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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 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)!

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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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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!

LED Lighting Techniques

You’ve seen LED technology used in many ways before — this progressive lighting innovation is used in televisions, aviation lighting, and many other commercial-use technologies. What does LED actually stand for? Light-emitting diodes, and these little babies are FINALLY making a splash in the world of installation lighting in the home. Though considerably more expensive than traditional bulbs, they have the ability to last up to 25,000 hours, and they use 75% less energy than their traditional counterparts. AND, as an added bonus, more recent developments in the world of LEDs have made a yellowish hue more available (only bluish tones had been available to consumers in the past). What’s not to love?

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Let’s move on to the nitty gritty. Why (and where) install LEDs in YOUR home?

1. LED lighting is available in a few of the coolest forms around. It is available in tapes and strips, make it flexible and versatile, for use in many places and spaces throughout the home.

2. LED lights are available in a range of levels of brightness. This gives you the ability to decide how bright you want to go — in a kitchen space, for example, you might want to use the ultra-bright option. Underneath the stairs on your staircase or for use as an accent, though, you may decide on a softer level.

3. LED lighting can be used virtually anywhere! Where to use? Underneath your bathroom vanity, above and below your bathroom mirror, underneath the breakfast bar in your kitchen, above and below your kitchen cabinets, underneath each individual stair on your staircase. The possibilities are endless!

Yes, LED lighting is an investment, but it adds so much value to your space, and it creates a look that will last a VERY long time! Contact me for ideas or pricing!

When In Doubt, Take It Out!

When it comes to decorating, sometimes you have to let it go.

When in doubtOften decorating a home isn’t about adding more furniture or accessories; it’s about taking some away.  That’s when consulting with a knowledgeable interior decorator like Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors can be most helpful and liberating.

“Sometimes people have pieces in their home they actually never quite liked but still keep them around since they either cost them a lot of money, or they ‘got it from my mother-in-law, don’t like it, but it needs to be here when she comes for a visit once a year’,” explains Claudia.

Claudia knows how to size up a room and find the glaring errors that keep the space from coming together in harmony.   Perhaps it’s a piece of furniture that needs to be reupholstered, a framed picture that just needs a new mat, or a lamp that simply needs a new shade.   But, many times, it’s something that doesn’t fit, something they don’t even like, something that just needs to go.  And that can be painful for the homeowners.  That’s when Claudia can help with their “separation anxiety.”

“It really depends on how strongly the client feels (or hates) the piece,” Claudia says.  “I often get called in to be the mediator between spouses because they can not reach an agreement.”

Often homes are over decorated because people keep adding and adding and never taking away.    The space is more about the decorations than the people who live there.  She shows them that if they let go and give the room some white space they will feel freer and the pieces they do like will stand out, not be lost in the clutter.

Holding on to something because someone gave it to you is just holding you back, keeping you from moving forward.  No one, not even a mother or mother-in-law, should ever dictate your lifestyle or surroundings.   When a client is on the fence about a piece, her rule is ‘when in doubt, take it out!’

She suggests options in ‘letting go:  Give the piece to another family member who will appreciate it.  Or sell it on Craig’s List or Ebay and make a little money.  Or donate it to a resale shop for a charitable cause (and get a tax write-off too).

With lots of tact and a gentle nudge, Claudia guides her clients through the process, understanding that it can be emotional.   Once the pain is gone, their rooms come alive, looking larger and more welcoming.

“When a client finally lets go and purges these out-of-place pieces they find their lives simplified.  They feel freer, happier and energized,” Claudia says.

Call Claudia Leah at Decorating Den.   Let her show you how to “let it go.”

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

http://claudia.decoratingden.com

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