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The Resimercial Trend

By Gina G.

If you’re new to the resimercial trend, it may, at first seem like a fictional concept.  However, with its growing success, interior designers are utilizing this very real “blended” trend to revitalize shared spaces in corporate offices.  The emergence of resimerical designs stem from an evolving work force wherein diverse groups of employees spend additional time at their offices beyond the traditional eight hour work day.  

The concept includes blending what were two distinct design areas, residential and commerical, together cohesively to create a comfortable and collaborative space wherein employees can congregate and thrive.  It includes deviating from the common white (and often sterile feel) of traditional office spaces to introducing softer, cozier residential elements. Resimericial designs seek to create clean, efficient and organized common areas that are also relaxing and inviting.  

Although there is by no means a uniform approach to achieve this, there are some common elements to creating a resimerical office space.  Having a more open floor plan instead of divisional work spaces is one element. Utilizing wood as common material in your space is another.  It brings a more rustic and homier feel to a space as opposed to the traditional use of metals and plastics in office spaces. Darker-colored hardwood floors, tables, and chairs can also contribute to the design and bring contrast.

The goal is to incorporate residential decor, yet creating true resimerical spaces are a bit more involved than just transplanting home decor to the office.  Vibrant area rugs and brightly colored throw pillows are often present in resimerical spaces to contrast the typical white office walls. Modern multi-person seating with soft cushioning encourages collaboration and gathering.  The seating furniture in resimerical designs should also be comprised of durable materials since it will need to survive consistent use (beyond that of a home) yet be comfortable. Finally, including bold or textured art work and large potted plants can contribute to your resimercial design.

Rollers as Resimercial Essentials       

The successful in implementation of resimercial design to your office space means you probably have a collaborative, open space with plenty of natural lighting, comfortable seating, and vibrant bright colors.  It is probably a space that is both professianal and cozy. However, to ensure that people enjoy spending time in this space without feeling like fish in a fish bowl, you’ll probably need to make a decision regarding covering the windows.  If your space requires privacy, you’ll need to address that without darkening or closing in the space. In the event that you do not require privacy, you may still want to soften the effects of the sun so that people can work comfortably on their electronic devices.  Roller shades, with their versatility, present the perfect window treatment solution to any resimercial space.

Traditionally, when covering office windows, aluminum mini blinds or vinyl vertical blinds were the common choices.  These were useful in that they were relatively inexpensive, very durable, and could cover larger windows. However, these blinds contributed to the now old-fashioned sterile and institutional office atmosphere left spaces void of design.  In an effort to soften up office spaces emerged the resimercial design approach.

Roller shades are consistent with this approach in both design and in function. Functionally, roller shades are user friendly as they simply go up and down whether they’re cordless, with a cord, or motorized.  There are no slats to bend, break, or tilt. Most roller shades have valances that cover the hardware and roll. Their seamless design brings a modern, sleek and clean addition to any room. However, it is really the abundance of fabric options that really make roller shades essential to any resimercial design.  If you haven’t added any artwork to the space, perhaps select a bold pattern to cover the window. If you have a lot of design elements already in the space, a simple roller shade in a linen-like fabric may suffice as it will add a little texture and be simple but not plain. Finally, if you’re attempting to keep the view, select a sun-weave material that will reduce sun glare but still be sheer.  They are available in wide range of colors and prints and contribute to the openness of the resimercial space.

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Bringing Summer Inside

By Steven M.

While many people run inside to avoid the side effects that come with summer, decorating the inside of your home with summer in mind is a great idea. Freshening the look of your home based on the season is a great way to keep your decor from getting stale or boring, making every day bright and fun. Using bold colors to splashy prints, a few easy decor updates can make your home feel like a summer getaway. Plus, summer is the season for entertaining, bot inside and out.

Summer is the perfect time to try and incorporate floral prints into your decor. From rugs and shower curtains to  throw pillows and curtains, it’s easy to add a pop of nature to any room in your house, without having to worry about watering and maintaining it. However if you feel inclined and able to take care of plants, this would also be a great idea to add to your home. Fresh flowers allow not only color but also the feeling of nature within the walls of your house.

In addition to floral print, adding bold textures to your home can also give the feeling of summer. Burlap and linen are popular choices for this , giving a beachy feel to any room, who wouldnt wanna feel like they’re at the beach even while in their own living room. Anything utilizing natural fibers , such as wicker, is another way to incorporate texture into your space. All of these elements make for a relaxed and casual feel. These days a room without color or texture is simply unheard of , regardless of the season. 

No matter your decor style updating for the seasons is a great way to keep your decor in style.  Swapping our a few elements can be a fast and easy way to make your home feel new and in line with the seasons.  Summer is a great time to add different textures new colors or patterns. Any chance to add freshness and life such as plants are perfect for this time of year as well.

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Let’s Talk MorView

Can you imagine a window treatment that could blend and enhance any décor, provide an amazing insulation value, is child and pet safe, plus will improve the value of your home? That perfect window treatment happens to be interior shutters. Shutters are one of the top window treatment products on the market today. Clean and elegant, these louvered shutters not look amazing in the home, they also provide privacy, lower energy bills and protect your belongings from fading from the sun. More and more homeowners are choosing to add shutters to their home and with a multitude of customization options, who can blame them!

First off, the basics if you’re unfamiliar with morview shutters here’s what you need to know. Morview shutters are window treatments that are permanently installed on your windows. Traditionally white louvers that open and close to control how much of the outside world you let into your space. You can pick between a 2 ½ inch louver to let less light in and provide a busier look when they are closed, since they are smaller and there are more of them. Whereas the 3 ½ options let more light in when opened. Some companies have a tilt rod which is a vertical bar that runs down the center of the shutter and this device operates the louvers. Morview shutters introduces the tilt bar behind the panel doors so they are not exposed to the inside view of the room. This new design gives you the advantage of seeing the total view of the outside. There are also framing options when it comes to your shutters. Some homeowners choose a standard frame which is called a shaker, while others nay choose a more decorative frame which is called traditional to match the space.

If you have grand proportion room and a big window to go with it, make the window a focal point. Shutters are the number one choice for style and practically. Unlike fabric window dressings like curtains, they’re easy to maintain, suitable for kitchens, dining areas, living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms. White shutters are a classic color for a timelessly stylish look. Shutters are an excellent choice when personalizing and enhancing your home, giving you more time to sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Plantation Shutters VS Blinds: Which Should You Choose?

Choosing a window treatment for your home involves weighing out many different factor. Two main factors include practical ones and also design preferences. Should you go with plantation shutters or blinds for your windows? While both window treatment options provide you with privacy and control over how much natural light you’re getting, there are notable differences between the two that you should take into consideration. Keep the following in mind when you’re deciding between plantation shutters or blinds for your home.

Plantation shutters can enhance the appearance of any room in your home while also providing you with improved energy efficiency and plenty of natural light. You’ll find that there are several styles and louver sizes to choose from, as well as different materials. How do you know which shutters to select for your home? Keep the following factors in mind, so you can narrow down your options and find the ideal shutters to suit your windows.

Your windows allow you to look at the world around you. They let the sunshine in so you can bask in the natural light the sun provides. For all the good they do, they also have a few drawbacks when it comes to your heating and cooling costs. Even though most windows today offer some degree of thermal protection, they can’t protect you from everything. Plantation shutters can take over where your windows leave off.

Plantation shutters are an investment in both the decor of your home as well as its security. Unlike curtains, plantation shutters serve several other purposes and can be easily adjusted to control both light and visibility. By choosing this type of shutter, you are actually adding an additional level of security to your home, all the while increasing your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

Buying a home means a lot of choices when it comes to decor and functionality. You want your home to look stylish, but you also want comfort and versatility. Your first few months in your new home will help you decide how to proceed when it comes to upgrading your windows and shutters.

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The Power of a Grey Kitchen

Neutral color palettes like white, tan and beige have long held their top spots as the most popular kitchen hues. However, the use of sleek, sophisticated grey color schemes is soaring. When it comes to a kitchen design, grey is making its mark as the new must have essential color. Grey is both modern and edgy while remaining timeless and classic. So, it comes to no surprise that grey is quickly becoming the contemporary neutral of our time. As a refreshing take on neutral, grey can be the perfect choice because of its wide range of warm and cool shades. It suits just about every room, every mood, and every setting. The versatile of grey makes it perfectly suited for kitchens. It provides a relaxing neutrality and an exciting warmth to your space, giving you the best of both worlds. Grey presents itself as a fitting backdrop to any style from classic to modern and even traditional. All furniture styles and all ranges of bright colors pair delightfully with this modern neutral. Unlike beige or tan, it contrasts well with wood tones, making it the ideal companion for wood floors. If you can’t decide which color to go with, combining both grey and white cabinets give you the best of both worlds. It’s also a great way to add interest to your kitchen while breaking things up. You can also reverse the colors by doing grey as the cabinets and white for the kitchen walls. The look of grey cabinets build anticipation for other aspects of the kitchen. You can not wait to see the countertop, the floor, the backsplash and so on. In a way grey allows other elements of the kitchen décor to stand out. Instead of boring, grey actually makes the kitchen more exciting.

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Small Space Solutions

If you are like most people, no matter how big or small your space is, there still isn’t enough space for storage. But, if living in an apartment or condo, you are often presented with situations that leave you without a logical space to store an item. The key is to come up with creative solutions to add storage and shelving in places that you wouldn’t even have considered it! We have compiled a list of clever ideas that we have either seen used or tested out ourselves that made great use of otherwise “useless” spaces.

  • Kitchen
    • Use hanging shelves/containers to store things that usually clutter your countertops – think fresh fruits/produce or bread. Depending on your space, add hanging shelves to the end of cabinets, or find shelves that can hang underneath your cabinets and instantly free up counter space.
    • Make the most of your pantry. Even if it’s a small space – add storage to the inside of the door – think small things like spices, or aluminum foil/plastic wrap, that usually takes up shelf real estate that can be better utilized. When I did this, I got different shape desk organizers and drilled them directly onto my door and it added so much extra space!
  • Bathroom
    • Floating shelves! These can literally solve so many problems in small bathrooms – for giving you shelves next to the sink for basics – toothbrushes/toothpaste, cosmetics, q-tips, medicine (especially if your bathroom is lacking a medicine cabinet). They can also work over the toilet for towel storage, back up toilet paper, and any other bathroom products.
    • Shelves in the space between the toilet and sink. In most bathrooms, while not a lot of space, there is a space between the two that is completely un-utilized. Whether you find open shelving or shelves with baskets, you have added extra storage for anything you need, without taking away from the space in the bathroom (because honestly it was a wasted space to begin with).
  • Bedroom
    • Floating shelves again are key in the bedroom. Whether you have space to add them next to the bed – think over the nightstand or maybe in place of the nightstand, or over a vanity or desk – they can be used to store anything and everything. Again, keep in mind how neat you are – using baskets can always limit the amount of clutter.
    • Make the most of your closets. If you have hanging space in your closet, you likely have enough space to hang a shelf directly above that can be used to store more clothes. You probably also have enough space below for a shoe organizer – or even Rubbermaid bins that can store clothes that aren’t in season.

The thing to keep in mind when figuring out what space you can better use, is by looking at the room and seeing what space is being wasted, and finding shelves or containers that can make the most out of this space. Hope this helps a little with your spring cleaning/organizing!!

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Planning Lighting Designs

A room’s lighting can set a mood, create depth and space, highlight the strengths of a room, improve the functionality of a space, and even regulate our sleeping & waking cycles. Here are some tips to guide your room’s lighting plan:

WHAT KIND OF MOOD DO YOU WANT TO CREATE?

Different rooms should set different moods. For example, we like kitchens to feel bright, cheery, and functional. A bedroom, on the other hand, should be comfortable and relaxing. Bright lighting and task lighting can help a kitchen fulfill its purpose. A bedroom should allow for low lighting and block outside light when you need it to.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS AND NEEDS OF THE ROOM?

Are there items in the room that that need more or less lighting? This might include expensive, light-sensitive items like paintings, brocade, or plants, which might need to be in or out of direct lighting. Additionally, if a TV or computer is in the room factor in dim lighting and seek to reduce glare.

WHAT’S THE NATURAL CYCLE OF THE SUNLIGHT IN THE ROOM?

Watch your room as it progresses through the day. What’s the natural light like in the morning? In the afternoon when the sun is hottest? In the evening? North and south facing windows will provide more steadily regulated lighting during the day. East and west windows will provide sharp slants of light, broad swathes of sunshine, and total shadow, depending on the time of day. Consider what kind of lighting you want to invite into your home, and what kind you’ll want to regulate.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESOURCES?

This will include your windows, a skylight, and the lamps and lighting fixtures already there. Your adjustments might include installations of new lighting, dimmers, additional windows, and especially, adjustments to the existing windows. Although windows might be difficult to move, it’s easy to make old windows seem new with some strategic window shades and blinds.

Several interior design professionals say the biggest-impact; lowest-cost upgrade you can make is to install dimmers. Consider shutters and blinds your natural-light dimmers. They allow you to control the levels of light and the direction in which it’s cast. Additionally, beautiful shades will suddenly upgrade your room, and add design, polish, and visual interest to boring windows.

CONSIDER IMPORTANT DESIGN PRINCIPLES WHEN PLANNING YOUR LIGHTING:

Create variety: Lighting fatigue occurs when there’s no variety in a room’s lighting. This can make the whole room feel hard, unforgiving, and flat. There’s no place for your eyes to rest. Counter this by incorporating variety into your lighting scheme: light and shadow, highlights and lowlights. There should be light at different levels and from different directions.
Accentuate the positive: Highlight your favorite aspects of a room, or downplay the things that you want to hide. Cast a spotlight over a favorite piece of furniture, a decoration or a picture. Bathe alcoves and corners in soft light to give a cozy feel.
Incorporate function: Spotlight functional areas: a game table, a walkway, or a project space.

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Angled Ceiling Spaces

We have all seen those impossible to design spaces; the awkward corners, the weird lighting or the dreaded angled ceilings. Well it’s time to stop fearing those spaces and embrace them for the “funky” places they are! Today we are going to focus on great ways to decorate and design those angled ceiling rooms and area in your home.

The first point we will focus on is COLOR. Do you paint the whole room? Do you leave the angles the same color as the ceiling or wrap the color around the wall? There are so many options and in truth, the answer is not clear but more dependent on what you want the space to do for you. If you want to create bold contract, leave the angled ceiling white (or whatever color the ceiling is painted). This will keep the room brighter and a bit more open feeling too. If you paint the angled part the same color as the rest of the room, it will be more of a stark and closed feeling. Using accent walls is also a great idea for angled ceilings since the irregular angles are typically more accentuated and can be visually distracting.

Using these angles to your advantage is always a plus. There are many ways to work a bed into an angled space as well or creating a DIY project out of it and making a storage unit too. Many light fixtures now come with vaulted ceiling fixtures as well, or they can be purchased separately, so  adequate lighting will never be hard to come by. I would recommend using Pinterest to get ideas for DIY closets or bookshelves and other storage units – there are some really clever ideas out there!

Using these angles to create a space you love is tough work but in the end, can be your favorite room in the house. It’s always great to remember that angled or vaulted ceilings are an architectural feature too, so it is something that is not common in every home; making it even more special that it is in yours.

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Accent Walls

Accent walls are typically defined as a wall whose design differs from the design of other walls in the room. These types of walls can work in many types of spaces; whether small or large! Accent walls can be done in many different ways and can be used to add a little color or even some bold textures. Right now, some of the most popular ways to add texture to a space is by adding it to your walls.

Shiplap is a very trendy and easy to install texture to a wall. Shiplap is reclaimed wood and you can easily mount it to a wall via liquid nail or traditional nails. One of the coolest parts of this unique process is the different lengths of wood you can use. This brings a whole different dimension to the wall and breaks off the uniformity that you normally see in flooring. Tile is another way that you can incorporate texture to a wall. Many people are going back to patterned mosaics or even just decorative tiles to give a space a more organic feel.

Now, while you may think that wallpaper is only a decorating tool you would see in your grandmother’s house, it has actually come a long way and made a huge resurgence.  We aren’t talking about the traditional flora patterns; although manufacturers do make updated patterns of those if that is your thing as well! New wallpaper has bold patterns and colors to really bring notice to a room or wall. These particular bright and bold wallpapers have been showing up in more powder rooms and bedrooms as of late.

Lastly, we’d like to touch on painting a wall. This can be used to tie undertones in the rest of your room together. For instance, say you are using shades of navy in your throw pillows, rug and window treatments; paint a wall that color as well and it will really solidify the theme of the room and make those items pop! Our guess is this year you will walk into at least one room or see it in a magazine with a large Ultra Violet wall that anchors the rest of the décor together!

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Mudroom Design Tips

A lot of New England and Cape Cod style houses have an entry space which is commonly referred to as the “Mud Room.” The problem with most of these spaces is that they go from neat to disaster very quickly. Being the first room, you come into from outside, it is usually where shoes get thrown, the jackets tossed, and the book bags left behind until morning. While no solution will force your family to be neater, if you set up the room to make it as easy as possible, you might be surprised with what they are capable of!

The best tip we can come up with is to make it as “user friendly” as possible. For example, a specific place for shoes, a specific place for clothes, etc. With any of these elements, make features as decorative or simple as you want the space to be.

A necessity, especially in places where seasons change, is somewhere to fit jackets. If you don’t have a closet space for that area, a hanging coat rack can work great. A tip that is helpful, is to label each person’s name above two/three hooks. That will designate that each person is responsible for hanging in that space. Install a shelf, either above or below the coat rack, that will be home for a basket assigned to the same person. This will be specifically for hats/gloves/scarves. On the floor below, use separate mats that will be wear any shoes will live. It’s good to keep this all in one area, so when the kids come in from outside you will keep all the wet/dirty/snowy clothes in one place.

In a separate area create a space for everyone’s “things.” Whether it is your work bag, your husbands golf clubs, or your kids backpacks, designate an area where these things will belong. Consider your family, and decide whether hooks, hangers, or baskets would be the most useful.

A great feature I like to include in this space is a calendar. A whiteboard/chalkboard are great options, so you can update every week with any activities or events that everyone needs to remember. This can be your central space to fill in the family about what’s going on. I’ve seen some houses use this area as a space to write down any supplies/groceries that are needed or even what is for dinner on what night.

Hopefully, if you take these steps to neaten up the space, everyone will notice and try to pitch in. Good luck!!

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