COLLEGE DORM DREAMS
It’s that time of the year again when our College Freshman’s head to their College Campus’s ! They might be so excited to move into their college dorms, they’re not even thinking about how plain and basic it's bound to look—and trust us, they all look like that. Don't even get us started on the limited square footage, which you're sharing with another person, by the way.
Regardless of the tight space and stark appearance, this is about to be the backdrop to your first year college experience, there's no way we're letting you go with a dull dorm room. With some inspiration, you can transform your assigned living space into a stylish abode—no matter how limited your lighting is, how cold-looking your brick walls feel or how boring your furniture looks, we have tips for bringing your bland dorm room to life.
If you are bunking with a roommate, you both should get on board with a design scheme that you both like. Things will look so much better if you both coordinate the same style together
Sprucing Up The Walls
Add some “Peel N Stick” Wallpaper to those drab boring walls! This has become a popular DIY to create a temporary backdrop. So many different ways you can add some dimension to you space.
Save yourself some floor space and decide to decorate vertically instead. Rather than having a desk next to your bed, try bringing in a loft-style bed and sliding your study space under your sleeping area. You'll have everything you need without taking up extra square footage.
Add a Headboard & Lay Down a Rug
Dorms are packed with basic pieces of college hand-me-down furniture. Adding a gorgeous headboard to your assigned bed frame will totally transform the overall aesthetic of your room.
Never underestimate the power of a really good rug. Laying one down in the middle of the room will completely transform your space with barely any effort at all.
How to make Small Spaces feel Larger!
Go for Folding Pieces
You may need a desk and a dining table, but do you really need them 24-7? Consider installing furnishings that can fold up when not in use. You’ll free up floor space and avoid the stacks of mail and work that inevitably pile up on these surfaces. If you have a one-wall kitchen, folding doors can conceal clutter when not in use.
Focus on Lighting
Small spaces can often end up feeling dark due to small or nonexistent windows. Make up for the lack of natural light by adding plenty of light sources in every room, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Combine striking ceiling fixtures—either a pretty pendant or elegant flush mount, depending on your ceiling height—with sconces or table lamps for a cozy and bright atmosphere.
Mirrors and Other Methods
Reflection of mirrors is naturally space-creating, and also a classy and inexpensive way to maximize natural lighting. For instance, mirrors mounted directly opposite a window reflect and double the light it receives. You can also ‘extend’ a small corner window by placing an identically-sized mirror adjacent to it. Do you have dark corners that the light never seems to reach? Experiment with a mirror to angle light from a window towards the corners of a room. Mirrors can even help you get the most out of natural and artificial lighting at the same time when placed behind lamps or candles. Smaller mirrors on walls or bookshelves throughout the rest of your living space can further add light and visual ‘breaks’ to other surfaces. Mirrors are versatile, but they can be overdone. Other reflective surfaces create a similar effect to mirrors without turning your apartment into a fun house. One oversized leaning floor Mirror, will create the illusion that the space is twice it’s size, without taking up too much floor space!
It’s summertime...June is the month where we start enjoying our outdoor environments. Our backyard spaces can either be a place to entertain guests or a private oasis to soak up the sunshine! Here are some tips to create your “happy place”, doesn’t matter if you have a large Deck, Patio or small area to work with, you can spruce it up and make it feel cozy and inviting!
Decide On A Color Scheme
A color scheme gives your space a cohesive look, allows you to quickly gather everything you need and put it to work in the space. As it’s summer, try bold and fresh colors or at least go neutrals with bright accents – turquoise, pink, green, yellow, orange. If you love colors, boldly rock various shades creating an eclectic or boho chic look, mix them with prints to achieve a bright space.
a super bright deck with touches of bold blue, hot pink and fresh greenery plus geometric prints
Rattan and wicker furniture will bring a relaxed feel to the space but you ma actually use lots of various furniture you like. Forged furniture will serve you for years, buy it in a neutral color to match various decor ideas. Wooden furniture never goes out of style and it can be easily DIYed by you yourself. Don’t buy lots of stuff for every season or year – it will clutter all the space you have. Try to incorporate the furniture you have into your summer deck decor – it will be a cool challenge and will make you creative.
metal furniture always works for outdoors, it's very durable, just choose a basic color to rock it every year!
Choose decor and accessories according to the style you like. Lots of pillows and throws will bring a cozy feel to the space, don’t forget some rugs that match your decor style. Bring in more light with string lights or candle lanterns; go for cozy blankets that you’ll be able to use in the evening when it gets chilly.
bright lanterns, string lights and bright and printed pillows are a must to create an ambience on the deck
Add Plants and Flowers
These are the magical finishing touches! Hanging plants, floor plants and planted flowers in pots, will add color and green to the scene.
elegant cohesive planters with different plant, a large lantern with a candle for a summer deck
Sunday, June 20th is Father’s Day! To all those wonderful Dad’s out there, this is the day to honor you!
Sunday, May 9th is Mother's Day and what other way can we honor our beloved Mom's, than to shower her with everything she loves and to treat her like a Queen for the day!
For those that are able to wrap your arms around your Mom, please do and for those that have a Angel Mom in heaven, tell her you love and miss her!
A custom closet design is the perfect way to turn chaos into order and add a personal touch to your home aesthetic. Closets are a pretty straightforward part of the home—unless, of course, yours has turned into the “beasts with minds of their own”. If you’re struggling with a mountain of toys in your kids bedroom reach-in closet or a lifetime of designer clothing that just won’t fit into your limited master closet, you know what it’s like to think about organization, way more than you want to. Closet Organization (or lack thereof) becomes a constant daily stress
Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy solution. Whether you’re wanting a serious overhaul across the entire home or just a luxurious improvement to one particular storage space, a custom closet made specifically for your needs, is the perfect way to bring chaos to order! A specially designed closet for use in every room of your house, those fantastic extras that really appeal to homeowners and a quality experience, you just can’t find a better solution for your clutter problem. Custom closets also create the distinct feeling of luxury in a home. From perfect finishes, colors, and hardware in each unique space to stunning custom accessories, it’s easy to create the perfect combination. The “bells and whistles” and perfect little details that are the icing on the custom closet cake, tend to be the first things that visitors notice immediately. You simply can’t get this kind of luxury anywhere else. From a closet that is “fit for a Queen” or just a simple closet makeover, we have the best Contractor’s to knock it out of the park for you!
Spring is naturally the time for new beginnings, so April’s National Decorating Month comes along just when we need a push to turn over a new "stylistic" leaf.
NATIONAL DECORATING MONTH ACTIVITIES
Buy some local artwork! Picking out new decor' gives you a chance to make a unique statement about who you are and what you like. Sure, you could find some new decorations at a big box store. But even better — you could use National Decorating Month as an excuse to check out some local artists and see what really speaks to you.
ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR
Bringing in a little color is an easy way to liven up your place. Giving your room a makeover can be be as simple as painting an accent wall or sprucing up your end tables with some colorful spray paint.
FENG SHUI YOURSELF
Shaking things up a bit doesn’t have to involve spending a single penny. You could bring some new life into your surroundings simply by eliminating the clutter of unneeded items or by rearranging a room.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL DECORATING MONTH
It’s all about making a new statement! Look around your living space, do your decorating choices reflect your current taste? A display of empty liquor bottles or a poster taped to the wall may have been apropos during your college days, but maybe now you’ve got a taste for finer things, like actual poster frames. National Decorating Month could be the push you need to make sure your surroundings reflect the classy new you. It’s a chance to change the scenery!
Interior Designer Vs. Interior Decorator
So you've decided to make a few changes at home and you realize that you're going to need a bit of help. You begin looking for possible services and find that some professionals describe their work as “Interior Designers” while others are “Interior Decorators”. Now, suddenly you're faced with new questions, namely, "What's the difference?" And more importantly, "Which one do I need?"
Interior design and interior decorating are often mistaken as the same thing, but the terms are not completely interchangeable. There are many similarities between the two, so many, in fact, that opinions vary on exactly where to draw the distinction. There are also more than a few differences between the professions, some subtle, some significant. As you decide which kind of help you need when planning changes in your home, it will help to understand the differences between professional Designers and Decorators, their education, the credentialing, their services, and their clientele.
Schooling: Interior design is a profession that requires specific schooling and formal training. The work involved usually includes studying color and fabric, computer-aided design (CAD) training, drawing, space planning, furniture design, architecture, and more. Upon graduating, designers often apprentice with a registered and established Interior Design Firm before moving on to establish their own companies. Credentials: In some states and provinces, professional designers are required to pass an exam and become registered with a governing council (which one will depend on what country and state/province he or she is in) before they can be called designers. However, there are just as many locations where no credentialing is required. So it's a good idea to find out what the situation is in your area before starting your search. What they do: Designers are comfortable with spatial planning and can help design and renovate interiors—from drawing up the initial floor plans to placing the last decorative accent. Designers don't just enhance the look; they also enhance the function of a room. Who they work with: Interior Designers often work closely with architects and contractors to help achieve the look the client desires, whether that client is designing a residential home, an office, a hotel, or any other interior space.
Schooling: To practice professionally, Interior Decorators aren't required to have formal training or schooling because they focus primarily on aesthetics and don't participate in renovations or structural planning. A decorator comes into the picture after the structural planning and execution are completed to focus on the surface look of the space. Many professional Interior Decorators have college degrees in related fields, but it is not a requirement for the profession. Credentials: Even though no schooling is required to become an interior decorator, there are many programs and courses available. These courses often focus on color and fabric, room layouts, space planning, furniture styles, and more. Certifications from organizations like C.I.D. (Certified Interior Decorators International) offer coursework and certification to help decorators authenticate their practices. What they do: Good Decorators are skilled at coming into a room and whipping it into visual shape. For new spaces, they can help clients decide on a style, choose a color scheme, purchase furniture, and accessorize. They're also often brought in to spruce up an existing space that needs to be updated or redone. Who they work with: Decorators don't generally work with any contractors or architects, since structural work is usually completed before they come on board. They do, however, work with furniture makers, upholsterers, and other industry professionals. Most often though, they work directly with homeowners or business managers. Should I Hire a Designer or a Decorator? Who you should hire depends on your needs. If structural changes are needed (such as removing a wall, moving plumbing or wiring around, or adding new windows or doors), then generally an Interior Designer is the better choice. Designers can help plan for significant structural changes and help make them happen by working directly with architects and builders. On the other hand, if there are no structural changes needed but you need limited aesthetic help—deciding on a style; choosing wallpaper, paint, and furnishings; picking window treatments, and choosing lighting and accessories—an Interior Decorator will probably do the trick. Experienced Decorators know what works together and can transform a room to suit a client's needs and desires. In the end, however, choosing the right professional depends largely on the skills of the particular professional, not the job title!
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning, February 2, 2021 and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens. For many, that doesn’t really matter, as, we are spending much more time at home working and hanging out with our families!
This is usually the time of year that most of us are itching to combat the “winter blues” and spruce up our spaces and homes. Spring is just around the corner and lighting and brighting up our environment, is always healthy for our mindset. Yes, it has a lot to do with our psyche.
As, the seasons change, so does our color palettes. Think Fall and Winter, more warm and russet color tones and Spring and Summer light and bright colors. Neutral palettes are always timeless, while adding pops of color to greet the seasons.
The annual celebration of color is the result of a year long exploration into design, art, fashion, cultural and environmental influences around the globe. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, carefully curate a “Color Trend” palette that balances modern-day relevance with long-lasting appeal. At the center is one special hue that defines the palette and at the moment for 2021, the Color of the Year at Benjamin Moore is Aegean Teal 2136-40 and at Sherwin Williams Urban Bronze SW 7048. Both are entirely different but meet with the trend. Below are some examples of how the two Color Trends fit into a color palette.
You’ve searched social media for hours, wandered the aisles of your favorite home goods and decor shops (or scoured their online stores), and put together your best attempt at a mood board. In theory, you should be ready to tackle your redecorating project—but perhaps it hasn't fully come together. Maybe that cohesive vision hasn’t quite developed, or the decisions suddenly seem overwhelming. So, what's the best way to make sure you get what you really want? For even the most creative minds and fashion-forward eyes, hiring an interior designer can help you make that project come to life. Designers are able to do everything from space planning and furniture layouts to new cabinetry designs and fabric selections and even though “the process of hiring a designer can be daunting or even a little intimidating for those that have never worked with one in the past,” the benefits are well worth it.
Here are 6 reasons why you might want to work with an interior designer—for projects large and small.
1.) INTERIOR DESIGNERS ARE OFTEN PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED Interior designers have, in general, spent years educating themselves—there are a number of two- and four-year degrees for the industry in the U.S.—as well as honing their ability to conceive and importantly, execute projects. “Designers inherently have the ability to envision a project and understand how to bring it to fruition”. They’re skilled at all phases of a project: The early stages of identifying a client’s needs and desires, working on an allocated budget, fleshing out a workable design plan and finishing with all deliveries and installations.
2.) DESIGNERS BRING FRESH EYES AND UNEXPECTED IDEAS “A designer will not only bring their expertise and knowledge to a project but they will also bring a set of fresh eyes and endless ideas”. The best designers will be able to identify the potential of a space or its inherent pain points immediately and then provide creative solutions.
3.) THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE SURE YOUR GORGEOUS SPACE IS ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL One of the most important parts of the design process is getting to know the client. A Designer does this through careful listening, observation and note-taking during the initial meetings, when style, color palettes and goals for the project are discussed. Many Designers will make sure to ask a series of questions to cover, as much ground, as possible about aesthetics, as well as, the anticipated use and function of a space. Topics like frequency of use, anticipated changes in the family structure and favorite patterns or colors are important to discuss, to ensure that a space will meet your needs and taste for years to come. “The rooms need to function well but also look beautiful, too!”.
4.) YOU’LL GET ACCESS TO THEIR INSIDER NETWORK OF TRADESPEOPLE One of the biggest advantages of hiring a designer is their knowledge of knowing the finest craftsmanship, recommending the most reliable contractors and subcontractors. If you’ve thought about hiring a contractor to do your kitchen renovation, you may have found yourself immediately overwhelmed by figuring out whom to choose—and then trying to decipher who can actually get the job done or who will even take on your project. Designers “typically have access to contacts and competent craftsmen that they can recommend and oversee during the project.” That way, you don’t have to worry about whether your new cabinets will arrive on time or if the tiling has been executed correctly.
5.) THEY CAN COMMISSION CUSTOM ELEMENTS NOT READILY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC “Designers are truly only limited by their imaginations,” and the design options they can come up with are “almost limitless.” Thanks to their access to custom cabinetry, fabrics, wall coverings, furniture pieces, case goods, light fixtures and more. They'll know where to have a custom rug made that perfectly complements your space or draw up the closet of your dreams.
6.) YOU’LL GET IT RIGHT, ONCE AND FOR ALL Most clients “just want to get it right” after spending much time and resources attempting to create the environment they are looking for on their own. There no question about it: Doing things yourself means taking on a lot of risk and there’s no guarantee that it will come out the way you anticipated. (Not to mention the time you’re spending to make everything come together or the stress of figuring things out when they don’t go as planned). Working with a designer means that the refresh will be well thought out from the get-go, and the resulting spaces “can truly enhance one’s day-to-day living.” Remember .... costly mistakes could be devastating, so, before you take the plunge while trying to take on a project yourself (with the intentions of saving money), perhaps reconsider your thoughts and talk to a professional before diving in!