Guardrails and handrails are two necessary pieces of our built environment that we come in contact with almost every day but may take for granted. Guardrails are the part of an elevated walkway or stair that protects us from falling off the edge. Handrails guide us along the path of a stair and give us something to grip as we navigate up or down in our buildings.
These two ordinary elements can impact the design and feel of a building tremendously, and as a design element have the opportunity to help unify the design theme as well as provide some unexpected delight. Read on for a few of our favorite guardrail and handrail designs from TMS Architects projects…
Every April the design team here at TMS makes an annual pilgrimage to the High Point Market – the interior design industry’s biggest trade show. High Point Market, which is open every six months, draws in more than 75,000 designers, architects, and industry professionals. The market’s current demographics are seriously impressive with 180 buildings, 12 million square feet of showrooms and the presence of 2000+ vendors. Each market is bigger than the next! After taking some much-needed time to process all that we saw this year, here are some of our favorite design trends seen at Spring 2019 High Point Market…
Color stories which we noticed included ‘tried and true’ white and blue palettes as well as slightly edgier pairings like pink and green. A popular color that we saw being used by so many vendors was yellow. It definitely brought our team a much-needed touch of sunshine after braving another New England winter!
Blues and whites are a staple color palette for us; we are located in the coastal northeast and our clients love a crisp and timeless look inspired by the ocean and blue skies. We were so inspired by all of the new and refreshing ways in which we saw these colors presented – lots of new textures, patterns, and combinations!
An accent of a bright and cheerful yellow is sure to liven up any space. We loved seeing the sunny hue incorporated into artwork, textiles, and accessories. Using yellow as the primary accent color looks beautiful, but it’s also the perfect complementary color to add into the mix and makes reds and white pop. Shown below are some of our favorite sunny spaces!
In Full Bloom – Sculptural Floral
With spring in the air, we expected to see lots of florals; however, we were pleasantly surprised by the innovative ways in which they were presented! Lots of designers took a leap away from using traditional floral prints and brought this concept three dimensional. Some designers took an extravagant approach to florals, incorporating larger than life floral arrangements into their showrooms, while others interpreted floral shapes as part of the furniture.
Bringing Green Inside
Keeping in context with bringing sunshine and florals indoors, there was definitely no shortage of greenery either! Natural and bright, soft and subdued, and even deep and moody greens were a huge trend when it came to textiles. The majority of artwork tended to depict natural life, and greenery was an essential accessory for many designers.
“Tiny House” Furniture
A fun little surprise we noticed when it came to furniture were secret compartments and even “tiny house” features hidden inside.
Our favorite piece of furniture showcased at High Point Market was hands down the Grand Staircase Bureau by Theodor Alexander. How adorable are these tiny stairs?
One of our favorite parts of the week was running into Bobby Berk, who was at High Point showcasing his new collection with A.R.T Furniture. Besides being a talented interior designer, Bobby is a well-known star of the popular Netflix series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”. We loved getting to check out his new collection which includes both indoor and outdoor pieces. Bobby says this new collection “offers elegant home essentials that fit seamlessly with a variety of interior design styles.”
As always, we had a wonderful time exploring and getting inspired at High Point Market. We’re looking forward to incorporating many of these trends into our future projects! Did you have a favorite? Comment and let us know!
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Many of our projects begin with a totally clean slate — bringing a client’s vision to life by designing a brand new and completely custom home. But starting from scratch isn’t always necessary. When the location of a home is just right, or an existing home is rich with historic details, a client may choose to renovate instead. Over the years, we’ve had several opportunities to renovate historic homes in stunning locations — blending classic New England charm with the style and needs of a modern family.
Read on to learn more about some of our favorite exterior renovations…
Spiral staircases have truly stood the test of time. They’ve been around for thousands of years, but it’s not uncommon to find them in a contemporary home today. This unique design can make the most out of a compact space, make a statement, or often do a little of both at once. Read on to learn more about spiral staircases and see some of our favorite designs…
Back in the Summer of 2015 we shared photos and behind the scenes details of a Maine family playhouse under construction. After a great deal of hard work, we’re pleased to share that the whole family and many of their friends were finally able to relax and play in their new vacation house! Take a look inside…
From grand custom houses to luxurious interiors, our team can do it all. Take a look inside a recent interior design project, in which we redecorated our client’s lake house great room to match the arts and crafts style of the home.
Throughout our homes, each space can serve an endless variety of purposes. A living room is a place of comfort, of entertainment, of lazy Sunday mornings; a bathroom a place of rejuvenation, of contemplation, of preparation. The kitchen becomes a headquarters, the pantry a kid’s clubhouse, and the other way around. On the weekdays, one is an area of hectic rushes and piles of refuse – and on the weekends, sparkling to perfection for the best parties around. But there is one space that remains unchanging, timeless in purpose and quintessential in essence: the master suite. From the sprawls of Versailles to the stories of the Plaza, master suites serve as the foundation of a home’s inner life. It is where we start and end our day. Yet while their purpose may be unchanging, they are often forgotten in renovations, an afterthought to a house’s interior design; and a bit of change within that space may be all you need to redesign the experience of your day to day life.