Vista Del Mar: from concept to completion

When a client wants a big impact without a big renovation, it’s important to work smart. 

For Vista Del Mar, the IDG team used their expertise to determine the best way to update the property without undergoing significant changes, like ripping up floors or overhauling the layout.

The client is from Toronto and bought the property sight unseen during the pandemic. Unable to get to Cayman, they knew they needed a company they could trust to upgrade their home while away – a referral led them to IDG. 

Because the client would be off-island for the renovation, IDG interior designers Andrea Keuler and Justin Szigeti went above and beyond to make sure they felt comfortable and informed. Constant communication through video and messaging ensured they were involved at every step.

Now, with the finish line in sight, IDG is preparing to welcome this client to their new dream home. Below, we look at what it took to get there, from the initial planning period to the final installation. 

Concept and Planning

To start the process, IDG set up video calls to walk the owners through the original space. By listening to their wants and needs, IDG was able to create a detailed list of everything required to transform the home.

“Once we had a feel for what they wanted, we created a mood board and 3D renderings so the client could really visualize the proposed transformations,” Andrea explains. “Being able to walk a person through a space virtually is so helpful. It ensures we’re all on the same page and helps clients identify any small revisions they’d like made.” 

These tools and conversations helped IDG present a plan the client loved. After that, it was time to develop the technical drawings for contractors and make detailed notes on the construction execution. 

Design

The existing home felt pretty outdated and had a stark and sterile interior,” Justin says. “We wanted to create something a bit more contemporary and with a moodier, sexier feel.” Dark wood tones, monochromatic colors and beautiful stonework helped evoke this sophisticated and timeless feeling. 

“Although the client didn’t want a major renovation, there were small things we could do to make a splash,” Andrea says. “For example, painting the doors black and squaring off the traditional curved archways.” 

This client loves to entertain, so focus areas include the kitchen, living and dining rooms. 

“The new kitchen design is one of my favorite parts of the home,” Justin says. “We adjusted the previous floor plan to create something that was more of a statement and perfect for entertaining.”  

The designers also looked for areas that weren’t previously being utilized, such as a bar area in the living room. When planning out the new space, IDG proposed a beautiful new wine room – something that’s become one of the project’s most stunning additions.

Build

“At IDG, our typical build process is demolition, framing, drywall, painting, cabinetry, plumbing and electrical,” Justin says. “But for this build, the addition of custom millwork was the star of the show. Adding new casings, wall coverings and cabinets added character to the space and gave everything a more architectural feel.”

In the kitchen, the team installed two-toned cabinetry and reconfigured the appliances to make it more efficient for cooking and entertaining. They also added a new pantry and extra storage. 

“Another big change happened over in the garage,” Andrea says. “The previous home had a large double garage, so we took advantage and converted half the area into a self-contained nanny suite with its own separate entrance, sleeping quarters, bathroom and walk-in closet.” 

Decorating

This last step of the project is currently underway, and the decorating part is when everything really starts to come together.

Furniture has been installed, and final touches like drapes and accessories are being added. With every project, IDG strives to use the highest quality materials and furnishings. This home is on the water, so anything outside has to be able stand up to the elements. For the interior, IDG also needed to ensure that everything was pet-friendly and easy to clean. 

Because the client for this project has been away from the very beginning, IDG’s designers wanted to make their upcoming arrival super special. IDG designs people’s dream homes and wants every client to feel that magic when they walk in. 

So, not only has furniture been installed, but the team has also helped place bedding and pack cupboards in the new kitchen. “We really want that turn-key experience when they arrive,” Andrea says. “We want a place that’s ready to welcome family and friends, and we’re so excited that Vista Del Mar is almost move-in ready!”

Do you have a project in mind? Book a complimentary consultation with IDG’s award-winning design team. 

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Why Art is the Key to Making Your House a Home

At IDG, our goal is to make sure every house we work on feels like home, and art plays a big part in achieving that – it breathes life into a space and can evoke various emotions and moods.

We might select something soft and abstract for a bedroom to create a calming feel, but for a powder room frequented by guests, something quirky and statement-making. We believe art is a great conversation starter as well as a focal point. That’s why we love to include a mix of bold and minimalist pieces in every home.

Many people see art as a personal investment, but your collection can also be an investment in your community. Some incredible artists call Grand Cayman home, and IDG supports local creatives wherever possible.

One of our community initiatives is “A Night with the Artists”, a series of events celebrating Cayman’s art scene. These evenings help raise money for local art and are anchored by a growing list of IDG Featured Artists – meet them below.


Carlos V. Garcia

Carlos is a self-taught painter, muralist and designer from Honduras. His vibrant pieces centre on abstract realism.

Painting by Carlos V. Garcia in The Residences at Seafire.


Julie Corsetti

Julie is a passionate photographer whose work captures the beauty of Cayman’s people and landscapes.

Wall art photograph on canvas by Julie Corsetti.


Janine Every

Originally from South Africa, Janine is a Cayman-based artist best known for her stunningly detailed portraiture.

Oil painting on canvas by Janine Every.


Tansy Maki

Tansy is one of the Cayman Islands’ most respected muralists, also working with sculpture and installation.

Handmade fish installation – image courtesy of Tansy Maki.


Babbity Barwick

Babbity is a talented sculptor whose creations reflect Cayman’s ecosystems. Her pottery includes abstract vases, patterned bowls and other vessels.

Handmade ceramic – image courtesy of Babbity Barwick.


Tracy McMenemy

Tracy is a multidisciplinary artist bridging photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Her location-specific art highlights her home of Grand Cayman.

Hibiscus Thatch painting by Tracy McMenemy.

If you’d like to attend our next “A Night with the Artists” event, contact [email protected].

In the meantime, browse IDG’s selection of art or check out a few favorites below.

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The Caribbean blues of this detailed coral sea fan design are a nod to homes in coastal locations that’s eye-catching and elegant. 

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We love this print by Tracy McMenemy, using the leaves from a Silver Thatch palm to create a subtle and gorgeous design. 

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A mixed media, original artwork by Janine Every, with cool tones and gentle movement that create a calming mood. 

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This ethereal painting combines earthy tones with shades of blue to evoke a tranquil feeling that’s perfect for a bedroom.

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We love this multidimensional print – a blend of colors and textures from afar and hundreds of book spines up close. 

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Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. This bold black and white painting of water lapping against the shore would look great in any room. 

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This intricate and delicate depiction of coral sea fans is mounted in a maplex light brown frame, with an elegant style that would suit any space. 

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A joyful, stunningly detailed oil painting highlighting artist Janine Every’s exceptional talent with portraiture. 

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An Expert’s Guide to Planning Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the core of any open floor plan. IDG senior designer Justin Szigeti has helped many families transform their kitchen spaces into beautiful, multi-functional areas that work for all. 

“The kitchen is a space where your family and guests congregate to socialize, eat and cook together,” Justin says. “But it’s no longer just for cooking. It’s also where you might catch up on work, do crafts with the kids or have your morning coffee with a book.”

In an era when kitchens work overtime, nailing the right design is essential. Ready to start the journey? Consider the tips ahead.

The Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse Kitchen

Create Smart Storage

Kitchens come with a lot of gadgets, but when we’re prepping food or helping our little ones with homework, it’s crucial that our counters are clutter-free. 

“The trick is creating ample storage that can house things like small appliances, utensils and cookware,” Justin says. “But it’s important that the storage we create is also accessible and properly programmed.”

Think about the way you cook and the products you use most often. You don’t want to be digging into a deep drawer or have your pots and pans at the top of a tall cupboard.

When you’re in the planning process, ask your designer about options such as rolling shelves or cupboards made specifically to tuck away large items like stand-mixers and juicers. Another hack that’s great for creating more space is having built-in appliances. 

Once you’ve found a home for your biggest kitchen items, don’t forget the small details.

“Spending some time on your drawer organization will help create a much more functional kitchen,” Justin explains. “There are a million cabinet inserts to make your drawers and cupboards more efficient. Consider what you need close by and program your cabinets to fit.”

Britannia Residences Kitchen

Choose Your Appliances Thoughtfully

You may think appliances are the final touch in a kitchen, but they are essential in mapping out the flow of a new space. 

“There are so many appliances to choose from based on function, size and configuration,” Justin says. “But to choose the right ones, you need to think about what’s important to you.”

How big of a fridge do you need? Would you prefer a drawer or vertical freezer? Do you bake a lot or make big meals? Maybe a double oven would be beneficial. Do you want a separate wine fridge or beverage cooler?

Understanding your routine, habits, and the appliances you’ll need from the start will help create a layout that works for your space.

“The dimensions between your appliances or workstations are important,” Justin says. “We want to ensure a good flow between these areas, especially when it comes to the sink, refrigerator and cooktop.” 

Seafire Residences Kitchen

Determine Your Color Palette and Materials

Now that you’ve got the floor plan down pat, it’s time to figure out the look and feel of the space. That includes the finishes on your cabinets and the surfaces for your countertops. 

“There are so many styles to choose from,” Justin says. “But we always recommend sticking with timeless options. Trendy cabinet colors and finishes will inevitably go out of style, so stick with something classic. You can always switch out the hardware for a more playful look.” 

There’s also maintenance to consider. For example, natural countertops, such as marble, travertine and wood, can stain easily and require proper sealing and care. In contrast, a material like quartz is heat-resistant, stain-resistant and super-durable. It’s also good to remember that painted cabinets chip easier than laminate.

“Something we’re seeing more people embrace is panel-ready appliances,” Justin says. “That’s when your appliances blend seamlessly into your cabinetry, giving a clean, cohesive look. If you choose this option, it’s important to ensure the appliances you’re buying are panel-ready.”

Stone Island Kitchen

Don’t Forget About Lighting

Kitchens have a lot of nooks and crannies, so ensure every area has adequate lighting. 

“We recommend integrating LED strips in your upper cabinets so that there are no dark corners,” Justin suggests.

Consider opting for light switches with a dimmer for adaptability. For example, while prepping food and cooking, you’ll want brighter lighting, but you may prefer a softer ambience once the meal is served. 

Pendant lights over an island or breakfast bar can help add personality to your space. Depending on the fixtures you choose, you can match lighting to suit. Whether industrial, coastal or another style, statement lighting can be a brilliant way to evoke different moods in your space.

Stone Island Kitchen

Kitchens are a significant investment, so making the right design choices is crucial. IDG will help you feel confident in your plan – book a complimentary consultation today.

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Dine by Design at The Grove’s Textile-Filled Cocktail Bar

The Grove is one of Grand Cayman’s latest developments. This walkable community combines shopping, dining and living in lush surroundings, just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Seven Mile Beach.

One of the first spots to open in this new community is Door No. 4, a welcoming cocktail bar that has set the tone for the space. Here, we catch up with owner Simon Crompton to hear the thinking behind the design. 

Simon Crompton of Door No. 4.

Door No. 4 provides a whole new atmosphere within Cayman’s bar scene. When longtime bartender Simon Crompton first started dreaming up the space, he approached IDG for assistance. As a result, senior designer Justin Szigeti and interior designer Poly Lougiakis came on board to help realize his vision. 

“The idea actually changed quite a few times,” Simon reveals. “In fact, the original concept was very different from what we ended up with.”

Initially, Simon was leaning toward a light, bright bar with lots of blue colors. But after noticing similar looks in competitors nearby, the team decided on a new direction. 

“IDG helped develop a darker, moodier color palette,” Simon explains. “You still see the influence of the Caribbean in our menus, but the bar is something that wouldn’t feel out of place in Melbourne, New York or London.”

Textural elements and rich colors achieve an inviting result.

“We were inspired by a more industrial style,” IDG designer Poly says. “We installed a faux brick wall behind the bar, adding warmth and texture, and chose a color palette of blacks, golds and deep greens, with metallic wallpapers, herringbone-style floors and a sweeping bar to complete the space.”

Door No. 4 welcomes casual drinks or drawn-out dining.

For Simon, the goal was to create a beautiful bar that still felt relaxed and inviting. “We take our cocktails seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously,” he says. “We didn’t want the space to feel pretentious.”

It was essential that Door No. 4 appeal to various people and situations. It’s a place where you can come for a nightcap, a meal, an after-work drink or even a beer. Although cocktails are the specialty, Simon wanted the space to work for every stage of the night. That’s why it’s broken up into four distinct sections – patio, bar, high tops and lounge – each offering a different experience. 

Slide into the banquettes of the Door No. 4 lounge.

Door No. 4 was created and built during the pandemic, so there were a few more hoops to jump through than usual. “It’s taken a long time, but one incredible constant has been that Justin and Poly have been there throughout the process,” Simon says. “They’ve been great. Now that we’ve been open a few weeks, it’s been amazing to see the number of people blown away by the space. We keep hearing how there’s nothing else like it in Cayman.”

Cushioned nooks invite settling in with a cocktail.

Stop by Door No. 4 for dinner, drinks or a quick bite. Cayman’s newest cocktail bar is at Unit 12 of The Grove in Seven Mile Beach. 

The IDG team celebrates the opening of Door No. 4.

Check out more IDG projects or book a complimentary consult with our designers.

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Go with the Flow: How to Design the Ideal Floor Plan

The perfect floor plan is designed with wellness in mind, considering the look, feel and function to create ease in your space. 

Read on for examples and tips from IDG designers on creating a floor plan that flows.

Britannia Residences Kitchen

Be Purposeful

To create the ideal floor plan, you first need to map out the areas in your home and dedicate time to figuring out their purpose. Next, think about how you live and how you would like to be spending time. This foundation will help you develop spaces to support and enhance your lifestyle. 

For IDG’s Britannia Residences renovation, it was immediately apparent the floor plan needed to change. “Originally, our clients had a large living room, but a lot of that space was being wasted,” IDG Interior Designer Rhon Royer says. “We shifted the spatial set-up and expanded the kitchen and laundry areas to create a home that functioned so much better for this family’s lifestyle.”

Britannia Residence Kitchen

Consider the View

The function of your space is crucial, but you’ll also want to think about how it looks from room to room. “Sightlines” are an integral aspect of interior design. Where does your eye go when you enter your home? You probably don’t want to see dirty dishes when you walk through the door. 

In IDG’s Britannia Residences project, the main bedroom and walk-in closet were technically open to one another, but clever sightlines created separation. The result was two beautiful spaces that flowed effortlessly into each other. 

It can be hard to think about these things when designing a floor plan, but 3D modelings and renderings can help you take a virtual walk through your home and highlight any potential problem areas. 

“All our clients who opt for 3D renderings love this part of the design process,” Rhon says. “I agree it’s worth the investment.”

Britannia Residences Bedroom

Design Smart

This stage of the process is an opportunity to fine-tune and make changes that will be a lifesaver later on – for example, pinpointing where you need an electrical outlet. Work smart and you’ll be rewarded down the road. 

It’s also good to design with the future in mind. “Maybe you’re a young family looking to grow over the next few years,” Rhon says. “Even if you’re focused on designing a home office right now, we might suggest adding a walk-in closet or ensuite in case you need another bedroom. Keep your options open!”

Britannia Residences Bathroom

Sound Advice

You should always design around the five senses, and sound is one of the most important. 

If you’re a family that loves to entertain, think about how you can design a space to encourage conversation. Maybe you want a kitchen with a large island or an open living space that flows into the garden.

If you work from home, consider placing your office in a quieter part of the house, away from the TV or laundry room. 

The Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse Kitchen

Don’t Forget Storage

One of the biggest interior design mistakes is creating a beautiful floor plan only to realize there’s hardly any storage. Whether it’s hallway closets or kitchen pantries, don’t forget these crucial spaces. 

Kitchens, in particular, require a lot of storage, so pay special attention to this area. For IDG’s Britannia project, a chic scullery was added behind the kitchen to increase the usability of the space.

For the Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse renovation, the team also worked hard to redesign the kitchen for the client’s needs. “When we first started on this project, there was a small galley-style kitchen with minimal walking space and a pantry taking up too much room,” IDG Interior Designer Poly Lougiakis says. “We demolished the kitchen and started fresh with a brighter, more functional area. By adjusting the floor plan, the space ended up feeling twice its original size.”

Full-height cabinetry, a massive center island and a tall, narrow shelving unit added even more room for items. 

“Storage goes beyond linen closets and a cupboard under the sink,” Poly says. “It can be beautiful and eye-catching, too. Have a lot of unique stuff? We can help you create something completely custom.”

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Before starting any build or home renovation, you need to feel confident in your floor plan. After all, this will be your roadmap for the entire process. Our experienced design team will ensure you have the best foundation before you begin. Book a complimentary consultation with IDG today.

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An Inspiring Convo with: Kyle Broadhurst

The spaces we inhabit can affect our mood, energy and physical health. Given most of us spend a good portion of each week working, being in a well-designed space is essential.

When Kyle Broadhurst of Broadhurst LLC reached out to IDG to spearhead their new office renovations, we knew it was important to deliver something spectacular.

Broadhurst LLC is a boutique corporate and litigation law firm. Our goal was to create an environment that energized, inspired and worked for the needs of its growing team.

At IDG, we know a great office has the potential to motivate, promote productivity and lead to game-changing results. We were so happy to help Broadhurst LLC design the office of their dreams.

After the project wrapped, we sat down with Kyle to discuss the company and its new and improved space.

Kyle Broadhurst, Managing Partner at Broadhurst LLC.

Tell us a bit about Broadhurst.

We’re proud to have experts in many different areas, but our core business is as a specialist litigation firm. 

We are one of the few Cayman-only firms regularly instructed in large-scale international litigation and insolvencies. We’re also very active locally, frequently being engaged in local disputes and providing advice on various legal issues. 

When you decided to begin renovations, what vision did you have in mind?

We needed space to accommodate our growing firm and had been in the same location for a while, so we decided it was time to make a change. 

We met with the IDG design team to discuss concepts for the space. Our firm focuses on dispute resolution and is often asked to assist clients with complex problems, so our offices needed to be modern and clean but comfortable. 

When we communicated this to IDG, they ran with it and quickly provided the framework for what we have now. 

A light-filled boardroom overlooks George Town.

Why did you choose to work with IDG as your interior design partner?

We were aware of IDG’s work in other locations and were impressed. The team has great ideas and helped guide us through the entire process. They are first class!

Which of the new design features excite you the most?

The bookshelf is something that the whole firm enjoys. While not visible to clients, it serves as a focal point in the working space and encapsulates the vibe of our office, which is focused but fun. 

The front desk and reception area are stunning and provide the clean, professional look we wanted. 

Last but not least, the main boardroom takes advantage of our excellent views of the George Town waterfront, with a design that is both elegant and comfortable.

A custom-designed bookcase is a centerpiece.

With the renovation complete, what’s on the horizon for Broadhurst?

With the restrictions in place, we have not been able to utilize our meeting spaces as much as we traditionally would.

We look forward to things returning closer to normal and being able to welcome clients into our beautiful new office. 

An elegant front desk and seating area greet clients.

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Home Comforts: Creating a Space That Works For You

At IDG, we believe your home should look great and feel great, too. That’s why our designers prioritize form and function, always creating spaces with lifestyle in mind. 

Thoughtful, well-designed furniture can increase health and happiness at home. So we asked the IDG team to select their favorite pieces to balance comfort and aesthetics – read on for their responses. 

Clay Modular Sectional

Lounging Around

“The Clay Sectional is a sofa I recommend over and over, and it’s popular with good reason,” IDG Interior Designer Rhon Royer says.

“Whether you’re playing games, eating, or just hanging out, it does it all well. It’s stain-resistant and moisture-repellent, and minimal maintenance means less time cleaning and more time relaxing. 

“The modular configuration allows for maximum flexibility, and it’s even more comfortable than it looks. I love its classic style, making it a super versatile design option and great for many different families.” 

SEAX Armchair

Comfort Outside

“The SEAX Armchair was created by DEDON – a brand that prioritizes quality and innovative design – and French designer Jean-Marie Massaud to be the pinnacle of outdoor seating,” IDG Junior Designer Jeanette Bruck explains. 

“I like to recommend this chair because it has a streamlined design that’s lightweight but sturdy. It also comes in a range of textures, finishes and colors, and with all the customization available, you can find an option for any setting.

“If you’re looking for outdoor furniture that combines form and function, DEDON products are ideal, and IDG has a variety of pieces to choose from in its online shoppe.” 

Woodside Bed Collection

Sleeping Soundly

“The average human will spend over 25 years of their lives sleeping. That’s a lot of time in bed! So investing in a quality bed frame and mattress is essential,” IDG Design Associate Mireia Alvarez says. 

“I love the Woodside Bed because it’s beautiful and sturdy. It has a well-made hardwood frame, and its rails and legs are hand-wrapped with fine woven rope. The sand-colored finish invokes the beauty of the outdoors.

“A solid headboard provides strength and grounding support – perfect for leaning back against and reading a good book. Just add a comfortable mattress and get ready for an incredible night’s sleep.” 

Tibey Throw Collection

Keeping Cozy

“If you want to make your home warm and inviting, small items like a high-quality throw can have a big impact,” IDG Interior Designer Barry Hutchinson says. 

“I particularly love this vibrant blue version of the Tibey Throw. The plush fabric is 100% cotton, so it feels incredible on your skin! 

“I think this piece perfectly threads the line between style and comfort at home.” 

Browse our online shoppe for more pieces to elevate your comfort and enjoyment at home, or book a complimentary consultation with one of our expert interior designers. 

This stain-resistant, moisture-repellent and extremely comfortable sectional is the ideal centerpiece to a busy home. 

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When you need a little extra warmth and comfort, this pure cotton throw is the perfect companion to your downtime. 

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Upgrade your bedroom with this beautiful and supportive bed frame wrapped with woven lampakanai rope. 

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This super high-quality outdoor chair is light and transportable, with an easy folding design and luxe water-resistant material. 

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A luxurious rug can change the feeling of your space. Kick your shoes off and relish in this rug’s soft wool blend under your feet. 

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Tried and True: Our Most Loved and Used Pieces

While we love experimenting with new styles at IDG, we believe it’s those classic items, like a beautiful coffee table or sofa, that create a strong foundation at home. 

That’s why we asked our expert team to share their favorite pieces that have stood the test of time. Some are directly from their own homes, while others are their go-to recommendations for clients.

Investing in quality homewares is essential to a life well-lived. After all, they’re the backdrop to so many of life’s moments. Read on for a round-up of ultra-versatile pieces worth the investment. 

Justin Classic L Modular Sectional

A classic sectional

“To say I love this sofa is an understatement,” says IDG owner and CEO Katie Lambert. “It ticks every box for my family. We added an extra section to fit all six of us, and we love to pile on and watch movies together. It’s also perfect for entertaining. Most importantly, it holds up great and has lasted years in a busy home. Even with our dogs, it’s super easy to clean and maintain. Total winner!”

A statement coffee table

“I adore this piece,” IDG Interior Designer Andrea Keuler says. “I love bringing elements of the outdoors in, so this is the perfect high-quality piece for me. This item is made from an actual tree root and has been trimmed and hand-finished to enhance the exquisite patterns in the natural wood. It’s a real showstopper!”

Perry Modular Sofa

A minimalist modular 

“When it comes to choosing where to invest in your home, don’t underestimate a great modular sofa,” IDG Personal Shopper Paula Duffy says. “My personal favorite is the Perry Sofa, where comfort, style, durability and price come together perfectly! It’s an incredible centerpiece for any home.”

Miller Chair

An elegant armchair

“Statement pieces don’t have to be bold, colorful or patterned,” IDG Interior Designer Poly Lougiakis says. “The Miller Chair is a perfect example of that. Its black powder-coated frame embraces classic elements of design and architecture, but the upholstered seating, which seems to almost float in mid-air, adds a unique element to the chair. Overall, its soft curves balance the stable linearity of the base.”

Slope Sofa Sectional

A flexible arrangement

“This is my ultimate tried and true piece, perfect because it has elements of contemporary and transitional design that allow it to work in so many spaces,” IDG Senior Designer Justin Szigeti says. “Another bonus? It’s extremely flexible in terms of sizing and configuration.”

Ready to invest in the perfect timeless pieces for your space? Browse our online shoppe for more inspiration, or book a complimentary consultation with one of our expert interior designers. 

If you love chic, minimalist design, this sofa will be a staple in your home for years to come, made with super durable basketweave fabric. 

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This beautiful, handcrafted table brings the outdoors in, adding a showstopping natural feature to your home. 

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This modular sectional has seven unique pieces, allowing you to create the perfect custom sitting area for your living space.

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With its box-tufted upholstered headboard, this plush king-sized bed is the ideal centerpiece for your bedroom, inviting plenty of great sleep.

US $2,700.00

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The clean lines of this chair provide an understated elegance and versatile style, with soft linen cushions for lounging. 

US $1,032.00

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Fabulous for entertaining, quality time with the family, and incredibly easy to clean, this sectional is an all-around winner. 

US $11,520.60

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Our 2022 Design Resolutions

Today, the significance of home is felt more than ever, and we have a whole new appreciation for our spaces. That’s evident in the latest design trends, which center on the home as a sanctuary for work, rest and play.  

To get you inspired to find more comfort and joy at home this year, we asked the IDG team to share their design resolutions for 2022, including tips for thriving in the new normal. 

True Love Nightstand

Embrace Curves

Curved lines can contribute to a calming atmosphere at home. 

“Designers are using bends, curves and rounded, soothing shapes to help everyone cocoon at home in comfort,” IDG Interior Designer Barry Hutchinson says.

Choose pieces with soft edges for heightened serenity in 2022. 

This luxe feather down sofa combines a sophisticated style with irresistible comfort. 

USD $6,150.00

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Make a statement with this mahogany and linen chair with an inviting rounded shape. 

USD $2,094.00

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Textural and elegant, this nightstand is a striking piece with timeless appeal. 

USD $2,679.00

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Vasant Handwoven Throw

Keep it Cozy

There’s plenty of research to show the influence of our homes on our overall health and well-being, so it’s worth investing the time to make it as nourishing as possible. 

“In 2022, we’re seeing a push for spaces that feel warm, welcoming and cozy,” IDG Senior Designer Justin Szigeti says. “This year, that means deep, earthy colors, warm neutrals and layered textures.”

This approach can help create an uplifting mood at home that’s enduring in style. 

Handwoven with playful textures and neutral colors that will work well in any space. 

USD $138.75

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Cozy boucle fabric against warm walnut wood invites leaning back in this beautiful armless lounge chair.

USD $3,371.25

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You’ll love padding your feet on this luxurious handwoven rug, featuring a relaxed, contemporary look. 

USD $1,833.75

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Melrose Lounge Chair

Get Back to Nature

Items made from rattan and lampakanai have seen a burst of popularity in recent years. Their earthy textures and intricate designs appeal to those who want to incorporate natural materials into their home. 

“With more time spent indoors, we’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature,” IDG Interior Designer Andrea Keuler says. “Natural fibres like rattan and touches of greenery will do the trick!”

Breathe new life into your space with pieces inspired by the world around you. 

Bring the outdoors in with this beautiful faux palm arrangement.

USD $1,352.12

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Hand-twisted jute rope details elevate this neutral chair.

USD $7,009.50

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Dense layers of hand-looped rattan make this mirror a showstopper.

USD $2,340.00

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Cascade Writing Desk

Create Separation

Most people love an open-concept design, but as our homes morph into offices, gyms and play areas, sometimes, it’s nice to be able to close the door. 

“Dedicated rooms and delineation for each activity create spaces that feed our energy no matter the task,” IDG Junior Designer Jeanette Bruck says. 

Creating a dedicated home office or even a work nook can create calm and order in a busy home.

A light and airy color palette with metal accents makes this modern-style desk an ideal fit for any home.

USD $3,493.00

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Chic versions of this office staple exist! A sleek, functional piece for your home office. 

USD $1,192.50

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Antique brass contrasted with a modern white shade create this stylish table lamp. 

USD $974.85

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Design your home for how you want to live. Whether you need a calming oasis or room to create, IDG can help transform your space. Browse our online shoppe or book a complimentary consultation today.