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5 Ways To Personalize Your Space

When it comes to living spaces, they don’t feel like “home” or your personal “refuge” until you personalize the space to make it your own. While many people may think this can be hard for a rented space or that it could cost them a lot of money, there are simple ways to make your space “your space.” With help from an interior designer, you can add quirks and other personality traits to your current living space. Below are five cost-effective and easy ways to do so.

Display Your Memories

In today’s day and age of technology advances, capturing memories on a device can be done at a moments notice. By incorporating these captured moments, you are personalizing your space while showcasing what joys in life that peaks your interest. Pick out your favorite photos, print them, frame them, and display them across your room.

Add A Signature Scent

What better way to enter a room than to smell fragrances that ensure relaxation and comfort? Having a scent for specific rooms can impact the overall feel of the room. In addition to setting a feel for the room, scents from room sprays, oil diffusers, and candles can also showcase your personal tastes to guests.

Make Space For Hobbies

Nothing shows personality more than a specific part of your living space dedicated to your hobbies. Devoting a corner or section of a room for any one of your hobbies is a great way to make a room feel like yours. Not only can you add this for your own personal use, this space can be created in a way to carry on with the flow and theme of your room.

Add Personality Accessories

When thinking of interior design and how a room can represent your personality, think of who you are. Are you bold and vibrant? You can show this without going over the top with decorative wallpaper or other decors, by using accessories of the same vibrant and bold nature to place in your space. Add linens and pillows with bright colors or bold patterns.

Floral Additions

As mentioned in prior blogs, floral additions are a great way to not only add personality but they provide life, oxygen, and warmth. Add plants that represent your interests as well we as those that align with the flow of your room’s design.

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6 Indoor Plants To Liven Up Your Home For Spring

When it comes to interior design we usually think of furniture, bold colored paints on walls, patterned wallpaper, etc. However, your interior design should not be limited to those types of pieces to place in your home. With plants becoming more of a trend in the home, as well with spring being right around the corner, adding indoor plants is a new interior design method that should be tested out. Indoor plants add color, charm, oxygen, and life into space’s interior design. Below are six different indoor plants to add to your room to add character and liven up your space.

Air Plants

If you tend to be forgetful when it comes to maintaining the life of plants then you should strongly consider air plants as your getaway plant. They only required being watered once a week and do not require soil so you do not have to worry about any messes. With this much versatility, you can put them in wireframes to create living art, use them for terrariums, or place them in geometric holders for an interior design two for one special!

Snake Plants

If you are looking for a plant that has little to low maintenance and looks great in about any lighting, then you will want to consider adding snake plants to your design. These plants are great for making statements about their size and sleekness. In addition to looking great in any light setting, they can go a month without water making maintenance very easy.

Cactus

In 2017, cacti were seen everywhere from runways to textiles and it does not seem to be going away anytime soon. Adding a cactus to your space brings a quirky, joyful vibe to any room in your home and they are great for the indoors. They come in all shapes and sizes so you can pick and choose which room will have the cacti effect. From our bedroom to your living room, your home can be filled with this stylish desert plant.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Are you more on the bold spectrum when it comes to interior design? Then do we have an indoor plant selection for you! The fiddle leaf fig tree is a plant that will add a bunch of green to your space as it grows up to eight feet tall and has large leaves. With watering only required once a week, this plant is the perfect piece to have to add quick boldness to your room.

String Of Pearls

String of pearls is a great addition to your space if you are looking for a different kind of plant to add to your home. They are different than the traditional indoor plant as they have cascading leaves that grow into little balls that gives them the name “string of pearls.” As mentioned in our last blog about letting in the light to your space, these plants need plenty of sunlight but require little water which makes maintenance easy.

Pothos Plants 

The pothos plant has a reputation for being the most unlikable plant to grow indoors because of it just being a vine and that it seems to never stop growing. However, there are many benefits to having this plant aid the design in your room. They are perfect for placing atop a partial wall, bookshelf, and a loft floor. These vines also do not need much light and are one of the best plants to purify the air in your room.

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3 Design Trends To Try in 2018

When it comes to trends in any facet, they tend to change from year to year. From new clothing outfits and styles, to how you set up the furniture in your home for optimal usage. Trend change all the time and it is hard to keep up if you find yourself as someone who keeps up with the latest trends in today’s society. For 2018 we have gathered together the top three home design trends that will spice up your interior design plan.

Be Bold

Not only is being bold makes your design stand out, it shows off your character throughout your living space. When it comes to interior design in 2018, adding bold colors and patterned-on-pattern mixing is a great way to start. Mixing bright colored pillows, geometric prints, and accent pieces are also different ways to bold up your room.

Lighten Up

In photography, and with showing off new interior design additions, it is all about the lighting. Lighting can make or break a photo as well as how well your new design looks. People in today’s day and age want to let as much light to come in as possible and brighten up the room as well as their mood. This is why the trend of having windows stacked on top of each other and curtain-less window treatments are becoming more and more a trend in 2018.

Insta-Walls

Restaurants and coffee shops have taken notice of trends their customers are taking part in and are always looking for ways to bring in customers. The latest trend in doing so is to have a wall that is worthy of being on Instagram for people to take photos in front of. This practice should be taken into the home if you are looking for ways to stand out from your neighbors. You can create a destination of sorts in your home with a wall of succulents, reclaimed wood, or brick to catch the eyes of your visitors. The great part about this type of trend is that the installation can be easy with the use of different patterned and styled wallpaper.

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9 Ways To Make Traditional Decor Feel Fresh

When it comes to interior design and deciding what styles and trends look good for your space, it is hard to pass on traditionalism. This style is timeless, sophisticated and perpetual that will make any home look extravagant. The only issue with this style is finding ways to make it feel fresh to new guests coming into your home. We have come up with nine ways to make the traditional interior design style feel fresh!

Contemporary Elements

Contemporary materials are a great way to make any styled room feel fresh and modern. This is especially so with traditional and neo-traditional decor. The transparent contemporary pieces, like a lucite coffee table, lightens up the dark woods and heavy fabrics brought on by traditional interior design.

Stick With Solid Colors

While patterns are great ways to spice up the flow of a room, when it comes to traditional silhouettes, it is best to go with solid colors. Patterns on furniture, like a Chesterfield sofa with floral designs, and other room pieces could make the room feel stuffy and give off an old-school vibe. Add a colorful velvet or soft leather piece to give a modernized and complimentary look to your decor. You can even go with a solid color wallpaper if you are against painting walls.

Switch Up The Hardware

A traditionally styled kitchen already is fresh and clean in it of itself, but if you are looking to make it pop, then you will need some modern elements added to the mix. Swap out old cabinet and drawer knobs for sleek handles, add a ceramic tile backsplash, and add some hardwood floors for a start. Then if you really feel adventurous you can make your way with new countertops and pendant lighting.

Use Worldly Items

Traditional style is all about showcasing pieces from different cultures, with common decor having elements of American, European and Chinese design. Go a step further to incorporate even more worldly items from other cultures across the globe. Frame photos from your travels, use a kilim instead of an Oriental rug and also maybe add a handcrafted table from South Africa into your design. Not only will these pieces be appreciated by guests, it will also showcase your character as well as your world travels.

Modern Lighting

If you are looking to shine a modern light into your traditional design that won’t be too overwhelming then look toward your light fixtures. Modern fixtures, such as a clean-lined floor lamp, are great ways to add a minimalist feel to a traditional theme that showcases maximalism.

Bright Colors

As mentioned before, solid colors are a great way to complement a traditional interior designed home. With these solid colors, be sure not to shy away from vibrant and bright colors to help bring freshness to your space. Just be sure to have a cohesive color palette and only accent the room with these colors, don’t overdo it.

Monochromatic

While you could opt for a bright color palette, pulling a 180 and going with black and white colors are also a great way to accent your traditional decor. Simple black and white colors create a high contrast that brings a fresh feel to traditional patterns such as chinoiserie.

Contemporary Art

It is all about accenting your traditional themes and patterns not overtaking it. This is why we suggest adding pieces of modern and contemporary pieces and this includes artwork. Adding in contemporary art pieces and paintings will ensure the pop your traditional style has been asking for.

Loosen The Layout

Interior design is all about creativity and personal touches. If you encourage conversation, get your furniture away from the walls and window treatments and pull your pieces into the center of your space. You can also have different pieces float around the room to offer a fresh feel to a themed area you have come accustomed to.

 

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Valentines Day Decor You Want To Keep

Valentines Day is a great holiday to show the people you love how much you appreciate them for being apart of your life. With this holiday, and like many others, you will be getting holiday-themed decor to brighten up your living or work space. Instead of wasting money on items you will throw away later, choose some decor that will be used at other points of the year. You may even find items that can boost the interior design of your space now. Below are a few items you should consider that will have staying power after the holidays.

Blush Place Settings

When we think of Valentines Day we think of red and pink on everything. To liven up your romantic dinner, think about grabbing blush place settings and glassware. By having a complete set of blush color place settings and tableware, you not only will be ready for this romantic holiday but also have table settings for the spring and other events that will call for this color.

Potted Plants

A bouquet of flowers is the staple of any successful Valentines Day gift. Whether you get a bouquet or a potted plant, your loved one will enjoy the gift, but these items can last past the holiday. Small plants such as succulents, tiny cacti or air plants are great table decor to bring fresh air to your space.

Honeycomb Balls

The great thing about honeycomb balls is their affordability and versatility in how you can use this decor. From hanging them from the ceiling or making a garland to act as a photo wall, the uses are endless. With their different sizes and colors, they can be used outside of holiday decor to bring character to your interior design and as well as great for parties. When you are done using them, you can fold them down for easy and unnoticeable storage.

Floor Pillows

One of the biggest fears when it comes to having a party or just living space, in general, is that not everyone who comes over will be comfortable. If all seats are taken and fold out chairs won’t make the cut, consider purchasing floor pillows. They will create a cozy and relaxed vibe to your area that can be used for holidays and other times of the year. When not in use, simply stack them away until further use. The different colors that you can get with floor pillows can help give your home a themed and organized feeling.

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4 Ways To Design Your Room For A Better Night’s Sleep

A commonality between a lot of people is that they have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. While there may be some suggestions as to why this may be with your habits, another factor that plays into this is the design of your bedroom. From the lighting to the mattress, you can make interior design changes to help improve your sleep. Here are five ways to design your room to improve your sleep throughout the night.

  • Quality Mattress – The most important piece of furniture in your bedroom is the bed itself. For a better night’s sleep, you will want to invest in a comfortable quality mattress. With mattress deliver companies now available on the web, it is easier than ever to find your dream mattress.
  • Splurge On Bedding – Just as important as your mattress is, your bedding is another factor that will help with sleep. Comfort is king, so be sure to choose cozy and breathable bedding. Cotton, linen, flannel, or wool are all great options for optimal comfort while you drift off into your dreams.
  • Design A Reading Nook – Before resting your eyes for the night, a great way to unwind is reading a good book. Set up a little space in your bedroom as your reading quarters to ease your mind for the rest of the night. Reading can help with your sleep as it helps with creating dreams as you sleep.
  • Dim The Lights – You are in brightly light rooms all day at work and any where you go after that, be sure to come home to a warm and cozy setting. Install warm light bulbs with no more than 15 watts. The soft, mellow lighting will easy your eyes and create a calming space that will aid you in your journey to dreamland.

For more information on interior design or wallpaper please contact us today!

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Little Details & New Statement Interior Design Pieces to Start 2018 Off Right

2018 is finally here and with a new year we hear the adage of “New Year, New Me!” This mantra can be applied to interior design as well as with a new year you can add a fresh feel to your home’s design plan. The best way to give a breath of fresh air to your room is to start from scratch and work your way up. Below are little details and statement pieces you can add to your room to stand out and start the new year off in a great way!

Color – If you have a neutral colored wall and furniture to match it, we suggest adding some colorful pillow to add to your couch. Different colored pillows will add texture to your couch and really stand out to visitors to entice them to sit on your couch.

Plants – Plants are a great and quick way to breathe life into your space. If you opt for real plants then you will literally have fresh air being circulated in your room which will give off a great ambiance. If you decide to go with a faux plant then you can have the same aura lifting side affects real plants give without having to worry about watering the plants.

Accessories – When it comes to a living room it is always good to have a coffee table included. To add more character to your space, think about adding coffee table accessories that show off who you are. Maybe some trinkets that you like or place a couple of your favorite books on the table.

Wall Art – Now that you have improved your furniture it is time to work on your neutral wall. Hang artwork that makes a statement of your interests and who you are as a person. Mixing paintings and photographs help add texture to your wall and give off something for visitors to enjoy as they in your space.

Warm Your Home Up With These Fabrics

Winter is here and it is coming in strong with cold weather. Residing in New England, many can agree that our winters can get brutal and last for months. It is why we break out the layers and blankets to keep us warm. However, are we using the best fabrics to keep us warm throughout the winter solstice and are we implementing the proper use for optimal warmth? Below are four different interior design additions you can make to warm up your living space this winter.

Start With The Windows

Aside from the doors of your home, the windows are one of the leading sources of letting in cold air into your home. During the day you should keep your blinds and curtains open to allow the sunlight to warm your space. At night, be sure to close them tight to prevent any cold air leakage from getting into your room. During the winter time, you should invest in thermal-insulated curtains and drapes to help trap heat.

Find Warmth in Your Rug

Rugs are great pieces to add style and texture to a room, but most do not know that they also help retain heat. When you think of winter you think thick layers and heavy material and that is exactly what most rugs are made up. Wool is the warmest and most common material for rugs, it will bring a strong cozy warm feeling to your home.

Bedding

Nothing is worse than getting disturbed from a wonderful dream by cold air in the middle of the night. Piling on blankets and making a cocoon is a choice to go by but you should consider your sheets for warmth and not covers. While cotton and silk sheets are great breathable fabrics, they are too light to be used for the winter and you should opt for heavier fabrics. Some sheet fabrics to consider for the winter include:

  • Linen – A medium weight sheet fabric that adjusts to your body temperature making it great for all seasons of the year!
  • Jersey – Soft and breathable, this fabric is great for transitional climates and gets more comfortable over time.
  • Flannel – Heaviest sheet fabric that is ideal for winter. Its texture traps in extra warmth keeping you cozy throughout the night.

Layers

Think about adding layers to your home the same way that you layer your clothes in colder weather. Adding warm fabrics not only creates a snug and cozy environment, but it can increase the luxe factor in your space. Layer sheepskin, or faux fur, hides on chairs to help absorb cold or place furry pillows on your sofa. Any of these combinations will keep you warm while showcasing your luxe style.

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7 Statement Pieces That Are Worth The Investment

When it comes to making purchases, there are always items that are must-haves but tend to have us breaking the bank. It is hard to say no to these items because of the money, but if they are to be used and appreciated for years to come then spending the money may be worth it. Better than buying a new bag, a piece of furniture is something you’ll use daily and keep in your home a lot longer than a bag that will end up in your closet.  Below are 11 statement-making pieces that may be on the pricier side, but they’re worth the money in the long run, especially if it upgrades your interior design.

Turkish Rugs

Turkish rugs are a staple to have to show elegance and chic to your home. Usually, people often spend upwards to $10k+ for these rugs, so if you find one for a few thousand or less then you found a steal. No matter what your taste in design is, a Turkish rug will grow with your home’s style and can be used for essentially any room in the house!

Velvet Sofa

Velvet has been a material of fashion and interior design for years to come and it won’t be leaving anytime soon. A velvet sofa, or anything velvet, heightens a room’s glam factor, is a great focal point, and will be in style for years to come making it a great piece to invest in.

Bold Lighting

Lighting is a key factor to showcase your interior design, to make your room pop. In order to show boldness, go with bold lighting fixtures. A modern pendant chandelier can make a dramatic difference in a space while even a simple table lamp can illuminate a room with style.

Dressers

Dressers are great investment pieces because only do they provide clothing storage, but they are also a great standout piece for the bedroom. Perfect for displaying objects on top of them, a dresser with some flair will be appreciated for years to come.

Decorative Artwork

This seems like a given, but it is a piece that should be invested in. We can all agree that art is a great way to pull a room together, add some pop, and shows the homeowners personality. Art gains value over time so incorporating artwork into your home not only will add character but give your home some value.

Fashion-Forward BedFrame

Think of a bedroom with a mattress on the floor or on a single frame and picture a bedroom with a bed frame. Which bedroom will you remember and actually want to go in? A fashion-forward bedframe is a great way to add style and sophistication to your area. Not only does it have a visual effect, a bed frame can also aid you in getting a better night’s rest, what are you waiting for!

Miscellaneous Glimmers of Style

When it comes to adding style or character, not all additions have to be permanent. There are millions of different designs and patterns of wallpaper out there waiting for a home. Find one that best represents you, add it to your space, and watch your home come alive with character and style. You can even complement your wallpaper or just for your pleasure, a vintage bar cart. Your home will have a modern and chic look to it in addition to being party ready at any time!

Top Fall Decor Trends According To Pinterest

When it comes to coming up with unique and creative ideas, the ideal place to look is Pinterest. This is because they have seasonal and industry trends in just about any category, from cooking to furniture the list is endless. With fall in full spring, its time to showcase the top trends when it comes to decor for the fall time. Here are the top five trends from Pinterest for fall interior designing.

Holiday Inspiration

When it comes to decoration, everyone things of the holidays with all the different styles and trends. What is great about holiday inspiration is that you will have a fresh new design for each holiday that always keeps the room fresh. Themed wallpaper to seasonal accessories and holiday-themed colors, there are endless opportunities to add the holiday aroma to your area.

70’s Patterns & Textures

As of lately, interior design trends have been throwing it back to the 70s with colors, patterns, and textures from the decade. Fiery orange sofas and rust-colored decor paired with the occasional pop of plaid are ingredients for a 70’s feel. Funky embroidery is also big as you can make embroidered wall hangings and purchasing pillows etched with fun phrases and designs.

Mud Cloth

Mud cloth is a natural and eco-friendly fabric, that has been a popular trend in the Pinterest world year over year. For fall, mud cloth fabrics dyed in deeper pigments like red, brown, and black are great ways to get the brisk exterior fall aura right in your own home.

Hanging Decor

It doesn’t matter if you have a large or small home, hanging decor has been majorly popularity this fall, especially in terms of greenery. Not only do hanging plants elevate your botanical arrangements, but they’re a great way to bring nature into your home as the outdoor temperatures start to drop. In addition to plants, hanging chandeliers and paintings are great ways to use vertical space in your home.

Velvet Seating

When you think of Fall, pumpkin spiced foods and flavors come to mind. For designers, when they think of cold weather they think of velvet. Depending on the color of the velvet, this fabric can feel timeless or very modern and chic. People are especially smitten with jewel-toned or blush-colored sofas and chairs in curvy, contemporary shapes.