Ten Ways to Decorate Your Fall Home with Pumpkins For most of us growing up, Christmas was the only season commanding enough to take over the style of our homes. Garland, trees, collectibles and other holiday decor sat reserved all year, counting down the days till December’s big show. In the past several years, however, fall’s allure has taken over. Now the colors, textures, scents and styles of fall give Christmas a run for its money. At the center of Autumn’s decor personality is the pumpkin. No longer just for Halloween, pumpkins come in all shapes, sizes and colors and have the ability to transform a room, porch or table with natural personality and even statement color in an instant. Below are ten outside-the-box ways to use pumpkins to spice up your home this fall. Eclectic living room design by burlington media and blogs Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc 1. Pumpkin placeholders Use those cute mini pumpkins as placeholders at your next fall meal by attaching tags to the stem with twine or ribbon. You can even write guests’ names directly onto the pumpkin with metallic or black markers, or use a knife to carefully cut a slit that a place card can rest in. Traditional dining room design 2. Use as a planter or a vase You’re used to carving pumpkins anyway, why not take your carving to a new place this season? A hollowed-out pumpkin or gourde becomes a clever container for your fall arrangements of mums or succulents when you fill the empty space with the right-sized container. Rustic other design by new york photographer Corynne Pless 3. Create a theme Group a collection of pumpkins together on a fireplace, table, hutch or porch to deliver an autumn punch. Paint the group a unifying color to match your home’s style – use craft paint to cover the surface from the stem down, or dip each one at varying heights for a more modern display. Adding metallics to the spread brings a little glam to the look, offering dramatic transformation for the posh at heart. Contemporary spaces design by other metro media and blogs Pullga 4. Fill’er up Fill a vintage bucket, an oversized lantern, a rustic toolbox or a chunky basket with small pumpkins and gourds to create a warm, interesting and season-appropriate vignette well-suited for nearly any place in your home. Eclectic porch design by columbus photographer Julie Ranee Photography Traditional exterior design by other metro interior designer Seaside Interiors Traditional spaces design by miami artist and artisan Cloth & Patina 5. An eye-catching topiary Stack pumpkins atop decorative pots or urns and flank your front door for a seasonally traditional look. You can even have a little fun with the look, painting house numbers, flowers, or even the spooky face of a Halloween ghost on your pumpkin pile. Traditional kids design by dallas media and blogs Sarah Greenman Traditional entry design by dallas media and blogs Sarah Greenman Traditional entry design 6. Set a gorgeous fall table Pumpkins offer a gorgeous centerpiece option on a table of any size. Be wise about size, and then run a display the length of your table with a fall-appropriate runner beneath. Group together for simple style, or create a small collection made beautiful with autumn additions like candles, berries, leaves, pomegranates or sparkling votive holders. Remember the magic of paint on pumpkins if you want a less obvious fall style. spaces design by denver media and blogs Delicate Creature spaces design by dc metro interior designer Ann West Interiors Contemporary dining room design by phoenix interior designer FOCAL POINT STYLING 7. All dolled up Dress up your pumpkin collection with a little glue and some sequins, studs, tacks, beads, glitter or even sparkly nail polish. These girly gourds look lovely on a dresser or next to a bathroom sink. spaces design 8. All the pretty lights Of course, we’ve been filling hollowed out pumpkins with candles for years, but that doesn’t mean we’re stuck with jack-o-lanterns. Fill empty mini-pumpkins with tea-lights for clever votives – or add drilled holes to each side for a unique outdoor garland that is stylish and functional at the same time. Core a smaller hole into those same petite pumpkins for tapered candle holders, or fill a large round hollow pumpkin with water and fill with floating candles. Consider also lining an outdoor space with large pumpkins wrapped with twinkly lights. 9. Buffet heights Of course, pumpkins and gourds come in all shapes and sizes. Take advantage of this and add height and interest to your buffet table. Locate flat pumpkins in varying colors, top with lovely platters or plates and pile on servings from cheese and crackers to treats and sweets. 10. Wreath interest Create an un-traditional wreath with spanish moss, mini-pumpkins, gourds and squash. This seasonal statement will set the tone from your guests’ very first knock. Contemporary living room design by san francisco landscape architect Living Green Design
Relax into a Cottage Style A couple weeks ago, we took a design trip to the mediterranean to celebrate World Tourist Day. Still in the mood for a dreamy getaway, we’ve decided to escape to the cottage, where comfort is first priority and pretty personality is on display. If you’re ready for a peaceful escape, take a look with us at cottage style. Personal Character For a long time, cottage chic and shabby chic were one and the same. While the shabby chic look hasn’t changed, however, cottage style has. Today, a cottage look can be rustic or more modern, girly or masculine – but that’s the point of the cottage style. A personal look that morphs into your taste, cottage decor has character and personality in the pieces that tell a story and the accents that reflect your life. Mix styles and decades – vintage with new – to add to your home’s cottage personality. Rustic living room design by birmingham architect Jeffrey Dungan Architects Farmhouse living room design Shabby-Chic Style living room design by sydney media and blogs A Beach Cottage Relaxed and Casual Another element of cottage style is its casual, welcoming character. Never stuffy or cold, cottage decor welcomes guests with light colors – whites, creams and pale hues – and comfortable decor. Furniture is inviting and lived in, allowing guests to feel relaxed and at home. Pretentious this look is not. Shabby-Chic Style family room design by minneapolis interior designer Martha O'Hara Interiors Shabby-Chic Style living room design by sydney media and blogs A Beach Cottage Shabby-Chic Style bedroom design by los angeles architect tumbleweed and dandelion.com Details and Textures Inside cottage rooms are interesting textures and details, from bead board on walls and ceilings to natural elements like wicker, sisal, wood and braided cotton. Collections adorn walls, tables and shelves, and layers adorn windows (sheers especially), beds and chairs. Furniture is often worn, hinting at a well-lived prior life. Rustic kitchen design by boston media and blogs Justine Hand Farmhouse bathroom design by chicago kitchen and bath Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab Beach Style kitchen design by portland maine architect Whitten Architects Since cottage style can easily morph into shabby chic, keep the sugar to a minimum by going easy on frilly prints and colors. Use floral and lace sparingly and incorporate masculine pieces such as iron or copper to balance the style in your space. Beach Style bedroom design by chicago interior designer Tom Stringer Design Partners For more cottage style tips, contact a D&Y Design Professional today!
Thinking Pink in October October’s arrival brings with it rich autumn colors, from the golds on the trees to the orange and green on pumpkins and gourds. Another of October’s hues is pink, ever-prevalent during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No longer just for nurseries and princesses, pink has become popular in fashion and interior design, as it has proven to be a versatile shade that works well with others. If you’re a fan of the blushing hue, but you’ve got your reservations, read on. Pink can bring a bold statement or a subtle refresh. No matter which route you take, you’ll have a stylishly current space that stands out no matter how adventurous you are in the dosage. A New Neutral There’s beauty in neutral colors, but sometimes another beige room is hard to stomach. Fortunately there’s a new neutral in town. A soft blush is a gorgeous shade on nearly anything, and it goes well with any number of hues. Dress it down with masculine accents like rough wood or wool, or play it up with coordinating accents such as floral arrangements or accessories. Traditional bedroom design by atlanta architect Castro Design Studio Contemporary living room design by south west interior designer Sims Hilditch Traditional bathroom design by chicago architect Charles Vincent George Architects, Inc. Contemporary living room design by london agents and brokers Domus Nova Pops of Pink For the more adventurous, bold shades of pink bring head-turning beauty when used in small doses. Accent walls or bright furnishings command the style of a room, setting the tone perhaps more than anything other design effort. Beach Style living room design by south east interior designer Gabriel Holland Interior Design Contemporary dining room design by orange county photographer Jeri Koegel Photography Traditional living room design by los angeles interior designer Emily Ruddo Contemporary dining room design by new york interior designer Pierce Allen Delightful Details Inject beauty into your space with lovely additions in small doses. These accents offer surprising style and keep a space fresh. Tiny splashes of pink tell your guests that your eye is on the details, and that you’re willing to color outside the lines every now and then. Traditional living room design by boston interior designer MANDARINA STUDIO interior design Scandinavian living room design by other metro media and blogs Jeanette Lunde Transitional family room design by dc metro interior designer Liz Levin Interiors Mix it Up There is perhaps no lovelier a combination than a soft pink paired with metallic. The shade looks particularly pretty with gold – a hue which serves to ground the flighty nature of pink. Transitional bedroom design by los angeles interior designer Kelly I Designs Eclectic home office design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder For more ideas on using pink in your home décor, contact the design professionals at D&Y Design Group.
Vacation Living with Mediterranean Design Included on the calendar of unusual holidays – days set apart for celebrating things like corned beef hash or strawberry cream pie – is World Tourism Day. Maybe you’ll be able to celebrate the day appropriately, traveling the world on September 27. If not, perhaps a space redesign will take you there. No matter where you travel, you’ll find style unique to your destination. Let’s take a trip through the world to find home design inspiration, starting in the Mediterranean. Copy the style found in Spain, France, Portugal, Greece and Italy for a gorgeous Mediterranean look and soon you’ll have a space that is the envy of any style-loving tourist. The Elements of Mediterranean Design There are certain characteristics which define Mediterranean design, including architectural elements such as stucco finishes, tiled roofs, arches, alcoves and ornate wooden doors. Mediterranean living room design by other metro general contractor Mykonos Panormos Villas Mediterranean living room design by charlotte interior designer Pulliam Morris Interiors Warm seaside weather dictates much of the Mediterranean’s style elements, including flooring choices. Take a tour of the region’s homes and you’ll travel floors comprised of tile, bricks, terra cotta, granite and marble. Mediterranean bedroom design by other metro general contractor www.LUXURYSTYLE.es Mediterranean spaces design by other metro general contractor www.LUXURYSTYLE.es Mediterranean kitchen design by portland interior designer Jessica Helgerson Interior Design While Mediterranean floors may lack the warmth a rich carpet provides, they make up for it with the rich and warm feel of exposed wooden beams overhead. Mediterranean living room design by san francisco photographer Peter Lyons Photography Mediterranean living room design by other metro interior designer Katherine Shenaman Interiors Mediterranean dining room design by albuquerque general contractor K. M. Skelly, Inc Mediterranean living room design by san diego kitchen and bath H O M E + atelier Michael Ranson Detail is also often found on walls, where painted tiles add interest and color to normally neglected spaces. Mediterranean kitchen design by phoenix furniture and accessories Wiseman & Gale Interiors Mediterranean kitchen design by san francisco general contractor Nunley Custom Homes Mediterranean staircase design by los angeles interior designer Brown Design Group When furnishing a Mediterranean-themed home, think of ways to include iron flourishes, whether through lighting, seating, or accessories. Add light-colored furniture and accent with colorful pillows or throws. Greenery like lavender, citrus trees or fan palms also provide a distinct Mediterranean feel, as does the use of shutters and ornamental elements. Mediterranean dining room design Mediterranean dining room design by other metro general contractor www.LUXURYSTYLE.es Mediterranean entry design by los angeles interior designer Chris Barrett Design Finally, if a Mediterranean style is your aim, don’t forget the most important element of all – sunshine. Welcome as much natural light as possible, creating an enviable sun-soaked space. Use sheers in windows and let the breeze in – whether or not you close your eyes, you’ll be transported to your dream Mediterranean vacation.
Welcome Fall with Stylish Décor Trends Though the leaves have begun to change and the air holds a distinctly crisp autumn feel, the official start to fall won’t happen until this week’s fall equinox. On Thursday, we say goodbye to summer and look ahead to cooler weather, shorter days and pumpkin spice mayhem. If you’re counting the days till the change of the season, eager for the arrival of the best part of your year, you’re probably also already readying your home. Layer up, up your candle game, swap your linens and read on for tips on how to create the most on-trend fall home. Palette Picks One particularly popular look for fall is a palette of whites and light neutrals. Add an autumn feel with warm shades of white, cream, light grey or tan, and boost interest and warmth with varying textures and patterns within the light neutral family. Scandinavian living room design by los angeles interior designer 30 Collins Traditional living room design by perth design-build Plunkett Homes Scandinavian bedroom design by denver architect Reed Design Group At the same time that light neutrals are on trend for fall, so also are bright colors. Choose your favorite stand-out hues, and mix them together for a fresh and stylish space. In fact, the addition of color to a neutral base is a perfect way to change your space from summer’s airy feel to fall’s vibrantly warm vibe. Instead of sticking to one color, include all of your favorites – adding them in pillows, curtains, rugs, table linens and wear, accessories and bedding. Eclectic home office design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder Transitional family room design by los angeles interior designer Mend Another way to set a stylish fall room is to layer graphic patterns. Whether neutral or colorful, pick varying patterns just as you would with bright hues. Splash those patterns throughout your space, from the floor to the walls to your accessories. The high contrast nature of graphic patterns also sets a space that is on point for fall, including contrasting colors which freshen up the look of a room. The result is chic sophistication and a stylishly eclectic feel. spaces design Transitional basement design Contemporary bedroom design by san francisco media and blogs California Home + Design Eclectic living room design Eclectic living room design by austin interior designer Amity Worrel & Co. Classically Fall Regardless of trend, there are certain elements of fall style which will likely never change. A space rich in warmth, coziness, depth and personality is a space that embraces autumn’s unique characteristics. To get the look, use warm tones such as red, brown or orange on walls, textiles or accessories. Add depth to walls and surfaces with thoughtfully curated collections on display. Include items which speak to who you are, where you’ve been and what you love. Eclectic living room design by sydney photographer Nikki To Photography Eclectic family room design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder Contemporary living room design by new york media and blogs ABRAMS Though trends consistently change, a style that reflects your personality in a uniquely eclectic way will always be current. So think outside the strict style box and set out to make a space that reflects you and your family and fits the life you live.
Taking Fashion Week Trends to Your Home This past week, the fashion industry ignited NYC with the amped electricity that comes only from fashion week. Midway through the head-turning affairs, fall’s most coveted fashion trends are already clear. From splashy, statement looks to staples that will seemingly never go out of style, the trends are primed to take their place in this year’s wardrobes. As is so often the case, however, the things that look best on runways aren’t limited to fashionistas. Falls hottest trends can transform homes as well – assuring stylish spaces that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Read on for ten transitional styles that are setting the trend on runways and soon, in homes. Shearling One of fall’s most traditional trends, shearling coats bring durability, warmth and comfort. What better style to transition to the home? Made from real sheepskin or synthetic fibers, shearling offers a room a look that is both rustic and chic. Contemporary dining room design by sydney interior designer D'Cruz Design Group Sydney Interior Designers bathroom design by nashville interior designer Elizabeth Turner Design Farmhouse bedroom design by san francisco interior designer Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs Leather Another of fall most lasting trends is leather. The neutral of the fashion world, leather can be dressed up or down with ease – a sassy, sophisticated style that can also be casually trendy. Leather can go with almost any color or print, making it a near perfect choice for home furnishings. Transitional living room design by london architect Found Associates Shabby-Chic Style living room design by london furniture and accessories Cabbages & Roses Ltd Statement Fur Fur showed up on runways this fall with a splash. Whether real or faux, fur has the ability to make a statement no matter how bold the color or how big the size. Generally in home décor it’s a good idea to use fur in small doses, as an accessory or on smaller pieces. Eclectic bedroom design by new york interior designer Denizen Design Rustic living room design by sacramento interior designer High Camp Home Traditional home office design by dc metro general contractor Georgetown Development Layers There’s nothing new about the presence of smart and stylish layers on a fall runway. This year, layers held firm, showing strong in show after show. Layers in a home suggest a thoughtful space, one which is dressed beyond the superficial. Make a quiet yet bold statement in any room with layers on the floor, the walls and on furnishings. Eclectic living room design by chicago interior designer SuzAnn Kletzien Design Beach Style living room design by hawaii photographer Ashley Camper Photography Ruffles The ultimate in girly frill, ruffles made both modern and vintage statements on models this week. The looks were bold in their efforts, oversized, lavish, plentiful and fulsome. Ruffles have been a part of shabby chic rooms for years, but they’re anything but a one-dimensional accessory. For romance, luxury or elegance which is both contemporary and timeless, add ruffles to almost any space in your home. Shabby-Chic Style bedroom design by other metro media and blogs Dreamy Whites Shabby-Chic Style bedroom design by houston home builders Thompson Custom Homes Metallics Metallics have been on trend for the past few years. The trend continues this fall, with gold standing tall as the star of the show. Add shine and posh style to your space with metallic, splashing throughout rooms with the use of accessories, paint, or furnishings. Transitional kitchen design by san francisco interior designer Katie Martinez Design Contemporary living room design Plaid Plaid is another of fashion’s staples still as stylish as ever. On this season’s runways, the look showed strong in outerwear and dresses – at home plaid makes a timeless statement when used thoughtfully. The danger with plaid is a dated look, so be intentional about the pattern, color and places you choose. Contemporary living room design by boston interior designer Hudson Interior Design Mediterranean bathroom design by phoenix interior designer Wiseman & Gale Interiors Traditional entry design by new york interior designer BHSDesign Dusty Pink A surprising shade at fashion week this fall was pink. Muted and warm, the shade effortlessly transitioned from soft and classy to bold and modern. Typically reserved for nurseries and girls’ rooms, pink becomes chic and daring when used in common spaces. Treat the color as a fresh neutral, or use it to liven up a space that needs updating. Contemporary living room design by south west interior designer Sims Hilditch Contemporary dining room design by new york interior designer Pierce Allen Small but Bold Fall Florals No longer for mumus or your great grandma’s couch, today’s florals make a modern statement that speaks to chic style. At home, this bold print grabs the attention of your guests, whether with bold colors or interesting detail. Use florals on your walls, on kitchenware, on textiles – anywhere and in any room. Traditional kitchen design by denver design-build Diamond Homes, Inc. Traditional living room design by new york interior designer Kim Parker Interiors Pumpkin Spice We know – all the world is crazy for pumpkin spice. Turns out, the trend isn’t limited to coffees, pastries or scents. On runways this season, warm orange hues made a pumpkin spice splash. Just like with pink, orange can serve as a trendy neutral or a punch of personality. Contemporary family room design by portland interior designer Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Midcentury living room design by new york interior designer Brad Ford ID Transitional living room design by new york interior designer Cory Connor Designs Velvet Unlike many of fall’s other trends, velvet is one look making a comeback after years of certain hibernation. The luxe fabric hints of royalty and opulence, and can make a bland space glam in no time. Ironically, despite it’s rich nature, velvet can be as quiet as you need it to be. Dress down a velvet couch with stronger, more casual accessories, or make it shine with metallics or luxurious hues. Transitional living room design by london interior designer Turner Pocock Contemporary home theater design by chicago interior designer jamesthomas Interiors Mixed Styles Unlike in fashion, it is possible to mix trending styles in home décor. In fact, the result of this kind of effort is an enviable space that flexes beauty in it’s well-thought out details. Traditional living room design by toronto architect Leonard Temes Design Victorian bedroom design by london photographer Paul Craig Photography Contemporary living room design by san francisco interior designer Ann Lowengart Interiors Eclectic living room design by new york interior designer Deborah French Designs Transitional kitchen design by san francisco interior designer Katie Martinez Design For more tips on styling your home based on fashion’s trends, contact the design professionals at D&Y Design Group.
Get Colorado Chic There are 1,000 reasons under the gorgeous Colorado sun that Coloradans love their state. From the breathtaking views to Denver’s hip downtown scene, endless adventure to a culture that works and plays hard, Colorado offers an envious lifestyle that stimulates all five senses. Rustic kitchen design by houston interior designer Laura U, Inc. When it comes to your home, it’s surprisingly simple to create a space that is Colorado chic: find your state’s character and inject that personality into your space. The result will be a home that is stylishly, adventurously and eclectically beautiful – just like its Colorado inspiration. Rustic dining room design by houston interior designer Savant Design Group The trick in the decorating process is to meld in such a way as to achieve a put together look that says Colorado without being kitschy or theme-y. So, where to start? Contemporary living room design by new york paint and wall coverings Benjamin Moore There are perhaps a handful of looks one thinks of when picturing Colorado’s design style: Rustic cabin Mountain lodge Eastern plains ranch Downtown Denver modern In isolation, each certainly screams Centennial State. The problem is that while Colorado’s personality is certainly there, yours isn’t. Therefore, your goal when designing a chic Colorado home should be to design an eclectic space that mixes styles and encompasses each of the looks – a space that is rustic and modern, in place in the mountains and on the plains. Your Colorado home should be rich in earthy textures and hues. It should be comfortable and livable, soft and masculine, industrial and rustic, vintage and contemporary. Include the outdoors whenever possible, grounding the space with elements such as wood, stone, slate, granite, copper and metal. Add a light airiness with fresh colors and accessories. Last but not least, enjoy. Live a big life in your Colorado home, enjoying it for the beautiful space that it is – just as you do in your gorgeous state. Rustic living room design by denver architect Stillwater Architecture L.L.C. Contemporary dining room design by amsterdam architect Maaike van Diemen interieurontwerp Transitional bathroom design by denver architect KBA Designs, LLC Contemporary dining room design by san francisco interior designer Studio SHK Transitional bedroom design by dc metro architect Lawlor Architects Farmhouse kitchen design by other metro kitchen and bath remodelers Kitchen Associates
Throw a Fantastic Fall Football Party As the summer begins to fade, one of the first signs of fall comes in the way of football games and fantasy drafts. Whether you’re celebrating the season, the big game or the big rivalry, football offers plenty of reasons to party with friends. So get your get your house ready and your friends together – with these tips you’ll be party envy of your football-loving friends. First Things First Whether you’ve got a group of twenty or just two, a party isn’t a party without food and drinks. Plan your store-bought or homemade menu, including snacks of all sizes and drinks in abundance. Put careful consideration into the way you’ll serve your refreshments – your presentation will likely make a statement that is noticed even when the game is on. Gather food in coordinating bowls and platters and keep within arm’s reach. Football parties happen in front of the TV – so expect food and drinks to be consumed from the couch, at the bar, or in the den. Put your coffee table to work, prepping for spills and rings in advance by utilizing something like butcher, craft or Con-Tact paper to cover your surface. Lay out your spread, giving guests easy access to the goods without forcing them to get up to fill up. Include small snack plates, napkins, utensils – anything to keep your guests happy right where they are. Contemporary basement design by portland design-build Mosaik Design & Remodeling dining room design As with your food, drinks should be kept close at hand as well. Fill strategically-placed buckets with ice and a variety of drinks easily grabbed at commercial breaks. If you plan to use cups or glasses, make sure guests can mark theirs by leaving out sharpies or using removable chalkboard labels on pint glasses. Space Planning Of course your party should be where the action is, but that doesn’t mean your guests will be stuck fighting for a place to sit in a cramped space. Add seating with oversized floor pillows or bar stools sidled up to a sofa table. You may also be able to find space outside, especially if your outdoor space is made for living. In addition to comfortable seating, be sure your outdoor party will be as comfortable as the one happening in the living room. Keep guests warm with a fire pit and blankets, and make sure there are plenty of places to set food and drinks. Wireless speakers and a television will make your outdoor fall football party one to remember. Fall’s crisp weather is part of what makes football gatherings so special, so do what you can to make it part of your party. Farmhouse family room design by austin home builders Heritage Restorations Traditional shed design Contemporary patio design by detroit interior designer Colorworks Studio A bar – whether in your basement or in a cool shed in the backyard – offers a perfect spot for guests to both socialize and follow the action. In fact, if you’ve been intentional in your planning efforts, you can end up with three great spaces guests can relax and have a good time in. The result will be a relaxed and fun event that will leave guests wanting to celebrate every football affair at your place. Rustic home bar design by south west interior designer Modern basement design Rustic patio design by san francisco landscape architect Jake Moss Designs For more football party tips, contact the design professionals at D&Y Design.
Beautifying Back to School The close of the summer marks the start of new things every year – a transition from slow and lazy to rushed and busy. For many it means a change of both pace and scenery, and that’s exactly the case for those headed off to college. Whether bound for a dorm or a rented space, a décor challenge awaits. More often than not, the space in store is small, bland, and someone else’s. That means serious style limitations – especially when considering the shoestring budget that often comes with a college experience. So take what you have, add some well-thought out personality, and emerge with a space that spells style. Start by following these eight simple steps. 1. Before beginning any décor work, tackle your space limitations. You’re likely battling space and storage issues, and will need to make a plan for all your stuff. Since nothing sabotages style like clutter, be thoughtful about furniture placement and storage solutions. A raised bed is always a good idea – choose risers to allow for under-bed storage, or go higher for a loft area that creates living space underneath. Utilize items like plastic drawers, bins or baskets, or larger pieces like ottomans that provide hidden storage. If everything has a smart home, you’ll be able to maintain a lovely space with less effort. 2. Begin your new style adventure by adding warmth, texture and richness to your space. Layer rugs on the floor, curtains on the windows, pillows and throws on seats and beds. All of these things make a room look thoughtful, inviting and homey. Sheers go a long way to make a room look lovely, and are an affordable option for floor-to-ceiling window dressing. Area rugs can be an expensive endeavor, especially when you want to make a big impact in a room. Consider putting together several smaller rugs to create the look of a large area rug. Contemporary living room design by other metro interior designer Carolina Mendonça Architecture and Interior Design 3. Usually with dorm or apartment spaces you’re not able to color the walls with paint. Dress them up with decals, a mural, patterns made of washi tape, colorful fabric, or create a gallery wall with posters, pictures, albums, decorative papers or fabrics rich in pattern or color. Contemporary bedroom design by london interior designer Clifton Interiors Ltd Eclectic bedroom design Contemporary hall design by vancouver interior designer Gaile Guevara 4. Be bold with color and pattern – you only have one small space to tend to, so you don’t need to worry about coordinating the rest of your home with your statement picks. Additionally, bold hues and patterns will liven up what is likely a dull and dreary starting space. Inject color in bedding, art, pillows and accessories. Eclectic family room design by atlanta photographer Atlantic Archives, Inc. Modern kids design by birmingham interior designer G&G Interior Design Eclectic kids design by other metro interior designer Kim Pearson Pty Ltd 5. Create space within a space by introducing room dividers. Find privacy with screens, curtains hung from the ceiling or even strategically placed furniture. Eclectic kids design Eclectic bedroom design by new york interior designer J+G Deisgn 6. Add a touch of home – from a cozy desk chair to a display of pictures to map of your hometown. This will assure your space has your personality, and will help when bouts of homesickness attack. Shabby-Chic Style home office design by new york media and blogs ABRAMS 7. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. People having been decorating their first place with crates and cinderblocks for years. You can achieve chic with repurposed items if you style them well. Eclectic bedroom design by new york interior designer The New Design Project Eclectic living room design by sydney photographer Sushiiphoto Eclectic living room design by los angeles media and blogs Dabito 8. Get serious about your thrift options – a little TLC can make an item with the right shape or size look beautiful in your space. Scandinavian living room design by amsterdam media and blogs Louise de Miranda For more help with your college decorating adventure, contact the D&Y Design Group.
Achieve the Unexpected with Paint What's better than paint? Is there another way to make such an affordable, uncomplicated, dramatic impact in your home? In just a day's time you can transform a wall and transform a room, swapping out colors to completely change the mood. Fortunately, it gets even better - the statements you make with paint don't end on your walls. Pick your favorite coordinating colors and get ready to make a splash in every space in your home - you can achieve unexpected style, and you'll be glad you did. Start at Square One Let's travel through your home to find those surprise spots that would benefit from the impact paint can provide. Surprisingly, or maybe not, that statement can begin before you even enter the space. Set the tone at your front door with a bold color that adds head-turning curb appeal. Midcentury exterior design by san francisco architect Ana Williamson Architect Traditional entry design by orange county landscape architect Garden Studio Transitional entry design by los angeles photographer S / Wiley Interior Photography The doors on each of these homes stand out from the neutral pallet that surrounds them, completely changing the face value and making a statement about the style of the home. The exterior door in the next picture looks just as lovely from the inside of the house as it does from outside. Eclectic entry design by burlington media and blogs Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc Big Changes Underfoot If hardwood floors await you once inside, think about ways you might change your home's look from the ground up. Use color - bold or neutral - to give your space new life. Consider repainting the entire area - in high gloss or in a more subtle finish - or add an intriguing pattern to compliment the elements already in your space. Contemporary entry design by new york interior designer Thom Filicia Inc. Craftsman kitchen design by los angeles architect JWT Associates Farmhouse bedroom design by new york architect Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses The paint added to these floors add the perfect finishing touches to each room. To assure beauty with a long life, take your time to paint the space well. Prep the surface to add grit that primer can stick to. Clean floors thoroughly before adding primer - sweeping and then washing with wood cleaner. Make sure floors are completely dry before rolling or brushing primer. Sand and let dry one more time before adding color. This process will work for stairs as well, where paint adds interest to a place normally void of it. Eclectic spaces design by paintedtherapy.blogspot.com Eclectic staircase design by san francisco architect Polsky Perlstein Architects Furniture Facelifts Perhaps nowhere does paint have more potential than on the perfect piece of furniture. When done right, paint can completely transform a piece, taking it from bland or outdated to dramatically stylish. Unite mismatched pieces with color, create a statement piece with pattern or detail, or simply breathe new life into a piece otherwise bound for your next garage sale. Keep paint looking smooth and saturated by sanding and priming before adding color - a process similar to the one used on wood floors. This important process also keeps paint from bubbling, peeling or chipping. If you're dealing with a piece rich in detail (such a the red lattice chairs below), consider using spray paint to cover the surface. Traditional family room design by richmond interior designer Kathy Corbet Interiors Traditional living room design by atlanta interior designer Kristin Drohan Collection and Interior Design Eclectic living room design by other metro media and blogs DIY Network Eclectic dining room design by dallas media and blogs Sarah Greenman Fan the Flame A large fireplace is usually the focal point of any room. For that reason, it's terribly frustrating to sit saddled with something dark, dated or dismal. Fortunately, paint can make a big difference here too. When setting out to paint a brick fireplace, it's imperative that you clean until all grit and grime is gone from the surface. Paint won't adhere to brick that is covered in filth, so use a wire scrub brush in addition to TSP (trisodium phosphate) to remove all dirt, soot and dust. Once you've scrubbed, wash the surface with a heavy-duty cleaner, allow it to dry thoroughly and then apply your paint. Eclectic living room design by dallas photographer Lindsay von Hagel Rustic living room design by hawaii interior designer Philpotts Interiors In the Kitchen Normally neglected, kitchens and bathrooms are often the last to feel the decor love. Paint changes that, however, adding style to practical surfaces like ceilings or cabinets. Be as bold or as subtle as you'd like - as you can see in the following spaces, you don't have to add much to change the look of a space. Contemporary kitchen design by new york interior designer Tara Seawright Interior Design Contemporary kitchen design by london architect Brian O'Tuama Architects Beach Style kitchen design by south west Stephen Graver Ltd Contemporary kitchen design by san francisco architect Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture Transitional kitchen design by south east Traditional Bespoke Furniture Traditional bathroom design by seattle design-build J.A.S. Design-Build When applying paint to cabinets or vanities, follow the sand-clean-prime process used on floors. Be wise about your paint choice, selecting hearty products which can stand the test of moisture and use. Matte finishes should generally be avoided as they are hard to clean - a bad trait to have in a kitchen or bathroom. Though difficult to work with, oil-based paint and primers deliver durability and an impressive high-end look. Accessories that Pop Of course, paint can make an impact on the little things as well. Consider a change to your accessories - photo frames, light fixtures, even architectural elements make big impact with just the right touch of color and shine. The most ordinary elements can become extraordinary with the addition of paint. Contemporary kids design by salt lake city interior designer H&H Design Beach Style living room design by little rock interior designer Tobi Fairley Interior Design Contemporary dining room design by houston photographer JONATHAN CALVERT | Interiors Photographer Farmhouse staircase design by atlanta architect Historical Concepts Window frames become an unexpected source of style in the next two homes, flashing color and adding interest, depth and detail where it isn't usually. The result is undeniably lovely in the most surprising way. Southwestern kitchen design by san francisco media and blogs Shannon Malone Beach Style kitchen design by atlanta architect Historical Concepts If your space is screaming for a face lift and you don't know where or how to start, begin with a color you'd like more of. For direction or advice, contact the design professionals at D&Y Design Group. We're betting you'll love where the new colors take you.
Nine Tips for Decorating with Flowers and Plants When it comes to interior design, they say the devil is in the details. Indeed, the most beautiful rooms have been thoughtfully dressed from big to small. You've selected your colors, placed your furniture, and delighted with accessories - but could you be forgetting one of the most wonderful design elements? There's no arguing the unmatched beauty Mother Nature offers just outside a home's four walls. So take your cues from Colorado's breathtaking landscapes to finish your home in the most fresh, dramatic and lovely ways. Add rich greens and lush flowering plants throughout your space to pull off a home which says you were very intentional about the most gorgeous details. Transitional dining room design by london interior designer Clare Gaskin In this home, bright flowers pop against a neutral backdrop, drawing the eyes to the table and making a statement in an otherwise muted room. Group vases of flowers together, or spread them throughout. Traditional bedroom design by toronto interior designer Lucid Interior Design Inc. This oversized arrangement takes control of the room, adding necessary visual interest and commanding guests' attention. Interestingly, the look is pulled off without luscious blooms or colorful hues. Contemporary living room design by dublin architect ODKM Architects This subtle placement make a smart statement, even though it isn't the loudest element in the room. The plant at home in the fireplace adds texture and visual interest to the space while indicating the homeowner has thought through every move in the room. The result is a surprising touch of life, texture and detail in an otherwise dreary location - especially in summer's warm-weather months. Shabby-Chic Style spaces design by london absolute flowers and home The stunning display in this room takes neutrals to new heights, keeping the look interesting with statement accessories and then grounding the space with a arrangement of soft-spoken flowers. The soft and feminine touch balances the sharp edges and masculine tones beautifully. Beach Style kitchen design by denver interior designer Jordan Design Studio, Ltd. Notice how the whimsical tulips in this kitchen almost set the tone in the space on their own. Without them, the room is warm but utilitarian - add the flowers and an eclectic feel is unmistakeable. Contemporary laundry room design by san francisco closets and organization California Closets HQ These hydrangeas prove there is really no space in a home that couldn't use Mother Nature's touch. This simple arrangement brings light cheer to a room that is often lacking. Eclectic bedroom design by los angeles media and blogs Dabito Without the personality-rich pot, this plant is unremarkable and unnoticeable. When paired together, however, the duo hold their own in a space already alive with statement colors and shapes. Contemporary hall design by sydney building supplies Mafi Australia The simple look of this arrangement compliments its space beautifully, mirroring the cool neutrals and clean lines while still making a statement. Contemporary hall design by sydney interior designer Sarah Davison Interior Design Once again, the right pot makes a dramatic difference in a room where the potential for greens to get swallowed up is night. The Rubber Fig in this space sits stately and statuesque, perfectly balanced by the gorgeous planter it resides in. As the summer months near an end, brig your green thumb inside and start looking for spaces that could use a little love. Chances are, greens or flowers could be the very thing you were missing. For more tips, contact the design professionals at D&Y Design Group.
16 Standout Shelfies that are Features in Themselves This dramatic wall shelf by D&Y Decor makes an impact in an Elizabeth, Colorado bedroom. Now it's turning heads on Houzz as well!