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Living stylishly begins at home. After all, where we live is an extension of who we are. What we do in our homes shapes our mood, affects our productivity and influences our outlook on life.
Stylish living doesn’t have to be labeled. Contemporary or traditional, formal or casual can co-exist in the same home. Many people choose to live among beautiful furnishings, art and objects that have special meaning to them.
These items inspire creativity and give personal comfort and joy. In my favorite room of the house, for example, my biggest splurge sits next to a bargain buy; sentimental value is always more important than monetary cost.
Think of things that bring you joy in your home. Personalize your abode with items that reflect your lifestyle. And entertain often. Nothing forces us to look at our home with a critical eye like knowing others will be looking too. Fall is the perfect time for this.
Guests’ first impression starts at the entry of your home, and carefully chosen objects set the tone for greater things to be discovered. Such details as having chandeliers with dimmers allow candlelight to be appreciated, and nestling votives around fresh orchids creates interesting shadows of the blooms, as the candlelight reflects off the flowers’ large, glossy leaves.
Choose furnishings that look inviting. People tend to use inviting rooms, and the more a room is used, the more beautiful it becomes. Ottomans provide extra seating and are easy to pull up to join in a great story.
Light your fireplace. Cut fresh branches of fall leaves and put in vases. Set out a candy dish. And don’t forget to help set the mood with some great background music, too. Prioritize spending on things for your home that cultivate experiences. Most clients are much closer than they think they are getting it right. The most important part is to have fun with it. Buy pieces that speak to you. Once completed, you should be able to walk through your house, take it all in and smile at the home you’ve created.
After all, the true meaning of life is to live it!
I recently moved from Newport Beach, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. I took for granted the California lifestyle of living with windows and doors open. However, there are things that I have learned that hold true for any climate.
Bring the garden inside. Container plants, succulents, orchids, fresh cut tree limbs, and flowers add life and interest to any interior.
Take the inside out. Don’t be afraid to carry most stone floorings right out to your patio. Create seating areas that mimic your interior room. Today outdoor furniture collections have sofas, over scale chairs and coffee tables that look amazing. Forget everything you once thought about boring outdoor fabric. Current selections leave you asking to confirm that they really are safe for outdoor use.
I was recently consulting with a couple. The wife kept reinforcing to me that she wanted a beautiful space; while the husband only cared about comfort. They were under the impression that a room could not be both.
I never think of a room as “just for show” in fact I believe that if a room does not look inviting it will not be used. The most beautiful reward of designing for people is knowing they are living in, and enjoying a room. Good design draws you into the space and makes you feel like you never want to leave.
I am currently working on a furniture plan for my new store. It’s really exciting to put to paper the ideas in my head. I like to draw by hand and I am the most comfortable drawing in quarter inch scale. The furniture plan becomes the road map for the journey. As I plan out the furniture placement, I can look at flow and movement through the room. The floor plan helps me to try everything on paper first. I can experiment with scale and balance. I can also see where lighting is required from this plan. The plan becomes a shopping list. When selecting fabrics I often refer to the plan to see where I can make colors connect. As with any good journey, the plan can be adjusted. A furniture plan saves time and costly purchases that don’t have a spot when you get them home. If you’re overwhelmed and wondering where to start, make a plan.
Have you heard Pantone Color Institute selected the color of the year for 2012? It is Tangerine Tango. This vibrant red-orange makes a great accent color. A little goes a long way. I like it for a pop of color; try it on accent pillows, a tray or throw.