Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Choose a Rug

The number one mistake I see clients making is the SIZE of rugs in their homes. All too often I see rugs that are too small to save a buck or two.  Size matters when it comes to the right rug. Rugs are anchors for the room and help to easily distinguish separate seating areas.  Spending a little extra money will make a huge difference and will be well worth it in the end.  So, how do you choose the correct size? 

In order for a rug to reach its full potential in a living room, it must be big enough that it allows all of the front legs of the furniture to rest on it, so the space will feel grounded.  If possible start with the rug and work from there with pulling colors and style for the rest of the space. 

For a dining room or eat in kitchen, a good rule of thumb is to use a rug that extends 2 ft out from the table on all sides.  This allows your chairs to be pulled out without the legs coming off the rug.  

If you are looking for an interesting option, consider layering 2 rugs to create the ideal size. You can purchase a larger solid rug and add a smaller patterned rug on top, if you are on a very strict budget (solid rugs are typically less expensive than bold patterned ones). 

There are so, so, so many options out there that you will be sure to find the right one!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Show Some Love to Your Living Room. Three Updates That Make a Difference.

I am always looking for new and exciting ways to update not only clients’ homes but also my own. Buying all new pieces for a space isn’t the only way to make an impact. Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. 

1.     Staging your tables
In your living room, you may have console tables, side tables, coffee tables, and perhaps even built-ins. Don’t ignore these pieces, instead, gather picture frames with family photos, lamps, figurines given to you by your grandmother, trays, your favorite books, and anything else you think you might want to display. Begin with the bigger pieces, and begin layering and stacking trays and books. Grouping smaller items together will help to make a bigger impact than letting them stand-alone.

2.     Modernizing an old piece
Updating old pieces and giving them new life is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways give your room an update. Painting wood pieces such as tables and shelves will give them a much-needed face-lift. If you have a lamp base that you love but the shade is lacking, replace it, this will give you an opportunity to add more texture, color, or pattern. You can even paint accessories, little touches really can make a huge difference.

3.     Adding an accent chair
For a pop of color or to add pattern think of incorporating a new accent chair. More seating is never a bad thing and if its stylish and fun, even better.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter Blues? Quick tips to Brighten up your Home.

Here in Lexington it seems as if the cold winds and snow will never end. So I’ve decided to take matters in to my own hands and bring spring in, even if it does look like the arctic tundra out. I put together a list of my favorite tips that are always sure to brighten and bring life to any space.

Tip 1: Bring nature in.
Fresh flowers are a lovely way to add color to any space. Not to mention flowers are usually somewhat aromatic, perfect for a stuffy house and a great way to start off breaking out of the winter dullness.

Tip 2: Colorful throw pillows.
 Throw pillows give you the opportunity to bring in vibrant colors and mix them together. The more pillows the better, your home with remain cozy but with a punch of color.

Tip 3: Patterned area rug.
Rugs pull a room together by bringing all the colors throughout the space together, while adding interest with pattern and texture.

Tip 4: Take advantage of windows.
The easiest of these tips is to fully take advantage of all your natural light. Position a lounge chair next to any window to soak up some sunlight throughout the day.

Tip 5: Adding mirrors to reflect more light.
Mirrors will not only brighten your home but will make it appear larger as well. There are many options; if you have the space, lean a full length mirror against a bare wall or group a handful of unique pieces together and hang them on the blank wall.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Year, Love Your Space: A Snow-Day DIY Project

The snow has been coming down. Which means less going out and more staying in. And we all know we begin to pick our homes apart the longer we stay cooped up. One room that tends to be overlooked is the laundry room. In one day you can revamp this room with a few DIY projects.

The biggest impact will be color. Adding some spice into this seemingly dreaded area will transform it completely. So pick up a bucket of paint and get to it. This will take hardly any time out of your day and will be well worth the couple of hours.

Not only will organization make your life easier, it will make your laundry room appear more polished and put together. Matching baskets for clothing and supplies are a must along with matching jars for powders and loose change. Get everything off the floor, so shelving and cabinets are always nice if you have the space. Even mount the ironing board on the wall if you haven’t already.

Last but certainly not least personal touches. Put a patterned rug down, hang some pictures on the walls, and even name tags for each person. These little touches will make your laundry room more enjoyable.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Year, Love Your Space: Beat the Winter Blues by Updating Your Accessories

Gold and copper are all the rage for 2015. Golds are timeless and sophisticated; adding accessories here and there will give any room a nice pick-me-up. Do no panic, I repeat, do not panic if you’re afraid you can’t commit to gold walls, start small and work your way up.

Gold throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive first step. There are so many options, in terms of shade and texture that you will be sure to find something you love.

Another option for slowly adding gold and copper without it being overwhelming is through the use of fixtures. Faucets, drawer pulls, and light fixtures are small ways to do so for added interest.

More obvious ways are furniture pieces and larger accessories. Side tables, bed frames, and even large vases will create focal points throughout your space and make it feel rich and stylish.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Year, Love Your Space: Colors that Bring Happiness into a Home

A new year means not only a fresh start for you, but also for your home. No matter your style, incorporating new fresh colors will add new life to your space. Not only are we seeing clients leaning towards these trends, we are beginning to see them pop up in local boutiques as well.

And what better color to incorporate into your space than Marsala, the 2015 Pantone color of the year. It’s perfect for chairs, benches, and decorative details. Marsala is beautiful when paired with black and white.

Pastels are always perfect when aiming for a calming, feminine feeling. Soft blues, grays, and purples are easy to combine with neutrals as well as more saturated colors.

Speaking of saturated colors, boy are they are making a comeback. It seems that after years of gray being the go to neutral, we are pulling away. It is time to bring excitement back into our homes through the use of electric colors. Bright oranges, deep blues, and exciting greens will definitely be finding their way into interior spaces all around.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, Love Your Space: The Best Ways to Store Holiday Decorations and Gifts

Variety of Storage Containers
First thing is first, storage containers. There are so many options available now other than an old cardboard box. Of course plastic containers are great in terms of convenience and durability, but if you want something a little more specific, you are in luck. 

There are options for the smaller Christmas necessities such as wrapping paper.
The one pictured can hold up to 12 rolls, and has inside pockets for holding gift tags, ribbon, tape, ect.

To protect and organize your ornaments, pick up one of these storage boxes. Complete with three removable layers of divided trays, which hold 72 ornaments all together. 

Even your wreath can now be stored away properly. This bag has an internal hook and adjustable buckle straps to make sure your wreath holds its place, and stays dust free for the coming year. 
And lastly, if you’re looking to update your tree storage, check out one of these wheeled bags. It can hold up to a nine-foot tree and has internal straps to make sure it is all nice and secure.

Label, Label, Label
Before you go and tuck everything away, do no forget to label. This will make sorting through the following year a breeze. Instead of writing across a box or bag with a sharpie, try another quick, simple approach. 

Type up a tag with a large title so you can quickly generalize what it contains, and allow for an area below so you can list out the specific contents. For more versatility, you can place a clear laminated sheet on top of the label and then list the contents. Just a little tip to make your life easier when adding or tossing decorations during the holiday season!

Maximize Your Storage Space
Now that everything is as organized as possible, lets keep moving in that direction and maximize your overall storage space. Of course you can always use a shelving system or cubbies. 

But spice it up a little; take advantage of every unused space available to you. More and more ingenious approaches are being widely used. I love the idea of under stair shelving. 

No extra space is used and it is completely out of the way, add doors if you want it all out of sight as well. In attics and garages, look to your ceiling for added storage. 

“Ceiling shelves” can be used for smaller items, they are easy to access, simply undo the closer, whether it be a cleat or a lock, and pull down the box. 

Another idea is to add wooden beams with a lip to slide boxes in out. You once again are not using up floor space and the items are out of sight and out of mind.