Go Green!

Go Green!

The earth is what we all have in common ~ Wendell Berry


As an Interior Designer I have an opportunity to play a part in helping the environment by creating healthy, non-toxic spaces for clients that desire it. More and more people are becoming aware of these practices and demanding materials in their home or office that are environmentally friendly and good for the health of the people using the space. Not everyone may know what “Eco-friendly” or “Green” design is and how it can be achieved. Green or eco-friendly interior design focuses on the improvement of indoor air quality as well as reducing the impact that finishes and furnishings have on the environment. Here are some basics of what Mathe Design can offer in sourcing safe finishes, materials and furniture as well as tips to show benefits for greener living.

Lee Industries

Lee Industries

As a LEED Accredited designer, eco-friendly design practices are important and part of the Mathe Design philosophy. While working on a great number of green projects in Hospitality design, I’ve had the opportunity to have hands on experience in the high standards of sustainable design practices. While bringing these ideas into residential design is excitingly increasing it is a pleasure to share with my clients alternatives for healthy environmentally sound options.

PAINT

Choosing products with low to no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or chemicals that give off sometimes harmful gas into the air, is the basis to start from in improving indoor air quality. Select zero-VOC or low-VOC paints like Benjamin Moore’s Natura line which comes in many colors. This zero-VOC, zero-Emmisions low odor interior paint is an acrylic blended latex coating designed for application to a wide variety of surfaces with a durable, washable film. When this is being installed you won’t experience that “fresh paint” smell. This is a great product to use in children’s bedrooms and spaces - their systems can be more sensitive to harmful chemicals.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

UPHOLSTERY & FABRICS

Mathe Design offers clients access to fabrics and custom upholstery made with organic materials, made in the USA. Using products that have recycled materials from a regional plant all play a role in making an environmental impact. Supporting local businesses by using local workrooms for custom drapery and upholstery will also continue to reduce our carbon footprint.

FURNITURE & WOOD

Companies like Lee Industries and Bernhardt Furniture are dedicated to using natural materials to upholster their products with. Standard upholstery goods are made with petroleum-based man made materials. Containing highly flammable ingredients and often treated with flame-retardant chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of health problems. By offering access to furniture companies that are dedicated to using natural materials like organic wool and natural latex clients can be set at ease that they are making a quality purchase and decision. Many environmental fabric and furniture companies include recycled materials from pre-consumer and post-consumer wastes in their eco-friendly practices.

Look for solid wood materials made with basic wood joinery that ensure a stronger bond and uses less adhesives. Avoiding furniture made with particle board or MDF held together with resins, glues and binders that often times contain formaldehyde which can cause allergic reactions and is known to cause cancer in animals. Investing in quality constructed furniture will in most cases create a longer lasting use life cycle, reducing the need to get rid of furniture more often. Choose woods for cabinetry, floors and furniture that are reclaimed, locally milled and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, meaning that they support responsible forestry practices to help protect forest ecosystems by harvesting sustainable wood.

We want to go beyond simply complying with environmental legislation and regulations; we want to become leading supporters in our community and industry ~ Alex Bernhardt, Sr., Chairman and CEO, Bernhardt Furniture Company
Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

RUGS

Select alternative choices such as natural fibers in wool, cotton, or jute over synthetics. Wool is naturally fire retardant and absorbs moisture as well as captures dust or pollen, reducing humidity and allergens in the air.

While synthetic rugs are quite often made from nylon, acetate, or polyester materials. Highly flammable man-made fibers are often treated with synthetic chemicals to reduce flammability, increasing the potency of toxic gasses releasing into the air of your home which may cause headaches, dizziness, or nausea.

SIMPLE INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS TO GO GREEN

1) Conserve water use by being observant of your daily water usage, opting for dual flush toilets and low-flow high efficiency aerator faucets. Like this Kraus CarboFlex™ Pull Down Kitchen Faucet which provides great design with California Green compliency.

Krauss

Krauss

2) Plants can improve air quality. In the 1980’s the NASA Clean Air Test showed that certain plants help filter harmful toxins and pollutants in space stations. We’ve shown three plant options from their list below; the boston fern, variegated snake plant and the peace lily. Plants are also a great way to add natural elements indoors to any design space.

3) Enhance your air handling efficiency by investing in a HVAC system that can sense when no one is home to conserve on heating and cooling costs. Using eco-friendly furnace filters that are made from environmentally responsible materials and have a MERN high rating level along with maximum airflow rating can help to minimize energy consumption while maintaining a high dust holding capacity.

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4) As an added bonus, you may qualify for tax credits for your efforts to design with the environment in mind.

Mathe Design is dedicated to providing safe environments to clients. If you have any questions about how you can “Go Green” in your Interior Design spaces feel free to reach out through the mathedesign.com contact page.

Cheers,

Melissa Mathe

How To Warm Up Your Space With Layering Texture

How To Warm Up Your Space with Layering Texture

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus

Gabby Home

Gabby Home

While winter has settled in quite nicely and the frigid temperatures are chilling to the bone. The comforts of home call for a much needed cozy retreat. As the days are getting darker faster and after the holidays have ended…interior spaces can seem a bit barren and cold to the senses. The perfect time to warm up your spaces using layering and textures to fill in those empty spots and gather around the warm fire. In adding elements of woven texture, wood, leather, velvet and furry finds you can transform your interiors to settle in to with ambiance and comfort.

Annie Selkie

Annie Selkie

Creating those zones to curl-up in is essential to our desire in hibernating when the chilling temperatures are too hard to bear. The perfect time of year for hot cocoa and a great book covered up in a chunky textured throw blanket…ahhh! We’ve sourced some pillows and throw blankets with different patterns and feel. It’s hard to say no to a super soft faux fur blanket in the middle of winter.

Layering rugs is a sophisticated way of adding texture and softness on floors to ground defined spaces. This look is achieved with combining hand woven, hand knotted, sheep skin and cowhide rugs on top of each other. Which is just what the toes need to stay warm when walking on floors that seem icy cold.

CR Laine

CR Laine

On those days and nights when everyone is gathered around for a movie or game night… having soft surroundings to sit on makes the company want to stay a while.

Filling in corners with lanterns and ginger jars adds those special design touches to make a room not feel too empty. The fireplace takes center stage during cold months… having stylish functional accessories to hold firewood and blankets is key. The glow of candles especially helps to create an ambient glow at night to warm the soul. This can simply be done by hanging candle sconces, adding candleholders and hurricanes around the house to fill with luminous candlelight.

Chelsea Robinson Interiors

Chelsea Robinson Interiors

In the dining room covering chairs with slipcovers and adding in elements of nature can give the room warmth… like adding an extra sweater or coat to your room. Play with different patterns to find your style “simple and elegant” or more “cozy cabin”. Using woven and wool fabrics can make a clean and smart looking winter style statement.

Pine Cone Hill

Pine Cone Hill

We haven’t forgotten the much needed layers in the bedroom either. Velvet quilts and furry throw pillows speak for themselves saying “get under the covers”… and can be great seasonal decor items to swap in during the winter for staying warm in bed. This hand knotted rug adds comfort under the feet while another tip is to add simple clean white ceramics… in the form of stools and vases to give a room a boost of freshness.

We hope you enjoy using these tips on layering different textures in your own home to stay warm this winter season. Soon enough it will be spring… but for now we’ll light a candle, read a good book and enjoy the cozy evenings while they last.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Melissa Mathe Interior Design: A Year In Review

Melissa Mathe Interior Design
– A Year In Review –

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

We’re taking a look back at 2018 and the many projects we’ve had the pleasure of working on with our wonderful clients. Just like each new year a new project has it’s hopes and expectations and most often times the finished result is even better than envisioned. We love talking with our clients about how they wish to use a new space and how they want it to feel. While each project has it’s new adventures and obstacles to overcome we cherish the laughs and victories along the way. Whether a client wants to show a more stylish side of themselves or simply have more functioning light and flow in their space. We guide them on a journey helping to make their interior design dreams and visions come true. Here’s a look inside the highlights of 2018

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We started the year out showing design concepts to work on furnishing a new custom built home with large spaces to be filled. Beautifully coffered ceilings and a blank slate were outfitted with a light palette in mink and muted blue. The before and after of the entryway show it’s grand nature, with neutral tones and clean finishes to make an elegant statement.

As the construction was complete in the spring we were ready to start installing. In the dining room the accent color painted in the tray ceiling along with a paint-style patterned custom drapery fabric give the space an uplifted serenity.

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This past spring the Mathe Design team attended High Point Market taking in new inspiring finds for the season. Connecting with other designers and meeting with our manufacturer reps to see more details about whats available to designers.

Spring Market is a highlight of the year as designers enjoy time amongst others in our industry… as you can see we have our fair share of fun there too. Shortly after spring market we wrapped up a kitchen remodel that had been in conception since the previous fall. This refreshed crisp classic kitchen is now equipped with brand new custom built cabinetry and an updated dining space.

Photography by Ansel Olson

Along with several client installs this year we have had a pretty large project that’s been underway since May 2018. This project is a home renovation that includes eighty percent of the home. A full master bathroom and master closet area renovation is a major part of the project. Most of the other rooms with exception to the kitchen have new lighting, furnishing and rugs. As we come to the completion of a few of these projects into 2019 we’ll get house tour images up to show you.

While we had been serving our clients Melissa Mathe Interior Design also entered into a presentation for a room design at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House 2018. To our excitement we were selected to design a bedroom upstairs in the recently restored historical victorian mansion – Holly Lawn. This started the adventure of bringing together the classic contemporary black and white room design to show during the event. We were more then ecstatic to have the honor of working alongside other esteemed Virginia designers at this charitable event, a definite highlight of 2018.

We’re also excited to share the honorable mentions Melissa Mathe Interior Design humbly received in 2018 press with you.

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a new face in the mathe design office

This fall Charlie, the Mathe family’s new puppy, joined the shenanigans in design. Wrapping up a project filled 2018!

A warm thank you to our wonderful clients, vendors, reps, crew and design team for helping us to make 2018 a big success.  Melissa Mathe Interior Design appreciates all of your support and warm friendships.

From our office to you have a safe and Happy Holiday – Cheers to 2019!

Melissa Mathe

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A Breath Of Fresh Air

A Breath Of Fresh Air

"Despite the forecast, live like it's SPRING" ~ Lilly Pulitzer

1) Turquoise Sconces   2) Acrylic Mirror   3) Blue Sofa   4) Lilac Accent Bowl   5) Oblong Motif Garden Stool   6) Driftwood Club Chair   7) Multicolored Rug   8) Decorative Pillow Set   9) Abstract Fine Art

We hope you enjoy this colorful room scheme and have a Happy Easter.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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The Whole Nine Yards In Mink

the whole nine yards in mink

"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication" ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Bernhardt Furniture Company

Bernhardt Furniture Company

As our economy continues to slowly rise, we see color trends warming up.  Grey will still be around, but you will see the use of warm grey and "greige" (the term given to a grey/beige color). Enter: Mink.

Dreamy neutral interior spaces can transport the aesthetic to an elegant and luxe state.  While subtle accent colors, pattern, and texture play a supporting role in bringing added interest.  We have our eyes on a color we affectionately call "Mink"... doesn't it just sound pretty.  Well, we're pretty excited about adding this decadent color into design schemes to create that neutral clean contemporary feel.  Mink is a rich color that is confident and warm. Using soft creamy colors to provide a serene base and layering in this deep color provides  a sense of grounding to the overall interior style.  This color can be found in all interior furnishings: fabrics, wood tones, tile, and stone.

As you can see these fabric selections, trim and carpet are lovely examples that can easily be pulled in - to compliment.  As we've recently sourced furniture and lighting for this aesthetic we have an assortment to share along with a to-die-for paint color.  See the lists below for the links to all of the details.

Here are details on neutral furniture and fixtures for your resource. Plus a to-die-for paint color to tie everything together.

We hope you enjoy our new color crush discovery and also hearing more about this luxe style.  We wouldn't hold it against anyone to casually use this color for there next professional manicure either... because we've done it ourselves.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Trending: Sophisticated Cottage

Trending: Sophisticated Cottage

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul" ~ Kate Choppin

Here are details for the furniture and finishes we've shared in this - Sophisticated Cottage trending style.

Nadine Winged Headboard  /  Sheffield Strip Rug  /   Margate Shell Mirror  /  Lauralie Capiz Shell Lamp  /  Brett Iron Table  / Ming White Lacquered Dresser Miller Lantern  /  Bell Navy Blue Lacquered Desk

Enjoy!

Melissa Mathe

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Design Crush: Capiz Shell

design crush: capiz shell

"If life is like a box of chocolates, then heaven is an oyster" ~ LJW


The shimmery luminous glow of Capiz Shell has gotten us locked-in to it's luxurious quality.  How fitting it is in this winter holiday season for us to share about our infatuation considering it's history in the Filipino culture, where it derives from on the province of Capiz.  These beautiful shells have long been used in star ornamental lanterns called Parols — an iconic symbol of the holiday,  adorning homes and buildings throughout the Christmas Season.

The soft translucent textured shells are made available in a wide variety of furniture and home decor items. For example with inlaid patterns on furniture, cascading down on chandeliers, overlaid on lamp bases, mirror frames, table tops, trays and decorative boxes... you name it. We have recently sourced Capiz Shell furniture and decor for our clients and the result is a "showstopper" experience for all who encounter it's beauty — completely mesmerizing.

Pumpkin Spice Up Your Space

PUMPKIN SPICE UP YOUR SPACE

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

For information on the items shown above click on these links: athena laurel leaf mirror, chunky rug, colorful throw, knit pouf, gold vases, colorful zig zag pillow, greek key lumbar pillow, gold wire basket, lamp, dish towel and potholder, place card pumpkins

Happy Fall, Ya'll!

Melissa Mathe

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Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

 

Bringing Blue And White Decor Outdoors For Simple Holiday Decorating

simple blue and white outdoor holiday decorating

"Ev'ry heart beats true 'Neath the Red, White and Blue"  ~ George M. Cohan

Summer holidays mean firing up the BBQ and getting together with family and friends entertaining outdoors. While blue and white decor is an Interior Design favorite, creating stylish outdoor spaces can be made simple. Celebrate our countries Independence Day in style with adding pops of color to this classic foundation. With colorful chairs, lanterns that glow, a great rug and plenty of throw pillows. After sweeping off the patio and setting the stage add elements of nature with bright red roses and soft white hydrangeas placed in ginger jars from inside. This will welcome your guests and make them feel at home. Here are a few decor resources to get you started.

A great armchair is a smart way to make a statement. These chairs from Wayfair, Safavieh and Bungalow5 are a perfect example of this.

Garden stools and sides tables can be used inside and outdoors for added surfaces. For example this Safavieh garden stool is very classic, the Annie Selke and Wayfair tables are more of a modern touch.

You can find these vividly patterned rugs at Annie Selke, Safavieh and Safavieh.

Create a pattern play with these stunning indoor outdoor pillows from Birch Lane, Surya and Birch Lane.

Finally go out with a bang and make your guests swoon with these accessories located at Annie Selke, Birch Lane and Wayfair.

Stay safe and have a great July 4th!

Melissa Mathe Design