Somewhere between “little girl” and “teenager” girls begin to develop an increasing interest in their bedroom’s décor. With strong opinions about fun and fashion, most exercise a significant influence when it comes to decorating their rooms.
Rejecting the pastels palettes of their early years, pre-teen girls opt for a stronger color scheme and a display area for those stuffed animals they are not quite ready to give up. Around-the-room shelves, installed at a height just above the head, provide valuable space for those rarely used items that are so precious to a young girl. Painted in the same color scheme as the other wood trim, the shelves will become an attractive “framing” element to the room.
When selecting the color scheme for the room, a good rule of thumb is to begin with the rug and the fabrics for the bedding and windows. Since there are infinite shades of paint but only a few ideal fabrics, don’t make the popular mistake of selecting the wall paint first. You will save yourself a lot of leg work by selecting the wall paint after all the fabrics have been determined. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colors and textures. Your decorator will assist you with the often overwhelming task of establishing the dominant fabric, and suggest several colors and textures to accent the predominant hues.
Just as little kids love the cozy, cocooning effect of playhouses, tents and forts, pre-teen girls love the intimate sleep areas created by tall headboards, mock canopies and screens. These can be elaborate and frilly, or tailored to a young girl’s taste. Keeping in mind that teen fads are fleeting things, achieve your thematic decorating through easily replaced accessories such as pillows, lamp shades and art.
When selecting furniture for the pre-teen’s room, a style that will grow with her is always the best choice. Think versatile, quality and non-trendy for this most expensive component of the project. Trendy furniture can be limiting, so avoid using something too cutesy that will limit your pre-teen’s fickle taste. You don’t want your decorating to become an annual event! With careful planning, your teen’s newly decorated bedroom will delight her until she gets ready for the next big challenge in your lives: college!
Today I was listening to the radio, on my drive to meet with my business coach, and they were commenting on the fact that this is the most depressing time of the year.
It's cold and grey outside, and spring is still pretty far away. It's dark at 5pm and when we get home from work, all we really want to do is curl up in a nice comfy blanket. - Don't worry I'm not judging, I fall into this category a lot too.
What really gets me up and going is that I love what I do. I have the unique ability to help people create spaces that they love and want to come home to.
I get to meet so many great people in my profession and really become a part of their lives, so to all of my wonderful clients out there I want to say thank you for letting me into your home and your lives.
Family rooms, by their very name are for the family! And when most of us think of family, we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly “let our hair down”. It demands space for our hobbies, be they reading, watching TV or needlework. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly “their” room.
Believe it or not, the concept of family rooms has been around for centuries. Many years ago, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while the front parlors were reserved for special guests.
Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room.
Careful planning of your family room is a must. Be sure to make a list of all the activities and functions that the room will encompass. Only then, can you make the truly wise decisions about furniture purchases and placements.
The new trend in design includes chevron-pattern dinnerware, accents, and textiles. Using a zigzag prints adds movement and interest to a space without overwhelming it. Try adding some fun accent pillows or a pouf to a room to brighten the space and add some interest.
Accentuate with Accessories
More than anything else in your home, your accessories give each and every room a little bit of your personality! Without them, you only have the setting for a model room in a model home. Accessories make each room come alive with pop and pizzazz! There’s nothing better to help you reflect your tastes and those of your family. Simply stated, a home without accessories is like food without seasonings!
Acquiring accessories is truly a never-ending delight. Whenever and wherever you see something that grabs your eye or catches your attention, acquire it if possible, because it will give you never ending pleasure every time you look at it. Plus it adds a very personal touch to your home.
Ardent collectors of one type of object often purchase them without any thought of what to do with these treasures afterwards. Here are a few ideas of how these precious treasures can be incorporated into a decorative accessory plan for your home.
· Small artistic objects are most effective when arranged in groups of odd numbered pieces
· Blocks of wood – or old books can be used to achieve varying degrees of height as you place your accessories
· Silk plants are always an imaginative addition to an accessory plan
· It’s not necessary for groupings to consist of similar elements.
· Old fashioned family portrait photographs are not out of place in a sophisticated room, when grouped in a variety of interesting frames.
Above all, let your imagination soar as you place your precious accessories. By adding this “spice” to your design plan, you’ll be sure to add the decorative finishing touches each room craves.
High Point Design Trends – 2012
Recent tours of the October High Point Furniture Market have paved the way for a variety of interesting, and awe-inspiring 2012/2013 Design Trends. Here are just a few of the exciting new styles that will eventually be making their way into your home!
MAKE IT MINE! Uniqueness and personalization of design have never been more popular or trendy. Today’s homeowners yearn for room decorations that speak to them – not their neighbors or friends. From custom designed window treatments to upholstered headboards, homeowners are choosing fabrics and furniture styles that inspire them and them alone!
METAL REFLECTION! Beautifully designed and crafted mirrors continue to set the “reflective” stage in any room. And when you add even more reflection in your room by adding a variety of metals – chrome lamp bases, silver shades, pewter picture frames, brass and gold accessories, the rooms of tomorrow come alive with light and excitement.
COLORS…Gray, navy, and green abound, as do nature’s neutrals. Then add a smattering of pop colors – hot pinks, cheerful tangerine, regal purples, and cheerful yellows, and you have all the color ingredients necessary to create a room design that appeals to YOU!
IT’S THAT 70’S SHOW! We seem to be in the midst of a modern revival, ala the 70’s! Clean furniture lines – tufted leather – glass and chrome furniture – the cleaner the line, the better! Retro looks have never been easier, or more fun to create!
THINK: DESIGN JEWELRY! With the overall desire to “make it mine”, adding details to furniture and window treatments, is hot! Hot!! Hot!!! Think nail head trims on furniture; think crystal jewels on tufted headboards and benches; think top stitching on upholstered furniture cushions. What a great way to personalize your style!
LIVV Interior Designs byDecorating Den Interiors named a Retail Star by Home Accents Today magazine May 16, 2012, Greensboro, N.C. – LIVV Interior Designs by Decorating Den of Dayton/Cincinnati has been named one of Home Accents Today’s Retail Stars for 2012 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry. The Dayton/Cincinnati LIVV Interior Designs Decorating Den Interiors franchise is owned and operate by Abby Dahlinghaus.
The businesses selected for the Retail Stars list have demonstrated that they operate successfully in their marketing areas, exhibit strength in merchandising, display and/or advertising, and have a positive presence in their local communities. The magazine’s editors chose to extend the honor to both the Decorating Den Interiors franchisor as well as its independent franchisees that operate throughout the U.S. and Canada, and range from small home offices to multi-decorator studios.
“There has never been a tougher time to be an independent retailer, with ongoing competition from chain stores, the increasingly significant role of online retail and the difficult economic climate,” said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief, Home Accents Today. “The 2012 Retail Stars have taken on these challenges with a combination of clever entrepreneurship, innovation, merchandising, customer service and marketing. We are delighted to recognize these talented merchants, and, as always, encourage everyone to support their own local businesses.”
Home Accents Today editors focused on independent and family-run retailers, specifically those considered specialty, home accent or home furnishings stores. Members of the industry were invited to suggest stores and retailers were encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. The list, now in its eighth year, was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and editors of the publication. A business may be named to the list only one time, resulting in 50 first-time honorees each year.
With today’s overwhelming options in home furnishings, a professional designer is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy working with the designer of your choice:
· Do your homework! What are your color preferences? Styles? Basic priorities?
· Look through design magazines. What catches your eye? Start a notebook or file of the ideas you like best!
· Give some thought to your budget. Having some sort of guideline will save you lots of valuable time.
· Think about your function needs as well as your decorating desires for your rooms
Working with a professional designer should be a totally enjoyable process!
With the decorations gone or going, time to shake up that room?
By Abby Dahlinghaus
LIVV Interior Design of Dayton/Cincinnati
With the Christmas decorations gone, are you missing that color? Does that room feel a little empty? Well, it’s a brand new year…so, why not have some fun and shake things up by giving one or two rooms a bit of a makeover?
A fresh new look will help keep that New Year’s positive fresh outlook alive for everyone. Here are a few ideas:
Rearrange: What better time to rearrange then after removing that Christmas tree? Don’t just put the furniture back the way it was. Try angling your larger furniture pieces. Maybe add an accent table or two. Or reupholster a chair. You might even consider transferring pieces from one room to another.
Lighten. Brighten. De-Clutter: What a great word! Try clearing your rooms of excessive clutter – even consider downsizing your precious collections. Brighten your floors with a new area rug!. Change out your window treatments to lighten your room! Add a few accent pillows to your furniture for a fresh new look.
Change the palette: Wasn’t it colorful with those decorations? If you’re living in an all white or beige world, than nothing will spark your room’s makeover faster than color! Perhaps it’s just one simple accent wall painted a dramatic and exciting color. Maybe a new picture will find a new home over your fireplace mantle – adding color and spice to your family room. Replacing a worn area rug that’s seen better days with a new textured multi-colored area rug might “fit the bill” perfectly. Nothing adds more instantaneous drama and pizzazz to you room’s entire décor more than color!
Lighting: Unfortunately, improper and inadequate room lighting is very common. Few things can rekindle our spirits on a gray, rainy or snowy day like a home’s interior bathed in warm light. In fact, good artificial lighting is known to have such a positive effect on one’s moods, that some consider it preventive medicine. When developing a lighting plan, you first need to take stock of what types of activities you enjoy in each of the rooms that you’re consider making over.
Refresh your accessories: A new lamp, or lampshade, might just brighten up one dark corner in your room. Add a few accent pillows to your furniture for a fresh new look. Perhaps a new piece of art – or the addition of an exciting piece of sculpture might just set the tone for a wonderful fresh room makeover!
As you review those New Year’s Resolutions, why not consider breathing a little new life into your tired interior with some modest changes. You won’t be sorry, once your new look is complete!!