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No Need To Be Overwhelmed

In the last episode we talked about home shaming and what you can do right away to stop feeling bad. Today, you’ll hear how to deal with overwhelm that’s preventing you to get your decorating project started. No matter how big or small your project is, it can quickly become daunting if you’ve never done it before. We’ve all been there. But the good news is… once you know where to start, the overwhelm quickly disappears. Show highlights: - How to uncover your decorating style when you can’t even articulate what you like. - What is your “feel” word and how it can help you decorate your perfect space. - What to do when you can’t afford decorating the whole house… but you still want a home you can be proud of. - One surefire way to predict (and prevent!) problems before you even start. - How to easily and cheaply change your color scheme any time you want. - Get help from a professional decorator even if you’re on a tight budget. Here’s what to do next: Listen to this episode and write down the steps (mentioned inside) you need to follow so you start your project stress-free. Then, go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report Decorating Tips From The Pros. It is packed full of great design ideas you can use to create a home you can be proud of without breaking the bank. And remember, you don’t need to start big… you just need to start.


Home Shaming

Welcome to the very first episode of our new podcast series: “Good Living By Design”.Let’s start the show by addressing something 61% of Americans experience but feel embarrassed to talk about:Home shaming.You’ve probably heard the term body shaming before. Home shaming means exactly the same - being ashamed of your own home.You feel embarrassed and “less than” when you compare it to the pictures of perfect homes you see on Pinterest, Instagram or on TV.Maybe you feel your house is too small or too cheap. Maybe you have outdated carpeting. Maybe you’ve started a DIY project that’s left incomplete for years…. mismatched furnishings, badly decorated rooms...There’s a lot of valid reasons why you might feel ashamed right now.But the truth is… it is all fixable.So let’s do that.Let’s figure out what you can do right now to move you towards a home you will love and be proud of.In this short episode you will discover three things you need to do right now to get things moving in the right direction.You’ll hear:- How to figure out what the real problem of your “home shame” is.- What to do when you don’t have time, money, or talent to start a new decorating project.- One simple way to avoid overwhelm when you don’t know where to start.Remember, you don’t need to start big... you just need to start.The first step? Go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report on 15 ways to reinvent your home. Next, click on the play button below and start listening now!


DIY may not be the best option

Did you know you don’t have be a billionaire living in Beverly Hills to hire a designer? That you can actually SAVE money by working with right person? Not talking about all that time and stress you won’t have to deal with either! Trust us, DIY, is not a good idea and 97% lead to disasters. Real life is not like a Pinterest boards. Of course we can’t all afford that remodel that will be the front cover of Architecture Digest, but many great designers will work with people on affordable projects. Designers are all about creative collaboration. The best homes come from a great client-designer relationship- one you can have, too. Why collaborate with a designer? You have endlessly tried redoing your living room into one of the pictures you found online and just cannot do it. You may know what you want but don’t know how to get your home reflecting your vision. It does not come to picking the right sofa for your living room, but picking out the perfect rug that will pair with the sofa. Or you might have all the right pieces in all the right places but it is still lacking that personality and warmth you want to achieve. Maybe you what that really cute built in breakfast nook you saw once in a magazine but just don’t know who to call or how to get one. Do not be one of those embarrassed clients who have already spend hundreds of dollars trying over and over again but still can’t get their room they want it to look like. Again, not everyone is born a designer, just like you are not born a surgeon. You must go to school and learn to become a professional and make things match.   Designing a home is not a black and white field. There are many shades of grey in between because there are endless interpretation of objects and space and how they relate to one another. You need a fresh start. Unfortunately, by the time people call a designer, they have tried multiple times to create their dream home and someone in the house is at their breaking point. For example, a husband and wife are remodeling their home and the husband is very frustrated. He does not mind working with a designer but is upset that his wife has already spent a lot of money and does not what to buy new pieces for the home when they are just going to be boxed up by next year. That is why it is very important to let your designer know what pieces are important to you and want them to stay because not everything that has been purchased is going to stay. A designer is here to work for you so remember that it is your vision not theirs. You are ready to get what you want! At the end of the day a interior designer is a service oriented profession where your client’s satisfaction is the most important goal. Some tips to have a productive and positive experience: Have a general idea of a budget Know what you want to get rid of and want to keep. If you have partner make sure you are both in agreement with the changes. Ask about suggestions Respect each other Communicate all your feelings to your designer and do not be afraid to let them know how you feel. Happy designing!  


What your Interior Designer MUST ask you

You have finally decided to redecorate. You know you are not that great with colors, fabrics, and all of that decorating stuff. So, you have admitted to yourself you need help and have hired an interior designer. Are you worried that they are going to change your home into a big pink fluffy mess? Don’t just sit aside and let your interior designer make all the decisions. We are here to show you how to tell apart from a mediocre decorator from one that will fit your needs! Interior designers are like therapists. You have to tell them personal things about yourself and invite them to your favorite niches at home. Don’t worry though, you won’t end up laying on a couch answering “how does that make you feel” questions, but you will answer questions like, what are your personal needs, likes and dislikes, how do you move around in your home, etc. Our team has come up with 12 questions that ANY designer should always discuss with you. If you notice they are not trying to get to know your preferences, throw them out and move on to the next one on your list before a train wreck hits. However, if it is your neighbor’s friend from down the street who you decided to try out and can’t banish, then it is your responsibility to get this vital information out to them. However, you should interview a couple of interior designers before hiring one to get a feel which one would be the right fit for you. During this interview process, keep in mind to set the tone as “what can you do for me” and not the other way around, because remember you are the priority. Look for the questions they ask you and see If they match up with ours, to find a winner on your list! 1. What do you love about this room? In worse case scenarios, the stereotype holds true that a designer will walk into your home and shake their head and declares, “Everything must go!” If that happens, walk them to your door. Luckily, most designers do not have that attitude and begin with learning about what you want and not impose their tastes on you. For example, you are sitting in your living room sipping tea, and your designer asks the million-dollar question, you will say that you love the grand piano near your stairway. Awesome! This is a focal point and a great place to start. The rest of the room will compliment that one piece. This could be with black doors and a white sofa. 2. What do you hate about this room? It I important to let your designer know what you want to change about your room and what you are willing to get rid of. This will help knowing what to replace. This all comes to personal taste because one might say they hate the grand piano, so they will redecorate the entire room. It is your house, so your likes and dislikes are what matter. They should not try to change your mind either. 3. What colors do you love? For example, we are still in your living room sipping tea, and you want to be surrounded with walls of neutral colors and a touch of a bright color. 4. What colors do you hate? Do you want your living room walls to be a bright neon pink with glitter on them? Probably not, be sure to go through the rainbow and pick out colors you cannot stand. 5. Do you have something or want something to be your color inspiration? This question really gives direction to the design process. Your color inspiration could be furniture, fabric, dishes, vases, etc. 6. Do you have a look or style you want to create? Believe it or not but you can make your home your own spa and set a relaxation mood. This is perfect for someone who has a high stress job. It is also okay to not know what you want. If this is the case, make two piles of your do’s and don’ts. Look through photos online and pick rooms you would love for your home and ones you absolutely hate. Show these to your designers so they get a better understanding of what you are looking for. 7. How do you use this room? For example, let’s say we are now in your bedroom and you would obviously think this room is for sleeping. However, you also enjoy watching TV in bed. So, furniture placement, technology and free space all need to be considered. If you are redoing your living room, will it be used only during the holidays, entertain guests, or used daily for watching TV? Which brings us to our next question. 8. How important is your TV watching chair? This may seem odd to have in our top 12 but this has actually become very important in the design of a room. A majority of people are attached to their special chair in the living room and will not let it go. If this is not important to you, then it won’t be an issue. 9. Are there any special needs that should be considered? This can be for if an elderly person needs a firmer chair, or accommodating wheelchair accessibility, or even allergy issues. 10. Do you want to accomplish this all at once or in phases? This design process can be very expensive so you might want to do step-by-step phases so you do not pay for everything at once. Your designer will let you know what furniture pieces to get first and which ones are crucial to have in the beginning than to that one candle that could wait towards the end of the process. 11. What’s your budget? Don’t be shy and just tell your designer. This should be established in the beginning or you might be very upset at the end when your bill comes through. To avoid that, set your budget. This brings us to our very last question, where it is your turn to ask a question. 12. Is this a realistic budget to accomplish my vision? A good designer will be honest with you. You might be disappointed by what you hear but this is much better than ending up with a bank breaking surprise at the end. If your dreams and budget don’t match, often your designer will offer suggestions to get started on your project. An interior designer will help you get the result you are looking for, no matter how big or small the project may be. But make sure your designer is asking you the right questions, if they are then you have found a match!


Interior Design Trends we will continue to see this year!

Interior Design Trends we will continue to see this year! Interior Design is always changing from accessories to colors, trends continue to set in what we start seeing in homes. We got together with our interior design experts to see if we could forecast the new trends that will dominate the year! We saw 5 main things that are setting the goals for the interior design world. Nature’s Garden The first one is the all natural look. Already in 2017, all calming colors like shades of green, taupe, and purple have been on every major paint brand’s top choice. If you are looking to feel blissful and enjoy the simpler things in life this is definitely the way to go! Soft tones make your theme of simplistic living, sustainability, spiritually, and self-improvement. Raw As you may know, rose gold has been making a come back for the last couple of years. If you didn’t break the wallet and were waiting for something new and exciting to spend your money on, then we have the new best thing for you! We are moving away from the flawless looking surfaces and going into a “primal and raw” direction. This includes dark stones and deep silver metals. Even rugged lava stone is being used often for countertops to even tableware. These raw surfaces bring out warmth and intimacy without having to redo your entire home. Light Sculptures As new technology develops, we are now able to make light into art in a new fun and creative way. This is the way to go if you want a one of a kind design in your home because you can create any type of light fixture in your home. Lights can take up a large space, making it less expensive. Instead of filling up a room with furniture you can fill it up with lighting sculptures that bring out the diversity of interpretation in everyone. The inside of your home can look like the inside of an art gallery. Home Theatre Consumers want an electric feel to their lounge area. Dark, bold, and strong graphics were the new trend at the end of 2016 and people are loving it. Designers pushed boundaries and experimented with these dark custom furnishings to create the illumination of a calm setting. There is an increased interest for contemporary design, with designers and homeowners working together to create an interplay of color, graphic elements, and daring agriculture. More so than ever are clients looking for custom furnishings to truly create a unique piece for their home. 100% Connected As if we weren’t already glued to are smart phones, your home can be connected via internet too! Our daily life is becoming connected to all internet of things and we are becoming the future. We now have a collection of Bluetooth-enabled home appliances that allow uses to control their morning routine from their smart phone. Imagine right before you wake up you have your coffee being made and toast being cooked. Before you awaken for the day, your morning is being prepared just for you. Everything is controlled on a smartphone app. Of course, they are voice controlled and work with google home, Amazon Echo, and more. You will not be able to have that personal assistant you have always wanted! The best thing about it is if you need a break from your hardworking assistant you can always turn her off. These digital companions will help you have a less complicated day and help schedule your day out. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, you are wrong because they will even inform you about the weather and traffic conditions outside while making your shopping list. You will never need that third cup of coffee again!


What does an Interior Designer do and why do you need one?

What does an Interior Designer do and why do you need one? Have you been dreaming about a new home for the new year, but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! You do not have to move into a new house to have a new home! All you should do is get an interior designer to redo your home! Or are you wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is actually like? We are here to answer all your questions! What do Interior Designers Do? What do interior designers exactly do? You might think of an interior designer is dancing around with paint samples and different fabrics, however, that is just a small portion of what we actually do. Think of us like a decorator who will help you pick out the best paint, the best fabric, and the most stylish furnishing. Believe it or not buy most interior designers even have design degrees and are certified to help you with building codes, construction standards, project coordination and more. Distance is no inconvenience to us. We do not have to be in the same place to work together. We are like a long distance relationship with no strings attach. We are even open to visit you at your home to make the remodel easier for you. So if you spy a designer whose work you love here, we can help and get them to you. Don’t assume we wont be able to work together, it is always worth inquiring. What does it take to be the best? We go have to go through a rigorous education and training process, just like other pros. Even Harvard and Colorado State have design programs! You should always look at a person’s education and their occupation and make sure it matches up. We believe that certifications make us qualified to mess with people’s home. Think about it like this, a home is so much more than just decorating for a party. We feel like redesigning a home is equally important as finding our clients a new home. Except we are more important because we are rebuilding a house from the ground up. The latest technology helps both of us to create your new space. Ask your designers if they know how to use AutoCad and other tools for space planning, codes, and more. These tools help both parties look at your home in a way you did not think possible. Think before committing to anything your interior designer can show you what her magic can really do to your home with virtual reality! Your vision comes first! Don’t forget that you are the boss! We are not doing our job right if we are not working with your budget. Yes, we work with large remodeled homes but we also work with smaller projects and budgets. Do not worry that you aren’t building an entire house or refurnish your home, we are here to make you happy. You are our priority.  Even if we are just redoing one room! We want to work with your vision … and expand it. We are here to listen to you, to attend to your needs, and create an original design that perfectly fits your space! We do not have an agenda filled with original designs and use a magic eight ball to decide what would work with our clients. We listen to our clients and take your vision to its’ full potential. We can see your project through from start to finish. Remember those certifications we were talking about earlier? That makes us qualified so that we can manage a team of workers, make decisions  about moving walls, plan home remodels, make a home baby proof or even wheelchair accessible, the possibilities are endless. We will find the “jewelry” to your home.


Five Timeless Choices in Home Decor

Five Timeless Choices in Home Decor At this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in new. New starts, new habits, and new looks often consume our thoughts in January, as we look ahead to the coming year with hopes for better-than-before. This tendency rings true in fashion and home decor as well, as new trends often dictate the way we style. New is fantastic, but with every new comes an old. Following trends in our home design means running the risk of out-of-style spaces – spaces which will need constant updates as the winds of style change. Is it possible to keep a home in style without breaking the bank or losing sanity? The answer is a resounding yes. Fortunately there are elements – accessories, colors, patterns and looks – that have stood the test of time. We’ve gathered five of our favorite classics for your design inspiration – go with these timeless looks to achieve a style that stays chic no matter the trend of the day. If you’re longing for current and trendy punches, simply add accessories which are easily and affordably changed. 1. Crown Molding One of the simplest ways to make an architectural statement in a space is to add crown molding. The result is a surprisingly dramatic effect – one that makes a room look sophisticated and luxurious. Contemporary living room design 2. Statement Lighting Statement lighting has always been a staple of good design. Of course, it’s easy to fall off trend with your lighting choices. Play it safe with timeless chandeliers and simple pendants. Traditional living room design by houston interior designer Debra Villeneuve Interiors 3. Gallery Walls An affordable option for wall decor, galleries bring personality, depth and interest to walls of any size. Select simple color palettes to keep the look clean while impactful. Eclectic bedroom design by new york architect Incorporated 4. Hardwood Floors What makes a room look more clean, current and classic than hardwood floors? Easy to manage and easy to style, hardwood floors are an element of design that won’t ever go out of style. Contemporary bedroom design by orange county Gaetano Hardwood Floors, Inc. 5. Black and White Though the result is modern, the use of black and white in a space is a classically timeless look that is striking and dramatic. Use the color combination in bathrooms, kitchens, entryways or living rooms – no matter your choice you’re likely to find your picks can stay with you as long as you love them. Contemporary kitchen design by melbourne architect Nest Architects Still not sure how to design a timeless space? Consider this: clean and simple spaces are generally classic. Stay on the minimal side of design and you’ll likely find your space is in style for years to come. For more classic design tips, contact the design professionals and D&Y Design Group.


Secrets to Stylish Accessory Arrangements

Secrets to Stylish Accessory Arrangements While the most significant elements of design may vary from opinion to opinion, one cannot argue the importance of accessories. With accessories, color schemes are enforced, style is perfected, and personality is made prominent. When we add accessories to a space, we inject character and depth. When done well, a statement is made. Unfortunately, the wrong statement can be easily made when accessories are done wrong. So what kind of statement is being made in your home? Does your space look cluttered, random, disjointed or sloppy? Or do your rooms show off an accessory game that is thought out and on point? Contemporary bedroom design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder If you could use a little help accessorizing, read on. We’re revealing the secret for stylizing the smallest – and sometimes biggest – pieces in your space. Keep it Together More often than not, accessories travel in packs. If you’re doing it right, you’ve rarely got lone wolfs in your accessory game. With that said, perhaps the most important skill you’ll need is the ability to style groups. When placing pieces together, consider size, shape, color and texture. The right mixture of any or all adds visual interest. Group collections of similar size, color or shape together for a striking and clean addition to your space, but group in odd numbers for a look that is more appealing to the eye. Breaking up collections, or displaying items too close together, can make a space look cluttered. Scandinavian living room design by london interior designer Shanade McAllister-Fisher Another way to increase the visual impact of a group of accessories is by adding contrast. Accomplish this with color or texture, placing light-colored accessories in front of a dark background, or smooth alongside rich textured items. Traditional living room design by san diego interior designer Robeson Design When grouping items, layer based on size. Large items should anchor the space, holding court behind smaller pieces of varying sizes. Unless a sleek, modern, one-dimensional look is your aim, avoid grouping together items which have the same height. Eclectic living room design by dallas media and blogs Jamie Laubhan-Oliver Use stylish trays to pull items together on tables – candles or collections stand out when pulled together and framed for display with the use of trays. On tables or shelves, stack books to give height to your accessory presentation. Top with a decorative bowl, vase, frame or lantern. Alternate stacks of horizontal and vertical books for added visual interest on mantels, shelves, and even along the length of a long table. Contemporary family room design by chicago interior designer Jen Talbot Design Transitional living room design Finally, consider the ways you can incorporate art into your displays. Hang a piece low above a table to make it part of the look. Add accessories of varying heights, including some which are tall enough to overlap your art. This trick creates a unifying look for your display. Eclectic dining room design by dallas media and blogs Sarah Greenman If you’d like more tips on arranging accessories, contact one of the design professionals at D&Y Design Group.


Decorating for Luck in 2017

Decorating for Luck in 2017 Each January brings with it new hopes for the coming year. As we look ahead, we long for things like wealth, health, fortune and prosperity. Much is out of our control, but still we resolve to make the year ahead the best one yet. Of course, there is much that can be done to better relationships, jobs, bodies and even health. Don’t forget there is also work to be done in the home – efforts which are believed to increase luck. For centuries, the practice of feng shui has existed to orient energy in a space to ward off bad luck and welcome prosperity. Taking cues from various cultures and religions, you too can decorate and arrange to welcome prosperity in 2017. First Things First Get the good vibes going at your front door, where color and adornments matter. According to feng shui, south-facing doors should be red or orange while those that open to the north should be painted blue or black. If your entryway faces west go with gray or white, and an east-facing door should be green or brown. Farmhouse entry design by los angeles interior designer Kate Lester Interiors Traditional entry design by new york architect David Howell Design We all know that horseshoes symbolize luck. Hang one above your door in an effort to increase fortune. An upside-down horseshoe is said to spill luck on all who pass below, while a horseshoe facing up never runs out. Traditional dining room design by portland maine kitchen and bath Steinberg Custom Designs Lucky Arrangements According to those who practice feng shui, much can be done to allow chi (the good energy that binds life together) to flow through a space. From arranging furniture to keeping a clean home, what you do matters in ways that go beyond the visual. In the bedroom, place your bed diagonally across from the door. In living spaces, set up circular arrangements which allows energy to flow through a room. A round table is a nice choice to set furniture around. Contemporary living room design by london interior designer Platinum Interiors London In any room, resolve to keep your spaces tidy, as clutter and dust are believed to interrupt the flow of chi through a home. Fresh Energy There’s no arguing the impact an arrangement of flowers can have on a space. Fortunately, flowers add more than just beauty. Fill your rooms with lucky greens like bamboo or four leaf clovers, but include fresh flowers for their ability to bring fortune to a home. You’ll just want to avoid thorny stems or cactus – they stop the flow chi. Contemporary bathroom design by salt lake city architect Alice Lane Home Collection In the kitchen, bowls of fruit add practical color and texture, but this effort is also believed to be a way to attract prosperity and positive energy. A bowl of fruit in your kitchen signifies abundance and symbolizes wealth and health. Eclectic dining room design by sydney interior designer Adam Scougall Contemporary dining room design Accessorize In addition to the occasional horseshoe or clover, elements like dragonflies or elephants are believed in certain cultures to be lucky. Accessorize with fortune in mind. Contemporary bedroom design by other Architecte d'intérieur - Marion Dériot Any effort to better your living space is always a good idea. Here’s to décor efforts that bring beauty, style, organization – and especially luck – in 2017.


Nature Inspires 2017’s Color of the Year

Nature Inspires 2017’s Color of the Year Each winter, the Pantone Color Institute names the color of the coming year. Fashion and interior design professionals take Pantone’s cue, designing based on their shade recommendations. In 2016, Pantone’s Colors of the Year were a warm rose hue and a tranquil blue named Rose Quartz and Serenity. This year, a shade of yellowy-green is commanding the design world’s attention. Greenery, a hue inspired by nature, is a color which offers a feeling of fresh renewal to any space. This particular shade of green isn’t the color of luxury or opulence, rather cheerful, natural minimalism. Contemporary dining room design by new york media and blogs Vendome Press As Pantone puts it, “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” Farmhouse bathroom design by philadelphia architect Wyant Architecture Using Greenery in our homes assures a style which is both stylish and simple, unassuming and bright. From walls to cabinets to textiles to accessories, the shade makes an impact in the most refreshing of ways no matter the dose. Contemporary bedroom design by orange county home builders Prestige Builders Contemporary living room design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder Rustic bedroom design by san francisco interior designer Story & Space - Interior Design and Color Guidance Normally a hue reserved for spring or summer, this year Greenery will be trending through all four seasons. The shade looks lovely when paired with warm and cool colors alike, especially those which rank in Pantone’s top ten colors for 2017. Among the shades expected to trend are Island Paradise (warm light blue), Flame (orange-red), Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow, Island Paradise (grey-blue), Hazelnut, Kale, Pink Yarrow and Pale Dogwood (fleshy-pink). Consider adding metallics as well, or dark black or navy for high contrast. If your home is ready for a stylish refresh, contact the D&Y Design Group professionals for suggestions on adding Greenery to your space.


Six Home Décor Resolutions for 2017

Six Home Décor Resolutions for 2017 We’ve all got laundry lists of resolutions we’ve both kept and discarded over the years. Most have to do with bad habits or healthier lifestyles. More often than not, our sites are on us – a better body, a better job or better relationships. Perhaps in 2017, we should look to our spaces, making resolutions which refresh and restyle the places where we live. Below we’ve listed our six home décor resolutions for the coming year. Cheers to a chic space in 2017! De-clutter First things first: before a home can be made truly beautiful it should be clean, organized and clutter-free. This year, resolve to simplify your entire home. Pick a room a month to organize – get rid of old, unwanted or outdated items, and organize what’s left (read last January’s blog for tips). Moving forward, only buy items you absolutely love. A simplified life is one we all dream of. Make that happen with fewer things – things you adore. Contemporary home office design by dc metro furniture and accessories BDI Furniture Add color Think about the spaces you live in. Do you have rooms with feature hues or color schemes? Color has a way of making your design look purposeful, so this year pick a shade or shades for every room. Even if the same color will be used throughout your home, your rooms will be evidence of your intentionality. Use paint, slipcovers, curtains, accessories like pillows or mattes in frames to build your color story and give your space a deliberate, purposeful style that is easy on the eyes and even easy on the budget. Transitional living room design by san francisco interior designer Ann Lowengart Interiors Transitional kitchen design by sydney interior designer Brett Mickan Interior Design Freshen up Often our attention is on our most used areas. Don’t miss the opportunities you have in 2017 to freshen up the small spaces – bookshelves, drawers, windows or gallery walls. Add plants or stems, new frames or images, new arrangements, new patterns and new colors. Maybe you might even be courageous and organized enough to switch to open cabinets in the kitchen! Contemporary living room design by orange county window coverings Budget Blinds Eclectic living room design by other interior designer Albarado's Fine Furnishings Take a departure from your usual We’ve all got our go-tos when it comes to decorating. This year, consider taking new style risks – your bookshelves may not be the only thing that needs freshening. Whether with your color selections, the patterns you choose, statement mirrors in the bathroom, or a bold art or furniture purchase…if it sparks your interest or makes you happy, take the plunge. This may be the year you unleash your inner designer! Contemporary kids design by sydney architect Scott Weston Architecture Design PL Contemporary home office design by dallas interior designer Carolina V. Gentry, RID Indulge Make you – and your home – happy by doing something monthly or even weekly that you never allowed yourself to do before. Set beautiful party-inspired tables for no reason, buy floral bouquets on a regular basis, decorate for the seasons, but expensive candles, add centerpieces…make little extra efforts the norm this year. Who doesn’t love guilty pleasures? Contemporary entry design by miami interior designer Adelene Keeler Smith Interior Design Contemporary dining room design by columbus home builders M/I Homes Update your lighting Lighting is perhaps the most underrated of impactful design elements. Make a statement this year by swapping dated fixtures for lovely pendants, installing dimmer switches, or adding lamps for soft mood lighting. Bold or subtle, lighting updates make a home more stylish and cozy – inside or out. Rustic dining room design by phoenix interior designer IMI Design, LLC Transitional living room design by cincinnati furniture and accessories FRONTGATE Happy New Year to you, and happy decorating in 2017!


Five Tips for Mixing Metals

Five Tips for Mixing Metals Once upon a time, mixing metals was a no-no. In the 1980s and early 90s, designers stuck to just one metallic hue in a space. Today, however, the rules have changed. Now a metal mixture is not only acceptable, it is chic, as the most stylish homes pull off a look full of character and interest when gold, silver, copper and brass are combined. In October we looked at the impact that comes from adding a singular metallic hue to a room. Now let’s look at the magic that can happen when you add more than one – and the new rules you should follow when doing it. Contemporary family room design by nashville interior designer Crowell + Co. Interiors What better time of year to introduce sparkle to your home than the New Year? Drinks and dresses shimmer and things are fresh and new. Take your cues from the weekend’s parties and add shades of shine to your space with these five helpful tips. 1. Pick favorites When mixing metallics, it’s best to pick one shade to serve as your foundation. Inject that color – gold for example – in larger doses, and then add one to two sparkly shades as accents. This will assure a space that looks put-together while also interesting. Transitional living room design by dallas furniture and accessories Horchow 2. Take your existing pieces into consideration You’ve likely already got a pallet of colors you are building on. Be sure to take those hues into consideration when selecting your sparkle. Gold’s warm metallic-look pairs well with jewel tones, soft neutrals and pastels, and deep colors found in nature. If your space is filled with shades like black, grey, navy or green, add silver to compliment and enhance the cool style. Contemporary family room design by nashville interior designer Crowell + Co. Interiors Like gold, bronze brings warmth to a room, and looks especially nice with earth-toned reds, blues and greens. If copper is what you’re after, pair it with neutrals, orange, emerald, peach and brown. 3. Mix it up Combining metals adds character and sophistication to your space, but it doesn’t add a lot of texture. Seek balance in your complimentary color choices, but also in the textures you choose. Do the metallics you have in mind have a texture to them? Are they hammered? High gloss? Matte? Combine all three to up the visual interest, or compliment what you’ve got with the non-metallic pieces you style with. Add texture with accessories, textiles or in the finishes of your hard surfaces for a space that is rich in depth. Contemporary dining room design by london interior designer Casey & Fox 4. Don’t overdo it While it’s true it’s ok to mix more than one metal, it’s still possible to get carried away. Use the rule of three as your general guideline, keeping the metallics you choose to a minimum of three. More than that and you’ll have an overwhelmed, potentially kitschy space. If you’re using metallics in big doses, be sure to add materials which will ground your space – woods, iron and granite will bring balance to your shine and make your metallics pop. A soft neutral backdrop will keep the space calm. Transitional living room design 5. Space it out Mixed metals work especially well when they’re spaced out. Add them to your larger rooms with great success – the result will be a cohesive style. Mixed metals grouped together in small spots, on the other hand, give off a competitive and even accidental look. By spreading out the shine, you’ll keep the eye moving and assure your room has both personality and purpose. Traditional kitchen design by charlotte photographer Jim Schmid Photography Transitional bathroom design by birmingham kitchen and bath remodelers Lovette Construction For more tips on adding mixed metals to your space, contact the designers at D&Y Design Group.


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