Have you ever opened a Pottery Barn catalog and just lusted over the spaces, especially the perfectly put-together beds? You aren't the only ones. If you crave a beautifully made bed, but just aren't sure how to pull it all together, here is a simple ‘recipe’ to help you make your own bed as pretty as a designer bed. Keep in mind that there are no rules when it comes to outfitting your bed, and the possibilities are endless. The following are just general guidelines to help get you started.
In the second installment of our series “Trendy vs Classic” we want to show you 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.
Basic builder-grade kitchens are a fact of life. Sometimes you just have to live with it , when going custom isn't in the budget. The good news is a basic kitchen just needs a little decorative nudge to make them more special. Here are a couple of inexpensive tweaks and improvements to upgrade your space, that don’t require major renovations or time.
Choosing exterior paint colors for your house can be daunting. Inside, you have more freedom to express color, but outside, you really need to get along with everyone else, and match the style of your home. This is why most paint companies offer two categories of paint: tame exterior colors, and a wider, more vibrant range of interior colors. We pulled together some of our favorite paints and we hope you can be inspired by these beautiful combinations.
The Olson’s are entering into a new phase of life that includes spending less time at work and more time relaxing and spending time with their grandchildren. For their home, our goal was to create an elegant, fresh, & simple style that focused on “how to live, not just how to look pretty.”
Today we are concluding our Spring Fling Series. Now that you've cleaned and de-cluttered your home we thought it was time to share with your our secrets to organizing and keeping all the clutter at bay. One thing we should mention before we delve too deep into this post is- the way that you organize your home is very personal and taste-specific. What works for some won't work for others, but we've picked up some clever tips over the last few years, and we think these will work for almost anybody.
To continue our “Spring Fling” series we wanted to elaborate more on de-cluttering your spaces. This step and deep cleaning really go hand in hand. We find it’s much easier to deep clean as you are de-cluttering, when you remove items you have less things to clean, right?
It was the first day of spring last week, and although the weather was a bit crazy all around the country it was gorgeous here! Which got us thinking about spring cleaning, and pulling out all of our spring/summer clothes. We love this time of year, it’s so refreshing to give your home a good deep clean- go through toys, clothes, and closets and get organized. We decided to put together a little series we are calling our “Spring Fling,” we are going to devote the month of April to refreshing your home with tips on cleaning, simplifying, and organizing.
It is true a rug can literally “ground” a space. It anchors the furniture and gives a room a sense of definition. We can’t help but notice the bold, bright and trendy patterns we are seeing used prolifically on rugs these days. We love bold looks for children’s spaces and in small doses, but we wonder how long the trend will last. Are you a fan of the bold and colorful rug?
Adding flowers to your home in the spring is a great way to freshen up your space. We love the look that a fresh bouquet gives a room. Flowers are really the best accessory- they add color, and can be used in pretty much every room to liven things up. Here's our roundup of the best flowers to use in each space in your home.
We are so excited to post this project that we finished up last fall. Working on this project was a breath of fresh air, as our client, an artisan herself, has a love for color and bold patterns. We were able to design her space using materials that we don't get to work with everyday. Take a look!
When it comes to designing a kitchen, a backsplash is one area where you can have some fun. While the cabinets tend to be a practical choice and the countertops a question of utility, a backsplash finishes off a kitchen's look. Here's what you might think about before adding wow to your walls. With lots of tile and backsplash options, consider which material will fit your needs. Ask yourself what is more important in your space, form or function?
Feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing what material to use for your countertop? Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, building a new one or are just starting to brainstorm ideas, seeing the wide variety of products can be daunting. We’ve chosen some of our favorites to lead you in the right direction!
Get this! Almost one hundred percent of designer rooms do not have a matching bedroom set. As in - it all is the same color, came from the same place, and was purchased on the same day.
We understand it seems a lot less “fool proof” to buy a bedroom set. Someone has already done the work for you. There are no worries of mixing the wrong woods or mixing styles that don’t really go. There is no messing it up, however, if you are feeling a little brave, explore with us the genius of not having a matching set. We find there is a lot more visual texture and variety in the room if it doesn't all “match” or come in the same set. You will love each piece for it’s unique features and character that it brings to your space.
Alright, this post is all about a little famous chair trivia! How many of these chairs can you identify? Let's get started...name that Chair!
Have you ever had this happen? Someone is talking about a new house a friend purchased or built. The quality of the house or success of the individual is represented by the size of the house. Comments like "It's so big!" can easily be mistaken for "It's so nice!" And perhaps given the chance to go see the house you discover it is big. So BIG in fact the family did not have the budget to add any detail to the home, let alone fully furnish the space...
Welcome to our brand new blog! Opal Design Group was started under the name of Opal Never Shouts back in 2009. Over the past 5 years we have written 1000's of posts all about interior design, giving our readers tips, advice and inspiration...