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Decorate With Green For a Natural Feel

3 Jun

Green1It just feels natural to decorate with green!

Go rich and lush, calm and serene, or bold and brilliant.
This versatile color brings a familiar touch of the outdoor world to your indoor environment.
Green is a very adaptable design color, partly because it comes in so many variations. Green is the color we see most often in nature, so it’s not surprising that so many shades of green are named for plants and gemstones, including:
Green2Such a variety of hues means you can use green to create a range of looks and evoke a variety of emotions – subtle or edgy, calming or energizing, traditional or thoroughly modern. Green goes well in almost any interior style from Traditional to French Country to Transitional to Lodge-style, and more.
It’s not always easy decorating with green. Mixing shades of green can be a challenge. It’s usually best to stick with one, or at most two, shades of green, then use neutrals and other accents in your design scheme.
When you’re shopping, look at green hues closely in different lights and view your green design elements
together before you purchase. Better yet, get the advice of an expert when you decorate with green.
Colors that work well with green really depend on the shade of green you select. In general, greenGreen3
goes well with:
• White, gray, and neutral beiges and creams
• Browns, camels and taupes
• Pinks, reds and salmon
• Small touches of blue, black, orange or yellow

 

Searching for a natural, outdoorsy look and feeling in your home? Just add green!

 

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Stairways As a Work of Art?

6 May

Paying attention to the design elements around your staircase can make it into a work of art.
A little TLC on this often-neglected area of your home can elevate your spirits,Stairs1
adding drama and a focal point to your home.
We often regard our stairways as just a transition area from floor to floor, and we neglect the decorating possibilities. And yet in many homes, the stairway is a focal point of the foyer or living room. Decorating it thoughtfully will add drama and beauty to your home.
Staircases tend to occupy a small, fixed space, so decorating takes place in a constrained area. There’s not much you can do to change the exact shape of a stairway, unless you’re up for major home renovations, but you can still do a lot to add beauty and interest.
Just think of all the elements you can use to decorate a stairway:
Stairs2• Wall art, including paintings, mirrors, groupings of photographs, sconces,
and collections of objects
• Wall finishes, including interesting paint colors, faux finishes, wall coverings and wainscotting
• The landings with accent furniture (such as small tables, chairs, stools,
ottomans or benches), area rugs and accessories
• The stair treads with surfaces of wood, stone, carpeting or paint
• The stair risers with beautiful ceramic tile or an accent paint or stain color
• The ceiling with a dramatic chandelierStairs3
• The railing and banister, constructed of wood, metal, cable or rope, in a variety of styles, from the simplest brushed aluminum or clear varnished paint to ornate decorated iron or brass. Continue reading

Prints, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part One.

1 Apr

Mix It Up Like a Pro

“Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”  Remember that from when you were a kid?  You learned about “this and that”, “this or that”, and “not this, but that”.  In design, when we see patterns, we tend to think “this OR that”.  BUT…we are here to tell you it’s “this AND that”.  Mixing prints and patterns isn’t so scary once you understand the basics.

Part 1: Getting Started

Choose 3 or More-Starting With One Big BoldMix It Like a Pro pt1-1

Start with a focal point- it could be an area rug, wallpaper or a large print in upholstery that you love. This will be the base upon which you will build, incorporating color and patterns that coordinate with your focal point. To get depth and create interest, use multiple scales of at least three patterns. Don’t be afraid to bring multiples together, as long as you keep the values close.

Mix It Like a Pro pt1-2Find Inspiration via Theme

Maybe you like the Asian inspiration of chinois fabric, or a modern tropical focus with birds and flowers.  Any theme is a good way to get some ideas for various kinds of prints.

 

Picking ColorsMix It Like a Pro pt1-4

Do you have a favorite color?  Go with it!  Find a bunch of different prints in one color family and keep the same intensity of shades.  For example, if you go pastel, keep all of the shades pastel.

Blend similar to ease into pattern and print coordinating and to soften the look.  If you are unsure about mixing multiple colors, begin with just two.  Blue and green are great choices because they are next to each other on the color wheel.  And you can use a solid of each to tie it all together.  Just be sure to stick to the same intensity as you would for a single color scheme.

Or perhaps a white and a color is more your style.  White is great for filing in negative space when you have a color you are really loving and all the prints you are finding in it.

 

This is where you get excited and rush out to find all the things to make your home brand new.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out the next blog to get detailed hints on where to go from here.

 

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2015 Trends in Interior Design

25 Mar

New Year, New Trends: What You Will See in 2015

Every year we see an insurgence of ideas in design that reflect the changes in the world and economy.  Sometimes they creep up slowly and sometimes it’s an immediate BAM!  Here are a few things to keep your eye out for this year:

1: Colors, Patterns & PrintsDesign 2015-mixpatterns2

Beige is a thing of the past!  Color has never been so diverse.  Sophisticated basics and gentle, muted pastels will be mixed with deep, vibrant jewel tones that will be working for the modern, the contemporary and the traditional décor.  Prints and pattern are definitely back on the rise as well.  Be prepared for a mix of geometric and floral; animal print and stripe; organic and industrial.  This plays into the merging of cultures we are starting to see.  We will have more about this later.

Design 2015-rustic-bathroom2: Natural World

Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral or vegetable are in.  Think botany, raw wood, stone and organic shapes that soften the rigid look of the modern home. Look for fabric, materials and finishes to appear authentic and use them in simple ways to appreciate their beauty.

3: Matte Finishes and Industrial DesignDesign 2015-Industrial-Wood-Coffee-Table

A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the overall form and material that an item is made of.  This trend is growing in everything from lighting, furniture, and accessories, to kitchens and bathrooms.  Industrial style pieces in the home have been a staple in the past few years, and there is a continuing love to the look and character of these pieces.  Additionally, there is a lean towards copper, pewter, gold and other metal accents over chrome and stainless steel.

4: Crafted with Care and Environmentally Friendly

Our appreciation for items made by human hands and a learned skill is undergoing resurgence. Craft made items and those with a unique one off “handmade like” feel offer us the chance to have pieces that we perceive as “authentic” in a widely mechanized and mass produced world.  This goes hand in hand with the mainstream idea of eco-friendly products.

This just skims the top of what we are seeing as growing movements.  What will you do this year?

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Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

11 Mar

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Did you know that Play-Doh was originally used as a wallpaper cleaner?   In 1933, wallpaper cleaner was a hot commodity as, at the time, coal was the leading way to heat one’s home, being much more efficient and cheaper than wood. This had the negative side effect of leaving soot everywhere, which was difficult WallpaperVSPaint1to clean off of wallpaper as you couldn’t get it wet.

It’s probably not something you think about a whole lot, but wallpaper has been around for a long time. Some of the earliest techniques for it date back before 1700. The design industry hears complaints about wallpaper frequently: wallpaper is outdated; it’s difficult to apply; it’s only for traditional homes; it’s hard to clean. But we are here to tell you that it is anything but outdated and you should consider wallpaper instead of paint in the future for these reasons:

Durability-Wallpaper is great for high traffic areas and can last for years. There are
many different kinds varying from vinyl to grasscloth so that you can choose one best suited for each room. It used to be you wouldn’t wallpaper a kitchen or bathroom because of the adhesive and high humidity. But now you can get vinyl wallpaper that is easy to scrub. It’s also easier to remove than former kinds of wallpaper.

Quick Prep Work-There is little that needs to be done to a wall to get it ready for wallpapering. No spackling has to be done. You can prime beforehand which helps the paper stick to the wall instead of fighting a glossy finish paint, but aside from that you can just put it up. It will hide wall imperfections that paint won’t hide.

WallpaperVSPaint5Design Individuality-Create a unique space for you. You can paper a whole room of course, but also think about using wallpapering as an accent. Wallpaper just one wall as a focal point and then you can either paint the rest of the space or choose a coordinating wallpaper.

Modern Prints and Textures-This isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. There are thousands of wallpaper options for the modern and contemporary homes out there, including grasscloth and cork. 

 

 

 

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Mustard Is Not Just For Sandwiches!

28 Jan

Mustard is not just for sandwiches.mustardColor2
It’s a warm, rich interior design color that adds tang to your home environment.
Mustard as an interior design color has a very similar role as mustard on a sandwich. Just a dollop adds a lot of flavor and pizazz, but too much can spoil the sandwich! If you don’t like the mental image of a sandwich condiment in your home décor, you can also call this vibrant hue goldenrod or egg yolk.
Mustard is a rich and warm color – and just a little bit daring! It goes well with black and white or with brown and white; and is very sophisticated when used with a gray and white color palette. Other accent colors that play well with mustard include deep reds, navy blue and lighter blue tones.
MustardColor1Because mustard is bold and dramatic, it’s best to use it in small quantities as an accent and not as a primary design color. It’s especially effective to use mustard in the kitchen to add brightness or in a powder room to add drama. Consider these design elements to get your mustard fix:
 A piece of painted furniture or the fabric on an upholstered piece of furniture
 A picture frame or artwork featuring mustardmustardColor3
 Rugs and throw pillows
 An accent wall
 Window fashions and wall coverings
 Linens on the dining room table, atop the bed or in the powder room
 Lamps
 Flowers and plants with mustard blooms
 Even your front door!
Think outside the refrigerator this season and use mustard to space up your decor!

 

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Pantone Color Of The Year- What Do You Think?

16 Jan

Pantone Color of the Year 2015-Marsala…Yay or Nay?

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in the company press release.PantoneMarsala1

“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Every year, twice a year, Pantone hosts a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year to be the Pantone Color of the Year. This color is then featured with multiple palettes for all seasons, in all design markets. From fashion to graphic to interior design, Marsala will be finding its way into all of them.

You may love it or hate it,  but Marsala will be an easier color to work with than last year’s Radiant PantoneMarsala2Orchid. With its red-brown deep tone, it is warm and inviting and gives a richness to the space. Whether you use it as an accent to other colors or use it to establish a strong statement, it will give an elegant feel to your room.

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Personalized Wrapping Ads A Warm Touch

22 Dec

We really like this idea we found on Houzz…it’s still not too late, even if you have wrapped everything!

Spring Cleaning

10 Apr

  Organizing your stuff will help you breathe easier and enjoy your home more.

Spring cleaning is such a cliché, but a bit of streamlining really does enhance your decor.
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I would bet that even the most organized home owner still has at least one shelf, drawer or closet that has become a repository for “stuff” that has no function or adds no decorative value in the foreseeable future.
That means we can all benefit from a bit of “spring cleaning,” even though it’s such a cliché. Not only does managing your “stuff” make it easier to find the items you use most; it also makes your house look streamlined and clean, and enhances the design elements. Sometimes it’s not even about getting rid of “stuff”; it’s more about re-organizing what you have.

Start with just one shelf, cabinet or drawer so you don’t feel overwhelmed – and so you get a sense of accomplishment that spurs you on. Here are some ideas about where to start:

Your closet full of clothes and shoesOrganizing pic
Your pantry stuffed with foods and housewares
Your linen closet crammed full of sheets and towels
Your bathroom cabinets crowded with out-of-date medications and cosmetics
A cabinet in your garage or family room that’s brimming with games, DVDs and books
Your home office that’s bursting with papers and computer accessories you no longer need

 

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Ten Things To Consider Before You Schedule A Designer

3 Mar

If you are considering working with a designer or decorator for window treatments,  think about what you would like to achieve with your new window treatments.  We like to be helpful in getting just the right treatment for the right situation and have found it helps to eliminate confusion from all the options and possibilities that exist.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Have you noticed sun damage on your furniture, carpeting, rugs or flooring?
  • Would you like to cut down on the ultraviolet rays from the sun, but yet see out of your windows?
  • Does the sun create too much heat in one or more of your rooms?
  • Do you need to cut the glare from the sun on your television or computer screen?
  • Is privacy a concern for you?
  • Do you loose heat through your windows?
  • Would you like to soften the lines of your windows with draperies or valances?
  • Have you considered what style and color of drapery or valance you would like? If not, we are happy to help you with pictures and sketches.
  • Have you thought of incorporating decorative hardware?
  • Do you have a budget, and are you willing to share it with your designer?

These are answers that will help your designer narrow choices to what is best suited for your and your needs. Sharing your budget is so important because it helps your designer find the right product from the beginning of the project. It’s good to know if you need a treatment for privacy, or just to help with energy efficiency.

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