Want to add extra seating to a room. Think about bring in a sofa table with some ottomans under it. The ottoman can be keep under the sofa table and out of the way when not in use and easily be brought out for extra seating when needed.
If so functional and yet a great way to add some more color and texture into a room.
Accent pillows on a sofa can create a lot of fun and contrast to a space. It is a great way to bring in fun color and texture. You can mix and match to create your own unique feel to the space. This pillows work together to bring scale and texture into a room also allowing you a great color pallet in which to work from.
This month we are planning a great event in the studio. On Thursday October 17th we are having a makeover event at the studio. Makeover your space and yourself.
Stop in for your open house from 5-8 and enjoy
Presentations and door prizes will be ever 15min by:
Dawn Greene and her staff of MaryKay Cosmetics
Abby Dahlinghaus and her staff of LIVV Interior Designs
520 East Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Color and personal items make a room. A fun piece that you treasure can be the personality of a room.
A few tips:
Arrange the furniture to form a more intimate seating arrangement. Furnishing do not always have to be on a wall. They can float in a room forming a great conversation circle.
Add something large like a serving tray to a coffee table that you can put smaller pieces into. This helps to ground the space and make it feel less cluttered.
Draw color and inspiration from pieces that you already have in the room. This helps to give the room a more unified feel and makes the space flow.
What is ‘Custom’ in Design
by: Abby Dahlinghaus ,Owner of LIVV Interior Designs by Decorating Den
An article I saw recently presented tips on working with designers, but it left out the important benefits of having home furnishings that are customized for you.
“Furnishings play a vital role in setting the mood and atmosphere for everyday living…a woman’s home is an extension of herself,” said Bob Mackie, the designer of glamorous gowns for the likes of Cher and Tina Turner, who has turned his talents to the home. Custom furnishings help express the homeowner’s personality. For a husband and wife, custom will blend their tastes, it will bring the wishes of each into a room that both can enjoy.
“Each sofa and love seat you order is upholstered in your personal choice of fabric, the finish of every table and chair has been specified by you, and your draperies are designed to coordinate with the style and colors of the room and fabricated to fit the size of the windows,” writes Carol Bugg, ASID, in her book Decorating…the professional touch.
Custom does not mean starting from scratch. It may mean “working around people’s furnishings, supplying them with what they want,” writes Bugg, who is vice president of design for Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s largest home furnishings and interior design franchise company.
Window fashions are often a focal point of a room and it’s easy to see the benefits of custom-made drapery. They will have extra fullness because the fabric is usually two and one-half to three times the width of the window. If it’s pleated drapery, the pleats are closer together at the top, allowing for the extra fullness to fall gracefully in elegant folds. The pleats of ready-made drapery, on the other hand, are further apart, and since less material is used, the drapery can actually appear rather skimpy.
A custom treatment will use corner weights to allow the fabric to hang straight, and prevent flaring at the hem. Special linings also may 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. The lining should be chosen with the type of fiber used in a decorative fabric in mind. There are even black-out linings available to darken the room for daytime or late morning sleepers.
Finally, the extra touches you get from a custom treatment are endless. Detailing, such as banding, cording, trims and coordinating colors and fabrics, makes custom treatments truly individual and reflective of your style and taste. Designing the perfect window treatment for your home says a lot about YOU and your lifestyle. Perhaps nothing adds more drama and pizzazz to your home’s overall design plan than custom designed window treatments.
Custom bedding is another example. In addition to coordinating with what you already have, or what you are changing in the room’s décor, it will fit your bed the way you want it to fit. You won’t have to settle for only what you can find online or in a catalog.
Let’s not forget color, the canvas of your room. “Color is like beauty,” writes Bugg. “It’s all in the eye of the beholder. There are no bad colors, just bad decisions about using them.” A designer can help with those choices.
In the end, custom should be affordable, says Bugg. “The goal is to provide beauty, comfort and good design within a realistic budget.”
Most of all, it should fit those who use the space. Legendary decorator William Pahlmann, of Lord & Taylor’s, said, “Good decoration is a design for the living, not for looking. It is the service of human needs.”
Abby Dahlinghaus owns LIVV Interior Designs by Decorating Den of Dayton/ Cincinnati Area. Contact her today for you complimentary consolation. 513-502-9865
Teal is being to pop up both in interior design trends and fashion trends so it raises the question is this just a fashion trend or a timeless color tradition. In my opinion it's both, it's all about how you use it. As an accent color it can add a bring pop of color and add interest to a space. But as a focal color it demands attention and emphasis.
I feel it's one of the most versatile colors used in design today.
Lighter and more muted tones created a softer more peaceful vibe to the space. This is a great color pallet to use for a bedroom, study or home office, or anyplace you want to feel relaxing.
On the flip side darker, deeper hues infuse a room with exotic flair. It can make a room feel dramatic and important.
It's that time of year to start thinking about the holiday's. What better way to add some interest to a room than adding a fun new window treatment. We are running a great promotion with our Simplicity by design program though the end of November. You can get great window treatments in time for the holiday's at a great price.
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When wondering how to add flair to a bedroom that seems so dull, it is best to begin with the bed itself. Oftentimes in boring rooms, the bed is the culprit. By adding bed sheets with interesting designs or colors, bedrooms can immediately be enhanced.
Incorporate travel into your space. Rather than going out and purchasing pieces to occupy empty space, think about what you already have. Bring out souvenirs that you have acquired over time. Allow your room to tell your story.
No matter what, your kitchen should be inviting. It is quite common that when entertaining, the kitchen becomes the hub of the party. Use warm colors in the kitchen—consider yellows, reds, or greens. Always keep in mind that regardless of where you put the food, the party always ends up in the kitchen, so give people something to look at!