A glimpse into our process, styling tips & tricks, and new projects. Welcome to Toledo Geller!

Ask the Experts:

We're back, and we're answering a design question  from a viewer who found us on You Tube all the way in Israel...we dish out advice on their furniture placement and wall color. If you want to dip your toe into the design world and have a question you want us to answer on Facebook or Instagram Live, or You Tube, reach out to us! We always have a little too much fun with these webisodes!

What's happening:

Large expanses of glass and super clean lines are what make so many of the new construction river side buildings like The Glass House in Edgewater, NJ desirable. Putting our brand’s luxuriously livable stamp on the modern apartment in under four weeks was the challenge ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine presented us with when they graciously invited us to be a part of their showhouse. Read all about our design process here, and for more images of this showhouse and more, check our Charity Showhouse portfolio page.

Project Reveal:

Postwar Panache: Seven years ago we designed and managed the construction process of a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom complete gut renovation on the Upper East Side in New York. We had designed the apartment with the thought in our minds to eventually combine it with the studio apartment next door, and many years later, our clients called us back to seamlessly merge the two.  Our interior design firm handled the entire project from start to finish including all of the construction plans, project management of the general contractor and all the way down the decorating (from furniture to fluffing pillows and filling decanters). Hear all about the inspiration and process here.

Styling Tip:

The #SHELFIE. You've probably heard this tag line a time or two if you spend any time at all on social media. But what's the buzz all about?! And why the heck are people so concerned with their shelves? Well, because they should be, if you ask us =) The styling of your home is the final layer in bringing a design together. When challenged with rows upon rows of bookshelves as we often are, its easy to become overwhelmed with how to curate the shelves without making them feel overstyled or impersonal. A quick takeaway as a starting point is to corral similar objects together and display them in groups on the shelves. Disparate objects should then be feathered in in between the groupings for balance. Feel free to go crazy with new decorative objects, but don't forget to incorporate momentos or keepsakes so that your #shelfie is just as personal as your #selfie!

 

Styling Tip:

Be BOLD. We love when a front door speaks to the people who inhabit the home. What do you think this fierce lion's head knocker says about the family who lives here?

Styling Tip:

Where do you start? That's probably the most common question we hear from clients when we approach a room design. The short, simple answer is with the floor. Yes, we spend plenty of time understanding the function, architecture and mood of the room before we even consider looking at finishes, but when we're ready to do so, we start with the floor plane. All the research we did beforehand will inform our decision as to whether or not this room will have bare floors, wall to wall carpeting or the perfect rug. From there we scour our options and have those options be the driving force for all of the other things we choose in the room. A faded antique rug may influence us to choose a pillow with beautiful fringe and a plaster fixture with a gold finial, while a bare white oak matte finish floor might have us pulling simple, sculptural accessories and Milo Baughman chairs. So when you don't know where to start, look down!

Ask the Experts:

Sit down with us while we dissect some write-in reader decoration dilemmas, from when it's ok to paint crown moldings, base moldings, and window trim in different colors, to some space planning, window treatments and bedding help for a master bedroom overhaul. And while you're here, please subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss any more of our Ask the Experts series!

What's happening:

Why we often use purple (or several shades of it) for tween and almost-tween girls. Read all about our use of Ultraviolet, Pantone's color of the year for 2018 in (201) Family. Scroll to page 14.

Styling Tip:

Designer showhouses are where interior designers get to shine. We take risks (jungled themed trellis wallpaper, anyone?), push limits (hand painted faux bois ceiling), and hope to inspire our visitors. Read about our NJ Designer Showhouse in Saddler River in (201) Magazine on page A26. #gobigorgohome

What's happening:

This was our 4th year participating in Housing Work's annual Design on a Dime event, where top interior designers are challenged with creating a shop-able vignette entirely from donations, and all proceeds helping those affected by HIV and AIDS. It's a mad-dash to the finish line, for both installation (we get 1.5 days and when the bell rings we have to drop our tools!) and for shoppers (every year our art is snatched off the walls within minutes!). See photos from the event here.

Styling Tip:

The energy and excitement before the holidays is pure JOY. We love helping our clients prepare to welcome family and loved ones for the season and where better to do so than on your front door? Wreaths can be untraditional (and nondenominational) and we love having fun with holiday decor!