Perfect Housewarming Gifts

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Perfect Housewarming Gifts

Moving is tough. Sure, it’s also a fresh start and a new experience, but we know carrying those belongings up several flights of stairs is hardly easy. So when you have friends who relocate, make sure you reward their successful move with a thoughtful housewarming gift. We’ve hunted down everything your hosts will appreciate. 

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Notable American Homes

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Notable American Homes

When you think about notable homes in America places like the White House, Mount Vernon, or maybe even Graceland come to mind. These places are more about the people who lived there and the legacy they left behind than the home itself- it's construction, craftsmanship, or architectural vision. The most iconic homes aren't those that had famous people living in them, but rather the ones that made people famous because of their design. We want to take a look at a few of our favorite notable American homes today, could you see yourself living in one of these?

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Opal Book Club: June

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Opal Book Club: June

Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing changed the way we keep our homes, and decorate other's. Some of her key rules are easy for us to apply to how we accessorize  our client's spaces, and we hope they will help you too. There are two key tenets to Kondo’s method: Keep only what inspires joy in your heart and organize by category, not spaces.
 

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5 Designer Hacks You Need to Be Using

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5 Designer Hacks You Need to Be Using

Every interior designer has their go-to tricks. Today we'd like to share our top hacks that we use time and again for staging photo shoots, working with clients, and making quick design decisions a breeze. 

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5 Ways to Dress up a Hallway

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5 Ways to Dress up a Hallway

Hallways connect our main living spaces to bedrooms, entry halls and up and down staircases. These spaces are often overlooked, but they are just as important as any livingroom or bedroom when you are considering decor. Whether you're working with a short hallway, a hallway with a sharp turn, a spacious hallway or one that's a tight squeeze, you can make it feel just as special as the rest of your home. Make your hallways come alive with these tips on ways to dress up your hallway.

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How to Decorate with White

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How to Decorate with White

White has long been beloved by architects and interior designers for its versatility and freshness. But as anyone who has ever tried to choose from among hundreds of shades of white paint can attest, decorating with white isn’t as easy as it sounds. We’ve pulled together the best tips — starting with how to choose that perfect paint color — so you can decorate in white with confidence and style.

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Opal Designers Spotlight

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Opal Designers Spotlight

Since it’s beginning in 2009, Opal Design Group has been creating beautifully livable spaces. They are a young, innovative team of incredibly talented and creative designers. With decades of combined design experience Opal Design Group brings a knowledge of color, texture, and materials to each unique project. Whether they’re designing a prestigious office, luxury home, casual cafe or an upscale boutique, Opal designers have an insatiable passion for every aspect of the design. This week we asked the ladies behind Opal some of their favorite design details, and the things that they struggle with designing in their own home. 

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Spring Decorating Ideas

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Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring is one of our favorite seasons, especially for refreshing your home. It's typical this time of year to get the rubber gloves out, and give your home a thorough cleaning and you can see all of our tips on that in this series, but today we want to share with you some simple touches you can make to your space to bring in a light, fresh springtime feel. 

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Our Favorite Off the Shelf Table Lamps

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Our Favorite Off the Shelf Table Lamps

Lamps can be the star of a design, or a subtle touch, use them on end tables to flank a sofa or on a console table behind the sofa. Choose from a variety of shades: grays, creams, blacks, whites, and beiges. These toned-down hues are far from boring—wood, shell, rope, and metallic finishes can provide eye-catching texture to amp up any look. This week we wanted to share our favorite off-the-shelf table lamps. We've divided them into a few different categories, take a look.

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5 Great Interior Design Apps

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5 Great Interior Design Apps

With the rise of the internet home decorating has become much easier than it used to be. And now, there is a wealth of home improvement and decorating wisdom in the palm of your hand, thanks to the rising number of design apps available for your smartphone. We’ve picked 5 of our favorite decoration apps that will help you create the home of your dreams. 

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Top 5 Design Mistakes To Avoid

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Top 5 Design Mistakes To Avoid

Learning from mistakes is key when dealing with interior design, and as designers we have all made mistakes. So we thought we'd share some mistakes that we have made, as well as some we see homeowners making all the time- so you can avoid making them in your own home.

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Design Details: Built-ins

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Design Details: Built-ins

One of our most requested design details is to create custom built-ins for our clients.  Nothing puts your square footage to better use than a built-ins. Whether that means a desk and cabinetry in your kitchen or a bookcase tucked into a niche beside the fireplace, built-ins maximize every available inch in your floor plan. They transform dead zones under stairs and at the end of hallways into functional space and help you get organized by adding new storage options without adding on to your home. Today, in our last post in the Design Details series we wanted to share with you our most requested types of built-ins, and share our tips for achieving a similar look in your own home. 

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Design Detail: Decorative Throw Pillows

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Design Detail: Decorative Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a simple accessory that add a lot of depth to a room. Anytime you begin to add layers on your furniture whether with a throw blanket or a decorative pillow, you are adding the opportunity to introduce a new texture or pattern. This allows you to warm up a space and make it feel like a designer has been there. Today's "Design Details" post delves into the world of decorative pillows and how you can use them to give your home a designer look. 

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Design Details: Millwork and Mouldings

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Design Details: Millwork and Mouldings

Typically when decorating a new room, paint color, floor coverings and furnishings often take priority over other decor accents like millwork. Millwork and mouldings are the added wooden details around a room, like the detail on a cabinet door, fireplace surrounds, and chair rails. While there is no denying that items like paint and flooring are key elements in any room design, decorative crown moulding is an affordable way to add style and sophistication to any living space. So today in our "Design Details" series let us share with you some great areas in your home where you can "beef" up your moulding game- and give your home that custom look.

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Design Details: Window Treatments

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Design Details: Window Treatments

In this new series, "Design Details," we want to share with you several ways you can add a  custom feel to areas and items in your home. Whether it be through built-ins, sewing some details on a pillow, or adding moldings to a plain hallway, we want to give our expert tips and advice on how to achieve a designer look with what you already have. 

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Which Countertop is Right for My Kitchen?

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Which Countertop is Right for My Kitchen?

One of our favorite parts of working with clients on a kitchen remodel is getting to select the countertop material. Growing up everyone we knew had laminate countertops in solid colors, if you were lucky enough to have white or ivory, your kitchen looked pretty "rad." But for the unfortunate few of us who grew up with olive, orange, or golden yellow (shout our to all of you 70's and 80's babies) you know how quickly those kitchens felt dated. These days there are so many options from natural stone to man made products, to fit every budget. We want to give you a simple run-down of our favorites, and some budget friendly options that will make your kitchen feel oh-so cool!

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5 Investments to Make in your Home Right Now

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5 Investments to Make in your Home Right Now

Sometimes the best investment you can make regarding your home isn't a clear one. It can be frustrating deciding where to splurge and where to save — especially if you have many areas you feel need updating. Most of the time our wallets do the deciding for us, or a major appliance malfunction gets moved to the top of the list. We wanted to share our thoughts on the areas we feel make the most impact on your investment and the future re-sale value of your home. 

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How to Display Books in Your Home

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How to Display Books in Your Home

Books can be great for entertainment, but they can also be the perfect accessory to any room. From large coffee table books, to smaller novels, finding a way to display them in your home can give them a whole new personality.  Here are some suggestions on how and where to display all those books! 

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How To Decorate with Geometric Patterns

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How To Decorate with Geometric Patterns

Decorating with geometric prints can be challenging if you don't know where to start. It helps to draw inspiration from the world around you. Geometric prints aren't a new fad, they have been around for a while- and you can see them in fashion spreads, and in decor magazines from decades ago. Bold geometrics are a popular because they can blend well into any style from contemporary to traditional. So if you are ready to add some pattern into you home here are our tips for getting a sophisticated look using lattice, hexagons, diamonds, quatrefoils, and more.

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