Design Style Profile: Art Deco

Design Style Profile: 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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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 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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