How to pull off an eclectic look in your space

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

Going eclectic is a great idea if you’ve collected an assortment of stylish furniture and decorative accessories over the years. While mixing styles is encouraged in the eclectic style though, it’s not a look where you can simply throw pieces together without some consideration. Here are three tips to keep in mind when designing an eclectic space:

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

1. Achieve the right mix of styles

To keep the room from appearing too chaotic, narrow your focus down to just three or four styles and avoid letting one style dominate the space. If you’re trying to create an eclectic room but are using mostly modern furniture, the remaining styles will look as though they don’t belong. Make sure there is a balance among the different styles so guests aren’t confused upon entering the room.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

2. Don’t fear accessories

In some styles, the overuse of accessories is considered a big no-no. This is not the case for eclectic homes, where filling your space with decorative accessories is actually encouraged. So rather than feature just one work of art you admire, hang up a group of four or five pieces of artwork together.

How to pull of an eclectic look in your space

3. Find ways to tie the look together

Unity is the key to designing an eclectic space. Without unity, your room will come off as being random and not put-together. To make sense of the mixture of styles, it’s important to tie the look together through colors and shapes. So if you have a red table in the room, look for ways to add that same color red throughout the room, even if it’s something small like a flower vase.

Eclectic style homes might be hard to pull off, but when done correctly, the look is often cozy and intriguing. Try putting together an eclectic room in your home and let guests be impressed by your skillful interior design skills!

By Wendy Weinert

Entertain in style with these outdoor patio decorating tips

After months of cold weather and snow, spring has finally arrived, and soon you can put that outdoor patio space to good use. Outdoor patios are the perfect place for entertaining during the warm spring and summer months – all you need is the right furniture, décor and these three helpful tips:

Entertain in style with these outdoor patio decorating tips

1. Arrange your space to match the occasion

Will your patio be used for afternoon cook-outs or for sophisticated dinners during the evening? Maybe your outdoor space will be a place where friends and family can simply gather for conversation and to enjoy the sunshine. Before you start browsing patio furniture, consider the different ways you might use your outdoor space so you can create a comfortable environment to match the style of entertaining you prefer.

Entertain in style with these outdoor patio decorating tips

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2. Don’t forget about the lighting

While the sun can light up your space during the day, you’ll need outdoor lighting for evening entertaining so your guests can see each other! Make sure to set up the proper outdoor lighting so you can use your patio any time of the day. If you don’t have an outdoor electrical outlet, solar or candle-filled lanterns will also do the trick.

Entertain in style with these outdoor patio decorating tips

3. Add comfort with decorative pillows

Let’s face it – outdoor patio furniture is never going to be as comfortable as that plush sofa in your living room. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to suffer hard chairs or benches. Use accent pillows for décor and to add comfort around the outdoor patio area. You can even use a large pillow as an extra seat if you run out of chairs!

Entertain in style with these outdoor patio decorating tips

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4. Make the most of the space you have

If your patio is small, simply work with what you have and find ways to maximize your space. For example, you can set up furniture around the perimeter of your space to provide room for movement and mingling. If your space is primarily for conversation, simply bunch furniture closer together to create a more intimate and cozy experience.

Don’t let the warm weather go to waste. With these tips in mind, you can set up your outdoor patio and enjoy months of entertaining fun!

By Wendy Weinert

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

If a stranger were to walk into your home, what would that person learn about you based on your interior design? Every home should tell a story, and putting together that story is exactly what interior designer Diego Rincon loves to do best.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

The designer was recently featured in Rue Magazine, where he shares what influenced him to enter the world of interior design. According to the article, Rincon was inspired to study architecture after admiring his grandparents’ house in Colombia, which his grandfather had designed himself. Clearly, a knack for creating beautiful spaces runs in the family, because after following his dreams, Rincon now owns his own company named Diego Alejandro Design, and has offices both in Manhattan and Miami.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: New York City Loft

Now a big-time designer, Rincon helps clients create homes that are comfortable, beautiful and intriguing. One of the most interesting aspects about Rincon’s work is his ability to turn a space into the story of a person’s life. A sofa or a lamp might just be pieces of furniture to you, but to Rincon, every piece of furniture has something to say, and can help turn a space into a reflection of who you are and where you’ve been. In the article, the designer talks about his favorite project, a two-story loft he put together for an advertising executive. While Rincon drew inspirations from his own life and places that he lived, he said that overall, “the space reflects the stories of my client’s life – where he’s been, what he’s done, and what he’s seen.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Meridian 5, Miami

Everyone has a story to tell, and using design to create a narrative is one of Rincon’s favorite things to do. In the article, Rincon stated “I love when someone asks me to design a space that’s personal and uniquely them.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Santa Marta, Columbia

You might not be able to hire a big-time designer like Diego Rincon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a space that is unique to you. Whenever you look at a new piece of artwork, or are trying to decide on a new sofa, look to see how you can tell your story through design.

By Wendy Weinert

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

Moving to a smaller home or apartment? If you’re starting to panic at the thought of downsizing, you should know that living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a stylish or organized home. Anyone can design a space to be comfortable and attractive, even those who are working with limited room. Here are just four simple ways to maximize the space you have so you can create a home that is both stylish and functional.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

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1. Look for dual-functional furniture

The fewer furniture pieces you have, the less cluttered a room will appear. Look for furniture that serves more than one purpose, such as a storage ottoman or a bed with built-in storage. Furnishing your home with fewer pieces will open up your space so you can actually move around and not feel so cramped.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

2. Find smarter storage solutions

Dual-functional furniture is one way to store smartly, but you can find other ways to store household items effectively as well. Utilize spare wall or door space and look for items that can be used as décor. For example, instead of cluttering a kitchen cupboard with spices, hang up a spice rack. It will save room and add visual appeal to your kitchen.

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3. Install wall-mounted light fixtures

No matter where you live or how small your space is, you’re going to need light. Instead of taking up space with a floor or table lamp, install wall-mounted light fixtures wherever you need task lighting. So if you like to read in bed before falling asleep, add a decorative, wall-mounted lamp next to your bed for light.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

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4. Decorate with mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make a space appear larger, and the best part is you can just hang them up on the wall or the back of your door. To get more out of your mirror, hang it up next to the window so that it reflects more natural light.

While it might be an adjustment, living in a smaller space doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Try out these tactics and enjoy your tiny home!

By Wendy Weinert

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Creating a lighting plan for a room is a lot different than simply replacing a light fixture or adding a new light source. When making a lighting plan, you are starting from scratch, which makes it that much more important to carefully consider the best way to get good lighting for your space. Make sure each room is properly lit by following these three steps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

1. Draw out a plan of your room

The setup of a room will largely influence where you will need the most light. Even if you don’t have the room furnished, map out where you intend to place furniture and accent décor. Then, pinpoint the areas where specific tasks will take place and pieces or architectural elements that you want to feature. This will not only give you an idea of where to place light fixtures, but also what type of light source is best suited for your needs. Be sure to take note of existing sockets in the room, which may influence where you can place lamps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

2. Consider connecting rooms/spaces

Even though every room requires a unique lighting plan, it’s important to factor the transition from room to room. You want to ease people into a space. A softly-lit room that connects to a bright hallway creates a harsh transition that neither you nor guests will appreciate.

 

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

3. Determine the style you hope to achieve

The light fixtures you choose should be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be stylish. A pendant light or sconce can have a huge impact on a room’s overall look, so consider what you want a fixture to do for your space and the style you hope to achieve. This will narrow down your list of options and make the shopping process easier.

Now that you know the style and type of light fixtures you need, you can finally start shopping! Give yourself plenty of time to browse different options so you can find the perfect light fixtures to match your room’s style and functional needs.

By Wendy Weinert

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Art deco may have been a popular interior design style during the mid-1920s to 1940s, but the strong style is making a comeback. Just tune into “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and you’ll see just how captivating the art deco style can be. Fallon’s new art deco influenced studio set makes a stunning statement that you simply can’t help admiring – and envying.

While Fallon’s new studio is certainly impressive, there’s no need to be jealous. You may not be from the 1920s or host “The Tonight Show,” but you can still create a striking art deco look just by incorporating these characteristics in your home:

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Eye-catching colors and contrasts

If you watched the premiere of “The Tonight Show,” you might have been laughing along with Fallon’s goofy jokes during the opening monologue. More than likely, you were also noticing the vibrant blue, floor-length curtain behind him. The Art Deco style is all about making a statement, so decorate your home with deep, bright colors and contrast them with metallic colors like gold, silver, or chrome.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Bold geometric shapes

Soft floral prints have no place in an art deco space. Remember the city skyline backdrop behind Fallon’s desk? While you don’t have to decorate your home with skyscrapers, you can give your space an art deco feel with accessories that feature geometric designs like a throw pillow or a piece of artwork.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Streamlined furniture

When choosing furniture, look for modern pieces that are streamlined and feature a no-nonsense design. Keep in mind that the art deco look is strong, so you want your furniture to be without frills. Furniture that features sleek, strong curved lines is perfect in an art deco setting.

Jimmy Fallon’s new studio is stunning to look at, so why not make a statement in your home as well? By incorporating some of the more common art deco characteristics in your home’s interior design, you can also create a space that is both captivating and elegant

By Wendy Weinert

It’s okay to break the rules: 5 Interior design myths debunked

In interior design there are trends and guidelines that homeowners can follow, but trends change and guidelines are only guidelines. There are no hard-fast rules to dictate how people should decorate their home. So then why are there are all of these unwritten rules hindering us from designing the home that we really want? It’s time to debunk some of those common interior design myths and start breaking the so-called “rules.”

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1. Everything has to match

While you want your room to look cohesive and put-together, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate different prints, patterns and textures. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Mindy Kaling’s home for proof! If you’re worried about overwhelming the room, just stay within the same color palette to pull the look together.

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2. Every room needs color

If you want an all-white room, then go for it! There are other ways, besides decorating with colorful pieces, to add dimension to one’s space. Use texture as a way to liven up the room and decorate with different shades and tones of the same color.

It’s okay to break the rules: 5 Interior design myths debunked

3. Chandeliers belong in formal spaces

Chandeliers may have belonged in the sophisticated dining room or the grand foyer in the past, but not anymore! With recent design trends and the shift toward trendier, more casual designs, a chandelier can now be used in any room of the home – formal or casual.

4. Area rugs are only for hardwood floors

Area rugs are in fact a great way to cozy up a hardwood floor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use a rug in a carpeted room as well. If you have a neutral carpet, a textured rug featuring a bold color or print is a great way to add some visual excitement to your space.

It’s okay to break the rules: 5 Interior design myths debunked

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5. Decorating “rules” must be followed

There’s no harm in following decorating guidelines, but don’t be afraid to break the rules to create a space that is truly you! All-in-all, your home should reflect your personality and style, rather than be a representation of how you think your space should look.

By Wendy Weinert

Why pineapples are popular in interior design

Have you ever asked yourself why pineapples are so popular in interior design? Sure it’s a delightful and fun design trend, but what makes this fruit so special?

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Pineapple Medley, Set of Three #612962

Pineapples have been showing up in American interior design for years now and it’s not just because they add a cute design element to one’s home. The reason for this fruit being a popular decorating choice has a lot to do with history and goes way back to the time of Christopher Columbus.

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Pineapples originated in South America, but once they were “discovered” by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the fruit made its way to Europe and became an instant hit. By the 17th century, this sweet fruit made its way to America – and design enthusiasts are grateful that it did! What started out as a delicious piece of fruit eventually became a stylish symbol for hospitality in people’s homes.
In early America, colonists had to import pineapples from the Caribbean and this made the fruit a rare commodity. Those who were lucky – or wealthy enough – to get a pineapple would show it off and use it to adorn their dining table. Since this fruit was so hard to come by, people who were visiting saw a pineapple centerpiece as a compliment and a welcoming gesture. The popular fruit then became symbolic and was more than just a tasty treat. It became a sign of neighborliness and was used to show friendliness toward guests.

It didn’t take long before pineapples moved from the dining table and started showing up in one’s interior design. People would welcome guests into their home with pineapples featured in light fixtures, doors, shutters, bedposts and even wallpaper!

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Ellington by Craftmade Pineapple Matte White 52 Inch Blade Span Outdoor Ceiling Fan And Blades #827446

Antique Gold Pineapple Table Lamp #444211

Antique Gold Pineapple Table Lamp #444211

Castilian Trading Acanthus Leaves and Pineapple Six-Light Chandelier #475198

Castilian Trading Acanthus Leaves and Pineapple Six-Light Chandelier #475198

Whitehall Products Pewter Silver Pineapple Aluminum Welcome Mat #132922

Whitehall Products Pewter Silver Pineapple Aluminum Welcome Mat #132922

If you love the look of pineapple designs and want to incorporate some historic symbolism into your home’s interior design, show off your hospitality with a stylish pineapple lamp or throw pillow in the living room. Guests will be intrigued by your new décor and be impressed with your welcoming taste.

By Wendy Weinert

10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

Do you have everything you need to complete the look of your dining room? Consider these 10 must-have items and give your dining room a stylish, put-together look.
1. The right-sized dining table: When picking out a dining table, consider how much space you have and how many people you need to sit. Do you have a small family, but like to entertain? Size-adjusting tables often come in handy when you need some flexibility.

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2. Chairs that make a statement: Dining chairs are more than a place to sit. They can also revamp your room’s interior design and give it a more interesting style! Look for chairs that really stand out and add some visual interest to your dining room. If you have room, remember that you may also have side chairs or accent chairs, not just dining room chairs.

3. A buffet or china cabinet: If you have enough space in the dining room, a stylish buffet or china cabinet can be very useful. Use either to store dishware, display decorative items or to serve food.

4. A beautiful rug: A large area rug will add warmth to your dining room and make it cozier. Make sure the rug is large enough so that people can scoot their chairs without damaging the hardwood floor.

5. A stand out chandelier: Whether your dining room is formal or not, a chandelier can have a dramatic impact. Install a chandelier that matches your dining room’s style – you’ll be amazed at the difference one light fixture can make!

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6. Dimmers: Depending on the time of day and the occasion, you may want to change the lighting. Dimmers allow you to create the exact mood you want at any given time.

7. Stylish linens: From the tablecloth to the place-settings, stylish linens can play a big part in your dining room’s interior design. Be sure to consider them carefully so they match the overall style of the room.

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8. Chic drapes: Whether you have several windows or a bay window, use drapes as a window treatment. Drapes covering the windows are a great way to add a soft elegance and some color to the dining room.

9. A simple, yet elegant centerpiece: Candles and flowers make a sophisticated centerpiece that looks great in any dining room.

10.  Interesting wall décor: Don’t forget to decorate your walls! Abstract artwork and mirrors will add just the right amount of unique interest to your room.

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Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Ready to update your dining room’s design? Give it a complete look by adding these 10 must-have items.

19 Big Interior Design Blunders

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Phot by: MandCo (Flickr)

Decorating and designing is something that comes naturally for some and is learned by others. I love interior design and enjoy everything for deciding where to place furniture, hang pictures, choosing color palettes, and accessorizing a room appropriately for its size and shape. Don’t worry about making mistakes; even the best professionals mess up at times. It is through our mistakes that we grow and become better. Here are 19 interior design blunders that I see commonly in homes that should always be avoided. You might be doing a few of these things now.

Matching Furniture

While it is great to have coordinating furniture, having several pieces with the same colors, fabric, and pattern is overwhelming in a room.

Bad Paint Job

Painting a wall has more steps than choosing a color and quickly brushing it on the wall. The walls should be cleaned, primed, taped off, and rolled with the right equipment.

Over styling

Even the best decorators out there can get a little carried about. Every surface or shelf doesn’t have to have decorations on them. Remember, less is often more.

Choosing the Paint Color First

You may love a paint color, but trying to find furniture, drapes, and rugs to match it can be difficult. It is best to find a piece of artwork that inspires you. A painting could pull several colors together and help you discover the perfect paint for your wall.

No Space Plan

This is a common mistake people make. They go to a furniture store and buy two big beautiful couches. When they get home, the couches don’t fit quite how they want and make the room awkward or feel small. Always measure the room and the space you need to walk and move around comfortably.

Dark Colors on the Wall

Unless your room is full of windows and bright lights, it is best to avoid dark colors except on a small accent wall.

Furniture Scale and Placement

While you don’t want couches too big for a room, you also want to avoid hanging small pictures on a wall. Bigger accessories are always better than lots of small ones.

Having More Than One Focal Point in a Room

Always have a focal point in a room, but never have two. Going into a room should be relaxing on the eyes, but when there is too much going on it is exhausting.

Too Many Styles

You might love the farmhouse kitchen, modern bathroom, traditional bedroom, and contemporary living room, but you need to focus on one style and stick to it. You can add little touches of other styles here and there, but it is best to never stray away.

Hanging Curtains too Low

Hang curtains several inches above windows to open up rooms and give the walls an illusion of being taller than they are.

Forgetting the Outside

While decorating and remodeling a home’s interior, the outside is often neglected and overlooked. It is the first thing people see before ever stepping inside your home and will be the first impression you make.

Hanging Art Poorly on the Wall

An art piece can make a huge impact on a space if hung properly. Don’t let it be too high or low for a space.

Poor Budgeting

Set a realistic budget and stick with it. You don’t want to be stuck with expensive drapes and not enough money left over to purchase couches.

Not Hiring a Professional

I love to do DIY projects, but even I know when it is time to hand it over to the professionals. There are many advantages to hiring someone to help out and it can often save you money.

Too Many Photos

Your family might be beautiful, but too many photos shoved in one space can look cluttered and tacky. Photo albums are a great place to keep your pictures and are fun for guests to browse through while relaxing on the couch.

Too Many Rugs

Rugs can add color and pattern to a room, but they can also cover up gorgeous floors and the beauty in simplicity.

Forgetting the Lighting

Lamps and ceiling light can change the entire mood of a room. When decorating and designing spaces, don’t forget about the lighting.

Rushing into a Project

Jumping on a project can be costly if you realize shortly after it isn’t what you want anymore. Waiting until you have saved enough, shopped around enough, and thought about it long enough, will save you money and be something that will last for years.

Choosing Style over Comfort

A room should reflect your personality and your lifestyle. Stiff couches and awkward furniture arrangements might look nice, but when it comes time to sit back and watch TV, it will only make your neck and back hurt.

by Wendy Weinert

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