Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Update your Patio

Update or Add an Outdoor Rug

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If you have an outdoor rug that has taken a beating for multiple years it may be time to update it. On the other hand if you don't currently have an outdoor rug on your patio, consider adding one. You will be amazed at what a transformation simply adding a rug can do for your space. The goal of any outdoor living area is to make it feel as warm and inviting as your indoor living spaces. The addition of an area does just that!

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Refresh your Outdoor Pillows


Outdoor pillows are easy items to update almost every season if need be. If your patio is covered you have a better chance of stretching the life of your pillows. If your patio is uncovered however, there is a good chance you'll need to update your outdoor pillows almost every year. Places like Target or Ikea are great options if you are not wanting to invest a lot in items that may only stick around for the season.

Add in New Accessories


Outdoor accessories can really make the space. These include items like lanterns, string lights, and planters/plant stands. One fun addition that can really create a nice ambiance while also combating mosquitos is putting citronella candles in lanterns. Lighting like candles and string lights can add great warmth that your outdoor space may be lacking. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to Choose the Right Paint Color for your Space

Think About your End Goal

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What do you want the space to feel like? Are you shooting for light and airy, or rich and masculine? Are you trying to evoke whimsy in a kids room or drama in your master bedroom? Once you decide on the overall feel you are going for, you can easily narrow your search for the perfect color. Once you have a good idea in your mind of the direction you want to go in, start to do a little research in places like home decor magazines and Pinterest. This will allow you to picture how different colors actually work in different rooms of the home. This is much more effective than looking at a wall of swatches at your local paint store. 

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Work Around What you Have

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When choosing a paint color, you of course want to keep in mind the pieces that will be going in the room. If you have a lot of dark furniture, consider staying lighter on the walls. If you have mostly neutral furniture pieces, consider a muted color like a blue gray for example to add in color that way. You don't want to paint you walls something that wont make sense with the other items in the room. 

When in Doubt, Go Neutral

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If you are really struggling to decide on a paint color, neutrals are always a good idea. Some popular neutral paint colors include greiges which are combinations of beige and gray paint colors. This keeps your walls up to date while also staying warm and inviting. This will allow your walls to be a nice base for you to build on from there. You can then add color in things like art, rugs, and accessories!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How to Create a Gallery Wall


Start by laying out all the pieces you are planning to use in the gallery wall, on the floor.  Once you find an arrangement you like, measure the overall height and width of the grouping to make sure it will fit on the wall where you plan to hang it.  If it is too large, make adjustments as needed.  

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Brown craft paper can be a great tool for hanging gallery walls. You can use it in a couple of ways:
1. Roll out the paper on the floor and place your pieces on top.  Arrange the pieces in whatever way you want them to hang on the wall.  Then outline the pieces on the paper.  Once you have your outlines drawn, remove the pieces from the paper and hang the paper on the wall.  This will show you if you need to adjust any spacing between pieces OR if you need to adjust the group’s placement on the wall. 

2. You can trace the outline of each piece you are including in the gallery wall on the craft paper.  Then cut out the shape and tape to the wall.  You are then free to move the shapes around as much as you like until you land on an arrangement that pleases you.  If you want to take it a step further, you can mark on the paper shape where the hanging mechanism is located.  That allows you to nail right through the paper and eliminates the possibility of placing the nail in the wrong place.

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As a rule of thumb, start with 2” between pieces in a gallery wall.  Depending on the size of the pieces, you may need to adjust this to be more or less than 2”. Hang smaller items close together, while spacing out larger pieces. This offers good balance.  

The center of an art piece, or a gallery wall should fall around 60” from the floor.  Again, this may be adjusted if your ceilings are exceptionally high, or if your family members are tall.  Start at 60” and adjust based on what looks right with the scale of your room.

Your design aesthetic will dictate the style of your gallery wall.  A minimalist may prefer black and white photos in black frames with white mats arranged in neat rows.  Someone with an eclectic style may hang oil paintings in ornate frames next to abstract prints in simple frames.  The most important thing to remember is that the wall should reflect YOU and your style.  What do you want the space to say about you?  That should be what guides your choices for the grouping.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It’s Spring! Is it Time to Update your Bedding?

How Often to Swap

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Continuing with our Spring Update series, we are jumping to bedding this week. With bedding being a sizable investment, you don't want to feel like it needs to be updated constantly. One trick that can help your space feel refreshed is to have two full sets of bedding. One set for Spring/Summer, and one set for Fall/Winter. The style and materials should reflect the season ie. lighter weight fabrics for the warmer months and a bit heavier for the colder months. 

What Feel are you Going for?

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Your bedroom is a place in your home that should feel the most comfortable and personal to you. This means you should make it exactly what you want and not worry with anything else. Whether you want your bedroom to feel like a high end hotel or a cozy french cottage, make it your own. Fill it with items that make you happy and bring you comfort. Bedding is one of the most important aspects of creating your oasis. Are you a no fuss type? Skip the excessive throw pillows. Are you craving over the top glam? Go there! This space is all about you. 

Spring/Summer Bedding Inspo

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If you are still feeling a little lost on what direction you want to go in when updating your bedding, check out these inspiration photos to get some ideas!




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Its Spring! Is it Time to Update your Window Treatments?

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On last weeks blog we talked about updating your throw pillows for Spring. While a pillow update is something you could easily do every season, window treatments certainly do not need to be updated every season. That being said, with Spring in full swing, it may make you look around your home and realize you are tired of the same treatments you've had for years. 

Change with the Times

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When it comes to window treatments, it can be easy to look them over and keep them the same while everything else in the room changes around it. It is important to keep your treatments updated as well as in line with the rest of the space. For example, if you have recently updated the furniture in your living room to a casual transitional style and your window treatments remain very traditional, you will not be able to achieve the full look you are going for. 

Less is More

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Gone are the days of over the top treatments like heavy tapestry panels topped with huge dramatic swagged valances. These days less is truly more. Simple clean lines rule the day, with soft textures and patterns being what you're seeing all over. Some of our favorite go-to treatment styles include faux roman shades, box pleat valances, and grommet or pinch pleat panels. Popular treatment fabrics include soft neutrals, simple embroideries, and geometric patterns. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Its Spring! How to Select Throw Pillows to Update your Space

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With the turn of the season upon us, many look around their home and want some changes. It inspires us to freshen up and update our space. One way to pull off a quick and impactful update this Spring is by updating your throw pillows. Whether it be your living room, bedroom, or even a banquette or window seat, swapping out your throw pillows can make a huge difference. 

Pattern Mixing

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When selecting throw pillows, pattern mixing is one aspect that can cause some to struggle. Keep this simple rule in mind, pair large scale patterns with small scale patterns or solids. You wouldn't want to add three small scale patterned pillows to a sofa for example. This will become too busy and wont be pleasing to the eye. By pairing large scale patterns with small scale you create depth and visual interest. 

Think Light and Bright for Spring


When Spring comes we are all craving to ditch the heavy layers and darker colors that we associate with the cold weather. Spring feels like a fresh start and with that comes light and bright colors. These photos show great examples of how to add light and fresh colors in your throw pillows!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Its Spring! How to Decorate with Florals

In Patterned Fabrics


Spring is in the air and that means the flowers are in bloom {yay!}. If you are feeling inspired by the fresh buds outside and want to start introducing florals into your home, one way to do so is with floral patterned fabrics! Floral fabrics come in a wide variety of styles and types. Some may immediately think of the small scale florals of their grandmother’s day. Think again! There are beautiful floral fabrics for almost any taste. Florals are best used in small amounts here and there. They can make gorgeous statements when used correctly. These photos show two great examples of how you can use floral fabrics in decor. 

In Art


Another great way to introduce florals into your home is in artwork. Again, there is a huge variety in the types and styles you can choose from to fit you and your home’s personality. Everything from over the top traditional to minimalistic contemporary and everything in between is what you'll find on the market today. One of our favorite ways to introduce floral artwork into a space is with abstract florals. Using this style can allow masculine and feminine styles to merge  since we normally think of florals as leaning toward the feminine side.

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With Real or Faux Stems


Finally, you can introduce florals into your space by using real or faux stems in an arrangement. Some of our favorite types to use when going faux include orchids, tulips, hydrangeas and peonies. All of these flowers can look very real in their faux forms which is an important quality to have when putting together a faux arrangement. Bringing Spring indoors with real or faux stems can truly breath life into any space and can give you that fresh feel you've been searching for!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Decor Trends

Purples - Inspired by the Color of the Year


Pantone’s color of the year is “Ultra Violet” which a gorgeous purple tone. The color of the year always inspires trends in both the fashion as well as the home decor world. Look out for this gorgeous color and similar shades to pop up everywhere! This color would look beautiful worked into small touches like your throw pillows. 


Preppy Chic


Preppy chic is a huge trend this Spring. This trend includes patterns like gingham and plaid as well as fun bold colors like bright blues and reds. With stores like Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James becoming hugely popular, there has been a resurgence of preppy style. Although it is on trend at the moment, it also falls under the category of being a classic style choice, so its really a win win!

Natural Wood


Finally, natural woods are very on trend for Spring. These photos show perfect examples of how to incorporate natural wood tones into your interior spaces. We love the look of light woods and the warmth that brings into any room. This is one trend that will carry on well past just this season alone.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It’s Almost Spring - Here’s how to Begin Transitioning your Decor

Heavy Fabrics and Textures Out, Light and Airy In


When those cold months roll around we tend to bring in lots of layers, heavy fabrics and a lot of texture. With Spring time knocking at the door its time to start thinking about removing some of these layers and heavier fabrics. Go back in with lighter weight fabrics to create a more airy feel to your space. 


 Bring in More Color

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One other easy way to begin transitioning your decor from Winter to Spring is by adding in fun punches of color. This is easiest to do in places like your throw pillows, blankets, and small accessories. That way you are not having to invest a lot in constantly switching ALL of your decor for every season, just small touches here and there.

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Bring the Outdoors Inside

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One of the first signs of Spring is when you begin to see green popping up outside. Fresh grass and new buds are everywhere you look, so why not bring that fresh green into your home? There are so many types of indoor plants that are extremely easy to care for like succulents for example. Not comfortable with caring for a real plant? Go faux!  Things like orchids and succulents can look very realistic in their faux versions!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Weekend at The Greenbrier

We had the chance to take the “Dorothy Draper School of Decorating” course at the gorgeous, historic Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The whole experience was certainly one for the books. This blog will take you through some of the major highlights and takeaways from visiting the resort and taking the fantastic course. 

The Resort

The Greenbrier is an absolutely stunning, expansive resort that truly has something for everyone to enjoy. As soon as you step into the doors you feel like you are stepping back in time. Everywhere you look there are details you won’t see at any hotel these days. Just one small example of this is the old-fashioned mail shoot they have.  The collection box is placed just as you are walking on to the main elevator and every floor has access to a mail slot. They have kept this feature not just as an interesting showpiece of another time, but as a fully functioning mail system!

Walking into The Greenbrier it is truly sensory overload. There are bold colors and patterns as far as the eye can see. You go from an aqua blue room, into a deep burgundy space, and then mint green beyond that. These just simply are not things you see anymore. There is something so magical about the feeling of visiting The Greenbrier that is so hard to put into words. 

The room we stayed in had bright, over-the-top wallpaper with blue and white vases holding coral and yellow tulips. The bright daylight poured in through the windows and bounced beautifully off of all the bright colors in the space. As you step into the bathroom, yet another bold wallpaper, this time pink flowers, along with a hand-painted flower on the shower tile. This just gives you a small snapshot of what it was like to stay at this amazing property.

The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating

The main event of the weekend and our number one reason for going was to take the “Dorothy Draper School of Decorating” course that is offered on site. This course was taught by the legendary Carleton Varney who has been the President of Dororthy Draper Co. for 50 years now. He mentored under Dorothy who was America’s first Interior Decorator. Yes you read that right, she was the first to professionalize interior decorating, how cool?

The course itself was a mix of walking through the thought process behind the “Dororthy Draper style” of decorating which dismisses all that is drab and neutral and welcomes everything that is bright, bold and most importantly comfortable. One of our favorite Dorothy quotes they shared with us is “If it looks right, it is right”. What a simple yet powerful statement? It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking interior decorating is a science that can be broken down into a bunch of rules to follow. While this can be true, it is so important to know when and where to abandon the rules when need be. Your home should be a place that you love where you are surrounded by colors and items that make you happy, it’s as simple as that!