Even the simplest of spaces can feel like a luxurious retreat for guests when every detail has been carefully considered. When you start to plan your guest room, think about what you'd expect to find in a 5-star hotel and try to make your room measure up to that standard in any way you can, understanding that it obviously won't be perfect. Your budget may not have enough in it to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can clear the decks, arrange what's necessary, and provide a quiet home away from home for company.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and hoards of people will be gathering together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the season. And whether you have been elected, or volunteered to host we are here with a few simple tips to help you navigate the chaos that can ensue with large gatherings.
A common decorating question we often are asked is, "How can I mix different finishes together in the same room, shouldn't I just buy the 3 piece set?" Well the days of matching wood furniture sets are a thing of the past. One of our favorite ways to decorate is to include pieces that add depth and make a room feel collected, rather than staged. When all of the wood surfaces in a single space share the same tone, nothing stands out and the room falls flat. When you begin to mix wood tones in a room you add the warmth and texture that makes a space feel organic and collected. There is no correct answer when it comes to mixing wood furniture finishes, but here are a few guidelines that may help you begin curating your space.
As temperatures outside drop, it's time to bring some warmth back into your home. Today we want to share our favorite throw pillows to cozy up your home for winter. Selecting warm textures are the key to creating a pillow story that will enhance your decor, and remember to choose accent pillows in colors and patterns that match your existing decor to ensure you don't have to make any other decor adjustments. Here are our favorite styles this winter:
It's only October, and we're already itching to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in at home. But with months of cold weather still in front of us, we've discovered the next best thing: natural, DIY air fresheners, made using just a few fresh ingredients. Some store-bought deodorizers can contain harmful chemicals. So why buy it when you can make your own, risk-free? Here are a few DIY room deodorizers that will transform the scent of your home!
We are about to share one of our favorite design secrets. We love gold picture frames! At a recent trip to the framers we asked if they had anything more narrow and gold. Basically we were looking for the most narrow gold frame they had. The Framing consultant informed us those were "out of style" or they "don't get too many people asking for them". Hmm... We beg to differ, you can find thin gold frames in all the design magazines!
As designers, we’ve noticed that it’s common for basements to become the “catchall” for things you can’t find places for in other in other areas of the home. It’s easy to do, especially because basements are easy to close off and hide. However, this “out of sight, out of mind” mentality also creates a TON of wasted space that could otherwise be a great aspect of your home. Lower-level spaces can just as stylish and useful as any upper-level space! Here are 3 ways to help you use your basement more:
The Condo at City Creek was a delight to be a part of. The elegant and modern space was a designers dream!
If you have ever taken on a kitchen renovation, or new build you know what it can feel like to make so many overwhelming decisions. Having a designer, contractor, or builder explain the pros and cons of your choices can help cut down on some of that stress. Today we wanted to share with you our thoughts on sinks, and the choices you have when it comes to materials.
The vision Alan and Connie Higley had for the new building of Aroma Tools was to create a warm and inviting space for their customers to shop and host their own events. The Architect, Kris Pasker, designed a 22,100 sq. foot building that takes advantage of the gorgeous mountain views in the East and creates a juxtaposition between the event center and retail experience that draws people in and creates a sense of community. Opal Design Group aided in the careful selection and coordination of the finishes, space plan, and decor. Big D Construction provided excellent craftsmanship and communication during the entire construction process.
Autumn is the best time of the year to incorporate earth tones, texture, and warmth into your space. You don’t have to sacrifice your style to decorate for the changing seasons. Fall decor colors can be rich and robust, or subtle and subdued, just by substituting a few accessories, or adding a stand out piece you can achieve a warm, welcoming look. Here are 6 easy fall decorating ideas you can mix and match into your home this season.
Kitchen trends will come and go, but some things never go out of style. There's a reason white kitchens are everywhere, they are bright, cheery, and timeless. White remains the kitchen color of choice, and it's easy to see why. If you want a kitchen that will stand the test of time and still look as beautiful twenty years from now as it does today, consider incorporating some of these elements we see repeated in these white kitchens.
We feel like in the last 5 years we’ve painted walls hundreds of different colors. Paint colors can be so tricky and act differently depending on the time of the day, the furniture that is in the space, the light, the tone of the wood. So, while we try to embrace new colors with every new client, there are some colors we know we can always fall back on. You can consider these colors our favorite designer paint colors.
Plants are great, they are one of the easiest accessories to add to your decor, they remove indoor air pollutants and they smell nice. An herb garden in the kitchen, a tree in the living room, an orchid in the entry are great of ways of incorporating mother nature into our homes. Here are some more ways you can incorporate house plants into your decor.
Have you ever noticed that when you open the pages of design magazines something is usually missing from most living rooms? Need a hint? It’s the TV. It’s easy to understand why most issues of our favorite domicile publications ignore the giant black box, we get it. But what is the average homeowner to do? We’ve come up with a few tips to help you figure out where you should put your TV, and how to hide your TV so that it’s not the center of attention in your space.
Today we want to talk about texture, and how you can effectively layer texture into your space for a warmer, high-end look. When all of the components of a complete design are there, color scheme, furniture, accessories, but the entire room just feels a little flat-- it is usually missing layers of texture.Today we want to talk about texture, and how you can effectively layer texture into your space for a warmer, high-end look. When all of the components of a complete design are there, color scheme, furniture, accessories, but the entire room just feels a little flat-- it is usually missing layers of texture.
The first thing you learn in design school is, "there is nothing new under the sun." People have been recycling design trends since the beginning of time, but it is still exciting and refreshing to see things resurface. We remember thinking, back in design school, that brass would NEVER come back. We've all had too many bad memories of brass light fixtures, brass hardware, and furniture from the 1980's. Perhaps when you moved into your house, those 80’s brass relics were the first things to go. While those fixtures are still not in style, and might never be, don’t make up your mind too quickly about brass – the brass fixture has become a classic and has been reinvented for a modern and sophisticated look!
Lately we’ve seen an influx in the “Tiny House” movement. Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living. They are often built on the back of flatbed trailers, or are so small they look like garden sheds.
Today we wanted to reveal a fun project we finished recently. We wanted to design this cabin in a more light and modern style still using some classic cabin finishes. Incorporating natural elements such as stone and wood brings in a natural element to the space.
In case you missed it Jen appeared on KSL Studio 5 to share some tips on finding the perfect balance between design trends and classic style. You can watch the video below or read more In our series “Trendy vs Classic” where we share examples of trendy styles, while offering a classic take on the same design elements. This kind of thinking is great for home owners on a budget who are looking years into the future, and want to select timeless pieces for their home.