mappa top is floating – giving it a dangerous, yet intriguing feel.  It comes complete with a fully finished drawer and a hidden pull (see… this is right out of a Bond film).  Love it!

What do you think of these side tables?  Would you purchase any of them for your space?  I would love to hear from you!

For interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Happy side table hunting!