Design Guide: 10 Components To A Beautiful Home

Design Guide: 10 Components To A Beautiful Home

 

Every designer you ask will have a list of key components they think are essential to the design and function of a beautiful home.  And while my list may differ from others, I think all designers would agree that each of the items on my list contributes in one way or another to how a home looks and feels.

 #1   A STYLE BLUEPRINT

I meet clients all the time that don’t have a good handle (or vision) of their design style.  They know if they like an item or not but they can articulate clearly the overall look for a room or the mood they want a room to have.  Once you define your design style you’ll be able to envision the decor of your home, down to the details.

Defining your style encompasses many different elements, from the colors and materials you like to the style of furniture and accessories that appeal to you.  And don’t worry, defining your style doesn’t happen over night. Your style can change throughout the years just like you do.

One of the ways that I have my clients convey their style to me is by going through design magazines and tagging anything that appeals to them.  Then I have them jot down a word or two telling me what they like about the image they tagged.  The word ‘cozy’ on a room photo with warm colors may convey the colors they like. The word ‘clean’ may be associated with a room that is streamline and clutter free which tells me a lot about how they want to a room to look and feel. Once you have a stack of tagged images you can look through them and begin to see the common threads in the design style that appeals to you.

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#2  A FOCAL POINT

The focal point of a room is a lot like a statement piece of jewelry.  It’s an element that captures your attention, serves as a dominant statement and in some cases sets the tone for the rest of the entire room.

The focal point in some rooms may be an architectural element like the windows or a fireplace.  In other rooms it my be a wall decor arrangement, a rug, artwork or even a sofa.

Identifying or creating the focal point within each room of your home will give you the starting point upon which to build your overall design theme.

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#3  SPACE PLAN

We all know that the way furniture is positioned in a room can impact the way a room feels and functions.  Arranging furniture so that movement can happen easily in, out and within a room is critical to the overall design of a space.

When decorating a room think about the scale of the furniture and accessories to ensure they won’t swallow up space and make the room look visually cluttered.  For the Key Measurements You Need To Know When Decorating Your Home, check out my post here.

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#4  TEXTURE

In my book texture is one of the most important elements to design.  Texture provides visual interest, depth and dimension and its also one of the elements that makes a room feel inviting.  As it applies to design, texture is defined as ‘the sensations caused by the external surface of objects received through the sense of touch’.  But it can also be a ‘perceived sense of touch’–you can experience texture visually without having to actually touch something.

Texture can be introduced into your decor through the fabrics you choose, the materials accessories are made of as well as the style of your doors, windows and walls.

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#5  MIXED METALS & MATERIALS

Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to decorating a room.  You don’t want one-dimensional decor…you want a home that explodes with interest and personality.

While your style blueprint may dictate a particular type of furniture and accessory style, you want to decorate with a mix of materials and finishes in order to bring your decor to life.  Don’t be afraid to mix gold with silver, leather with velvet or glass with metal.

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#6  A MIX OF OLD & NEW

Years ago the trend was to shop your favorite furniture store or catalog to decorate your home.  While it was easy, many homes ended up with decor that was cookie-cutter and uninteresting.  Just like mixing metals and materials, it’s a good idea to mix the age of items you decorate with.  Pair vintage and antique pieces with newer items to build the character within your style blueprint.

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#7  PERSONAL TOUCHES

If nothing else, your home should feel personal and reflect you and your family.  Personal touches like family photos, books, artwork and collected pieces should be used in every room in your home.

As you decorate, be thoughtful in the placement of accessories and keep these tips in mind:

♦ Arrange accessories in odd numbers in different sizes.  It’s been proven that grouping objects in odd numbers is more pleasing to the eye than even numbers.

♦  Objects that you place together when creating arrangements should have something in common: color, shape, theme, texture, vintage.

♦ Balance the art and accessories throughout a room. Don’t place everything on one side of a room.

♦ Scatter your accent color in at least three places around a room to create visual movement.

♦  Keep scale in mind with pairing accessories.  Small accessories clustered together or scattered throughout a room will look like clutter from a distance.  Use medium to large-sized accessories which will be noticed and seem more important as you enter a room.

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#8  STATEMENT WALL DECOR

 I think every room would have a wall decor statement that stands out.  That could mean a single piece of art or a grouping of pieces that create a dominant visual impact.  Based on the layout of your room and the architectural elements within the space, your wall decor can serve as the focal point.  For creative wall decor inspiration, check out this post.

Design Guide: 10 Components To A Beautiful Home

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#9  SUFFICIENT LIGHTING

Most homes I go into lack sufficient lighting  and without the right lighting and the correct amount of lighting, your home won’t look as good as it could.  There are three types of lighting every room needs:

AMBIENT LIGHTING:  Ambient lighting includes chandeliers, recessed lighting, or sconces, all of which provide overall illumination to a room. And the use of dimmers with your ambient lighting will give you control over the light levels allowing you to easily change the mood of a space.

 tip: When wiring your rooms, include multiple circuits. This will allow you to dim some lights while keeping others brighter.

TASK LIGHTING:   This lighting is particularly important when performing specific tasks like cooking, doing office work, or getting ready in the bathroom.  In the kitchen, pendant and under-cabinet lighting can illuminate food prep areas. In a living room or bedroom, table lamps and floor lamps will provide task lighting.

tip: Even illumination is essential when planning your bathroom lighting plan. Make sure the same amount of light comes from the sides of the room as the top of the room. This will help prevent shadows and create the ideal bathroom lighting for applying make-up or shaving.

ACCENT LIGHTING:  Accent lighting can be used to highlight objects like art, sculptures, and architectural details within a room.   Classic track lighting and picture lights are the most common types of accent lighting, but candles also fall into this category.

For more lighting design tips, read my posts here and here.

Design Guide: 10 Components To A Beautiful Home

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#10  SOMETHING NATURAL

Something natural is a little detail that can make a big impact.  A plant in a corner or a vase full of flowers or stems will give life and energy to your decor.

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If you’re starting a new decorating project or looking to refresh your decor, keep these 10 components in mind and create the home of your dreams.

Design Guide: 10 Components To A Beautiful Home

Shopping TJ Maxx from the comforts of home

Are you aware that TJ Maxx has an online store?  That’s right, you can shop TJ Maxx from the comforts of your home.

The product assortment in the online store isn’t as extensive as what you’d find in your local store but the prices are the same. And I see items online that I’ve never seen in my local store which might give me another reason to shop online.

An if you can’t find your size (hello shoe department 🙂 or two of one item, the online store might have the item so its worth checking out.

When I checked out the online store the other night, I saw several items that peaked my interest.  Let’s go shopping shall we…

Shopping TJ Maxx Online

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Happy Monday & my latest vintage finds!

Hey there friends.  I hope the day started off great for you.  Between Day Light Savings Time and insomnia, I woke up feeling gloomy.  After getting dressed, I did some mediation followed by a cup of tea and those two things helped me refocus and re-energize.

I’ve meditated on and off over the years but after getting away from it I’m trying hard to make it a daily practice.  It really does make a difference in how I manage my day and most importantly how I feel. If you’ve never tried mediation, here’s a great article that outlines 8 Way Meditation Can Improve Your Life. 

Now on to the fun stuff…

Over the weekend I did sneak in some time to hit up one of my favorite antique stores.  I haven’t had time to go antique shopping lately so I took my time walking the aisles of the store.   Here are a few things I found.

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The last few months, I’ve  been selling lots of Ironstone in my Etsy shop so I’m on the hunt for some new pieces.  This sugar jar was a great find and I love the design.

Vintage Ironstone Sugar Container

I already own one of these mini blue and white garden stools so this one will go in my shop.  It would look great on bookshelf as a bookend.

Vintage Mini Blue and White Garden Stool

The pattern on this creamer grabbed my attention and I love the design of the handle.

Vintage Blue and White Creamer

This large blue and white floral pitcher was just sitting in the corner waiting for me.  Sell or not to sell…that is the question?

Vintage Blue and White Pitcher

I purchased a similar elephant the last time I was in Oklahoma for my Etsy shop so I didn’t hesitate when I saw this one.  I’m going to keep it and use it as a perch to hold a plant or stack of books.

Vintage Elephant Stool

Did anyone else go thrifting over the weekend and if so, what did you find?

 

 

 

Favorites Of The Week | A little of this and a little of that

Between working on projects and dealing with the insurance company after my car was hit, this week has been a bit frenzied.   I’m glad to see the weekend and very happy to have a little down time.

Isn’t this basket the cutest?  It’s a simple DIY project I spotted on the OKL site and you can recreate it for less than $25 with these tassels and this basket.

Favorites of the week-- Posts, Projects and Pins

 

It’s a boots and sweater kind of day and I’m off to run errands, attend a blogger meet-up and then its game night at my brothers.

A few favorites from the past week, enjoy!

Diary of a room makeover.  So good!
Fill the gap between passion and success.
Five plants that can detoxify your home.  I’m headed to the nursery this weekend to pick up one or two.
How to make cut Hydrangeas last longer.
Love these chic fabric DIY’s.

High/Low Options: Brass Pharmacy Lamps

It’s been a few years now since brass decor came back on the design scene and now it’s one of the most in demand decorative accessory finishes.  From brass candlesticks and trays to brass drawer pulls and lighting, it seems brass is here to stay.

One of my favorite brass decor pieces is a pharmacy style brass floor lamp.   I love the classic lines and the vintage feel they add to a  room design.

Brass Pharmacy Lamps--High/Low Mix

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Every now and then I’ll see a brass lamp in a thrift store but usually the finish is worn and the lamp is wonky.  If you’re lucky to find a good quality piece while thrifting, great.  If not, your best option for shopping of brass floor lamps is online.

One of the great things about shopping online is that you can find high-end as well as budget friendly options for just about anything, including brass floor lamps. What makes a decorative piece more expensive than another comes down the design details, materials, brand and overall quality.  And in the end, it’s your budget that may dictate what you purchase.

When considering high/low options, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Is the material solid or is the finish applied over an inexpensive meta?  Solid brass floor lamps are usually heavier and sturdier and tend to have a more solid base.
  • Check out the on/off switch to make sure it has a smooth operation.  
  • Check the bulb wattage.  Lower prices lamps may only allow for lower watt bulbs which won’t work if you need ample lighting.
tip:  take a magnet with you when shopping–a magnet won’t stick to solid brass but ti will stick to a metal piece with a brass finish

Brass Pharmacy Lamps--High/Low Mix

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HIGH/LOW:  BRASS PHARMACY LAMPS

Brass Pharmacy Lamps--High/Low Mix

  HIGH:    $358.80 Robert Abbey Kinetic Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp.  You can see that the base of this high-end lamp is has more heft and substance to it and the finish has a deep hue.  At first glance you’d think this lamp was solid brass but it’s not.  This lamp has an adjustable arm, swivel head and takes a 60 watt bulb.

LOW:     $39.99 Dawson Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor LampThis budget friendly lamps has many of the same characteristics as the pricier version–it’s not solid brass, it has an adjustable arm and her and it takes a 60 watt bulb.  The only major difference is the light tone on the finish.

Brass Pharmacy Lamps--High/Low Mix

 

HIGH:   $385.00  Adjustable Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp. This pharmacy lamp has a sleeker design and smaller lamp head and adjustable arm. While it’s made of solid brass, I don’t like the exposed cord which cheapens the look in my eye.

LOW: $99.99  Brass Finish Pharmacy Floor Lamp.  If you want to save a couple hundred dollars and have the same look, I recommend this budget-friendly version.  The look is almost identical with the only major difference the finish which has a lighter tone.Brass Pharmacy Lamps--High/Low Mix

HIGH:    $174.60  Cal Lighting Pharmacy Floor Lamp.  This version of a brass pharmacy lamp has softer lines and a bit more curve than the other.  The lamp head and arm are adjustable, I like the design of the base and the more antique finish.  While more expensive than the budget-friendly version, the price is still reasonable.  p.s.  it’s from Wal-Mart

LOW: $56.99  Modern Globe Floor Lamp.  I know you’ve all seen this lamp from Target.  I actually have the tabletop version on my desk and love it.  The finish on this lamp is listed as brassy gold but in real life it looks like a true brass finish.  The lamp head has a more modern shape but it swivels so it great as a reading lamp.

There is no wrong or right with these lamps options–all of them are great.  The low-price version will add just as much style to your home as the more expensive option, the choice is yours!

Pillow Pairings | My Favorite Black and White Pillow Styles

Raise your hand it you own this black and white pillow cover from Ikea.  I think half the world owns the Lappljung Ruta cushion cover, including me!

I think the appeal of this covers is the graphic design, the sturdy fabric and of course the black and white color combo.  And let’s not overlook the $10 price which makes this pillow one of the best design deals around.

Ikea Black and White Pillow

via Ikea

While I love the Ikea pillow, I think its time a new black and white pillow becomes the darling of the design world. To find a winner, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite black and white pillows/cushion covers along with the accent pillows I’d pair them with them when decorating.

Check out my pillow pairings and leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite.

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No. 1

Black, white and greek key are always a winning combination and a classic look that will be around for years to come.  The black velvet pillow pairs beautifully with this dusty blue Schumacher floral fabric and a tan and white mini animal print.

 Black Velvet Pillow Cover with Greek Key Trim // Hot House Flowers Pillow Cover // Tan Cheetah Pillow Cover 

Black and White Pillow Pairings by ConfettiStyle

 

No. 2

This woven black and white pillow has a casual vibe that is perfect for a sectional or sofa.  Because of the texture, I’ve paired it with a deep yellow velvet pillow and an abstract floral so the look is relaxed and carefree.  The black and white woven pillow would also look great paired with other black and white pillow designs.

p.s.  the velvet pillow is available in 10 fabulous colors
 Linework Woven Decorative Pillow // Watercolour Floral Pillow Cover // Brenner Yellow Velvet Pillow

Black and White Pillow Pairings by ConfettiStyle

No. 3

By far my favorite black and white pillow grouping!  This textured black and white pillow cover is so versatile that you can easily pair it with other patterns.  Since I love all things emerald green I used that as the accent color for this combo.  The floral pillow keeps the overall look soft while the velvet green pillow with greek key keeps the look classic.

   Ben Soleimani Textured Wool Nailhead Pillow Cover //  Bermuda Blossoms Pillow Cover // Emerald Green Velvet Pillow 

Black and White Pillow Pairings by ConfettiStyle

No. 4

If you like a more modern vibe, you’ll love this combo.  I like how the bold design of the black and white grid pillow mixes well with a modern strip and Asian floral design.

p.s.  there are a thousand shades of white so don’t think you have to have the exact hue in each pillow design.  A little contrast is a good thing.
 Modern Black Pillow //  Black and White Dotted Stripe Pillow Cover // Asian Floral Pillow Cover
Black and White Pillow Pairings by ConfettiStyle

No. 5

I’m starting to see black and white buffalo check pillows all over Pinterest so it looks like this pillow design is a new favorite amongst designers and design bloggers.  An oversized plaid like this works will with ditzy prints and florals and you can go with just about any color combo you want.

 Buffalo Check Pillow // Dalmatian Spots Pillow // P. Kaufmann Candid Moment Pillow Cover

Black and White Pillow Pairings by ConfettiStyle

Tips For Pairing Pillows Like A Pro

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  1. Ensure all pillows have a consistent color theme.  If you’re using a black and white pillow as the foundation, pair it will other designs that include black, white or both colors so there is a connection amongst the pillows.
  2. The scale of patterns should balance each other, not compete for attention. A good rule of thumb is one large , one medium and one small.
  3. Texture is important and can be visual texture (what the eye sees) as well as tactile texture (what you actually feel).  Texture adds warmth and depth to pillow pairings and should always be a part of your pillow mix.
  4. The size of the pillows matter.  Just like you scale the size of print, you want different sizes of pillows. Here’s a winning combo you can always count on…

For the sofa:  (2) 24×24 pillows  + (2) 20×20 pillows + (1) Lumbar pillow  //  For a loveseat: (2) 20×20 pillows + (1) Lumbar pillow

So, which black and white pillow is your favorite and which pillow pairing do you like most? 

Favorites Of The Week | Design & DIY Inspiration

It’s 7:00 am, its freezing outside and I’m off to the gym for a workout.  I’ve rounded up some great inspiration for you and hope you enjoy.

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Design & DIY Inspiration

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If you’re a ribbon hoarder like me you’ll love this DIY project. Diane created this easy ribbon storage rack out of unexpected hardware materials.  I love that it’s functional and pretty.

DIY Ribbon Rack

A chic and stylish kitchen update including a gorgeous Suzanne Kasler light fixture.

p.s.  hanging plates on the wall and decor will never go out of style

p.s.s  I love the framed chinoiserie art hanging in the wall in the dining area.  With the right frames and fabric you can create this look too.

Kitchen Makeover by La Dolce Vita

This Texas farmhouse is filled with loads of charming details and eclectic touches.  And check out the pattern mixing going on in this bedroom.

Eclectic Farmhouse Decor

The next time you come across a couple of straw placemats at a thrift store, buy them so you can make this cute clutch.  I’m definitely adding this to my craft project list.

DIY Placemat Clutch

See you back here Monday.  Have a great weekend!

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