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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Decorating for a New Year's Eve Party

For those of you who are welcoming in 2015 by hosting a party, here are some inspirational photos that will help your gathering feel extra festive in all the right ways. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Holiday Gift to You- Five Decorating Tips That Work For Any Home

 1.     Lighting
Lighting is so important for any functioning space, and proper lighting is key. You want your lighting at eye level, that way it serves its purpose, sitting or standing. Place lamps strategically where you feel the most used areas are, as opposed to sticking them in a corner. There are much better space fillers out there than lamps.  

2.     Rugs
The right sized rug makes all the difference. I know a lot of us have bought the smaller size to save on cost, but trust me, splurging a little is worth it. Your furniture’s front legs should be on the rug, and in dining areas the rug should be large enough that chairs can easily slide out and still be on the area rug, this way no one has to worry about tripping while being seated or getting their chair stuck.

3.     Layering
Adding throws and pillows to a couch, chair, or bed will make the space look more welcoming and lived in. Plain couches and beds look so sterile, I don’t think the look of “bachelor pad” is really the one you want to go for. Choose a soft, fluffy throw, and patterned or textured pillows to bring your space to life.

4.     Storage
You can never have too much storage in any space. The more creative you get, the more fun and unique your room becomes. Try using baskets, bins, shelving, and wall hangings to organize your space as opposed to a large clunky piece of furniture up against the wall.

5.     Window treatments
So many people seem to be so afraid of hanging window treatments, but they make a world of difference. Not only for function, like blocking out the sun on the days you can actually sleep in, but also for an all together finished, polished look.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Decorating for Holiday Get Togethers

The holidays are a time for celebrating friends and family. There are gatherings upon gathering upon gatherings. So how can you make your holiday party stand out from the rest?
Start with bringing some of the outdoors in. String twinkling lights around doorways to add a touch of sparkle to welcome your guests.

Put together a hot chocolate bar. This will not only be a hit for the kids, but also the adults, because who doesn’t love a warm mug of hot cocoa on a cold night? This is super simple. Place a whimsical on the table or counter for some added flare. In mason jars and bowls display all the goodies possible to make each guest’s mug special to them; peppermint stick, gingerbread bits, and of course marshmallows. 

Lets move along to the table, which will be the ultimate gathering area. No matter your style, there are tons of ways to dress your table. For a modern approach, start with a simple tablecloth, add sleek dishware, and monochromatic napkins. Instead of nametags, write guests’ names on an ornament. And sprinkle paper trees and candlesticks for a centerpiece.

For a more traditional, masculine look, layer a plaid runner, wood elements, and pinecones.

For a feminine look, add delicate details. Tie napkins with a pastel ribbon and a tiny single jingle bell. For a centerpiece cluster wrapped packages in fun, quirky patterns and add as must glitter as possible.

Do not ignore your chairs. Tie a coordinating ribbon and add an ornament or seasonal greenery for a little something extra.

When the party is over don’t let your friends and family leave empty handed. No one is ever too old for a party favor. In a gift bag put together a mini at home pedicure for your guests, with a travel sized foot cream and nail polish.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Decorate a Mantle

Whether your fireplace is real or just decorative, it is important to take advantage of this focal point. No matter your style there are certain elements that should be included. Start with the focal point- may that be a large mirror, a piece of artwork or even the television. Add seasonal greenery, by making a floral arrangement or garland, and for added dimension, incorporate a fun banner or another type of garland. Don’t forget about the little touches, such as reindeer figurines, glass pieces, lanterns, or wooden letters. 

Don’t ignore the space surrounding your fireplace. Group larger figurines or tall candle sticks for a more cohesive, put-together look. And lastly, if you do not plan on actually using your fireplace for function, think about adding a grouping of candles inside and light them at night or during your holiday party for that extra touch!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Wish List- 5 Things we are Loving for the Home This Holiday Season

1.     Monochromatic Schemes

This simplistic approach still makes an impact. The lack of color allows you to pay attention to detail rather than being blinded many colors. You don’t have to pick just black or white, using taupe, beige, and other neutrals gives a warm feeling and still keeps things classically simple.

2.     Adding in Radiant Orchid

If a monochromatic scheme just is not your thing. Try adding in the color of year, Radiant Orchid. This deep purple adds richness, and actually looks great with reds and greens.

3.     White Winter Wonderland

Whether you add touches of frosted branches, cones, and other decorations, or you go all out and decorate in all white, your space will exude elegance. The look is soft and charming, perfect for the holidays.

4.     Anything sparkly

The holidays are a great excuse for adding sparkles to just about anything. Adding touches of sparkles throughout add an element of glamor and fun. Where it’s a little or a lot, your space will be a hit.

5.     Touches of fur

Adding touches of fur to your interior space will make your guests feel welcome. Your space will exude warmth and coziness, perfect for those cold winter months. Just be ready to curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate while you enjoy the view of snow falling and twinkling lights.