Designer Turns New House’s Space into a Home for His Family

Designer Turns New House’s Space into a Home for His Family

 

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Picking up and moving your family halfway across the country is never easy.

Trying to make a new house feel like its home is even harder.

Traverse City Designer Angelo Adamo, with Angelo Adamo Design, had to do that a few months ago.  Now he’s taking us back inside his new house to give us some background on his eye on design.

Most often when new homes are built, they have an open kitchen area that extends to the living area,” Adamo says.

That open floorplan is definitely a selling point, but can also provide specific challenges for new homeowners.

“There are ways of separating the living area to the eating area, because sometimes it’s hard to do that in an awkward space if it’s a rectangle layout,” he says.

Adamo had that issue with his new home’s space, but he knew how to make the most of it.

“It’s three spaces in one, and we didn’t want to lose a table that we cherish where we eat all the time, so I decided that we added a sectional that has beautiful linear lines that creates sort of an angle between one room and another,” Adamo says. “And then a couple of things like a bench and a table, instead of chairs, and the bench can go against the wall so it doesn’t provide a corridor. And then adding mirrors to the wall to reflect lighting and adding ambient lighting so when it gets a little darker, you have table lamps and light fixtures to enhance the light appeal.”

Another thing he had to keep in mind was the existing decor of the room.

“I went with neutral fabrics, it’s the detail for the architecture, the mill-work of the fireplace and the Brazilian cherry of the flooring, it’s very dark, so I went very neutral with the fabrics so the accent colors I got was through the pillows, and the wicker baskets, and the throws and the plants that I added. It all came together.”

 

When determining paint colors and lighting, Angelo says realize seasons and time of day make a difference.

“Go a couple of different times of the day and see how much natural light you get, because that will help you evaluate what you need to use for colors, whether you need to repaint a certain color whether you need to tone it down a little bit,” he says. “I added a chandelier in the living room to add a bit more substance to the height of the room.”

It was a chandelier that he moved from the dining room, and as a whole, he was able to make this house work with furniture and pieces the family already had.

“Take stock of your inventory so whatever you have that you want to bring with you, measure it, take photos of it,” he says. “Does it need to be reupholstered does it need a throw pillow on there? Does it need something to work in this new environment, and if it doesn’t, don’t hold on to it even if it has a sentimental value. Either create a space for it, or don’t bring it.”

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From the beautiful outdoor spaces to the cozy living room and more formal dining room, Angelo had a vision, followed through and created a home that quickly made Northern Michigan home for his family.

“Putting your personal touch into, it is just the little things, it’s that processes, it’s the organizing of these processes that make a difference,” Adamo says.

Interior Designer Shares Pro Tips, Re-Invents Interior of His Own Home

Interior Designer Shares Pro Tips, Re-Invents Interior of His Own Home

July 13, 2018 Michelle Dunaway, Emily DeRuiter

We are lucky to meet people from all walks of life, including a man who hails from South Australia that now calls Northern Michigan home.

Angelo Adamo is an interior designer—and he is re-making the interior of his new Traverse City home into something of his very own.

Adamo has promised to allow us to watch his progress and pick up some pro advice along the way.

His first bit of advice on what’s hot in interior colors right now are milky white and chocolate browns, both of which he says work well with natural materials like timber.

Watch the video above to learn more about how he intends to brighten up and modernize the interior of his home, and stick with ‘the four’ to see his progress as his work continues.

See link for video

https://www.9and10news.com/2018/07/13/interior-designer-shares-pro-tips-re-invents-interior-of-his-own-home/

Design Manager ‘s Blog – Creative Conversations with Angelo Adamo

Design Manager ‘s Blog –  Creative Conversations with Angelo Adamo

Angelo Adamo

Angelo Adamo grew up in Australia, went on to work with olympians as a sports scientist, and later found his passion in interior design. Today, as a designer and blogger, Adamo faces no shortage of inspiration. He draws from his diverse background, experiences, and surroundings to create memorable and meaningful designs for his clients.

We recently chatted with Adamo to learn more about his design philosophy, how he gets inspired, and how he finds balance between creativity and the business side of design.

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The Color Blue – How memory of colors can influence your environment.

The Color Blue                                                   – How memory of colors can influence your environment.

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Villa D’Este Rome – The Avenue of 100 Fountains

Living in Italy as a 6-year-old with my parents had a profound effect on my creativity and craving for history and tradition. Since then, I remember the smell of moss at the Villa D’Este Rome (The Avenue of 100 Fountains), the color and texture of Pompeii, the grandeur of La Scala in Milan, the historical towns of Positano, and the canals in Venice.

PompeiiThe ruins of Pompeii

There was one item that my mother, Emilia, had brought me at the Vatican that changed my perception of the color, blue. It was a light blue colored rosary bead. I wasn’t sure how to use it, but I was intrigued by the pristine and innocent color. It was these moments at the Vatican when my mother gave me this rosary bead that caused this color evolution for me.

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The Blue Rosary Beads.

Now, this color triggers a sense of enlightenment, tradition, family, curiosity, tranquility, beauty, and happiness.

There were two opportunities that I was able to use blue as the primary color for a residential and a workplace project. I then had to visually explain why this was the right choice and how this scheme related to their space.


My residential client purchased a lovely home in the Woodlands, Texas. Both are career professionals that value family time and entertaining with friends, so the focus was to redesign the dining room into a special and inviting space.

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My clients dining room before renovations.

The dining room is in the middle of the house that has a wall filled with large windows looking into a courtyard. Therefore, there was a good amount natural light. I wanted to introduce a damask wall-covering from Cole & Son which had a reflective silver imprint that would help reflect the natural light. We then traveled to Houston and New Orleans for Italian and French 1900 century antiques and lighting that had soft natural tones with ornate details. Th rug and accessories were sourced at the Decorator Center Houston.

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Dining room with blue colors – Schumacher fabric window treatment, Cole & Son wall-covering.

I recognized that their dining room had to have a sense belonging and an attraction that appeals to special moments. Blue was the perfect color for this scenario. The design would be a blend of history, culture, vitality, and sophisticated styles.


My client Pike Electric wanted a space where everybody could be open to discussion and ideas, and to problem solve. Even though Pike Electric’s logo is blue, it was important that I structured other shades of blue to balance the darker tone. My source for axillary furniture that had the perfect blue fabric was from Andreu World, one of my favorite sources for commercial projects.

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Pike Electric – Winston-Salem, NC

This is an example of how memory of colors effects our environment. My perception of blue has transcended into the lives of others, now influencing their interiors that represent a higher level of wellbeing to build fond memories for the future.

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