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Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.

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We offer home furnishings and decor for every area of your home,both inside and out, always striving to bring you the most current design elements being used by today's top designers, at a fraction of their retail cost. Whether you are completely redecorating an area of your home, looking for the perfect accent piece to finish off an existing room, shopping for a unique gift, or simply "window shopping" to get design ideas, Avant-Garde is the place to go for everything modern & contemporary for your home.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Bringing in the old to spruce up the new!

Using old traditional design styles to add flare to modern, contemporary design!

Looking through the many pictures online today I ran into something I never really thought about: mixing modern contemporary interior design with little touches of old traditional design. To me that would indicate a merging of two styles that are not only far apart in looks, feel, and persona, but styles that are not meant to be joined or aeven mixed in any way. After seeing some of the pictures that follow this brief introduction I no longer feel that way although the interior designer in this case, did an absolute fantastic job at combining the two styles in a way that they do not clash with one another and instead complement each other. He brought out elements from both design styles and I have to admit, the results are spectacular.

Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas – Opposite Stanley Beach

Pay close attention the picture below. Notice the small table in the left of the picture, the staircase and some extent the design pattern on the couches, all of which are not modern contemporary but more traditional old school charm,. a style I no longer like, use, or even consider. After seeing these pictures, bringing them bck as touches of a different element of design when using the modern contemporary design style is a fantastic idea, one with great results, and it does add a little flare and uniqueness to the outcome, something we all want when we design any room, household, or outside landscaping area. 

Stanley Village luxury living room interior design Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach

Fresh living in Stanley, Hong Kong with luxury furniture and white interior and wall design, apartment opposite Stanley Main Beach, this development consists of four 7,000 sq.ft. detached houses situated in a low density neighborhood. Truly an oasis in this bustling city. Each house is fully equipped with their own private swimming pool and lift. Beaches, shopping facilities, restaurants, bars and pubs are all within a few minutes walking distance. Price: $800,000,000 HKD for the entire lot.Let’s see this Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas pictures here:

study room design and decorating for workspace Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
small family room design and decorating with simple furniture Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
secord floor and starcase design ideas photo Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
small bedroom design with white wall decorating Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
bedroom with wood wall design photo Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
bedroom wall decorating and furniture design Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
smart kitchen design and furniture decorating Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
kitchen set wall design photo Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
bathroom design with white decorating Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
roof terrance design in Stanley Village Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach
back yard with swimming and garden fresh view Stanley Apartment with White Interior and Wall Decorating Ideas   Opposite Stanley Beach

The use of wood is excellent and is used through-out this home design. He has an ultra modern kitchen, a very traditional staircase and even living area to some extent, and yet a lot of the interior of the house uses modern contemporary design as the primary design style. Its the constant mix of the two and the way in which he chose to mix these styles that make this design so unique. Neither style seems in the way, over bearing, or out of place. He mixes the two styles in every room of the house and he does so in a way that looks fantastic and make them seem almost like twins. Unbelievable!  The pieces he chose and uses in his design are absolutely amazing and provide a perfect mix and balance between these two previously thought of by me as simply to opposite to mix. I have now changed my mind on this.

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