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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Last Minute Ideas for Your Holiday Table For a month – maybe more – you’ve been prepping for December’s big day. The shopping has happened, almost like clockwork, you spent the last weekend wrapping, and this week you’ll hit the grocery store more than once to prepare for Christmas dinner. Though there is still time to cross off your final to-dos, opportunities are indeed waning. If your plans take you through to the end of the week and you find yourself without a thought for dinner décor, don’t fret. Chances are you’ve already got everything you need – including creativity – for a perfect Christmas centerpiece. Traditional dining room design by new york interior designer AJ Margulis Interiors The simplest yet most impactful way to decorate your table is to choose a holiday color and saturate. If white is your hue of choice, gather a collection of white candles, white cloth napkins, white pitchers and dishes, and even a lovely amaryllis flower. Cylinder vases and cloches can be filled with color as well – select ornaments, berries, nuts, fruit or bells for seasonally-appropriate color and texture. If you’ve got old wine bottles in coordinating colors (green? Even better!), fill them with tapered candles for sparkle and height. Cover the labels with metallic paper or decadent ribbon and bows. For a more natural look, layer items like sprigs of greenery, pomegranates or berries down the length of your table, filling spaces with mason jars or lanterns filled with candles for a touch of elegance. Burlap ribbon adds a nice touch on napkins or chairs. Miniature trees are also a great idea for tables. Use hobby trees or paper ones as centerpieces, or place them at your guests’ settings for unique placeholders. Eclectic spaces design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder If gingerbread houses are a tradition in your home, why not use them to decorate your table? Go small this year, opting for a village of miniatures that will run the length of your spread and serve as a great conversation piece – especially if you have children. spaces design Small wrapped gift boxes are another whimsical way to style your dinner table. You’ve got gifts, boxes, paper and ribbons in abundance this time of year – put them to work for a statement centerpiece. To complete the look, tie napkins with the same ribbon that adorns your boxes, and use gift tags for place cards. If you’ve got lovely items like china or silver, use them in your dinner décor. Fill vintage silver mugs or petite ceramic pitchers with peppermint candy cane sticks. Eclectic spaces design by other media and blogs Kootut murut A tiered stand can be layered with small Christmas items – miniature jars filled with Christmas candies, small wrapped gifts, ornaments, greens, or berries combine for an interesting holiday display. Do you have ideas for a statement Christmas table using the things you’ve already got in your home? Tag @DecorAndYouHR on Instagram to show off your style, and have the most beautiful of holidays!
Ring in 2017 with a Stylish New Year's Soirée Walter Scott once said, each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer. Of course, not one of us needs a novelist to give us reason to celebrate the coming of the new year. Whether you have plans for a midnight party or a midday brunch, there is much that can be done to set the tone for a stylish 2017. other design by other appliances A Festive Dinner Begin your New Year's Eve festivities with a dinner party which sets the mood for the night to come. Introduce subtle sparkle with candles and flutes of champagne, or make the effort more obvious with telling decor such as disco balls or a collection of clocks which keep guests aware of the evening's countdown. Incorporate all of it into your decor, setting your table and bringing the fireworks inside. Show guests you've thought of everything by serving foods that are said to bring luck in the coming year. Diners in Brazil and Italy have noshed on legumes for good luck since Roman times. In Japan, long and unbroken noodles mean for a long life, and in the south black eyed peas are a sign of future success. In Spain and Portugal, 12 grapes signifying the coming months are served at the stroke of midnight. Ringed foods such as bagels speak to a year coming full circle, pork and fish are both considered the luckiest of foods, and the seeds within a pomegranate symbolize prosperity and good fortune. spaces design by new york bedding and bath Bed Bath & Beyond Eclectic dining room design by new york interior designer Manuella Moreira, Ethan Allen Flatiron spaces design by phoenix interior designer FOCAL POINT STYLING Midnight Celebration New Year's Eve is hardly complete without a celebration that lasts throughout the night and even into the morning hours. Keep the sparkle going with metallic decor, garland and even bar accessories. Keep guests happy with drinks at the ready by setting up bars throughout the house - a large tray on a buffet becomes an impromptu bar when you add glasses, an ice bucket, slices of lime, and of course bottles of drinks. You can also easily set up a bar cart in almost any space. Don't forget to dress up these spaces - gold rimmed glasses keep up the night's sparkle, and petite floral arrangements continue the look of elegance that started at dinner. Don't forget the champagne, and consider mints for those midnight kisses. Contemporary home bar design by houston interior designer Sally Wheat Interiors Traditional spaces design by san francisco interior designer Hillary Thomas Designs Contemporary home bar design by surrey photographer Eleanor Baines Photography Contemporary living room design by san francisco architect Urrutia Design Industrial home bar design by toronto furniture and accessories Elte An Intimate Affair Perhaps your New Year's Eve celebration will be a more intimate one. If that's the case, up the romance and scale down the celebratory decor you might have planned for a larger gathering. More candles are certainly a good idea. Transitional spaces design Brunch in the New Year If your plans include a New Year's Day brunch, consider a theme which speaks to the newness of the year. Simple decor is a must, as is fresh fruit, juice or flowers. Clear the heavy drinks from last night's bar tops and replace with ingredients needed for your guests' favorite mimosa, smoothie, coffee or bloody mary. Remember the foods that are considered lucky as you plan your menu. Transitional dining room design by new york interior designer Sasha Meredith Designs Contemporary living room design by sydney interior designer Emma Blomfield Whether your plans include a gathering for two or the party of the year, you can assure guests will remember the lovely night you created with some stylish decor moves. For more New Year's Eve design tips, contact the designers at D&Y Design Group.
Decorating for Christmas Brunch One of the best things about Christmas is the food. From decadent treats to fancy dinners, we’re all indulging a bit more during the holiday season. If you’ve got plans for a Christmas brunch, consider more than your menu. How will you dress up your brunch spread? You’ve spent hours decorating this Christmas – don’t stop with one of the best meals of the year. Farmhouse dining room design by wiltshire furniture and accessories Susie Watson Designs Whether you’ll use a buffet table, eat around the kitchen table, or set your china out at the dining room table, plan to have some fun with your Christmas brunch décor. Style according to your taste, but keep in mind that brunch is more casual than your Christmas dinner. Traditional kitchen design by little rock interior designer Tobi Fairley Interior Design Of course, your linen napkins, runners, good dishes and sparkling glassware is all perfectly appropriate at this meal, but the relaxed feel should allow you the opportunity to have a little Christmas fun. The presents have been opened, the stockings rifled through – keep the morning mood going at your mid-morning feast with these four decorating tips. 1. Play up the colors of the season. Garland and berries are an obvious choice for a festive brunch table. These Christmas staples add color to your spread, but you’re certainly not limited to the basics. Consider using the food you serve to add the color you desire. Feature red fruit at the center of your table of buffet – a display of strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and pomegranate will look beautiful and is completely appropriate at a brunch spread. Include green grapes and kiwi to further the Christmas color look. Skewers on the side make for a fun fruit-kabob option. Rustic dining room design by other media and blogs Michelle Edwards 2. Use what you’ve got on hand. Style your table with items you’ve got in abundance at this time of year. Gift tags serve as a clever option for placeholders, as do ornaments. Candles and candies also offer inspiration for your brunch table – as décor and even favors for guests. Add chocolates to each place setting by placing on an empty plate, in a small dish or in a festive cupcake liner. Finally, use Christmas ribbon to wrap silverware and napkins. Eclectic dining room design by new york photographer Rikki Snyder 3. Spread out the style. One of the best things about brunch is the variety. From the drinks to the food, the options are vast and varied. Use this opportunity to style your brunch, dedicating an area to beverages and one to sweets. This may mean you set pastries out on a separate table, and use your buffet for drinks. One fun way to accomplish this is to set up a coffee and hot chocolate bar. Allow guests to make drinks just the way they like them by laying out items like cream, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, caramel and even alcoholic add ins like peppermint schnapps. Set out mugs that coordinate with your linens and decorations. Traditional kitchen design 4. Make food your focal point. Because brunch generally features buffet-style service, food presentation is an important part of your brunch décor. A common color scheme in your dishes creates a pleasant backdrop for the star of your Christmas brunch show – the food. Use coordinating platters, bowls, ramekins, vintage dishes, enamelware, baskets or tiered trays to create layers and heights and a beautifully interesting presentation. deck design by dc metro decks and patios TREX COMPANY INC