Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

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!

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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)!

    metalic garden stool stool - Blue Stool - yellow Stool - Melon Stool - Gold Stool- Metallic

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!

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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 Butler Bar Cart 1bar cart - gold bar cart - sea foam green

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!

Trendspotter: Quilted Details

Did you know? Many trends in the interior design realm stem from trends in the world of fashion. One such trend includes the increasing popularity of quilted pieces. Quilted pieces — jackets, vests, and blazers — became highly popular in high fashion. With a nod to traditional hunting apparel, these types of pieces were updated for modern, updated haute couture. As this trend spread, interior design firms began to demand quilted pieces as well, incorporating them into home’s interiors.

Quilted Pieces

Quilted pieces are continuing to increase in popularity in interior design. Incorporating these types of pieces into more traditional homes, as well as more more modern, eclectic homes, is relatively easy. Here are some tips on incorporating this trend into your home:

1. Select quilted pieces with more traditional coloring. Select a piece of quilted furniture — or a quilted detail — that favors a more traditional, widely used color. This way, you are using the trend in moderation, and the focus of the piece is on the quilting itself, rather than on the color of the piece.

2. Select smaller quilted pieces. Rather than selecting a large armoire with quilting all around, select a smaller quilted console or side table. That way, the trend does not swallow the room or overwhelm the room’s inhabitants.

3. Select a small number of quilted pieces. Utilize this trend in moderation, incorporating one quilted piece into one of the rooms of your home. A quilted piece represents a nod to the traditional; it is, however, still a trend in design.

4. Select high quality quilted pieces. Though it is a popular trend, it represents a traditional view of design. Select a high quality piece that will last a long time and present a lovely look and feel for years to come. Place pieces in your home that are well-constructed and able to withstand years of use.

As you educate yourself on trends in interior design, keep checking back — our blog features regular articles regarding trends in interior design. We love to explore trends while maintaining a vision for consistency. Contact us with any questions.

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.


Made in the USA

Many of the things I saw at the Fall Furniture Market at High Point, North Carolina, last month intrigued me. I loved getting to know our vendors better, connecting with other interior designers, and getting lots of ideas for the ways in which I can continue to pursue excellence in interior design. I am so excited, though, regarding one of the many trends I noticed — more and more furniture and home goods manufacturers are moving production to the United States.

Reasons for United States Production

There are many reasons for this shift in the location of production. Here are just a few:

  • Consumer demand. Many furniture manufacturers and companies have realized that consumers are searching for products made in the United States. People want to invest in American made goods, and they are continuing to put their money into goods made in the U.S.
  • Economic realities. It is becoming ever more beneficial economically to move production to the United States, particularly with increased shipping costs, along with increased labor costs in other countries.
  • Quality control. Many furniture manufacturing companies are taking a more proactive approach to quality control and craftsmanship. Moving production to the United States allows for increased oversight in this very important area. Additionally, many consumers seek out the highest quality products possible — many of these high quality pieces are made in the U.S.
  • Materials. Many consumers are seeking out environmentally friendly materials. These types of materials can be more easily controlled when production is done in the United States.

Do you seek out products that are made in the United States? If so, what are your reasons? As a Naples based interior design firm, it is our desire to support businesses with production based primarily in the United States. As we move through the interior design process, we encourage our clients to utilize furniture, goods, and fabrics that are made in America.

Interior Design and the Economy

It’s no secret that the economy has impacted almost every industry throughout the United States. The current economic milieu has impacted the decisions Americans make regarding purchases, lifestyle choices, and savings rates. If the economy has impacted every area of our lives, how, then has it specifically impacted the area of interior design? In other words, what are some of the ways in which Americans have changed their perspective on what they put into their homes?

Changes in Interior Design

The economy has shifted people’s choices related to interior design. As we continue to help people pursue their unique visions and needs for their homes, to we find it interesting to notice these types of shifts.

  • A view towards investment. Those clients that we work with have shifted their perspective regarding interiors. They are searching to invest rather than pursue instant gratification. We have seen people take interior design more slowly in favor of investing in pieces rather than simply spending for the sake of finishing their home’s design quickly.
  • A shift towards high quality pieces. People are currently in favor of high quality pieces — they place a high value on quality rather than on quantity. If they are going to spend the money on home furnishings, they want to do it right.
  • A shift towards American made goods. With the shift in the economy, many are moving towards purchasing American made goods rather than goods manufactured elsewhere. This shift has encouraged many manufacturing companies to reconsider their production locations.
  • A shift towards minimalism. Rather than purchasing increased quantities and clutter for the home, many people are choosing to forego spending money and pursuing savings for larger purchases instead.

How has the economy changed the way you make decisions regarding your home’s interiors? Have you shifted the way you think about what you put in your home?

Decorating Den

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


Remodeling and Home Design