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About omerfaizi

Founder and President of Faizi Urban Design, LLC, Omer has turned an extensive background in residential and commercial design into a successful practice as an independent designer. He has spent most of his adult life traveling throughout the world from Europe, Asia, Middle East, and United States. In addition, he has designed and built restaurants, cafes, as well as done interior design work for offices, homes and condos. 

Omer has established a reputation of excellence with builders, especially urban loft developers and architects. Omer has been recognized by industry leaders for his “green,” contemporary, youthful, creative, and cutting-edgy design style. His versatile knowledge encompasses the many facets of the design process including: sustainable materials and finishings, space planning, indoor/outdoor living design, custom furniture design, indoor and outdoor lighting design, finishing specifications, and high-level project management 

Since he arrived in Phoenix in 2001, Omer has updated, remodeled and home staged for clients as well as real estate agents.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011 [Photos]

International Contemprary Furniture Fair, NYCEvery May in New York City, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) comes to the City.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is “North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design,” and this year it was held at the Javits Conference Center, where the rain was pouring down like it was a monsoon.

The ICFF hosts more than 500 exhibitors from over 30 countries in 10 categories, from accessories to wall coverings. More than 25,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, designers and more attended the four-day event.

I was excited to be among the giants of design and manufactures. Recycled and raw materials, like paper and cardboard, reclaimed woods, simple and traditional shapes refreshed by bold finishes and an attention for craft, were the trending themes for sustainable design.

2011 seemed to be a continuation of the popular themes of 2010′s exhibit.

The designers and manufactures from Spain were back with amazing styles, colors and ultra-hip, trend setting furnishings; the British were there in full swing to counter the Spanish (but it felt like a Spanish conquista), the bold and vibrant glaring styles in prints for wallpaper, textiles and ceramics.

Other U.S. and Japanese companies were there, but nothing really caught my eye. Metallic and neon paints made their way through as accents on light fixtures and reclaimed pieces.

All said and done, I love NYC and the ICFF. I also love the casual after-parties and the designer district of SOHO. A stroll through was well worth it. Next year’s ICFF will be held May 19-22, 2012.

Here are few snapshots from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011:

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Why Should You Hire An Interior Designer?

Whether you are building a new home, remodeling a single room, or just thinking of changing colors and accessories in your home, hiring a professional interior designer will go a long way. You want someone with knowledge, style, who is in tune with today’s up coming trends. Someone you can trust, who is in sync with your ideas and can help you realize your dream — and saves you money, time and many mistakes you might make during this process.

What a designer brings to the project:

  • A designer gives you a professional assessment of your situation.
  • A designer can help you develop a solid plan of action.
  • A designer can help you reduce the cost of materials.
  • A designer supplements the work of an architect, home builder or contractor.
  • A designer can often provide you with discounts on furnishings and accessories you would not otherwise get from retailers.

“When a designer saves you money, its the kind of number that includes the time, aggravation, and worry. It is hard to put a price tag on not having stress.”



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Common problems found in today’s interiors:

  • Awkward floor plan
  • Out of date kitchen and/or bathroom
  • Problem windows
  • Lack of space or storage
  • Bad color choice
  • Low light and/or poor light
  • Lack of or poor architectural details

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Important factors to consider when hiring an interior designer:

  • Designers have the education and experience to narrow down selections for you to choose from. This eliminates the possibility of a poor purchasing decision.
  • Trained designers measure carefully; create a scaled furniture plan before ordering to make sure things will fit.
  • Designers have the knowledge to choose the right style for the room.
  • Designers offer you solutions that you may not have considered as an option. Just as any another professional in their line of expertise can offer you alternative solutions, so does a designer.
  • Designers travel to trade shows like the ICFF, NEOCON, DWELL (to name a few), attend seminars, and maintain large libraries of digital on line catalogs and can order samples to choose from.
  • They save the client the effort of research and travel to get what they need. They offer solutions and products that aren’t seen in stores you normally visit.

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Can you afford not to hire an interior designer?

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Add some color to your home!

Splash Your Home With Color: The 2011 Color Guide And Trends

Thinking about giving your home a whole new look?
Why not start by adding color? Here is your 2011 color guide and color trends to consider…


Soft Green Living Room

Green is the color of nature, life and powerful organic energy. If you want to incorporate green into your home, remember that it represents harmony and growth so that you can balance its calming aura with surrounding colors.

One of the best places to start with green is the bedroom. Because it is organic and natural, it will help you fall asleep embraced by the sensation of nature. You can try painting your walls in a lush, cream green, and pair this with a linen, beige comforter and accents. This look is reminiscent of a tropical resort on the beach, especially if you add bamboo and other natural elements.


Red Wall

Red will always be part of modern interior design; it represents passion, love and excitement. However, 2010 and 2011 reds seem to be more content to be on the periphery as accents, scattered here and there around the home.

If you want to add some red to your bedroom, avoid the walls. For other rooms, red can make a space feel cozy, but it is usually too overpowering for a bedroom. However, red can be incorporated into curtains, pillows or a bedspread — often with gold, taupe or blues running through it to break it up.

Kitchens can get a spark of red in the form of glossy red cabinets or red dinnerware.


Grey & Purple ColorsIf you’re struggling to find a color palate for a particular room, you don’t necessarily have to reach for the beiges, taupes and off-whites. These can be great starting points, but they tend to be a little boring, especially if your home relies too much on their unassuming neutrality.

Instead, why don’t you go gray?

Gray is a wonderful neutral color that can be combined with almost any color to create a fabulous effect. Take a look at the image above — the purple pops, because of the dark but not overpowering gray.

Gray also looks fantastic with yellows, greens, blues, reds, oranges, pinks… you get the idea.


Orange BathroomRefresh and revitalize your home with citrus. Oranges, reds, yellows and greens can be combined together in nearly infinite ways to give your home a splash of style and lively freshness.

You can paint an accent wall in a deep, burnt orange for some sophisticated citrus accents, or try a cheery lemon yellow in your accent pillows and curtains. Citrus has an innately upbeat appeal, so it is best used in a room in which you want to bring a little life.

Lime green is an interesting citrus color that you can play around with in your home. It is bright, but not part of the red-yellow spectrum like the rest of the citrus group. This means that you can incorporate it with other citrus colors to make a bold statement, yet ensuring that the colors match completely.


Black & White RoomUsing black and white can be an effective design tool to highlight your home’s stylish simplicity if done right.

When going monochrome, try to avoid the possible pitfalls of such a paltry palate. First, why not try adding one or two pieces in black and white before doing a whole room renovation. You can bring in a black sofa with white accent pillows, or a black glass table with a lily-white, porcelain vase centerpiece. If you like the look, expand outward from there.

Black and white is all about contrast, so why not go beyond colors? Some of the best black and white interiors use patterns and textures to augment the effects of the monochrome walls and furniture. And if you’re going this route, take a risk — pair plaid with checkers and hold your head up high! You’ll be surprised at how stylish black and white can be with some bold texture choices.

So, go grab a paint brush, paint and REDEFINE YOUR SPACE!

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Kitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design

Have A Small Kitchen? Learn How To Make It Look Larger

Phoenix Metro is the 5th largest city in the United States, and we are seeing that more urban living optionsKitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design are growing. Unfortunately, these new smaller, urban living options — like lofts, condos and townhouses — are not as roomy as a traditional single-family home in the suburbs.

So, we end up compromising on some things — two bedrooms instead of three, tiny bathrooms, no wall space for your 32-inch plasma, and/or just enough room for a sink in the kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of our home. Candlelit dinners, family brunches and birthday parties – they all begin here. A well laid out kitchen allows us to spend more time with loved ones; and a beautiful kitchen turns the cooking and baking hours into an enjoyable, warm experience.

Making the best use of a small space is tough, but it’s definitely achievable and well worth the initial planning you put into it. Smaller spaces just mean that you need to think a bit more creatively.


  • Think about choice of color.
  • Keeping walls and ceilings light and bright is always a top tip, especially if you have no windows.
  • Pay attention to the right type of flooring.
  • Sticking to the basics, choosing light cabinetry and opting for a darker bench top will create a flow between the walls, flooring and bench space and create an illusion of space.
  • The most expensive aspect of the kitchen is the appliances; try to stick with stainless steel or stainless steel finish products.
  • Think simple. Avoid cluttering this small space with too many counter-top appliances and accessories.

The exterior appearance of a small and well functioning kitchen is important. It is also just as important to feel happy in the space. The essentials to a kitchen are sometimes minimal, but without things like adequate bench space and the correct placement of appliances, you can become fairly dissatisfied pretty quickly.

Kitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design

Keep things simple and functional through cabinetry that has multi-leveled capabilities. Choose a trim-lined fridge and freezer systems, or chic, well-designed ovens and gas tops. Or, try open shelving with space for hooks and pot racks; these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selecting the fun stuff for your small kitchen.

So, if you don’t have the imagination or time to lay out your smaller kitchen, let an interior designer do the work so you can save, enjoy and have endless family meals in your new kitchen space.

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Sellers Beware: Staging Can Help Sell Your Home!

It wasn’t just the tall cheetah print chairs, luminous red and green chandeliers strung from the ceiling, that were distracting. When apartment hunters stepped into the 5-floor studio for sale, they found a white leather upholstered bed with red and orange shimmering pillows, funky artwork and a hanging L.E.D. lamp giving off different shades of colors. Some said it reminded them of a set out of a science fiction movie.

Omer Faizi Room 4“Some would laugh,” said one of the listing brokers for the building. This was the model apartment for a condominium conversion project, and it was not selling itself, much less helping to sell other units in the same building as it was intended to do.

“They quickly realized that it hurt more than it helped,” the broker said.

I knew it would take more than replacing towels to make buyers feel comfortable in a space where even Lady Gaga might crave beige walls and cream couches.

With help from an interior designer, he had the white wood floors stained a darker shade and installed furniture more commonly found in Manhattan apartments, like a rectangular bed. He strategically placed on the kitchen counter martini glasses, a bowl of lemons and a shaker primed for after-work cocktails and left around reading material like the Sotheby’s catalog.

“This is the where I would live: said most of the people viewing the model, and a lot of people can identify with this,” said the new management team members as the owner walked through the new model unit.

The designer’s efforts had paid off.
 During the real estate boom, eager buyers bought units requiring enormous imagination to picture as homes: They bought un-built condos or empty spaces with blank walls. Today, buyers are much less likely to take risks on apartments, lofts, condos and single-family homes where they cannot figure out how to fit in their sofa bed or sideboard. So, brokers have been redecorating old model units or filling unfurnished apartments by doing it themselves, which can back fire if you don’t have the eye for design (to save cash), or by doing the smart thing, hiring a interior designer.

Omer Faizi Room 2The difference between three years ago and now is that you could have actually shown an empty apartment without much staging, the market was great, but now – we all know what is happening do I need to go any further?

For some high-end listings, the brokers will fill cabinets with fine china, not just “dishes in there from Kmart.” He has even had brokers fill closets of for-sale apartments with clothing like “Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, and Paul Smith.”

If you’re going to hang anything in the closet, it should be a name brand that the buyer can relate to
. The clothing and accessories do not go to waste, they get moved to the next condo project.

But we must remember nothing comes cheap. There is a price to pay to hire a creative designer/team to execute a amazing sexy retro to traditional styles. So hire a designer who has the vision and can turn a blank canvas into a home – ”your home.”