Tips & Trends - Design

Cottagecore Decor

There’s been buzz about a new trend called CottageCore, many are wondering what exactly it’s all about. If the term is new to you, here’s the scoop. It revolves around a wholesome, pastoral aesthetic based on the romantic ideal of natural, rural life.  Including a focus on self-sufficiency, there has been a recent resurgence ...   Read more »

Trendy vs Classic Furniture Pieces

We all have that quintessential ‘House Goals’ Pinterest Board, our carefully curated collection of ever-changing trends and personal styles. But when it comes time for a major room update, these same inspirational pictures often backfire. Ultra-trendy rooms go out of style, and for the average person, updating your space every few years...   Read more »

Incorporating Modern Farmhouse Decor

Modest and welcoming, modern farmhouse decor is a wonderful choice for those who want a casual vibe. This approach features natural materials, sturdy construction, and a rugged sensibility. Whether you want a farmhouse living room, dining room, or kitchen, it ought to be a lived-in gathering place for family and friends....   Read more »

What Is Transitional Style?

Transitional design blends classic and modern decor through color, texture, shape and scale while avoiding the extremes of both styles. In other words, you'll steer clear of the more ornate aspects of traditional furniture and the austerity of some contemporary pieces in favor of a layout that's chic, timeless and comfortable....   Read more »

Decorating With Traditional Furniture

Instantly recognizable, traditional homes blend elegance and comfort for a timeless aesthetic. From color choice and textiles to accents and layouts, these classic motifs offer a flawless combination of sophistication and luxury....   Read more »

How to Choose the Right Shabby Chic Furniture

Informal yet elegant, shabby chic design blends several different types of decor to create a cozy atmosphere. Pastel color schemes, vintage accents and ornate traditional furnishings with weathered finishes are all key components of this look....   Read more »

Decorating with Scandinavian Style Furniture

Sometimes design is all about finding the beauty in everyday things. Scandinavian style, with its commitment to simple and functional decor, is a prime example. What makes these charming, slightly rustic spaces so open, airy, and welcoming is their attention to doing more with less....   Read more »

Incorporating Minimalist Design

When it comes to minimalist interior design, less is always more. This style seeks to draw attention to the simple beauty of your space and each piece of decor by minimizing clutter. The fewer distractions in the room, the more you can appreciate what's actually there....   Read more »

How to Decorate a Rustic Home

When most people think of rustic style, their minds usually conjure up a cozy log cabin in the woods or a home filled with antique farmhouse decor. Although these are good examples, there are many different ways to incorporate rustic elements into your design by bringing the raw beauty of nature indoors....   Read more »

Choosing Mid-Century Modern Furniture

When you picture mid-century modern design, words like "retro," "mod," and "vintage" may come to mind. That's probably because this style originated in the mid-twentieth century, and remains popular to this day. Mid-century furniture combines elements of minimalism with futuristic flourishes, showcasing geometric curves, daring hues, and wood finis...   Read more »

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design is all about our connections to the places we live. Bold but elegant, organic yet engineered, this style mixes modern and rustic vibes to surround you with a rich history. Treasured antiques, salvage finds, and new favorites all have a role in these visually striking yet highly functional homes....   Read more »

Understanding French Country Decor

If you prefer a cozy look with a touch of elegance, consider French country decor. Homes in this style mix the opulence of traditional French design with natural elements, a subdued color palette, and airy fabrics to create a graceful yet lived-in appearance. Clean lines and plush furnishings combine to make these spaces warm and appealing....   Read more »

Eclectic Style and Decor for Your Home

Eclectic home decor layers contrasting textures, shapes, styles, and colors to create a sophisticated arrangement. Nothing matches, yet the decorator's expert curation unites every piece as if by magic. While it may seem like design voodoo, achieving this look is much simpler than you might think....   Read more »

Embracing Coastal Decor

If you love seaside vacations and the crash of ocean waves, coastal design may be the perfect fit. This style showcases open layouts, chic color schemes, and nature-inspired accents. The result is a space that's soothing, breezy, and clean....   Read more »

Interior Design 101: Contemporary Home Decor

If you prefer a look that's understated and chic, contemporary design may be the right choice for you. Versatile in range and elegant in its simplicity, this style values clean lines, sleek shapes, and simple form. All of these factors add up to a space that is simultaneously comfortable and sophisticated....   Read more »

Make a Statement with Oversized Wall Art

While some modest pieces of wall decor are designed to add subtle nuance to a space, oversized artwork commands immediate attention. Whether in bright colors or muted tones, including artwork that is sized 48" or larger in your room creates a presence in your space that can show off your personality, style aesthetic or color scheme in a unique and ...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Dramatic Beds

Whether you are looking for the height of elegance or the epitome of cozy comfort, adding a dramatic bed to your master suite transforms your space to an indulgent oasis that you will look forward to returning to every evening. In styles ranging from traditional to minimalist-modern dramatic beds are getting more attention in today’s on-trend...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Geometric Patterns

Trellis, latticework, quatrefoil, and Moroccan tile motifs make a huge impact on interior design. These engaging patterns have a geometric quality that creates a bold statement, yet they are graceful enough to take the edge off of stark spaces....   Read more »

Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Fresh and expressive without any sense of overbearing … the 2019 color of the year as determined by the Pantone Color Institute is Living Coral. This color will enliven any space while still imbuing a relaxed feel....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Vintage Edison Bulb Lighting

The newest trend in lighting showcases the authentic beauty of the earliest light bulbs. Replicas of the Edison Bulb are fully or partially exposed, displaying their glowing wound filaments. These unique pieces provide a nostalgic charm, contemporary vibe, or an industrial feel....   Read more »

What We Love About: Bombe Chests

Distinct with their delightfully curvy lines, these exquisite accent pieces originated in 1700’s Parisian design.  With a plump, bulging shape they gain their name for the French term for bomb. Bombe chests are also referred to as bombay chests, though this alternate name can lead to confusion as it is not in reference to the city of Bom...   Read more »

Decorating a Bookcase

Whether built-in or freestanding, bookshelves and bookcases offer endless opportunities to add personal touches to your home decor. While the shelves themselves can add to your modern or traditional decor, the collection of books, objects and keepsakes you choose to place on them can elevate your home’s individual style....   Read more »

Decorating with Mixed Wood Finishes

If you don’t buy all of your wood furniture at the same time in a matching set, it’s nearly impossible to perfectly match the finishes. The addition of wood floors and other built-in details further complicates the issue. The good news is that mixing wood finishes can create interest, depth and definition in any space....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Reclaimed Wood and Rustic Wood Finishes

Rustic and chic, reclaimed wood furniture is a style trend that will endure according to designers. Don’t think for a second that these pieces will weigh your home down with a heavy, old-barn look – unless that’s the look you are going for. Featuring refined styling and mixed materials, rustic pieces can be used to create a comple...   Read more »

Coastal Inspired: Seaside and Nautical Decor

For those who are lucky enough to reside beachside or those who like to surround themselves with a relaxed reminder of distant crashing waves and seagull calls, there is a lot to love about coastal casual decor....   Read more »

Trend Watch: Mixed Materials and Finishes

Mixed materials can describe anything from a contemporary lamp crafted of marble, brass, and canvas to a rustic wood coffee table with slate tiles and scrolling iron legs. On a larger scale, it refers to the way you pull together an individual collection of furnishings with a mixture of finishes and materials that complement rather than match each ...   Read more »

Nature-Inspired Home Decor

As designers and homeowners reinvent popular decorating trends and draw inspiration from the world around them, more and more homes feature nature-inspired decor. With this design, stylists are given the opportunity to bring natural, organic elements, like dazzling green furniture and intricate textures, into their homes, effortlessly breathing lif...   Read more »

Mixing Modern and Traditional Styles

People assume that modern and traditional styles are like oil and water – that they will never mix. However, with a strategic approach, you can blend the two with ease, creating a room with interest, grace and character....   Read more »

Tips for Designing a Room

When decorating, it's important to remember that each room in your home is a reflection of you. To create a space that you'll love living in, equal emphasis should be placed on form and function. Every space should have its own unique mood while a coherent personality is maintained throughout the home....   Read more »

Trend Watch: What's Hot In Rugs

What’s new this season in rugs?  Everything from deep, rich colors to a current take on vintage patterns and finishes, here are some exciting new looks to refresh your home by providing a polished finish to your room.  Finding the perfect rug has never been easier with these stunning new choices....   Read more »

Decorating Trends: Ikat Inspired Designs

A traditional artisan technique for creating hand-dyed textiles, ikat or ikkat (both pronounced ee-KAHT) is a process where the yarn is tightly tied in small sections to create a resist and then dyed to create the desired pattern before it is woven.  After the dying is complete, the yarn is woven into a textile.  A detailed and intricate ...   Read more »

Storage Suggestions For Every Room

If there’s one thing that most people could use more of, it’s storage space. Luckily, whether you live in a studio apartment or need to maximize a family home, there’s a storage solution for every need. Check out these storage suggestions for every room in your home:...   Read more »

Furnishing Ideas For Extra Storage Throughout Your Home

With our hectic lives and busy households, keeping all of our stuff organized at home is a constant challenge.  But adding extra storage around your home is a great way to win the battle against clutter....   Read more »

Design Tips for the Teen Room

As your kid enters his or her teen years, they will probably want to change their bedroom to reflect their stage in life. While their room will still be a place to sleep and dress, but now instead of using it for nap time and playing with toys, they will need a place to study and crave a place to relax on their own. To transform your child’s ...   Read more »

All About Pillows

While many people view them as small detail, a few throw pillows can actually transform a room. These simple accents may bring in new hues or highlight existing ones, make bold statements or add quiet warmth. They brighten up solid-colored couches and add visual interest to beds, breakfast nooks, and chairs. More than anything, however, pillows add...   Read more »

Lighting Tips

Lighting plays a huge role in decorating and making a space uniquely your own. When it comes to home furnishings, the right lighting acts as the finishing touches on a room, so it is important to understand how to use lights to your advantage. Floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces are essential in any beautifully decorated home....   Read more »

Decorating Small Spaces in Your Home

Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be a headache. Some overall rules to keep in mind include choosing lighter colors and simpler pieces. Paler hues, such as white, cream, and gray, refract light for an overall brighter look and make rooms appear larger. Darker colors, like burgundy, chocolate, or teal, can be introduced in accent pieces and wa...   Read more »

Hosting Guests for the Holidays

Holiday time is often a time for visits from friends and family. If your house is big enough to have extra rooms, then you likely have a furnished guest bedroom ready and waiting for out-of-towners. However, many of us successfully host guests in the family room or office with a pull-out sleeper sofa. Either way, with a little preparation and foret...   Read more »

Mission Style: Solid and Simple

There’s something about Mission furniture that speaks strongly to the American sense of style. This early 20th-century look has made a huge comeback in the last few years, perhaps because of its integrity and unpretentious dignity....   Read more »

Open the Door to Feng Shui

Love your environment as part of you and it will embrace you with universal peace in return. This is feng shui in its purity....   Read more »