Archive : December 2014

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Out of the Box Decorating Ideas to bring in the New Year

Deborah DiMare

This year, add a unique twist to your New Year’s Eve decorations. Bring your heritage into the decor.

Let’s say your family’s background is Colombian. In addition to the typical New Year’s decorations that everyone displays, add the following:

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Snowman Table Setting for Kids with Barbara Bermudo

Deborah DiMare

Snowman Table Setting for Kids created by Univision TV host Barbara Bermudo and interior designer Deborah Rosenberg.

 

The Holidays are a time made for sharing with your family and loved ones. Except those who will rent a villa on exotic Thai island and spend holidays in warm climate, surrounded with white sandy beaches and turquoise sea. Being able to have your whole family gathered around a table is a great feeling but lets face it, when you have young ones it’s not that easy. They usually can’t stay still for too long.

Below I am going to show you a step by step tutorial on how to create an interesting table setting for your kids that it’s not only inexpensive but will guarantee your kid will stay entertained and in their sit!

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Interior Design for Kids and the Brain

Deborah DiMare

Brain plasticity suggests that our brain is malleable. It suggests that our environment can change the way our brain processes information. Certain environments can stimulate the brain to create new neural pathways or reorganize existing ones. In other words, we are what we surround ourselves with.

 My entire design philosophy is based on creating optimal environments. A space must have a clear direction and purpose. Think “Brain Plasticity.” A space without a goal and direction ain’t nothin’ but a pretty room!

 This is my design of a children’s room. It addresses all of the senses. The direction and goal of this space is to stimulate, cocoon and anchor the child. I believe it is the optimal, positive environment for a child to thrive in.

A “sensory space” provides an environment in which you can create events which focus on particular senses such as feel, vision, sound, smell and taste as well as abstract senses of well being, space, time and togetherness. My focus as a designer, is about creating optimal sensory environments for children and adults.

 

– Deborah Rosenberg

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Our charity of the month is Save the Children. Please support.

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Sensory-Inspired Holiday Design Ideas…What Makes a House a Home?

Deborah DiMare

I’ve been designing interior spaces for many years. However, I still love the feeling of excitement upon entering a new home, especially during the holiday season! The colors, textures, sounds and scents immediately tell me a story about its owners. Is it about a lively, busy family and their children, a Zen-like retreat, a romantic getaway? Or all of the above?

So how do you create your own story for the holidays? Just as we can transform the  way we feel by wearing different clothes, our homes also have the ability to wear “different hats.” Address the following in each detail that you create:

The Senses – Consider color, texture and scent, It should not only look pretty, but it must excite the senses! Give off that holiday vibe. 

Culture – America is a melting pot, we are a mix of various cultures. Bring a bit of your culture and travels into the holiday decor.

Nature – We are surrounded by beautiful greenery and nature anywhere we live. Bringing the elements of the nature surrounding you and sun into your space sets it apart from your pied-à-terre in Paris.

Tell a Story – If you can look at your decorative touches when done and “see” your story, you’ve earned an A+.

For example: You just returned from Morocco with a colorful silk scarf. Drape it over your entry piece console and top it with a clear vase filled with palm fronds and sand for a unique, lovely entry details to your home. There’s a story!

Fill your great grandmother’s glass bowl with some tree ornaments, pine cones or pine tree branches. Guests can admire the color and scent, and be intrigued to hear the story of your great grandmother!

It’s fun, use your imagination to create conversation pieces and a warm happy home…

For great ideas on decorating for the Holidays go here.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

-Deborah Rosenberg

Art Miami with Michelle Rosenfeld

Art Miami with Michelle Rosenfeld

Deborah DiMare

Great day at Art Miami with all the lovely ladies (and one patient husband) of Fisher Island.  My friend Michelle Rosenfeld of Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery http://michellerosenfeldgallery.com/​ gave us a wonderful guided tour of the exhibits.  Michelle, thank you. It was so much fun!

 

 

– Deborah Rosenberg

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Our charity of the month is Operation Gratitude. Please support.

 

 

 

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December Charity: Free The Children

Deborah DiMare


Each month Ddigz.com donates a portion of your purchase to a different charity or organization.

Our mantra is “Interior Design with Direction. We all have special needs, especially when it comes to creating a comforting environment in which to live.”

Much thought is put into which organization to highlight each month. It’s a difficult choice and one we take to heart. This month we have chosen Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner, working both domestically and internationally to empower and enable youth to be agents of change.

Their Mission:

An international charity and educational partner, Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We work to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.
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The Ddigz team thanks you for helping us help others.

 

-Deborah Rosenberg

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