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.
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.