OOPS YOU DID IT AGAIN! 5 MORE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR DESIGN DISASTERS

In a continuation from last post here are 5 more common interior design disasters and how to fix them:

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Image via Unspalsh

Right-sized Rug

Are you scratching your head when it comes to choosing the right rug size? You’re not alone. Here is a rule of thumb: to define a zone, you want the front legs of the major furniture pieces, from the sofa to the armchairs, to be on the rug. Easy, right? And, take note if the rug will be in the way of a door opening. If so, you want to do the “Toe Test.” If your big toe fits under your doorway, so will your rug. If not, find a rug with a lower pile.

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Image via Unsplash

To Paint, or Not To Paint—When Is The Question

Don’t select paint until after you’ve have selected your furnishings! Why you ask? Because there are infinitely more paint colors (hello, Benjamin Moore!) than there are fabric/finishing options. It is a lot easier to find a paint color to match the fabrics and finishes, than the other way around. Trust us.

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Image via Unsplash

The Matchy-matchy Game

Boring! It’s common when decorating to choose too much of one color. Betsy like to use the 60/30/10 rule as outlined in her book, “Big Design, Small Budget.” Here’s how to do that: pick three main colors for the room, then use one 60% of the time, one 30% and the other 10%. By using this formula, your room will look layered and interesting.

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Image via Unsplash

Wall-huggers

Another sure way to bore is to have all the furniture in your room hug the walls. We say, branch out! Create interesting zones. You don’t have to have every piece in the room plastered against the walls. Bring the furniture in a defined zone closer together. This will create a cohesive flow to the room, making it more inviting and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

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Image via Unsplash

Light it Right

If rugs are confusing, lighting is confounding! Let us make it simpler: table lamps should not be taller than the table it is placed on and chandeliers should be hung 30-36” above the dining room table. When in doubt, it is always best to scale down with lighting fixtures! 


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We Solve Your Top 5 Design Disasters

We get it. You’ve made a mistake with your interior design and you’re freaking out. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Guess what? It’s not the end of the world. Take a breath. We got you. We’ll help you solve the top 5 design disasters right here, right now!

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Image via Unsplash

Nailed It (In The Wrong Place)

You’ve hung all your art and you’ve realized it’s all wrong. Now, you have what seems like a million little holes in your walls. That’s okay, we’ve got a suggestions. First, use removable hooks when hanging art. You can place it where you think you want it, and after a few days, if you like where it is, replace it with a permanent fixing. Or, if you don’t, easily take the art down and start over.

Art hanging tips 101:

  • Hang art at eye level

  • Hang art 8”-12” above furniture items

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Image via Unsplash

You Went To The Dark Side

Yikes! You loved the deep color when you saw it in a magazine, but on your own walls it makes your space look dark and creepy. We have one solution: go to the light! Add lighting placed strategically about the room. If you want to make a more drastic change, repaint the room a lighter shade, then fill that richer color craving by incorporating it in accents pieces like pillows, throws, and accessories.

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Image via Unsplash

You’ve Gone Trend Crazy

It might be tempting to follow every trend, but remember, they are called trends for a reason. Make sure when you do go trendy you can live with it for a long time. Try updating your space with the latest and greatest using smaller, more inexpensive items. That way, you can enjoy them while you can, and if you get sick of them or want to go in another direction, you won’t feel like you wasted money.

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Fit Issues

We know measuring your space for a new furniture item can be a pain, but if you don’t, well, a picture is worth a thousand words! Our favorite trick to ensure the furniture fits the room is to create 2-D boxes with blue (painter’s) tape on the floor. It’s easy-peasy, and you’ll be sure what will or won’t work in your space before it’s too late.

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Image via The Spruce

Bed Paint Job

Color looks different in different spaces due to the natural and artificial lighting. Taking the time to try various paint colors on your walls prior to painting is not only going to save you time, it will save you money. Why repaint when you don’t have to? Just select multiple hues of the color you like and test them on you walls. Check out our insider tips for sampling and selecting the perfect paint color here.



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Fall For Color

Are you excited for fall? We are! It’s the time of year we think about transformations (Okay, every season we think about transformation but we’re designers) and so do a lot of our clients. One of the easiest ways to punch up your space is to add or change the color scheme. Pillows, paint, accent pieces, whatever floats your boat, here are some of the fall color trends we are recommending right now.

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Image via Living Spaces

Who Doesn’t Love a Jewel?
Jewel tones have been big for a while, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. Rich navy, deep plum, emerald green and golden yellow can add a dramatic flair or a boho kick to your home. Try infusing color with a small furniture item such as a stool, or a larger piece like the gorgeous velvet chairs above. Or, better yet, paint your walls a sumptuous shade of teal.

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Image via Magnolia

Off The Beaten Path

White doesn’t have to be bright, off-white offers a sense of serenity to your space and there are lots of variations from which to choose. Undertones range from gray to cream and everything in between. Off-white is anything but boring!

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Image via Trendesign Book

Classic Times

Muted tones never go out of style. We love sage green, soft pink, and periwinkle purple, and you will, too! Colors of the muted variety are great way to perk up your space and stay on trend without being trendy.

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Image via The Spruce

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Who wouldn’t feel happy in a room full of vibrant color? We know we would! Throw a little fuchsia, neon green, or bright orange in your room and see what happens. Or, maybe go big like the photo above and do it all up. Whatever vibrant pops or pieces you choose, you won’t be able to keep from smiling every time you enter your room.



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Our Design Team Gives You The (Easy & Affordable) Design Tips You Need Right Now

A lovely home should be a right not a privilege…Betsy Helmuth, Founder, Affordable Interior Design

Hi there…

If you’re looking for affordable, easy to implement design tips right from our designer’s mouths, this blog is for you!

We know many of you are state of confusion when it comes to interior design. Maybe you think you can’t afford to hire a designer so you order furniture on your own. Then, you find it doesn’t fit your space, or maybe it fits but your home but doesn’t function and/or look the way you want it to…

And no matter what items you select (there is usually a whole lot of returning happening at this point) it just isn’t right.

Maybe you love your home but it just needs some finishing touches, or you have questions about what to do with lighting or rugs.

We get it, interior design can be daunting.

But you know what?

We’re here to help!

Uh huh, this is us…an amazing team of designers!

Here, right here, we are going to give you our TOP tips of the moment, right from our designers above, right now.

Here we go…

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Make sure your rug is not too small. All front legs of your furniture should be on the rug…Allison

Confused on size? We got ya:

For your dining area be sure all chairs fit on the rug, and, make sure the rug is proportionate to the table…

For the living room area, the most common rug is rectangular. Allison’s tip above applies here—be sure all front legs of your furniture fit on the rug.

For the bedroom, if your bed is queen size, typically a 9’x9’ rug will work.

Oh, and don’t forget the rug pad! It’ll prolong the life of the rug and keep it in place.

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Image via YLighting

Twinkle, twinkle…

Always use lots of ambient light in a room to give it a soothing, cozy feel…Angela

Light = atmosphere. Simple as that. And, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on lighting, either. There are tons of retailers out there that offer affordable lighting, giving you the ability to shine the light in various areas throughout your room.

For ceiling lights, consider a dimming option. Set that mood, if the moment strikes!

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Layering is key to making your home feel well, homey. Adding throw pillows, blankets, wall decor, and candles, will make your space feel personalized and complete… Ashley

Layering isn’t just for sweaters, it’s for your home, too. And you know what? One of the best things about layering is you can change it up according to the season.

Try a heavier throw made of cozy wool in the winter, lighter linen decorative pillows in the summer. You get our drift. These pieces are key, but not super expensive (unless you want them to be but that’s another story!)

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A home with several tasteful pieces of furniture and a few knick-knacks, will be more inviting than one overflowing with high-end furniture and too many decorations and stuff…Bita

Less is more. Cheesy? Nope, true! Really, it is.

It’s not about the price tag. Money DOES NOT equal taste! No it does not.

Go for the Goldilocks here. Affordable design and tasteful accents = just right!

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Image via Joss and Main

Avoid dining room sets—rather think about making a contrast between your table and chairs with either style, color/finish or both…Jeanie

Express yourself! Don’t go all matchy-matchy. Decor looks more personal and unique when you mix it up a bit. Maybe find a table you love at your favorite retailer, then look for chairs at a garage sale.

This goes for the rest of your house. That chair in the living room doesn’t have to matchy-match your sofa…

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Image via West Elm

Use a decorative mirror to reflect the light from a window by placing it on the opposite wall…Paulina

Is your space small? Does it lack natural light? Nothing a mirror can’t fix. They’re an affordable option to artwork, too.

Last but not least…ottoman empire!

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Image via Wayfair

Small ottomans and poufs are a great multifunctional piece to have in your living room. Not only do they act as comfortable foot rests, but they can be used as extra seating when needed…Stephanie

Multi-functional? Check! Cozy? Check! Decorative? Check! Space-saving? Check! The mighty ottoman does it all. Need we say more?

So there you have it. Some amazing tips from the mouths of our designers.

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Falling For 5 Hot Autumn Interior Design Trends

Now that Labor Day is behind us, we're feeling excited to transition to the fall months. Sure, we may have an Indian Summer approaching, but that won't stop us from getting into the fall mindset. We're ready to start digging out our sweaters, purchasing new scented candles, and finding surprise bills and forgotten lip glosses in our jacket pockets. And that goes for our design, too. It's time to be in-the-know of the interior design fall trends, and guess what? We're here to fill you in!

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Image via Lime Decals.

Fall-tastic Floral Prints

With the on-going trend of blush pinks and jewel tones, it is comforting to know that florals will be a great compliment! From wallpaper to tiles to pillow covers or upholstery, there will be no shortage of a pop of floral to bring some pattern a room. They're versatile, too. Sweet or bold, there is a floral print for every space in your home. Love this wallpaper from Lime Decals for a nursery or girls room!

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Image via Pottery Barn.

Canopy, Anyone?

Make a statement with a canopy bed. If you have the room for one, we say, go for it! Canopy beds offer elegance to your bedroom, and it doesn't hurt that sleeping in one gives you a sense of comfort and security! There's a canopy for every style from modern to traditional. We love this country chic wooden bed from Pottery Barn.

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Image via CB2.

Textured Fall Fabrics

Cold weather will soon be upon us, so it's no wonder bouclé textured fabric is trending more than ever. With its cozy comfort, it's an accent you can easily add to enhance your fall decor. Choose bouclé for an upholstered lounge chair, or maybe pop it in your room with a bouclé pillow or two. We're sure you'll love what it does to your rooms. We're currently crushing on these swivel chairs from CB2!

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Image via Anthropologie.

Woo Hoo to Boho!

With all the bold colors and prints on the rise, we knew bohemian vibes couldn't be far behind. At the heart of the trend? A combination of mixed textures such as wood, metal, and natural materials. Take a look at this chair from Anthropologie. Love the bold jewel tone teal, with the wood legs and subtle floral pattern!

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Image via Wayfair.

Noticeable Naturals

Nothing says ahhh like a pure, natural texture. Cotton, linen, wool—these materials bring an organic element to any space. For fall we're loving adding a rug, wallpaper, or a decorative pillow in any of these favorite fabrics. How beautiful is this simplistic woven wool rug from Wayfair?


Any new trends your neighbors are talking about? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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Blank Walls? 5 Ideas Beyond the Canvas

Do you break out in a cold sweat every time you look at your blank walls, yet have no idea what to do with them? You don't have to resort to the same 'ol same 'ol canvasses. Be creative, show your personality and style. Dressing your walls will make your space look curated and finished. Don't worry, and we've come up with five ideas to help you get your interior design on fleek. Keep reading!

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Image via Anthropologie.

Tap, Tap, Tapestry

Tapestry works excellent in both bohemian and eclectic spaces. Want more raw materials in your space? Go with a macrame. But if you are looking to bring in more color, a fabric tapestry is the way to go. We love this piece from Anthropologie!

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Image via Pottery Barn.

Sculpt Away

Add character to your walls by hanging sculpture. There are a variety of materials to choose from metal, wood, woven or even ceramics. Sculptures come in many forms, too. From bowls to carved materials, you can also pick up some sculpture on your travels to hang when you return home. We love this metal arrangement from Pottery Barn for a modern to transitional space.

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Trip the Light Fantastic

“Wow” your guests by customizing the lighting design on your wall from the MoMA Design Store! There is nothing cooler than a light installation, and this one can be arranged to create any form you desire. The icing on the cake? The LED lights also change colors.




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Image via Crate and Barrel.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are an excellent way to fill wall space. Plus it doesn't hurt that they can add the illusion of more natural lighting. Mirrors also make your space look bigger and the area to appear more open. Hanging them is a no-brainer, and there are so many unique styles out there from which to choose. One of our favorite ways to use mirrors is to incorporate them with photos on your gallery wall. We love this arched mirror from Crate and Barrel for over a mantel.

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Image via West Elm.

It’s Alive

Love plants and want to create a forest-like vibe in your home? Living walls have become increasingly popular over the years with environmental awareness. Whether it be artificial, like this one from West Elm, or real, it is a great way to bring color and life to any space. If if you go for the real deal but don't have a green thumb try succulents, they require minimal maintenance.


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Our Favorite Makeovers From Queer Eye

Oh, the emotional rollercoaster that is Queer Eye. We laugh, we cry, we are obsessed. Have you seen it yet? If not, queue up that DVR! Every one of the new Fab 5 is fantastic, but Bobby Berk inspires us every season with his time crunch home makeovers. With limited aesthetic direction and only one week to deliver a completed design project, Berk continuously executes jaw-dropping renovations. Here are some of our favorites!

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Image via House Beautiful.

Down on the Farm

In season 4 Berk was introduced to a recent divorcé who was very set in his ways. Never left his property, neglected to care for himself or his home. A casual farmer, he worshiped his plaid patterns. So, Berk transformed his living room into a cozy, rustic-chic space where he can sit down, relax, and entertain. We love the use of textures and the woodgrain wallpaper to give the room an enhanced farmhouse feel.

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Image via Bobby Berk.

When Robert Met Jamie

In season 3, Robert's soon-to-be wife, Jamie, wanted their wedding week to be all about him. That's where Berk came in. Guided by its original brass detailed fireplace, Berk modernized their space by incorporating a chevron-style wood accent wall around the mantel. Doing so not only brought a lot of warmth and texture to the room, but the split-tone wall created the illusion of higher ceilings. We'll have what she's having!

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Image via Dwell.

Elrod and Sons

The Fab 5 came together for one of the most impactful makeovers in Queer Eye history. Heartbroken by the loss of their mother and needing a fresh start, Berk set to work to lift the family's spirits. He transformed their Scandinavian inspired space by adding some elements of glam and industrial throughout. How amazing are those blue-painted mouldings?

Functionality at its Best

Another season 4 epic episode revolved around Wesley who in 2012 was paralyzed from the waist down. Incapable of completing ordinary tasks without the help of his mother since. Berk created a space where Wesley can live an independent life, making Wesley's new bachelor pad wheelchair accessible. We love how Berk used dark wood tones and modern textural elements to give the space a masculine, timeless design.


Do you have any favorites from Queer Eye makeovers? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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Paint Finish 101: What To Choose Depends On Your Room

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Image via The Oppatt Group.

You've finally picked the perfect paint color for your room and are ecstatic about making a decision. Before you grab your gallon and go, you'll also need to decide what the appropriate finish is for each of your rooms. Paint finish influences your overall interior space of course, but did you know it also impacts the longevity of the paint appearance and freshness? Here, we take the guesswork out of what finish to choose for which room.

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Be Flat

Flat finish paint has a beautiful texture and is perfect for low-traffic areas such as bedrooms or living rooms. It has the lowest sheen of any of the finishes making it the least reflective. The pros: it hides imperfections and provides for easy touch-ups; the cons: it's the most difficult finish to maintain because it marks up easily.

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Eggseptional

Eggshell paint finish has a smooth, elegant patina that works well in moderate traffic areas such as a study or living room. It doesn't do well in high humidity situations, so don't choose it for your kitchen or bathroom.

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Satiny Goodness

Satin does it all. It works in low-moisture areas, is easy to clean and maintain, and holds up in high-traffic spots like the family room or playroom.

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Nothing Halfway About Semi Gloss

Want a radiant sheen that is durable, easy to clean, and works well in high-moisture areas? Look no further than semi-gloss. Your bathroom and kitchen will thank you.

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Image via House Beautiful.

Go Glossy

Gloss can work for any room in your house, even the ceiling. It's super reflective and gives your room pizzazz. Want to be a trendsetter? Pop some gloss!


What’s your favorite paint finish? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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On Display: Unique Conversation Pieces for your Coffee Table

It's always fun to add some unique elements to your interior decor. What's a perfect and affordable way to do this? Your coffee table, of course! Instead of the same old, same old why not shake it up a little? Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking outside the box:

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Image via Amazon.

Go Ahead, Ask Us Anything!

Both educational and fun, trivia is a great family-friendly game for adults and kids alike. Here’s one we love from Amazon that will look great on any table. Put your guests to the test!

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Image via Shutterfly.

Make it Personal

Show off your family adventures by displaying them in a photo book on your coffee table. You can easily create your personalized book online, or head to your craft store for a DIY project. What a fun, budget-conscious, and meaningful way to promote conversation, have some laughs and reminisce.

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Image via MoMA.

On the Board

Give your guests or family members a challenge! Whether it be chess, backgammon, or tic tac toe, you're sure to find some that are fun and match your decor. We love this colorful set from the MoMA store!

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This Polaroid camera is so cute we couldn't resist. Wouldn't it look great in your home? If this style isn't your cup of tea, you can find a variety of others from vintage to modern. Say cheese!

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Image via Target.

Guest Book It

Feature a guest book on your coffee table. We love this one from Target with its built-in pockets! Perfect for guests to leave you their sentiments. Pair it with the polaroid camera above and your guests can leave a photo alongside their note!


What’s your most unique decor item? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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Create Your Perfect Calming Space

Everybody needs a little zen in their lives, don't you think? It can be a jungle out there. You can make your home a peaceful place without breaking the bank. It's simple, just add a few key pieces here and there. Pretty soon all you'll be saying when you walk through your door is "Ahhhhh." Follow us, we'll show you the way!

Bliss out with Candles

Refresh your space with mood-boosting aromatic candles. Not only does the scent of the candle trigger calming endorphins, but they act as a great decorative object for your table, too. From bathrooms and kitchens to coffee and bedside tables, you're sure to be burning to find new places to put candles.

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Light the Way

Lighting plays a big role in decompressing. Set the mood and relax by integrating soft light into your room. Go for a Twinkle chandelier, lamps with 3-way switches, or even a simple dimmer for overhead lighting. Soft light, so right.

Wood You?

Bring tranquility into your home by incorporating natural wood. You'll boost relaxation as well as add some texture and color to your decor. There are so many woodsy pieces to choose from and you can go big or small, from furniture to wall art. Whatever items you choose, this is a great way to create coziness in your space.

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Plant Life

Adding lively plants is a great way to bring color into your home decorating scheme. But what's even better is that indoor plants purify the air, boost mood, reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats, and colds. Go green by adding a few succulents to your bookshelf or fill a corner of your room with a Fiddle Leaf Fig!





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Keep it Clean

Visually, clutter-free spaces promote a sense of tranquility. We love to use decorative boxes to hide the mess (no one has to know!) or trays to organize and contain it. By clearing away the chaos, your home will instantly feel like the calming space you'll want to come back to at the end of the day.


What are your favorite ways to promote zen in your space? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

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Look Large: Tips for Maximizing Your Small Space

If you've been reading this blog lately you know we’ve been delving deep into the topics of decluttering and organization. Now that we've helped you purge and rearrange, we're going to tackle small spaces. Here are our most-used tools to help you create the illusion of a larger room!

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Image via The Every Girl.

Anchor Away

Area rugs are so important when designing a room. We like to use them to anchor the furniture in a given zone, and doing so makes the room appear larger. It's a fun way to play with patterns too! 

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Image via Freshome.

Bring In The Light

We aren’t just talking about using several lamps in the room to distribute the light in all corners; you’ll also want to keep the walls a light paint color so that they'll reflect light rather than absorb it. This will give your room more depth.

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Go Big Or Go Home

You don't have to stick with small art when you're space-challenged. A large piece of art will draw the eyes up making your walls seem bigger and your ceilings seem higher than they are. So yes, go large and in charge.



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Image via Home Idea.

Drape It

Floor to ceiling drapery will always make a room appear bigger than it is. Especially when you have lower ceilings. Similar to having a large piece of art, drapery will draw the eyes up and make the room seem taller. Our major tip: be sure to mount the drapes to ceiling height.

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Image via Ooba.

Make A Statement

A small room doesn't need exclusively tiny furniture. Invest in a large (ish!) scale statement item and your room will look more spacious. Just don't go overboard, one piece should do the trick.

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Image via Sonoma Mag.

Smoke and…

Sure mirrors a great way to fill up dead space on the wall but did you know they add extreme depth to a room? Set a mirror on a wall across from the window and it will reflect the natural light right back into your space, creating a more airy and open feel!


Do you have any tips we didn’t mention? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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Creative (and affordable!) ways to show off your books

We say you should judge a book by its cover! Books not only say a lot about who you are but also they're great conversation starters. What's more, they add a wonderful design element to your rooms. Why not show off your intellectual side and display some of your favorites? We’ve come up with some affordable ideas to get you booking it, and you won’t even need to buy a bookshelf!

Fill The Basket

Stack your books in a cute basket. Choose solid wood, wicker, or even dainty metal. Perfect for that country chic home with a rustic flair!

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Image via Essential Home.

Dress The View

One thing we all have are window sills! Take advantage of this precious area and decorate it with your books. You might even add some plants. This strategy will maximize design without sacrificing space.

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Image via Homedit.

Spark Interest At The Door

We love how this entryway combines the books with candles, plants, and baskets! It doesn’t get more inviting than this!

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Image via Capital FM.

Show Them Off

A gorgeous coffee table is always a wonderful centerpiece for books! They might even spark a conversation or two with guests. Need more in-depth ideas on displaying yours? Check out our blog post on Styling Your Coffee Table!

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Image via Book Riot.

Keep Them Afloat 

Create a library on your wall! Floating shelves are a great solution when you lack space for a bookshelf or want a minimal design. Choose anything from invisible shelves to rustic wood; there are so many on the market that will fit the design style you're going for!


How do you display your books? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

 

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Our Designers Tell Us Their Top Trends

With so many fun interior design trends floating around, it’s easy to find a few that don’t require a big investment to incorporate into your home. Applying a simple small change can create a new fresh start to your space. 

We polled our designers to find out their current go-to trends, so you can see which of them you want to try!

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Pop of Yellow. Paulina

Nothing says summer quite like a burst of yellow. It's the perfect trending color that will brighten up your space! You can pop the yellow with pillows, flowers, furniture, or even paint.

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Dark Details. Angela

Don’t be afraid to use black, it’s an easy way to create gorgeous contrast in your space. Try strategically using black accents in specific areas of your home and see what an impact it makes. From side tables and lighting, to floors and trims, you won’t regret the richness black adds to your rooms.

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Seasonal Transitions. Ashley

Transitioning your home for the warmer weather can be as simple as swapping out your pillows for airier colors. Your home will feel so much lighter! So easy, and affordable too!

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Focal Florals. Allison

When done right, florals can bring a sweet yet dramatic element to a room. And what better time to mix it up with flower-based motifs than when spring is in the air? You can go big on the wall or just a taste through pillows and linens.

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Modern Bohemian. Bita

Bohemian design is not just about all the crazy colors. Make it more sophisticated by bringing in rich tones and cool forms! Get curvy with it!




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Washable Rugs. Jeanie

Jeanie’s down with the latest from Ruggable - rugs that are machine washable. Perfect for families, but honestly, who wouldn’t want a rug that can be thrown into the laundry? There are so many available styles you’re sure to find one, or two, or three that you love!

Natural Elements. Stephanie

Materials such as wood soften up your room. Natural oak is a great tone for keeping things feeling light and airy! Perfect for the country chic or Scandinavian style home!


What is your favorite trend at the moment? Share it with us here or on our Facebook page

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Outdoor Patio on a Budget: Accent Tables

You’re lounging on your patio and need a place to set your drink or snack. Good thing you have the ever-handy accent table! These multi-tasking pieces can house anything from trays to towels. We’ve found some fantastic options to make your outdoor space functional and beautiful.



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Image via World Market.

A Perfect Square

This wood top contemporary table from World Market for $179.99, would be perfect for a transitional or modern space. It’s a great canvas for personalizing your space (we love candles, foliage, and a few stylish accessories) while also being functional. Can’t you just see your family and friends gathered around it?

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Image via Urban Outfitters.

So Right, So Round

Place this little beauty next to your lounge chair or outdoor sofa, and you’ve found the perfect resting spot for your book, phone, drink, whatever! It’s super light and can be easily stored or moved. Plus, it’s only $39 and comes in pink, too. Want it? Head to at Urban Outfitters!

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Image via Target.

Wicker Wonder

For an eclectic look, we love this wicker style coffee table from Target for $150. The side detailing makes for an open, light appearance. Pair it with some green plants and a colorful rug and your space will instantly feel inviting.

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Image via Wayfair.

Bright Beauty

You know we’re all about that pop of color! This garden stool not only acts as a side table, you can use it as extra seating for guests. Does this gorgeous hue speak to you? Us too! Get it at Wayfair for $43.55!



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Image via World Market.

A…B…C Table!

The most functional side table there is - the C-Table! It’s ideal for tucking under the base of a large sofa, and it can be easily moved around to wherever you need it. You might love it so much you’ll grab another for indoors. Get it from World Market at the affordable price of $75!


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Outdoor Patio on a Budget: Dining

Last week we explored affordable outdoor lounge furniture, but you know us, we couldn’t stop there. We found some amazing options for outdoor dining, too. Have a conversation, play a game, host a summer barbecue, whatever you decide to do your outdoor space will be the go-to place for all your family and friends to gather! 

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Image via World Market.

Simply Teak

This amazingly versatile teak table is perfect to lighten up your outdoor space! You’ll find it at World Market for only $399.99. We love that you can create any style you want, from traditional by pairing it with matching chairs as shown, to boho by mixing it up and switching them out. Go ahead - you do you.

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Image via Overstock.

Life of the Party

Fun? Check! Pop of color? Check! Easy to maintain? Check! Available in an array of gorgeous colors? Check! Add some pizazz to your outdoor abode with this chair from Overstock. At $40.49 per chair you can stock up; and they’d look pretty awesome with the table above.


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Image via Hayneedle.

Star Power

Want to bring the laid-back glamour of California to your space? This X-base dining table set is exactly up your alley! Dine under the stars perched in your director’s chair (which comes in your choice of Natural or Black, by the way) and you’ll know what it feels like to be a star. The unique shade of teak wood also adds a great contrast to outdoor greenery. You can find this 7-piece set at Hayneedle for $729.45.

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Image via Birch Lane

Easy, Breezy Wicker

You know what’s great about wicker? Well, a lot of things but one of the best is that it’s easy to clean. Oh, and also it’s gorgeous. We’d even go so far as to call it elegant. Pick up this brown beauty with glass table top from Birch Lane for a reasonable $563.99.

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Image via Hayneedle

Swing Switch

Swings aren’t just for kids. Make your outdoor dining area cozy and playful by replacing one side of your table seating with a swing! All you have to do is extend the chain down to the standard 18” dining chair seat height, and voila! We love this option from Hayneedle for $344.99.


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Outdoor Patio on a Budget: Lounge

Summer weather is quickly approaching, and if you want to take full advantage of your outdoor space by creating the perfect place for friends and family to gather, now is the time! But finding affordable lounge furniture can get pricey, so we’ve gathered a few of our favorite budget-friendly pieces to show you don’t have to be a Rockefeller to furnish an inviting space al fresco. And stay tuned, we’ll be talking about outdoor furniture again in the upcoming weeks!

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Image via Wayfair.

The Transitional Sectional

Is your patio or outdoor space large enough to accommodate a sectional? Then we say, “Go for it!” Trust us. Really. Bring your living room outside with this versatile piece from Wayfair for only $613.99. It’s the perfect place to unwind with family and friends.

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Image via Target.

The Boho Wicker Lounge

If you’re aiming to create an eclectic outdoor vibe this wicker chaise sectional from Target is the perfect solution. And at $549.99 it won’t break your bank. Grab your beach towel and enjoy some time in the sunshine.

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Image via Target.

The Sophisticated Chair Pair

Going for a more contemporary style? Kick back on these beautiful, clean steel frame chairs. Perfect alone, or pair them with a sofa for a living room setting. They’re another great find from Target for just $251.99 for a set of 2. So elegant, so affordable, you can’t go wrong!

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Image via Grandin Road.

The Casual Chic Loveseat

Are you sitting down? Go ahead, because this super affordable Grandin Road loveseat can be yours for only $129. Uh huh, we are serious. It’s budget-friendly, space-saving, and adorable! Pair it with a chair and a couple of statement throw pillows, and you’ll have an inviting space to hang out all summer long.

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Image via Walmart.

The Earthy Cabana

Who doesn’t want a cabana-like setting in their backyard? Well, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to get one! We found this daybed and ottoman at Walmart for $805.99. With the removable top, you can enjoy a day in the sun or the shade. Don’t forget the rosé!


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5 Plants Perfect for Indoors

Are you a plant lover but your thumb is less than green? Don’t despair. We did some research and came up with a list of 5 plants that require minimal light and maintenance. Get ready to turn your space into a veritable jungle!

Image via  Home Depot .

Image via Home Depot.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

If you’re working with limited space but your ceilings are high, the fiddle leaf fig is right for you! It’s tall, it’s thin, and it only requires medium light. Plus, it’s perfect for any home. From boho chic to eclectic, contemporary, or transitional, it’ll add warmth and the perfect touch of nature to your surroundings.

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Cactus

Pint-sized succulents add a pop of green to your room and work great when placed on smaller surfaces. Try displaying a couple on your bookshelf or side table. The best part is they don’t need direct sunlight and you only need to water them once a week.

Image via  The Tree Center .

Image via The Tree Center.

Weeping Fig

A perfect little tree for your space, the weeping fig likes to hang out by a window with indirect sunlight. It’ll do best in a north-facing room where it can live its best life! Not home all the time to tend to it? Luckily, it only has to be watered every 4-7 days.

image via  Home Depot .

image via Home Depot.

Snake Plant

The toughest of the greenery on our list is the snake plant, which can survive in low light and only needs to be watered occasionally when the soil is dry. So yes, basically it can be neglected for weeks at a time! This hearty little beauty also has properties which help keep your home clean. What’s not to love?

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Image via Bloomscape.

Philodendron

The philodendron is a lush, tropical plant meant to be placed in a bright area with indirect sunlight. It’s rich color provides a gorgeous pop of green to any space. And you know what? It’s a great communicator! It’ll tell you it’s getting too much sunlight if the leaves turn yellow. Now that’s what we call helpful!


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Designer Tips of the Month

Warmer weather is on the horizon. It’s time to pack away the sweaters and get ready for flip flops. Does your space need a bit of freshening up as well? Our designers have some tips for you. Read on!

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“Resist the urge to fill up every spot on the walls. Leave some negative space for the eye to rest.” Angela

Less can definitely be more! A blank wall brings focus to a piece of statement art, and helps to enhance the calm energy in your room.

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“Pick an inspiration piece to determine your color palette. A rug, artwork, or even bedding can be used as a jumping off point.” Allison

We all need to start somewhere! Select an existing item you love and let it guide you. Use the color scheme and style of your favorite things to carry throughout the room.

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“Updating your throw pillows to lighter colors will bring new life into your home for the spring/summer.” Ashley

Pillows are an affordable way to transform your room instantly without breaking the bank. No matter the season, you can swap out your pillows for a fresh, new look.

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“Be bold and vivid. Use different textures and materials in juxtaposition, which will bring more of a dramatic feel to your space.” Bita

How do you bring a designer look to your space? Easy! Incorporating a variety of textures and materials will give your room a rich, curated feel.

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“As an interior designer, I can help you pick your exterior paint colors too! Painting your house is an expensive undertaking; it's helpful to narrow down your choices by painting small color swatches on the house in a well-lit area so you can see which you like best.” Jeanie

Is the overwhelming number of paint options keeping you up at night? Check out our blog post on how to select the right paint colors for your interior and exterior paint projects. Now, get some rest!

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“Use a felt rug pad to protect your floor and keep the rug in place. Most people don’t realize that rubber rug pads can damage wood flooring.” Paulina

To rug pad or not to rug pad? The answer - rug pad! They not only keep your rugs in place, they protect your floor and prolong the life of your rugs.

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“In smaller rooms, resist using a dark paint color. Keep the walls light to make the room feel larger.” Stephanie

When was the last time you heard, “Gee, I wish my room looked smaller?” Never! Pick a light paint color and your small space will appear airy, bright, and yes, larger.


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Small Space Storage Solutions: Bathroom

A couple of weeks ago, we explored how to best utilize your kitchen storage. We heard from you that it was so useful — especially for those living in the NYC area — we decided to extend the organization to the next most chaotic room: the bathroom!

Let’s walk through all the main areas where clutter accumulates and how to fix it ASAP.  

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Such a wide variety of things get stored in the bathroom (cleaning products, shower supplies, makeup . . . ) it can pile up fast, and the last thing your morning scramble needs is more chaos.  Try an expandable shelf to keep these items organized and separated for easy access.

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Medicine cabinet

Whether you’re sharing the bathroom with a roommate or significant other or even if you’re not, it’s nice to keep your products separated and categorized. From medicine bottles and oral hygiene products to makeup and nail polishes, these acrylic organizers with keep everything anchored in its place!

Towels

Some bathrooms seemingly lack appropriate space for towel racks, causing you to use up valuable under-sink storage. There’s another way! Try a wall-mounted rack for inside the shower. The best part is that your towel will be easily accessible before stepping out.

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Image via Wayfair.

Additional storage

When under the sink is already overflowing, you need reinforcements. Take advantage of oft-neglected height and try an over-the-toilet storage system. It’s perfect for storing extra toilet paper or towels.

 

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Q&A with AID owner, Betsy Helmuth!

Every now and again, we like to check in with our team members and take a deeper dive into their passion, process, and direction. This week we caught up with AID owner, and our favorite source of inspiration, Betsy Helmuth.

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You care a lot about making exceptional home design accessible to all. Why is this so important to you?

It's really important to me to share my tips and make the world of interior design completely transparent, because I feel for too long the field has been somewhat elitist. It has been something that is only accessible for people who are wealthy — people who can afford to hire an interior designer — and yet everyone should live in a home that they're proud of.

Now, more than ever, there are beautiful items on the retail market. You can buy furniture and accessories that look just as good as what you would find in high-end boutiques. That was not the case 20 years ago. The landscape has totally changed.

Interior design can be accessible. People are very interested, but so many of them just don't know the rules. I personally do not feel you need a designer. Anyone who knows a few simple rules can have a well-appointed home.

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I look to my clients. I have them fill out a questionnaire ahead of time so that I can clearly understand their style preferences but also understand the challenges that they're facing. Then I ask them questions about the answers that they've given. I want to know what the problems are and what they like.

I’ve used the metaphor of a painter who is painting a still life. When you're painting a vase of flowers and you're feeling uninspired, all you need to do is look back at that vase of flowers — look more deeply at the rose petals. Look for that shine on that side of the vase. The inspiration is there!  Just look more closely.

That's exactly what I do with my clients when I'm feeling uninspired or when I don't know what to choose. I just go more deeply into their questionnaire, looking at their answers, understanding what they've told me and who they are.

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What do you do when you are faced with an empty room?

I always begin with one question: What do you want to do in this room? What are the functions that this room needs to perform? Form should always follow function.

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Is there a design rule that you always follow?

The design rule I always follow is that I do not mix warm and cool metals.  Cool metals are nickels, silvers, pewters, chromes. Warm metals are coppers, golds, brasses. I don’t use them both in one room. I stick to only cool or only warm.  

The only other metals that I will mix with them are black metals or wrought irons. I happily mix black or wrought iron metals with both cool metals and warm metals.

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What is your favorite room to design?

In the city, my favorite room to design is a studio apartment. I love designing studio apartments because they have so many functions to perform. You have to be strategic. You have to think more critically. You can't just have pretty things for the sake of having things. And I really love the challenge in that. Not to mention the fact that I lived in seven studio apartments over the course of my life, ranging from 150 square feet all the way to 500 square feet. And each one had its challenges and opportunities.

In the suburbs, I love to design living rooms because they can really be impressive showpieces that reflect a client’s personality.

 

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