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frIDay Interior Design: Parisian Style

Paris is an iconic city.

Why wouldn’t you want your living space to reflect the majesty of one of the most beautiful places of the world?

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Maybe you’ve been to Paris and fell in love. Maybe you’ve never been there. Either way, its beauty is something hard to forget, but not so difficult to capture through careful interior design. By taking the following simple tips you’ll be decorating like a Parisian in no time.

1- Keep your walls white.
Maximize light. It’s rare that you’ll find a Paris home that doesn’t have white walls. Color can be tactfully used elsewhere.

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2- Hang chandeliers.
Nothing induces the romance of the City of Love more than decorative overhead lighting.

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3- Use vintage elements.
Perhaps you already have some, but if not, it may be a good idea to visit a vintage shop. Sparkly, brand new pieces don’t have as much character or story as those that look like they’ve been previously loved.

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4- Don’t be afraid to step outside the box.
In order to get a truly Parisian feel, it’s a good idea to follow these rules, but don’t get so stuck to them that you’re afraid to be yourself. Show off your style and be a little funky. Odd art pieces, abstract paintings, and geometric rugs are all welcome.

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Paris has inspired people the world over. Chances are, if you’re reading this, it has inspired you as well. Now that the mystery has been taken away from it, go forth and decorate like a true Parisian!

Need Help Choosing Between Buffalo Apartments?

Need Help Choosing Between Buffalo Apartments?

If you’re starting the Buffalo apartment hunt process and don’t know what to expect or what to look for, we’re here to help! Finding a new living space can be overwhelming for a newbie, so here are a few simple tips to keep in mind as you hunt for that perfect Buffalo NY apartment for rent.

Keep Your Budget in Mind

Experts have said for years that 30-35% of your monthly take-home pay is a good range to aim for when considering rent and housing expenses. So if you take home $2000 per month, you should aim for something in the $600 range, and so on. If you don’t have a budget set for your self on a monthly basis, you might want to sit down and think things out before you commit to an apartment lease. The 30-35% rule is usually a safe reference, but if you already have an auto payment that takes way more of your budget than you can sustain, you don’t want to splurge on Buffalo apartments either. Find what will work best for you in your own situation and then start searching for Buffalo apartments from there.

Find a Good Landlord

At The Kissling Interests, we really try to provide the best professional service possible to our tenants. Living in a situation where you don’t get along with your landlord can be extremely difficult, and it can turn a great apartment in Buffalo NY into a stressful mess very quickly. Before you sign anything, make sure you’re comfortable with the lessor of the apartment, and ensure a good relationship for the life of your lease.

Get Enough Space

Having enough space for yourself is a very important factor in in your search for apartments for rent in Buffalo. If you feel cramped and cluttered in your apartment, your experience will suffer, and you’ll regret not finding someplace with more room. If budgeting prevents you from affording the extra space, try to find a roommate that you can split the bill with. Buffalo Apartments are often easier to afford by adding a bedroom and sharing common spaces with roommates. That’s not to say you should cram 6 people into a 2 bedroom apartment, but talk to your landlord about your options, and see if finding a roommate would make things more affordable.

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If you need more guidance on your search for Buffalo Apartments, just give us a call! We’re happy to review some of our housing options with you, and make sure you’re on the right path.

frIDay Interior Design: Modernism

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of modern interior design, you might think it just refers to a style of design in alignment with current trends and contemporary developments, but that’s not necessarily the case. The heart of modern design actually mirrors the traits of the modern art movement, which was a noted departure from the lavish styles or the artistic movements that preluded it. But while modern art often delves into the abstract and the experimental, modern interior design keeps a focus on simplicity and function.

Here are some defining characteristics of modern interior design and why you might want to consider including them in your living space.

Straight Lines

In keeping with the simplicity of the modern theme, rooms designed in a modern style usually feature straight lines and clean patterns. In contrast to the carved decorations and textured furnitures that preceded modern design, this style will keep things simple and mostly flat without adding additional detail and complication.

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Bold Use of Color

Modernist thinking was all about shaking free of the norms, and this can be seen in the use of bold colors that add visual contrast and stand out from the rest of the space. It is common in modern designs to see one sitting chair or an accent pillow of bold contrasting color included to set itself apart from the room around it. Use of modern art itself hung on walls can be a way to bring out strong colors or add a sense of abstractness to an otherwise straight and even space, adding to the modern design aesthetic.

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Minimalism

Modern design focuses on removal of the unnecessary and inclusion only of pieces that provide function or purpose. This leads to a general lack of clutter and open floor plans. It is common in modern interior design for walls to be minimized and shelves or other storage to be built into recesses instead of protruding out into the floor plan.

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Three Things Thursday: Wire Control

With all the tech gadgets we’re buying these days, your apartment can quickly turn from neat and clean to a rat’s nest of wires. Not only is it not visually appealing, but it’s usually a safety issue as well if you have wires protruding out into walking spaces. Here are three neat products that can tidy up your wires and send your rat’s nest packing.

Cable Twisters

These little twisters will wind up your wires and keep them all neatly organized together. They’re better than tape or zip ties, because they’re easy to put on and take off too.

Even better news – they’re cheap. A set of 3 usually only costs about $10, so you won’t have to break the bank for the sake of organization.

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The Plug Hub

This neat little box sits on the floor below your desk and winds your extra cable length inside it – preventing the classic rat’s nest. It’s a pretty inconspicuous little box, so it won’t take up much space, but it definitely gets the job done.

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This one’s a pretty good bargain too, selling for only $25.

Desk Cord Manager

If you have a lot of cables running from your computer, printer, phone and everything else on your desk, this one is perfect for you. The desk leg cord manager is a steal at only $9, and it’ll keep your ugly cords out of sight and looking fresh.

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Three Things Thursday: Desks for Your Apartment

In this week’s Three Things Thursday, we want to give you some inspiration for a better workspace in your home office. Some of you might not even have a home office in your apartment, but working from your bed or your dining room table are probably not the most productive alternatives, and most people work more efficiently when they have a dedicated place set aside for work. If you work in the same place you relax, your mind will have a hard time staying focused on the task at hand, and you could end up getting distracted by your TV while you work, or worse, getting distracted by work while watching TV.

Here are three different kinds of desks you could consider adding to your apartment for better productivity.

The Simple Table

Just because you’re looking for a dedicated surface to work on, you don’t have to silo yourself into a big complicated desk. Some people work better with a nice simple setup without a lot of drawers and clutter surrounding them. If this sounds like you, try getting yourself a simple table to work on. They’re usually modest in both price and size, so you won’t have to break the bank buying one, and it won’t take up your whole room either.

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The L-Shape

For people who need a lot of surface area to work on but still need to make efficient use of space, the L desk is perfect. Take that empty corner of your apartment and make it a productive work station. L-shaped desks come in all shapes and sizes too, so find one that fits your needs. If you’re already using the space for a desk, you might as well get one with drawers and cabinets to add some more storage space. And if space isn’t an issue, just find something that fits the personality of your pad.

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The Standing Desk

The standing desk is a style that has really caught on in offices of late. Sitting for long periods of time can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy. If you’re trying to burn more calories while you work, or if sitting for long periods of time is ergonomically a problem for you, the standing desk is the way to go. Recent studies have also shown that people working at standing desks can be more productive, but it’s mostly a personal preference. If standing up for too long tires you out, you’ll probably start to lose focus on your work, so be sure to know what you’re getting into before you commit to standing all the time. You can always look for a tall chair or bar stool to sit on, or get a desk with adjustable height.

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If we’ve inspired you to go out and get another piece of furniture for your apartment, why not look right here in Buffalo for your perfect find? Some great local stores like Ro and Room are good alternatives to the same old places like Ikea.com or Office Max. So get out there and get productive.

Apartment Necessities: Art and Decor

Unless you’re going for the most minimalist feel possible, you’ll probably want to find something to hang on the walls in your apartment to spice things up a bit. You may have missed the Allentown Art Festival this year, but with mass distribution of art made easier through the internet, there are still plenty of sources out there for you to find some picture-perfect decor to bring your walls to life. Here are some great things to keep in mind while you decorate:

Your Living Space Has Personality

From the colors you’ve chosen to highlight your apartment with to the style of your furniture, everything in your space builds up to a personality. What you hang on the walls is a big part of this. When you’re shopping around for the best new artistic pieces, remember the look and feel you’re going for. A piece that contrasts intensely with the other colors in your apartment will jump out and be more visually aggressive for you and your guests, while something that fits with your color palette will blend in and create a measured, calming environment. Whatever you’re going for, keep the personality of your space in mind.

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Plenty of Options

Local art shows are great places to check out possible decor for your space, but don’t forget to check online, too. There are plenty of websites like Etsy.com that have huge varieties of artwork to choose from, and the prices are usually reasonable. Don’t settle for something that you don’t think is perfect for your apartment, because you’ll probably have to look at it for a long time.

Create Something Yourself

If you can’t find something that really speaks to your personality as well as the feel of your apartment, why not try making something yourself? Photo collages or large-sized photo prints are great ways to take a memory or a favorite photo and bring it to life in your living space. You don’t have to be a professional artist to create something of your own to decorate your apartment, and once you’re done, you can show it off and create easy conversation when you have company over. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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Whatever you decide to decorate your space with, the important part is that you like it. If you surround yourself with positive emotions, your living situation will be a lot better.

 

 

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Three Things Thursday: Iconic Chairs

A new addition to the Kissling Blog, our “Three Things Thursday” concept is simple: list three things in any given category for your inspiration. This week – iconic chairs.

I would like to say that every apartment or loft should have the following chairs. Sadly, these are not necessarily “consumer” chairs, but more of luxury modernist design statements. That being said, why let the outlandish prices stop you from inspiration or a used chair search? Keep an eye out, you never know if you will find one of these iconic pieces on Ebay, Craig’s List or elsewhere…

Out of the hundreds of iconic chairs from the modern age, I think that the following three work best with multiple styles of interior design than most others:

1 – The Eames Chair

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You might recognize this particular model from a certain grumpy doctor’s office on TV a few years back (House, MD).

A true embodiment of modern aesthetics and function, this is certainly the most luxurious and comfortable of almost any chair in existence. With a rather high sticker price, you definitely get what you pay for in beautiful hard wood, plush leather and pure comfort.

2 – The Wassily Chair (B3 Model)

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Don’t be fooled by the Wassily chair’s clunky, robotic look – it is incredibly comfortable. If you don’t believe me, check out Ró on Elmwood – last time I checked they had several of these on the floor. Comfy, cool looking (if a bit quirky) and definitely the more reasonably priced chair of the three in this post.

3 – Three-Legged Shell Chair

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Created by the late, highly-regarded furniture designer Hans Wegner, this piece features no synthetic materials (assuming that you don’t go with a knock-off model). A very pleasant addition to a small space, you’ll be sure to either impress guests or enjoy some solo time with a book in this chair.

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