The Intriguing Match of Interior Design and the Silver Screen


Have any of you been awed by the sight of the throne room in the television series Game of Thrones? Or what about the dark, chilling, claustrophobia-causing spaces in the Alien movie franchise? Every movie or TV show has a different feel, and it is up to the set designers to contribute to this. But set designers aren’t picked up from the streets. They have to be masters of their craft. A lot of them have backgrounds rooted in architecture and interior design.


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Designers can change an empty sound stage into the most futuristic bridge of a space ship that people have ever seen. They can transform an ordinary garden into the court of royalty. With simply the addition of certain colors, an ordinary apartment can be turned into the den of a serial killer.

Let’s take a look at the ultra-popular TV sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld. Ever notice how homey the interiors of their places looked? For Friends, Monica’s apartment seemed warm even in the coldest nights. Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment was simple and relatable enough for every struggling viewer.

On a much larger scale, the sets of the The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter truly captured the essence of another world inhabited by creatures people only dreamed of.

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A huge part of why we believe all of this is the set design, and the space in which all the characters inhabit.

Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an industrial designer from San Francisco, California, who loves traveling. I also love walking my dog Shadow. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.


Some Interesting Matchups Between Todays Warriors and the Great 95-96 Bulls


The Dubs this season have been exemplary. They’ve only lost once in the last 30 games, and are now on the verge of history. Their current post-season record is 15-0. With a win in their next game, they get to sweep the Cavs, win their 2nd NBA title in 3 years, and do what no other team has done before – go perfect in the playoffs. They have been the most dominant team of this season, and perhaps the past two decades. To find anothe

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r team just as dynamic and capable of a blitzkrieg as the Warriors, you’d have to go all the way back to 1995 when a legendary team led by the greatest player in history beat any team at will.

So how do today’s Warriors match up against these 95-96 Bulls? Let’s take a look at some intriguing points.

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Who’ll guard Kevin Durant – Pippen or Rodman? How will the guard matchups turn out, with the Splash Brothers on one side, and Michael Jordan and Ron Harper on the other side? Which sixth man will have a greater impact on the game – Kukoc or Iggy? Which team’s bench is deeper?

Scott Jay Abraham loves sports, and loves to write about it. Learn more about him and his passion by checking out this LinkedIn account.

Some Of The Most Interesting Roadside Attractions In California


All races of people have chosen to migrate to America, the land of opportunity, but somehow most of them have found their way to the proud state of California. With this, California is gifted with a diverse culture that can be appreciated from its variety of roadside attractions.

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In a small town in Cabazon, in California, there is a place which takes you far back in time to the Jurassic period. This roadside attraction is called Cabazon Dinosaurs. Off Interstate 10 in California, it’s hard not to notice Dinny the brontosaurus, which is actually a concrete building weighing 150 tons, along with another towering Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture named Mr. Rex. Inside Dinny is a gift store and a museum.

In Mojave County, there is Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch. Elmer Long’s father passed away and left him with a whole collection of bottles. Not knowing what to do with them, Elmer decided to build his first bottle tree. It became such a big hit among travellers that today he now has 200 of them. It’s a choice stop for taking pictures with some of the most beautiful art installations in the state.

Many have also taken an interest in Bubblegum Alley located in San Luis Obispo. This is largely due to its extraordinary artistry which tourists themselves can contribute to. This place is a literal alley which is known for the used bits of bubble gum that are left on it by those who pass by, creating a colorful display that runs along a 21-meter stretch. Needless to say, there is a stall here that sells bubblegum which invites tourists to join in on the fun.

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Scott Jay Abraham is known to be a curious explorer of roadside attractions located all over the state of California. To know more about the other things he does, visit his “”>page.

One for the Ages: The Golden State Warriors’ 2015-16 Historic Season


There was no fairy tale ending for the Golden State Warriors last season after failing to win back-to-back championships, conceding the NBA title to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But to overlook and not appreciate what the Dubs had accomplished in the regular season would just be wrong.

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Some of the NBA records the Warriors set will be quite difficult, though not impossible, to beat.

Best start to an NBA season: The Warriors sprinted ahead of the pack and never looked back. They won their first 24 games, incredibly eclipsing the previous record by nine games. Additionally, the team broke a 131-year-old record for the best start to a season in all the major leagues: NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL.

No back-to-back losses in a regular season: Not once did the team lose two games in a row in the regular season. They are the first to do so in league’s 70 years of existence, and it would probably take a long time before a team does it again.


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Most three-point field goals made in a regular season: This record might be broken sooner than later as more teams are relying on the three-point shot. But Golden State is the first team to break the one thousand barrier as they made 1,077 three-point field goals last season, led by Steph Curry’s 402 and Klay Thompson’s 276.

Best regular season record: There is no question that this was the Warriors’ greatest accomplishment last season. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record was supposed to be an unbeatable record – until Golden State won 73 games.

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Back to Basics: The Key Elements of Interior Design


Interior design refers to how the elements of a room are chosen, arranged, and put together in a visually pleasing manner. Of course, there are professionals in this field to help you make decisions, but here are a few principles of interior design you could use for personal projects:

Scale and proportion

Scale denotes the size of the furniture or object in relation to the room. For example, a big couch should be placed in a spacious room rather than a small one to match its scale. Proportion on the other hand is the size of any element in relation to the other objects beside it.

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When the visual weight of objects inside a room is evenly distributed, the room’s overall look is easier on the eyes. Balance is the result of this weight distribution and it has three types: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

Harmony and rhythm

Harmony in design means that all elements have something in common. An easy way to achieve harmony is by matching colors, patterns, or prints. Rhythm is all about creating visual patterns using movement and can also be achieved by repeating the same color or pattern in different parts of the room.

Negative space

Simplicity is beauty. You don’t have to fill every available space with an object or a piece of furniture. There is beauty in empty space that helps create a balanced and unified design.

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Focal point

The focal point in a room is considered as its highlight; for example, a large television in the living room or an ornate chandelier in the dining room. This is usually the first thing a person notices when he enters a room so you have to make sure that the other elements compliment your focal point.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer specializing in home and office designs. Follow me on Facebook for more design tips and other related topics.

Ergonomic Home Office Design: Set up a Healthy and Comfortable Workspace

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With today’s technology, it is possible for individuals to do their work from the comfort of their couch or bed, with more and more companies offering a work-from-home setup with a flexible schedule. While this may be ideal for individuals with busy, fast-paced lifestyles, a home-office setup could also increase the risk of health problems due to poor posture and less than ideal conditions for the working body.

Slouching, back pains, tensed shoulders, and hurting wrists make a person at risk for stress-related injuries. If you are experiencing these physical issues, it might be time to give your home office setup a makeover.

Here are things you can do to make your home-office setup ergonomic:

Get a comfortable, work-friendly chair. Sure, your couch can be comfortable, but for work purposes, the height must be adjustable, and it should be well-cushioned, with a nice backrest and a five-star base.

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Choose a table with the right length. A good table can do wonders. It can fix your problems with posture and eyestrain. Make sure you match that ergonomic, swivel chair with a worktable that is just the right height.

Avoid clutter. While clutter does not bring physical tension, it may give you psychological stress. Organize your paperwork in a good shelf or in-and-out trays.

The appearance of your workplace can mirror your health. Choose an ergonomic setup and get rid of physical and mental stress.

I am Scott Jay Abraham, and I am an industrial interior designer. Turn your plain home-office setup into something more attractive. Follow this blog to get more tips about home and office designs.

Maximizing Small Office Space


A great part of a person’s day is spent in the office. A lucky few have spaces that are massive – one that allows them to walk back and forth to eliminate the everyday stresses of the work. However, most of us are confined in a relatively small cubicle. This box is where we spend most of our time, so it is important that this space – despite its compactness – is efficient and able to make a person feel motivated and inspired to work. This is of particular importance as more companies expand and design sensibilities point to smaller spaces in general.

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The good news is that many interior designs take into account modern-day themes and have created a list of helpful suggestions on how to effectively maximize a small office space. The first, and most important, tip is that one should make use of common areas. Most employees crowd their space with too many items. Research has shown that a messy workplace diminishes creativity and productivity. Employees should shift their attention from noticing the limitations of their office space to a philosophy that the office is the entire facility. Food and other paper materials are normally kept in a public area. This dramatically frees up space in a person’s personal cubicle, where intimate items may be kept for inspiration.

Secondly, employees should begin to think vertically. What the office space lacks in width can be compensated with shelves that can be attached to their walls. It must be noted that employees should discuss any design changes with their managers, but typically management would’ve already considered this before allowing a person to use that specific space. Nevertheless, it is always good to keep an open discourse among workmates as to how to better improve the office environment.

Hi! My name is Scott Jay Abraham, and I am an interior designer based in San Francisco, California. I have worked in both the home and office setting and understand the need for designs that speak of efficiency while maintaining style and comfort. Learn more about my work me on here.

The Unfinished Home: How To Nail That Awesome “Warehouse Look”


Industrial interior design is unique from other forms of home design management in that it allows property owners (or tenants) to proudly display the building materials that many try to conceal. Its charm lies in its raw, organic, and unfinished look but is not shambolic as to cause aesthetic chaos in a certain space. This modern approach to interior design has rapidly gained the admiration of many home and business owners for its artistic qualities and cost effectiveness. Industrial design showcases neutral tones, utilitarian objects, and wood and metal surfaces.

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Nailing the “warehouse look” is surprisingly not an easy thing to do. It requires a harmonious combination of industrial feel with a range of other styles, from the practical to the polished. Many design enthusiasts, myself included, celebrate upscale interiors by incorporating elements such as stainless steel surfaces, metal light fixtures, vintage furniture, and exposed pipes.

Wooden and metallic objects are the distinctive physical identities of most industrial-style interiors. Naturally, they always go with earth tones and neutral colors. Pendant lights, vintage Toledo stools, open shelving, and stainless-steel cabinets topped with chunky wood workbenches are a perfect match against the exposed brick wall and water pipes.

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My name is Scott Jay Abraham, and I’m an industrial interior designer specializing in home and office design. See you on Twitter!

So metal: Industrial design’s use of metallic decor


When you play Mario (or Flappy Birds) a lot, you get the feeling that you’ve been looking at too many pipes for too long, something you usually ascribe to plumbers. Of course, when you design industrial-themed spaces like I do, you learn that looking at the pipes is precisely the point. And it extends to any other visually interesting bit of metal infrastructure.


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Metalwork features prominently in industrial design; it can hardly even be called “industrial” without it. Sleek and unpretentious, metal is an exemplar of the utilitarian paradigm that dominates this aesthetic. It is the substance that truly marks industrialization, being one of the most commonly used materials in industrial architecture and design. Steel girders, copper pipes, and aluminum ventilation shafts are prominent elements in old factories and warehouses, as are the metallic furniture and fixtures inside them.


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Metal, as used in industrial design, is typically geometric. One would usually find the smooth or textured surfaces and predominantly straight lines. Rarely do you see the flourishes that dominate the cast iron accessories of Victoriana (though they are not unknown, especially for those with more steampunk tastes).

The stark appearance of metal and its shapes tend to make it pop out, and it is a popular way of creating complementary contrasts in industrial design. Metals provide the neutral grays, blacks, and chromes to the industrial palette and look good in contrast to the browns and other earth tones of wood. The metal-and-wood combination is a popular theme in industrial. Contrasts between metal objects are also common: smooth metal surfaces give the appearance of cleanliness and precision while textured metal has the appearance of grit and resilience.

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Hotels, Inns, and Resorts with “The Look”: An Interior Designer’s Travel Wishlist


As an interior designer-slash-gadabout, I’m not ashamed to say that I sometimes pick my destinations and accommodations based on how they look, all other things being equal – I get my inspiration from some of the hotels I’ve stayed in. These hotels and inns don’t necessarily have to be high-end digs with designer sheets and expensive furniture (though I like those too), however, as long as they’re well-designed or unique, like the ones on my travel wishlist below.


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The luxe
I’m sure most of us imagine living the high life once in a while, and if I had my druthers and the bank account to match, I’d check in at the One&Only Reethi Rath in Maldives, which has beautiful private villas right on top of the water, decked out with a combination of furniture made out of natural materials and only the most modern amenities, or the Hotel Canaletto in Venice, with its palatial rooms with marble floors, chandeliers, grandiose draperies, and stunning views of the Venetian canals.

The hip
Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel in Switzerland has gorgeous geodesic-shaped pods are eco-conscious, high-tech, lovely in white canvas during the winter and in green, to fit with the verdant Swiss summers, and of course, hip because environmental responsibility is tops in my book.

For more metropolitan cool, there’s the Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore. This boutique hotel has a variety of playfully designed rooms in whimsical, Pantone, and monotone themes that are just a sight to behold.

The traditional
For a taste of local culture, I like the idea of staying in heritage hotels or inns such as Clove Hall Residence and 23 Lovelane Hotel, both in Penang, Malaysia, and the various ryokan in Japan (especially the ones with onsen, like the Tawaraya Ryokan in Kyoto. These beautifully preserved inns give travelers a glimpse of design traditions and culture of the country.

The wacky
Fans of The Beatles and whimsical architecture will also get a kick out of the Yellow Submarine hotel in Liverpool that is in a boat decorated with psychedelic coloring and mod-inspired accessories like gold records and a scooter.


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The multithemed Winvian Farm in Connecticut has some rather unusual cottages like a treehouse, a beaver dam-inspired lodge, and one with a fully-restored 1968 coast guard helicopter, all wonderfully detailed to capture the intended themes.
These are just a few names off the very long list of impeccably designed hotels I want to stay in if I had a chance. I hope I get to visit all of them some day!

Hey there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer with an incurable case of wanderlust and an endless travel bucket list that you can find in my blog.