Design Tips

Luxury

“Like so much else in life, luxury is relative. When it comes to interior design, the concept is often invoked, but its meaning can take many forms.” These words for ELLEDECOR Magazine’s “Luxury Survey” have made us reflect on what luxury means to us. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner there is no better time to delve into the concept of luxury.

Probably most homeowners would agree with ELLEDECOR’s findings that 68% of respondents said “quality beats everything else in determining what constitutes true luxury.” However, that begs the question: What is quality?

Is quality using high-end materials? Great craftsmanship? Is it exclusivity or brand recognition? Obviously these things play a role in quality but for quality to truly lend itself to luxury we argue there is an additional element. True luxury is a feeling. It is personal and should make you feel special! So, luxurious touches might be a certain fabric that transforms when upholstered onto your great-grandmothers chair or turns a plain window into something extraordinary with window treatments. It might be the addition of badly needed accessories or a lush rug that defines your space and pulls a room together. When these things make you feel something special we have taken quality and turned it into luxury!

Call us when you are ready for a touch of luxury in your life!

The Best Interior Decorating Blogs to Read and Follow

Best Interior Decorating Blogs

The Best Interior Decorating Blogs to Read and Follow

So, why should you follow an interior designer?

Well, there are many reasons for this; but mainly, it is because they are the people who can help make the dreams you want for your home a reality. Most people don’t consider interior designing to be that important, but that is not entirely true. Designers have an open-minded view of the space and give special attention to details, which is why an average person can’t see the importance of it.

Here are our top 8 interior designer blogs that you should follow.

1. Coco + Kelly: Interior trends, aspirational wish lists, and beautiful images that call out what’s working to make recreating the look a snap. Cassandra Lavalle’s glam-femme style extends to interior design, tabletops, travel, food, and more in her blog Coco + Kelley.

2. Emily A. Clark: Simple design ideas, affordable projects, and personal posts. This approachable decorating blog, run by probably the most stylish mom of five around, Emily A. Clark, is full of the type of inspiration that actually feels actionable. It makes sense: Clark started the blog when she was deep in the redesign process of her own family home.

3. Lark & Linen: Toronto-based interior designer Jacquelyn Clark’s blog, Lark & Linen, is like a comforting snuggle in ultra-cozy down bedding. Its aesthetic and tone is reliably soft, peaceful, and pretty.

4. Dwell: Dwell is a good website wherein you can see lots of interior design ideas made by them. At Dwell, they spend lots of effort with every photo they make, which is why we got them on this spot. If you are looking for inspirations, then this will be perfect for you.

5. Design*Sponge: Design*Sponge is a design blog run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. This is a very interesting blog and it is updated from 6 to 8 times per day. Also, it was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by The New York Times. If you love reading anything about designing, then this is perfect for you!

6. Apartment Therapy: This website has lots of interesting articles in it. Apartment Therapy has a goal of connecting people to the resources they need to improve their homes, while reducing their reliance on stuff. This is a must-see website if you want to improve your home.

7. Houzz: Houzz is a place to browse and save beautiful home photos, a place to find the right design and construction professionals, and a place to connect with others who have been there too. If you are looking for inspirations and ideas for your homes, this is a place worth looking.

8. High Fashion Home Blog: This is the place for idea sharing to make decorating your home a little easier. Whether you are the world’s greatest interior designer, aspiring decorator, or a hopeless amateur, this a meeting ground to share passion for the home.

Conclusion

Even if you don’t read every update to each blog, a concerted effort to stay current will put you in position to achieve interior design success as your remodeling projects grows.

Would you add any other trusted design blogs to this list? Which ones?

About Claudia Leah

While beautiful interiors are Claudia’s top priority, client relationships and efficient processes are her specialty. Her approach to luxury interior decorating saves her SWFL clients time and money, while skillfully blending patterns, color, and furniture to create fresh and award winning home designs.

Please contact Claudia Leah today at 239-431-5936 to schedule an appointment for homes in Napes, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida.

The Look: Summer Chic

We have another article in Your Home Magazine! This link takes you to the online version of the magazine where you can peruse at your leisure. For the July issue we were asked to talk about summer style. Here in southwest Florida we embrace “summer chic” year round. Read the article below to find out how to pull this style together and prevent an overly “beachy” look. We aim to give our clients a cohesive look rather than matchy-matchy. If you need help with a summer chic look in your home give us a call!

Get the Look

Mid-Century Modern

Hi, all! It has been quite busy around the studio but we are starting the year off strong! This month’s issue of Your Home magazine featured our article on Mid-century modern style. This link takes you to the online version of the magazine where you can peruse at your leisure. Our next article will be featured in March and will cover Asian influences on style. As always, our aim is to share industry trends and give you ways to take your home from “now” to “wow”! Give us a call if you need help with the “wow” factor!

 

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High Point Review

The Fall High Point Market was a few weeks ago and boy do we have some fun things to share! High Point is the place we go to see the latest and greatest from our vendors. Here are some trends we noticed during market:

  • Mid-century modern is making a statement in a big way.
  • Metallics are holding steady in the mix of deep, rich colors. Think deep jewel tones mixed with brass and copper.
  • Large scale prints are all over the place, so are velvets!

Here are some fun pics from the trip (yes, a picture with Barclay Butera was a highlight!).

Trend Spotter: The Garden Stool

Stool - styled  What’s not to love about the garden stool? Practical and eye catching at the same time, this little piece is a hot item! It comes in every color imaginable and so, so many styles. Garden stools are an extremely affordable way to add a bit of whimsy, that pop of color, a bit of charm…really, just about any style you are aiming for can be found in a garden stool! Here are some that we love (notice our obsession with metallics lives on)!

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Are you looking for just the right garden stool and needing help to pull together a style that works for you? Give us a call!

Holiday Hospitality: Mood Lighting

Life is a whirl-wind right now and our little office is so busy! We had good intentions with this series of hospitality helps but the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is rapidly disappearing. Sometimes even among the buzz of holidays and crowds a small change, a flick of the switch even, can make all of the difference. Today we want to talk lighting.

Planning a party involves so many things; the menu, the guest list, the right mix of music, in all of the bustle don’t forget to make a plan for your lighting! Lighting can make the biggest difference at your party and there are a few things to think through. When you stop and consider your lighting, think through how you want people to feel as well as how your party will function. Different types of lighting have different purposes and should be considered in your overall lighting plan. You have indirect/overhead lighting (think chandeliers and ceiling lights), task lighting (this would be pendant lighting over counters and bar areas) and accent lighting (decorative lamps and wall sconces) to work with. Having your lights on dimmers can be quite helpful but if that is not the case you can still play with what you have to find the right mix for your shin-dig.

Below are some fun and festive lighting fixtures that show examples of each type of lighting.

Overhead Indirect Lighting:

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Task Lighting:

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Accent Lighting:

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As always, if you are ready for a fresh look and need a hand, give us a call!

Ready for the Holidays: The Bar Cart

Tis the season for all things holiday hosting related! Whether you play host to family or friends (not that these groups are mutually exclusive), in-town or out of town guests, a house full of kids or an evening full of cocktails, hospitality is the name of the game. For the next few weeks we will provide you with helpful hostess tips so you can pull off the perfect party and maintain your sanity. To start off we present the bar cart!

The bar cart is making a come back! It is a great way to gather drinks in one area and (literally) cart them to an area where your guests can help themselves. Keeping it well stocked ensures a carefree party so that you can concentrate on other things, like you guests! With the variety of carts available, there is certainly one out there to fit your style and party needs. Between parties the cart can stay stocked for the random holiday cocktail visit or decorated with family photos and cozy memorabilia. Here are some of our favs!

 

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Do you need help finding just the right bar cart? Give us a call!

Trendspotter: Industrial Chic

The Industrial look is making a come back and is ready to  revolutionize your home. Now, if you are having visions of your warm and inviting space turning cold and sterile – never fear! This Industrial Revolution has been given a bit of chic style that has transformed from cold and impersonal to clean and sleek and full of personality.

Start incorporating this look into your own home by adding things like seating, accessories, coffee tables, side tables/storage, and of course, lighting!

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Do you need help finding industrial looking items to add to your chic look? Give us a call!

A blast of color!

Color can transform a space from “Eh” to “Wow”! We have been pinning lots of fun color schemes lately. Here are some color blasts that we are crushing on.

Amazing how funky, bold wallpaper transforms the classic kitchen to something unique!

 

Painting the back of these bookshelves blue distinguishes the accessories and adds so much to this office.

Grouping like colored things also adds some interest to a space. (Fun note: This is book wallpaper)

This traditional looking navy blue is lightened up with white stripes (or is the crisp white toned down by the navy?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow us on Pinterest to see what else we love. Whether your color style is bold or subdued, if you need help with color in your home call us for a free consultation.

 

 

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109
239-431-5936
claudia@decoratingden.com

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