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DECOR DESIGNS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

In February, Decor Designs, Inc. will celebrate its 15th Anniversary!   Since 2004, we’ve been invited into hundreds of homes & lives.  We’re so very thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to help with your decorating dilemmas.  We certainly hope we’ve had as much of an impact on you as you’ve had on us.

To celebrate our 15th Birthday, we’ve planned a special Rollback Rate promotion.  New clients (no matter the service) who call and reference the special Promo Code will have their billable hours adjusted to our 2004 Service Rates for the entire month of February.

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Consultations (currently $95/hr. with a $195 minimum) will be billed at $25/hr. during the promotional period.  Interior Redesign, Decorating & Staging rates (currently $95/hr. with a 2 hour minimum of $295) will be adjusted to $40/hr. with no minimum.  (All other rates will see similar adjustments for services provided during the month of February, 2019!)

It’s been an AMAZING 15 years!  We’ve helped create a lot of pretty in our little corner of the world.  But, there are still plenty of rooms out there desperately waiting for a fresh, beautiful new look.  Together, we can make that happen!

We are so happy to celebrate this milestone and share these sharply discounted 2004 rates as a thank you for your continued support. This is a rare opportunity to take advantage of 15 years of experience at low, low Start-Up prices.  Don’t let it pass you by!  And don’t forget to share this post with family & friends in the Chicago area.  Call 815-245-2433 TODAY to start your your decorating journey with us.

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Additional Promotional Information:

  • Clients must reference Promo Code ROLLBACK15 when booking their initial appointment to take advantage of these Rollback Rates.
  • Rollback Rates do not apply to current contracts or previous invoices. 
  • Service dates & appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis during normal business hours and may be limited due to availability.
  • Rollback Rates only apply to those services provided during the month of February 2019!  Effective March 1, 2019, regular rates will apply.
  • We proudly serve (and this promotion applies only to) clients within a 25 mile radius of our Crystal Lake office.
  • A 3% fee will be added to invoices for clients paying by credit card.
  • Rates for products/ services not provided in 2004 will be adjusted to reflect the rate at the time initially offered.
  • A full list of Rollback Rates is available upon request.
  • Other restrictions and exclusions may apply. Please call 815-245-2433 for details.

 

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NEW YEAR NEW DECOR

It’s hard to believe we’re ready to launch into a New Year!  It seems like only yesterday we were fretting the uncertainty of Y2K.  And yet, here we are almost 20 years later ready to do it again!

Time flies when you’re having fun!  And we’ve had a blast in 2018 helping over three dozen clients make the world and their lives happier & prettier by updating and restyling their homes and businesses.

While we all have a love-hate relationship with Resolutions, you can’t help but admit it’s a logical time of year to set goals for the next twelve months.  Or, at the very least, it’s natural to review the successes and disappointments of the past twelve.

There are the usual suspects:  Job, Health, Relationships & Weight!  But, how many times have you put decorating on your New Year’s to-do list?  If not, why not?  Planning to improve and beautify your surroundings can be just as important as working on more internal goals.  Numerous studies have shown that a person’s living and work environment can play a huge role in overall happiness.

So, as you start checking off the days on a new calendar, what are your decorating resolutions for the New Year?  Will 2019 finally be the year that you take charge of those interior decorating projects you’ve been neglecting?  Or will you finally set a new stage for your life by tackling the updates that have been nagging at you?

Time and tide wait for no man!”  So, what are you waiting on?  Add a few decorating updates to your list of resolutions this year.  And if you’d like some help staying motivated, accountable or just to make sure it gets done and done right, give us a call!  Like all our clients this and previous years, we’ll help ensure 2019 is a beautiful, happier one for you and your family.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from All of Us at Decor Designs!!!  815-245-2433

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HIGH-RISE HOME

Homes come in all shapes and sizes.  From trendy “tiny” homes to urban lofts, to high-rise condos to sprawling suburban McMansions, each has its own inherent personality & character.  And while location & architecture certainly play a role, the owner’s personality and style can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a home.

This year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with a couple who purchased a two-bedroom condo in historic Lake Point Tower.  For those who don’t know, Lake Point Tower is the only non-public building on the East (lake) side of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.  Completed in 1968, it was the tallest residential building in the world until 1993.

Lake Point Tower

Obviously, this 50 year old high-rise has seen its share of interior updates.  While the home had been updated before, our clients wanted to replace the previous owner’s more traditional taste with more sleek and contemporary stylings.

The project began with construction.  First, the French doors to the guest bedroom were relocated to create more wall space in the living area.  New gray-washed hardwood floors were selected and installed throughout.  New cabinets and countertops as well as a mirrored tile backsplash were added in the kitchen.  Motorized roller shades were installed on the home’s 18 windows.  Finally, new light fixtures were installed and the home got a fresh coat of the ever-popular Sherwin Williams Anew Gray & Agreeable Gray.

Condo Living Room

Dining Room Living Room Before

Dining Room Living Room After

As a secondary residence, our clients were literally starting from scratch.  So, it took several months of shopping to find everything we needed to fill the 1500 sq. foot home.  New dining, living and bedroom furniture were purchased from Room & Board™.   Additional accent pieces were ordered from other local and online retailers including a custom tv lift cabinet to help preserve the city & lakefront views.  Multiple pieces of art, rugs, greenery and accessories were also needed to add the little details that make a house feel like home.

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Master Bedroom After

In order to maximize storage and sleeping space, we purchased furniture with that in mind.  The platform beds in both bedrooms feature pull out drawers at the foot of the bed for added storage.  The full size sofa and matching chair in the living room are both pull out sleepers.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After

The single biggest change in the home, however, is the kitchen.  Gone are the more traditional painted cabinets and marble in favor of sleek, two-tone cabinets with waterfall countertops in pure, white quartz!

Condo Kitchen

Kitchen Before

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To quote our clients, the end result is nothing short of “amazing”.  Their newly remodeled and furnished, second home will be the perfect retreat for late nights at the office, weekend getaways to the city and more.  And who could blame them with views like this:

Dining Room with Amazing Lake View

A home’s style usually takes a nod from the location and construction of the building itself.  But, nothing stopped our happy clients from turning their new condo into a space that reflects their vision for their Chicago high-rise home!

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SMART CHOICES FROM THE START

Working with young couples as they begin their married lives together is one of the most rewarding things we do.  Not only do we have the opportunity to help them make smart choices & avoid some of the pitfalls of early homeownership.  But, by helping with the many decorating choices being made by first-time home buyers, we help save time, money and frustration.  Lending our experience to the mix, we help create the functional and beautifully decorated home of their dreams.  This past week, we added the final touches on one of these projects.

This Palatine, IL couple had recently closed on their first home together when they reached out to us in May of this year.  The ’50s ranch-style house had undergone major interior renovations prior to their purchase.  So, many of the core choices, like flooring and paint color, had already been made for us.  Along with consulting on a few additional renovations, we were asked to help the couple merge their somewhat different decorating styles and fill in the missing pieces for their new home.

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Replacing a sliding door to nowhere in the Living Room was a priority for our clients.  In its place, they wanted a contemporary fireplace.  After discussing several possibilities, we settled on a white granite, stacked stone fireplace flanked by built-in storage and floating shelves.  The homeowners added two skylights in the room to help compensate for the natural light lost by closing in the slider.

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During our initial consultation, we helped them determine priorities, discussed styles and budget, and made a list of the purchases we needed to compliment the items we’d be reusing from their previous homes.  Then, we went to work sourcing all the new furniture along with window treatments, artwork, rugs, pillows & throws, plants, books & accessories and every other minute detail necessary to style a blank-slate like this one.

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The homeowners wanted to focus their efforts on the main floor, keeping the large finished basement in mind for repurposing older pieces.  Our new furniture purchases included a sofa and matching chair, a pair of club chairs, round cocktail table, trunk style side tables, dining table and chairs, a rollaway kitchen island, nightstands for the Master Bedroom, and desks for the Office.  We also selected new lighting for the Dining Room and Master Suite hallway.

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After construction on the fireplace wall was done and all of the new furniture delivered, we arrived with our team and a moving van full of finishing touches.  Working at a feverish pace, we arranged furniture and styled the entire house in about 8 hours.

Starting a life together as a newlywed couple is full of all kinds of challenges.  Buying and decorating a new home can add even more unnecessary stress.  While it took several months to get things just right, the end result was well worth the wait.  Making smart choices already, I see many years of happiness ahead for this great couple in their beautiful new home.

Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

 

 

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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO… RENOVATE

They say, “Good things come to those who wait!”  You could also say, “Good things come to those who renovate.”  Our clients in Park Ridge, Illinois are living proof!  This week we were able to add the final decorative touches on a renovations project we started with them over TEN months ago.

Thinking back, it’s hard to believe we met with them for the first time in November of 2017.  During their initial consultation, we learned they’d been working on updating the house for a number of years.  Being hands-on and doing much of the work themselves, the renovations had taken more time than they might’ve had they hired out.  Fortunately for us, they did “hire out” when it came time to add the finishing touches to their hard work.

Their beautiful, two-story home with Spanish-tiled, gambrel roof was built in 1924.  As anyone who’s renovated a 100 year old home will tell you; you never know what you’ll find until you dig in.  Our homeowners had already completed many of the structural renovations in the home including new electrical, plumbing, a new kitchen, master suite renovations, a finished basement and more.

Basement Before Picture

Basement Before

With most of the “behind the scenes” work complete, the couple and their three teenage kids were ready to focus on more cosmetic aspects in their home.  They wanted a more polished and sophisticated look matching their lifestyle and interests.

They wanted the newly finished basement to serve as media & game room, bar and hangout for the entire family.  So, we started by selecting a gray leather sofa & love seat from ArtVan.  To those, we added a reclaimed wood-look media console, end tables, tin-top coffee table, accent chair with matching ottoman, cellular blinds, lighting artwork and accessories.  Of course, we made sure to leave plenty of room for their foosball and air hockey tables as well.

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Basement with leather sofas and reclaimed wood tile

Basement After

Basement After

Upstairs, new floor tiles were selected to replace the damaged terra cotta in the foyer and sunroom/office.  In the foyer, we recommended a dramatic Morrocan mosaic tile.  In the sunroom (and repeated on the Living Room fireplace hearth), we suggested a gorgeous 6×24 black slate to compliment the slate tile in the remodeled kitchen.  To complicate matters, we wanted the slate laid in a herringbone pattern.  It took a little convincing.  But, eventually they agreed to the tile suggestions and did an amazing job installing it themselves.  The updated flooring looks fantastic and is very in keeping with the architecture of the home.

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Foyer with Morrocan mosaic tile

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Having lived out its usefulness, the majority of furnishings in the Living Room needed to be replaced.  The main living space in the home was very large.  So, we created a traditional grouping around the television and fireplace with a new sofa, two matching chairs and two updated wingback chairs from Arhaus.  Behind the sofa, we still had plenty of room to reuse an up-cycled claw-foot dining table and six, new tufted parsons chairs from Pier One.  The more casual dining space is perfect for casual family meals and homework.

Living Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Along with the new living room furniture we added a new 8×10 rug, new coffee and end tables, two drink tables from Crate & Barrel, new lamps and minimal accessories while reusing the owners existing artwork and window treatments.  The end result is a space that is both elegant but casual and inviting.

In the sunroom/office (on the opposite side of the Living Room fireplace), we reused an up-cycled dining table/desk and chair.   Sue Lynk of Lynk Home Transformations in Arlington Heights helped us paint the corner china cabinet to compliment the desk and built-ins.  Other than the new slate tile, a new rug and lamp were the only items we added to the office space.

Office Before

Office with black slate tile in herringbone pattern

Office After

In the formal dining room, we reused all the existing furniture and window treatments.  A new 9×12 rug helped brighten the space.   We also added a new runner, boxwood topiaries and additional art in the room.  The homeowners had a large frame they’d found at a resale shop in the dining room.  Since we loved the idea of keeping it in the space, we encouraged them to follow through with their vision and have an antique mirror made for it.  To break up the long expanse of mirror and to keep it from looking too much like a dressing mirror, we added a dried-leaf wreath on a suction cup for added drama.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Finally, in the master bedroom, we simply added finishing touches to the homeowner’s amazing updates.  New blackout cellulars were added along with a slipcover for the toile loveseat, an area rug and a new storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.  Artwork, accessories, lamp and the space was finished.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom With White Fireplace

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom After

Waiting for renovations to come to an end requires a heck of a lot of patience.  Like Christmas, it seems to take forever to come around.  But, when it does, the wait is definitely worth it.  These homeowners have labored on their home for years.  We loved the opportunity to help them put the finishing touches on their hard work.  But seeing their faces and hearing the relief in their voices that it was finally done made the job and the wait worth it for us as well.

Happy Renovations from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

 

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A BASEMENT FULL OF POSSIBILITIES

A newly finished basement space is full of possibilities.  And for a Palatine, IL family of four, in desperate need of more “living” space, finishing their basement was the perfect solution.

We met with these clients back in March as they were starting construction on the basement.  They envisioned a multi-purpose space including a workout room, media space and bar area.  They also wanted a new powder room and kitchenette in the basement for convenience.

After brainstorming ideas for the buildout, we waited until construction was completed.  Then, we returned in May to help with fixtures & finishes as well as to plan and furnish the newly-finished space.  The homeowners prefer a clean, simple and uncluttered look to make the space feel as large as possible.

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While a big, comfy sectional might seem perfect, we didn’t want to be limited by one.  Sectionals are fairly inflexible and limit the possibilities in a room.  (DESIGN TIP:  When planning any space, especially one that’s multi-use, you have to ensure furnishings are size and scale appropriate.)

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Instead, we designed the space so that the media area in the middle of the long rectangular space would anchor the room while leaving space for other uses.  Penny Mustard helped us with a new 75″ sofa which faces the t.v.  It is flanked by two low-back, swivel tub chairs which can easily be turned toward the sofa for conversation or the tv for movies and games.  A leather ottoman grounds the seating group.  And topped with a tray, it doubles as both cocktail table and footrest.  X-frame side tables and a matching console table from Pottery Barn provide a spot for drinks and finish the seating group.

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In front of the kitchenette, we added an espresso wood table and four stools.  Whether for board games with the kids or game night for the guys, those seated at this counter-height still have a clear view of the television.

The kitchenette was designed with upper and lower cabinets and exposed shelving for storage complete with wine/beer fridge, sink and recycling center.  We selected a mercury-glass subway tile backsplash for the entire wall to reflect light and help the small space feel larger. We added a wall-mount wine rack from wineracksamerica.com to store reds and keep the small countertop as uncluttered as possible.

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In the powder room, we used the same white cabinetry and granite countertop as in the adjacent kitchenette.  The bright white cabinet and light granite countertops make the small spaces feel larger.  Using the same finishes in both spaces provides visual continuity and prevents either space from feeling choppy and stand-alone.  The same large 12×36 wood-look floor tile also flows through both spaces.  (DESIGN TIP:  Large tiles with fewer grout lines make small spaces feel bigger.)

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In the workout area, as well as the rest of the space, we were asked to reuse as many of the homeowner’s existing art pieces as possible.  Professionally framed golf, sports and marathon prints coupled with a few new pieces add a casual, man-cave feel to the space.

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We added cellular shades to hide unsightly window wells.  Greenery and a few accessories add the final touches to a space that has added both value to the home and will serve the family with additional living space for years to come.

If you’re working on a space with overwhelming potential, give us a call.  We can help you make sense of your own basement full of possibilities.  815-245-2433

 

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JUST ONE MORE THING

One thing leads to another or so they say.  I know that’s true when renovating a home.  It never seems to stop where you thought it would.  Because, once you’ve updated one thing, it makes the older things look ten times worse.  I’ll do “just one more thing” you keep saying.  Eventually, you end up redoing every thing in sight.  That’s what’s been happening with one of our client couples in Palatine, Illinois.

Last summer these empty nesters decided to take on some pretty major home renovations.  They started with a new deck on the back of their 1965 split-level.  Wanting to enlarge the deck, the owners extended the deck further along the back of the house.  They decided to turn a  window in the dining room into a sliding door out to the new deck.  They also replaced the existing single door in the middle of the kitchen with a smaller window.  The exterior changes now created an urgency to complete an overdue kitchen renovation.

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Rather than leave the small kitchen separated from the rest of the main living space, the owners opened the wall between the two creating a more open concept.  New, larger white cabinets and granite counters, subway tile backsplash, luxury vinyl flooring, appliances and more created a beautiful and more functional kitchen.

A new foyer light and dining room light were installed along with can lighting and a ceiling fan in the kitchen.

With the wall separating the kitchen and living room gone, the dated metal railing leading down to the front door was very obvious.  So, the homeowners decided to replaced it with a solid wood, mission-style railing.  Moving new railing into the foyer meant replacing the foyer landing tile.  A new front and storm door were added along with new black exterior shutters, matching mailbox and carriage light.

Back inside, the owners decided to continue the foyer tile in the downstairs hall as well as open up the wall dividing the staircase and finished basement.  The new warm gray paint color in the upstairs living room, kitchen and hallway now flowed all the way downstairs into the family room.

Just typing the list of changes is exhausting.  Doing most of the work themselves, you can imagine that all of these changes took more than a year to complete.

We had consulted along the way on various fixtures and finishes for the job.  With all the construction finished, it was finally our turn to add the finishing touches.  New living room and dining room furniture were added along with area rug, window treatments, lamps, greenery, artwork and accessories.

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At long last, the list of “just one more thing” had come to an end.  Or had it?  I hear talk of a new bathroom in the basement and eventually a gut remodel of the hall bath by the bedrooms.  I guess it just goes to show that interior decorating is never truly done.  It just evolves over time out of necessity or as styles change.

The transformation in this home is nothing short of amazing and I’m sure these homeowners will be enjoying their long list of “one more things” for a long time to come.

Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

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DECORATING WITH CREATURE COMFORTS

Nothing makes a house feel more like home than those little creature comforts we all enjoy.  Cozy and functional furnishings are the obvious foundation of comfort.  Stylish accessories, art and other amenities add yet another layer and give a space it’s own character making each as unique as its owners.

We recently helped add creature comforts to a home in Round Lake, Illinois.  Starting last spring, we helped the new homeowners plan the space to fit their lifestyle.  Since we were planning an entirely new space, it was important to do due diligence before we started.  Taking the time to consider the space and its use always helps ensure the best end result.  And while we are often inspired by the picture perfect rooms on tv and in magazines, it’s important to keep in mind that good design means decorating for the way you live, not the way you wish you lived.

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After planning the space, we helped select new furniture to fit the plan.  We chose a new track arm sofa and matching chair along with a power leather recliner from Penny Mustard.  To that order, we added a multi-functional, lift-top coffee table and matching side table.

Incorporating a permanent, but rarely used, “formal” dining space would take up a lot of our main living area.   So, we decided to maximize the everyday seating instead.  For those occasions when our clients need a traditional dining space, we added a flip-top console table behind the sofa.  When needed, it can be brought out by the bar cabinet doubling as a dining table when our homeowners entertain.  Matching dining chairs will be stored in the basement until needed.

We also tucked wall mounted wine storage below the half wall cap between the kitchen and living space and added a new metal cabinet for barware and adult beverage storage.

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For our focal point, we chose a rustic wood and steel frame tv console with matching bookcase from Pier One.  The additional shelving proved great for storing and hiding electronics.  It also gave us a perfect spot to showcase books, accessories and other homeowner collected treasures.

Speaking of accessories, our clients had asked for a more masculine space inspired by nature.  So, with that in mind, we sourced several natural materials to bring life to the space.  A large driftwood mirror makes a strong botanical statement behind the sofa.  Carved & petrified wood bowls, driftwood garland, geode bookends, a metallic lamp, dried florals, faux succulents and a fiddle leaf fig tree all bring the outdoors inside.

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Even in the most “adult” spaces, touches of whimsy bring out the inner kid in all of us.  Since our clients family also consists of two cats and since the four-legged kids are just as important as two-legged ones, we gave a nod to them by add a cat-in-glasses pillow as well as a hand-carved and painted kitty by the front door.  I guess you could say that adds an entirely new level of creature comforts.

Creating a space filled with creature comforts requires time, planning and patience.  Our homeowners loved the reveal of their new space and the kiitties are busy exploring all the changes.  I’d say the new look fits the entire family to a T.

If you’d like help adding or updating your own creature comforts, give us a call.  And Happy Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

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CHANGING LIFE’S BACKDROP

If there is one constant in life, it is everything changes.  From relationships and friendships to school &  jobs, and even to our home decor, nothing stays the same.  The catalyst for change might be a perceived need or want.  But quite often, it is sparked by a shift in our personality and the way we want to express that change.  At Decor Designs, we are lucky enough to play a small part in that evolution in our clients homes.  By helping people create whatever vision they have for their homes, we help express change in their personality.  In a way, you could say we help them change the backdrop of their life.

Our interactions with clients can range from just a few hours to weeks or even months.  In the grand scheme, however, we are only a part of their journey for the briefest of moments.  Stepping into their ‘story’ is an honor and privilege we don’t take lightly.  In some way, big or small, we will influence their lives by reinventing the backdrop to the drama that unfolds there.

Take a recent job we completed in Chicago for example.  This younger couple had us help put some finishing touches on almost their entire loft style home last summer. (https://decordesignsinc.com/vertical-decorating/)  With that backdrop complete, they could focus on other important things like raising a family.  So, we weren’t at all surprised when we heard they are expecting their first child.

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With a big family change now on the horizon, they invited us back to help restyle a guest room to create a cohesive design for guest bedroom/ nursery for the new addition to the family.

Creating a dual purpose space required scaling back the ‘baby’ factor in the room.  While we obviously needed to add nursery furniture including a crib, dresser with changing table and bookcase,  we also added a queen sized bed, upholstered headboard, matching night stand, upholstered swivel rocker, side table and storage ottoman.  Blackout panels replaced wooden blinds for better sleep quality for both baby and parents.

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With a baby girl on the way, of course we had to speak to the ‘softer, sweeter, more gentle’ stylings one expects.  With existing gray walls, soft pastels in the crib linens served as our color inspiration.  At the parent’s request, we opted for a slightly more sophisticated, less ‘baby’ look overall.  We incorporated dusty rose pink pillows, throws and blankets along with a hint of watercolor teal.  Continuing with these colors, we styled the combo space with more ‘adult’ themed artwork, flowers, a crystal ball lamp, and soft shag rug.  By scattering a few stuffed animals and other ‘baby’ accessories around, it was just enough to bridge the gap between guest room and nursery.

Mom and dad were very happy with the backdrop we helped create for the stork’s delivery in just a few short weeks.   Big changes are about to occur in their lives, the least of which is this decorating update.  But, we are so happy we got to play a part in setting the stage for their new arrival and wish them all the happiness  in the world as they welcome their bundle of joy!

 

 

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BREAKING THE RULES OF DECORATING

Do This!  Don’t Do That!  For every rule that has ever been made, I think there is an almost implied challenge to try and break it.  That has never seemed more true than today in every walk of life and has always been true in interior design.

In a world where it’s easy to feel compartmentalized by labels and associations, we sometimes struggle to identify as an individual.  Your style (whether it’s the car you drive, the clothes you wear or the way you decorate your home) should be a statement about you as a unique being in the Universe.  And while it’s human nature to gravitate toward ‘like-minded’ individuals, nothing new has ever been created by being a copycat!

Strangely, one of our first priorities with every client is giving them permission to be themselves.  It’s as if they feel that working with a professional somehow trumps their own personality and sense of style.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I’m sure you’ve heard the adage attributed to Oscar Wilde, “Be Yourself!  Everyone Else Is Already Taken!”  That is exactly what we strive for with our clients as we guide them through the process of restyling their living spaces.  That’s not to say we ignore what’s popular or trendy.  But, it is important to take that trend and somehow customize it in a way unique to them.

With that in mind, here are a few of the most common decorating challenges every homeowner faces when updating their decor.  Along with them are some decorating “rules” and simple ways you can customize them to make them uniquely yours.

PAINT COLOR

So many clients are afraid of color.  They’re afraid they’ll go to the time and expense of painting only to hate the way it looks when they’re done.  Is there a fool proof rule?  NO!  But there are some tricks to help lessen the chances you’ll end up with an Oops!

Contemporary Gray & White Kitchen with Punch of Orange

Begin with a neutral color that is on trend.  “Greige” is the obvious choice these days.  Pair that color with another neutral to compliment it.  Let’s say cream or off-white.  Finally add your own personality with a ‘punch’ color you love.  That color can be introduced in accessories, window fashions, art and rugs.  Whether you go with bold hues of teal, yellow, blue, pink or even orange as pictured here…., almost all are guaranteed to work.

The end result is a color story in your home grounded by current neutrals including touches of your own flair & style.

FURNITURE

Kids… there only so many ways to build furniture.  At the end of the day, while the style and fabric may vary, a sofa is a sofa is a sofa.  Akin to the fear of making a mistake with paint choices, many clients are paralyzed by the thought of buying new furniture.  What if the fabric is dated in a couple years?  What if it isn’t comfortable?  What if I move?  “WHAT IFs” are generally NOT life and death decisions.  They are your brain walking you through the process of justifying the decision your gut has already made.  Trusting your gut instinct will generally guide you where you need to be.

Neutral Beige & Cream Living Room with punches of Gold & Teal

With furniture, first, don’t pick a style, pattern or color that screams for attention.  Chances are those have the best chance of being very dated, very quickly.  Instead, select furniture staples including seating and case goods which are classically styled with more neutral fabrics and subdued patterns.  As a rule, medium dark wood tones are always in style and will likely stand the test of time.

Add your own flair to these classics with throw pillows that compliment your decor.  As with paint, neutral furnishings come to life with the right combination of pillows and throws.  Those items are more easily interchangeable and can represent your own personal taste and style at any given moment or season.

ARTWORK

Investing in artwork can be intimidating.  Thank goodness artwork doesn’t always have to come from a gallery with a gallery price tag in order to make a statement.

Multi-color Artwork to suit Any Color Palette

 

 

Since your taste is ever changing as you age, so will your taste in art.  So unless, you are in love with a particular artist, a safer bet is to select pieces that are timeless in style and include a multitude of different colors.  That way, no matter what color trend you’re following at the time, chances are it’ll be represented in your artwork.

And when it comes to personalization, by all means, DO NOT use family photos as a substitute.  They are NOT artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

ACCESSORIES

Accessories, and how to use them successfully, are the single largest challenge for most clients.  Fortunately, and generally speaking, accessories represent the least expensive component of your decor and can be rotated out depending on the season or mood you want to convey.

Make an investment in larger statement pieces and fill in around them with books, boxes, greenery, florals and other cost-effective elements to complete a vignette.  Following the rule of odd numbers of items will always make accessories look more casual and “conversational”.  Mixing shapes is also key to making them look professionally styled.

For example, stack two or three large coffee table books or a decorative box on a table or dresser.  On top, add a wow piece like a wooden statue or hand blown glass vase.  This is a perfect opportunity to show off things you’ve collected from a favorite vacation or family members.  Finally, soften harsh edges with a plant or other something with an irregular shape or texture.

 

 

Manufactured necessity is part of our culture.  We have been conditioned to want and therefore need the latest style, color and trend of almost everything that we touch in life.

By making smart choices in paint, furniture, artwork and accessories, you can avoid being paralyzed with fear when it comes to your home decor.

Following the rule of choosing classically styled, neutral paint and furniture and pairing it with artwork and accessories that follow your own current style or trends will give longevity to your look and negate the need to reinvent the wheel with every passing fancy.

 

Rules, especially those for decorating, serve as guidelines and are created in your own best interest.  But, don’t be afraid to break them if the end result is a better way of expressing what makes you uniquely you!

Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

 

 

 

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