Always one to admire chic office spaces, I was excited to see the Chicago office of Liz of the blog Sequins & Stripes and Alex of A.K. Studio featured on The Glitter Guide recently. The ladies were able to accomplish a chic and inviting space that is full of personality. They combined rug layering and lots of art into their white walls to make the place feel personal to them.
Simply by adding a few decor pieces to your office space you can achieve a chic and personal feel that doesn’t feel like you are in cube city. Adding a rug, art, and pillows are a great way to bring your personality into your workspace.
As spring approaches, bringing with it the rain, slush, and puddles of winter’s thaw, appropriate floor coverings in high-traffic areas become all the more important. And when it comes to preparing for the wet season,outdoor/indoor rugs turn even the simplest entryway into a mudroom!
Neutral outdoor/indoor rugs are especially versatile; they offer the texture of fibers like jute or sisal, but have water repellant properties that make them easy to clean. Plus with patterns like check, houndstooth, and subtle stripes, you can create a tidy and stylish welcome every time you step in your door!
Home trends are usually influenced by fashion trends, although they usually take a few years to trickle down from fashion into home decor. Being one to always be inspired by the new fashion trends, I took at look at Kate Spade’s newest collection, the Madison Ave. Collection, and found some rugs inspired by some of the looks from the collection.
On cold winter mornings, there is nothing better than taking an extra moment to savor that first mug of hot coffee or tea in a warm, sunlit space. Whether you have an entire room to devote to greeting the day, or a simple nook or corner in another room, making a spot with morning in mind is something worth doing. Start by scouting out potential locations: which rooms get the best morning light? Which windows offer the most inspiring view? Your answers to these questions will help you track down the perfect morning spot.
Once you have your spot picked out, it’s time to furnish it. A comfy chair is a must — we like the clean lines and chic (and washable) slipcover of the Oliver Living Room Chair. Somewhere to set your cup and book or paper is also key, and a table like this two-drawer version is especially helpful for stashing reading material when you are done. Once you have somewhere to sit and to put your drink, it’s time to talk mood. Warm, sunshine yellow, as in the gold and ivory Bali rug or the bright, bold Volare rug, is perfect for gently rousing sleepyheads. As a finishing touch, consider adding a stand filled with lush green plants and blooming flowers.
Whatever nook you choose to adopt as your morning wake-up space, make sure to keep it filled only with the things and colors you love. Starting the day on a cheerful, positive note will impact the rest of your day…you deserve it to be great!
Indigo sometimes gets a bad rap: stiff, crunchy denim dungarees, traditional coastal inspired interiors, or even confusion over whether a sock is blue or black. But we’re here to today to say that indigo can be modern, updated, and so very rich. Almost reminiscent of the night sky, indigo is deeper than blue, more saturated than navy, and not quite as serious as black. This gender-neutral shade pairs well with brights and neutrals, making it a great hue for both fashion and the home. In your wardrobe, ease into spring with a cozy, nubby sweater dress — knee-high boots will keep your legs warm as the season progresses. For those of us in warmer climates, a simple sailor-inspired shift dress is the perfect piece for spring. Skinny white stripes are grouped in pairs to break up the solid field of indigo, making this a go-to wardrobe look. This shade is super sophisticated and polished, so it’s really not hard to go wrong with this aesthetic.
In regards to the home, we believe that simple is best. Think bold and painterly stripes, variegated skinny stripes, or simple and clean geometrics. After all, it is about modernizing this very traditional and classic color. Especially great is this wobbly-striped number from Martha Stewart. Call the chalk stripe, the stripes on this beauty are organic and irregular without being too much of a statement piece. This style would complement many a bedroom or living room, maybe even a casual dining room. With this sophisticated and versatile indigo hue, the night-sky is the limit.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, bringing with it reminders of the impact of red. The hot hue is traditionally viewed as the color of passion, and indeed red does indeed inject drama and energy when used in interiors. However its effect goes far beyond its fiery implications. When used strategically, a little red goes a long way!
For example, consider cherry paired with crisp white creates a cheerful, cottage-inspired look. Crimson and auburn have an adventurous global feel to them, especially when used in patterns like ikat or chevron. And combined with pinks, blacks, and metallics, deep shades like ruby or wine have a glamorous presence. Valentine’s Day may come only once per year, but the power of red is perennial!
Home is your corner of the world — a place to relax, unwind, and dream — but it’s so easy to let things go in the bustle of daily life. If you are ready to make a positive change around your home, clear the clutter, and enhance feelings of peace and wellness in your living space, these 8 simple steps can help.
1. Clear the clutter. Take it one shelf, drawer, and closet at a time. It can help to map out a plan for clearing clutter in your home, tackling one area per month, so that at the end of the year your home will be completely clutter-free.
2. Choose soothing hues. Which colors make you instantly feel relaxed and happy? Whites, blues, and soft, sandy neutrals have a soothing effect on most people, and soft shades of pink, spring green, and lavender are also calming.
3. Be consistent with color. Even more important than the particular hues you choose is keeping your color palette tights. Focusing on one or two main colors (plus plenty of white) throughout your entire home will help your space feel more spacious and restful.
4. Unify your storage. Have open shelving? Rather than pile up stuff willy-nilly, invest in a matching set of pretty storage boxes, bins, or baskets to keep things neat. Personalize your simple storage containers with photo labels you print yourself, kraft paper luggage tags, or use a label maker to create your own sticky labels.
5. Engage the senses. We’ve covered the visual sense with color, clutter, and storage — now it’s time to think about smell, sound, touch, and taste. Add lovely candles, inspiring music, bowls of ripe fruit, and a mix of textures that thrill your fingers.
6. Clean a little everyday. It’s not glamorous, but keeping up with a small amount of daily cleaning will keep your home looking and feeling good. Clearing the clutter (see step #1) will make the cleaning go faster, so add that to your motivation to pare back!
7. Add softness underfoot. Using a mix of textures in area rugs in your home is a treat for your feet. Try a sturdy jute rug like this natural bleached version from Surya(No.1) in heavily trafficked areas; a cushy Moroccan-inspired carpet like the Loloi Sahara(No.2) or Jaipur Tangier (No.3) in the living room; and a lush, super-soft rug like the Jaipur Lustre(No.4) would be gorgeous in the bedroom.
8. Spend time at home. If you are rarely home, it simply won’t feel as warm and welcoming. Choose to be a homebody instead of going out sometimes — putter, listen to music, watch movies, and just enjoy being at home in your space.
Sometimes colors will come up in fashion trends that are completely unexpected. Light pink, this season, is that surprise color for me. Usually a popular color in the spring along with all of the other pastels, light pink made an early debut this year — specifically in coats, sweaters, and anything furry. Why not pull this fashion trend into your home with a rug or a pillow?
If you’re looking for a way to update your living room, nothing does the trick quite as effectively as a graphic rug in classic black and white. This interiors staple is at once bold and versatile, with the high-contrast pattern adding visual energy while the neutral palette fits into almost any space.
Consider your style when choosing a graphic patterned rug. Greek key and trellis designs offer a traditional sensibility, while tiled and optical effects fit into modern and global-inspired spaces. And when in doubt, go for a chevron rug–its dynamic appeal is universal!
Getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world? When your little one arrives, you are going to be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so focus on making it a place that both of you will enjoy. Read on for 10 tips to create a healthy, simple, beautiful nursery.
1. Choose a soothing color palette. Color goes such a long way to setting the mood of a space, and in the nursery, the mood you want is peaceful. Loud prints and bright colors are great for playtime, but in baby’s sleeping area consider restful hues like soft blues, grays, lavender, and white.
2. Stick with a few well-chosen toys & books. There will be many years ahead for your child to accumulate toys…you don’t need to start with all of them now! Infants love being able to explore how things feel, so focus your energy on selecting a few safe, well-made toys that are interesting to touch and look at. Keep it simple.
3. Hunt for vintage furniture. Not only will picking up a vintage piece or two save you some dough, it’s the best possible option for the environment and for your baby. A vintage dresser can make a fabulous dual-purpose piece, holding diapers and supplies inside and a diaper changing pad on top. When your little one is out of diapers, the same dresser, sans changing mat, can hold junior’s clothes. Other great vintage pieces to shop for include rockers, rocking horses, and toy chests. A crib or bassinet is the only piece it’s best to buy new, as vintage cribs may not be considered safe by today’s standards.
4. Use zero-VOC paints. Most paint companies now offer a low- or zero-VOC formula, available in the same color range as the regular paints — but without the most harmful chemicals. If you have furniture you wish to paint, like basic pieces from Ikea, or a vintage find, consider using milk paint. Milk paint is the most natural option of all (and yes, it really is made with milk!) and comes in a lovely range of natural hues.
5. Layer natural fiber rugs. Area rugs made from natural fibers like cotton, wool, and jute are pure and healthy, and feel great underfoot. Consider adding several different area rugs to define zones — a plush wool or easy-clean cotton rug for tummy time, and a hardworking jute, hemp, or sisal rug in areas that get heavier traffic.
6. Splurge on a natural mattress and sheets. Newborns spend most of their early days (and far too few of their nightsâ€¦) sleeping. That means that sweet little face will be nuzzled right up to whatever mattress and sheets you have chosen, so it makes sense to devote a little extra room in the budget to a natural mattress and set of basic sheets if you can.
7. Provide plenty of easy storage options. Picking up tiny toys, board books, and wee clothes is not so easy when you are operating on two or three hours of sleep — make things easier on yourself and set up ample storage options before baby arrives. Open baskets in various sizes can work to hold just about anything, so stock up!
8. Consider light and noise. A beautifully sunny room can seem like a blessing…until you are trying to get the little one to nap on a bright, sunshiny day! Invest in thick drapes or shades with a blackout liner, and be sure to bring in a small stereo or ipod dock to play soothing bedtime music.
9. Pay attention to flow. Try to position the crib with at least one side against a wall, preferably two, and place it in such a way that baby has a view of the door — your little one will feel more secure that way. Also be sure to keep the main path from the door to crib clutter-free…whatever is on the floor will trip you on the way to those late-night feeding sessions!
10. Keep it clean. A green nursery is a clean nursery. Frequently cleaning the floors and wiping down surfaces, including window sills and baseboards, will help keep pollution and other yucky stuff out of your little one’s serene space.