Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Colors - How to Use Shades of Brown in Decor

Paint Colors


Although gray and greige paint colors are still going strong, brown hues like taupe and beige are on their way back in! These colors are great to use as wall colors because of their rich, warm tones. These were mainstays for years and years before the popularity of grays came on. The great thing about using these colors is you don't have to worry about them going out of style because they are truly a classic choice.



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Another way to use shades of brown in your decor is by introducing it with fabrics. When you think about browns you may think dark and heavy but it doesn't have to be that way. The window treatments shown above have a bright creamy background with rich brown embroidery. This combination works so well because of the stark contrast. Keep this in mind when using shades of brown in your decor. 

Finally, you can use shades of brown in the furniture in your home. Brown upholstery is VERY forgiving and can stand the test of time especially if you have kids or pets. Again, when using browns remember to balance that darker richer color with a lighter contrast. Try light tans and creams on the pillows for a balanced neutral look!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Colors - How to Use Orange in Decor

Fall has officially arrived and with that comes all of it’s beautiful colors. One of the first colors that comes to mind when we think about Fall is orange. This, however, does not mean orange should be a Fall only color when it comes to your decor. Below we have included a number of examples of how we have worked orange into our designs. You will notice its almost never in an extremely prominent way. This is because orange is one of those colors that is best used in small doses. It only takes a little bit of orange to make a big impact as you will see in the examples below. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Decor Trends



Plaid is one of those patterns that will always be a classic and timeless choice. When this crisp, cool time of year comes rolling around it is the perfect time to bust out the plaid! Although plaids can come in many forms, we tend to associate it with warm textures and fabrics like wool which is why it is {& always will be} a go-to trend for Fall! 



One of the simplest trends to get behind for Fall is layering. Just like with your wardrobe, your home decor can use some layers as the weather starts to turn cool. For example, if you have a large area rug in your space, you can add a slightly smaller one on top of it to add more depth and warmth to the room. This is also true for things like throw blankets and pillows, the more the merrier this time of year! 
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Natural Textures

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Natural textures like wood or clay are a huge trend for Fall {& beyond!}. There is just something about these that bring warmth into your home like manmade materials can’t quite capture. The photos below show two styles of wood case goods we used in the same living room. These show two ways of achieving this natural look whether that be more polished and smooth, or natural and raw.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Tastefully Display Sports Memorabilia

Sports memorabilia.  We all have it. Whether it be autographed merchandise, ticket stubs, event programs…the list could go on and on.  We cherish these trinkets, but we aren’t sure exactly what to do with them.  So they sit in a box, or in a pile in the basement waiting for a chance to be displayed.   Over the years, our team has helped clients determine the right place and way to display their special treasures, and we’d like to share the ideas with you.  

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Framed Displays

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This type of display is best for flat items such as ticket stubs or magazines.  Keep in mind the magazines can add some bulk, so you will need to do one of two things: 1. Separate the cover from the rest of the magazine and frame it only, OR 2. Work with a professional framer on how to house the entire magazine within the frame. 

Shadow Boxes

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Shadow boxes offer more depth than a picture frame, so they work well for 3 dimensional items.  They can also be a good way to display a grouping of related items that don’t require individual frames.  For example, we’ve pinned a collection of swim caps onto the back of a shadow box to create a visual impact that could not be achieved by individually framing each of them.

Display Cases

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These types of cases are best for oddly shaped items like game balls.  There’s no way to mount them flat, so displaying in an individual case that protects from fingerprints and dust is a smart choice.

We hope you feel inspired to dig through your pile of mementos and start finding ways to show them off!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What’s Hot in Summer Decor?

Leaf Motifs


Leaf motifs have completely taken off in things like wallpaper and pillows this year. This tropical / jungle vibe lends itself to many beautifully styled spaces. Using this motif in your home really brings a touch of the outside in and creates a fun yet earthy vibe. Want to take this trend to the next level? Add in some real or faux plants as well!


Acrylic Details


Acrylic items like accessories, chairs, and side tables have been popular in recent years and it shows no sign of loosing speed. The beautiful thing about acrylic is it gives the appearance of glass without the fragility. It is an especially great choice to use in small spaces because it has virtually no visual weight which helps keep your room feeling larger!


Global Color Palettes 


More and more in our society, people are increasingly interested in taking cues from other cultures and countries for inspiration. This is true in both fashion as well as home decor! This color palette Sherwin Williams has put together is a great example of the types of colors in a “global” palette. Rich jewel and earth tones make for a gorgeous combination!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Quick Transitions from Spring to Summer Decor

Door Hangings


Although the transition from Spring to Summer decor doesn't need to be a drastic one, there are some simple things to swap to give your home that summer vibe. One quick switch to make is your door hanging, whether that be a sign or wreath of some kind. Your Spring door hanging may have had some pastels or other soft tones throughout it, so swapping to a bright fun door hanging will bring that punch of summer color to your door!


Door Mats


Another quick transition to make from Spring to Summer decor are your door mats. Some of you may keep the same door mat up all year round because it can be a very easy spot to overlook. However, this is a very inexpensive item to change out from season to season to give your home a quick freshening up! This will also give more life to your doormats since the same ones aren't being used for such extended periods of time. 


Go Bold with Color 


Summer is the time to go bold with color if you are up for it! Bright hues scream summertime and when they are used appropriately, they can be such a fun addition to any space, indoor or out. These are some great examples of how to mix in bright, bold colors into your Summer decor. 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hot Colors for Summer Decor


Blush continues to be one of the hottest colors in both fashion as well as home decor! It has even been coined the new neutral in women’s fashion. This color is great to use in small accents here and there. Overusing this color can result in an overly feminine space (which may be exactly what you are going for) but if you are wanting to stay a little more neutral, pops of this pretty hue can go a long way! 


Warm White

Warm white is another color that is going strong in the home decor world. White will always be a classic neutral that makes for a great base in any space. Warm white simply means a white with a warmer undertone like yellow as opposed to a cool white with a blue undertone for example. Going with this warmer shade keeps the space from feeling too stark or cold. 


Denim Blue 

Blues can range from the lightest powder blue all the way to the darkest navy. Denim blue is one we are seeing a lot of recently and will continue to be a hot color going into Summer. Its cool and soft shades can add a sense of peace and calm to any space. Another great thing about this color is it pairs beautifully with a huge range of colors which makes it easy to work into any space!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Luxe Decor Gifts to Give this Wedding Season

Wedding season is officially upon us, and with that comes the need to buy gifts. If you would like to stray away from the customary pots and pans or other household wedding gifts, decor gifts are a great option!


Wreaths make a fabulous home decor wedding gift! As the happy newly wed couple gets home and they are swimming in gifts like dishes, towels, and small appliances they may soon realize they don't have those fun personal touches that truly make a house a home. Giving the gift of a nice wreath for the front door is a fantastic way of providing them with that unique personal touch. 


Monogrammed Table Runner

Another home decor gift that makes for a great wedding gift is a monogrammed table runner. These photos show three different examples of how this can be done. These simple runners can go with many different decor styles so you don't have to worry about coordinating exactly with what they have in the space. Stay neutral in color, and simple in font and you will be good to go!


Custom Last Name Signs


Finally, a custom last name sign is another great decor gift to give as a wedding present. This is a sweet and sentimental gift that can be hung in any number of spaces throughout the home. There are countless options to choose from with these types of signs so you can choose one that feels most like the couple to you. Etsy is always a great source for items like these.