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Beautifying Back to School

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

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.


Statement Flowers and Plants in the Home

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

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!


Falling for Your Outdoor Space

Falling for Your Outdoor Space They say Colorado has 300 days of sunshine. If you’re like most in the state, you enjoy that bright sun by adventuring, exploring and playing outside. Indeed, Coloradans are not a group who prefers to stay indoors. From the top of Mt. Evans to the smallest backyard, our state finds its residents doing life outside – and for good reason. Beauty surrounds us – so much so that it doesn’t take much to create a lovely outdoor living area. If you’ve got the space, you need only add a few things to assure comfort and beauty under those bright blue Colorado skies. Traditional patio design by orange county interior designer Andrew Joseph Designs, Allied ASID The Comforts of Home  Perhaps the first thing to consider when decorating your outdoor living area is the notion that you’re decorating an extension of your home. If your inside is cozy, your outside should be too. If you’re eclectic and fun, bring that to your space. If you like rustic – or pretty – or vintage – make your décor moves with those styles in mind. Treat your backyard like you did your living room, and you’ll find yourself living there more and more. Traditional deck design by brisbane interior designer Highgate House Intentional Seating Chances are you wouldn’t adorn your living room with a set of uncomfortable wooden chairs. Nor would you leave seating options to a minimum. You design with life in mind – and that’s just the way you should treat your outdoor space. Though you may likely have a set of uninviting chairs cozied up to your outdoor table, you aren’t stuck with discomfort. If you’re lacking space for extra seating, add cushions and pillows to what you’ve already got. If there’s room for more, introduce comfort and invite guests to gather with outdoor pieces designed for that very thing. Chaises, love seats, sofas and chairs can be both Colorado-durable, beautiful, and comfortable. Don’t be afraid to splurge on this important outdoor element – then build your space around it. Beach Style patio design by san diego interior designer Robeson Design Rustic deck design by los angeles design-build KellyBaron Traditional patio design by other metro general contractor Sprague Construction Layering Lighting No matter the space you’re decorating, lighting is surprisingly important. Of course every room – indoors or out – needs light. Part of the character of a space, however, is in how the light is used, what kind is used, and how much you’ve got. This is especially true outside, where the right lighting can make all the difference. Layer candles, string lights, lanterns and torches with confidence – the result will be both beautiful and functional. Eclectic patio design by los angeles interior designer Shannon Ggem ASID Creating Intimacy  Except for the most lucky and the very few, outdoor privacy is at a premium. Use screens, shrubs, trees, curtains or canopies to create intimate outdoor rooms that will keep guests in and unwanted neighbors out. Contemporary patio design by toronto interior designer Terra Firma Design Keeping Character Of course, your home is truly yours because it reflects you. You make it personal and unique with splashes of your design personality. Keep that in mind as you move outside. Add character to your space with colorful pillows, floral arrangements, architectural elements or artistic flair. Add paint to break away from the ordinary – perhaps a different color for each of your outdoor dining chairs. Be creative with landscape, water or fire features, or DIY a piece to hang on an empty section of fence. The options are as limitless as your ability to dream, so reel it in with this idea: if it makes you happy, if it makes you feel at home, then it’s just right for your space. Eclectic patio design by seattle interior designer Allison Lind Interiors + RE:LOCATE Eclectic porch design by los angeles media and blogs Lisa Borgnes Giramonti


Decorating an Outdoor Party

Decorating an Outdoor Party Is there a better time of year than the summer months? Green grass, long days, warm breezes and cool nights beckon us outside to chase laughter, adventure and memories. If ever there was a reason – a time – to celebrate, its summer. So pick a day and make a plan to party, using these tips for a gorgeous outdoor affair your guests won’t soon forget. Bring the Inside Out Though nature is beautiful on her own right now, there’s still much that can be done to dress up your space. Treat your outdoor as you would your indoor, decorating for an impressive, welcoming, fun and joyful gathering. To accomplish a well-decorated outdoor fete, opt for the lovely things that would play a key role in any gorgeous indoor party. Line your space with your loveliest linens to add beauty and comfort. Bright-colored floral and graphic patterns work especially well, as they build upon nature’s rich outdoor palette. Tablecloths make an even bigger statement on outdoor tables, while outdoor rugs add color and warmth under foot. Traditional patio design by san francisco interior designer Scot Meacham Wood Design Pile on pillows and throws to keep guests cozy into the night, and add curtains or canopies for a lovely added touch that offers intimacy and a touch of privacy. While you’re decorating with fabrics, keep your festive efforts going. Hang ribbons from tree branches and fabric banners across the sky, assuring no space goes unadorned. Shabby-Chic Style landscape design by other metro photographer Adrienne DeRosa Eclectic patio design by amsterdam media and blogs Ninainvorm Mediterranean patio design by other metro photographer Finch Photo Make the Night Sparkle As the patterns on your linens fade with the setting sun, a new party setting can be born. A yard littered with candles, torches, lanterns and string lights will assure magical festivities into the night. It’s nearly impossible to overdo sparkle in an evening event. Use paper lanterns – big or small – for dramatic effect, light up a pool with floating candles, or draw guests down a path with golden luminaries. Torches keep the mood festive while also holding pests at bay. Eclectic patio design Beach Style deck design by new york design-build The Cousins Dress Up the Details Don’t forget the small touches in your party prep. Use galvanized containers or lovely glass to add utilitarian sparkle, filling jars and tins with cutlery, treats, snacks, flowers or favors. Opt for bright-colored enamelware instead of disposables, and boast colorful snacks and confections like fruit or cakes as if they were part of the décor. Mix and match patterned linens or paisley bandannas for napkins, float colorful fruit in your ice cubes, and use vintage jars, mugs, or glasses atop well-dressed tables. Fill glass bottles with lemonade or bright-colored cocktails, using these in antique buckets brimming with ice and refreshments. Top the setting off with vases, jars, buckets or cans filled with arranged floral arrangements for unexpected beauty at every turn. Shabby-Chic Style landscape design by other metro photographer Adrienne DeRosa Mediterranean patio design by los angeles artist and artisan Amy Vangsgard Gallery Indeed, it’s a treat to be outside these days. Celebrate summer in style – it’s a given you’ll enjoy the party, we’re betting you might enjoy the prepping just as much.


Four Simple Steps Toward a Dream Bedroom Retreat

Four Simple Steps Toward a Dream Bedroom Retreat Master bedrooms are perhaps the most private space in our homes. Often, that means we put less effort into dressing them up, focusing instead on the rooms our guests are more likely to see. Sadly, we wind up with neglected utilitarian spaces we visit only when we have to – at bedtime. If your bedroom is an afterthought in terms of style, effort, time or function, it’s time you paid better attention to a space that is flush with potential. With just a few tweaks in the way you view your master, you can make big changes. Turn a spot for sleep into a place for retreat and relaxation with these four suggestions. 1. Identify what makes you feel most happy and relaxed, and then make that happen in your bedroom. Create a retreat by introducing your favorite smells, colors, textures or sights. Do you like to read? Consider including a serene sitting area. Love late night movies in bed? Include a TV in your design scheme. Seek out colors that soothe, and insist on textures that are plush and welcoming – on your bed, on the floor, on your windows and even your walls. Make sure, however, you’ve considered the things that calm and please your significant other. know what your significant other desires. If lilac makes him sneeze, perhaps you should avoid rich scents and purple hues. If clutter overwhelms her, do your best to simplify. As with anything, a little effort makes compromise possible and even profitable. A well-designed room is one that reflects both of your style preferences. Traditional bedroom design by los angeles general contractor Morrow and Morrow Corporation Rustic bedroom design by kansas city interior designer McCroskey Interiors 2. Put effort into your focal point – the bed. Start with smart placement, maintaining at least two feet of space on three sides. Experts recommend placing the head of your bed on the wall opposite the door to your room, whether under a window or not. Further, if your space permits, keep the side of your bed out of the line of site as you walk into the room. This type of arrangement breaks up the visual flow of your space, making it feel small, cluttered and choppy. Go for a big headboard or fake it with an accent wall, curtains, or a gallery wall that spans the width of your bed as a headboard would. Dress your bed to the nines, whether your aim is glamour or simplicity. Layer with pillows and throws, and select a color that will soothe you. Finish the look with a bench at the foot of your bed, where you can sit after a long day to take off your shoes and decompress. Contemporary bedroom design by sydney architect Greg Natale Contemporary bedroom design 3. Don’t overdo it – you spend enough time during the day being busy. You don’t want to be reminded of that when its time to unwind. Style, but stay away from busy walls or cluttered spaces. Introduce patterns, colors and textures, but don’t let them take over your space. There’s beauty in simplicity, and your eyes need a place to rest too. Shabby-Chic Style bedroom design by nashville home staging Styling Spaces Home Staging & Re-Design Transitional bedroom design by philadelphia interior designer Michelle Wenitsky Interior Design Traditional bedroom design 4. Put effort into creating and preserving your sanctuary. If you’re inclined to let the dishes sit, let them sit. But making your bedroom part of your daily cleaning routine will go a long way toward keeping this space your escape. Make the bed every day. Keep the hamper in the closet. Keep things tidy. If this room is just one of many messes in the house, even if it’s the only one, you’re less likely to relax or retreat. It won’t be a dream. If you'd like more help creating your dream bedroom retreat, contact the designers at Decor & You HR. Contemporary bedroom design by new york paint and wall coverings Benjamin Moore Contemporary bedroom design


Creating a Boho Chic Space

Creating a Boho Chic Space Interior design has always taken its cues from fashion, mirroring colors, patterns and trends found on runways. The collision of the two worlds is especially common today, when media offers us easy looks into the most current styles across the globe. It makes sense, then, that the bohemian look – so popular in fashion today – would be a go-to for spaces of all kinds. Still, there are those out there who hesitate to add the eclectic gypsy feel with its lack of structure or conformity to a space. If you’re drawn to the romanticism of a boho room, but prefer structure and a more contemporary style, perhaps a modern boho look is exactly what you’re looking for. Eclectic home office design by los angeles media and blogs Lisa Borgnes Giramonti In a bohemian chic space, unstructured personality gets a sleek transformation. Eclectic accents which include rich textiles, bright hues, vintage metallics, and bold patterns are tied together with modern anchors like strong neutrals, sharp lines and sleek elements. The result is a style that is laid back, relaxed, gathered and interesting, while also relevant, intentional, structured and clean. Instead of giving your home a complete boho makeover, add key accents to your existing contemporary decor by way of pillows, rugs, prints, and patterns. Your modern look – sometimes mistakingly uninviting – will be transformed into a stylish, imaginative, welcoming and colorfully intriguing space. Mediterranean family room design by los angeles interior designer Annette Tatum Contemporary bedroom design by new york architect Katie Leede & Company Studio Boho Chic It’s nearly impossible to add bohemian touches without color and detail. Infuse your space with a boho feel by adding bold textures which will stand out against your sleek modern base. Seek out moroccan, indian, trellis, floral and striped patterns in statement hues, using them in window dressings, textiles, tiles and wall art. Eclectic kitchen design by new york architect Incorporated Make as small or as large of a splash as you desire, but keep the look grounded with modern touches in things like furniture, frames, counters or appliances. Be bold with layers of print, color, pillows and art, and include greenery with plants like fig trees or succulents. Statement lighting is also a place you can let your personality make an impact. Eclectic dining room design by los angeles interior designer Kim Colwell Design Transitional living room design by los angeles interior designer Breeze Giannasio Interiors Contemporary dining room design by new york interior designer Andrew Flesher Interiors If you’re a sucker for gallery walls, keep your space boho chic by staying away from symmetry and opting instead for organic interest in your arrangement. Showcase colorful patterns in frames with contemporary lines. You can never have too may prints in a beautifully boho home. Eclectic living room design by san francisco media and blogs SFGIRLBYBAY When selecting your surfaces, look for ways to mix rustic vintage like woods and wicker with sleek and high gloss modern pieces. Southwestern kitchen design by toronto media and blogs Desire to Inspire Mixing bohemian accents with modern elements gives your space eye-catching personality while maintaining order and a contemporary look. It’s a beautiful marriage between two very different looks – one that will assure that nobody has a space like yours.


Celebrate Red, White and Blue in Your Home

Celebrate Red, White and Blue in Your Home There’s something iconically special about red, white and blue. A scheme of colors which triggers feelings of patriotism, family, summer and togetherness, the colors of America’s flag are in abundance at this time of year. Perhaps, however, the classic style deserves a longer look. Beach Style living room design by other metro interior designer Violandi + Warner Interiors Whether or not you’re feeling patriotic, you can still style a beautiful home with touches and shades of red, white and blue. Always in style, the colors work in complete harmony not only because of their nostalgic and iconic nature, but because they beautifully meld warm, cool and neutral together. So, if your style leans toward traditional, contemporary, coastal, country, eclectic, vintage, modern, casual or sophisticated, consider the color scheme that’s all around you this summer. The result is sure to be a space abounding in character and warmth the whole yearlong. Traditional family room design by minneapolis interior designer Billy Beson Company Of course, pulling off the design style you’re after depends much on the shades, saturation, textures and patterns you choose. Bright shades like candy apple red, cobalt blue, or snow white fit well in modern and contemporary homes, while warmer tones like deep navy, barn red or off white bring country, coastal and traditional spaces to life. Beach Style dining room design Traditional family room design by san diego interior designer Robeson Design Traditional kids design Mixing shades of the same color (darks and lights, for example) keep a room from looking overdone and over-decorated. Keep in mind also that red will dominate the other two colors, so be mindful of the way you utilize the color. Traditional living room design by little rock interior designer Tobi Fairley Interior Design Because of the bold nature of the color scheme, splashes work well against a minimal or neutral palette. In your living spaces, this could mean a feature wall or painted ceiling, lamps, linens, textiles and accessories. In the kitchen, consider red chairs and stools, which will pop against a bright white backdrop or a collection of blue and white place settings. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with these bolds – blends of large and small stripes, plaids, florals, toile and chevron look terrific in red, white and blue. Traditional living room design by north west interior designer Fiona Watkins Design Limited Beach Style kitchen design by seattle architect eric gedney | ARCHITECT Contemporary dining room design by san francisco architect Glenn Robert Lym Architect Whether you’re the most patriotic on the block, or if subtlety is your specialty, you can celebrate the Fourth all year in a timeless, stylish and welcoming space. Traditional kitchen design by minneapolis design-build TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders


Decor Tips for a Bright Summer Home

Decor Tips for a Bright Summer Home Light breezes, fresh scents, green grass and blue skies - the summer season isn’t lacking in inspiration. When freshening your space for the season, take your cues from the outdoors, where Mother Nature beckons into a welcoming world of color, calm and relaxation. Photo by nest + company - Houzz beach style family room ideas Start your summer decorating efforts with a pallet of seasonal colors - bright hues and coastal tones go miles in setting the tone for a bright summer home. Swap winter’s warm colors and textures for light linens or gossamer in pale blues and muted neutrals like sand or gray to bring the colors of the coast into your home. Ticking stripes in reds and blues introduce summer’s patriotic mood, and bright colors and florals bring the magnificence of the season’s blooms indoors. Swap out drapes for curtains or sheers, and replace heavy bedding with light whites or neutrals that can be accented with colorful pillows and botanical prints. Photo by Corynne Pless - Houzz eclectic entryway design ideas In the living room, replace heavy upholstery with light slipcovers you can decorate around. Don’t be afraid of shades of white on slipcovers which can easily be bleached when kids and pets leave their mark. Utilize clear glass pendants or lamp bases to continue the look in your lighting, and accentuate with bright flowers or greenery in bright vases. Photo by Sherwin-Williams - Houzz contemporary kitchen design inspiration Flowers - inexpensive and easily found in the summer - brighten a kitchen as well. Add pops of colors with fruit on display, and consider replacing your darker wall decor with bright photographs or watercolors under bright mattes. Photo by ComfyDwelling.com - Houzz home design design ideas Of course, at this time of year, most living is done outside. Continue the decor out your backdoor, setting up outdoor living spaces bright and rich with blooms and colorful pillows made of durable weather resistant fabrics. Outdoor rugs define a space, and add an element of cozy to your area. Add string lights to match your look, and set beautiful tables with mix and match place settings, lanterns, linens and runners made of lightweight and colorful fabric. Photo by A Beach Cottage - Houzz traditional porch design ideas Summer…it’s the best time of year. With just a few swaps and a little refreshing, you can have your home looking its best - as good as the world looks outside your front door. Contact the design professionals at Decor and You Highlands Ranch for more summer decorating tips.


Living Rooms Made for Living

Living Rooms Made for Living By nature, living rooms were made for people. They’re the place where life happens - games, parties, naps, movies, books, snacks, Netflix, sports. No matter what happens during the day, the living room catches families in the evening and friends on the weekend. Perhaps more than any other space in your home, your living room should reflect your lifestyle and mirror your family’s personality. It should be welcoming, and it should be cozy - inviting your people in, and making them so comfortable they don’t want to leave. Photo by Salt Interiors Joinery - Houzz Mediterranean living room photos Fortunately, no matter your taste in home decor, there is much you can do to create that kind of mood in your room. If cozy is what you’re after, start at the very beginning: your notion of how a living room should be decorated. Many of us grew up visiting grandma on holidays. Her living room was unchanging in its polish and delicacy. It was the formal of the house, where kids where not allowed to play and where families only gathered on Christmas morning. The knick knacks were precious and priceless, the textiles so revered they were covered in plastic. Living never happened in grandma’s living room. So, step one in your cozy makeover is a makeover of your notion of what a living room should look like. Your space can and should be beautiful - but if you’re holding onto the idea that the living room should be your home’s showroom, you’ll never get off square one. Living rooms should be lived in. Decorate your space as if it will. Of course, when decorating any space it’s best to start big. Take a look at your furniture - where it is and what it can do. If everything you’ve got is clinging to the wall, break it free. A cozy space nurtures intimacy - you can create that by bringing your items off the edges. Set up your couch and chairs so that they are close in proximity and facing one another. Add as much seating as your space will allow (think benches, ottomans, poufs, floor pillows) to encourage gathering, and add pillows and throws to make the gathered cozy enough to stay. A deep sectional is almost always a good idea, as it allows enough space for the family to hang. Photo by Anne Becker Design - Houzz transitional living room design ideas Your aim for a cozy room should be to keep things plush, soft, and textured. Avoid hard, harsh and barren - your people need to want to stay, not want to find some place more comfortable. Look for fabrics, rugs, and furnishings you won’t be inclined to fuss over. Don’t be shy with textiles, which make a room comfortable and inviting. Include things varying in rich textures - supple leather, worn wood, soft fur…all inviting to the touch, all interesting to the eyes, all welcoming and comfortable. Introduce items that feet can rest on - and be ok with them lingering there. Hang oversized art - traditional or otherwise - on empty walls to make your space feel more intimate. Patterns and textures will draw your people in - comfort will keep them there. Photo by Heather Banks - Houzz contemporary living room design inspiration Another element to consider when designing a cozy living room is light. You’ve already got it, sure, but are you using it correctly? The most valuable lighting in our homes comes from the sun. Embrace and enhance the natural light in your space as best you can - it’s a magnet for people and pets alike. When the outdoor lights fade, fill your room with warm lights at varying levels. Set your overhead fixture on a dimmer to control the mood, and place lamps and other small lights at people-level to add scale and warmth to your room. Finish the look of your lighting with a candle’s lovely glow. When decorating the surfaces in your space, add things you love. Include photos, books and scents to give your room warmth and personality. Flower arrangements offer beauty while also saying, welcome, come in and stay a while. Photo by Witt Construction - Discover traditional living room design ideas Your living room should be yours. While the rooms we see in furniture catalogs are lovely, they lack in cozy personality. A showroom look is not personal nor inviting - avoid the just-ripped-from-a-magazine space as much as you can. Mix pieces and decorate over time. This place is where your family lives - and its a space that you are going to love.


The Icing on the Cake: Decorating Your Ceilings

The Icing on the Cake: Decorating Your Ceilings Decorating the four walls in any space is a no-brainer. Paint or paper, art or panels, options abound and most of us are hard-pressed to point to an unadorned wall in our home. But is there a wall we’ve forgotten? A plain white space we aren’t even looking at - because we aren’t looking up. Perhaps it’s time you start rethinking your notion of wall space and begin considering your ceiling the fifth wall in a room. Just as on the vertical, there is much to be done on the horizontal above your head. Ready to take a risk? Read on for inspiration. Photo by David Butler Photography - Houzz Many think of the traditional looks of plaster, chandeliers, moulding or beams when picturing decor on the ceiling. Certainly these time tested methods of adornment are among the most common ways to dress the up, but that doesn't mean they're basic or boring methods. In fact, much can be done to fit any one of these looks into nearly any home - one needs only imagination and the ability to carry out the task. Photo by Jane Ellison - Houzz contemporary bedroom ideas The plaster effect combined with the lighting in the first image presents a more traditional look on the ceiling, while the second sets the tone for a contemporary and eclectic room. In both cases, the ceiling decor provides detail and interest to the space. It is generally a good rule of thumb to center a statement piece of lighting on a plaster ceiling - where recessed lighting would get lost and no overhead lighting would dim the beauty of the look. Photo by Two Column Media - Houzz contemporary living room design inspiration Traditional and contemporary all at the same time, the addition of moulding to a ceiling assures a dramatic impact that is uniform while still beautiful. This look is especially impactful in rooms with high ceilings. The contrast of neutrals in this space serves as a lovely accent to the room's statement floor. Once again, lighting is important - recessed lights work well because they do not compete with the dramatic effect made by the room's moulding. Photo by TKP Architects - Houzz rustic kitchen design ideas Nothing ups the warmth in a room like exposed wooden beams. Fortunately, while by nature these are structural adornments, they don't have to be. If your space doesn't have beams, fake the look with a wood finish which will compliment your home's decor. Though these methods remain popular, there is much more that can be done to increase the interest and beauty on your ceilings. Add bead bead board or paneling for rich and detailed subtlety. Photo by Spinnaker Development - Houzz beach style bedroom ideas The lacquer on this bead board brings sparkle to the ceiling, and draws the eyes up in the sneakiest of ways. Photo by Schmidt Custom Homes - Houzz shabby-chic style bedroom ideas Not only do the weathered wood panels in this room enter a warmth to the bright space, they offer a touch of masculinity in an otherwise overly feminine room. Another time-tested treatment for ceilings comes in the way of ceiling tins or medallions. Texture and detail are guaranteed with the addition of this option - especially beautiful in kitchens and bathrooms. Photo by Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry - Houzz farmhouse kitchen design inspiration Color and pattern offer another option for ceiling decor, whether by paint or by paper. Bold pops of color, stencils, painted patterns, or lovely wallpaper all offer impressive ways to make a statement with the fifth wall, at a fraction of the cost of paneling, beams, or plaster. If bold is your aim on the ceiling, tone down the rest of your space with neutral colors or patters. Photo by Kemp Hall Studio - Houzz traditional dining room pictures This simple dining area is anything but once the paper and dramatic lighting are added. The eyes flow from the floor to the ceiling and back down again, thanks to the lovely way this homeowner paired understated with pattern. The same is true of the children's room below, where all detail is found on the ceiling. Houzz modern kids' room photos The patterns and bold colors in these rooms make a bigger statement than anything else in the space. Without, the rooms are ordinary - with the color, finish, and patterns, they're anything but. Photo by Karen B Wolf Interiors, Associate ASID - Houzz contemporary nursery pictures Photo by Plath & Company - Houzz transitional nursery design ideas Even dark colors work well on the ceiling of nearly any space. Think of your color and treatment choices as the biggest of your accessories - keep the competition to a minimum by subduing other items in your balanced space. Photo by Nest Architects - Houzz Scandinavian family room design ideas Photo by Little Crown Interiors - Houzz transitional nursery design ideas To design ceilings that steal the show, or for more ceiling design inspiration, contact the designers at Decor and You Highlands Ranch.


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