Berlin Designs, Inc. Blog: Design Rituals

... a passionate revelation of my design rituals ...
a passionate account from a South Florida award-wining interior designer who is blessed to celebrate her 20th year anniversary of designing "interiors that lift your spirit™"
Welcome! The search is finally over. That perfect marriage of understanding without words:one look, one image, a breathtaking view... Someone who will know how to interpret her client's wishes by listening to all the unsaid words, seeing the cues, perceiving the feelings with a simple gaze.
I am the lucky designer who will get to go into the personal spaces in your life, your office or home. That place you call your own, where you can be you. Your surroundings matter to me, my passion is to let the best of you shine through the space you occupy. No antiseptic rooms, catalog photo-shoot ready, rather the elegant comfort of a back porch at sunset is the feeling I want in the interior of your private spaces. The sink-down comfort of being in your OWN space.
Let your smile shine as you enjoy learning about my passion for design. Then, you will see why we say: experience Interiors that lift your spirit™.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Craving the outdoors

Happy 4th of July!
As we have just completed the first half of the 2007 year, I find myself reflecting on the interiors of projects recently completed. Being outside so much under the gorgeous (and hot, very hot) South Florida sun, makes me wonder how can we incorporate more of this feeling we get when we are outside (and on vacation - so to speak) in the inside of our workspaces and homes.

In the residential arena the outdoor market has just exploded. But at work, what are we doing to bring the outside in at our hermetically sealed corporate offices? A couple of our current projects are in the newly developed and just CO'd "One Aventura" building. The developer, Mr. Fernando Levy, speaks about the aluminum trellis sun shades that wrap around the perimeter of the each floor and the operable glazing that allows for each suite's natural air flow. This type of architectural elements allow both the designer and the end user to be in touch with the outdoors. Another such element can be achieved in the interior by creating a large photo-montage or mural with an outdoor motif.

Back in the 70's beach scenes were wallpapered in family rooms across America, yet today we find all 'green' elements motifs appearing in conference rooms, waiting areas in medical suites and restaurants. Such motifs evoke anything from images of the rain-forest to snow banks along a river bed all which achieve the desired effect of transporting one's mind to the outdoors: a mini-vacation without the hassle of travel.