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September Design Tip

Design Tip: Want to create a relaxing space? Use a tone-on-tone palette, then make the room dynamic by using a wide variety of textures. You can do things like putting a faux fur throw blanket on a light linen sofa and adding a distressed wood coffee table with it.

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Design Tip

Design Tip: Mix metallic finishes to make an impact in any space. Adding two classic finishes, like gold and silver, will give a room timeless beauty.

Design Tip

Design Tip: Create strong verticals and avoid a lot of horizontal pieces to fake height in a space. Use large mirrors because they add scale to a room. Also, keep the furniture low-slung so the rooms seem taller.

March Design Tip

Design Tip: Green is in this spring! You can easily perk up a room by throwing in a bright green pillow or add sophistication to a dining room with a hunter green wall. With so many different shades, you can’t go wrong!

April Design Tip

Traditional tableware is back in full force! Whether you are pulling out your Grandmother’s old china or buying new, it’s time to break it out. Everything from a simple neutral to colorful prints have made their back on our must-have list.

A Furniture Mecca

If you’re looking to furnish your home, the Birmingham Furniture District, a booming shopping destination on South Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham, should be your first stop. The area has recently become the go-to stop for homeowners with a taste for high-end furnishings.

“The stores here are not big-box stores,” says Kamran Karimpour, owner of the Birmingham Design Studio. “These stores are service-oriented rather than transactional.”

“For the most part, you are dealing with the owners of the store. If a decision needs to be made, it can be done on the spot, unlike corporate operations. And the best part is the variety of styles available within 500 yards. You can walk down the street and see contemporary, transitional and traditional styles.”

Kamran Karimpour and his wife, Kristi, have operated what has evolved into Birmingham Design Studio for the past 25 years.

“We strive to deliver more to our clients than they would normally expect,” he says. “We are a full-service design studio and furniture store, with a focus on traditional and transitional home furnishings. People can come in and find a hand-knotted rug, an original oil painting, a crystal chandelier or order custom-made pieces.”

The longevity that Karimpour enjoys is the result of the relationships that he and Kristi have built with their clients.

“It’s like a partnership,” he says. “People come to us with a vision, but they don’t know the pieces, colors or textures to make it happen. That’s where we come in. We make their vision come alive.”

“Our customers are involved in the process every step of the way,” he continues. “We guide them, but the end result should have their signature on it. When they go home, they should be comfortable knowing that everything in their home is there for a reason – to make them smile.”

Turnkey Design at the Birmingham Design Studio

Turnkey Design

When it comes to having a stunning room, it takes professional design. A good place to start for design assistance is with Kristi and Kamran Karimpour, owners of the Birmingham Design Studio. They provide turnkey services – from start to finish – so clients don’t have to visit multiple vendors or coordinate various contractors.

Kristi and Kamran have worked in interior design for 25 years. At the spacious Birmingham Design Studio, opened in 2007, they have put together a team of designers to bring broad perspective and experience to every project. Attention to details ensures the right size, fit and appropriate selections for a unique look.

Voted the “Best High-End Furniture in Metro Detroit” by Detroit Home magazine, they have their own private label for custom-designed furniture that’s built by prestigious companies around the world. The Studio can also acquire that hard-to-find object you’re searching for – or perhaps don’t realize you need.

Renovating a House

The Karimpours worked with a Birmingham couple who wanted to remodel their entire home in preparation for hosting a fundraiser. Visiting the showroom, they saw a beautiful Baccarat chandelier that inspired them to add chandeliers throughout the house. In six weeks, the studio found 13 vintage, hand-signed chandeliers from their network of suppliers around the world.

The Studio team installed the original chandelier into the room pictured and added texture by using unexpected elements like the faux eel-covered benches arranged in front of the fireplace. The hand-quilted toile fabric on the chairs lent an almost 3D effect to the smoky blue-gray room. They also upholstered an existing sofa with silk velvet, mixing in lush pillows to renovate the room into a comfortable space with a transitional look.

As the multi-room project came to a close, the owners had a last-minute request for an outside reception area, complete with a water feature. The turnkey remodel, both inside and outside, was finished to the owners’ delight.

“These clients already had a good idea of what they wanted and sought a pleasant experience working with us to ensure they had bought authentic products and unique design,” Kamran said. “Others want us to show them how their room or home can be transformed.”

Redesigning Formal Rooms  

In another instance, a client from Bloomfield Hills retained the studio to create a transition between two adjoining rooms. They also needed their collection of antique furniture and fine art installed in the space. The studio team began by anchoring the large room with a 15 x 25 antique European rug of hand-knotted wool pile. They recovered the sofas with green velvet fabric and trimmed them with gold bullion fringe to reflect the end tables’ ornate inlay work. Chairs in damask fabric added striking color and pattern to the other reupholstered pieces. Drapery treatments in subtle hues were carefully fitted to enhance the arched windows.

The dining room seemed reminiscent of Versailles with its green marble fireplace, elaborate gold mirror and candelabra, and massive crystal chandelier. To match the scale of the 9-foot ceilings, the Studio team used a large rug that complemented the shading of the flooring and dining table. Damask-patterned fabric in hues harmonizing with the drapery covered the new E.K. Victor chairs. For the finishing touch, the art from the owners’ collection was re-framed to accompany the formal French ambiance of the space.

“When we redesign a room, we transform everything; we even re-frame the oil paintings and prints with fine-quality materials in the same style as the setting,” Kamran explained.

Studio Vignettes

The studio on South Woodward carries a small sample of treasures along with vignettes displaying custom designed furniture, on-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful imported rugs. One vignette presents an “eclectic” looks that blends traditional and transitional styles – to difficult to accomplish without advice.

The traditional-style fireplace with corbels, the cove molding surrounding the ceiling and the wainscoting intersecting the dark gray accent wall represent a traditional look.

German drinking horns, reproductions in black and gold leaf, add a touch of European interest to the mantel. Substituting a beveled glass top for the usual wood top on an 18th-century-style table converts it into a transitional piece.

The large painting of a museum exhibit mixes with ornately framed landscapes as a transitional element because of its simpler subject matter and frame.

The chandelier has a wonderful presence in the space. Kamran invites clients to design a chandelier according to their own specifications: the number of arms, type, size and grade of crystal. A company that makes chandeliers for the White House and Buckingham Palace crafts the chandelier according to the description.

In another vignette, members of the Studio team gather around a mahogany dining table set with vintage Royal Dalton china and Parisian I’Objet salad plates. The chairs have unusual rolled backs with tufted buttons. This arrangement, defined by a hand-knotted Tibetan rug, makes an impressive yet simple statement.

“Clients come to the showroom for inspiration,” Kristi said. “They can purchase a table or an accessory from the floor, but the real benefit is the custom design and turnkey service we offer our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to create rooms where memories will last a lifetime.”

From beautiful CRYSTALS like LALIQUE CRYSTAL, BACCARAT CRYSTAL, to DECORATIVE LIGHTING, DECORATIVE THROWS & PILLOWS, FLOWER POTS, MIRRORS, CERAMIC, PORCELAIN, VASES, PLANTERS, URNS, VASES, PLATES, PEDESTALS, CLOCKS, MIRRORS, DECORATIVE BOXES, HAND PAINTED ACCESSORIES, TRAYS, STATUES, FIGURINES, BOOK ENDS, WALL DÉCOR, SILK FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS, DECORATIVE BOWLS, ORIENTAL ACCESSORIES, EUROPEAN ACCESSORIES, BRONZE ACCESSORIES, and CUSTOM MADE ACCESSORIES you can find it at BIRMINGHAM DESIGN STUDIO.

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