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Combining Blue and White in the Bedroom March 24, 2017

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Nothing beats the combination of blue and white when decorating a master bedroom. The beautiful balance of feminine and masculine colors comes together to create a calming environment that you will be more than happy to escape to when the day is through.

 

There’s nothing quite like taking a crisp white bedroom and injecting color into it through the addition of beautiful navy accents. This can be done through a plush headboard, throw pillows or a painting with navy as its most prominent color.

 

Soft blues are also welcome if you want to create more of a beachy look. Try a wicker chair in the corner paired with a cushion in an abstract floral pattern. A light blue accent wall can also be a great way to bring focus to some of your framed vacation photos or shelved souvenirs.  Natural wood accents work well here.

 

Be sure to choose a shade of blue that works well with your furniture and don’t feel like you need to stay solely within the blue and white color scheme. Incorporating other items of color throughout the room will benefit the space by creating areas for the viewer’s eye to rest while still keeping your blues and whites dominant.

 

Ceiling length blue curtains connect well with a blue area rug extending from beneath the bed frame to help break up white walls and bedspread. Don’t be afraid to work with bolder patterns to keep the room looking interesting. Choose a central pattern and work from there to prevent overwhelming the space with contradictory elements.

 

Play with texture. Now that you have your colors, pair sleek furniture with a plush throw blanket or textured curtains with a bare white wall. Not only do you want to see the color scheme, you want to feel it too. If you have hardwood floors, use a shag rug to warm it up. Glass lamps can be glammed up with patterned lampshades. Blue and white flowers in a vase next to the bed also adds a nice touch.

 

This is your sanctuary at the end of the day, so fill it with all the things that you make you happy. Let your blue and white color scheme become as welcoming as possible through your creative ideas.

 

 

How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger February 21, 2017

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While there may be many things that you love about your home, you may have also rooms that are not as large as you would prefer.  Without having to tear down your walls, here are some design tricks you can use to make less spacious areas appear larger than they are.

 

Color:  Color plays an important part in setting the mood of your home.  Choosing the right hue is your first line of defense when trying to make a room look more expansive than it is.   Plain white is tried and true, but if you want to incorporate a little life into your home, try light and bright colors.  Darker colors tend to make the walls feel closer and more intimate, so steer clear.  Cool, tinted colors like green and blue can give the space a calm look while lighter versions of red, orange and yellow give it more animation.

 

Mirrors:  Mirrors are often used for their ability to reflect their surroundings, thus making the space they occupy appear deeper than it is.  Large or small, mirrored surfaces on the wall or as a furniture exterior will only serve to benefit the room.  For wall-mounted mirrors, consider using frameless pieces as thick frames can make the glass look too contained and take away some of the effect.  They are also very useful for bouncing off natural or artificial light sources to further assist with expanding the look of the space.

 

Light:  Light is extremely important to make a room appear larger. Just as dark colors make the walls feel like they are closing in, so does a dark room.  If you are blessed with beautiful natural light, be sure to use drapery that will not block it from entering the space.  This will also make it easier for the mirrors to do their job of making sure that light reaches every surface.  If the room does not have a window or is simply not placed in a good area for full room exposure, installing light fixtures is your next priority.  Since there may not be a lot of floor space to work with, try installing canned lighting in the ceiling, pendant lights or wall sconces. 

 

Decluttering:  A simple way to make a small space look larger is to keep furnishings and accessories to a minimum.  Use smaller furniture, less random “for decoration only” items and simple wall decorations.  When dealing with limited room, every square foot needs to be purposeful to remain functional.  Adding extra items anywhere in the space will only make it look cluttered. 

 

Focused Wall Art:  Placing too many frames on the wall will look crowded and disorganized.  If there is a wall you can devote to art, consider a tapestry or a mural.  This keeps your decoration at one item which will have the sole focus and which the viewer’s eye can rest on when they walk into the room.  With this as your focal point, there will be no need for unnecessary accessories.  Just let the artwork shine and your room will too.

Tips for Adding Style to a Teenage Boy’s Room January 25, 2017

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When you pick the clothes off the floor, you may find that there’s so much potential for your son’s room. Yes, designing a teenage boy’s room can be a bit challenging, but it can be done. How can you turn a boy’s room into a space that’s stylish and that he will love? Well, the trick is to decorate the interior based on his hobbies and interests. To pull this off, you’ll need to determine what it is that he loves and how you can develop a design based on this theme.

  1. Your teen’s room should be a refuge and a private space that he enjoys. Below are ten great ideas you can utilize.
  2. You can paint his room his favorite sports team’s colors and dedicate a wall to hanging his favorite player’s jerseys.
  3. Use skateboard is replacement of shelves by mounting them on the walls
  4. Hanging lights around the room that glow when the lights are off
  5. Have cool, dramatic murals painted on each wall in the space to make it pop
  6. Incorporate a small basketball court into the room if there is enough space. You can make this work by installing a basketball basket onto the wall and painting the court on the floor area near it.
  7. Try having a large pop-up mural of his favorite iconic figure. The painting should feel as if the person was in the room.
  8. Build a rock climbing area of the most spacious wall in the room
  9. Mount two large flat screen televisions on to the wall so he can watch both the game as he plays it on his gaming console. This setup can create a cool techy feel.
  10. Let your son graffiti paint a wall and have his friends sign the wall.
  11. Even unique accessories such as pillowcases made from jerseys can add creativity to a teen boy’s room.

The Lifestyle Quiz January 4, 2017

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Need help to design the interior of your home? Well, you should consider completing the online free Lifestyle Interview. The Lifestyle Interview is a short quiz that can assist you in making decisions and selections when it comes to decorating your home. The interview questions encompass a range of topics about your pets, the size of your household, any individual needs as well as your set budget.

 

The Lifestyle Interview is so helpful because it analyzes your home life. For instance, you answer questions about the ages of your children and the common areas of the home they frequent. Based on your replies, you have suggestions on the best home products you should utilize. It’s essential to answer each question in its entirety because the tips are based solely on them.

 

You can use the interview process to make design plans for a particular space in your home because it’ll help you give you a starting point. You’ll be able to review possible design selections and ideas on how you can upgrade different features in a room. Such a tool is ideal for individuals who are not savvy when it comes to decorating an interior. Why? The Lifestyle Interview tool decreases most of the guesswork.

 

Use this tool to determine what type of flooring, cabinetry, and even furniture would look great in a particular space so that you can achieve your desired look. Having the ability to plan ahead can make you the best decisions possible so that you’ll get your money’s worth and you’ll be happy with the results.

 

Are you ready to take the Lifestyle Interview? Just visit our website today to begin.

Modern Kitchen Flooring Ideas November 30, 2016

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When designing a modern style kitchen, using materials in an unexpected way can set the tone for your space.  This type of decorating is meant to make a statement and showcase your unique style.  The best way to start do that is with your flooring material choice.  It is the foundation of your kitchen’s look and needs some thoughtful consideration.  Here are some suggestions to get you started with your modern look.

 

Wood-Look Tile

While solid hardwood is a classic choice is many homes, installing this material in the kitchen area can be tricky as it does not stand up to moisture as well as other flooring options.  That’s where wood-look porcelain tile comes into play.  Due to amazing advances in printer technology, the patterns on this printed tile are nearly indistinguishable from hardwood.  Since it is tile rather than wood, the tile is highly resistant to moisture while still giving you the look you want to achieve.  It is also easier to install than hardwood which can be a time-consuming project.  A variety of stains and species are available to coordinate with any colors you have in mind. 

 

Laminate

Another option for flooring in the kitchen is laminate.  Just like wood-look tile, laminate is resistant to moisture and will hold up well to the traffic through your space.  The patterns available in laminate have advanced tremendously in recent years with prints that lean towards those copying hardwoods.  The surface of laminate also provides a slightly more forgiving surface than tile, which will help those standing in the space for long periods of time.

 

Porcelain Tile

This material is one of the best at resisting scratches, stains or chipping.  It’s also one of the best materials to incorporate into any design: modern, rustic, contemporary and so on.  For the best modern look use, large format tiles (think eighteen inches or larger) that have the appearance of another material: concrete, glass, stone.  The unique textures and clean look of these choices will make a statement, while the tile size will reduce grout lines to maximize the space.

 

With so many choices available it won’t be difficult to find a material that speaks to your style and preferences.  Come visit us today to get started on your modern kitchen look!

Take the Lifestyle Quiz November 5, 2016

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When making upgrades to your home, it can be hard to get your direction decided. Take our lifestyle quiz, a test that you cannot fail (since it’s all about you!) and it will help to get the ball rolling for planning. Answering these questions about your lifestyle, family size, special needs and budget will enable us to narrow down selections that will meet the needs of your family.

Depending on your answers, the interview results will help you determine your needs as they relate to flooring choices and how these needs could be met. It makes suggestions for selections in certain spaces that are used frequently and need to be functional. It also makes decorating and design suggestions that will help you better utilize all areas of the home.

The results are able to narrow down the direction you need to go. By making selections and suggestions for certain areas, you are able to gather a starting point and an end game plan. After taking this interview, much of the guesswork is removed from starting a new project. This quiz asks the right questions for the most important selections, such as flooring, paint, lighting and other key elements of design.

When selections and suggestions are shown in the results, you are also given the reasons why these suggestions were made and how the products are best suited for your lifestyle. Your lifestyle, number of children and pets all differ from other families. The questionnaire can help you prioritize selections and functions of design selections. Results also give a few suggestions rather than a single option.

Our interview is quick and easy. It takes just a few minutes to fill out. Your results will also make furniture buying suggestions; as well as give you maintenance and cleaning tips for your home.

Get your game plan nailed down and make the right choices for your home and family. Never go into a design project blind. Make sure that your investment is made wisely and it will last for years to come!

 

Four Things Each Week October 8, 2016

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Our lives can quickly become packed full of activities and weekends can feel frantic and rushed.  However, having a set routine can help your weekends to feel calmer and the week to pass more smoothly.  Try the steps below to see if you can gain a few extra calm moments in your week!
  1. Wash your bedding and bathroom towels. This may seem obvious to some, but to others it may seem excessive. However, we spend a third of our day in our beds every day—would you wear your clothes that often without putting them through the wash? It’s just good hygiene and can also help clear up your complexion as old skin cells and oil flake and rub off on your pillowcase every night so washing it weekly should keep any buildup from affecting your skin. Washing your towels this often will keep them fresh and keep away the musty smell that can build up over time. Besides—who doesn’t love a freshly made bed or a fluffy towel everyday?
  2. Clean up your clutter. Again, another one that sounds obvious when you hear it but we all get busy during the week and when the weekend rolls around if we aren’t spending it doing various activities then the last thing we want to do is clean. By committing yourself to cleaning up your clutter once a week you will save yourself from those big overhaul cleans that take all day in the future. 
  3. Budget. Maybe you’ve set up a budget in the past and revisit it once a year. Or maybe you set up a budget and never looked at it again! Either way, budgets will only work for you if you work for them. This means checking it once a week and comparing it to your actual spending habits. Don’t allow yourself to cheat either! That only hurts you. Keeping a responsible eye on your budget will allow you to do the important things with it like save for hard times, put it in your retirement account or pay for that vacation you’ve been wanting to go on.
  4. Meal plan for the week. This is so important and incorporates your budget as well. If you meal plan for each week you are much less likely to waste food as you are only buying what you need for the next three days. You are also much less likely to end up buying whatever random thing you want to eat during the week, leading to healthier food choices. You’re also likely to save some money by not eating out for lunches and dinners because you already have your week’s meals planned out.

How Should I Arrange Pictures On My Wall? September 9, 2016

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Displaying family portraits in your home is a great way to showcase your best memories, while also providing an easy method to pull together the decorations in any room. Be it printed words, dramatic photos or a beautiful painting, the process of hanging, balancing and aligning your desired wall pieces can be intimidating. Here is an easy tip to take the stress out of enhancing your home.

 

Butcher paper is your secret weapon for this project, but if you don’t have some around, any large piece of paper or pieced-together papers will do. If you really want to be thrifty, leftover wrapping paper is a money saver, but be sure to use the undecorated side to keep track of your markings.

 

Decide how much space on your wall you want to use for your display and cut your paper to fit all your pieces on it.

 

Make space to lay the paper flat on the floor and begin arranging your chosen pieces in different configurations until you are satisfied with spacing and alignment. Once you are confident with your choices, snap a quick picture of the final result.

 

Without moving your pictures, outline each one gently on your paper. When you are finished, flip each piece over to find it’s hanging point and mark your paper with it. This can be done by measuring from the top of the picture to where the hook or nail will come in contact with the wall when hung.

 

Hang the outlined paper on the wall, making sure to use the correct height for your pictures. Drive your nails straight through the paper and into the wall at each marked hanging point for proper alignment. Once you have all nails properly placed, rip your paper off the wall around each one carefully.

 

Remember the photo you took? Check it to make sure everything is where you want it to be, and take a moment to admire your perfect display!

Design Tips from the Trade August 7, 2016

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Decorating can be made so much easier if you know some key tips designers have been using for decades. When working as a designer you learn tips and tricks over time. Read on for helpful advice that can be utilized for years to come!

Treat the ceiling! This is the easiest way to give your room a designer look. People assume no one looks up. The truth is, drawing the eye up to a beautifully treated ceiling will make a huge impact on the space. Paint can work wonders for adding a dramatic effect. No treatment will go un-noticed. Put in the effort and you will be glad you did.

Hang large pieces of art. Statement pieces of art will defy the room and fewer pieces will be needed. This is a great way to take the design style of a room into the direction it needs to go. There will be an immediate impact and less decorating will be needed to complete the room’s look.

Leave ample room around each furniture piece. This is rule if particularly good for seating. Leave at least 30”-36” space between each piece of furniture. This rule is excluded for accent or end tables. Accent tables can be placed within an inch or two of the seating piece.

Wider walkways are needed to make the room and house flow properly. Building codes for residences state that 30” is adequate width for a residential walkway or hall. However 36” wide walkways are much more comfortable and open. If you have the room, plan your furniture around this rule. The home will feel comfortable and a positive flow will be achieved.

Hang draperies high. This rule excludes vaulted ceilings and is meant for standard flat ceilings. Hang draperies close to the ceiling and let them hang right above the floor. Puddled draperies are becoming outdated. They can become a hazard as well as requiring many more routine cleanings. A simple pleated panel will create a sophisticated and classic look that only requires cleaning about once a year. Never launder draperies yourself. For custom drapery that was made and installed professionally it is important to have the draperies dry-cleaned. 

Bedroom Decorating for Couples August 2, 2016

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A bedroom for a couple should be their sanctuary. A place where they get alone time and enjoy one another’s company, away from the kids. Find out what necessities are needed in this space. It is all about individual comfort, as well as creating a relaxing space where a couple will want to spend time together.

The center of the bedroom is the mattress, and this should be the best possible.  One third of our lives are spent asleep, so it is an important purchase.  Making the quality of your bed a priority will ensure that you look forward to your sleep each night.

Quality bedding is a must! Dress your bed in quality sheets and comfortable pillows. A light comforter is best in the summer months, since body heat doubles in a bed for two. Good quality pillows are also important. Each person should select their pillow of choice. Typically a man and a woman like different types of pillows. Then add some matching pillows to place over sleeping pillows, to balance out the appearance of any unevenness between pillows.

Mood lighting can really set the tone. Place a table lamp on each side of the bed. This way each person has a lamp they can read by, if they choose. Each person should have their own night stand, where they can keep their own things.

Install a TV on the wall or place one on a dresser. Smart TV’s are a good choice because you can stream movies or turn on a music app. Spring for a nice TV that the two of you will enjoy watching movies or listening to music. You may even want to get an app that offers screen savers, like a crackling fire or nature sounds.

Enhance the look of the space by painting the walls with a serene color choice that you both can agree on. This will only further enhance the relaxing mood of the room. Hang photos of the memories that you have shared together. This is a nice daily reminder that the space you share for motivates you to stay connected to one another.