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Popular Styling Pieces

by admin |October 1, 2019 |47 Comments | Blogs

In fashion, accessories can make or break an outfit. The same rule applies when designing your interior space. The finishing touches to a room give it the texture and depth that make the whole vision come to life. I often find these elements of a room to be the most personal and interesting. I usually use things my clients already own to accessorize a space, just interestingly displayed and grouped together.

I like to accent a room with some sort of organic element like plants, driftwood, stones and seashells. Many of my clients already have these pieces on hand which often has the added bonus of carrying a personal memory from a vacation or nearby hike. It’s time to bring these pieces out of the memory box and exhibit them on your mantle, coffee table or vanity.

Plants are a mainstay in design for a reason. They give a room life and can take up a lot of unwelcome negative space. I own a plant that has been with me since college. That resilient ficus has provided many an empty corner the life it needed. Fig trees are a popular plant used now in interior design and are relatively easy to maintain. Placing plants in baskets as opposed to planters provides a bit more texture and warmth.

I’ll also use oversized baskets for throw blankets and pillows. It’s not only charming but functional, providing a place for blankets other than the back of your sofa.

Books are a nice way to add height and composition to a surface. If all your books are like mine and are dogeared and not super presentable they’re very easy to come by at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. You can usually buy stacks for very little and if you have a color theme you’d like to stay within you can pick and choose to fit the look
you’re going for.

Eclectic vintage pieces like cameras, serving trays and pottery can add a nice contrast to a modern or contemporary design, giving it a touch of the unexpected.

Before having company or showing a client their newly designed space for the first time I’ll finish it off with candles and flowers. You can never go wrong with white when it comes to both.

Finding the right pieces to finish off your room is truly the best part of designing a space. Have fun with it and make it your own!

How To Add More Luxury To Your Home

by admin |October 1, 2019 |24 Comments | Blogs

We’ve all been there. We wish there were some very simple steps we could take to make our homes feel more luxurious, stylish and photo shoot worthy. It’s nothing to be ashamed about!
We are only human, and we love beautiful spaces. Here are five simple ways to make any space feel more luxurious.

Remove clutter and simplify
Removing clutter allows the eye to rest on the most stunning pieces in your home. Start by removing unnecessary furniture, bulky pieces and anything that doesn’t have a real function. Then remove any unwanted or outdated accessories.

Once you simplify, your room will instantly feel updated. Go a step further and regroup your items. Groups of three work perfect such as three items of the same like small decorative vases or three items of the same color.

Accessorize in layers
Now that your home is free of clutter add stylish area rugs to large hard wood floors and luxurious pillows and throws to sofas, chairs and beds. Simple is good but stark is not. There are a variety of beautiful items no matter your budget. Giving the appearance of luxury doesn’t have to be expensive.

Update drapes
Elegant drapes will add instant luxury to any room. Splurge on high-end fabrics and textures and replace outdated blinds and other window treatments. Stick with lighter fabrics, stylish curtain rods and make sure they are hung properly. Custom window treatments also add value to your home should you decide to put it on the market in the future.

Update lighting
There are so many unique and interesting light fixtures out there so make a statement and choose something great! Search for lighting that goes with your style and make sure to go with fixtures that provide soft light. Chandeliers and pendant lighting or both very popular right now.

Buy some flowers
If nothing else just by adding fresh cut flowers and greenery to a space will give the ambiance of luxury. When in doubt, white flowers are best – beautiful vases of white flowers will draw the eye and create instant elegance.

I’d love to hear how you’ve added luxury to your home. Feel free to reach out and let me know if you have any questions!

How to arrange a gallery wall

by admin |October 1, 2019 |13 Comments | Blogs

The key to a gorgeous gallery wall is all about finding the right balance of art, framing and space. There are a few simple tricks to creating a great gallery wall and I’m going to share those with you today.

First, find the artwork you’d like to display. Are you going to have a consistent palate of family photos, artwork or black and white sketches, or are you going to go for a variety of these things? Choose your pieces. The number you choose will depend on how big your wall is.

Next, grab some old newspapers or brown craft paper and cut out the exact sizes of your artwork. Once you have your templates start hanging them on your wall with painter’s tape.

You can try to use a ruler or measuring tape to try to make sure everything is spaced perfectly, however, this drives some people nuts so if you are good with eyeballing it then just wing it!

Once your paper gallery wall is complete start nailing one by one, remove the paper and replace with a frame. You’ll be done in no time.

Gallery walls look great even if they don’t have perfect spacing. Now if you chose to go with a grid wall, then I would be way more precise on my measuring.

For a grid wall you want it to look very neat and tidy so for smaller frames try to keep 1 to 2 inches in between smaller frames and up to 4 inches in between larger frames. The distance between all of them should be the same. Typical grid walls are 3×3, so you’ll need 9 frames total.

A couple of other great ways to hang your artwork are in a vertical formation down one wall where you have a long narrow area to fill. Hang two or more pieces down the wall. Or if you need to balance out a piece of furniture or window you can have a vertical formation on either side of the piece.

There are so many ways to hang your artwork so let me know if you need help or if you need me to get creative! I’m happy to help!