Posts Tagged ‘interior designer’


“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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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!

Why is Working With a Designer So Important?

In this new age of Pinterest, Blogs, and content galore, it is easy to see why DIY projects are becoming increasingly popular at such a rapid rate. The internet has streamlined the ability for home owners and design enthusiasts to share and receive information. With so many tutorials, creative ideas, and DIY recommendations on the internet, why exactly does hiring an interior designer matter now more than ever? 

The DIY Age

The DIY Age is upon us. Tutorials abound, and information is endless. As the economy experienced some significant tightening several years ago, buying a home and fixing it up oneself became an increasingly popular and necessary notion. With so many households cutting back on expenses, many existing businesses and entrepreneurial types realized the amount of money available in creating content and posting that content online. Considering all of the information out there — step by step tutorials including millions of “How To” — it can be easy to think to oneself, “I don’t need any help with my home,” and forego the use of a professional. So what are some of the many practical reasons to hire an interior designer?

1. Depending upon the project, an interior designer may be able to save you money and avoid costly mistakes. Like all professionals, a trained designer learns her/his trade through years of proper education and plenty of experience in the field, just like an attorney or  a doctor. When you consider a project and plan on performing the involved  tasks by yourself, it can involve lots of human error, and may end up costing you more to fix when all is said and done. An interior designer can help you discern when it is okay to do something yourself, and when a project is best left to a professional.

2. An interior designer can provide you with an overarching plan from which to work. You may not have the funds required to complete an entire plan overnight. However, your designer will provide direction and focus to your house. Your interior designer is a professional who can bring a complete look together for you — even if the components are things that you might “do yourself.” Your designer will also have access to resources and items that are only accessible to a trade professional, so you can achieve a look that will simply not be available from a big box store.

3. Your home is an investment. You may think that you can re-do your flooring or install light fixtures or put together a cohesive living room. However, your home is an investment — it isn’t something that you can return (like a pair of shoes) or give to Goodwill when you are tired of it (like that sweater you wore twice). As an investment, it is important to think in the long-term when you put money into your home. Rather than getting instant gratification with an inexpensive, common item, save for pieces that will matter to your children and even your grandchildren. Create a legacy, and put money into your home that you have the ability to get back.

As you consider your home, think long and hard about the importance of hiring a professional to provide vision, direction, and a cohesive design for your home’s interiors.

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!

Decorating Den

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


Remodeling and Home Design