Archive for February 2013

Trendspotter: Unique Chandeliers

At Decorating Den, we seek to research the newest trends in interior design. As we explain these trends, where they come from, and the ways in which designers are incorporating this trend, we also desire to help you decide whether or not to employ these trends within your home’s interiors. Today, we bring you one popular design element that has certainly trended upwards in the past year, and will continue to do so in 2013 — unique, detailed chandeliers.

The Trend

Unique, detailed, extravagant chandeliers are being utilized and incorporated into interior design in many traditional — and non-traditional — ways. Chandeliers have become popular as kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room lighting. Using chandeliers in unexpected places have made the common things in life increasingly special and lovely.

Chandeliers provide a dramatic centerpiece for any room, and while traditionally used in foyers or dining areas, they are also designed for other rooms in the house. Chandeliers are available in all shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of styles (e.g. cottage, French country, modern, elegant, etc,).

To Use It or Not?

Strongly consider incorporating a chandelier in one of the rooms of your home. These types of pieces will set your home apart and create a dramatic, luminous design. Many chandeliers feature colored crystals, lovely glass orbs, simple, hammered metals, and other unique details. Select a bright, unexpected wall color for a smaller space, and include a relatively small chandelier within a smaller space, such as a powder room or utility room. You may also desire to incorporate a chandelier into an in-home studio or office space. Doing so creates a special, unique type of environment within an otherwise bland space.

For assistance in selecting the right chandelier for a space within your home, give us a call! We would love to come and assess how you might incorporate a lovely chandelier into your space.

Incorporating Nature into Your Home

As you incorporate both your family’s needs and your own personality into your home’s interiors, seek to incorporate your individuality, your family’s interests, and your passions as well. As you place details and pieces into your family room, living room, bedrooms, and kitchen, select pieces that reflect your passions and values. Do you enjoy spending time outdoors together? Do you love Southwest Florida activities, such as fishing, spending time at the beach, and exploring the natural beauty of Naples? If these are a few of your passions, you will enjoy some of the natural products available for your home’s interiors.

Incorporating Nature

We have a few ideas for ways to incorporate nature-inspired products into your home.

1. Use nature in moderation. If you have a piece of art that features a Southwest Florida fish (such as a snook or redfish), place it within the context of a group of pieces of art. A group of pieces of artwork has the ability to feature a theme (Southwest Florida nature) without overwhelming visitors with large works of art.

2. Use nature in a functional way. Many nature-inspired products are made out of tree trunks, driftwood, or reclaimed branches. These lovely designs are intricate, natural, and authentic. Select pieces that you love — these types of pieces are well-made and often beautifully handcrafted.

3. View pieces of furniture and art inspired by nature as an investment. Many times, these reclaimed, found materials that are handcrafted into pieces of furniture are relatively expensive when compared with their more traditional manufactured counterparts. However, these nature inspired masterpieces are functional and artistic; they create a dramatic interior look and feel.

As you seek to create a functional and cohesive look within your home, incorporate your passions and interests as you select unique details. Selecting and installing nature-inspired pieces can be a great way to incorporate you passions and interests into your home environment.

Some Helpful Tips for Pairing Prints

When it comes to your home’s interiors, you most likely already have a lot going on — between couches, chairs, bedding, rugs, and the clutter inherent in daily family life, it may seem impossible to create a cohesive, styled, and lovely look. As you endeavor to pursue a unique design that reflects your family’s needs and style preferences, though, one of the most difficult tasks is pairing prints in a coordinated way that makes sense. Today, we would like to offer you a few thoughts on exactly how to pair prints effectively.

Putting Prints Together

Here are some of our ideas on ways to incorporate fun, vibrant prints into your home:

1. Consider white couches. Maybe you will need to re-read that sentence again. Yes, we said it — select white couches. When you select high quality couches with removable covers, you can bleach stains and spills out. Additionally, white couches and upholstered chairs allow for the varied use of patterned fabrics for pillows, rugs, and window treatments.

2. Select fabrics with similar background colors. For example, if you are mixing a stripe with a floral, make sure the background colors match — whether white, cream, light blue, etc. This method ensures a coordinated look and consistent feel.

3. Select fabrics that utilize the same color palette. As you create custom cushions, pillows, drapes, etc., select fabrics with varied prints that utilize the same color palette.

4. Select fabrics manufactured by the same designer during the same time period. Many vendors develop prints and coordinating fabrics that use the exact same colors — these fabrics are designed to coordinate and complement one another. As you use them in your home, they will create a unified, cohesive look and feel.

5. Consult with a professional. A professional interior designer will support and encourage your goal of effectively mixing prints while creating a completely unified room.

When it comes to your home’s interiors, selecting prints for use throughout your home can be one of the more difficult tasks. We would love to help you incorporate your personality through these prints and achieve the house of your dreams!

Trendspotter: Monograms

As we have mentioned many times over the course of the past few months, personalization in the world of interior design continues to trend upwards. Today, we plan to discuss another type of personalized design: Monograms. Monogramming and personalizing items continues to be a popular method of distinguishing our identities. Monogramming exists beyond traditional wedding towels and napkins — monogramming continues to show its popularity in the world of business and business casual fashion, stamps, brands, and prints, marketing (logos, branding, etc.), and many other areas of life. How is monogramming becoming more and more popular in the are of home fashions?

Monogramming and Home Decor

Monogramming has been incorporated into custom towels and bathroom items for decades. Monogrammed towels have been perhaps among the most popular and traditional wedding gifts. In what other ways are monogrammed items becoming important in interior design?

1. Customized art. Printed, monogrammed art incorporates the initials of family members or spouses. Custom silhouettes continue to be a popular way to display members of your family within a traditional setting.

2. Accent pieces. Monogramming is available for accent pillows, lampshades, and silver platters. These types of pieces become heirlooms and unique expressions of your own identity. They are individual, work within the context of your home, and represent functional items for use on a daily basis.

3. Home linens. Almost any high quality, elegant home linen is able to be monogrammed, including napkins, table cloths, bed sheets, pillowcases, etc. In short, every room of your house can have a personalized, monogrammed piece.

4. Dishes. Many dishes, glasses, mugs, platters, and serving dishes may be monogrammed to reflect your family’s identity.

As you seek to personalize your home and add small details which reflect your identity, consider selecting monogrammed pieces for use within your home. For more information on home decor items which may be personalized using monograms, give us a call! We would love to help you incorporate this trend into your home – and don’t forget that they can make fabulous gifts, too!

Window Treatments: Some Terminology

Decoding the world of window treatments can be relatively complicated — with all of the choices available, it can be difficult to understand, much less decide upon the appropriate window treatments for the rooms in your home. Today, we would like to provide a quick primer on the importance of window treatments, as well as various types of blinds, shades, and curtains available for the home.

Window Treatments: Why Are They So Important?

Window coverings — or treatments — have the ability to complete a room and draw a look together. They offer an opportunity to coordinate prints and soften the harsh lines inherent in windows themselves. They shield and protect furniture, and provide flexibility in terms of the amount of natural light allowed into the home itself. High quality treatments protect furniture from harmful UV rays, do not fade with time, resist wear, and can last for the entire life of your home.

Types of Window Treatments

There are a vast number of window treatments available — categories and sub categories accomplish various goals and purposes, offsetting your home’s interiors and drawing a room together in a complete and unified way. Below are descriptions of a few of the more popular types of drapery and treatments:

1. Valance. A relatively short horizontal treatment covering the top portion of the window. Oftentimes, draperies hang down behind a valance. Valances may take on various shapes and sizes.

2. Cafe curtains. These curtains cover only the bottom half of the window.

3. Draperies. The traditional drapery is created using panels hung from a rod at the top of the window. Panels may hang to the floor or stop at the window sill.

4. Draw or traverse Draperies. This type of drapery may be pulled open or closed using a draw cord.

5. Roman Shades. These shades are drawn up from the bottom utilizing a system of cords and rings. A Roman shade lays flat when closed, and contains horizontal folds when raised.

6. Swag or Festoon. A large piece (or pieces) of fabric draped over the rod at the top of a window treatment.

7. Venetian Blinds. Blinds made of metal or wood slats, attached to cloth tape and pulled up through the use of a pulley system. These widely available treatments are offered in wood, plastic, and many other types of materials.

There are scores more of terms related to window treatments, but these basic types cover much of what is available. Within these categories are many more variations on themes. Contact us for more information on custom window treatments available for your home.

Naples Window Treatment Services

Claudia Leah is an award winning interior decorator offering high-end window treatments to homes in Naples and Collier County, FL. Claudia Leah’s European Design aesthetic, dedication to functionality and multilingual (English, German, French) proficiency serves Naples and surrounding areas including Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Estero.
While every project is unique to each client, Claudia Leah and her experienced interior decorators use a synergistic approach to deliver luxurious designs combining our clients’ ideas with clean lines, local trends, and classic styles. Learn more

Selecting Couches

Creating a unique and functional environment within your home can be an overwhelming task. As we continue to partner with clients and support their goals and objects, one task that can be difficult is selecting the right upholstery pieces. Selecting the right couch also includes selecting the cushion filling and couch fabric as well. These decisions impact the end look and feel of your couch; they will impact how you use the couch and your own level of enjoyment and comfort as you use the furniture you select.

As you approach these decisions, it may seem wise to select quality in favor of low cost options. Discounted retailers and big box stores provide an array of couches. These couches, however, often employ low cost construction methods and cheap materials, resulting in a lower quality end product that may or may not stand the test of time.

High quality couches, on the contrary, utilize strong materials for their frames, are typically constructed in the United States, provide high quality stuffing and/or springs, and employ tough home decor fabrics able to withstand years of use. We included a short video in this post, created by one of our preferred vendors, Taylor King Furniture, showing specifically the ways in which high quality upholstered furniture is hand crafted. So much time, energy, high quality materials, and an attention to detail is employed when making high quality upholstered furniture. When you make the decision to invest in high quality upholstery,  it affords you the opportunity to create a customized piece of furniture — many couches are created to order, and the choices are varied in terms of :

1. Couch cushions. You will be able to make the decision as to a blended stuffing, down stuffing, or springdown stuffing.

2. Couch accent pillow. You will have several choices as to the fibers use and methods used to create your couch’s accent pillows. You can also add color coordinated trims to truly pull your room together!

3. Couch arms, backs, legs. You will be able to select the style of the couch’s arm, back and leg construction. Talk about a truly unique piece that suits both your style and body frame!

4. Fabric. Your couches will be created to your exact specifications in terms of fabric type and patten choice.

Your couch should fit into your lifestyle. It should be high quality, able to withstand years of use, and reflect your own frame and family’s needs. Contact us for more information regarding selecting customized couches.


Outstanding Service for IDS

At Decorating Den Interiors, high quality interior design is our passion, and serving our clients is our goal. As we seek to pursue this passion and goal, we also believe in the importance of continuing to educate ourselves on interior design trends, and networking with other interior design firms in the Southwest Florida area. We desire to serve as leaders within the interior design community. As such, we maintain membership and participate actively in several interior design groups, including the Interior Design Society of Naples, Florida. This Society pursues excellence in the area of residential design, and seeks to provide education and resources to interior design professionals

Claudia Leah, owner and lead designer of Decorating Den in Naples, Florida, recently completed two full years of service on the board of the Interior Design Society of Naples, Florida, as the Society’s secretary. We congratulate her on her service to IDS-Naples! The Decorating Den – Naples team continues to stay active within the IDS as we pursue excellence in the area of residential design within the Southwest Florida community.

Trendspotter: Pantone Color of the Year

As many of you are already aware, the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald! This lovely, deep color is already making its way into the interior design world. Emerald green represents energy and traditional elegance — it’s color reflects many of the colors we view everyday in the natural world. What a wonderful choice for the brand new year! It’s applications are endless in both the world of fashion, graphics, and interior design. How is this elegant, beautiful color trend being incorporated into interior design? And what are a few ways to incorporate it into your home’s interiors?

Emerald in Interior Design

This color is being incorporated into furniture design, wallpaper designs, and accent furniture. As designers utilize emerald in their residential home interior designs, here are a few ways to incorporate this trend into your home.

1. Utilize an emerald print or solid for several throw pillows. If you have white or neutral colored couches, several emerald pillows paired with an emerald throw blanket can create an easy, unified look that reflects this fantastic trend.

2. Incorporate emerald into accents in your dining room. Purchase emerald inspired table coverings, emerald dishes, or emerald serving platters. This is a great way to give a nod to the trend without committing in full force.

3. Select emerald colored accent furniture. An emerald colored lucite chair or an emerald topped side table can be unique ways to incorporate the color of the year into your home’s interiors.

4. Paint a small room emerald. Though certainly a relatively big commitment, selecting an emerald tone for a smaller room, such as a guest bath or utility closet, can create pizzazz and interest where there previously may not have been interest or dramatic design.

Emerald will continue to make an appearance, particularly in art, graphics, and interior design this year. As you seek to incorporate it into your home, feel free to contact us for additional ideas!

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


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