Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE

The most frequently asked decorating questions I receive, hands down, are questions on how to decorate a small space.  Both homeowners and renters want to know how to make the most of a small space without compromising style or function. To help answer some of your decorating questions I decided to start a series of posts called Small Space Decorating 101.  In these posts I'll provide simple tips and inspirational photos to help you tackle all of your small space decor issues.

Furniture that serves more than one purpose in a room is key when you're short on space.  In this edition of Small Space Decorating,  I'll show you a way to save space in your bedroom with a creative and functional alternative to using a nightstand.
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My go-to solution for styling a small space is using multifunctional or dual purpose furniture. In bedrooms with limited space, using a small desk as an alternative to a traditional nightstand allows for storage, function and style.  The desk serves as both a work surface and bedside catchall.  Here are some of my favorite examples of this genius decorating technique in action.
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Make sure you select a desk with a drawer to store your regular bedside necessities. Personalize the desktop with photos and flowers.  Add an alarm clock, a few books and a reading lamp and you've got the perfect double duty furniture set up!
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 Need help tackling your small space? Let's chat. Click here to contact me for a consultation!










Friday, September 12, 2014

What A Way To End A Week: I'VE BEEN FEATURED!

I have great news friends!  I'm being featured on Terrys Blinds, an amazing UK based resource for  affordable made to measure blinds and window treatments for your home. I had the opportunity to share  more about my own design process, my top design choices for the season, as well as share some advice for those looking to enter the design industry. What a way to end the week!


Terrys Blinds has a fabulous collection of window treatments with choices to compliment the style of any home's decor.   Head over to see for yourself and read my full feature here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

6 Tips for Creating a Stunning Neutral Living Space

Decorating with a neutral color palette doesn't have to be boring.  Yes I love color but a neutral space designed right can be just as exciting. Whether in a dining room, living room or bedroom, decorating with neutrals creates a restful elegance. 
Using contrasting patterns can seem scary to some, but the key is to use a coordinating color palette. If you stick with the same color or color family, the mix of patterns will complement each other rather than seeming too busy or distracting. - See more at: http://www.rent.com/blog/10-tips-for-creating-a-non-boring-neutral-space/#sthash.UyG9bIWY.dpuf

You can create the soothing and serene aesthetic of a neutral chic space with these 6 easy tips: 

Layer a mix of rich texture via rugs, pillows or throws - The texture used in a space is just as important and the hues used. When decorating with neutral, incorporating textures like leathers, chenille, wicker, fur, and even bamboo all help to add warmth and personality in the space. Layer different textures in neutral tones to create visual interest in the room.
Using contrasting patterns can seem scary to some, but the key is to use a coordinating color palette. If you stick with the same color or color family, the mix of patterns will complement each other rather than seeming too busy or distracting. - See more at: http://www.rent.com/blog/10-tips-for-creating-a-non-boring-neutral-space/#sthash.UyG9bIWY.dpuf

ng contrasting patterns can seem scary to some, but the key is to use a coordinating color palette. If you stick with the same color or color family, the mix of patterns will complement each other rather than seeming too busy or distracting. - See more at: http://www.rent.com/blog/10-tips-for-creating-a-non-boring-neutral-space/#sthash.UyG9bIWY.dpuf
 
Add subtle pattern - Tone on tone pattern in a neutral space helps to creates visual interest without disrupting the room's overall neutral palette.

Incorporate metallic finishes - Use metallic finishes to add a bit of sparkle and contrast. Metallic finishes can be introduced via chandeliers, draw pulls, sconces, vases, accent furnishings and accessories.
     
Use furniture with interesting or eye catching shapes - The shape of the items used is very important when the design elements in the space are the same or similar hues. In order for pieces to "stand out," use furnishings with lots of structural detail,  interesting lines and shapes.



Look Alive - Incorporate some greenery/plant life and natural elements to keep the space from looking too sterile.
 


Use varying shades - Incorporating different shades of the neutral color in your design will create a well-styled look and a sense of depth and sophistication.
 
 

 What are your thoughts? Ready to get your neutral on?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creating a Sophisticated Space Using Children's Home Decor



Children's home decor retailers have always been a "best kept secret", go-to source for interior designers looking to add a touch of unexpected whimsy and playfulness to a space. However, the new stylish, chic and affordable selection of children's furnishings currently available on the market is quickly changing that. Instead of whimsy, these pieces are actually adding a huge dose of sophistication and style.  No kidding! Have you seen the home decor offered by traditionally kids' brands lately?   Pottery Barn Teen, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, Home Decorator's Collection Baby and Kids, Land of Nod all carry stunningly sophisticated pieces suitable for adult spaces.

I'm really impressed with the style of furnishings these retailers are offering and how easily these pieces can work when styling an adult space.  From bedding and rugs to lighting and pillows, these design conscious children's furnishings will make a real statement in any room.

 Here's a roundup of a few of my favorite sophisticated children's home furnishings:


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 So what do you think? Which is your favorite? Are you ready to add some stylish kids' decor to your living space?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ARTIST FEATURE: Amira Rahim

 
Since I joined Instagram a little over a year ago, I've "met" and become "insta" friends with inspiring artists, designers and creative souls like myself.  Recently while scrolling through all the pretty photos in my feed, I came across the absolutely ahh-mazing work of talented artist Amira RahimAfter seeing more of Amira's stunning work and falling in love with her bold and colorful pieces, I knew I had to share this gem of an artist with you here on the blog. 
 
Amira was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey--an urban melting pot with a rich history of artists and creators, and describes herself as a "big-city girl at heart.I fell in love with the range of abstracts Amira offers in contrasting and playful hues.  They are the perfect statement piece of artwork to compliment any room's design.

 
 

It's evident with just a glance at her work that Amira is passionate about color.  Her expert choice of vibrant and bold colors is simply perfection! "Captivated by color itself, I am most interested in exploring its effects on the human psyche. With acrylic mediums, I experiment with combinations of patterns and color schemes, continuously searching for the odd match, the unexpected contrasts and the soothing abodes on my canvas,"says Amira.

 

 Amira is primarily self-taught and says that she allows her intuition to guide her as she creates each painting.  "I enjoy creating works of art that lift my mood and bring good energy to a space." 



Amira draws her biggest inspirations from textiles, photography, and nature and is deeply influenced by the late Abstract Expressionist movement. "By exploring my own happy color fields using both vigorous and subtle brushwork, I enjoy the act of painting itself," Amira says.  "The mixing, the scraping, the wiping, the pouring of paint—all of these actions form the heart of my paintings."

 
 

Although Amira currently lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE with her husband, her work (originals, prints and custom pieces) can easily be purchased in the states hereIn fact, I just used one of her works of art in a design project I recently completed! Turned out pretty fabulous!

Amira is a real joy to work with.  Take a moment to view more of Amira's work here.





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Chic and Welcoming Entryway


 I love a home that  exudes warmth, comfort, and effortless style from the moment you walk in.  The entryway to your home gives visitors their "first impression."  It sets the stage for the rest of the house and let's guests know what they're in store for.  With lots of HomeGoods finds and a little DIY, this entryway was easily transformed from drab to fab.

Creating and styling an entryway that's both chic and welcoming is not as difficult as you may think.
   
We used bright color and fun, unique accessories to style this console table.  First we changed out the boring  knobs that originally came with the table and added vintage crystal knobs.  Then we added a little gold leaf to the legs of the velvet covered ottoman to add some "glam."  Next we styled the space using vibrant art and accessories.

These simple and easy additions helped breathe new life into the hallway and really helped personalize the space.

To make a great first impression in your own home, you'll need the following:

  • A Focal Point (A great mirror, wall art or poster will do)
  • Smart Storage (Find ways to store things "in plain sight."  In this hallway, we used that lacquered trinket box to hide keys, change, and other things you'd grab on the way out the door)
  • Style (What makes your home unique to you is your own personal style.  Introduce guests to your personal style as soon as they arrive.  A vibrant floral canvas, found seashell, gilded tusk, a unique lamp, and personal books were used to create interest while hinting at the owner's love for adventure, travel and style)
What do you think? Are you inspired to revamp an area in your home? Want to create a more welcoming entryway in your home? Contact me here today!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PROJECT REVEAL: Family-Friendly Bohemian Chic Living Room



My client for this living room revamp is a stylish busy mom and wife who, thanks to her awesome job, gets to travel to all sorts of exotic locations.  Despite her amazing and fabulous life, when she's home she prefers a simple, no fuss, clean lined look with pops of color and a nod to the eclectic/global chic style. 
 
The client contacted me for help with creating a look that reflects her personality, was very simple and clean lined but still welcoming and comfortable to family and occasional guests while hinting at her well-traveled sense of style.

Here's what we came up with.


Although the drapes are rich and dark navy blue and the antique rug features a busy print, the room is still calming thanks to the simple contemporary lines of the white leather seating and no-fuss wall color.  This design embodies the "less is more" spirit by using neutral colored larger pieces like the sofa and chair and accenting them with a small selection printed pillows.   The oversized mercury glass lamps were great HomeGoods finds and really complimented the Savafieh end tables.
 
We were able to use one of my favorite materials in this design - lucite!  I love using lucite because the transparent surface practically disappears in the space, taking up no visual space. Lucite furniture not only allows provides function, it actually adds to the style of the space.  If you look closely, you'll notice that we used a lucite coffee table to make sure that the view of that gorgeous rug remains unobstructed from all angles of the room.




Here's the original design board I pulled together.  As you can see, we stuck pretty close to the design plan for this room.  With exception of a few pieces, the end result incorporates many of the same elements found in the design plan. 


Although my client loved the mirror in the design plan, we chose to use a family heirloom instead.  The mirror that now hangs over the sofa belonged to my client's grandmother.  Grandma had great taste right?! Antiques and family heirlooms make the best conversation pieces and instantly personalize any space. 

My client loved the final look of the room. Happy client = Happy Designer