Posts Tagged ‘style’

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)!

    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!

Trends in Style

As we seek to help our clients create the homes of their dreams, our own desire is to continue pursuing excellence in the world of design. Throughout the life of our interior design firm, we stay on top of trends, educate ourselves on vendor developments, and seek to put together plans that truly meet the needs of our clients. As such, we are continuing our series on “Trends” for the 2012-2013 season. Today, we will be sharing some style trends with you in order that you may make informed decisions about which trends to incorporate — and which trends to forego in favor of classic, tried and true design principles.

Trends in Style

Before we put these trends in front of you, it is important to define the word “Style.” Style can point to many things, however, it encompasses both the type of look you are going for in your home, as well as the small details that draw everything together. For example, the Mediterranean style is very popular in the Southwest Florida area, and Mediterranean details can run throughout these types of homes. These details include tropical artwork, greens and burnt reds, and natural materials, such as tiles and clay pottery. As we explore various stylistic trends, here are a few of the elements we have noticed:

  • Revival of the 70s. The 1970s have made a retro appearance in our vendors’ repertoire. Clean furniture lines, tufted leather, glass furniture, and chrome pieces have continued to represent the “next big thing” in terms of style.
  • Personalization. For those who desire to create a unified, high quality interior look within their home, a very high percentage of those people also desire to use their home’s interiors to display various aspects of their personality and personal history. This type of stylization seeks to express something unique about the home’s owner.
  • Mixed metals. The creation of a unified look using a variety of types of metal, particularly when paired with mirrors, is trending this season.

How will you incorporate these trends in your home?

Long-Distance Decorating

Claudia Leah at Decorating Den Interiors makes it easy for seasonal residents.

With so many seasonal residents in Naples, decorating winter homes can be a little more complicated.   They’re only here three to six months and they have so many other fun things to do!

This may present a problem for them, but not for Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors, who specializes in decorating long-distance.

“I can provide the same customer service for my seasonal clients as I do for my year-round customers, thanks to the Internet,” she explains.

Chris and Kristin Seeger are perfect examples.  They had just purchased a three-story town home, which was a mess: dark carpeting, heavy drapes and Mediterranean light fixtures.  The only furniture they had was a patio set they had purchased to use in the condo they had rented.

They called Claudia the day before they were to return to Vancouver and literally met with her hours before their return flight.  They walked through their new home with her.   Claudia took measurements and photos, and listened to their needs.   They wanted their new home to be light, bright and airy.

By the time they returned to Naples in mid-October, most of their decorating decisions had been made and deliveries had been scheduled.

“This house was decorated by Claudia and us between Naples and Vancouver,” Kristin explains.  “Through internet selections, emails, fabric swatches mailed to us and returned, and numerous conference calls, she got the job done.”

Claudia uses a computer program to create a home’s rooms.   She adds furniture to scale, colors, fabrics, lighting fixtures, window treatments and accessories.  She then sends it to the client via the Internet so they can get a visual of her design recommendations.

As soon as the Seegers returned to Naples, the deliveries started coming: furniture, window treatments, lighting fixtures, bedding, lamps and accessories.   Within two weeks their town home was about 75% complete.   During the next couple of weeks, they worked with Claudia to tweak every room, incorporating their personal possessions and artwork into the design.   Claudia even custom-embroidered a pillow for them to match a sculpture they had purchased at an art show.

They love their new home.   It’s light, bright and airy.   And, they give all the credit to Claudia.

“We just think the world of her and her team,” says Kristin.  “People from Europe, any out-of-town people who are buying homes here now and will have to leave, should know that the project will be in good hands with Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors.   It can be done long distance – on time and on budget!”

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.”

How to Avoid Costly Decorating Mistakes: Haste Makes Waste

When it comes to interior decorating the old adage is true: haste makes waste.

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Claudia with just a few of her multitude of interior designer resource books

Homeowners, in their enthusiasm to decorate (or redecorate) their home, rush through the process helter-­‐skelter and end up frustrated and dissatisfied.

“They make costly mistakes trying to do it on their own, running around to different stores, spending money on items that end up not fitting in the room or not complementing their space. They just don’t plan ahead,” says Claudia Leah of Decorating Den in Naples.

Claudia has been in the decorating business for over 12 years and knows how to take the guesswork and stress out of decorating. Her first appointment with a new client focuses on getting to know them, their lifestyle, their décor taste and their budget. She then educates them and helps them develop a plan, showing them where to start and how to build on those basics.

Working with a laptop Claudia creates a floor plan and a color palette. Next she helps them decide what to do and in what order. She guides them through the process, helping them choose quality furniture, beautiful fabrics, the perfect window treatments, area rugs and accessories to finish their rooms.

“If the husband is involved, I make sure they are both on the same page and understand the exact costs so there are no surprises,” says Claudia.

As a franchise with over 400 design studios in the U.S., Decorating Den works with all the top, name-­‐brand suppliers and is located in a Naples, FL showroom with samples and swatches that can’t be beat. From the planning and measuring to the final installation, Claudia oversees each project from start to finish.

“My satisfaction comes when everything is complete and I see the smiles on my client’s faces,” says Claudia.

Working with Decorating Den saves the customer money because every purchase is well-­‐planned. The customer avoids the stress that comes with decorating on their own. Decorating Den does all the work so the homeowner can relax and enjoy beautiful Southwest Florida. Isn’t that why they moved here in the first place?

One might expect to pay a premium for such design services, but Claudia charges no consultation fee or hourly rate when the customer makes recommended purchases through Decorating Den.

“We truly listen to the problem, then provide a unique solution that is on time and on budget, with benefits tailored exactly to the client’s needs. We get chosen based on the value we bring to the project, not for the lowest price” says Claudia. “You cannot put a price tag on Peace of Mind”.

HOT OFF THE INTERIOR DESIGN PRESS: Impressions from the August 2011 Las Vegas Market

Come with us on YouTube to hear HGTV’s Monica Pedersen talk trends and new products she discovered at Las Vegas Market, August 1-5, 2011. I had the pleasure of meeting Monica in person at this year’s spring market and always enjoy her upbeat presentations. Oh, and I am especially excited that most of her showcased selections are from Decorating Den Interiors’ Preferred Vendor network – so give us a call for that “Must Have” Item for your Naples or Marco Island Home!!

Las Vegas Market Update 8/2011 – Monica Pedersen

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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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