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THE BIGGEST BEDROOM MAKEOVER

What do you call the biggest bedroom in your home?  If you’re like me, you’ve always called it the “Master Bedroom”.   Most of us use that label probably without even knowing how or when it became the go-to designation.

According to an article in the New York Times, “The first recorded usage of “master bedroom” seems to have been in a 1926 Modern Homes catalog by Sears, Roebuck and Co. The pamphlet offered potential buyers a kit they could use to build their own homes. A “master’s bedroom” was referenced in the second-floor description of the most expensive home in the catalog, but not in the floor plan itself. Before this reference, most floor plans used the word “chamber” when referring to bedrooms.”

As you might’ve heard, there’s been a lot of discussion of late, in both real estate and decorating circles, about the use of the term “Master” as it refers to the biggest bedroom in a home.  Some feel the term “Master” has racist and/or sexist undertones and is, therefore, no longer appropriate.

So, the search is on for a more politically-correct term which respects those views.  Some have chosen “Primary Bedroom” as the replacement.  Others have opted for “Owner’s Bedroom”.  Personally, I’m not convinced all the hubbub is necessary; especially since there’s no absolute correlation between the word “master” (in a pejorative sense) and its use to describe this space in a home.

However, as the writer Maya Angelou famously observed, “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”   I’m sure time will tell whether this everyday label endures or evolves.

Kitty Approved

Speaking of “knowing better” and “doing better”, we wanted to share a few pictures of a Whatever-We’re-Going-To-Call-It Bedroom transformation we just finished in Woodstock.  Over the last 10 years, we’ve done numerous projects in this home.  From a new living room to a restyled family room, a new kitchen eating area to new light fixtures, flooring and more, we’ve helped update and keep the home stylish & current, all except for the biggest bedroom.

It’s actually funny how many homes we visit where most everything is relatively updated except for the Owner’s suite.  Why?  Since we spend almost a third of our lives in bed, it would stand to reason we’d want nice bedrooms.  Of course, some might say, if your eyes are closed, it doesn’t matter.  To that, we’d argue, at some point, you’re going to wake up!  What view do you want when you open your eyes every day?

Over the years, we’ve gently coaxed this particular client into letting us get our hands on the Primary Bedroom.  Finally, last Fall, we were given the go-ahead to work our magic on one of the last, untouched areas of the home.  Needless to say, dated, oak furniture had to go as did the pink & purple walls.  New carpet and paint provided a neutral, updated canvas for new furniture, window panels, artwork, lighting and accessories.

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Now, this Master/Primary/Owner’s Bedroom isn’t just updated, but is also a great reflection on its owner AND something he’s happy to see first thing, every morning, when he wakes up.

So, regardless of what words we use to label the biggest bedroom in our homes, let’s all agree that words themselves are simply words.  Actions always speak louder than words.  And when we know better, we do better.  In this case, our satisfied client and his faithful cat, knew better enough to finally give this bedroom the love and attention it deserved.  And we’re happy they let us help in the process.

If you’ve overlooked your Biggest Bedroom for far too long, give us a call.  Happy ” ? ” Bedroom Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

 

 

DECORATING TRENDS FOR 2021

Decorating trends are ever-changing; that’s why we call them trends.  From industry influencers to global events (like a pandemic) to new innovations, lots of factors influence them.  As with life, it seems just when you’ve figured out all the (decorating) answers, they’re hell-bent to change the questions.

Thank goodness, trends in home decor change somewhat more slowly and less radically than those in fashion and other industries.  But change they do.  If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the look and feel of “home” are more important than ever.  Keeping your home updated is good, not only for the ongoing health of your investment, but your mental health & happiness too!

As you’re planning goals for the New Year, keeping abreast of decorating trends and implementing a few will prove time & money well spent.  Here are some of the top trends we’ve been seeing in 2020 and which appear to have lasting power well into the New Year:

DARK & MOODY, FULLY-SATURATED COLORS

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STATEMENT CEILINGS

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LIVE PLANTS & HERBS

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BURLED WOOD ACCENTS

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“LIFE AS ART” WALL HANGINGS

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HAND DRAWN IMAGES & PRINTS

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ECLECTIC ACCENTS & CONVERSATION PIECES

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BOLD TILE PATTERNS

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NATURAL WOOD ACCENTS

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SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

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The Covid pandemic and our stay-at-home efforts to slow it have forced us to re-envision our homes and how we use them.  Trends have followed.  Dark saturated colors give a much needed hug.  Live plants and wood accents bring the outdoors inside and connect us with nature.  Collectibles and statement accents stimulate conversation & evoke good memories.  Hand-drawn art pieces channel the renewed creativity that has helped pass the time. And, of course, sustainable materials are ever-important as we chase trends yet do our part to help protect our environment.

So, as we look forward to 2021 and the promise of new, better beginnings, continue to think of your home as the sanctuary that it is.  By staying somewhat on trend, your home not only maintains its visual and monetary health.  Your mental health will get a boost as well.  Both are great resolutions!

Happy New Year & Trendy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

THE COMFORT FOOD OF DECORATING

Thanks to design shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”, the vintage, reclaimed, shabby chic trend in decorating is enjoying a long run of popularity.  Given our ever-busy lifestyles, when we do have a moment to sit down and enjoy home, it’s no wonder we want to surround ourselves with what could easily be called the ‘comfort food’ of decorating .

Just as hole-y, worn looking jeans always make a comeback, the trend toward less-than-perfect home decor appears to have lasting power.  It’s really no wonder.  Repurposing and restyling anything is an awesome way to stretch your decorating budget and keep things out of landfills. And it evokes feelings of nostalgia and better, simpler times.

As with any trend in design, however, moderation is the key.  As tempting as it might be to slather everything in your home with chalk paint, it’s probably not the best idea.  Just like all other trends, this too will eventually pass.

If you’ve been bitten by the shabby chic bug, understand that just because it’s shabby doesn’t make it chic.  Like too much meatloaf, pot pie or mac n cheese, too much of a good thing leads to other undesirable problems down the road.

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Putting the chic in shabby requires restraint.  Still don’t follow?  Do a search for images of “shabby chic” on the internet.  You’ll be inundated with images of distressed, painted furniture smothered in pastel florals and accessories.  While that may speak to a small fraction of the decorating public’s taste, ‘grandma’s tea party’ (in my opinion) is a perfect example of not-so-chic shabby.

Unless your home and lifestyle truly lend themselves to shabby overload, consider only incorporating a few reclaimed elements in your spaces.  The juxtaposition of old and new creates an eclectic mix and your vintage treasures become the conversation starters you want them to be.

Cooking up the right mix of comfort, both in your home and on your table, requires a certain amount of restraint.  Your guests and your arteries will thank you!

Happy Shabby Chic Decorating from Decor Designs!  815-245-2433

 

 

MID CENTURY WOW

One of the unspoken perks of decorating for clients is the opportunity to explore a multitude of styles and inspirations.  With so many to chose from, it would obviously be an expensive proposition to do them all in your own home.  Whether our personal preference or not, it’s still fun to deliver whatever ‘look’ our clients feel best suits their family and lifestyle.  Becoming comfortable with and creating such varied spaces helps us grow as a decorators!

We’ve just finished working on a decorating project for an awesome, newly-wed couple in Crystal Lake, Illinois.   After seeing what we were able to do for them staging their previous property, they decided to continue working with us to decorate their new home.  Already familiar with their belongings, we knew which pieces needed to be repurposed and what new furniture, art and accessories we’d need to fill in the blanks.

Vignette

If I had to put a label on their particular style, I’d say retro chic with a nod to mid-century modern design.  I’ve dabbled with this style in the past and love the clean, sinuous

lines that bring back both images of a classic, simpler time while nodding to the future.  While we were repurposing a few key pieces in the home, the hunt was on for a new dining room set , family room group, bedroom night stands, light fixtures, window fashions for a couple rooms and a few key pieces of art.  After visiting the usual suspects, we ended up with a combination of items from Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, Pottery Barn, HomeGoods, Wayfair and few others to complete their new look.

It takes times to find just the right things, get them ordered and delivered and finally style the space.  With the patience of saints, these clients waited for over three months while things were ordered and delivered.  Finally the day of redesign arrived and our team of 3 descended on the home to pull everything together.

While the Before pics were snapped while the previous owner was preparing to move, the transformation is no less impressive!  Working with existing wall colors in most of the rooms but planning for an eventual update, we began the transition from warm taupes, tans and gold tones toward the more trendy warm grays.

A new table, chairs and console from Room & Board were perfect for the dining room.  A new rug from Crate & Barrel helped to perfectly blend the existing floor tile with the new gray walls.  The table and chairs are complimented by a fabulous, hand crafted Hubbardton Forge chandelier and matching wall sconces.  New cream panels from Bed, Bath & Beyond on shorty rods help soften the edges of the beautiful plantation shutters.

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The family room received a new gray track arm sofa, matching oversized chair and accent chair from Crate & Barrel.  A wonderful find…. a canary yellow leather & chrome Eames chair and ottoman from HomeGoods… added a fun punch of color to the space.  New chrome and glass coffee, end and console tables from Pottery Barn worked perfectly with that chair.  While it’s hard to see the multi-colored bands in the new Crate & Barrel rug, they coordinate with the colorful tv console we repurposed from the previous home.

Family Room

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Family Room

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What served as an office for the previous owner, we turned into a small living room for the piano.  Since this room will rarely be used, we simply repurposed furniture from the old home to stretch our budget farther for the new things we needed.  The chandelier was removed and used in one of the daughter’s bedroom.

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The previous home’s master bedroom had featured dark blue with orange accents.  By some miracle, we inherited the perfect, custom orange window panels in the new home.  What would have cost a small fortune to duplicate, we were able to reuse with the existing bed and bedding.  The old sofa from the previous home found it’s way to the tv area while new chest nightstands from Crate & Barrel are the perfect addition to the space.

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While we are still contemplating changes to the kitchen, for the time being it was enough to change out light fixtures that better suited the family.  Tech Lighting offered the perfect solutions with brush nickel pendants for the island and a coordinating dome light with orange insert for the kitchen table.

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Exploring so many decorating styles would take the average homeowner more than a lifetime.  Luckily for us, we get to fast forward through so many thanks to our clients and their wonderfully varied tastes.  If you need help figuring out your own “style” and pulling it together, let us know.  Happy Decorating from Decor Designs, Inc.  815-245-2433

HOT COLOR COMBOS FOR 2015

Color trends are ever changing.  What is popular one day may very well be dated and tired the next.  Well…not quite that fast usually…thank goodness!

Haven’t you ever wondered why certain color combinations remind you of a period in time just as much as a particular song or piece of clothing?   If I mention “harvest gold”, what decade comes to mind?  Or how about teal paired with mauve?  Forest green & burgundy?  Or more recently, chocolate accented with pale blue?  Color, in fashion and design, is one of the key elements that touches almost every business in some shape or form.

So what’s on trend for 2015?  You need only pick up any home decor magazine or catalog to notice a strong trend in the last year or two toward gray.  Gray is dominating as the new neutral and is being paired in fresh, fun ways with lots of hues.  From robin’s egg blue, to chartreuse green, to coral, gray is a flexible neutral that balances and calms.  More specifically, warmer grays (ones with a hint of brown) are trending because of their versatility with so many accent colors.  Paired with another neutral like cream/off-white, the sky is the limit with an unlimited number of possible combinations.

When picking a color palette for your room, always follow the 60-30-10 formula used by designers for guaranteed results.  60% of the color in the space is your primary or “canvas” color (usually walls and/or floors/ceilings).  30% is your complimentary color that contrasts with but also enhances the primary color.  Finally, every space should have at least 10% of that punch color that seems to jump out and demand attention yet plays nicely with the first two.  Don’t be afraid to build on this formula using different tints/shades or tones of the same color to create a more dynamic, layered effect.  In other words, for example, not every blue in the room needs to match exactly.  But they do at least need to be similar.

Here are just a few of my favorites, many have snuck their way into projects I’ve done recently.  From city to suburbs, these colors are fresh, yet sophisticated… young yet timeless.  Which are your favorites?

BM075 Flamingo Orange

BM075 Flamingo Orange

SW6414 Rice Paddy

SW6414 Rice Paddy

BM976 Coastal Fog

BM976 Coastal Fog

SW7044 Amazing Gray

SW7044 Amazing Gray

BM730 San Clemente Teal

BM730 San Clemente Teal

SW7008 Alabaster

SW7008 Alabaster

SW6332 Coral Island

SW6332 Coral Island

BM555 Oreilly Green

BM555 Oreilly Green

SW6464 Aloe

SW6464 Aloe

SW7043 Worldly Gray

SW7043 Worldly Gray

 

 

Don’t let a fear of color or how to use it keep you living in a world of “builder” white!  Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to completely change the look and feel of any room in your home.  Have fun!  Show some personality!  Let your unique sense of style shine through!  And, if you need a little help pulling the trigger, we’re just around the corner.

Happy Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

YOUR DECOR GOT THE BLUES?

Blue Magazines

The bitter winter weather has everyone feeling blue this time of year. Few parts of the country have been left untouched. Maybe that’s part of the inspiration for almost every major retailers spring roll out. Blue! Blue! Blue!

Shaking things up a bit, this year’s blues are fresh and crisp. And while we’ve all loved the popular pastel and dusty blues paired with neutrals like brown and gray, this year’s palette features vibrant blues and teals paired with jewel tones of lime green, royal purple yellow and more.

Of course, blues always play perfectly into coastal and beach themed rooms. But if you’re in the Midwest and asking yourself where these colors work into your decor, consider:

Warm neutrals that trend toward gold or cream come alive with a splash of blue whether it’s in window fashions, pillows, rugs and throws. Every room can benefit from the fresh and lively blues like the ones we’re seeing this season. Add these updated blues in your kitchen or bath towels. New throw pillows or an area rug will inject this trend into your living room. And don’t forget new coverings for the master or guest beds.

One word of advice… avoid adding blues if your wall colors or furniture trend toward the red/orange side of the color wheel.

So, turn those winter blues upside down and add some of these fantastic blues to your decor this spring. Think of blue as your pastel for spring

Happy Decorating!!!