Archive for August 2012

Creating a Peaceful Bedroom Sanctuary

Designing a lovely bedroom begins with a definition of what you value. What are just a few of the things you value in a bedroom? Most people would say that they want their bedroom to be a place of peace and relaxation — after all, the average person spends about a third of their life sleeping. What, exactly, do you want your bedroom to be? Additionally, what are a few of the ways in which the design of your bedroom will integrate with the other rooms in your home? Today, we would like to offer up just a few tips.

Your Bedroom — A Place of Peace

Typically, when I consult with people regarding the design of their home’s interiors, it seems that the bedroom does not necessarily take priority in people’s minds. However, it is my opinion that the bedroom should represent one of your first priorities. You will spend a lot of time in your bedroom, and it should be a sanctuary! Here are a few easy ways to prioritize your bedroom and create a place of peace:

1. Refuse to let electronics in. Phones, computers, and televisions — in my opinion — have no place in the bedroom. Screens inhibit your body’s ability to relax and fall asleep. Does your cell phone double as an alarm? For maximum rest and seclusion, turn off your phone at night and invest in a high quality alarm that wakes you gradually using natural sounds.

2. Clean the clutter daily. Pick a time to clean up the clutter in your bedroom each day. Maybe it will be in the morning right when you get up. Maybe it will be right after you take the kids to school. Refuse to let a busy schedule allow you to let the clutter take over your bedroom sanctuary.

3. Make the bed daily. It’s amazing how making your bed in the morning can set the tone for an orderly day. A made bed has the ability to transform the look of your room.

4. Add some throw pillows. Making your bed the room’s centerpiece creates a unified, focused look. Make some throw pillows or purchase some to add to your bed in coordinating prints.

These are just a few ideas that have the ability to transform your bedroom. Give me a call if you would like some other interior design ideas for your bedroom!

Choosing an Interior Designer

You know your house needs some fresh eyes to take a look — some new ideas, cohesive designs, and a unique perspective. Giving your home what it needs might mean choosing an interior designer. What are some of the things that an interior designer does?

  • An interior designer provides comprehensive design advice for your home. An interior designer provides advice on placement of existing furniture and pieces. Additionally, he or she will offer you a better understanding of your own style, taste, and some suggestions for improving the look of your home.
  • An interior designer provides a plan. He or she will come up with a plan for your home that includes purchase of pieces and work that needs to be done (such as wallpapering or painting).
  • An interior designer executes the plan. He or she will purchase materials and furniture and oversee the work as it’s being done.

Choosing an Interior Designer

Yes, interior designers do all of these things. But, how does one choose an interior designer? What makes an interior designer great to work with? Here are just a few of the things I believe makes a great interior designer — this is how I operate my business; these are my values.

  • Choose an interior designer who listens. A great designer will listen to what YOU want and complete a plan that reflects your values, style, and taste. What do you envision? Your designer should be able to know and understand who you are and what you see for your home.
  • Choose an interior designer who will commit to staying within budget. Your designer should be ready, willing, and able to remain comfortably within your budget. If an unplanned expense arises, she will inform you immediately and come up with creative solutions to get back on track.
  • Choose an interior designer who will happily provide a long list of former clients who will serve as references. Any designer who has been in business will have lots of references happy to speak with prospective clients.
  • Choose an interior designer willing to do the leg work. No matter what ¬†your budget, your interior designer should be willing to go the distance for you — finding the perfect piece to go in your home, following through with installation, and completing the work that needs to be done in the way that you have requested.

These are just a few of the things that make an interior designer great! Figures out what you love, and communicate it to your designer. Make sure she listens and executes the plan in a way that meets your needs and stays within budget. As always, feel free to contact me for a free consultation! I’d love to help you create your dream home!

Tips for De-Cluttering Your Home

As an interior designer in Naples, the number one design mistake I see others (and myself — to be totally honest) make is to let interior clutter take over in any given room. When clutter gets the opportunity to fester unchecked, it seems to multiply. Leaving one book on a table, or your keys on the counter, or an unfolded blanket on the couch eventually leads to a giant, ugly, disjointed mess. So, then, what are some ways to combat this? I’m so glad you asked! We have a few ideas!

How to De-Clutter Your House Step by Step

I enjoy breaking things down into pieces — taking a monumental task (de-cluttering my home) step by step. As an interior designer, here is how I would banish the clutter.

1. Find a place for everything. Clutter happens when small things in your home don’t have their own home. Is there an unused appliance taking up space on your kitchen counter? Find it a home in a drawer or cabinet — or better yet, give it away. Find a home for everything!

2. Plan a massive giveaway. Be ruthless. Go through your home, and cut out the stuff you do not use or need. How many summer dresses do you really need? How many pairs of your shoes do you actually wear? Why are you holding onto all of those outdated Reader’s Digest magazines? Get rid of the clutter you can not find a home for.

3. For the things in your home you use, but are unable to find a nesting place for — get creative! Find solutions, including bins, underneath the bed rolling storage, closet organization tools, etc. Give me a call — I’d love to help you in your quest to de-clutter your life.

4. Control the “important” clutter. Place important, sentimental objects in a pleasing way on a book shelf. Make the shelving cohesive by painting the backing of the bookshelf a vibrant color. Anytime something special enters your life, figure out where to put it on display in a pleasing manner.

5. Put everything away on a daily basis before dinner. I find the 30 minutes – 1 hour prior to dinner to be my most productive. Enlist the help of others in your home, and get everything cleared away before the evening festivities begin. If this time does not work for you, find one that does. Make a de-cluttered existence part of your daily routine.


Decorating Den

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109


Remodeling and Home Design