Five tips for a great home office

July 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Looking to improve your home office?  Here are some tips for creating a space you will love…

Photo: Martha Stewart Living

First, keep it simple—a calm, organized space is best for productivity. Storing your projects and papers in color coordinated binders and bins cuts down on the visual clutter of the space.

Photo: Monique L'huillier's Office, Elle Decor

Select a room with natural light or a great view—it will elevate your mood.

Photo: House Beautiful

If you plan to display your collection of books, select a neutral color for the room to serve as a backdrop.  You will be surprised by the cheerful colors they will add to the space.

Photo: Michael Angus, Canadian House and Home

Get inspired by beauty and surround yourself with things you love—whether it’s beautiful antiques or a fabulous picture wall.

Photo: West Elm

There are many styles and types of offices—pick a style that suits your personality.

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Belgian inspired designs…

July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love the casual elegance of Belgian inspired design.  With a focus on raw materials, Belgian style rooms are colored simply by the use of unfinished woods, natural stone, and linen.  Although it is known as a colorless design style, these images are certainly not lacking in interest.  The palettes from these subtle colored rooms are surprisingly colorful…

Photo: Barbara Westbrook and Kim Winkler in House Beautiful

         

Photo: Design Sponge

      

Photo: Kay Douglas in House Beautiful

          

Photo: Axel Vervoordt

For more on Belgian Design, check out Alex Vervoordt’s book Timeless Interiors.

Color palette swatches are from Benjamin Moore:  Image 1 – Gladstone Tan, Britannia Blue, Spring in Aspen, Feel the Energy.  Image 2 – Bryant Gold, Temptation, Blue Porcelain.  Image 3 – Bonnie Nuit, Boothbay Gray, Spring in Aspen, Snowfall White.

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Lanterns…

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Lanterns…

July 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

The type of lighting you select for a room can really change the look of your space.  Try adding drama by using slightly oversized lanterns in place of pendants or chandeliers.  Using lighting in this unexpected way can really make your room stand out…

Photo: Tommy Smythe

Photo: onsuttonplace.blogspot.com

Photo: Decorpad

Photo: Steven Gambrel Eric Piasecki Photography

Photo: Cottage Living

Light up your Fourth…

July 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lighting can add color to a space or simply make it feel special.  Transform your outdoor space with these inspiring lighting ideas…

Photo: lgrecreated.wordpress.com

This casual setting gets instant appeal with the addition of these simple string lights.

Photo: Southernsassafrasblog.blogspot.com

These hanging lanterns add charm to this simple setting.

Photo: Sunset

These unique trellises add light and interest to this quiet outdoor space.

Photo: Pottery Barn

Happy Fourth!

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