Archive for the ‘Decorating Ideas’ Category
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
When deciding on the right paint color for your living room, consider the colors you already have in your living space. What color is your couch, pillows drapes and window coverings? Also consider the mood you want to create. Do you want serene, inspiring, or uplifting?
A safe bet is neutrals. Crisp white or soft off-whites can be paired with any decor without having to worry about it clashing or going wrong. When opting for a crisp white, you want to counter the coolness with warm accent colors. This helps to bring life to the otherwise “colorless” background.
Soft off-white is also neutral, but brings more warmth into the room. Go for a little deeper cream to create a cozy environment. When going with and even deeper color like putty or sand, offset it with crisp white window shades or trim to avoid it looking too muddy. The white will clean up the walls.
What about soft colors like a soft orange or green? This is a great way to dip into color without being too bold. A soft green will be serene, while an orange or yellow will be invigorating and bring energy into the room without being overpowering. These soft colors are on top of the paint strip that can be found at your local home stores; they are safe, a little shy, yet fun.
And now to the bold and daring colors: A strong green will bring energy into a room. Most strong colors will do that and the trick to make it work is to pair them with small decor items that have the same intense color. To lighten up the room add white trim or accents as well. When the intense color is offset by a clean white it takes away from the heaviness of the atmosphere. Loud colors give a room personality.
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Who doesn’t like the cool, clean, white bathroom look… elegant, crisp and sophisticated. However, one has to be careful not to create a look that is boring. Here are some ideas how to make the white bathroom work:
We love the stark contrast of a dark warm wooden floor or shutters as displayed in this picture with the white bathroom. The contrast makes the white pop while creating some warmth with the warm stain in the wood. The large window gives plenty of natural light to provide the natural glow.
The vintage look is soft in color as it is. With little swirls and soft whites this feminine look creates a cozy look for your bathroom. The vintage bathtub design allows for a hint of color in the decor pieces. A flower, cushion and some towels is all it takes.
Ivory is also in the family of whites. While it adds a touch of warmth it creates a space of simplicity. A true white would have been too sterile in this bathroom; the ivory expands the room and shows off the architecture.
Warmth is added in the below bathroom with this roman shade. To the overall cool tile, vanity and floor, the touch of fabric with a floral print bring this room to life. Roller Shades and cellular shades are also great ways to create a focal point in an overall white bathroom.
Pop of Color
A white bathroom will never be a dull and clinical place when sprinkling a little color throughout. Be sure to be subtle to keep it classy. A couple of towels, a flower and a random piece of decor will be plenty to turn your white bathroom into a fun place.
White lends itself so well for small bathrooms, because it opens up the space. While dark colors draw in and your area appears smaller, white does the opposite. For small floor plans this is a great way to go.
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Are you ready to give your kitchen a fresh look, but don’t want to do an entire remodel? Remodels are expensive, time consuming and entail a great deal of planning and down time. This blog is for the one that would like to refresh your kitchen’s look with simple decorating ideas, but stay away from the remodel.
Consider changing fabrics in your kitchen. The easiest thing in the world is to change out your chair cushions or change out your outdated mini blind and add some color with cellular shades or roman shade fabrics. Woven materials bring warmth and allow you to add color for very little money.
Warm up / Cozy up
Often our kitchen is sterile and cold with all the flat surfaces and stainless steel appliances. While clean and sterile has its advantages in the kitchen, it can be nice to virtually warm it up. Consider a high table made of wood to break the “ice”. In case you want to counter the weight of those cold stone counter-tops you might also consider adding wooden floors.
Just like accessories can dramatically impact our outfit; it can do the same in a kitchen. Consider changing your cabinet’s hardware to impact the overall look in your kitchen. Dark furniture with black knobs or somewhat outdated looking handles could be replaced by decorative hardware to make it pop. Here you can modernize and possibly use some color to give things a lift.
We mention lighting in so many blogs, because it has that much of an impact. A kitchen that is under-lit not only takes away from displaying features; it also makes things difficult from a practical point. Since a light fixture is also highly decorative, consider modernizing the center piece over the island. It can literally change the entire atmosphere in the kitchen.
As in any room in your home, a splash of color can transform. It is inexpensive and can be changed many times over. By highlighting certain recessed areas or highlighting portions that are framed in, your kitchen can be refreshed in no time.
Cabinets – Inside Paint
This is for the kitchen that has cabinets that are either open-faced or have glass cabinet doors. By painting the inside of the cabinets the look can be modernized and add intrigue. When going that route, be sure to have that same color popping up in another area of your kitchen. This could be the chair cushions, a vase or a painting.
The kitchen island is usually a place that has additional shelving on the side. Why not make it a point of focus? Display your cookbooks and make it stand out!
A little kitchen garden adds color to your decor, is beautiful to look at and always comes in handy when needing fresh herbs. We recommend a constellation of pots with herbs to bring life into your kitchen.
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
It’s this time of the year again when the fashion and design industry have their eye on what the upcoming trends will be. While opinions vary, there also seems to be some consent:
One of the big colors the industries are betting on is Marsala. Marsala is a beautiful terracotta red shade with an undertone of brown. It is soothing and warm as well as earthy.
While Marsala will be found in apparel lines, nail polish, make up and home furnishings, we are certain we will also see it the window covering industry. Look for manufacturers to offer it in some of the cellular shades and sheer window shade lines.
As we said, the opinions vary and some are mentioning blue or green, we certainly feel though the trend is going to be representing warm and earthy tones. These colors will be strong enough to stand out, but soft enough to create a warm atmosphere. While our lives have been getting busier, where every minute of the day is allocated to to-do-lists and calendars and out attention is frequently turned towards our smart phones, the 2015 design trend will further lead towards tranquility. Our go to product for calm and peacefulness is the Silhouette like shades we offer by Comfortex. Shangri-La Sheer Shades, are probably going to further gain in popularity this year.
We also see that the design trend is going back to nature. Products that reconnect us with our environment like woods, grasses and bamboo are ideal for this. Organic materials as they are found in woven wood shades are a great way to achieve this. And considering that 80% of people live in urban areas, having products that reconnect us with nature is more desired than ever.
2015 is sure to be exciting… we can’t wait as to what’s to come!
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
The end of a year is here. This is always a great time to reflect and think about what went well, what didn’t go so well and what can be better in the year to come. We all make New Year’s resolutions, have new dreams and plans. Some want to work on health issues, others on productivity, usually everyone wants to improve in some area. In order to ring in the New Year, most of us will have a New Years Eve party, a great party to glide into 2015 with family and friends and get ready for those plans and dreams to come true.
Here are some ideas we found that can help you to create a party with lots of glitter and sparkle, a party you and your loved ones will remember:
Window Decor or Wall Hanging
Windows are a large area where additional party decor can add to the glitter theme. Simply cut different size circles of thick metallic Christmas paper or poster board to create this decorative garland. It will be great in front of window shades or blinds or as a wall hanging / backdrop.
Glitter Covered Champagne Bottles
This is so easy and will add sparkle to your party. With some Mod Podge and golden glitter, you can turn your champagne bottles into glittery decor. Please keep in mind though that the glitter will not stick should you want to chill a bottle on ice. They should be cooled in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Glass Vases with Glitter
Take several vases or glasses and fill them partially with golden or silver glitter. The glasses should mainly be filled at the bottom. You could swoosh the glitter around a bit, so some of it sticks to the sides. Now simply fill with tea lights and you have gorgeous table decor. You could also take a water filled vase and then pour some glitter into it. A nice branch will add some green to the glittery party!
A party isn’t a party without balloons, my mother always said. To add more sparkle, why not get some clear balloons and fill them up with glitter. In addition you could tie gold and silver ribbons to the bottom of the balloons, so festive!
To add additional glam to your dinner table, simply take some sparkly stars or confetti and distribute over the table. You add atmosphere of glam and sparkle in an instance.
Candles always create a soothing and festive atmosphere. We liked the idea of inexpensive small white candles, a box of thumbtacks and pin them into the candles. Whether you only tack the bottom row of the candles, fill them up half way or all the way, they will look great.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
To make your bedroom feel luxurious, cozy and practical we put together a list of things that help you to get the most out of your room. How many of these do you already have?
Blinds for Privacy
In any bedroom privacy is a must. The place where we change, sleep and lounge it is essential to keep your neighbors out. So whether you like cellular shades, wood blinds or soft Silhouette like shades, make sure you have a fabric that isn’t too sheer and provides the privacy needed.
Who wants to wake up in the morning and the first step is on a cold hard floor? Spoil yourself with a visually pleasing and soft to the touch rug that is cushy. Even for bedrooms that have carpet in them, layering ads dimension to your bedroom.
Is your bedroom also a place where like to hang? For many it is the sanctuary to retreat to when the kids have gotten to us with noise overflow or simply place to have “me-time”. If you are that person, a sitting area, chair or bench is great to have. It can be used to put on shoes, hang out or have that serious talk with the partner when needed.
The bedroom is usually off limits for most outside the family. So here is a great place where you can truly decorate with what’s meaningful to you. The items that don’t necessarily have a place in the family area, meaningful pictures, items you collected over the years should find a spot in your bedroom.
Have A Theme
Most people jump on a theme in their kid’s room, but shy away from a theme in their bedroom. However, if you decide on a theme, it creates structure and calm. Whether it is stripes or a color theme, it will be a unifying device creating tranquility.
You can never have too many through pillows. Pillows change how you can sit up, lay back and how you can use your bed altogether. They are a wonderful tool to add texture and color, creating a focal point. Pillows literally scream, come over and hang out for a little while.
When you have the right mattress that helps you sleep and be comfortable, your bedroom can truly be a place of rejuvenation. For all the people that have problems with their backs, a good mattress can be the difference between a place of comfort or another sleepless night you will dread.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Just a few more days and winter will be knocking on our doors. Actually the weather feels quite wintery already, and with the countdown to Christmas on, it might as well already be winter. We thought it is definitely time to think about some DIY decor ideas that are themed for winter. Here we go:
Pine Cone Wreath
This is easy to make when purchasing the base of the wreath and adding pine cones to it. Whether you like color, or wintery white, silver or the typical Christmas colors, a wreath always gets us in the spirit for the special time of year. Place your wreath on a table, hang it on a door or right in front of you window blinds or window shades.
Winter Display – Wine Bottles
We love this idea. We have three wine bottles, one is slightly larger, and sprayed them with a coat of primer. Next a coat of craft bond was applied to create an adhesive. After that the bottom of the bottles were rolled in Epsom Salt to create a snowy texture on them. Then, let your imagination be your guide. Here, on a silver tray with silver pics from Michaels, a couple of candles and ornaments. Voila… so Christmassy.
Winter Mantle Decor
Check out this seasonal decor on the mantle. First a little snowy effect is created by placing a white boa in the center of the mantle, which could be replaced with a scarf. Next a pewter mug is filled with boxwood, but could also be filled with other evergreen cuttings. Additional charm is created by the twigs in vases with the white carnations and finished of by birch logs and glass candlesticks. We love this mantle!
This pillow just screams cozy. We found instructions that explain how to take one of your sweaters, cut it up, and sew it around a pillow to make it look like the one in the picture below. This can just as easily be purchased, even though it wouldn’t quite fit into the DIY category. We love this off white, soft pillow either way.
This easy centerpiece can be put together in no time and does not cost much. Simply take a glass vase that you can fit twigs in. Fill with sparkly snow face filler (available at the Dollar store). Once twigs are arranged hang crystal drops on them to create sparkle.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
A cold front is sweeping over big parts in the US, even our state of Texas is enjoying the colder temperatures. There is no nicer place than home when it is gray and chilly outdoors.
This is the time to cozy your place up, create some warmth and welcome yourself and friends into a cluster of hominess. We thought we’d present some ideas on how to create it:
With low temperatures outside, turn your focus towards your fireplace. While it adds warmth, it also offers the soothing sound of crackling wood and lends itself to get lost in the sight of the flames. A fireplace creates harmony and a feeling of well-being.
- Infuse Color
Fight the winter blues and gray days with color. Find a few decorating items that bring you room to life. A throw blanket or pillows with bold prints or bright colors can bring cheer and life into a gray day.
During the winter time our days and natural time of daylight are shorter. To maximize the light during this time can help our mood. When placing mirrors across from windows, our rooms are illuminated further, reflecting natural light into the room. Natural light is key to our well-being.
- Light-Filtering Window Shades
Even when we have to have shades to cover up our windows for added privacy, a light-filtering shade can filter natural light into the room. Perfect shades to allow daylight in are Comfortex Shangri-La Sheer Shades (Silhouette like shades), light-filtering cellular shades or pleated shades. Just because you want to keep your neighbors preying eye out, doesn’t mean you have to keep the sun out.
- Throw Blankets
While throw blankets are decorative, they also add to a layered look as well as texture. Regardless of room, a bedroom or living area is always a great place for an additional throw blanket. It turns any area into a great refuge from the cold winter winds outside.
- Textured Rugs
The nicest wooden floor and the most sophisticated tile can be too cold during the winter month. Help to bring the cozy factor indoors by adding a textured fluffy rug. It feels nice on your feet and adds warmth to the atmosphere.
- Extra Pillows
Just like the additional blanket, more pillows is cozier. During the cold month add additional pillows where it makes sense. They look nice and are something to grab when feeling chilly.
- Seasonal Scents
The seasonal scents in wax cubes or candles are amazing and create atmosphere. From Spiced Apple Punch, to Gingerbread Cookie Crunch the aromas are plentiful. Potpourri with huge pine cones and added color will be great eye candy as well. Activate your senses and enjoy this time of year!
Friday, October 24th, 2014
A child’s room should be a fun room. Inviting and playful, but most of all safe! October is window coverings child safety month, the month where we like to bring awareness to the dangers and risks of pull cords in a kid’s room. This month is the perfect month to give some decorating tips with your child’s safety in mind:
- Chose window coverings that are cordless, motorized or wand operated to avoid dangling strings and pull cords. Toddlers and youngsters as well as pets can get entangled and too many accidents happen each year due to cords. Great products are motorized cellular shades, Silhouette like shades, cordless pleated shades and so on. There are many choices in today’s market!
- Create a fun environment. For young children fun colors are a must! A child’s room can be louder and bolder than most other rooms. Fun borders, themed bead spreads and motives are welcome!
- Promote sleep! Since good rest is so essential for the well being of a little child, it is important to be able to really darken your child’s room. Afternoon naps and going to bed in the evening is easier when it is dark. Here again the right window covering can make the difference. Chose darkening materials found in cellular, pleated and roller shades to achieve this.
- Avoid clutter. Yes… easier said than done, but just like it is easier for us to function in a room that is de-cluttered, it isn’t any different for your little one. With good storage place and routines in place your child will fare better in a room that isn’t a chaotic mess… all the time.
- Temporary fun. Try decorative wall decals which aren’t very expensive and can be thrown out after the “soldier faze” or “fairy faze” has passed. We like to call them temporary tattoos. You little one can have fun with decorating, but it isn’t a permanent thing.
- Give him or her plenty of light. Good lighting is important, so make sure the room can be appropriately lit up when reading or playing. Having additional overhead lighting of a standing lamp can make the difference.
- Lastly – involve your child into the fun! While certain things are not up for discussion like safety to some over the top idea, when kids are presented with what they have a say in, they get excited about their environment. It makes them feel important and they take ownership of their own space. Have fun and stay SAFE!!!!
Monday, October 20th, 2014
When we think of interior decor we usually think of the visual aspect and how things look together. However, businesses have started to realize that the more senses are stimulated in a place you might just want to hang out a bit longer and enjoy your surroundings. This is apparent in high end spas and resorts. Dimmed light, soft music and burning incense are the norm here. Let’s look what we can incorporate into our homes to welcome us and our friends to stay a bit longer.
The visual aspect is the most obvious when designing a place. It involves how to mix and match colors, which shapes to incorporate, how to utilize lighting and so forth. It affects all items from window shades like Bali cellular shades, what couch you get, chairs, rugs and so on. Decor items should be balanced, the shouldn’t be too crowded and colors pleasing.
Sound can put us at ease. First thing to think about is to reduce outside noise. When possible a room should be well insulated, with sound barriers to other rooms and areas of your home. To create soft background noise can be calming and relaxing. Consider having easy listening music playing in the background, or a decorative water fountain; trickling water has a calming effect. The sound of a wind chime on the porch can have the same soothing effect.
We all know how certain smells trigger memories of ours, childhood memories when smelling cookies, the smell of certain flowers that remind us of a loved one. Research shows that pleasing scents affect our mood and well being. Today there are many products available to create light scents in our homes. It could be scented candles, oils, potpourri or even fresh flowers. With the newest Scentsy craze it is easy to switch out scents often and match them to the current season.
Taste is probably the hardest sense to incorporate into our home design. Regardless, little bites available on a coffee table like cookies, a few chocolates on the counter will always make friends feel welcome and invited. When there is something to nibble on, it is easy to stay just a bit longer and enjoy a conversation.
Texture and textiles are quite important when decorating a place. Think about what things feel like, a soft plush carpet, cool smooth leather, texture on pillows. By making the right fabric choices, you can create an environment where you want to spend more time in because things feel Think of a scratchy linen textured couch versus smooth leather or soft suede. How things feel, will have an impact on coziness and how comfortable you are.