Foyer – Light & Bright
Staying light and bright is refreshing after the warmer colors of winter. The same with textures, lighter fabrics are better than velvets. This is a huge generalization, there are no rules. Changing things around a bit does make for a surprise, an ‘oh my isn’t that pretty!’ Once you start thinking about change – you will see things in an entirely different light. What looks good in this room, may be fantastic in another.
This pretty entry can easily be updated. Change the lamps, change the boots, change the pillows.
Bedroom – Light & Bright
The bedroom below with all of the bright white is decorated simply fabulously. The dark bed against all the white is perfection. Count the different patterns in this room! Even though there is only one color, there is a ton of pattern and texture. The shutters, the pillows, the flowers, the different side tables, the bowl with extra linens. This is a brilliant composition. Love What You Come Home To!
Middle of May. Summertime is almost here! It’s been a rough winter/spring for many of us.
Warm weather is on the way! It’s a good time to celebrate!
How can we decorate for warmer weather? Dining outdoors is always in order. Do you have a spacious patio
like this or something a bit smaller. Anything big enough for a two pillows should be taken advantage of!
Here we have a small table and two chairs. (below) A beautiful pot of flowers always dresses up, charms a space.
It’s good to enjoy a few moments alone or with someone you love. That being said you almost prefer the smaller space don’t you?
Small means intimate and cozy. Always highlight the positives. It’s remarkable what a difference that makes. All you have is toast. But what about cinnamon toast? Doesn’t that bring back delightful childhood memories? Dripping with butter or just enough butter to suit you and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I always loved that part. Simple Happiness.
Notice the odd assortment of chairs in the patio above. Furniture doesn’t have to match. Especially for friends, people you love. Hanging lights is festive. A bit of work, but well worth it. Candles are always in order. Now you have to prepare some good food and invite those friends over! Your’re ready!
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Visit this webpage to see how you can get this decal for your fridge! Isn’t it a stunner? I don’t know that I would like it forever, but it would be fun for a while. Maybe a dorm room. Your first apartment? I think there is a lot of potential here. This is a very small change that makes a huge difference, a new kitchen.
The hardware looks as though it has been changed. It’s not my first choice, but I do like the largesse of it, the black. I’m not liking the curve. But when you are designing a kitchen, planning your space, those are details, decisions that need to be made. There are a jillion of them and I’m not exaggerating.
Shelving made from copper piping? (below) That is change within a budget! A new countertop for an old cabinet. That’s another change. An another update. Fresh paint I’m sure. The wall lathe might be new, who knows. The sink is probably new. So there you are. That’s quite a few changes, without doing a gut job and total remodel. Very beautiful. The open shelving is still very popular, adding small plants is always smart. (You can add large plants if you have room for them.) Talk with a designer. Get out a pencil. Make notes, make a list. Start dreaming. Then make it a reality! Happy New Year!
Here is another fantastic kitchen. Why not make that your goal for 2018? Create a kitchen that makes you happy! That is everything you have ever dreamed about. Storage, color, seating, lighting, appliances. Countertops, cabinets, flooring. Lots and Lots of Decisions. But that all happens in the planning stage. And their are hiccups in the execution part of the process. But it’s so totally worth it!
White cabinetry is still popular. The red chairs add the necessary pop of color. This kitchen is so many styles. It’s traditional. It’s casual. It’s almost country. It’s almost farmhouse. With the beautiful view you wonder if there isn’t water out there somewhere.
When you plan your kitchen, you do have to start carefully at the beginning. Make a floor plan. Make your kitchen triangle. Decide what kind of kitchen you want. What will make you happy? A Working Kitchen, a Glam Kitchen, an Eat-In Kitchen. Do you want to make changes to the footprint, expand the space? Add windows, add a pantry? Of course everyone’s favorite subject, the budget, needs to be considered early in the game.
This kitchen (below) is off the charts. It’s not typical. It’s not everybody’s dream kitchen. The hearth, the floor to ceiling wall tile, the large window, the rustic stools and the open shelving are not the norm. But this is what you can have, it you want to spend time planning, if you want to do something your heart wants. Take the time. Enjoy your Home. Love What You Come Home To.
This is one fantastic bedroom renovation! Making your interior rooms beautiful is such a tremendous joy and accomplishment. Why make-do when it is within your reach to work with someone who can transform your home into a gorgeous space like this! Before & Afters are always a popular and fun way to spend a few minutes. The before and after process is quite a bit more daunting.
See the plain jane room below? Dare Devil Design smartly used black to create a powerfully seductive room.
What was Changed?
Nothing at all has stayed the same. You know for sure we are in the same room because of the stacked windows. The designer added:
* new mantle
* new lighting
* new carpets, layered carpeting!
* all new furniture & bedding
* new drapes
* lots of bling.
* wall trim
Adding trim added to the black walls is such a smart design solution. It adds detailed elegance that makes this room exquisite. The walls are not black. They are gorgeous. The chandelier is such a wowser. The medallion is such an easy piece to add and doesn’t it make a huge difference?
Going from dull and ordinary to gorgeous is doable! The wrought iron bed and chandelier add bling. The ornate mantle with candles adds tradition and romance, there is so much interesting stuff in this room your eye would never get tired of moving about. You are transfixed. The soft throw on the edge of the bed contrasting with the nubby carpet. The ornate mantle with the simple drape. Remember we need the white ceiling to balance the expresso walls.
Red Dining Room:
This strong Cranberry Red Dining Banquette is perfectly gorgeous. (above) It’s not something you can change your mind about, but why would you? Now if red is not your color, then you do have to do something about it. But if you installed this built-in, I’m sure Red is Your Favorite Color! Why this red works even though you can’t easily change your mind about it: The room is neutral except for this one strong piece. Balance is maintained. Serenity is maintained. When a room is pop-full-of-color, it’s still beautiful, but carries with it that much energy as well.
The dining room carries quite a bit of Zen quality to it. Here’s why: 1. The Red is not a bright red, 2. Plentiful neutrals (floor, walls, chairs, art) 3. The straight lines of the room, the geometric pattern of the chandelier, the repeated tufts – pattern make this room soothing. Quiet despite the red. (!)
Quite the opposite with this blue bedroom. It’s full of energy! (below) The blue is strong. Almost a Ceruleun, but maybe a bit of green in there as well. Blue and Red are complimentary colors as well, opposite each other on the color wheel, which adds energy, excitement to the room as well. Red is passion – so it does work in the bedroom. Depending on who you are. This could be a guest room, if this is a bit too much for every day use, but just right for the weekend guest!
The white ceiling, window treatments and bedding are doing their part to balance the strong wall color. The light blue carpet acts as a neutral, but doesn’t look out of place as a tweedy rattan might. Although that might tie in with the chandelier, but then this room is relatively formal and that’s another good reason why we don’t want the a casual rattan.
Another Red & White Bedroom:
The bedroom below is adding strong color in one very important place. The Floor. It’s the foundation of your room! It’s a great place to start. It’s a great place for an heirloom. Keeping everything else white makes the room easy. Again depending on your style. If you love color and pattern this might not be for you. You might love Lindsey Coral’s bedroom above. Any style to fit everyone!
Adding Color to Your Home. A Dream Come True.
This would be a fantastic Design project for the New Year 2018, introducing a new color into your home! This is Pantone’s Color for 2018. This purple is an exciting color, difficult to work with because it’s a strong color. It’s not navy, which is so classic it’s considered a neutral. But even there Navy, is a dark color and you need to be prepared for it. Adding lots of white.
Do you have a wish list? Is it mental or written down? Writing dreams down on paper helps to make them come true. Putting it on paper, makes it more concrete. Posting it where you can see it everyday keeps it in the forefront of your mind. You will notice purple more, see it in new ways, quiet ways – strong ways. Maybe you can add a pillow for a start. Buy a purple set of dinnerware! Purple art in a neutral room. I’m using lilac as examples. (Below) You can see how adding color doesn’t have to be a wallop like above. Try one of these ways to add softer color to one of your room! (below)
Multiple Ways to Make Dreams Come True.
Figure one is by Froghill Design. Figure two by our favorite Pottery Barn. Figure 3 by Santo Pietro Design. This Living Room is a beautiful blend of colors. So much you are not sure what is real and what is being reflected. The art is a dreamy pinky purple, lavender. Figure two you might miss the lilac, purple pillows they are so soft. But it’s a very nice addition to the room. Figure three, the lilac is in the wallpaper and in the bench seating at the end of the bed. If you don’t want wallpaper or palm trees, a pale lilac wall color would be perfect. So pale it’s almost white, or one or two notches above that. Dream in color? Dream with soft lilac or bold purple? Go for it! xoxo Lynda
The Water Element’s colors are blue and black. Blue is famous for being calming, a view of the water calms us, relaxes us. The blues of this living room (above) make it a very welcoming room, comfortable.
Feng Shui philosophophy encourages us to place things, to have things that will allow energy to flow through the room. The energy is turned up with the bright white ceiling, and globe chandelier. The greens, the potted plant and the vase of fresh flowers are a nice addition as well. Green is the earth’s color the archetype, peacemaker. So the room is Feng Shui Balanced with those three energies, water – metal – earth. A bit of wood with the coffee table. I’m a bit worried about the doors that are blocked by the sofa. That blocks the flow of energy. Not seeing all four walls prevents us from making a hundred percent accurate review of the room. The fireplace seems to have the hearth closed, that too makes me wonder. A fireplace is a good way to add energy but with it closed, it might be purely decorative or a non-working flu. I have to say there needs to be a few adjustments to this room to create a better energy flow. There is a lot of great design in this living room, The blues are beautiful, the seating is perfect for entertaining. The blue and white combination is classic. The globe lighting, the sculpture and intricate fireplace are fantastic focal points. Click for more Feng Shui Tips
Designers Dream Room:
The amount of white in this bedroom (below) make it a Metal Room, the Alchemist. The black bedframe is the water element. The green bouquet is earth, the peacemaker. The wood floor and other furnishings are the pioneer. This room is nicely balanced Feng Shui. Can you see the difference between these two rooms? Doesn’t the first room just make you feel stuck, restricted? There is not a good flow. You do feel restricted. These are constraints that make designing a room such a difficult job. With a view like the one in the bedroom below, there are few problems. Hats off to all designers!
Feng Shui Gold Living Room:
The ‘personality attached’ to the metal element is the Alchemist. This is their dream come true. The color white is in abundance. Clean and Pure. The gold cocktail table is united with the gold chairs and pillows.
It’s like gold dust, but you do want to stay and not disappear into fairyland. Oh that’s pixie dust. Sorry. The metal element is high energy and the wood console is important because it tones things down, balances, neutralizes the space. If you didn’t have the majestic wood console, the energy would fly through this room, this one important feature is doing quite a lot to make this room work.
The large portraiture is doing quite a bit to offset the high energy, she is adding softness and a welcome. Where white and metals, can be seen as cold and sterile, she is adding warmth and friendliness. Decorating with Feng Shui principles in mind is pretty smart and pretty beautiful.
Feng Shui Silver Bedroom:
The bedroom below is also a vision of loveliness, but in a completely different fashion than the above bling. Gray is the second color associated with the metal element and the Alchemist. This bedroom looks totally comfy and cozy. A Zen atmosphere has been created with the oversized wallpaper pattern. More repetition in the Greek key patterned carpet. This repetition is soothing. The settee is plush, but it’s also silver in color which again makes this a perfect Alchemist’s room. Designed to perfect comfort. May your New Year be full of Perfect Comfort and Happiness. xoxo Lynda Louden Interiors