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…

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Adding color to your kitchen…

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Adding color in small ways can really make a difference in your space.  Start with something you love—a great color or a unique collection—  and finish the room with a few accents in a complimentary color.

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The spa blue dish collection above, is accented with golden tones.  Displaying a colorful dish set is a great way to personalize your space.

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Accenting some of your cabinetry with paint, like this island above, is an easy way to make your space more welcoming.

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Replacing your countertops with something more current will also make a big difference.  The countertops in the photo above were accented nicely by painting the interior of the glass cabinets.

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Don’t forget artwork — colorful art displayed prominently like this can really make your space.

Design Trend: Imperial Trellis…

June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

Trellis is everywhere.  This fanciful pattern can be used in many ways.  Here are my favorite uses for this bold pattern.

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When designing with trellis, keep your room simple and let the pattern be the star.  There are so many great colors available in this pattern.  Consider the impact you are going for when selecting your color.  Light greens and aquas will be softer than bright pink or orange.

Love this pattern and still need more?  Bring a piece of this great pattern home with these items from Etsy…

         

Images left to right… Imperial Trellis Pillow by Lily on Blue ‘s Store on Etsy, $86. Imperial Trellis iphone Cover by Plum Street Print on Etsy, $55.  Trellis Clutch by Kimberly Jones Designs on Etsy, $40.

Adding light to dark colored rooms

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Using dark colors on your walls always runs the risk of creating a room that is too dark. Occasionally, it is the designer’s intent is to create a dark and mysterious mood in a room, but in most cases, the goal is to create a sense of light even though some of the elements in the space are dark.  The key to adding light to the space is all about balance.

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This space uses light colored flooring to reflect light into the room.  In addition, all the elements in the room are light colored except for the richly colored dark walls.

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This office is a great example of balancing dark colors in a room.  The bookshelves and windows break up the dark gray walls.  The white cabinetry increases the perception of light in the room, while the orange accents add interest.

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Lighting is key…This kitchen has an amazing amount of light considering just about every element in the room is dark.  Why does it work?  A large amount of natural light from the window fills the room and is reflected by the raised white ceiling.  Additional light fixtures have been added to the space as well. The size and openness of the room also helps to promote a light and airy feel.

Some other ways to add light to the room is through the use of wainscoting, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and artwork.  Pick your room wisely, one that gets a lot of natural light and open space. Ready to take on a project like this? Here are some of my favorite moody hues…

         

Colors from left to right…1623 Britannia Blue, 1456 Mountain Ridge, 1609 Temptation, and 1637 Blue Spruce.  All colors are by Benjamin Moore.

Great colors for your kitchen…

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting task.  There are so many choices out there.  I think part of the reason the white kitchen has become so popular, is that it reduced many of these choices…white cabinetry, carrerra marble countertop (or quartz look alike), stainless steel appliances, dark wood floors…done!   Now, kitchen cabinets are becoming more and more popular in colored finishes; particularly gray, robin’s egg blue, light green, and dark gray.  I still love the classic white kitchen, but these colors are quite tempting…

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