Corporate Interior Design: Livingglass

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Love the products from Livingglass, decorative laminated glass in luxe, light and curves. All Livingglass products are made of impact resistant safety glass with elements sandwiched in between. They are Class A, Class I fire rated, antimicrobial and UV, water, and chemical resistant. Light and Curves are 100% recycled resin and real glass and are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) eligible. Above Light is shown back-lit.

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In this retail store, River Rocks is used as a shelf.

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Livingglass can be used as a dramatic way to separate a private dining space in a restaurant, allowing light to enter but providing a sense of privacy.

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Livingglass can even be used to create unusual doors. This is Dynasty part of the Luxe line, which is impact resistant safety glass with elements sandwiched in between.  Wouldn’t this catch your client’s eye as they entered your office?

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Just one of the many applications for healthcare, this is the Curve line of Livingglass backlit and ceiling mounted.

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Another way to use Curve in a creative corporate setting. Can you imagine your clients waiting in this dramatic space?

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While this makes a dramatic statement in a residential bath, the application would be equally effective in a corporate bath, kitchenette or corporate cafeteria.

I love to hear from you, where would you use Livingglass in your space?

If you are interested in hearing more about unusual materials for your office design, please contact me for a complimentary consultation at Avery Design Interiors.

(photo credits: Livingglass website)


Where Fashion meets Interior Design: The King of Pop

On the fringe of a huge comeback two years ago yesterday, Michael Jackson was no more. His sense of style was unbelievable, his dancing arresting and his music inspiring. Love him or hate him he is undeniably the King of Pop.

Edgy Black Leather

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Love the look and lines of this bed, but is it even comfortable?

Kevin Mazur/Getty images

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Red meets Black meets Texture

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White with Dazzling Gold

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High gloss white lacquer and bright gold – I would use this console in a navy or eggplant dining room for dramatic contrast.

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Black Sequins – Glam

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Again, I am not sure if this would be the most comfortable chair but it sure is glamorous.

I love to hear from you…does fashion inspire your interior design?

Interior Design: Beach Fireplace

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Yes, I know it sounds like a bit of an anomaly – a beach fireplace – but our weather has been rainy and dreary for so many days and all I can think of is will it dry out in time to go to the beach tomorrow morning or should we just break out the s’mores tonight?

This interior design project entailed lightening up a open plan living area in a beach house.

The fireplace was black painted brick with a dark stained wood mantel and stood out in the room like a sore thumb. The walls were wood-paneled. First the client added a skylight and a lighter carpet. Then she painted the paneling a lighter color and still the room did not give her the beach feel she was looking for.

It’s an open floor plan so we pulled the taupe color with warm pink undertones from her kitchen cabinetry and counter. Then we took the wall color two shades darker for the fireplace. It still stands out but in a warm sink your toes in a sandy beach kind of way. And the colors speak to the two-tone stripes in the chairs and ottomans.

A great new look for the room with just a change in paint color.

I love to hear from you, if you could change the color of one room in your home, which one would it be?

Baffled by how to choose your colors? Contact me for a complimentary color consultation.

Office Spaces, ‘Re-humanized’ Places…

I had hoped to write a long post today all about great furniture design for corporate offices, but then I spent the better part of the day combating a virus in my website. I just checked and it’s still not up, though I know it’s being fixed as we speak.

I would love to understand the mind of a hacker, wouldn’t you? Excuse me hacker, we never know who you are, so where is the joy in messing up a whole bunch of people’s websites? You’re not the guy (or gal) fixing them, to the best of my knowledge, so you’re not even making money on this. I just don’t get it – perplexed at my desk.

Well, forging on…

I came across this amazing furniture company and had to share even one piece from their collection with you. Stay tuned for a more lengthy post on Izzy Design at a later date.

Izzy is all about people, about sustainable practices and about “re-humanizing the workplace”. Isn’t that what great office furniture design should be all about?

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Did I mention it’s not only good-looking, modular and moveable (function, function, function), but also reasonably priced?

If you need help re-humanizing your office space, please contact me at, at least until the website is back up!

Wishing you a happy day at your office,

In Honor of Fathers: Interior Design of a Man Cave

“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.”  Garrison Keillor

Happy Father’s Day to all my male readers! Today is all about designing your man cave so that you are super comfortable in it, but your wife isn’t breaking out in hives because it still includes the sofa you had in college in the 1980s.

My husband already has his man cave, but I am thinking it’s in need of a “fantasy” update. Hey, you guys have fantasy football…

Charcoal grey with accents of red, this “dream” room includes all of the things my DH loves. The architect’s desk can be raised up because he prefers to draw while standing (I do too) – just add that unusual lucite lamp by Joe Colombo from 1st Dibs.

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I would cover one wall with a super sized guitar photo. He already has an amazing multi-colored globe, so I would add this sleek modern armillary.

The red “flight” chair by Design Within Reach is a great modern take on the recliner and the gear table is from Z Gallerie.

What guy wouldn’t want to play foosball after an evening at the drawing board? All that’s missing is a beer from the stainless steel refrigerator in a custom bar…

I love to hear from you. If you could design your dream ‘man cave’, what would your room look like?

(photos from  Z Gallerie, Design Within Reach, 1st Dibs,  Pink Floyd)

Where Design Worlds Coincide

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“I don’t really get inspired by specific women. It’s not like you see a beautiful woman and she becomes your muse. It’s more in the minds of the great women of the past, Catherine the Great or Marie Antoinette. People who were doomed. Joan of Arc or Colette. Iconic women.” – Alexander McQueen

Over the weekend, our family viewed the ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibit at the Met. Our daughter at age 6 (going on 16) already has a collection of hand-drawn “fashion” designs. The crowds were thick and relative to grown-ups she is short, so she had to enjoy the exhibit from Dad’s arms – good thing he works out. I was completely blown away by Alexander McQueen’s creative talent and mastery of the most unusual materials.

A self-described Romantic Schizophrenic, in his short lifetime, Alexander McQueen wowed the fashion industry with unique statements in unusual materials.


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I just love butterflies pretty much in any context and I’ve always been partial to red.

Lace and Embroidery

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Lace and embroidery – these are all about the texture. Rest assured, I won’t be balancing a box (or antlers) on my head any time soon. The lace piece punctured by the antlers cost $2,000. My mother-in-law would have a heart attack if we did that to lace.

Black Feathers

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In a gown or a light fixture, black feathers are sleek and stunning.


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The nature dresses were unbelievably detailed and the shoes… I could not ever wear the shoes (too high) but each pair is made by hand. Shoe.Love. One of the most interesting kitchens (and homes) I have ever read about is by Chang Architects. Note the uplighting of these trees. I have visions of our child skateboarding through these. Either that or me bumping into one while carrying the cheese tray and a bottle of wine.


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Whoa. Must say I am a bit more enamored of chain mail in lighting than in clothing.


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 I thought these tiles best captured the sculptural quality of the dress, even in the absence of vibrant color.

“His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination.  He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word – he channeled the sublime.” – Andrew Bolton, Curator of The Costume Institute

Run, don’t walk, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to see this exhibit.

My Client’s Completed Master Bath

My client’s completed master bath

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