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A clean and simple design style can make your life less stressful.

16 Mar

The look of your home can give you peace of mind and a sense of calm.CleanandSimple2

Many of us have feelings of stress because we’re overwhelmed by the demands in our lives. What better goal to consider in your home decorating plans than to create a home environment that’s calming and relaxing, both on the eyes and on the soul.

Simple doesn’t mean plain or unattractive. Simple design can create a sophisticated, traditional, elegant look or a modern, minimalist feel. The bottom line is reducing chaos and over-decoration, and minimizing clutter and confusion.

  • Plan only one or two focal points per room, so you can really “see” the beauty, rather than having a hodge podge of color and design elements.CleanandSimple3

  • Limit the number of colors in your design and stick with gentle colors, rather than bold primary colors.

  • Make color transitions gentle. Avoid making too strong a statement between dark and light colors, such as black and white. (However, keep in mind that you may want energizing colors in a room; for example, in a kitchen or home office where you’d like to be engaged and active.)

CleanandSimple1Once you’ve created a simple, clean design, enjoy it! Allow yourself relaxing time to read a book or watch your favorite TV show, without answering the phone or responding to text messages. Spend time with your family or friends in a quiet way, without over planning your activities.

Achieving a calm and simple home environment can help you find peace of mind every day.

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Home Office Not Just For Function

2 Sep

A home office is not an impersonal work cubicle.

Make it a warm, inviting space personalized with color, artwork, rugs and memorabilia, as well as totally functional.
So often, our home offices are an afterthought – a room that’s functional, but not fashionable, and often they end up

as the place that collects clutter. Don’t let that happen to you! Make your home office a reflection of your personality, as well as a functioning room for the tasks you need – or want – to do there.
Whether you call this room a home office, a study or a library, your first HomeOffice3consideration is to customize it for the tasks you need to complete. You may need this room for heavy-duty desk work on a daily basis, or just use it once in a while to check your laptop or write a few personal emails.
Most important is a desk that works for you and a good quality desk chair that’s the right height and is comfortable for you. And why not buy a stylish desk and chair, instead of the cheapest functional pieces of furniture you can find? Good lighting is key too – not just ambient lighting, but task lighting on or above your desk. Think ahead about all the devices and equipment you need, including computer(s), printer(s), file cabinets and more.

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Other enhancements to consider include:

  • built-in shelving to display work-related memorabilia, including certificates, diplomas, awards and photos
  • closed cabinets to store necessities that don’t look very pretty – envelopes, paper and toner cartridges
  • a system to hid the “ugly stuff,” such as modems, routers, surge protectors, chargers and those oh-so-many cords that go along with all of the above
  • window fashions that block the glare on your computer screen that happens at certain times of day or certain times of the year

Whether you use your home office to complete important work assignments or just read the newspaper, take the time to make it a place that reflects your personality.

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Adding Built-ins Maximizes Your Space

10 Jun

Adding built-ins maximizes the floor space of your home.

Use them for dramatic displays, hidden storage, entertainment center or extra seating.

Built in shelves with an assortment of vases.

Built in shelves with an assortment of vases.

Storage is a challenge, especially since we Americans like to accumulate “stuff.” And almost nothing detracts more from a beautiful interior design plan than lots of clutter and chaos. A great solution – and one that can add beauty and a focal point to your home – is built-ins, including cabinets, shelving, seating and more.

Built-ins are appropriate for almost any room in the house – family rooms, kitchens, home offices, dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. They can also be used to separate areas of a large room or fill an awkward space in a corner or below the stairs.
Think outside the box when planning built-ins for almost any room in your home:

  • To serve as display space around the fireplace
  • For seating as a built-in banquette in the kitchen
  • To display treasures and books along a wide hallway
  • To hold audio and video equipment as your entertainment center
  • To create a hidden desk inside a closet
  • For storage at the bedside or even under the bed
  • To put away dishes, glasses, serving ware and linens in the dining roombuiltIns3
  • As a casual place to chat or read with a window seat

Consider adding built-ins to your home to maximize space, get rid of clutter and add beauty.

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Decorate In Groups Of Three For An Engaging And Sophisticated Look

25 Feb

Decorate in groups of three for an engaging and sophisticated look.Groupsof3-2
There’s something about items grouped in threes that make your decor fresh and appealing.
Philosophers, architects and writers have always talked about the magic of the number three. The rule of three states that when objects or ideas are presented in groups of three, they’re more memorable and more appealing. The rule of three applies equally to home decorating, whether it’s furniture, accessories or collections on display – even the number of windows on a wall when you remodel.

Think three for:
• Throw pillows
• Paintings hanging on a wall – aligned vertically or horizontally
• Family photographs sitting on a bureau or table
• Candles displayed on a mantleGroupsof3-3
• Vases or jars on a coffee table or console
• The number of cushions on your sofa
• Lighting sources in a room
• Even small ottomans
Groupsof3-1Take a look around your home today to find items you can re-arrange to create a collection of three. Arrangements can be formal, with identically sized items that are cleanly aligned. Collections can also be informally arranged, with objects that vary in size and height. Even items as simple as kitchen canisters, coffee table books, small candles and house plants can be arranged in groups of three for a pleasing effect.

Think three for your home accessorizing. It’s a magical way to make your rooms look more sophisticated and complete.

 

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January Is National Organizing Month

21 Jan

Organizing Is a Never-Ending Story

Earlier this month we talked about de-cluttering after Christmas to start healthy habits for 2015. January is National Get Organized Month and there are multitudes of ways to revamp your home.

Top areas in a home where organizing gets haywire are: office/den, kitchen, closets, master bedroom and the garage/attic/basement. We can help you get organized this year!

  1. Decide where to start– Which area of your life is the most chaotic? Is it your desk? Is it the stack of mail, bills, and reading material that has taken over the dining room? What things are you always looking for? Find the area in your life that is really causing you the greatest stress, and start there.
  2. Be brutal – What really makes sense and what doesn’t? What belongs under the kitchen sink and what belongs in the cleaning or laundry closet?
  3. Go vertical –Look for shelves to maximize your vertical space in cabinets. In a closet add extra rods, hangingstorage column bags or drawers for instant space. Move up not out!
  4. Use doors – The backs of your doors are often an underutilized gold mine of storage!
  5. Surfaces that collect clutter– Put away appliances you don’t use, file papers you need to keep, and process mail at least twice a week.
  6. Repurpose-Use household items to help clear clutter. Mason jars store pins, tacks or coins easily; Velcro tape helps keep wires tidy and organized; and clear boxes or storage containers are perfect for art and craft supplies.
  7. Get creative– If you have the space and ability to build, here are some fun ways to get some storage in already usable space.underbed storage

There are lots of great ideas on the internet for building your storage to fit your needs: 10 Sly Spots to Stash Your Stuff

     8.  One thing at a time– And last but not least, start small. Don’t plan to organize the whole house this weekend. Start with one drawer, one desk or one closet.

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Decorating For The Winter Blahs

7 Jan

Easy Decorating in Winter

Picture it: the holidays are over, it’s a little gloomy outside, the decorations are all put away and now what? Your home may look a little bare and unexciting so why not do some winter interior decorating? There is always a surge of decorating during spring cleaning but it is good to change things up a few times a year. It will keep your home looking fresh, new and comforting. If you are wanting to change things up a bit, here are some easy tips to get you started:

Quick Change Accents-switch out toss pillows, throws, rugs, draperies. A heavy drapery instead of the lightweight curtain will add warmth to the home.

  • Fabricut PillowsA soft shag rug will keep your feet toasty when the cold creeps into the floor. And having toss pillows and throws to curl up with will keep you comfortable with your hot chocolate in the winter months. Look at lush fabrics like chenilles and velvets for your accessories. Warmth by Color-reds, yellows and oranges are all warm colors; start introducing them into your space with the quick change accents previously mentioned. Just looking at vivid colors will keep your spirits up when it’s dark outside.
  • WinterDecorate1.jpegWinter Light-speaking of dark, let’s add some light! Not everyone has a fireplace so let’s improvise. Candles placed all around the room will help more than you know with light. Also, if you have a good shelf for it, place a full-length mirror behind a row of candles and you have doubled you light output. Find some small, low-watt lamps and place them around the room in dark corners that don’t get as much light
  • Making Nature Welcome-bring the outside in. Bring in some pine cones, or branches and put them in large vases with a string
    WinterDeocrate2of LED lights. Or if you are in need of some green but don’t have the thumb for it, pick up a snake plant-often called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

They require little light and little water to survive. Perfect for small spaces and the busiest of people.

Decluttering After The Holidays Can Help You Next Year

2 Jan

How to De-Clutter after the Holiday Madness
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” -Barbara Hemphill

Holidays are over and now it’s time to pack it all away for another 11 months. All that work for just a few weeks of joy. And how did you acquire so much stuff?!

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Well, here are some quick and easy ways to de-clutter and store so that next year you aren’t sorting through it all when it’s time to decorate. Also, this will help you in the New Year to keep your home clutter-free with all those new presents to put away.

  1. Keep one, toss two-whether you donate or throw out…this includes white elephant gifts. And by all means, if it is broken-throw it out!
  2. Leftover mailing boxes-pack up donations to reuse them and get them out of the trash and the house.
  3. Sort as you stow-this helps with space saving. Keeping things grouped together makes it easier to stack in the attic or closet-this is also how decorating next year will be a breeze. You won’t be tearing through the 8 places you put the Christmas stuff trying to find the star for the top of the tree. Also pack to move-we often overstuff storage so that it’s difficult to move and put away, which means it can be left behind collecting dust because no one wants to move it.
  4. Re-gifting gifts for next year-wrap and store with decorations…again this also includes white elephant gifts. If you don’t get them ready now, you’ll forget about them and come across them in the middle of summer next year when you could have given them away.
  5. Don’t wait til spring to get rid of what you haven’t used in 6 months-get rid of old toys and clothes now to make room for the newly acquired gifts. Let the kids be involved with it too. You may be surprised how quickly they are willing to give away their toys and clothes once they have new ones.

Make sure you have the proper storage for what you have:

This is critical. Don’t just throw things in random cardboard boxes if they are delicate. We all want to just tear everything down and get it out of our living rooms, but that is how we end up with broken items at the beginning of the next season.

Declutter3For example, get a storage bag or box for your wreath, divided storage for ornaments, and clear plastic bins (so you can see what is in what bin) that are easy to stack.Declutter4
This is a great way to start the New Year, with a neat and de-cluttered home to hibernate in for the next few months while winter rages on outside.

If you are looking for a few ideas to keep the momentum going, check back with us throughout the year for more tips. But for now here are 2 tips to keep you going into January:

Trash Bag Tango:

  • Take two bags, set a timer for 10 minutes and go through the whole house. One bag for trash and recyclables, one bag for things not being used, wanted or needed.
  • Always finish what you start-whether it’s putting the laundry in the hamper, getting rid of the junk mail once you’ve gone through the mail, put away things after you get them out.

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Displaying Your Favorite Things Can Warm Up a Room and Provide a Conversation Starter.

22 Dec

Displaying Your Favorite Things Can Warm Up a Room and Provide a Conversation Starter.
Arranging them effectively is key to their positive appeal.
What have you collected that you like to display? Clocks, tea cups, seashells, antique dishware, DisplayFavs3spoons, model cars, dolls, hats, books? The choices are almost unlimited, and some of us own very unusual collections, such as shot glasses or snow globes.
The holidays are a good time to think about how we display our treasures since many of us display so many holiday decorations this time of year. But displaying your beloved objects is also an important part of your interior design scheme all year long.
A thoughtfully organized collection can become the DisplayFav2focal point of a room and a conversational magnet for your guests, while a disorganized jumble of items will just make a room look chaotic and cluttered. The key to effective displays is organization, organization, organization. Even when a display looks informal and artful, chances are the reason it looks so good is because a lot of thought went into its arrangement!

    • Group similar items together rather than scattered through the house, so the theme of your collection isn’t lost.
    • Group items in odd numbers – three, five, seven, and don’t arrange them symmetrically.
    • Have small items professionally framed in cases designed by experts.
    • Think about a glass topped coffee table that has a sliding compartment underneath to display items.
    • DisplayFavs1 Display your favorite things on bookcases, mantels, built-in shelving, breakfronts and cupboards.
    • Use a contrasting shelving color to make your collection pop. For example, place a white collection on a dark colored background.
    • Organize by color or vintage or size – or mix the sizes to look artful.
    • Display some of your beloved treasures to personalize your home environment.

Your collection will give you joy and engage your visitors.

 

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Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

11 Dec

Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

Begin your holiday decorating with a clean start for maximum beauty and minimum chaos.
It’s so much fun to decorate the house for the holidays, but sometimes there’s just too much clutter once all the decorations are put out – so much “stuff” that people can hardly see the beauty of your holiday treasures.

Put away your “everyday” home accessoriesChristmasDeclutter1

Your first step before starting your holiday decorating should be to put away the other home décor items that usually adorn your house – sitting on table tops, mantles and furniture. This includes vases, candles, throw pillows and house plants. You can even store them in the boxes that your holiday decorations usually occupy! A clean start will help you decide where to display your holiday decorations for the most beautiful look and ensure that the decorations are the focal point of your rooms during this festive season.

Get rid of holiday decorations you’ll never use

ChristmasDeclutter2When you’re getting out your holiday decorations, take the time to purge, purge, purge. Take a close look at the decorations you aren’t going to use this year and honestly evaluate whether you’ll ever use them again. If it’s damaged, get rid of it. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Think about passing your undamaged discards on to your children or other family members who are just starting their own households. Or donate them to a hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter or other charitable organization that could really use them to add some holiday cheer. After all, this is the season for giving.

Keeping your house clutter-free can be a challenge during the holidays. Try it and your house will look more festive and bright!

Don’t Cut Corners When Decorating

21 Apr

Capitalizing on the corners
of your rooms will fill in your decorating plans.Corners

Corners can be a challenge, but they’re not wasted space. Decorate them thoughtfully to add interest and function to a room.

Just about whenever you have four walls, a corner is created. Corners are seldom the heart and soul of a room. Sometimes they’re charming and engage us to decorate them beautifully. More often they create an awkward space, especially when the corner doesn’t include 90-degree angles. And often they fall totally “under the radar” of decorating plans. But an empty corner can make a room look unfinished and unbalanced.

Corners2Don’t think of your corners as wasted space; embellish them to add flair to your home environment and even add function to a room! Most important of all, don’t let corners become spots for clutter to accumulate.
Here are some ideas:

  • An interesting small table can be topped with a unique art object, striking lamp or beautiful vase.
  • A large houseplant or tree can sit on the floor, adding nature and beauty, and even refreshing the indoor air quality.
  • An extra-tall vase filled with tall branches or grasses can sit on the floor.
  • A small desk can provide an additional work area or computer space.
  • An easy chair and good lighting can create a cozy reading space.
  • Small wall art on one or both walls of the corner can provide a point of interest to engage visitors.
  • Display shelves can hold family photos or treasures collected on adventures around the world.

 

Don’t cut corners in your home decorating! Make it a point to focus on enhancing these challenging spaces in your house.

 

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