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Home Staging Turnberry Ocean Colony

Home Staging and Photography by Masha Melnik. Two bedrooms apartment in Miami, Florida, 2016

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It was a great idea to mix elements from different times, creating a timeline of sorts from the past to the present.

Iconic vintage pieces of art and furniture often define an era and play an important role in the character of the space. My goal  was to evoke pleasant memories and associations with France and Polynesia to create a familiar and conformable modern home.

I used very warm colors, natural wood, and patterns to make this space livable and cozy.

Designed by Masha Melnik. 2011

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Minimalist Interior Design 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ” –  Leonardo da Vinci 

The minimalist interior design had a lot to explore for me several years ago. And today I want to share my basic ideas and principals of this kind of Elegant modern design.

The Minimalist Interior Design is sophisticated combining clean lines, up-to-the-minute designs and high-tech technology.These interiors are stylishly sleek and minimal with the slogan “less is more” is the main emphasis for decoration.

Minimal and uncluttered, these interiors are not for everyone, especially those who like to display lots of ornamentation and curves as opposed to those who prefer a more bare-minimal approach.

To get the best minimal look, for the walls choose a neutral base colour in white or light tones of either cream, grey, or taupe. For accent colours, choose hues in different shades and tones to your base colour.

Furnish interiors with coffee tables, lamp tables, occasional tables, cabinets, sideboards and dining tables in gloss or satin finishes with minimal decoration.

Choose sofas and chairs upholstered in natural textures in neutral tones. For a luxurious touch, add a chair or small sofa in a bold accent color.

Dress windows with stylish curtains in neutral tones in plain fabric or with a minimal pattern. For a sleek look use white muslin draped to the floor. If you prefer blinds, choose a neutral tone to match your base color or white.

Select flooring that is finished in neutral gloss tones. Go for large ceramic tiles, wooden flooring or plain neutral coloured carpets.

For the main lighting, choose downlights or cove lighting. Add soft ambient light by placing table lamps and standing lamps in the room for use as task lighting.

You can also use your own ideas. The key is function and minimal look you need to achieve. You need to focus on form, color, and texture and that will be all. Have fun with your design!

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Inspiration # 4. Bright Interiors

  Bright decoration ideas are always on trends. Last night I explored the Internet for the most colorful and inspiring design ideas. And now invite you to see and use it for the inspiration.

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ART FAIR Boca Raton 2016

This amazing year I introduced my photo murals at VIP Lounge  ART Fair in Florida. And I am so happy to share my joy with all my good friends!!!!

Thank you, Irreversible Project (Miami)  for such a great opportunity!!!

More my photography works you can find at

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New trend of 2016 it is a Tech-free space

Every day we are surrounded by screens and technologies that can make us feel stressed and too dependent on it . At the same time advancing technology provides the new opportunity for us to stay informed, connected, entertained, and engaged. Technology products become smaller, lighter, and more portable. And these are good changes!

For 2016, Home Decorators decided to find a perfect balance between technologies and family needs. They advise us to leave all technology behind and create a tech-free space.

Here are a few tips for you how to create a tech-free space:

  • bring mirrors into the room for reflections and shadows ;
  • lovely art and photographs. You will never stop watching it; You can find ideas on
  • fireplace and candles would be good as well for cozy atmosphere;
  • photo murals and wallpapers. Eco style or dynamic city looking great in different styles; You can find ideas on
  • bring books to your space and you will always have an interesting time!

And of course – love and joy for your great time with family!


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Trends of 2016

Color trends 2016 offer wide opportunities to use dark and light neutral colors, soft and pale color tones and rich paint colors or their combinations. Interior colors allow finding a winning combination of room decor colors for giving unique, stylish and beautiful home decorating.

Modern color trends mix classy black, white and gray color tones with romantic pink and mysterious light purple colors. Trends colors create fabulous blends of spring inspired yellow and green colors are modern interior colors that look gorgeous with contrasting black. Peaceful blue and green combinations, red wine colors, bronze, gold
d and comfortable brown colors can be mixed into interiors of 2016.
Trends colors of 2016
– Pastel pink for loved room looks aristocratic.
– Elegant gray and bright white decorating combined with metallic accents creating color schemes with a futuristic touch.
– Navy is a best seller right now, as are indigo and denim shades. It is glamorous, modern and sobccc67835b76162df672e27075411722.jpgphisticated.
– Rich red wine colors will help create impressive, comfortable, harmonious and fresh home decorating.
– Blue color tones, combined with green and orange shades will look harmonious, cozy and fresh.
And don’t forget about florals, including dark florals.
All this changes and trends in the interior design bring us closer to one more sophisticated, warmer and well-balanced place to inhabit where the colors are playful, easygoing and artistic.

Interior Design, Decorating & Lightning

Design Projects for this year filled with natural materials as coating cork and marble, wood, stone and raw concrete are also here with their timeless presence.

This exploration of what eco nature has to offer and its entwining in the house construct is a strong trend visible also in the wide usage of plant life and garden elements into interior decor. The good alternative as always would be photo murals with fresh and cozy prints.
The minimalistic and clever usage and arrangement of space are also extremely important for the today dynamic lifestyle. We are moving towards a minimalistic model, whose quiet aesthetic allows us to escape the rush of the city. Playing with optical illusion in environments such as kitchen and bathroom, using wallpapers or green walls, curtains – everything is allowed to gain space and add charm.

Harmonizing minimalistic architectural interiors, using reflected light for creating soft interior decorating and visual comfort. Using lighting ideas for creating functional zones. Creating artworks with contemporary lighting. This year lighting design adding geometric shapes to interior decorating and highlighting geometric decoration patterns. Soft lighting design without sharp contrasts of shades and illuminated spaces.
Another major change in the look of the house is the presence of functional decorative objects. Soon I guess there will be no room for useless items. It will become increasingly important to acquire objects that can be processed according to the time and space of the person’s life.

This season 2016 I recommend bringing old world ornaments, mid-century modernism with mixing materials and shiny details, rounded furniture, and Scandinavian flat weaves on the carpets. It will help you to create impressive, comfortable, sophisticated and trendy home decorating.

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Do you Think your house is boring?

Do you want to add a contrast to your daily routine? Make your home more non-traditional and unique? It is time to decorate it with an Avant-garde item. We tell you how!28dcae1d26ab5681337448fad61ba973

Every decor item that is unique, original or unusual is perfect for modern interior design in avant-garde style. This is a brave interior design style that celebrates creativity and experiments.
The avant-garde style is great for those who appreciate original designs and unique decor. This interior design style celebrates personal taste and innovative thinking. If you cherish freedom and independence, modern interior design in avant-garde style is ideal for you.

The best way to start decorating in avant-garde style it’s to bring Large items and basic geometric form, square, circle, triangles, are important.  These simple shapes can adorn walls, furniture and be present on wall paintings and decor items. Contemporary artworks, glass and metal sculptures, artistic compositions, wall paintings in cubism style,  bright tableware, glass vases in regular geometric shapes are gorgeous decor accessories that enhance modern interior design in avant-garde style.
The avant-garde style is a bold experiment in modern interior design and decorating, so let your imagination run wild and use it for creating very personal, original and unusual room decor.

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How we charge and work with you

When the phone rings at the studio, “how much will it cost” and “what is the process” questions are among the first questions we may be asked.Steps_adassistance

We appreciate an educated client and we are happy to answer questions about our pricing, how we work, and what to expect. Interior designers and firms in the area work in a variety of ways. Here I will talk about how we work and charge for services.

  • Hourly Rate & Billing Cycles

We work on an hourly basis. Our billable rate is $15 – 45 an hour. When visiting a project over 30 minutes outside of Bay Area, $45 an hour is charged per hour for drive time. Last, fine-tuning or revising CAD work for more involved projects is billed at $85 an hour.
Hourly rates can seem daunting when a client doesn’t have a concept of how much time will be involved for their particular project. We understand that. After our initial consultation (second consultation at a place) to discuss the client’s wishes and scope, we are able to offer most clients an estimate of the billable time it will take to complete their project.
Our projects start with a deposit on file that is later applied to the final invoices. Deposits are determined by each project based on the total estimated scope.

We help people select and acquire art and design pieces— including paintings, photographs, sculptures, furniture and decor — for their home, business, or collection. It could be for the decorative purposes, for the gift or as good investments for future.

We help to focus our client’s interests and provides access to the best quality artworks within a given budget.

We are regularly updating information about trends to help our clients stay in touch with the market.

ART Assistance

Our Assistant provides research and support to the Clients with Contemporary Art and Design Valuables.

Major curatorial duties will include

Researching the Contemporary Collection (CC);
Exhibitions research;
Checklist development and compilation of published materials in conjunction with exhibitions, including cataloging and documenting of objects;
Work with conservators and registrars to assure proper storage, handling, restoration and preservation of objects in the collection;

Design Assistance

  • Initial Consultation & Design Agreement

We always offer a Free First assessment meeting if you are considering working with us, or if you want to learn more and see if my work and approach might be for you.

We charge a nominal initial second & next consultation rate of $100.00. image
During the meeting, we discuss the scope of work, offer ideas for the project, and determine the scope. For smaller projects, just the initial consultation may be all we need for our work together, as in the case of picking exterior and interior paint colors or general design direction. These are discussed more below. During this initial meeting, we will also discuss timelines, review ideas that appeal to you and take measurements and photographs of the space(s). In some cases, clients or projects may not be a good fit for our full-service design work, and in that case, our initial consultation will set you up for success with your project. In that case, we can refer you to interior design colleagues or trade professionals that are a better fit for your goals.

  • Average Design Costs

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.31.44 AM.pngIf we decide to move the project along together, we will draft a design agreement for you generally within 48 hours of our initial consultation. The design agreement discusses our scope together and our rates as discussed above. Once you return the design agreement with your 50% deposit we will get started on our design concept for your project, generally, we will be ready for our next appointment in a week or week and a half.
Our past work with clients allows us to offer average design costs for projects from inception to completion. These costs do not include materials, shipping or construction costs. Here are some estimated guidelines:

Bathroom Remodeling Design: from 1200$

Scope of work would include Olio board (max 2), space planning, tile specifications and surfaces, 1 final rendering, cabinetry specifications, mirrors and bath accessories (hooks, towel bars), radiant heating, decorating* lighting plan, and so on Time invested would also include collaborating with the contractor and trade professionals, visits with the client to design showrooms for selections, and site visits for walkthroughs.

Kitchen, Living room & Bedroom Remodeling Design: from $1500

The scope of work would include Olio board (max 2), space planning, 1 final rendering,  tile specifications, appliances, cabinetry specifications, flooring, counter and backsplash design, decorating* lighting plan. Time invested would also include collaborating with the contractor and trade professionals, visits with the client to design showrooms for selections and site visits for walkthroughs.

  • E DESIGN from 299$ per room. Always prepaid.dining hillsb
    Online Interior Design, commonly known as E-Design, was created with the concept that great design should be attainable by everyone. Great style shouldn’t have to come with a hefty dollar sign and creative should be able to expand their portfolios and creativity by working closely with a diverse range of individuals to help make spaces beautiful one at a time. Listing for an Interior Design Package for one room will include:

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2. Selection of window treatments
3. Selection of lighting
4. Selection of wall decor including artwork & mirrors
5. Shopping list.

  • Home Staging, Pre-photoshoot Cleaning & 20 Professional photos from 750$ one full day

The scope of work would include every detail specified and selected, 1 Mood Board for each room, a floor plan, upholstered furniture and case goods (anything not upholstered), accessories, area rugs, custom window treatments and decorating lighting. Our work may also include incorporating existing pieces that are meaningful to the client. This project would take your room from so-so to completed. Once items are specified, approved and ordered, we will completely finish your space in a day while you are away.

  • Consultation, Furniture locations (including online) & Shopping at place from 50$ per hour
  • Professional Interior Photoshoot with 20 final images 5000 by 3000 mpg on the CD from 300$
*As a Professional Decorator I am not responsible for the layout of space, plumbing/electrical locations, consulting with a contractor or architect, or any work performed on site. These packages are a tool to help you achieve the look of your dreams and does not guarantee the work performed by your hired contractor or any other third party.

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