Design Style Profile: Art Deco

Design Style Profile: Art Deco
Art Deco
In May of 2013, Baz Luhrmann released his visual masterpiece, The Great Gatsby , showcasing the exuberant and lavish lifestyles that decorated what we know as, "The Jazz Age." When I think about the Jazz Age, I hear trumpets blaring and bodies flying through the Charleston and Lindy hop. The setting is a dimly lit dance club with mirrors, geometric lighting, shiny black lacquered detailing, and lush velvet upholstery. The Art Deco movement began in the 1920's in Paris before moving internationally throughout the 1930's and WWII era. This Jazz Age design era came after Art Nouveau, a movement focused on pastel colors and organic flowery lines. The Art Deco movement brought lively design, bright colors and bold design features made of exotic materials; giving an eclectic opulent vibe to interior spaces. Other common characteristics of Art Deco design include:...
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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen
Renovating the bathroom and kitchen are arguably the most expensive and arduous tasks when it comes to updating your home: moving plumbing, knocking out cabinets and buying big ticket items are usually to blame. However, there are simpler ways to update these rooms so they look fresh and new again. 1. Add Unique Tiles Tile is a great way to add color, pattern and personality to your kitchen. For a classic look, a simple white subway tile backsplash will brighten up your kitchen without making it look too cluttered and busy. A huge trend right now is the square (4x4) white subway tile; this tile with add a more modern, geometric edge but with the same classic properties of its original counterpart. Using colored or patterned tiles for a kitchen floor is a great way to show the age and...
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Best Accessories for the Home

Best Accessories for the Home

Just like adding statement earrings and a beaded clutch to tie together an outfit; filling your home with trinkets and accessories is a great way to add color and vibrant personality. In the beginning stages of furnishing a space, invest in your quality large furniture pieces or framed art to ground your space. Remember, these items should be bought to last and can be reupholstered, restained or reframed over time if desired. Next, buy less expensive accessories that can be changed out by season, trend, or a change of taste. Here’s what’s trending now in home décor accessories: • Loud bookends: Bookends have become a great way to add color and interest to bookshelves, while still remaining functional. Take these pink agate bookends for example. They would add a vibrant pop of color to a white bookshelf or could be...
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The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home

The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home
The best, and admittedly, trickiest part of interior design is mastering the language of color. Each color evokes a different vibe into a space depending on the tint, shade, or tone of the color used. For example, light colors will make a space seem large and airy, and darker colors will make a space seem warm and a lot smaller than it actually is. If color is something that overwhelms you, go halfway with it. Instead of choosing stark white, choose a white with blue or green undertones. If you are looking for a daring and bold color that demands attention, red is your answer. Red heightens the senses and evokes romance, passion and sometimes anger. The later is why you shouldn’t sleep in a bedroom with all red walls. A good way to incorporate red into your home is...
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5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home

5 Ways to “Romance” Your Home
February is the month of love. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is. Post-Christmas shelves are stuffed with cartoon valentines, and bright pink and red candy packages. Oversized stuffed bears and heart stationary spilling out of the aisles. A different way to approach this season is to head to the flower market or your favorite artisan candle store and stock up. Enjoy this season by simply having a delicious home cooked meal on a table covered with candles and Frank Sinatra cooing in the background. Small touches like these create the most romantic, intimate setting. Here are five ways to add romanic touches to your home this month: Flowers: An easy and subtle way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day is with fresh flowers. Though really, a great way to brighten your home any day of the year...
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5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses

5 Cooking Ingredients with Everyday Household Uses
There are two types of items we keep in our pantries: those items we use daily which we buy in bulk; and those other items we use less frequently but still insist upon having on hand. Each type of item comes with a limited shelf life, so an easy way to finish off unused or over bought products is by using them as household items. For example, to remove stains and odors from your carpet, exfoliating your skin, or polishing your silver. Baking Soda: Besides making fluffy buttermilk pancakes or flakey biscuits, that box of baking soda sits in the same spot on your shelf month in and month out. But did you know if you poured ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar down a clogged drain, it would unclog it? You can also soak your...
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The Art of Organizing

The Art of Organizing
Two times a year, we clean house. First, in the spring, we purge our wardrobes and interior spaces to make room for new fashion and design trends. We officially reset our lives every January first with the beginning of a new year. Around this time we also make a list of resolutions that we may or may not give up on two weeks in. This year, forge ahead and add a resolution to your list that is attainable yet trying, a goal that you can reap the benefits of in all aspects of your life. Something as simple as, organizing your home, is an effective goal that will make a big impact. When talking about the organization of your home, there are three ways to approach this task; you can: do-it-yourself, ask the experts, or hire out. To do-it-yourself is...
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Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter
Keeping your home warm for the winter amidst the Seattle cool air isn’t always easy. Often, the only solution we find is to crank up the heat causing our heating bills to skyrocket. However, there are other more cost effective and energy efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter season. Here are some tips to getting your home ready for the winter: - Cover your windows with plastic to further insulate your home. Plastic window covering kits are widely available at any hardware store. Just follow the simple directions on the packaging and your home will be air tight in no time. - Have your heating system inspected so you can insure it is operating as efficiently as possible. - Seal any cracks that lead outside, bringing cool air in. Use caulk or any other sealant to seal...
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Winter Color Pallet: Paint Edition

Winter Color Pallet: Paint Edition
As the bitter chill of winter sets in we haul out our faux fur throws, spice-scented candles, blanket scarves and consume warm beverages by the gallon. Another easy way to warm up any space and boost your winter blues is through paint. When was the last time you walked into your white-walled apartment after a bitter rainstorm and thought, “wow, this color makes me feel so warm and cozy!” Never, right? When painting your walls for the wintertime, think warm thoughts. Avoid those cool-toned, blue-based colors such as your greys, whites, cobalts, and indigos. Instead, veer towards warm-toned colors, specifically colors with a red or yellow base. This warm-toned palette includes, your butterscotch browns, deep olives and warm burgundy’s. Anchor these colors with tan, mocha or terracotta accents. If painting an entire space is too much of a commitment, repaint...
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Holiday Table Breakdown

Holiday Table Breakdown
Holiday Table Breakdown
Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close, officially declaring the start of the holiday season! For an easy and stress free dinner party season, I’m breaking down the meat and potatoes of your holiday event…the table setting. As creatures of habit, yearly, we succumb to the same decorations, color palette and dishes; this year I’m challenging you to try something unique, eclectic, and dare I say…trendy? Spice things up this year by adding dramatic and unique winter trends to your traditional seasonal décor, such as: faux fur, sparkle, natural elements, raw wood, and a less is more approach. Add warmth to your living room by using faux fur throws on your leather armchairs. Add dramatic touches by using silver glitter candles or shiny animal figurines on your coffee table. These holiday trends can easily translate into your traditional table setting...
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