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10 Amazing TV Show Sets to Inspire Your Interior Design Project

Friends Kitchen Inspiration

 

Ever wish you could live in one of the homes on Mad Men? Modern Family? Gilmore Girls?

I don’t blame you! TV shows offer us a glimpse into another home, another lifestyle, and sometimes even another time period. An incredible amount of time and energy goes into designing the perfect set. When it comes to interior design, you better believe set designers know their stuff! TV shows also allow you to look at a room from multiple angles so you can get a sense for the whole space. That makes it easier to identify the elements you truly love.

If you need inspiration for your next interior design project, let these amazing TV show sets jumpstart your creativity!

1. The 1960s-Inspired Homes in Mad Men

Mad Men Apartment Inspiration

Photo: homestilo

When it comes to incredible sets and TV show decor, Mad Men may be the gold standard. Don and Megan’s apartment is a great example of how to do mid-century decor in a way that still looks appealing today. The straight lines, geometric shapes, and natural palette are all elements you can work into your own modern day home.

If you love the time period but not the style in the apartment above, take a look at the less swanky and more homey Draper house:

Mad Men Kitchen Inspiration

Photo: Adesola Obebe

The Draper house in Westchester County, New York is a perfect example of the all-American home. The overall effect may feel a little outdated for some people, but elements like the knotty wood and warm colors are easy to incorporate today.

Check out this exhibit to see more sets, costumes, and props from Mad Men.

2. The Gilmore Girls Sets

 

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Gilmore Girls originally ran from 2000 to 2007. From the cozy home decor in Lorelai’s House to the grand furnishings in the Gilmore mansion, the show offers plenty of great interior design inspiration.

If you’ve seen the Netflix revival, “A Year in the Life,” you may have noticed that set designers made some updates to Lorelai’s home. For example, her living room walls changed from off-white to soft green. This post has some great before and after photos of specific rooms.

3. Downton Abbey

 

No list of inspiring TV show sets would be complete without a mention of Downton Abbey. The interior design in the beloved period drama may be second only to the incredible costumes! Every single room is full of rich detail.

Downton Abbey Decoration Inspiration

Photo: Michael Garlick

Making your home look exactly like Downton Abbey might not be realistic, but incorporating a few key elements in the right places can add just the right amount of elegant, antique flair.

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4. Monica’s Apartment in Friends

If space is an issue, look no further than Friends. While most of the characters live in fancy New York apartments they couldn’t afford in real life, they do show us some great examples of how to decorate in small spaces. Monica’s apartment in particular is one of the most showcased sets on Friends. Its bright colors and fun vibe have inspired many viewers both during and after the show’s run.

Friends Apartment Inspiration

Photo: Rob Young

If you have a small kitchen, designing something functional and beautiful can be a challenge. Monica’s tiny and eclectic kitchen might give you some ideas.

Fun fact: Monica from Friends is a chef, so she definitely knows how to make a kitchen work!

Friends Kitchen Inspiration

Photo: Rob Young

5. Martha Stewart’s Kitchen

Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel? Cooking shows often have wonderful examples of kitchen design. The Martha Stewart Show also has a great kitchen. The design is light, spacious, and clean. Take a look at some photos from the set.

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6. The Brady Bunch House


That famous open staircase, faux wood paneling, and lots of brick and stone all help the house in The Brady Bunch feel like a classic mid-century family home. With more than 100 episodes on record, it’s easy to find clips that feature many of the home’s design elements. This famous scene will give you an idea of the colors, textures, and other design elements that make the set so iconic.

Many of the styles in this home have come back into favor in recent years. For example, in the kitchen you’ll see rustic brick surrounding a stainless steel oven.

7. The Pritchett Kitchen in Modern Family

Modern Family Home Remodel

Photo: Disney | ABC Television Group

One nice thing about Modern Family is that we get a pretty good look at three very different homes throughout the seasons: Gloria and Jay’s house, Phil and Claire’s house, and Cam and Mitchell’s house. One room we see quite a bit is the Pritchetts’ big open kitchen. Bold colored walls, stainless steel appliances, and ample counter space all make this kitchen design a popular one.

 

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8. The Diverse Sets of The Good Place

 

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If you want to see interior design variety, watch The Good Place, a comedy about becoming a better person in the afterlife. You’ll see classic minimalist designs, beautiful ornate antique parlors, and everything in between.

 

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9. The Picture-Perfect Homes in Desperate Housewives

Who hasn’t felt a little jealous of the immaculate homes on Wisteria Lane? Set designers on Desperate Housewives clearly had fun showcasing each character’s distinct style in their homes. Just take a look at the difference between the kitchen above and the one below:

Lucky for us, a huge portion of the show takes place inside the homes on Wisteria Lane. Plus, because Desperate Housewives ran for so many years, we get to see the sets over and over again from many different angles.

10. The Many Sets in The Catch

The new mystery series, The Catch, uses a huge range of filming locations, including many gorgeous interior sets. The styles vary, but most sets on the show share a crisp, clean aesthetic, plenty of natural light, and an open floor plan.

This sneak peek shows several great interior shots:

And More!

What about Marie’s famously purple-ridden home from Breaking Bad? Or the living room in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Or even old classics like I Love Lucy? There have been so many great TV show sets over the years. Whatever your design preferences, you might be surprised how much inspiration you can glean from relaxing in front of the TV!

If you need help incorporating any of these ideas into your home don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Mosaik Design & Remodeling. Give us a call at (503) 406-6179 or contact us online to get started.

Mosaik Design Named Remodeler of the Year!

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mosaik design remodeler of the yearAt Mosaik Design & Remodeling, we take every project seriously and love delivering great results for homeowners in the Portland area.

That’s why I am very honored to be named the 2015 Remodeler of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA).

About The Home Builders Association

The HBA is a great organization. Every year, they present this award to someone in the remodeling industry who exemplifies professionalism and leadership, and who consistently delivers beautiful, high-quality work in the Portland area.

Interview with Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine

I was also excited to be interviewed by Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine after winning the award! We talked about remodeling trends for 2016, which remodeling projects are the most common, and what it truly means to have a “home.”

Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine wrote a great story about the interview on their website.

You can read the full interview here:

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Starting Fresh: Find the Perfect Decor for Your New Home

Finding the perfect decor

Finding the perfect decor

A new year is a great time for a fresh start– and January is just around the corner. Perhaps, you’re getting ready to move into your dream home. Maybe you’ve finished a home remodeling project and your home feels brand new again. Or you just want to update the look and feel of your living space.

There’s no time like the present to start fresh and find the perfect decor for your brand new home, remodeled home, or the space you’ve been living in for years. What does it take to make your space feel new again?

Keep reading to find out my tips for how you can start the new year off right by finding the perfect new decor for your home.

Is it Time For a Big Change?

Finding the Perfect Style

When you’re moving into a new home, you’re presented with a great opportunity: an empty space that’s a blank canvas for you to work with.

Before moving in all of your old furniture and decorations, it might be time to ask yourself, “is it time for a big change?” Maybe your style has changed since you last redecorated, or maybe your family has grown and your furniture needs have changed, too.

Now’s the time to try something new.

Start by paring down your furnishings and decor. Keep pieces that will work well with your new space and build from there. Do you have a great sofa you love? A mid-century sideboard that will never go out of style? Use that statement piece to guide the rest of your purchases.

Once you have one piece in place, it’s easier to find complementary pieces and decorations to fill out the room. It’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, getting those first few pieces together can be tricky, but once you get started, it just gets easier and easier (and more fun!).

Focus on Color & Texture

 

 

You’d be amazed at how big an effect color and texture can have on how a home feels. If you’re not starting from scratch, you can make your home feel new again, by bringing in new colors  and textures, whether they’re in accent pieces, decorations, or in the color of painted walls.

For those of you who might be moving into a brand new home, there’s no better time than right now to bring in your favorite colors and textures. It’s so much easier to paint, replace tiles, and change out carpeting before you move in.

Respect Your Home’s Style

When you’re working to redecorate, add new furniture, or decide on new decor, remember to respect your home’s style. Don’t fill a historic home with overly modern designs and vice versa.

That said, sometimes rules are made to be bent (and sometimes broken). A single modern piece can help bring out the vintage charm in an older home. Just don’t overdo it!

Find Inspiration Online

Remodeled Basement

Basement Remodel by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio

Once you’ve got an idea of where to start, the style you want your new home to reflect, and perhaps a few pieces of furniture to guide you, start looking online for inspiration.

I encourage everyone I work with to take a close look at my portfolios to see what inspires them. If you’re working with an interior designer, bookmark a few of your favorite images, or create a board on Pinterest.
Speaking of Pinterest, it’s an amazing place to find great design and decor ideas. Just start searching and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

I also love Houzz. You can search by style, a specific room (like a living room, kitchen, or bathroom), and even by budget!

Then there’s Instagram, an underrated source of decorating and design inspiration. I especially like the hashtags #InteriorDesign, #ClassicDesign, and #Furniture. It can be hard to find the source for many pictures on Instagram, so I use it for basic inspiration, not finding specific pieces.

Look & Shop Locally!

 


It’s fun to shop online and browse through catalogs, but there’s nothing quite so satisfying as seeing a piece of furniture in person and falling in love with it. And shopping in person gives you a better sense of a piece’s materials, quality, and craftsmanship than you can get from any website or catalog.

Luckily, those of us in the Portland area have so many great options to choose from! Some of my favorite places include:

  • Fischels – Great selection of contemporary furniture with an amazing and huge showroom!
  • Perch – Searching for a custom sofa, couch, settee, or chair? You can’t go wrong with Perch. Amazing craftsmanship and quality!
  • Grand Marketplace – I can get lost in the Grand Marketplace for hours! There are so many great antique, vintage, and  industrial-inspired one-of-a-kind pieces here. I always find something that inspires me!
  • Rejuvenation – What a great place to start your search when you’re picking out new decor for your home! I love how you can find the latest in energy-efficient LED lighting in the same place as you’ll discover refinished antique pieces.

If you live outside the Portland area, there are sure to be some great local options for you to check out, too. Even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, a trip to a brick-and-mortar store can be a great way to get inspired and come up with fresh ideas for your space.

One Piece & One Room at a Time

Remember that your new home should be one that you’ll be living in, and loving, for years to come. You don’t need to rush the decorating process! It should be fun!

And the best way to enjoy finding the perfect decor for your home is to take things slow and avoid stressing yourself out. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Start with the rooms you spend the most time in. For most families and most homes, that’ll be your living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and home office. From there move on to the bathrooms, den, and guest rooms.

If you like a little more flexibility, consider working in stages. First find the main pieces of furniture for each room, then come back and add in decorations and accent pieces.

The key is finding a system that works for you. Every home and every family is different and you know what you need. Trust yourself, and do your best. By taking your time, carefully choosing pieces you love, and sticking to a design philosophy and style you adore, you’ll end up with the perfect decor in your new home.

Contact Me

Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Do you have questions about the design process or how to find the inspiration to start a new project?

I’d love to hear from you! Call me at (503) 726-2222 or send me an email. I’d love to get to know you better and help your dream home to life.

And if you have any other suggestions for where to find design inspiration online or locally, let me know in the comments below!

Make Your Home a Happier Place with These Design Tricks

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how to make your home a happier place

Can the state of your home make you feel happy, calm, and improve your mood?

We’ve written blog posts about how different paint colors make you feel. We’ve even written about the psychology of interior design. What we haven’t done yet is talk specifically about happiness.

Let’s look at a few design tricks you can use to make your home a place where you and your family love spending time!

We’ll dive into color theory, feng shui, the role of lighting, and easy fixes that have been scientifically proven to increase people’s happiness at home.

Let’s get started.

Colors

Does color affect how you feel? Absolutely! It might not have a huge affect on any given day, but it can over time, and you spend a lot of time in your home.

Do you find yourself feeling bored, depressed, or lethargic around the house? If so, warm, lively colors can lift your mood. If you tend to be anxious or frustrated, cool, peaceful colors might bring some much needed calmness to your home life.

At the end of the day, you should choose colors that make you happy, regardless of color theory, but let’s look at a few commonly used colors and the effect they may have on your emotions.

Calming Colors

Blue

  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Helps you sleep when it’s a bedroom color

blue color living room design

Photo: Eoin Lyons Interiors

Green

  • Soothing and refreshing
  • Helps your brain avoid distractions, making it a great office color if you work from home
  • Makes you feel more rested and recuperated

Energizing Colors

Red

  • An exciting color that raises your heart rate
  • Stimulates conversation
  • Not great for the bathroom or bedroom, but perfect in any room where you need a pick-me-up

Yellow

  • A sunny, cheerful color
  • Great to wake up to in the morning

Purple

  • Stimulates your brain and increases creativity

White

  • Brightens rooms by reflecting light
  • Makes rooms feel bigger and more open, helping you feel more energized and less stressed

white open living space home design

Photo: Bonnie Forkner

Keep these colors in mind, but also know that it’s more about shade than the color itself. A color like green can be relaxing or invigorating depending on whether it’s warm or cool.

If it’s warm (has more yellow than blue) it can be cheerful and energizing. It’ll have a more calming effect if it’s cooler (has more blue than yellow).

Lighting

living room natural light

Photo: Melanie Coddington

According to the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui, the act of arranging your home so that environmental elements are in balance, lighting is very important.

Our brains know how much sunlight we’re getting. Too much or too little can affect your mood and disrupt your natural sleep rhythms, and it’s hard to feel happy when you’re not well-rested.

Try to let plenty of natural light into your home. Big windows and skylights will help keep your energy levels up. Good lighting can increase your concentration during the day and stop you from tossing and turning at night. If natural light isn’t an option, try halogen bulbs. They mimic natural light and can help keep your internal clock on schedule.

Other times, you don’t want natural light. When you’re taking a nap, suffering through a headache, or going to bed before sunset, darkness is preferred. Be prepared for those situations with heavy curtains in the bedroom.

Also consider light switches with a dimmer option. They’re great for the environment, too!

Plants

indoor plants

Photo: Matthew Millman

Not only have plants been proven to make people happier, they can also improve your health by purifying the air. Scientists recently identified English Ivy as one of the best air-filtering houseplants of all time. It’s extremely easy to care for. Plus it looks great in a pot, growing up an indoor trellis, or hanging in a basket.

Studies have also shown that flowers can boost creativity and productivity. That makes them perfect for a home office, living room, or kitchen.

Cleanliness

Some people thrive in chaos, but for most people, mess causes stress and guilt. A disorganized living space can make us feel overwhelmed, disorganized, and out of control. It’s a cycle that’s hard to get out of, but don’t give up.

Feng shui offers plenty of wisdom on this subject too. It’s all about eliminating clutter and keeping things that bring you joy. What could be happier than that?

Sometimes it’s not really the mess that’s stressing us out. We actually just have too much stuff and not enough space. Consider donating some of the things you don’t use if clutter is a problem for you.

Going through everything can feel like an impossible task. But it’s really not that hard! Get the entire family together and spend a weekend getting the house into shape. Save time with these 10 cleaning tips.

beautiful spotless home clean

Photo: Jennifer Pacca Interiors

Then create a plan for maintaining your newly clean home — whether it’s weekly chores or a big monthly clean-up, do whatever works for you. Here are some ideas:

Daily rules: Minimize huge, time-consuming clean-up efforts by setting simple rules, like “no food in the bedroom,” “empty the dishwasher every morning,” or “wipe down countertops every night.”

Weekly chores: It can help to take turns tackling weekly duties, like taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, and vacuuming rugs or carpets.

Monthly clean-up: The more the whole family keeps up with daily and weekly duties, the less you’ll need big clean-up efforts. Still, getting help can take a lot off your shoulders when it comes time to clean the microwave or make a Goodwill run.

Electronic Devices at Night

Here’s something you might find surprising. Using your smartphone too close to your bedtime can actually interfere with your sleep.

bedroom dog

Photo: Helen Norman

Looking at a phone screen, computer, iPad, or TV increases electrical activity in your brain. That’s the opposite of what you want when you’re winding down and getting ready for bed.

For a better night’s sleep, keep electronic devices out of the bedroom if you can. If that’s not an option for you, at least try to stop using them about half an hour before bedtime.

Listen to Your Instincts

I hope these tips help make your house — and most importantly YOU — happier! Just remember that everyone’s different. The things that make your neighbor happy might not work quite as well for you.

Even a home that’s technically “perfect” won’t make you happy if it doesn’t reflect your lifestyle, personality, and the things you love.

The happiest home is one that you love spending time in!

If your home needs more than a few quick fixes, we’re happy to help! Get in touch today and we’ll set up a time to chat about your options!

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Home Remodeling Projects You’ll Have to See to Believe

1920s Arts & Craft Home in Portland

We would like to show you some of our recent remodeling projects, including a gorgeous 1920’s Arts and Crafts home, as well as a mid-century kitchen and an industrial chic basement. But we’re not just going to show you the finished product, we’re going to look at how things were before the remodeling work began.

Keep reading and I hope you’ll find inspiration for your next remodeling project.

Period Glamor in Portland, Oregon

1920s Arts & Craft Home in Portland

Results of a 1920’s Arts & Crafts home remodel in Portland.

Let’s start with that 1920’s Arts and Crafts house I mentioned. It’s loaded with historic charm and period glamor.

The house, located near Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, was purchased by a family of 4 who relocated from Phoenix Arizona.

This home remodeling project started with the outdated kitchen and powder bathroom. They weren’t a good fit for their lifestyle and didn’t match the home’s true character. All of the original windows needed to be reworked, lighting fixtures replaced and windows dressed up.

1920 before and after kitchen final

Before/After kitchen comparison.

The kitchen, last remodeled in the 1980’s, had modern white cabinets with slab door fronts, a Saltillo tile floor and a layout that lacked sufficient counter space.

By removing walls and widening the entry to the kitchen, we captured all of the previously wasted space in the new design.

Polished nickel plumbing fixtures and extra-wide Shaws apron sink fit beautifully into this classic kitchen. A cozy window seat was built into the kitchen that provides a hangout space for reading and homework right next to the desk.1920s Period Glamor Style

Each custom painted cabinet was designed with a specific need in mind to keep this busy family well organized. Charging drawers for each family member are hidden in the butler’s pantry.

Polished nickel was used throughout for all of the lighting, plumbing and hardware because of the inherent elegance and warmth it gives off. The new layout boasts a Carrara marble island with matching table at the far end.

We worked to achieve a glamorous yet classically elegant style for our client’s home. We stayed true to the home’s original details while infusing the owner’s’ style into every nook and cranny.

Now the family cooks, bakes and entertains in style.

So Chic You Won’t Believe It’s a Basement

Industrial Chic Basement Before and After

Before/After Comparison of an industrial chic basement remodel.

A 1970’s basement turned into an industrial chic basement with a transformation you’ll have to see to believe.

The homeowners, two busy doctors, needed extra space for their soon to be teenaged children. Dark wood paneling, an unused fireplace, a maze of hallways, low ceilings and a cramped, outdated bathroom added up to one unused, unappealing space.

Enter Mosaik Design and Remodeling

In addition to livability and function, our goal was to create a space that reflects the people who live there. We began collecting memorabilia, artwork, old photos, and other sentimental items that help tell their story.

Nostalgia and a Love of Sports

We started with a baseball glove that belonged to the homeowner’s father, who passed away during the project construction. She said it brought back wonderful memories of attending Mariners games together. It now holds a place of honor in a custom, locally-made display case above the kitchenette.

The family’s love of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Mariners shines through in the new ping pong room. A life-sized poster of Clyde Drexler, with a reclaimed fir frame, takes center stage along with custom-framed kid’s artwork, signed by Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki.

A foosball table rounds out the game room experience. Stadium lighting, locally produced sustainable furniture, and pops of red against the blue-grey and white walls, give this space a fun, contemporary industrial vibe.

Kitchenette & Bathroom

Layers of lighting, the perfect yellow paint and an open shower with glass mosaics and a pebble floor took the bathroom to a whole new level. Vintage fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric add a bit of whimsy along with towel “hooks” sourced at a local salvage store, Old Portland Hardware and Architectural.

The kitchenette houses a microwave drawer, an under-counter fridge and even a garbage disposal. All are must-haves for messy kids and their friends. The colorful glass backsplash brings everything together and the hardworking quartz countertop ties in with the blue-grey cabinetry and custom sofa.

A Family Room with Global Flair

The family’s love of travel brightened up the family room. A large, colorful wall map is the focal point and shows the children’s love of new people and places with stickers of their choosing.

A recent trip to Spain served as the inspiration for the incredible local collage-style paintings of each child. A collection of vintage globes evoke both memories of places visited and excitement for the next journey.

Vibrant colors play off the artwork and map. Global fabrics for pillows and poufs, a blue Eames chair, FLOR tile squares and beautiful blue-grey cabinetry are all balanced with a super comfortable, low maintenance, grey sofa. Locally made of course! Behind the cabinet doors are custom partitions for 150+ DVD’s, board games, gaming storage and AV components.
Can you believe this:

Industrial Chic Basement Before

 

Turned into this:

 

Basement Remodel by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio

 

The homeowner’s complete trust in us as a design and remodeling company was refreshing. And we loved how the kids were really involved with the project, sitting in on many presentations and helping with the DVD storage and pouf selections.

I think they were having as much fun as we were! They spend most of their time in their newly remodeled space and show it off to their friends as often as they can.

Read more about this amazing basement transformation over at Houzz.

Mid-Century Makeovers

These photos show how we remodeled the first floor of this Mid Century ranch. The outdated and cramped kitchen, bathroom and hallway now shine through with a modern feel that suits the young homeowners to a tee.

Mid Century Kitchen Before & After

Before/After comparison of Mid-Century kitchen remodel.

 

Mid-Century Bathroom Before & After

Before/After comparison of Mid-Century bathroom remodel.

 

Mid Century Hallway Before & After

Before/After comparison of Mid-Century hallway remodel.

More of Our Favorite Transformations

We’re not the only ones with great before and after photos of home renovations and restorations. Here’s a few more of our favorites:

And finally, an amazing kitchen remodel video:

 

 

Considering a Remodeling Project of Your Own?

There’s nothing more exciting than planning and executing an amazing remodeling project, breathing new life into your home.

Let’s talk about any upcoming projects you’re thinking about starting. And I’d love to see pictures of any projects you’ve recently completed, too!