Friday, May 27, 2016

Mixing Patterns

Patterns are a wonderful tool when designing a space; they add color, texture, and fun designs to the space. However, they scare away a lot of people! Mixing patterns is actually much easier than you think and is a lot of fun. Soon you'll be a pro and will want to revamp your space every chance you get! Here are some tips to help you mix patterns in your own home.

Pick two colors and a neutral

Start out with two colors that you want to use in your space. Even if you want to incorporate other colors into your design start with two so you can grasp the technique. Add a neutral color to your color palette as well. Whites, ivories, grays, and blacks all work really well. In this case we're going to choose yellow and blue as our two colors, and ivory as our neutral. 

Pick at least three different patterns

Here is when you can get really creative and add in your own personal style! The only rule is to stick with the two colors you chose for your space, you'll choose three patterns for each color. Choose a fun, bold pattern for a furniture piece such as a couch, chair, or a rug and use your other patterns for accent pieces such as throw pillows or curtains. 



Pick at least one fabric that incorporates your two colors and your neutral

This fabric choice will tie everything together and make it all look cohesive. Use it wherever you can with your other fabric choices. 

Vary the scale of the patterns

Vary the scale of your patterns so that you have patterns ranging from small to large. This will make the patterns mix better together and will be easier on the eye. Also refrain from using too many similar patterns together. Don't use all stripy patterns or all florals. 

Change for the seasons

Don't be afraid to mix it up a little whether you are getting bored or you want to do some seasonal decorating. Just stick with the basic rules and play with different pairings for the season changes such as bringing in an orange or brown for fall or red and green for Christmas. 





Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Make Your Small Space Look Bigger!

When tackling the design of a small space it can be hard to decide what kinds of furniture, decor, and wall articulations to use in order to make the space appear bigger. Small spaces can make you feel uncomfortable or anxious, and the interior design of the space can dramatically change that. Whether you are designing a space in your home, apartment, or even your dorm in college it's all about illusion!


Mirrors are a small rooms best friend!

Mirrors reflect light throughout a room which helps brighten and make the space feel brighter. Hang your mirror across from a window in order to achieve maximum light. Another good spot would be across from a doorway. This will give your room the perception of more depth. 



Hike up your curtains

Curtains bring a lot into a space: texture, pattern, color, movement. Hang your curtain rod closest to the ceiling. This draws your eye up making the room appear taller. Also, extend your curtain rod past the window width. This will keep the majority of the window uncovered, making it look bigger and allow in the maximum amount of light. 


Less is more

Over decorating is the biggest mistake you can make in your small room. Remove the clutter and minimize your decor. Eliminate any furnishings that are not necessary, maximize their storage capabilities, and opt for only one focal point in the room. 



Show some legs

Adding furniture with legs is another psychological approach to making your space seem larger. When our eyes can see under, through, or past furniture it makes it feel like there is more room. Opt for furniture that is lighter in scale with slender legs. Glass is another good option!



Bigger makes it bigger

Believe it or not, bigger makes it bigger! When it comes to artwork that is. A giant piece of art can be a central focus in the room. It defines the space and will distract you form the small scale of the room. Similar to the trick with your curtains, it draws the eye up making the room also feel taller. 








Friday, May 13, 2016

Splash into Summer!

While the flowers are still blooming and the birds are still chirping for spring, summer is quickly approaching! Its time to bring out the flip flops and sunscreen and head to the beach! Getting your house summertime ready is super fun but can also get cheesy really fast with the beach house and ocean themes. If you haven't revamped your interior since the holiday season it's definitely time for a hot makeover. Pops of cool colors, touches of greenery, and white-washed wood will make your space feel refreshed and relaxing and give you the beach concept you are looking for. 






Add a touch of the ocean without the seahorses and seashells by introducing fun patterns in your furniture, watercolor textures, and images to your wall space. 





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

African Inspired Design

Africa is a beautiful continent full of life and culture. Their design is bold, inviting, and doused in nature. The true beauty of African design lies in how it takes a complex concept like spiritualism and condenses it into a generic symbol without losing the intent. African design is founded in on Primitivism and is concerned with raw form, childlike lines, references to wildlife, earthy hues and the color orange. African designers have the ability to translate reality into more abstract and expressive forms and to decorate and create amazing patterns, readily observable in their fabrics, ceramics, baskets, and masks. In spirit of me traveling to Africa in a week I thought I'd introduce some ways to subtly incorporate their beautiful culture into your home.






Incorporating African textiles and patterns, textures, and natural elements pull together the look. Neutral and dark tones with a pop of color translates the cultural design well. 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

De-Cluttering Your Space

Spring cleaning can be over-whelming, especially when you are pressed for time. Break up organizing your home into smaller projects throughout the month to avoid a day spent stressing out about cleaning. Hit a couple of spots every day and you will have a clutter-free home in no time!

Clean out drawers whenever you have extra time; you will be surprised what you can get done in 15 minutes! You can pick up organizing containers at any office store, or get creative and make your own.

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Take out any articles of clothes that you have not worn in the past 6 months. You can bring them to your local consignment shop, or if you are in a rush donate them to your local GoodWill or Salvation Army. Making the extra space will make it easier to organize your closet later on and give it a "boutique" feel. Splurge on some nice hangers and storage solutions. This will upgrade your closet and make getting dressed an experience!


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Throw out or donate any hair or makeup products that you have not used. Organize them according to products that you use on a daily basis, that way your essentials are easy to reach. 


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What are your favorite spring cleaning strategies?