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{PROJECT REVEAL} TOWNHOUSE TURNAROUND – COMFY TO CHIC!

We are excited to feature our designer Brittany Meidinger’s townhouse transformation in this month’s blog! Here's what Brittany had to share about this project: This latest project was done for my client, Becky, who recently moved into this townhome. Her goal was to make it more unique to her taste by incorporating shades of gray, glam and vintage pieces. She wanted to create a feminine space that is both comfortable for her and her dogs as well as a great spot for entertaining. Becky was a dream to work with! She rarely questioned my ideas or direction. Becky and I developed a great friendship as we created a space unique to her. I really do get the most joy from meeting and working with my clients. Becky was no exception! We decided the design direction would be an eclectic mix of vintage, rustic & glam. Although we did this project all at one time, we wanted it to feel as though it was collected over time. Becky had several existing vintage pieces we incorporated in the new design. I love the challenge of working with items that a client loves and has meaning to them! Living Room Before: Living Room After: Lighter & Brighter Living Room The first thing we did was re-paint the yellow walls! We gave the entire room a refresh just by adding a soft warm gray paint color to the walls (Requisite Gray, Sherwin Williams). This gave us a beautiful neutral space to work our magic in!   We replaced the carpet with dark hardwood flooring. This opens up the space and provides a beautiful rich warm tone to the room. Now it was time to dress our [...]

{SEASONAL SWAPS} WARM UP FOR WINTER

Don't you just love your home during the holidays? The bright reds, greens, metallics and lights create a sense of wonder and delight.  Once the holidays are over it's time to pack up all the glitter and glam.  At first glance my home feels refreshingly open and clean, but then it begins to feel "blah".  This is the perfect time to look at your home as a blank slate!  It's time to get your creative groove on!  Ready, set, go.... RE-ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Yes, you can move your furniture!  It's not nailed to the ground is it?  Moving furniture into tighter seating arrangements adds a feeling of warmth and intimacy to a space.  Bringing in floor poufs or ottomans will fill any space gaps in the room as well as provide extra seating for guests. {Featured at Interior Impressions} ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND Accessories can make a huge impact without breaking the bank!   Toss pillows and throws are the easiest way to bring in color, texture and pattern to your room. {Pinterest} Layer pillows of different patterns, colors and textures.   Add a faux fur pillow or throw in the mix for instant coziness.  Pillows are not limited to the couch anymore!  Place pillows on a couple dining room chairs, on the bench in your entryway or mudroom, in that chair that sits alone in the corner and even a small one can sit on a bookshelf. {Houzz} {Houzz} Change up the accessories on your bookshelves and tables.  It's always fun to purchase a few new items to add a pop of color and interest.  You can also move around the things you already own and give the a fresh look just by changing their location. {Interior [...]

{ILLUMINATION} BRING MORE LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME

As the days get shorter and we get closer to the long winter months, I tend to crave more light!  It's dark when I leave for work in the morning and dark again when I get home from work in the evening.    As an Interior Designer I am aware of how important interior lighting is to the design of homes as well as the energy of the homeowners!  This time of year it's especially important to bring more light into your home as the days get shorter. There are three main types of lighting in a home. Ambient Lighting (general lighting):  Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination.  This is a basic necessity for walking around, conversing with each other and identifying objects in essence keeping our environment safe. Task Lighting:  Task lighting provides a more concentrated source of lighting for tasks such as chopping vegetables, doing homework, shaving, reading, cooking and so forth. Accent Lighting:  Accent Lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest.  It is used to draw the eye to areas of interest like artwork, open shelves, and featured textures like glass tile or wallpaper. Ambient Lighting Natural light is one of the biggest sources of ambient lighting.  This gets tough for us in the Midwest with our dark, cloudy winter months.  However, a simple shift in window treatments can add more natural light into your space.   Instead of heavy curtains, opt for fixed panels that flank the window to allow the light in.  If privacy is a concern, add adjustable blinds for easy opening and closing.  TIP:  Fixed fabric panels flank the window to allow for more natural light to fill the room.   Paint choice is important too. [...]