Achieving the Bright White-Blue Zone in Interior Design

Achieving the Bright White-Blue Zone in Interior Design

By Creative Director of Design Elemental

Rendering of Flagship Model Home – Tour available early Summer 2021 (by associate designer Koralia Giori)

There are specific moments in life which you preserve as memories.  These memories are stored as vital snapshots that form our unique personalities.

To begin the process of today’s modern interior design, you need to discover the value of these snapshots and how they affect your response to color, texture, and scent.

Somehow, we have lost our ability reconnect to our senses because of information overload from social media.  However, my method called Human Sense Connectivity enables us to reconsider our connections. 

Athletes achieve optimal success when they enter a “zone” which is when there is synergy between motion and memories.  The objective to achieving the “zone” is finding your trigger points.  Athletes relentlessly practice and rehearse their trigger points and to remember a scheduled process that coaches prepare for optimal performances.

Surprisingly, I use this same method of finding your zone with interior design.  Finding your zone with design is to realize the correlation between reality and your trigger points. Colors, texture, and scent are primarily the senses that emotionally influence your design decisions.

Human Sense Connectivity is the zone between your snapshots and reality. This method is a new version of interior design that allows a more purposeful living environment.

One of my favourite beaches in South Australia – Port Elliot

I grew up near a beautiful beach called Grange beach in Adelaide, South Australia.  I would exercise almost daily at Grange Beach when I was a teenager.  All my aspirations and determination were built during these moments.  I vividly remember the bright white-blue colors of the sky that have become my vital snapshots.  This is my way of connecting with home in Adelaide and it assures me with the emotions of comfort and solitude.

Designing your space using memories and trigger points are methods for a more purposeful interior.  There are visual and meditative techniques that I use to tap into the zone. However, this does not prevent you from creating a high-end luxury interior but rather a guide to your finish and material selections. Your style of design is dictated by your fashion sense and cultured background.  The connections between materials and objects are controlled by familiarity and personal attractions.

The future of interior design is not only about the sustainability of building but to feel connected to your environment.  Finding clarity within your space provides support and direction to a modern lifestyle that is going to become more holistic and authentic. 

I am excited to announce that early next April 2021, Socks Construction’s Design Elemental will open its first flagship studio that will allow you to choose your custom tailored Component Construction home with luxury brands like Holland & Sherry, DuChateau flooring, Farrow & Ball paints, Palecek Furniture & Lighting, Polywood outdoor furniture, Strictly plumbing, Adamo scent products, Rizzoli Design books, and our exclusive porcelain tile series. 

Also, our first Modern Luxury home nestled in the woods of Frankfort, MI will be available to tour late Spring 2021.  Marketing and images for our exclusive modern home is coming soon in December 2020.

For more information on our home series packages and exclusive custom homes, please contact Angelo Adamo (Creative Director) at 231-631-0055 or angelo@socksconsruction.com.

This Is How You Can Get the Accessible Home of Your Dreams

This Is How You Can Get the Accessible Home of Your Dreams

Guest Article by Patrick Young from Ableusa for Angelo on Design

Finding the perfect home when you have specific accessibility requirements may seem like a tall order at first glance. In reality, however, it’s actually not much different from just about any house-hunting endeavor. With a narrower playing field, it may even be arguably easier. But, of course, there will still be no small measure of due diligence required, as well as some possible hits and misses along the way. It’s important, therefore, to have a real game plan as you start your search so you won’t be overwhelmed by the process. Here’s how.

Take Stock of Your Needs

Before anything else, it’s important to recognize that not all accessible homes are the same. After all, people have different abilities, and when it comes to choosing a home, your own capacity should be at the forefront. This is why it’s a very good idea to start by recognizing your own mobility limitations and then assessing the accessibility features you need in your home.

At the most basic level, perhaps you need a wheelchair to get around, which means you will need wider doorways and ramps, as well as sinks and counters that are lower in height. Or, maybe you want to reduce your risk of falls as a senior, so you want to ensure that rooms are free of trip hazards, have non-slip flooring, and are fitted with grab bars and handrails in the bathroom. Not only that, but it may be prudent to think further ahead and ensure there’s room for more modifications in the future to accommodate any changes in your condition.

Determine What You Can Afford

Now, regardless of what kind of home you’re in the market for — accessible or otherwise — it’s always wise to consider your purchasing power before anything else. This is to ensure that you can afford to buy a home at this stage in your life. Doing so entails taking stock of your financials, specifically your income, your debt-to-income ratio, and if you have enough for the down payment. You should also consider external parameters such as the housing market, mortgage options and terms available to you, and many others. For this reason, Moving.com explains that it’s a good idea to consider getting a mortgage pre-approval, as it gives you a clear picture of your inevitable investment right off the bat. It’s always a good idea to connect with an experienced and knowledgeable realtor when exploring purchasing a home.

Depending on your specific condition, you may actually be qualified for financial assistance that can help facilitate the purchase of an accessible home or even fund accessibility modifications to your current one. It’s definitely smart to know your options and your rights to help you overcome the challenges — financial, especially — of homeownership.

Keep an Open Mind

While being specific about your accessibility needs is a great thing, know that this may leave you with fewer options, making it very important to be very flexible during your search. As tempting as it might be to reject a home because it’s not completely what you had in mind, it’s still more than wise to take a moment to really see the big picture. A closer look might reveal the need for just a few key renovations to make it as safe and accessible as you might like, such as the relatively simple addition of concrete ramps or pathways.

An equally good idea is to research what additional modifications will cost you‚ as well as to factor in the home’s purchase value, in order for you to determine whether or not it’s a viable investment. For example, if you need to install a wheelchair ramp. The cost of a ramp will depend on the quality and any decorative style as well.

If you’re concerned about how these accessibility changes will affect the look and feel of your home, there are websites that can give you some points to make your space look incredible. Angelo on Design has several incredible interior design tips that can help you make the most of your incredible new space!

Suffice it to say, a fully accessible home is definitely a worthy investment. Not only is it a place to call your own and thrive in, but it’s ultimately one where you’re safest and most comfortable. So, don’t leave your search up to chance; Instead, let research and good planning take a step closer to your perfect home.

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THE NEW OFFICE WORKPLACE

THE NEW OFFICE WORKPLACE

Its now about you and the emotional values you bring into your workplace. By Angelo Adamo – Creative Director for Design Elemental

HOME OFFICE OF ANGELO ADAMO – CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DESIGN ELEMENTAL AND PARTNER OF ADAMO SCENT & SKINCARE LINE

The open space workplace is now a thought from the past.  There will be new strategies on how to implement a healthy work environment that is not intruding in people’s personal space. 

The most important phase of design is the initial phase called programming.  This is when a team of designers rely on feedback from the client regarding the structure of the firm, its brand strategy, and growth analysis. 

In 2016, I was the lead designer for Wake Forest University Sports Performance Center and a corporate office for Pike Electric.  All had different requirements, but the main emphasis was to identify the core brand of their business and how to achieve the best possible results in function and appeal. 

What we now must consider is for employees and students the flexibility to work from home or away from campus.  This means, designing an office is no longer about the brand of a business but more about you.

My principles of design are divided into categories such as balance, function, form, saturation of light and color, harmony, and detail. These categories are considered not on the individual, but the dynamics of a group. Now, the main categories for a home office must include personal values, flexibility, noise levels, digital access, and organization.

Most of us do not have the luxury of a new office space with modern features at home.  Typically, our choices are dining tables, small guest rooms, or the basement.  At the end of the day, we are then left with a messy space filled with open folders and empty coffee mugs.

However, there are ways to design an office that provides positive solutions to your work environment.  

This is my Design Strategy for home offices:

PERSONAL VALUES

Adding photos or posters of your favorite artwork requires restraint.  Consider these factors when adding to your home office.

Select art, photos, or objects that have a positive reaction to your memories.  I have a photo of my wife from a while back when we were traveling Italy.  We were young and enthusiastic about life and how traveling was our method for trusting each other. 

Images of my two little girls always puts a smile on my face.  Every time I glimpse at Laila and Delphine, I remember myself saying to them “to never give up and do not be afraid to fail”.  I guess this memory encourages me to do the same thing.

Above my desk are drawings of the Eden Variety Theater in Paris and the Dorly Cartes Opera House in London. When I was 6 years old, I lived in Italy where my parents are from before immigrating to Australia.  I recall the day that my father, Giacinto Adamo, took me to La Scala Opera House in Milan.  His cousin was doing building repairs at the backstage, so I was able to tour the entire theater.  How can a 6-year-old child ever forget that?  I still have vivid memories of gold trim, hand crafted medallions, and the grand red velvet drapes.  Experiencing this with my father and listening opera with him is why I have a passion for theater design.  Fortunately, in 2015, I was the project manager for the renovation of the Raleigh Theater at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh, North Carolina.   

THE 5 MINUTE BREAK READ

On my desk I keep a book that my mother-in-law gave me for Xmas. I am obsessed with “The Italian Design Factories” from Interni. I am always intrigued by the originality of design and how artists can affect your way of thinking. When I need a 5-minute break from looking at the screen, I have this book to help me focus on the true reasons why I became a designer.

ORGANIZATION

To be organized is to be prepared.  I have a leather mini filing cabinet that I keep essentials that are small enough to get lost in a drawer.  This handsome black leather storage unit is small enough the fit on my desk and large enough to become a detail. 

The Chopstick Holder is from a cool store in NYC called Pearl River Mart.  My wife and I worked in NYC for 5 years which were the most exciting but exhausting times. Still, they were awesome memories.

I like to use two note pads. I have a journal for notes and scribbling and a smaller book for sketches. I am not a big fan on sticky notes because inevitably they disappear.

Filing cabinets are essential and it beats having a book shelve filled with manila folders.  The objective is not to over pack your filings cabinets. Baskets are a great concept for storing oversize items, especially if your do not have a bookshelf.This ornate vintage box is a classic.  I hide my bills and other important information that I need for easy access.

I recommend pin up boards for displaying information that can be easily accessible and to be inspired.

I also use Trello, a pin-up board app, that can be installed on your smartphone or computer.  This system provides a methodological approach in project organization and management.  I have boards for collecting design concepts, vendor information, daily tasks, and client programming.

CONTROL OF SOUND AND NOISE LEVELS

I have a Bose Bluetooth speaker on my desk that is easily transferred from one room to another.  I like background music as it provides me background music, especially if my girls are playing and making noise.   I am fortunate that my finished basement office has good noise reduction levels, but when I need total focus, I also use my Beats Noise Reduction headset. 

COMFORT VS APPEAL

If I were not in love with these original Baker chairs, I would recommend an ergonomic chair from Humanscale or Herman Miller.  However, once you finish working then a fine piece of furniture is more appealing than an ergonomic chair.  This is a tough decision, but I personally take the side of beauty before comfort.

LIGHTING           

If you are fortunate to have natural light in your office, then you do not need to worry about ambient lighting.  However, most of us need an LED desk light for task lighting and a taller table lamp for surround lighting.  Having two lamps instead of one helps to balance light without creating shadows at the corners of the desk. 

The future of office design is now about you.  Control your surroundings by adding your personal brand and values to your workday.  Angelo Adamo

Consider these factories when designing your office space:

  • Add items to your desk that you have a positive reaction to your day like artwork, photos, and objects.
  • Include storage boxes for a better organized system. 
  • Do not clutter your desk.
  • Once you leave your home office, your desk becomes a vignette so hide the stationary supplies and your “To-Do list”.
  • Use ambient lighting with your LED task lighting.  Once you are done for the day, you can turn off the task lighting but still have the ambient light available.
  • Have a book on your desk that keeps you inspired when you have a 5-minute break.
  • Control your sound by using a Bluetooth device.

Life is all about change. My theory on Human Sense Connectivity is to connect to your senses and to focus on the memories that has had a positive effect in your life. These are moments that you should cherish and to build upon. Positive memories are essential during difficult times, so look deep and find out what your true values are. It’s time to add your brand to your work life.

Angelo Adamo – May 19th 2020

FINDING CALM….. IN YOUR HOME

FINDING CALM…..                     IN YOUR HOME

On a cold evening, I had a lengthy conversation with my wife about how to stay focus during hard times.  We agreed that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many external forces that we have no control over.  Like this current pandemic that’s literally halted the world. 

Being confined helps us to better understand the purpose of our homes. We now see that our interiors is not only for living but essentially a space to find calm.

Calm is not like a passion where clarity, drive, and determination are the fundamentals for succeeding.  Calm is finding a space to trust that reflects your personal memories of strength and wellbeing.

Calm is by far holds greater importance during times of despair.  Calm is remembering the peaceful moments that attribute to your happiness and positive outlook. 

My calm moments are the times I spent growing up in Australia. My connection to nature and to family celebrations are the building blocks to my memories associated to specific colors like this aqua sea blue color.

My regular morning walks at Grange Beach – my home in South Australia. My relationship with weathered wood and white trim comes from memories of this jetty.

My theory of Human Sense Connectivity explores the relationship between memories and external influences (see previous blog on Human Sense Connectivity).  Therefore, the initial stage of design should focus on personal experiences and lifestyle.

First steps to find meaning within your interiors is to start isolating your thoughts and start filtering the memories that have had a positive impact.  These flashbacks become the roadmap to your style and design direction.

The Modern Component Construction Flagship Home

I am working on a project for Design Elemental Studio as our Flagship Modern Home in Northern Michigan. My objective is to showcase our new way of design and build using component construction systems. Component Construction is the customization of prefab homes with an emphasis on a meaningful and purposeful interior.

Exterior Concepts that allows natural light and air flow into the inside environment. These linear lines and darker and warmer tones remind me of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.

If you are fortunate to design your home from the initial programming phase, its important to accumulate enough details that will help you move forward into the next phase. The preliminary design phase begins the filtering process of materials and to start emphasizing on balance of color and contrast of texture.

A New Way of Living

Having room to breath does not mean you need more square footage. You need to prioritize the efficiencies of each room and how your organize objects and furniture. I typically visualize each space before I decide on a design direction. Having floor plans and elevations are a great source to help visualize.

Kitchen rending of Design Elementals Flagship Home in Northern Michigan. Larger windows and bi-fold sliding glass doors are a key feature to the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Having a courtyard is the new backyard. I grew up in Australia but my family was from Italy. I remember the courtyards in Italy that allowed for neighbors to gather and for the children to play. My concept of this courtyard will be accessed by the kitchen and dining room for entertainment.

The Kitchen

I will be using large slab porcelain tile for the flooring in the entertainment spaces and hardwood flooring in the living spaces. The tile will then flow into the outside courtyards to obtain consistency between spaces. The holistic combination of stone and wood represents nature and a connection to the environment. The horizontal surfaces are reflective and neutral. A wood ceiling provides a balance to the neutral tones.

The Living Areas

These images of the study and entertainment room provides an escape from an open space plan. Cabinetry design is a key factor for luxury living and how customizing millwork elevates Component Construction from your typical prefab homes. Design Elemental Studio has an exclusive line of custom cabinets available to make your home more personal.

The Corridors

First impression is everything, so having a strong looking corridor and a front entrance will then be the catalyst of the remaining spaces.

The Bedrooms

I really like how this king bed frame has a built-in desk behind it, rather than the bed going against a wall. The double bunk beds are perfect if you have younger children who likes sleep overs with friends. The book casing encasing the window frame is a great addition when guest come stay and would like to read or browse.

The Bathrooms

Bathrooms are very personal. Tile plays such an important factor to the design which is why Design Elemental Studio has an exclusive range of porcelain tile available for our homes.

Changing the way we think about our interiors

Designing your space is a process and requires a mentor who can retrieve information from your memories to build a more meaningful and impactful solution to your home. Its not just about the aesthetic appeal but how you find calm amongst a hectic and consuming world. This is a new approach to design and a assertive process to build a sustainable and efficient luxury lifestyle.

COMING SOON – PART TWO – DESIGN DOCUMENTING YOUR SPACE.

My daughter and I spending time with our Aussie family in Florence, Italy 2019.