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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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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Color in the right amounts






New Color Concepts

Today I am writting about what we can do with color and not make it overwelming, in other words the right way and amount of olor to use in any home decor. Not to much, not to little, but just the right touch..

Enjoy the pics and post

Yellow, Perfected


The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi may extoll the virtues of imperfection, but the New York-based interior designer Jennifer Post is having none of it. Her stock and trade is unapologetic, awe-inspiring flawlessness, which may explain why she can blithely declare, “I’m not for everyone.”
Maybe so, but everyone would do well to look more closely at her rooms—and learn a thing or two about, among other things, how to use color. Like many practitioners of minimalism, Post doesn’t take a liberal tack with colors; an overwhelming whiteness, in all its subtle variations, pervades her interiors. But her infusions of color—dashes of red or blue, but especially her undeniable preoccupation with yellow—feel not so much informed by fashion and trends (no Pantone Color of the Year jottings in her sketchbook, it’s safe to say)—as by her desire to let color, like every other element in a room, work in service of the greater good.

Which, in Jennifer Post language, translates into an exquisitely coherent, exceptional quality of space. Pretty perfect stuff.



Sweadish house 

 






Do you have 4.5 million dollars? Then this lovely home in Sweden could be yours! Just listen to this place: ”The main floor features a magnificent, spacious living room, dining room and kitchen in an open layout and with amazing views, as well as a bedroom and an office. Direct access to the terrace with a fireplace and the pond. The lower level has two bedrooms, a family room and a luxurious spa and pool, steam bath and sauna, as well as a wine cellar. An underground passage with a den, machine room and storage area, leads to a large garage.”








Underground passage, you say? Don’t mind if we do. Check out more photos of this property for sale on Sotheby’s International Realty.



 Black...
 


Got a piece of furniture you don’t LOVE? Or an accessory that is almost right but just not quite right? Before you donate it to your local thrift store or try to sell it on Craiglist, why not enact a super simple, potentially Scandinavian-inspired, cheap and easy-to-do makeover? Simplify and paint it black.

What do we mean? By simplify, we encourage you to take away any ornament that you may not like — that might mean removing drawers, doors or door pulls and handles. It might mean sanding off elements that add unneeded detail. Simplify. Then, paint it black. We advocate for a sleek matte black, but a glossy black could work in the right space. If you have black in your space already, it’ll seamlessly fit right in. If not, it’ll be quite the statement piece.

 Glossy Blue Desk




“A vivid focal point from every angle,” is how Toronto’s Projector Design describes this desk, and who could argue? It’s still in prototype stage, but the color alone may end up turning the 001 Desk into a ‘must have’ art piece. The indigo blue work top, hand crafted from 100% wood fibre and drenched in glossy, VOC-free lacquer, has beveled edges and a single drawer. It’s compact size and limited storage space is definitely not for the pack rat set, but everyone else, I’m guessing, will find it impossible to pass up.


Color is very important but just in the right amounts..

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