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.
For those who love cooking family dinners and baking sweet desserts, a tiny kitchen might seem like a big disadvantage. However, there are many simple design hacks that can help you maximize the space without taking focus away from the style. After all, a kitchen that's equally trendy and functional will inspire the most delicious dishes.
1. Make the most of your walls
Filling your walls with artwork and decor isn't the only way to give your kitchen personality. You can also use hooks and shelves to showcase your mugs, glasses and dinnerware when you run out of cabinet space. A magnetic mounted knife rack also works wonders when your counter space is minimal. Making your walls functional gives them purpose with an added flare.
2. Choose a versatile seating arrangement
Just because your kitchen is small doesn't mean you can't sit down and enjoy your meals in it. Just turn your island into a fully-functional table with a versatile seating arrangement. Choose a tall platform that allows enough rooms for stools to stay when they're not in use. Once it's time to eat, just clear your surface, slide out the chairs and enjoy your meal.
3. Utilize the space above your cabinets
Don't let all of the space above your cabinets go to waste. Start storing the pots, pans and extra kitchen accessories that you don't use often in this area. But don't just cram the pieces up there – invest in sleek wire baskets and line them up to give the storage space a chic touch. Your guests will adore the extra mile you took to spruce things up.
4. Invest in smaller appliances
Your small counter space relies on you to keep it clutter-free, and that's not going to happen if your appliances are oversized. Invest in a small food processor, coffee pot, microwave and more to make the most of your countertops.
5. Use a rolling cart
A kitchen with limited counter space is a cook's worst enemy. Where are you supposed to prepare all of your gourmet dishes? Don't worry – you have another option. Just invest in a rolling cart! Just wheel it into your cooking area when you need it and slide it into a storage closet when you're finished. You can even place delicate flowers on the cart and leave it in the hallway when it's not in use. That way, you can maximize the décor piece without taking away kitchen space.
6. Consider the details
Remember: Maximizing your space means paying attention to details as well. Choosing the perfect drapery to hang from the windows and an area rug to place at the foot of your island will give your kitchen character and make it cozier.
Are you ready to make these design moves in your kitchen? Contact us today!
Have you started thinking about your spring design plan? For many people spring means graduations, wedding and baby showers, and family get togethers. Is your home ready? Don’t delay your design plans any longer. Whether you simply want a new feeling when you walk into your room or a complete remodel, we are here to help!
Have you ever purchased a ready-made window treatment online or from a store, only to be disappointed with the way it actually looks on your window? If the answer is yes, you're not alone!
One reason for the disappointment may be that the ready-made window treatments are made to fit "standard" window sizes. If your window is slightly wider or longer, the result can be a real disaster. You must also consider the quality of the fabric, the lining, the fullness, and of course, the workmanship. Custom-made window treatments take into consideration all the aforementioned criteria.
So, how can you tell the difference?
Custom draperies are made with extra fullness. This means fabric that amounts to 2.5 to 3 times the width of the window is used to construct the treatment. If it's a pleated drapery, the pleats are closer together at the top, allowing for the extra fullness to fall gracefully in elegant folds. The pleats of a ready-made drapery are further apart, and since less material is used, the drapery can actually appear rather skimpy.
A custom window treatment will use corner weights to allow the fabric to hang straight and prevent flaring at the hem. Special linings may also be used to avoid sun fading and add additional body to the treatment. Linings contribute to the energy-efficiency of the treatment, providing an insulating layer between the fabric and the window. There are even black-out linings available to darken the room for daytime or late morning sleepers.
The extra touches you get from a custom treatment are endless. Detailing, such as ruffling, banding, cording and trims makes custom treatments truly individual and reflective of your style and taste.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today and every day don’t be afraid to pop in a bold red to exude confidence in your design style.
Let’s face it..our kids grow up too fast. Why not invest with a bed that transforms with their age with just a few simple steps? A conversion bed quickly transforms from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a full bed with a few minor adjustments.
What do the words “Full Service Interior Design Firm” really means? Well just that, we are full service or what we like to say- a one stop shop! Specifically, we can provide anything from flooring, counter-tops, back splashes, tile, as well as the decorative objects such as furniture, wall coverings, rugs, accessories, and artwork.