If you have lived in one location for many years, chances are pretty good that you have acquired a lot of stuff. If you have noticed that your home now seems overloaded with limited space to move about, there are ways to improve the appearance of clutter without compromising your style. Room dividers Room dividers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are free-standing and others you can mount to the wall or secure to your ceiling. Free-standing room dividers come in bi-fold, tri-fold and even quad-fold forms. They are made of wood, canvas, and metal. Some even feature shelves for displaying artwork, collectibles, photos, plants and books. Fixed room dividers also come in various shapes and sizes. There are stylish room divider curtains that can help you create a private retreat in a loft or studio apartment, giving you the ability to make two separate spaces out of one. There are also sliding partitions that come in your choice of solids and patterns, transparent or opaque and a wide range of fabrics and metals to complement your existing decor. Decorative storage containers Today many people take organizing to the next level by incorporating decorative storage containers into their homes to not only hide the appearance of clutter but also to add convenience. An open shelving unit no longer stands empty with a few collectibles. Instead, canvas, cardboard, and wood boxes now occupy the space, adding character and a handy place to store loose items without notice. To bring concealed storage to the bedroom and living room, a large storage chest at the end of a bed or placed behind a sofa provides a wonderful place to keep extra linens, blankets, pillows, out of season clothing and toys. The large space provided allows you to clean out the clutter and enjoy your room once again. For a playroom or child's bedroom, adding a toy box with a large shelving unit on top gives you a place to contain their toys out of sight while still allowing for easy access. The shelves on the top are ideal for keeping their books, puzzles, and games, neat, organized and ready for use. Closet organizers Want to freshen up your bedroom quickly, install a closet organizer. There are a variety of sizes available and many have add-on features that allow you to expand at a later date. By adding fixed shelves, hanging garment containers, shoe racks and additional rods for clothing, you are removing piles from your dresser and floor. Not only are you regaining your space but you are also now able to locate your clothing and accessories quickly, as well as easily. Wall racks and floating shelves If you are limited on space and can not bring in a large item to house your personal items, floating shelves offer a great way to display your books, photos, collectibles and plants without giving up valuable floor space. They come in a variety of styles and finishes to suit your needs allowing you to complement your interior. In addition to floating shelves, wall racks give you the perfect place to hang items. You can use them for keys, a dog leash, umbrellas, coats, hats, scarves, handbags, kitchen gadgets, towels, magazines and your collection of fine wine. They definitely add character and make excellent use of your existing walls. Decluttering and organizing your home's rooms does not mean that you have to give up on your style. There are so many products on the market, as well as many DIY projects that you can use to further complement your space. With a little creativity, you can acquire a neat and organized appearance, while still enjoying the look you have worked hard to achieve.
Introducing talented New York City-based designer, Tharon Anderson McEvoy. A versatile designer, she can work in various interior design styles, often incorporating multiple styles to create an eclectic and casually elegant homes. Let's find out how she did it, shall we?
Isn't her portfolio gorgeous? Her classic modern traditional approach feels fresh, chic and collected, don't you think? I especially like the way she effortlessly combines traditional furnishings with modern textiles and accessories for a timeless yet updated look. Such delightful inspirational interiors, what's not to love? What do you think?
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A Toronto-based couple couldn't agree over their decor preferences over their new-build 4,900-square-foot Ontario cottage. The husband wanted dark tones and a woodsy Aspen vibe and the wife wanted everything white with clean lines. Would Lidia Van Zyl, their designer be able to resolve this decorating conflict? Let's find out, shall we?
This beautiful abode is right down my alley! The designer did a great job marrying both the couple's tastes for their home, don't you think? A wonderful combination of rustic pieces, cottage charm and industrial touches creates a chic, visually interesting dynamic. Thanks to a mix of styles, textures and natural elements, this home feels fresh, warm and delightful. Such an inspiring space, what's not to like? Your thoughts?
Designer and entrepreneur Bailey McCarthy took two long years to overhaul her outdated Texas home. The results of the dramatic makeover? A fresh, bold and colorful abode! Let's take a tour of her fabulous home, shall we?
There is so much to love about this chic and vibrant home! However, the bold design choices the designer made in her home is definitely not for everyone. From this home tour, we can see how this talented designer unleashes her creativity and design prowess by melding bold colors and unconventional materials with strong design elements to make each room shines effortlessly. With a great eye for color, style and a flair for visually interesting pieces and textiles, this home truly stands out, don't you think? I am particularly drawn to the luxurious master bathroom with the striking gold leaf glass tiles and the beautiful girl's room with the blue floral canopy. What about you? Are you a fan of this designer's bold design approach or otherwise? I would love to hear your thoughts.
I am absolutely wowed by this super gorgeous space! Designed by the very talented Alex Papachristidis for the most recent Kips Bay Decorator Show House, this stunning white dining room is definitely a feast for the eyes! The first thing that captured my attention is the ethereal hand-painted wallpaper, it is definitely the perfect backdrop for the room. I am also in love with the beautifully crafted marble fireplace. The striking fireplace helps ground the space and providesa wonderful focal point in this room. The juxtaposition of antiques and 18th-century furniture with the bold, unexpected contemporary stenciled floor feels fresh and helps create an interesting visual dynamic in the space. Incorporating a seating area in the large dining area is a smart way to accommodate more guests during entertaining. Such an inviting, thoughtfully designed space, what's not to love? I am truly inspired by this amazing room, what about you? Your thoughts?
One of the ways to get the most out of your living space is to take the time decorate it. Of course, your individual tastes will play the largest role in what you add to each room of your home. One effective way for you to add both class and attractiveness to the place you live in is by adding hand done art paintings. This can be a unique idea for decorating the individual rooms in your home and knowing some of the reasons to only choose high-quality pieces of art can be helpful to you. Reason #1: Blurry images The last thing you will want hanging on your wall is a painting that is blurry. This can make it look less than attractive, and this is not the look you may be aiming to have if you are taking the time to decorate and make significant changes. The good news is when you choose art printing services that are of the highest quality, you would not have to be concerned about this problem. You can take pride in the fact that you have a one of a kind picture in your home that shows your visitors the amount of effort you put into decorating. Reason #2: Creativity One of the reasons you may attempt to put up a new painting is to keep your decorating efforts chic and up-to-date. This is sure to require the right amount of creativity to be executed by the artist. You will typically need to rely on only high-quality artwork when it comes to this area. Many of the best artists you may find are full of creative ideas that can help make your artwork stand out in your home. Reason #3: Durable When you pay for an item, you will want to be sure it lasts for as long as possible. The key to making this happen in the majority of cases is to only choose the best of the best. This is additionally true when it comes to adding a painting to your home. Take the time to look at the various types of artwork that you are most interested in and then decide if the quality if high enough for you or not. Be sure to ask questions by talking to the artist if this is possible and if not, you can do some research on your own time by looking on the Internet or talking to friends about this individual. Reason #4: Bolder colors One of the things you can typically count on when it comes to some of the best quality paintings is that the paint that was used is top notch. This means the colors are sure to shine through with more ease and allow you to get more bang for your buck. You may even notice the bolder colors looking fabulous and fantastic in the painting. There is no doubt that paintings created by an artist that does high-quality work will allow you to enjoy the colors more. Additionally, a variety of colors is sure to something you may enjoy having in your home. Making sure your home always looks its best is sure to be high on your list of priorities. The key to being capable of making this happen will rest in a number of efforts and time you take when decorating your home. You will want to be sure to look for paintings that stand miles above the rest to call your own, and this will typically mean choosing the highest-quality ones you can find.
Introducing talented Nashville-based designer, Jason Arnold. With an impeccable ability to combine the old and new, sophisticated and comfortable, his spaces always feel elegant and livable. Let's check out his beautiful work, shall we?
I can't get enough of his gorgeous portfolio! The way he thoughtfully incorporates a few unexpected elements, interesting pieces and different styles results in rooms that feel fresh, collected and chic. I absolutely love his effortless, eclectic sense of style, what about you? Do you enjoy his work as much as I do?
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When jewelry designer Maizel-Clarke's Malibu home needed a bit of freshening up, she turned to her designer friend, Maggie Pierson for design help. The goal was to provide the family with a beautiful environment for entertaining. Let's find out if the designer successfully accomplishes the design challenge, shall we?
This gorgeous home just oozes modern comfort with a layered, boho eclectic style. The striking patterns in the textiles and fabrics create interest and visual delight. Meanwhile, the combination of cold metallic elements and warm natural accents create a wonderful contrast and interesting dynamic. The stunning kitchen and inviting living room are especially my favorites. Such a thoughtful and beautifully designed home, what's not to love? Are you drawn to this boho-modern style as much as I do?
Welcome to my blog. I am an Interior Decorator based in Chicagoland, Illinois. Married and a mommy to my 9 year old son. Through this blog, I will be sharing my passion for design and my inspirations with you. Occasionally, I will also be showing you my home and some of my clients' decorating projects. I am a firm believer that a beautiful home can be achieved in any budget through creativity and smart shopping. Currently, I am offering e-design (online decorating) service at an affordable rate to help you create a home that reflects you, a home that will make you smile every time you walk through the door. Hope you have fun following along. Email me at mixandchic(at)yahoo(dot)com if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!
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