For some, a dream vacation starts in the woods cozied up next to the fireplace in a spacious, rustic lodge. Sure, this can be a great getaway destination, but what if you're craving the vibe and atmosphere year-round? You don't need to live in a log cabin to achieve this simple and rural design theme. With the right furniture, accessories and attention to detail, you can head to the lodge without ever leaving your home in the first place.
Here are a few ways to blend natural beauty and interior design seamlessly:
Leather and wicker furniture
The style of your furniture plays a large role in achieving the lodge feel. If you're focused on the inside of your house, or one room specifically, opt for leather furniture that takes on a luxurious vibe yet caters to the feel of the space that you are trying to create.
A firewood stack
Nothing says cozy quite like a working fireplace. Instead of keeping stacks of firewood outside or stored away, put them on display in your living room. A wall of firewood adds another layer of intimacy to your space and can make a gorgeous focal point.If you're worried about keeping wood in the house, you can continue storing it outside. Just opt for a realistic faux stack indoors that keeps the idea alive.
Before you can cuddle up next to the fireplace, incorporate a few accessories that encourage you to sit back, relax and take in the gorgeous theme. Soft, plush rustic or geometric Aztec throw pillows can complete a leather sofa effortlessly. Chunky throw blankets are also recommended, as they can help you achieve the cabin feel while adding different textures to the living space.
Textures are important in a rustic, lodge theme, and wood is one that takes priority. Beyond coffee tables and bookshelves, grab a few wooden ladders and stools to place throughout the home. They can add warmth to the space and complete that rustic look you're going for. Wood beams are also a great way to bring architectural detail into the space and create a more intimate setting.
Take advantage of the natural lighting during the day. Opt for large windows dressed in light, flowy window treatments that offer just enough privacy without taking from the brightness and the view that Mother Nature has to offer.
Achieving this timeless, rustic look can seem overwhelming if your home exudes a modern contemporary vibe or another similar theme. We can take the stress out of redecorating your home. One of our professionals will come to your home for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your living space, discuss your ideas and provide insight based on your personality, wants and needs. From there, you can start thinking about what investments to prioritize and what details to pay most attention to during the transformation
Are you ready to cozy up at the lodge? Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. 513-502-9865
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Performance fabrics, for use in the home as well as outdoors, were especially prominent as we toured the Fall International Home Furnishings Market at High Point, N.C. They were so much in the spotlight that there was even a “Performance Fabric Playground” at which visitors to market could test clean a variety of fabrics they had been spotted with red wine, orange soda, chocolate milk, coffee, balsamic vinegar salad dressing, crayons, markers or lipstick.
Outdoor furniture is now getting more of an indoor upholstered look to give homeowners more variety in selections. Showrooms were also showing power options with outdoor pieces.
In one showroom, we saw how their all-fiber cushion construction allows moisture to drain through preventing mold and mildew and sits beautifully in the frame using a seat construction technique that provides long-life and sag-resistant support.
In another showroom, a manufacturer of fine upholstered furniture told us that 19 of their 25 top-selling fabrics are performance fabrics. To add emphasis to that point, they even arranged for our group to have a special demonstration of a brand new performance fabric called Inside Out®, described as being “the first All-In-One performance fabric that can satisfy all of your needs and withstand the elements, both inside and outside.”
So why the push to develop performance fabrics for indoor use?
Eating areas are an obvious place performance fabrics can be especially appreciated. One might be hesitant to use white fabric on counter seats unless you know those frequent spills could be cleaned without staining.
There are far more reasons, though, for considering performance fabrics. You might want an upholstered piece that can withstand glaring sun for placement by a window. You might want a light colored piece in a room that will be frequented by children. Family rooms for active households could be another place you would want to explore using a performance fabric.
Don’t forget pets. Just because you have a dog or cat doesn’t mean you still can’t have beautiful custom designed fine upholstered furniture.
What does “Performance” really mean?
There are usually five factors when fabric performance is discussed:
Durability has a standardized measure called “double rubs.” Fabric is tested with machine that rubs a certain kind of heavy canvas in a back-and-forth motion. Each back-and-forth is known as a double rub. Fabric is usually rated as
Outdoor Use: For this you will want to know about its resistance to fading, mildew or odor.
Sustainability: Some will want to know if it’s PFC-free, has recycled content, natural fiber content, or whether it certifiable green in some way.
The key is to be knowledgeable. Or, use a knowledgeable design professional to help you choose the right performance fabric
A truly successful kitchen remodeling – or new design – project does more than function well for the homeowner. It has personality! Your kitchen should become a gathering spot, a cook’s oasis, even a mission control for a busy family. Kitchens are truly a full-fledged living space – deserving of its own memorable style and personality!
Individuality is the earmark of a room with personality. So, in composing the design elements of a kitchen’s style, I suggest you trust your own instincts and put your imagination into overdrive.
Are you a clean-counter type person, or do you truly enjoy showing off cherished collectibles? Do you yearn to re-create an era of long ago – one that might be reminiscent of the Victorian or colonial times? Or are you soothed by the spirit of a homey, comfortable country kitchen? And perhaps, you prefer a more eclectically designed kitchen space. The mood of our kitchen should make you and your family happy. And if you kitchen space is open to other living spaces, it’s important that you consider complementing your kitchen style with those rooms as well.
Whatever your style, call on design elements such as color, fabric, surface materials, lighting, art and one of a kind accents to create your own personal touch!
1. Reconsider your window treatments
This one takes thinking outside of the box: Use your windows as leverage for sprucing up your walls by investing in new drapery.
2. Create your own art gallery
Give your vertical space a personalized touch by filling it with wall décor to create your own art gallery wall. First, print and frame your most cherished photos. Then, hang them beside a collection of your favorite pieces of wall art. The variety will mix things up and add depth to your space.
3. Skip the paint – try wallpaper
Are you tired of the same old paint job your bedroom has had for years? Are you finally ready to cover those white walls? Don't just consider a new hue – think upgraded texture or finish. Wallpaper allows you to break the normal limits and add some excitement to your space with ease.
4. Give your wall some dimension
Perhaps the color and texture of your walls look just fine. Maybe you just need to add a shelving unit to reinvent your design scheme. This is an easy way to transform the space with style and functionality in mind. You can display a wall of novels or flowers, or mix things up and showcase both.
Ready, set, refresh! Updating your dining room with new chairs, artwork, and accessories can allow for a new breath-taking view your guests will adore! Invest in a few functional, eye-catching pieces that will have your guests talking all dinner long.
It's easy to design a bedroom that looks like it's straight out of a catalog. But does that truly showcase your personality? Or is it just a room you copied because you were feeling uninspired?
Regardless of the reason, your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary. The place you can run to for comfort and tranquility. In order to make it as cozy as can be, you need to decorate in a way that illustrates your character. When someone sees your room, he or she should be able to pick it out before you tell them it's yours. When they say, "that is so you" you know you hit it.
Redecorating your bedroom so that it fits your style to a T doesn't have to be difficult. With the help from me you can create the sanctuary of your dreams with ease. Following these tips, I can help you decide how to best utilize the space:
How long have you been living with those dreary, white walls? One of the easiest ways to personalize your bedroom is by painting your walls in a hue that you love. However, you shouldn't just consider paint – consider wallpaper that will complement or highlight your furniture and decor best.
Beyond the shade of the walls, how are you going to keep them from looking boring and empty? We suggest creating a personalized art gallery, but be sure to invest in at least one, large bold statement piece. This will act as one of the focal points of your bedroom, so it needs to identify well with your personality.
In order to utilize your space to the best of your ability, you may even consider investing in a new dresser to coordinate with the bed and fit all your clothes. I will take room measurements and help you explore your options based on your space, style and budget.
Choose furniture that'll complement the wall color – not stand out and look misplaced. Based on your personality and lifestyle, you may choose to place a completely new piece of furniture in your room for relaxation, such as a chaise lounge paired with a small table for your favorite book.
Your individual taste may also inspire you to choose a new style of furniture. If you're into modern chic décor, you might like pieces with sleek lines and bold, vibrant colors.
Beautiful bedding is a must! These bright, vibrant colors are the perfect transition bedding for spring!
With spring at our doorstep, it's a great time to consider redecorating your outdoor space. Follow these steps for a flawless outdoor paradise!
1. Establish a primary purpose for your space
What is your outdoor gathering area used for most? Do you like to invite friends over for cookouts, or do you prefer to reserve the space for quiet weekend afternoons with the kids? This will determine everything from the furniture you need to how you should arrange your pieces and accessories.
For example, if you plan to host graduations and birthdays by the pool this season, you may want to spruce up your patio area with a couple of sofas, a coffee table, arm chairs and ottomans for extra seating. However, this may be overboard if you plan to use the area for only you and your family members. Whatever your specific needs are, we have the unique and stylish outdoor furniture required to design the space you have in mind.
2. Decide on a focal point
After you've determined how many people will regularly be using your outdoor living space, solidify your effective layout by deciding on a focal point. This will serve as the heart of your space and the rest of your furnishings and decor should build off of this area. For example, if you've recently invested in a new barbecue and plan on using it frequently for cookouts, your dining table should be the focal point.
However, another popular focal point is the fireplace. This would call for more focus on a conversation-based seating arrangement, with your table, chairs and sofa surrounding your fireplace. If you have a fire pit, make sure that it's set up far enough away from the pool that you're able to place seating around all sides.
3. Decorate with nature
Nothing creates a brighter, more lively living area than a garden full of colorful flowers. If you don't have space in your outdoor gathering area for a garden, hang potted arrangements of your favorite flowers from your fence for a charming, whimsical appearance.
Similarly, if your dining table is the focal point of your living space, create a head-turning centerpiece with a vase of tulips, sunflowers, orchids or lilacs. Or, consider drawing the eye up with a floor plant in between your sofa and arm chair. This is an easy way to add splashes of color to the area.
4. Accentuate your furnishings
Choosing your outdoor furniture is only half the fun while decorating your gathering space. Find accents and accessories that make your living area come to life and your larger furnishings pop. You may want something simple like a colorful umbrella that coordinates with your surrounding color scheme or a cozy reclining chair that you can dry off on under the sun after a dip in the pool. Don't forget about lighting, as this sets the mood and ambiance. Decorating Den Interiors has got it all, from elegant lighting fixtures to lounge chairs and stylish ottomans to complete your poolside paradise.
Wicker and rattan is not only a great choice for outdoor furniture but it is now being seen inside the home. This wicker sofa is available in 40 finishes and is the perfect touch for an eclectic style.