Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Design and Declutter

With spring in the air, what better time time to declutter your interior space.

Here are some tips to follow for organizing your family room.....

1.)  Set things up in groups.  By stacking magazines and grouping candles or photographs together it makes sense of a table or ottoman.  Picture frames are best placed at an angle facing the entry way of the room.

2.)  Put a few similiar colored focal points in the room such as a red candle, a red blanket, and a red picture frame which will create a flow to the room and keep your eyes on those items, instead of any cluttered or unwanted items in the room.

3.)  Create a functional space. Stack photo albums and magazines next to a couch or chair so that they can actually be viewed.  Put a serving platter on the ottoman or end table where you can put the tv remotes, and cell phones so they aren't just laying around but instead have a place.

4.) Most importantly remove any items that shouldn't be in the room.  Create a spot for bills and mail in a drawer or shelf where they are out of sight but you can still get to them.  

Having a space around you thats inviting and organized will create a feeling of balance internally which at the end of the day we are all searching for....who knew instead of yoga and eating right, we could just clean up our room and get the same results!

Happy Designing!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Inspiring Holiday Decor

Look at these beautifully decorated homes and be inspired to design your own space for the holidays.
Courtesy of Trunk Full of Treasure

Courtesy of Trunk Full of Treasure

Courtesy of Trunk Full of Treasure

Courtesy of Trunk Full of Treasure

Courtesy of Trunk Full of Treasure

Courtesy of Better Homes and Garden

Courtesy of Home Design Decoration

Courtesy of Fresh Home

Courtesy of madwifi

Courtesy of madwifi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Canandaigua Lake Renovation

I am so excited to share with you our newly renovated and newly decorated lakefront home in Canandaigua, NY. 

I have lived here on the property for 5 years, but in the last year have rebuilt the home completely.  The home was originally used as a summer cottage, but when I purchased it I intended for it to be used as my full time residence .  I was inspired by the amazing lakefront views and its 70 feet of frontage.  The land the house sat on gave the property unlimited potential and the charm these small cottages bring to the feel of the lake is what I was drawn to.  I wanted to keep the homes original summer cottage feel while utilizing the location of the lake.  I decided to rebuild using the original footprint so that I was able to maintain the coziness of a cottage while combining the elegance of a new home.  

 Sean Lewis of Rochester Remodeling and Home Builders had the knowledge and creativity to see the properties potential.  That combined with my design experience and vision we were able to bring my ideas for the property to life.  

From the pendant lighting in the kitchen to the fish bowl dining table; each piece that is incorporated was uniquely chosen to introduce classic design while still living on the lake.  


The caleidescope of colors Canandaigua Lake brings year round was what I wanted the focal point of the home to be, so everything        
that I chose was to not compete with the everchanging scenic view. 

Photos were courtesy of Jack Haley The Messenger Post.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Shades Of Winter; Color And How It Affects Our Mood.

While our mood may be effected by the winter palette of grayish hues outside, what better time to spruce up our interiors with color to brighten our mood and our sights.  Let's take a look at colors and how they affect our mood..

Red: raises the energy in a room
Yellow: brings cheerfulness
Blue: relaxes and calms

Green: is soothing to the eye
Purple: creates drama
Orange: brings excitement
Crimson: causes irritability

You don't have to paint an entire room to have the effect of each color on your mood.  To feel energized add a few red accent pieces.

These fresh cut sunflowers add to the other yellow tones in the room and bring feelings of happiness and cheer.
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These simple tangerine pieces alter the vibe of the room dramatically.

By adding a variety of green hues, the trees outside the window become part of the landscape, and a bright and cheery demeanor takes over the room.

For color advice or design assistance please contact Ayse Lewis Interior Design 585-394-1240. 

Freshome Design & Architecture

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The Interior Design Guide to Colouring your home: Infograph/Design 55



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Out With The Old And In With The New; Interior Design Trends to bring in the New Year.

With New Years comes change, so out with the old and in with the new!
From our favorite sources, here is a list we have put together of the top trends from 2013 we will be parting with and the top trends for 2014 we will be making way for.

The top 5 trends from 2013 we will be saying goodbye to....
1.) Ikat prints
2.) All-white kitchens
3.) Woodland creatures
4.) Books reduced to decor
5.) The Belgian look

The top 10 Interior Design trends in 2014 are.....
1.) Macrame and fiber-art wall hangings
2.) Window sheers
3.) Corduroy upholstery
4.) Venetian marbled-paper prints
5.) Deco hues
6.) Bejeweled kitchens
7.) Honey-tone woods
8.) Everything turqoise
9.) Hair on Hide
10.) The end of the distinction between indoor and outdoor

Kelly Wearstler and Stephen Gambrel designed kitchen with jewel hues


Wall Street Journal:

Elle Decor :
Kelly Wearstler and Stephen Gambrel
Ralph Lauren Home

Neil Kelly; Remodelers For the Real World:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Updating your room, one pillow at a time.

If you are one of those people that are used to utilizing what you have to simply "fill up" your rooms with what is laying around, simple updates may be worth considering.  By using color, textures, and patterns you can turn any drab room into a one of a kind treasure, that actually speaks to you and speaks about you.

Updating your room, one pillow at a time.  
The "how to's".....

1.)  Start small.
Start with 2 pillows.  There aren't any rules so have fun with it, pillows will never go to waste so try something new and something different and live with it for a bit.  Does it grow on you, does it give you more ideas and inspiration for other pieces you may want to add to the room?  If your room doesn't have much color try one seafoam green pillow and one patterned pillow that has splashes of green.

2.)  Trust your instincts.
Designing your room can be overwhelming at first after all this is unchartered territory but you will start to see that you do have creative juices that you can trust.

3.)  Add items that can be moved easily.
Use small items with colors and patterns to update your room such as picture frames, candles, throws, pillows, books, vases, and any other accessories that give you that warm fuzzy feeling.  Start by using items that can easily be moved and transitioned to different areas of the room.

Here are some amazing examples of designing with color, textures and patterns that turn all of these rooms into something special.

Interior Design Quotes

1.)  “For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.”  Andre Putman

2.)  "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."  Red Adair

3.)  "Design is not just what it looks like design is how it works."  Steve Jobs

4.)  "Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is."  Charles M. Schulz

5.)  "Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere."  Mieke Gemitzen

6.)  "Less is more.  Texture is essential as well as scale."  Trip Haenisch

7.)  "Interior Design is the business of Trust."  Venus Williams

8.)  "The details are not the details.  They make the design."  Charles Eames

9.)  "Design is always dependent upon location, tradition and personal preferences''' Barclay Butera

10.)  "No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended."  Adrian Forty