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Restaurant Interior Design – Pier 76 Fish Grill

By , August 9, 2013 8:02 pm

An Interior Finishes & Design Board helps the client envision a completed project prior to purchasing and helps finalize a concept.  This was constructed at an early phase of the project, and now seeing the final product alongside the Finishes & Design Board shows a cohesive project from conceptualization through construction!

 

We designed this fast casual seafood restaurant in downtown Long Beach, California, to have a clean ambiance with rustic details yet modern finishings to heighten the feeling of the same things in the food.  At Pier 76 Fish Grill, you’ll find just that.  A beautifully grilled piece of Barramundi with fresh grill marks, served with a side of curly kale and tomato salad or Vermont white cheddar mac & cheese, set off on a miniature stainless steel baking sheet and a waxed butcher paper.  It’s details like this that set in motion the design concept for Pier 76.

 

This was the Interior Finishes & Design Board that we put together over a year ago to help the client envision a completed project prior to making any moves.  These design boards help finalize a concept, provide options for change and create visual cohesion prior to any purchasing an not even necessarily with a specific building or space in mind.

 

Now seeing the final product alongside the Finishes & Design Board shows a project from conceptualization through construction in what we consider a successful way!

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Outdoor Patio

Custom Tables with branding creates a distinct feel that sets Pier 76 Fish Grill apart from other restaurants.

 

Details like having custom tables with branding creates a distinct feel that sets Pier 76 Fish Grill apart from other restaurants.

You see similar details in the mixing of metals such as iron, vintage steel and stainless steel, as well as the slate chair rail and wainscot that complements the high ceilings while simultaneously creating a sense of intimacy.

 

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Furniture and Finish Boards for Mediterranean Home in Newport Coast

By , November 27, 2012 12:45 pm

We recently had the opportunity to present an entire house design board for a gorgeous home in Newport Coast in Crystal Cove!  This was our first chance to really do something beautiful in Orange County for a change from the LA scenery.  The Mediterranean Villa style homes there are all breathtaking and many with an ocean view – very peaceful!

We wanted to design something that felt comfortable and warm that also coordinated with the taste of our client and the architecture of the house.  They brought in a Feng Shui expert to guide us in making thoughtful design choices throughout the process.  Please take a look at what we chose to present to our client for furniture, fabrics and finishes throughout!

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Custom Interior Designs including Kitchen and Bathrooms in Arcadia

By , August 6, 2012 2:06 pm

We did a remodel for an entire home in Arcadia, CA for a very sweet family that wanted their home done with modern touches, distinctive finishes and user-friendly space planning.  We worked closely with the architect and contractors to help the family create their dream home and this is what came up with!  This interior design project was a lot of fun and it’s great to see that beautiful and modern can also be budget-friendly!

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Design Board for Harris Cafe

By , August 2, 2012 2:53 pm

Hey there!  We’ve been pretty busy over here at Enliven Studios working on some fantastic projects!

This is a presentation design board for a cafe on the ground floor of an office building in the City of Industry.  It has been very exciting working with Twen Ma Architects putting together a floor plan, finishes and elevations to reflect our clients needs!  They were looking for a 1950′s inspired checkerboard diner feel combined with a modern tea and noodles type of cafe!  This was such a fun challenge because one wouldn’t think the two could come together so elegantly.

Take a look and let us know how we did on the presentation board!  We are looking forward to breaking ground and getting construction underway so you can see the finished product :)

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Harris Cafe Presentation Board

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The Tuscan Country Dining Chair Challenge

By , July 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Here at Enliven Studios, we have been working hard for an exciting project in Walnut, CA.  We are working with architect Twen Ma to build a new construction home of 9,000 s.f. including pool house, basement wine cellar, and ten en-suite bedrooms!  Very cool project, our client desires a “Tuscan Country” look and it has been challenging and exciting designing this home and putting together finishes.

One of the challenges we faced was in the dining room, putting together our finishes and design together with furniture.  For flooring, we have this dark walnut herringbone wood flooring design, similar to this one below.

Then, we found this FABULOUS dining table from Century Furniture, whom we love because all of their products are made in U.S.A. and they practice Sustainable efforts on top of that.  What more could you want? OH, how about a gorgeous dining table that fits eight, extends to seat twelve!!?!  We love this dining table so much that it inspired our ceiling design for this formal dining room! Don’t you just love the detail of the inlay?

Also shown below are the China Cabinet & Hutch, Sideboard Server, Dining Chandelier (two, one for either side of the table), and wall sconces.

As I presented the dining room chairs, our client denied me on upholstered chairs!  I was aghast as he insisted on all-wood chairs with no upholstery for easy maintenance and long-lasting style.  Well, we searched and searched and searched for good looking dining chairs that fit the “Tuscan Country” look we were going for.  Most of the dining chairs I found that weren’t upholstered were very bistro-looking, very casual, or just plain UGLY.  Then, I put the feelers out there to some of my favorite vendors and showrooms and was lead to Artitalia Group!  DING! DING! DING!  Here is the winning dining chair that stole our hearts and fit in perfectly with our design.

What we love about this chair!
A) The challenge was to break up all the wood from the flooring to the furniture, and more wood was challenging us, but this finish with the classic dark tone on the seat is perfect!
B) The style of this chair is just perfectly comfortable with that hint of Tuscan whimsy style that gives it a more high-end look to fit into a beautiful formal dining room.
C) Artitalia Group has a PLETHORA of finish options to give it many looks whether it be rustic, formal, country chic, or clean and pressed.  You name it, they can do it!  And for a great price!

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in a design consult or if you are having a similar design dilemma and need a designer’s eye!  We are here to help, assist and make your space- whether it work or home- the most comfortable, personal and efficient!

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L.A. stands for Luxurious Apartment!

By , August 3, 2010 9:21 pm

Los Angeles is known for high-end glamour and funky retreats.  Our client Amber wanted a little of that incorporated into her upscale townhome where she lives in the heart of Culver City.

The furniture consists of a nice combination of custom-made products and off-the floor items.  The centerpieces of the house are custom-crafted: the semi-round dining banquette and big, comfy sofa.  In the interest of budget and time, we built around these with off-the floor items from a variety of places to create a cohesive space.  We found the coffee table at a boutique furniture store in Silverlake and the guest bed right out of a modern home decor showroom.

Our client had a nice start with accessories but claimed she never knew how to arrange them or what to do with them.  We added to the collection but were still able to use many of her accessories and put them together in a way that creates a cohesive feeling.  We love the tall skinny yellow vase we found and we put it next to her Target frame and it just seems to work!

Nothing finishes a home like the unique combination of art we put on our walls.  We framed two heirloom newspaper articles from bygone eras, and found great limited edition prints by Chariklia Zarris at a nice price.  If you’re regardful, you can even mix in catalog art items like the art set above the bed – as long as you don’t one-stop-shop.

The modern and clean lines juxtaposed with whimsical and graphic interest shows off Amber’s great taste and provides her a relaxing and fun place to call home at the end of a busy day.  Creating a beautiful retreat for this L.A. hospitality professional that mirrors the elegance of her working life was our goal, and we believe it is achieved in this space!

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Tina Featured in SocialTikMag

By , April 15, 2010 12:13 pm

I was recently featured in an article by online publication socialtikmag.com!  The article is about spring cleaning and easy and inexpensive ways to dress up your home for a fresh look in the Spring!

You can check out the article here : http://www.socialtikmag.com/spring-forward-into-a-new-space/

Here are some of my favorite tips from the article:

Do you think it’s important to do spring cleaning?

Tina: Yes, spring cleaning is a great time to make a change, because you can dress your space up with accessories or small items. When re-decorating, it’s important to focus on the accents and the little things to make your space look different and get more bang for your buck. You can create a new look by simply adding new pillows to a sofa or changing the paint on the walls.

How can someone on a budget stay fashionable, yet comfortable?

Tina: Every 6 months change a few things. You can splurge on one or two items, but keep everything really simple, light and classic. The living room is a great room to start with. Try rearranging the furniture on a diagonal or facing the view, it helps change the flow of space and creates a new fresh conversational space. Try to make an open and funky vibe. The next trick is, buy some paint and throw pillows. Paint can do wonders! Here are few pointers when picking our paint:

  • If you want one bright pop of color, go to paint stores and grab specific paint samples labeled as “accent”. Never take an accent color (accent color’s are really strong colors, like really bright or dark colors) and use it on all of your walls, paint on just one wall for emphasis.
  • Go to your nearest Home Depot for expert advice. Grab paint swatches and bring them home. Make sure to look at swatches during the daytime as well as at night.
  • Be careful when it comes to matching. For example, if you are going to have turquoise, use a green apple color or a dusky red to compliment it. Try not to have three different shades of the same color or otherwise it will clash.

What pieces are a must have for a Spring look?

Tina: Dress up your space with some flowers. Fresh flowers make your house smell great and feel fresh. You can go to the grocery store and get a bouquet for $10. It’s  spring so  there are so many options for bright beautiful flowers. However, you don’t just  have to use flowers, you can use native plants like cactus and other fun plants as well.

What’s most important, comfort or style?

Tina: Conformability is most important. Here’s a rule of thumb; if you absolutely love something, then buy it. If you like it, then pass, do not settle for less. If it’s something you love, it will come to you.

article by Empress Varnado

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Finish Boards for Briarcliff Condos in the South Bay

By , March 16, 2010 10:59 pm

During my time at Brenda Bell & Associates,  we had this on-going project fixing up these really neat condos in the South Bay.  Each year it seemed we were making improvements on the building, whether it was the four-floor lobby remodel or the shared tenant hallways, there was always a way we could continue to make Briarcliff condos a great looking place, and a wonderful home for the tenants to come home to.  Here are some option boards that I made for their exterior hardscape & concrete designs, as well as shared tenant hallway paint and carpet designs that made this such a fun and unique project.

Hardscape Options Board

Finish Board 1

Finish Board 2

Finish Board 3

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Things I Love #2

By , March 16, 2010 5:21 pm

I am digging the graphic art by former textile designer Chariklia Zarris.  Originally stumbled upon her work on art.com while getting inspiration for artwork for one of my clients.   I can see these in anything from streamlined modern home to a high-end traditional home, or anywhere in between!  Aren’t they gorgeous??!

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Couch Office Space & Hallway in Entrepreneur Magazine!

By , January 29, 2010 1:35 pm

I’m proud and humbled to have designed the office and warehouse for Couch Guitar Straps a few years ago, and they actually just hired me again for a re-design! They’ve gotten pretty big, and as a proud designer, I thought I’d put up the Entrepreneur Magazine article about them, shown with the owner, his product in the hallway I designed for them!!!

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