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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Decorating with the Five Senses: Sight

Of course the first sense used when walking into a room is sight. People can come alive with the right visual cues; arrangement, light, and colors are the majors elements that draw the eyes.

The art placed in home can affect emotions while looking at it. Hang a cohesive unit of artwork closer together, or use one large dramatic piece. Remember, the center should be at eye level. To draw a certain type of emotion into a room, choose the art that releases what is desired. Hang family photos in chronological order to create an awareness of time. This can help memory and tells the story of life and family. Plus, it’s fun to showcase certain moments that are cherished for everyone to see!

Using different colors in a room impacts mood; blue for calmness, red for excitement, orange for enthusiasm, the list goes on. When weighing options for a paint color, really think about how a whole room of that color feels to be in; if it’s too intense, maybe settle for a focus/accent wall or items. Patterned wall papers can be just as effective too. Playing with them can help you developed a color scheme to invigorate certain empathy.

The right dimness and brightness can impact how everything is seen. Embrace an interesting light fixture that may play with the eye or a smaller simple to create sublty. Be sure to get the right dimness/brightness for the space. Remember, the tone of the lights can also affect the colors scheme. Cool tones will help elaborate a clean and fresh look. Warmer tones cast a homey or romantic feeling.

The bottom line, visual cues transform a person’s mood. Utilizing these techniques can lead to embracing a new outlook everyday. After all, what you see is what you get!

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Spring is Here!

Spring is here, and hopefully where you live that means the gray snowy weather is in the rear-view mirror. If you happen to live in New England, you may need a little more patience this year! But, like any year, spring is the time for new beginnings, which in the world of home décor, means fresh starts, freshening up, and brightening up.

In terms of colors, bright and bold. Think along the lines of pastels, but with a little more punch to them. A bright lilac, a strong coral, even a bold peach. These colors should be used as the basis of your decorating – from any walls that need to be repainted, to accent pieces that need to be added into your space. They are great because they have warmth to them but are bright enough to make your space look bigger and more spacious. Geometric patterns are also popular in 2018 which are great to add in with any soft treatments. Gold accents are also continuing to carry over from winter 2018 as a mix with the new spring colors.

It’s time to put away all the heavy blankets and take off the heavy window treatments. Trade out the heavy blankets with some bright colorful throws, this year introducing bold colors, and floral patterns. Replace the heavy drapes with airy light curtains. This year stick with bright neutrals – sands, beiges, and whites, in light fabrics like linens.

While doing your spring cleaning, keep in mind, the less clutter the more relaxing the space. Maybe that means taking the extra step to add some organization. Some magazine holders in your living room. A filing cabinet in your office. More clothing storage/organization in your bedroom. Some additional shelving in your bathroom. Taking these steps will help to lighten up the feel of your room but adding the additional organization will make it something you can maintain moving forward as well. (Added bonus: you can use these as the pieces that bring in the new colors of the season).

And of course, the style that never gets old in the Spring, bring in some greens! Adding foliage to any room, whether it be green plants that you can keep for a long time or bringing colorful flowers in from your gardens will instantly warm the room, and make it feel like spring. Happy decorating!!

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DIY Inspiration Tips and Advice

Designing Her “Big Girl Room”

As little girls grow older, they want and assert more independence and adventure out while trying to figure out who they are. Every girl wants a bedroom that is fun and embodies who she is.

For starters, spicing up the room up with bright fun colors is always a great place to begin this transformation. Try letting them choose two colors that blend well together. For example two shades of purple or a purple/pink combination. This will allow them to choose colors they like and are inspired by, while you still being able to say you opinion as well.

Next, try adding some funky furniture. Ikea and Target have great funky and original looking pieces that are relatively inexpensive and can really liven up the room. Look for furniture that is comfortable yet exciting. Such as fury bean bag chair, fuzzy rugs, egg shaped chairs or small hammocks. Having a really cool lamp is always interesting too. The right lighting in a room could truly make all the difference. Simple changes such as adding throw pillows to the bed or changing the bedding in general can also be a great addition or change to the room. 

Decorative stickers are always a plus and add more of a personal touch to the design. Depending on the age of the girl; there’s a wide variety to choose from. It can be her favorite Disney character, motivational quotes, butterfly stickers or their initials. Great thing about the stickers is that your choices are endless. If you really want to think out of the box; your local retail stores carry chalk board stickers that come in all shapes and it’s cool for all ages. Which can be used for several reasons; such as a calendar, a things to do board or a signature space for their friends.

There is no major rhyme or reason to putting the room together. At the end of the day; the goal is to make sure the room is fun, inviting, and filled with all things she loves which makes her feel special.

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Spring Updating

Spring Updating

As soon as the days begin to get warmer, you realize it is time to spruce up the house for spring! One of the most popular trends for 2016 is – nautical.  The great thing about this style is you can take it as simple or as over the top as your decorating style may be, and it can be used in pretty much any room in the house.

The basic premise of a nautical style is simple.  Clean colors – white, beiges, and navy are the three predominant colors that are often used. Luckily, most people have a room in their home that has either white, or beige walls – so an easy template to start working with.

In pretty much any room you can add the pop of color with curtains or other soft treatments in the room (blankets, pillows, rugs). Generally you want to add a pattern or a pop of navy blue.  There are a ton of different materials in the store this year with prints ranging from anchors, to starfish, to simple sailing stripes.

If you are dealing with a bedroom, change out the comforter set to bring in the patterns and designs.  If a bathroom, switch out the shower curtain.  It’s even a simple update in a bathroom – changing out the counter accessories (there are a ton of shell themed bathroom accessories).

But remember, the basis of the style is to keep it simple and clean.  Add one piece, or multiple pieces, but just make sure to make it fun!

 

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Spring Decor

Spring Decor

Time to brighten up your décor! Spring is finally here, the snow is gone, and it’s time to bring the bright colors and sunshine back into your house!!

You can officially take down all of the heavy drapery, and all of the other “keep warm” solutions you had hung on your windows. If you feel like bringing in some color, grab some fun patterned or printed curtain panels – that just hang stationary on the sides of the windows – and don’t block out the view. The trend for 2016 is pattern – floral patterns are extremely popular, and bright bold colors.

Also time to put away all of the heavy blankets, from the beds and in the living areas. Put them away for the spring/summer, and take out the lighter weight ones. If you need new ones, make sure to grab colorful, light weight designs – that serve more as decoration than warmth. It is always a good time of year to grab some new throw pillows – this is an easy way to bring in the trend of the year without making a big investment in the décor.

Try to bring the outside inside. Not just through colorful patterns, but bring in some flowers or plants. Take inventory of the plants you have left from last year – if they are just barely hanging on – bring the old ones outside – sometimes they come back to life when they are outside. Ask at the store – some variety of plants are far less maintenance than others – don’t get anything that will require too much upkeep! It’s also a great time of year to pick up some flowers and fill the vases that sat empty all winter.

It’s always amazing how small changes can make a huge impact at this time of the year. And my favorite part of spring is it’s all about color! You’ll see it when you are shopping for new spring clothes, so why now dress up your house while you are at it!!

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Studio Tips and Tricks

STUDIO TIPS AND TRICKS.

In seven years I have lived in at least eight small space studio apartments. Along the way I have experimented, and found out about what works and what does not work for a small space studio.

One common obstacle that I alway run into with all my studio apartments is that lack of space. To make the studio look and feel like it is  bigger than it really is, I  painted the walls with cool colors.  And as an artist, I have learned that cool colors recede and warm color pop forward. with my walls being a cool blue that  trick my mind into thinking that the wall a further apart. Another trick that I have also discovered, is adding couple of large mirror on the walls will also do the same trick.

I am always fighting and trying to figure out how to keep my small apartment clutter free. After walking through the door after a long day of work there are usually a pile of mail waiting on the floor for me. One solution that I have come up with to keep it organized and out of my site  is to put all the mail in a box that I have painted to match the walls of the foyer. by painting the box exactly as the wall color, that creates the illusion that the is not here.

In my one bedroom studio my bedroom flows right into the living room, I wanted to create a visual division yet make it flow. several ways  that I did that is by painting the bedroom one shade of blue  and the living room and other shade of blue with in the same family of color. I also decorated the walls  with a series of 1950s illustrations that has the same style  from one of my favorite artist.

I am always trying to figure out of ways to trick my brain into thinking my studio is larger and organized because a studio apartment does not give me a lot of choices.

Pierre
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What colors should I make my room?

By: Sai
Conventional wisdom says always go neutral because you never know what you might change in the future. I am here to say forget that! Do as you wish as long as you do it the right way. You see there is an art form of picking out a color for your blinds, paint etc. You just have to be enlightened to the dos and don’ts of color selections when it comes to blinds. There are a millions colors and tones and new ones being created everyday.  Need help choosing? Here are a few steps to follow!

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