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  • Modern Design Tips For a Stylish Wall Gallery


    Design Tips

    Image from Elle Decor

    Whether it be adorning your stairwell or accenting your office, there’s nothing that adds quite an impact to a space like a well thought out gallery wall. It's also a great use of vertical space, which often gets ignored in home design.

    When creating a gallery wall there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind...

    Art Wall

    Image from Atlanta Homes Magazine

    First, your gallery should look more like a collection of items that you amassed over the years. To accomplish this add pictures and artwork of varying shape and size. And when framing you want the frames to be cohesive but not all the same color and material.

    White Shelving

    Image from Interior Decline

    Also, add decorative items that give the wall depth and dimension. For example, a mirror, ceramic animal head, woven basket, or a gorgeous wall sconce.

    For achieving a more masculine or industrial look, I love the Edison sconce and the Vetena sconce for a more classic feel.

    Eclectic Wall Gallery

    Image from Ark Pad

    Lastly, when creating the actual layout use blue painters tape to map it out on your wall. The tape can be removed without damaging your wall and you’ll be able to execute your well thought out plan.

    Images: Elle Decor, Atlanta Homes Magazine, Interior Decline, Ark Pad / Architectural Digest

  • Crystal Chandeliers in a Modern Space


    Modern Space

    Are you a modern home style fan, but still want to be glam? Don't worry, you can have your cake and eat it too! There's one thing that always looks great, no matter your home style, and that's contrast.

    The contrast of a clean, modern space with a sparkly crystal chandelier, is quite eye-catching. It looks amazing, as seen with this living room seen on Helt Enkelt.

    Crystal Chandeliers

    1. Possini Euro Crystal 10 1/4-Inch-W Swag Pendant Light 2.Vienna Full Spectrum Chrome and Crystal 29-Inch-H Chandelier 3. Black Nickel with Crystal Vienna Full Spectrum Chandelier

    There are plenty of modern style crystal chandeliers to choose from (i.e. #1 above), but don't be afraid to hang a traditional style fixture in your modern home, the results are stunning!

    Image: Helt Enkelt

  • Tips For Enjoying Good Weather With Outdoor Style


    Outdoor Style

    Image from Helen Green Design

    Good weather is nearly upon us, which means we get to spend more time on our outdoor style. Hooray! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be out and about enjoying it all. Why not enjoy warmer weather all from a thoughtfully designed outdoor space?!

    Outdoor spaces tend to take a back seat to the design of interiors but in the warmer months, they could certainly be used more if only styled in the right way. Here’s how to do it.

    Outdoor Ideas

    1.    Create focal points. Create focal points with your outdoor spaces with planters and arches. These arches dramatically frame an otherwise boring hallway. Now, they make you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean.

    2.    Built-ins. Rather than bring in temporary furniture, make it a bit more permanent with built in furniture like this sofa placed in a nook. Painted in the color of the walls, it feels cohesive. I’d love to bring my laptop and work in the space!

    3.    Plan for people. Style a space based on the functions of what people will do. If you want to eat, set up a bistro table and chairs.

    4.    Model your outdoor space like a living room. Bring the same techniques of an interior to the outside. Set up a sofa with coffee table surrounded by chairs and don't forget the outdoor lighting!

    Outdoor Lighting Ideas

    5.    Style for small spaces. Even small spaces can serve a function. Adapt your function so that it is useable. Instead of placing a full table with chairs, adapt it to 2 lounging chairs with a small side table.

    6.    Fruit trees! Bring a pop of color into green spaces with a fruit tree, specifically a citrus tree. The pops of orange or lemon will add a touch of color and whimsy.

    7.    Single tree. Let the architecture of the space speak with a simple tree in a courtyard. The focus becomes the beautiful lines of the tree.

    8.    Lighting. Lighting is paramount at night. Whimsy it up with beautiful outdoor lighting.

    9.   Use wood boxes as planters to frame a bench, like the top image. So easy!

    What are your tips for an outdoor space?

    Images: Helen Green Design, Group 1:  Sarah Cain Design, House Beautiful, Mark D. Sikes, The Home Journal  Group 2: The Style Saloniste, Vecro Ave, JTJ Design, Entouriste

  • Design Tips For A Backyard That Twinkles


    Design Tips

    Image from Justina Blakeney

    I recently rehabbed my patio, but, as you can see from the above photo, the design is far from complete as I'm missing something quite essential: outdoor lighting! Since dining al fresco is one of my very favorite activities especially on warm SoCal evenings, I'm thinking a lot about the mood outdoors and how I want to light up my outdoor space to make it cozy, warm and inviting.

    White Dining Chairs

    Zuo Modern White 33-Inch-H Set of 2 S-Chairs

    I want my yard to twinkle! I want something to illuminate my front door and am considering this Toledo Old Silver wall light. Love the vintage look of it and it reminds me of the streets of Florence, Italy where I lived for many years. I also love this Corbett Bangle Modern Gold outdoor light.

    Gold Outdoor SconceI like the idea of making my outdoor space feel like an outdoor living room and I think that the warm glow of the gold would help with that--this Milo Antique Brass one is pretty sexy too. I love post lamps for outdoor spaces too. They remind me of secret gardens and fantastical places. I think that this ornate Bravada Glass Outdoor Post Light would add just the right amount of whimsicality to my yard.

    Outdoor Post Light

    Something low is also key...something that illuminates the succulents and flowers I've spent so much time caring for...for that I'm thinking something modern, and I love the Maxim Marlex Nautical White Small Outdoor Post Light-- It's got those mid-century modern lines that I love.

    Outdoor Dining

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    I can't wait to light up my yard this summer!

    Images: Justina Blakeney, Apartment Therapy

  • Design Ideas For Adding Accents of Yellow in Your Home


    Yellow Accents

    If you're in search of that perfect accent color to introduce to your home, may I suggest yellow?! Yellow doesn’t always have to be a youth color of choice. When done right, it can be a classic option to add a little color to your space.

    Just like any color, don’t overdo it. If you are considering a yellow couch on a yellow wall, you may regret that decision in the end. But adding a yellow pillow, like seen above, on a neutral sofa is the perfect pop of color. Another great tip is adding the same color in an art piece or in a blanket. It all feels balanced.

    Modern Kitchen

    If you are wanting to add color in your kitchen, rugs are a great option. Especially when you are working with an all white kitchen. And if you are worried about getting that rug dirty, just spray it with Scotchgard.

    Modern Home Design

    Bright colored furniture pieces are the new black! If you are a confident, brave person, then you will not have a problem with adding bright splashes of color in your furniture. Just make sure to pair the colors with neutral pieces.

    Kitchen Design

    See how just one pop of yellow creates a modern, fresh space? Don’t feel like you have to add an overabundance of yellow. Keep it simple and you won’t be disappointed!

    Images: My Paradissi, SF Girl by Bay, Stadshem

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