Showing posts with label Designer Tip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Designer Tip. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Design Tip: Add This to Your Room

I think all rooms need a touch of black. A little or a lot, in my opinion it helps to visually finish off a space.













It can be as small as a trinket sitting on top of a coffee table book or even a picture frame. It can be as large as the floors or walls. Either way, it gives interest and provides a spot for the eye to land. What do you think? Agree or Disagree.




Images: Petra Bindel/Design Interior, Diane Bergeron, Paul Corrie/Traditional Home, Martha Stewart Living, Sarah Richardson, Nuevo Estilo, House & Home, Elle Decor, Better Homes & Gardens, inthralldLeslie Jones & Associates, Traditional Home

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Paint The Trim Instead

Everyone always thinks painting walls a color is the easiest way to add some pep to a room, but the below pictures have sure made the case that painting the trim instead may be the way to go....











What do you think. Would you paint the trim instead of the walls?




Images: Unknown, HERE Design, Elle Decor, Peppermint BlissRWA Architects, Shannon Malone, Elle Decor, Elle Decor, Amy Meier\Michael J Lee PhotographyMartha Stewart

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Upgrade: Leather Sofas

If you happen to have one of these.....


And you just have to have leather. Please do me a favor and switch it out for something more like this.....






Thanks so much.

This is the number one thing guys can do to keep the leather they love and update the look. The pillow arm, double cushion back is no longer hot gentlemen. Get thee to a store fast and make the switch. You will thank me later. There are way to many good options out there to keep what you have. I mean, all of the good options above are from Crate & Barrel and the price points are quite reasonable for leather. For those intimidated by design, you can't get much easier than Crate & Barrel.

And if you are really feeling ambitious.....go for this!...even better if you find a great vintage one.


The epitome of a classic leather sofa. Manly yet still polished.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Use A Larger Coffee Table

In my opinion you can't go wrong with a huge coffee table that takes up lots of space. It finishes the space and provides a bridge between seating.














It gives a cozy feel and makes a space feel full and comforting. If you take a look at your own living room and feel like something is missing, try a larger coffee table. It will fill the void I tell you and give you a designer look. So many people have a disjointed furniture layout and just don't know how to get that complete look. The easiest fool proof way to go is to place your main seating group around a large coffee table. Big enough to pull everything around but still work within the space you have. This is especially helpful when you have too much space you don't know what to do with. Wouldn't we all love to have that problem?? Create that main conversation area and then work from there.

How about you? Do you already use a large coffee table to create a zone? Do you have that empty space that just feels unfinished?





Images: All via Elle Decor


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Upgrade: Flush Mount Fixtures

If you have one of these....



And you must stay with a surface mount. Please do me a huge favor and switch it out for something more like this.....









Thanks so much.

I always have people ask me for advice when I am at their home, and they find out I'm a designer. I try not to give away too much since it's usually off the cuff and not a full design consultation, but one of my main pieces of advice is to change out the horrible builder grade "boob" fixtures if they have them. Mostly they are always in hallways or smaller entryways where a surface mount fixture is the only option (If it's hanging in the middle of their living room it's a different conversation). But just changing out this one little thing always adds so much....especially to a hallway or small entry.





Images: Home Depot, All remaining - Shades of Light

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