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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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Summer Décor Ideas

By Gina G.

          Summer is in full swing.  If you’re looking for ways to incorporate this favorite season into your space, consider some of the most popular summer décors.

Nautical–  A nautical décor is a traditional decorating option to bring the spirit of summer into a space.  Drawing upon the essence of being at sea, nautical décor includes anything relating to sailing.  Common elements to nautical décor are the presence of certain colors and decorative items alluding to boats or the sea.  White, navy and darker wooden colors can represent a nautical theme.  Decorative items such as bleached wooden furniture and wall décor, oars, rope, sails, and other boating items can also contribute to your nautical theme.  Wooden blinds or bamboo shades are great options for window treatments for spaces with this theme.

Tropical–  Nothing screams summer more than a tropically themed décor.  Tropical themed rooms allude to island living and therefore have beachy elements.    To achieve this décor, plants and greenery are essential.  Consider a bamboo plant, or other vine-like plants (hanging or potted) for your space.  Bright, cheerful colors such as aqua, turquoise, coral, tangerine, and canary yellow can add a lightness to a space and therefore represent a tropical theme room.  For your windows, consider solar shades or bamboo shades as they can aid in adding a natural element to the space.

Southwestern–  Southwestern design is a popular option for summer décor as it represents designing with the desert in mind.  Adding greenery such as cactus can be an easy option to decorate a southwestern themed space.  Geometric shapes and patterns representative of Native American culture are essential to this décor.  Rugs, pillows and blankets are typically utilized to incorporate this theme into a room.  Finally, rust, red, blues, oranges, and golds are great paint options for walls in a southwestern décor.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Wrap Up

Being that a bathroom is one of the smaller rooms in the house, any change you make can make a pretty big statement. Most of the time, renovating the entire bathroom is not in the budget, but there are a lot of smaller changes you can make to the room without breaking the budget (and a great thing to keep in mind when you do renovations, the more neutral the palette, the longer you will get away with small updates). We’ve compiled a list of updates you can do – some smaller than others, just be sure to keep your budget in mind.
– Add open shelving. – Tall, skinny cabinets, can add a lot of storage space in the room without taking up too much floor space. You can use the majority of the shelves just for storage, or just keep it simple and fill them with decorative pieces that bring in some color and style to the room.
– Mirrors. – Use mirrors to your advantage when decorating any smaller space. Not only are mirrors convenient in the bathroom for the purposes of getting ready and admiring yourself, but they are great for making a room look more larger, open, and brighter.
– Decorative baskets. – Adding baskets to a bathroom space can allow you more room for storage, either dirty or clean. They can also be a great way to bring in color or texture, like a woven basket, or a patterned design that can add a pop of color to a neutral colored room. And you can easily find them in a variety of different shapes and sizes depending on what size/space you have to work with.
– A fresh coat of paint. – Adding a fresh coat of paint can instantly give your room a makeover. Taking a dull outdated beige or green, to a new updated shade of gray will give you a new look without too much work. Aside from gray, nautical themes are popular right now so adding an accent wall of a bold blue or navy can really make a statement as well.
– Patterns. – The use of pattern has become popular again throughout the home, but especially in the bathroom. Don’t go overboard, but bring in some patterned wallpaper on an accent wall, the wall behind the vanity is always a great idea because your eye is generally drawn to that wall in a bathroom. If you want to make a statement (that is a little easier to change), bring in the pattern with a bold window treatment or shower curtain.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Trends

As we discussed in bedroom trends, there are also a variety of new trends for bathrooms in 2017, although a lot of trends from 2016 seem to be repeating again this year. Which is great news if you just remodeled last year! If not, we have gathered a variety of the trends to share with you.
– Bring the feel of nature into your bathroom. You can keep it simple and bring some plants into the room – not only to provide a look but it is good for the air in the room! Also gaining popularity is bringing a wood look into the room, either through a “wood look” tile floor or through a natural wood vanity. One of the more popular trends this year is using a stone tile, most often on the shower floor, or as an accent in any tile throughout the room.
– Add some drama to the room. The most common way is through tiles, which has really expanded recently with bolder patterns and colors. Adding glass accents can also add a dramatic look, whether through shower doors, or even tiles. Metallic accents are also back this year (a change from the more matted styles that had become popular in recent years) and can be added fairly easily through basic bathroom accessories, or even by replacing something as simple as toilet paper/towel holders.
– Stick with neutrals. Gray remains the most popular color to use throughout your decorating, but some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.
– Making the shower the statement of the room. Showers with glass walls, and large bold tiles. They are often accented with smaller glass tiles, either in a small border or to separate a storage area (soap, shampoo, etc). Adding large metallic fixtures as well give the shower a very high end finish.
Although a lot of the trends for this year are on the more expensive side, if you are looking for a simple update, or a less expensive change, you can always pull some inspiration from these styles. Keep in mind you can only do so many updates a year, and maybe 2017 isn’t the year for your bathroom.

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Bedroom Window Treatments General Tips and Advice

One Room At A Time: Bedroom Window Treatments

While window treatments are critical in every room in the house, the bedroom might be the most important. Depending on your personal preferences, there are a variety of different options that might work best for you.

Blackout Options:
If you are a just a night owl, that loves to sleep in, or work overnights, blackouts might be for you. The best blackout option is blackout cellular shades. These polyester shades are constructed of multiple layers of fabric lined with aluminum that is assembled to create a honeycomb shape. They fit snugly inside your window and do not allow any light to pass through the material. A blackout roller shade is the second best option – and available in a lot more styles and patterns, but will allow some light in around the edges, just by the nature of how they are hung. But, add a simple curtain and you will quickly block out the light coming in around the edges.

Privacy Options:
A lot of us can not drag ourselves out of bed if we can’t see the sun in the morning, but are looking for an option that will block out the neighbors. Luckily, the majority of shades do allow you to get some privacy while allowing some natural light to filter through. You can again go with the simplicity of a light filtering cellular shade (without the aluminum lining), or a roller shade. If you are looking for more of a statement piece, a roman shade is also a great option, with an overall finished look, you can quickly add pattern, style, and statement to your bedroom.

A little of both:
If you love the light during the week, but long to sleep in on a Saturday morning, a blind might be the best option for you. It will give you complete privacy while it is closed, and can be tilted to adjust how much or how little light you want to let in (keep in mind it is not completely blackout but it is in fact room darkening). Blinds are available in a variety of different materials, ranging from the less expensive 1” aluminum slats, to a 2” faux wood (vinyl imitating real wood), to 2” real wood slats (that may pair well with wood furniture or floors).
When purchasing window treatments, especially any that are specially made for your windows it is always important to keep in mind that they are an investment. The best rule of thumb is to go neutral with the hard treatment, and if you want to dress up the window a little more add a soft treatment. You can change a curtain out fairly easily and inexpensively, whether it’s a mood change or simply a season change.

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Bedroom Trends General Tips and Advice

One Room At A Time: Bedroom Trends

While it’s hard to imagine updating your bedroom every year, it is still important to be in touch with the current trends. If it happens to be time for an overall makeover of your room or just time to make a few small changes, you want to make sure you are keeping up to date with the style of the year! Like most other years, 2017 has brought some of its own trends, as well as carried over a few from last year.

Colors:
Continue to keep in mind the earlier advice that you want to keep your bedroom as your own relaxing retreat, so when it comes to colors, make sure not to overdo it. The bolder colors that appear as trending colors, are great to use as accent pieces, where the most muted neutral tones are best used as wall and flooring colors. This year, the bolder colors consist of deeper teals and blues with a gray undertone. The more neutral tones also stay within the gray family but are much lighter tones, also along the blue family – imagine very pale shades of slate blue.

Patterns:
Once again, patterns are in for 2017. Trends have moved away from the very simple, clean lines and continue to introduce patterns. Bold patterns continue to appear in accent pieces, as well as wallpapered accent walls. Geometric prints, including chevrons, basket weaves, trellis, and diamond shapes are appearing in rugs, curtains, and bedding. The fashion this year encourages mixing and matching different patterns as well – you don’t want to get different colors of chevron for different areas in the room, but you may match a chevron curtain, with a more subtle patterned comforter.

Furniture:
In terms of furniture, we are seeing a lot of trends carrying over from 2016. Upholstered headboards are a statement that is definitely back in style this year. It is a great accent piece of furniture – being that it is unnecessary to match to any other furniture in the room, and is available in a lot of muted colors with a lot of texture, or again available covered in the fabrics that will bring a lot of pop into a room. Also similar to years past are the two most common finishes for furniture. A painted gray finish, which is available in all furniture stores, or is a great way to repurpose old furniture and make it new again with a simple coat of paint. Or natural wood finishes, in darker tones that really showcase of the natural wood grains.

Overall, keeping all of the styles in mind, make sure to make it your own. If you don’t love a color that is popular this year, stay away from it, and perhaps chose a piece with a pattern to mix in. If you love the colors that are popular this year, embrace them. At the end of the day, it’s your room, make it your own!

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One Room At A Time: Bedroom Overview

As we start a journey through the home from a decorating perspective, what better place to start than the room you spend the most time in, the bedroom.  The room where you wake up to begin your day, where you go to put the day behind you at night, and the room that is easiest to escape to when you just need a break from everyday life.  A lot of the time the bedroom gets left off the remodeling and updating plans. People often think there are a lot of spaces in the house other people are going to see, but when you realize it is the room you spend the most time in, shouldn’t it be top of the priority list?

The best part of redecorating a bedroom is there are so many elements that can be changed and updated.  From a full renovation to a simple change, there are a lot of ways to make adjustments to the room depending on your budget and the time you want to invest in the project.  A full renovation can tackle changing the flooring, wall color, and even purchasing a new set of furniture. You can change out an old carpet to fresh new hardwoods for a huge impact.  You can purchase new furniture to replace hand me down furniture or old pieces to refresh your room in a matter of minutes.  Or, if you are looking for smaller changes, you can switch up the soft treatments in the room – think bedding, window treatments, or area rugs. Updating a bedding set from dull and updated to bright and colorful will instantly make an impact on the room.  Changing out the window treatments, whether you invest in new blinds or shades, or just change out the curtains, can instantly reshape the look of the room.

The key element to keep in mind when looking at your room is that you want a place to relax. You want to wake up relaxed, go to bed in a peaceful place, and have a sanctuary to escape to when the hustle and bustle of daily life gets in the way. With that in mind, simplicity is usually the best rule of thumb.

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Spring Decorating

What better way to welcome spring by some home decorating! A great way to update things is using a pop of color, and this year, the color is teal!

The good thing about the color teal is believe it or not – it is pretty nuetral! Being that it is a color that is found in nature – shades in the sky, and ocean, it is easy to tie into your decor in a bunch of different ways!

-Add a painting. You can find paintings easily, that have wide ranges of colors in them – and can bring out different accent pieces within your room.  Ocean or lake pictures are great options to bring in the colors!

-Use accent pieces. Easy fixes are soft treatments – blankets, rugs, and throw pillows.  You can also use decorative pieces – picture frames, candles, and lamp bases are easy switches – that can bring in a lot of color.

-Bring in the outside.  Being such a popular color choice in 2016 florists have actually been growing flowers in various shades of teal. If you want to keep it simple, go with white flowers and get some teal vases. Spring is the perfect time to buy fresh flowers and use them to decorate – it reminds you that winter is finally over and summer is right around the corner!

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