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Bring Two Decorating Styles Together | Guest Post

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Compromise can be hard, especially when it comes to clashing styles of home décor. I have a very vintage and bold style and would prefer to have my house look like it could be in an episode of Mad Men.  Meanwhile my fiancé has more of a modern and simplistic style in mind. We are in the process of putting together our home which at first seemed impossible, but we learned a few things about making the two styles mesh.

Let each other win with the small things.

Make each room decidedly vintage or modern, but with splashes of its opposite thrown in. If your living room has vintage furniture and bolder colors on the walls, hang metal frames for a touch of modern art on the walls. This will make for a smooth transition from room to room as you negotiate each major theme per room.

Incorporate candles simplistically to add warmth

Candles easily add class to any interior design project. They can bring a lot of warmth to what I see as the cold modern style that my husband likes.  Our dining room is more of the modern style, so we put a cluster of three pillar candles (QuickCandles.com has neat green ones) as a centerpiece to add warmth.

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If the room you are decorating is primarily vintage, get some metallic modern candle holders to mix the two styles.

Color the walls according to one style, and get appliances agreeing with the other.

If you happen to have furniture that is decorative and vintage, keep the walls neutral and modern. This is a very simple way to compromise and make both people happy. The lime green in this kitchen design brings a very vintage look to this otherwise modern kitchen.

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The biggest piece of advice I have is to relax and keep an open mind.  Our styles have slowly started to blend together and look more like close relatives rather than complete strangers.  When we first started combining our things into the same home, everything seemed to clash and provoke headaches. Thankfully, that is becoming less and less the case and our separate décor styles are working together in harmony.

 
About the author: Carmen Denny can’t believe that she’s finally engaged! In between wedding planning she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, bike riding and of course, more wedding planning. She writes while drooling over choices for wedding candle sets and other decorative pieces for QuickCandles.com.

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Painted Brick – Love it or Leave it?

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Bricks in your interiors. Some people consider it an architectural bonus that adds character. Others consider it a nuisance to be designed around or over. Granted, this may be partially determined by whether you have beautiful red Victorian brick, or 1970′s brown and tan brick. Or whether your style ventures more modern or traditional.

Of many of the Love It or Leave It topics I’ve raised before, painted brick seems a bit more deeply divided. So I want your opinion. Painted bricks (inside) do you love it or would you leave it?

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Prepare Your Dining Room for Entertaining

  |  in Ceiling, color, Dining, Dramatic, draperies, Drapery, Entertaining, furniture, holiday, lighting, Wall Covering, Window TreatmentNo Comments

The Holidays are coming, the Holidays are coming!

That’s right. It’s Dining Room season in the world of Interior Designers. It’s time to think about that new dining room design if you want to have it ready to go for your holiday dinners, parties and lots of entertaining. Whether you are in need of a full blown make-over, or just a little refresh, I’ve got some tips for you to consider for your Dining Room Design.

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Table

The foundation of your dining room is the table. I prefer a pedestal table to a traditional table with four legs. The pedestal provides more flexibility when entertaining larger parties.

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Don’t forget to top your table with a fabulous table setting to welcome guests and set the mood.

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Upholstery

Notice, I said “upholstery”, not just “chairs”. Dining chairs should be upholstered, whether just the seat, or the whole chair. Dining chairs should be comfortable and invite guest to linger long after dinner has been served.

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 Lighting

Dining Rooms deserve fabulous lighting and it must be on a dimmer! If you’ve got a larger dining room or table, don’t do a round chandelier in the center or your host and hostess will be in the dark. Take a cue from this Red dining room below – two lights are better than one.

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Display/Serving

Do you have a large dining room? Lucky you. This is a great opportunity to beautifully display your pieces, or to set up additional surfaces for meal serving.

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Drapery

If you are fortunate enough to have a window in your dining room, dress it up!

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Wall Treatments

Create a stunning focal point with dramatic wall treatments or artwork.

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Don’t forget the Ceiling

I love a ceiling with something other than white paint. (see previous posts) Your Dining Room is a great room to add pizazz on the ceiling.

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Desigers Block

  |  in Bathroom, Beautiful Habitat, Denver, Designer's Home, Designers, DIY, Flooring, Gold, Wall CoveringNo Comments

I have Designers Block! I am completely stuck on a project.The silver lining is that it’s for my own house. Having Designers Block for a client project would be a much bigger problem and I’d be in a full blown panic.

This has happened before – and always on my own house. I also hear this from other Interior Designers. It can be difficult to design your own home – for Interior Designers or for anyone. Sometimes we are just too close to the issues to be able to see the best solution. This is why many people hire me, after all. As a Deign Professional, part of the problem is that we are aware of ALL the amazing and beautiful materials, manufacturers and possibilities on the market. With so many options available, it can be difficult to stop looking at every single one. Another problem is that we don’t treat our own homes with the same time and attention that we do a client project. We squeeze it in over lunch or at 10:00 at night. I am guilty of all of the above and as a result I am totally stuck with a pink powder room.

The Problem Space: The Powder Room

You may remember this beauty from my post of all the Before photos of the new house.

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I’m not totally directionless here. I do have a vision. I’m just having a hard time finding the perfect pieces for this vision.

The Vision: Just a really cool gold wallpaper, please.

The floor in the powder room is great – a nice travertine tile with brass accents. As you may recall from previous posts, Gold is back and I’m embracing it. My design vision includes a fun, modern wallpaper with gold accents to highlight the gold, yet modernize the space and make it a bit less serious.

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Alas, the perfect wallpaper has proved elusive. I have, unfortunately, found that a lot of “gold” wallpaper really reads more like an army green in person. Or the design reads as too traditional, or I’ve simply been underwhelmed.

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So I find myself stuck and the powder room is at a total hault. The solution is to just walk away, which is MUCH easier said than done. I resolve not to think about the bathroom design until inspiration strikes.

Do you have a design block in your home? I’d be happy to help you. Selfishly, it will take my mind off of my own powder room! Share your block here or on facebook.

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5 Tips for Creating the Nursery of your Dreams | Guest Post

  |  in bedroom, Children, color, Guest Post, kids, Nursery, pink, purple, Wall CoveringNo Comments

Having a baby is such an exciting time to say the least. One of the things people look forward to is decorating that nursery. Perhaps you have ideas, perhaps you don’t. Maybe the cost you see makes it feel overwhelming. The secret is to start early and avoid buying everything at once. But what things should you buy? What things to borrow? Where to put it all? What colors are great for babies? Well, here are my tips:

Color:

 

  • You may not realize that babies can only see in black and white with gray shades for the first several months and it is reported that the first color they do see is red. Does that mean you should paint the nursery red? No. The softer colors are soothing. It should be a happy space that you both love to be in together.
  • When choosing a color, think about the future as well. How many times do you want to redecorate? What colors are easiest for you to cover with primer and new paint? On the flipside of that, what fun are plain white walls?
  • If you don’t have one theme you are sticking to, neutral colors, earthy colors are calming and soothing. A color like yellow can translate to any gender and the right shade can feel like sunshine making the room feel warm and bright. You can also mix your décor and not have to stick to a theme.
  • Have a point of inspiration. Find a blanket, a little sleeper, or a piece of furniture to be your source of ideas.

 

Creative Décor:

 

  • Some people prefer a more traditional look and some like a modern twist to fit with the rest of the home. One thing that is the same in either case is to be creative in your efforts.
  • <a href=”http://www.megaprint.com/wallpaper.php”>Custom wallpaper</a> using your own artwork is a great way to create a focal point. What? You don’t paint? That is okay, because most photography works. Have a shot of that babbling brook in the sunshine with green ferns surrounding it? Use it! There are few better rooms than the nursery to create a natural, calm and soothing environment.
  • Start a “growing wall”. Start with an ultrasound photo and add photos as the child grows older. It is inevitable that you may be moving that to your living area (not many teens like seeing all their baby pictures in their room).
  • Frame your own baby photo, the father’s baby photo and your new baby’s photo and display them together.
  • Use vinyl decals to create a mural and really improve the atmosphere with large scale images that will capture baby’s attention.
  • Subway art is a very bold and unique way to bring your child into the room. Many pieces display the child’s name, weight, height, and date of birth.

 

Lighting:

 

  • Leave your options open when it comes to lighting. There will times you require more light and times that you will want it more quiet.
  • Dimmer switches make it easy to change the atmosphere with the turn of a dial. If you want to rock baby to sleep, turn down the lights. When you are playing, lights are on bright.
  • Small lamps can yield a low wattage light and keeps the light soft, being diffused by a shade.
  • For nighttime feedings and diaper changes, an LED nightlight can put off a lot of light.
  • Create a unique lighting ensemble such as lighted paper lanterns in a corner.
  • Use blinds and curtains on the window. Blinds will allow in plenty of light when open or lifted and drapes will cut out a lot of light for daytime naps. Using them in conjunction with each other gives you the best of all worlds. It not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but it functions well for your needs.

 

Flooring:

 

 

  • There is no right and wrong flooring choice.
  • Hardwood is a popular choice for cleanliness and durability. However, some parents are not sure about the comfort of it in a child’s room.
  • Hardwood is easy for cleanup of spills and accidents.
  • Carpet is soft for playtime yet it doesn’t have the life of hardwood and it is hard to keep dirt and allergens out of the fibers.
  • Rugs are a great alternative to wall to wall carpet. You can vacuum them and take them outside to shake the dirt out.

 

Furnishings:

 

  • There are staple bits of furniture you find in all nurseries. Whatever you choose, keep it neutral and able to grow with your child.
  • Borrowing a crib or a swing from a friend will be more budget friendly and as long as all the pieces are present and no safety hazards pop up, you are good to go.
  • Many parents prefer to have a bassinet for baby when they are brand new. This can roll anywhere in the house for convenience. Some pack and play sets have a bassinet insert that can be used when baby is very small and then removed to use the playpen. However, playpens should not be used as a crib. They are portable, temporary bedding solutions.
  • Many changing tables can be converted to dressers. If you choose to not use a changing table, a bookshelf with cloth bins for drawers can be substituted for easy organization and access. Being able to grab a diaper with one hand will be a task mastered by most parents!
  • Being able to play music for your child will encourage their brains to develop in great ways. Music stimulation and reading are the two best ways to prepare your baby for a lifetime of learning. An iPod docking station, CD player or a radio that plays nature sounds works well.
  • Don’t forget to treat yourself either. A comfortable chair for feedings or rocking the baby to sleep is essential. The quiet time you spend together is worth every bonding moment.
  • Never place pillows in your baby’s crib. It has been linked to SIDS in small babies as have bumper pads. There should always be a sheet on the plastic mattress to avoid suffocation. Blankets can move and shift until your baby is lying directly on the plastic.

Your decorating options are limitless when you browse and look at all the products and furnishings that are available in today’s world. Simple is always better, yet unique and bold can still be considered simple when done correctly. Put some thought into what you are about to do. Many themes get old after a short time. Choose well and have a lot of fun welcoming that new addition into your life!

Chris Garrett is a large format printing expert and freelance writer for the custom printed wallpaper expert Megaprint.com. He frequently blogs on the topics of design and printing.

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Love it or Leave it – Black Walls

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Black – the darkest of dark colors. In many cases it’s a staple – a stable and safe bet. In other applications it’s bold and daring. Would you paint your walls black? Would you dare cover the largest surface in any room in black? Black walls – do you love it or would you leave it?

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Let me know your thoughts – love it or leave it?

Maybe black is just too much for you, or not your color. Check out my previous post Interior Design Trends: Dark Blue Walls. It’s lovely.

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Exciting Patterns for Every Room | Guest Post

  |  in bath, Bathroom, bedroom, color, contemporary, creative, Dramatic, draperies, fabric, Guest Post, kitchen, modern, orange, pillows, pink, purple, tile, Tips, turquoise, upholstery, Wall Covering, walls, yellowNo Comments

Hi all! I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for DesignShuffle.com, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers from around the world and their work. My writing focuses on things I’m passionate about: interior design, home furnishings, gardening and art. I’m lucky enough to have a background in art history, auctions, and antiques, and a passion for decorating ideas. Plus, I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. What a fantastic job!

This week I’ll be looking at ways to add exciting patterns for every room in the home. From bold patterned tiles to graphic towels and linens, don’t be afraid to bring patterns into your home. Patterns add interest and style to any space. Be bold, mix and match, and have fun with pattern!

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Patterned floors in the kitchen, bath or entry add an extra style element to these rooms. Tile laid in interesting patterns or a herringbone wood floor are interesting twists on these traditional materials.

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Patterned tiles… for the bath or kitchen add color as well as pattern to these spaces. Use them on the floor or as a backsplash. Moroccan style tiles are very popular now.

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Bold patterned bedding is a smart way to add pattern to the bedroom design. Mix and match it with solids to break up the pattern, or choose a patterned coverlet or duvet.

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A bold pattern area rug is a smart choice for adding pattern to a dining room, entry, living room, bedroom or even a bathroom design. Indoor/outdoor rugs can add pattern to your porch or deck.

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Wallpaper is the big trend for adding pattern to walls today. Available in a range of patterns, colors and sheens, wallpaper can work in small spaces, like powder rooms, and larger rooms like dining rooms.

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Colorful patterned bath towels, like these from Amy Butler, can liven up your bath or guest bathroom. Patterned tea towels for the kitchen are a hot trend right now. Other interior design ideas to think about, might include colorful tea towels as guest towels in a powder room.

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Curtains in the living room, dining room or bedroom can be the perfect place to add pattern. And they are easily changed if you decide you don’t like the pattern anymore.

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Pillows, like these ikat patterned pillows from Fabricadabra, are the easiest way to add patterns to any room.
Pattern will add excitement to your décor and your life, start adding it today!

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Love it or Leave it | One Pattern Everywhere?

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Some argue that using one pattern on multiple surfaces in a room creates an optical illusion of spaciousness. But I want to know, would you Love it or Leave it? Do you have a tiny room? Would you try this to create spaciousness?

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What are your thoughts: Love it or Leave it?

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Tantilizing Tile Design

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Is a kitchen or bathroom remodel in your future? Then you must check out the fabulous and ultra-creative designs of SICIS - The Art Mosaic Factory. This Italian art factory has taken mosaic designs to a new level. And if you are planning to use tile in your Interior Designs, this is sure to inspire you to think out-of-the-box and customize your design. I’ve put together a collection of inspiring images from the Cosmati Collection – a collection of marble mosaic tiles. These feature everything from full floor designs, to borders and decorative inserts. You are sure to be inspired for your own kitchen, bath, or even foyer project. And if you want even more inspiration, check out the other mosaic collections and catalogs on the SICIS website. Enjoy!

A few pieces from their Cosmati Marble Mosaic Collection

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Ceilings Need Love Too| Tips for the Least Decorated Surface

  |  in Bathroom, bedroom, Ceiling, color, creative, Dining, Dramatic, paint, pink, purple, turquoise, Wall Covering, wallsNo Comments

I’ve said it before: ceilings are the most neglected surfaces in any room and in the realm of Interior Design and Decorating. Think about it – have you ever painted a ceiling? If so, did you paint it anything other than white? Hove you ever even thought about your ceilings from a decorative aspect? You should – and I’m going to help you! There are several benefits to treating your ceiling in part of your interior design plan. If you’ve got a shorter room or low ceilings, adding ceiling interest can draw the eye up and make the room feel taller. (Find an example in this post: Designer Tips: Using Bold Wall Color). Conversely, if you’ve got a very high ceiling, a darker paint or more dramatic treatment can help to bring the ceiling down and add a cozier feeling to the space. And simply by adding interest to your ceilings,  you just add something special and unique to your rooms and your home.

Painted ceilings

I’ve blogged before about the most simple ceiling treatment: a coat of paint that is anything but white: Painted Ceilings

Here are some additional inspiring paint options.

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Papered Ceilings

Wallpaper and metal leafing are great options for adding interest and texture to ceilings.

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Special Treatments

Whether with paint, paper, other materials, or a combination, here’s where we get really creative with ceilings. I’m so inspired!

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And, my personal favorite of this particular collection, with both coffers and a special design treatment:

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If you’d like to see even more of these great ceilings, or to get additional information on those ceilings featured here, check out my Pinterest board appropriately titled Ceilings Need Love Too.

If you’d like advice on where to start with your own ceiling project, read these previous posts with Interior Design Tips: To Paint or Not to Paint… The Ceiling. Before & After: Choosing Wall Color, Designer Tips: Using Bold Wall Color.

And if you do add some interest to your own ceiling, please do share it with us! You can email me directly, share here, or share on Facebook!

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