Lighten the Load: Tips for a Fun, and Functional Laundry Room

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Lighten the Load: Tips for a Fun, and Functional Laundry Room

If you have a laundry room you know you can spend countless hours in there scrubbing out stains, pressing our best, and folding clothes till the cows come home. It stands to reason that we should make this space as functional and pleasant as possible, right? Laundry rooms have come a long way from a stack-able unit in a closet or a set tucked in a dark, dank basement. Here are a few tips to help you add some pizzazz to your laundry room, anything to help you lighten your load!

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Wedding Floral Design

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Wedding Floral Design

A few moths ago we took our design skills to a whole new level, and we designed the floral arrangements for a special bride. They turned out so much better than we ever expected. We are so glad we could be part of this special day, and we wanted to share the little details with you. 

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How to Decorate with Red

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How to Decorate with Red

Recently while shopping for a client we came across a quote, "Think of red like a spice- use it wisely and in good measure, and it will bring zip to your life" -Alessandra Blanca. Red is a great color choice if you are looking to make a statement or add a small punch to a neutral space. Here are our suggestions for using red tastefully. 

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Pretty Pumpkins

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Pretty Pumpkins

Halloween is right around the corner. We've been seeing so many fun pumpkins on instagram and Pinterest that aren't carved, but painted, or embellished. We rounded up some of our favorites. And we want to see some of your pumpkins, so post them to facebook or instagram and use #opalpumpkins to share, and we will repost our favorites!

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What to Look for When Shopping for a Sofa

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What to Look for When Shopping for a Sofa

A sofa should be one of the biggest furniture investments you’ll make for your home. You should aim to purchase a sofa that lasts the test of time.  Here are our tips to help you look for a sofa that will be the best-quality sofa that you can afford. 

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What's your style: Kitchens

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What's your style: Kitchens

A lot of designers or architects will have their clients take a "style" test before working with them. A style assessment can guide a designer down the path of understanding what style their client gravitates toward, saving the designer time, and the client money. We don't do a strict style assessment when working with new clients, but we do ask to see houzz boards or pinterest pages if the client has any, to help us gauge their style. Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words, you know it when you see it. So we put together a mini-style assessment on kitchen style. Which one is your style? 

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Is it Time to Break up with IKEA?

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Is it Time to Break up with IKEA?

So we love IKEA, they have great prices and we think some of their pieces are really worth the cost. (We are looking at you shelving and kitchen gadgets) But at some point you have to break up with IKEA as your main source for home decor and furniture, and move on to higher quality pieces. By this point you'll hopefully have figured out your specific design style, and developed your personal taste. So we would like to share with you the best places to shop for home once you've broken up with IKEA.

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Our Favorite Fall Accents

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Our Favorite Fall Accents

Decorating for Autumn can be as simple as popping a pumpkin on your porch, or as elaborate as changing out all of the decorative accessories in your home. Now we don't suggest you go that far, and in fact we would steer you toward simplicity- because just a few small and tasteful accents go a long way. So here's a run down of our favorite fall accents for your home.

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Back-to-School Organization

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Back-to-School Organization

Fall is on its way, which means it's back to school for all the little ones. After a long summer of fun, and maybe letting loose with schedules, it can be tough getting back into an organized, and structured routine. But we've put together a few stylish organizational tips, to get your kids, and yourself back in order. 

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September Book Club

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September Book Club

Making a home is a lifelong pursuit and it starts with your very first place. The premise of Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime is that there are certain pieces, when well constructed are versatile and timeless enough to move from room to room and dwelling to dwelling.  The authors, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, a mother–daughter team, operate the popular blog Good Bones, Great Pieces. The McGraths' book makes decorating a small apartment so logical. If you acquire a few basic and versatile pieces of furniture for your first home, they will serve you indefinitely, even if you eventually end up in a larger space with a larger household. A demilune table, a loveseat, a slipper chair, a padded bench - it doesn't matter whether you spend a lot or a little on these compact and charming pieces; their utility makes them priceless.

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Why we love small house living

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Why we love small house living

We've talked about small houses and tiny houses in the past, but we usually approach it from the perspective of design, and not functionality. Today we wanted to address how  living in a smaller house might just enhance your life.

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Our Favorite Design Coffee Table Books

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Our Favorite Design Coffee Table Books

We love decorating with items that you can use, but also make for great decor, and coffee table books fit the bill. We love coffee table books because they usually involve some pretty incredibly photography, fun facts, and provide for some interesting reading material. A coffee table book instantly transforms any surface, and adds a little extra chic to every corner of your home. Here are some of our favorite coffee table books for the decor enthusiasts out there!

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Shut the Front Door!

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Shut the Front Door!

Guests always notice your front door, so you may as well make it inviting! Almost no other part of your home gets as much exposure as the front door. A front door says a lot about who lives inside. There is a dizzying variety of options to choose from in front doors, both in style and construction. Selecting an entryway can be completely overwhelming, but fortunately there are some practical matters to help guide the decision-making process.

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Baby-proof in Style

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Baby-proof in Style

Baby-proofing a home can seem like a pretty daunting task, and a not so chic one either. There are a lot of clever ways you can make your grown-up stylish home kid-friendly. We are here to lend a little support to all the parents out there feeling like they have to sacrifice style to have a baby-proof home. 

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How Technology Affects Design Inspiration

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How Technology Affects Design Inspiration

Over the past several years we have seen technology creep into our lives faster than you can say "iphone 7." As designers we've seen the rise and fall of TV cabinets large enough to house an army, to make way for the slim and sleek wall mounted flat screen. Kitchen appliances seamlessly built into drawers, and wireless thermostats you can control through your phone, while on vacation! As technology has transformed our homes and how we live in them, it has also transformed how we can connect with other designers, products, and inspiration. Gone are the days when you had to purchase a physical magazine and save the pages you liked- it's 2016 and we want to share our favorite ways to connect with design inspiration. 

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Our Favorite Blue Paint Colors

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Our Favorite Blue Paint Colors

If you haven't noticed by now, we are really drawn to the color blue. It is soft, cool, and pretty. It is not a color that tires easily or becomes outdated. Today we thought we would share a few of our favorite blue paint colors. Enjoy!

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What Kind of Wood Flooring Should I Choose?

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What Kind of Wood Flooring Should I Choose?

When spec'ing the flooring for a new build or a remodel a common question we are asked is, what kind of wood flooring should I choose? For those clients the two main options come down to solid hardwood or engineered flooring. Solid wood is what you generally think of as a hardwood floor: thick, solid planks of wood. Engineered wood is made of a veneer of real wood  that sits atop a core of plywood. There are a lot of factors that will determine what kind of hardwood floor your home can accommodate, and what will look best with your existing or planned furnishings and decor. So here's our guide to making the right choice for your home and budget. 

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Dollhouse Inspiration

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Dollhouse Inspiration

For many interior designers their love for design was first realized while styling their dollhouses or childhood homes. While perusing Pinterest recently we came across so many great DIY Dollhouses that had us skipping down Memory Lane and we just had to share some of them. Check out some of these amazing interiors, they are making us wish for a 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' moment. 

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Designing With Pets in Mind

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Designing With Pets in Mind

When you design for families you often have to take kids into consideration. From furniture style, to fabric type, a lot of those small changes can make a home kid friendly. But we often don't take our pets into consideration the way we do our kids. Fortunately there is a lot of overlap with kid and pet-friendly home products, but here are some tips for those of you wanting to create a pet-friendly home. When you design for families you often have to take kids into consideration. From furniture style, to fabric type, a lot of those small changes can make a home kid friendly. But we often don't take our pets into consideration the way we do our kids. Fortunately there is a lot of overlap with kid and pet-friendly home products, but here are some tips for those of you wanting to create a pet-friendly home. 

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Black is the New Black

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Black is the New Black

Black is always a safe choice in the fashion world, but it hasn't always been that way in the interior design sphere. In the mid 2000's oil rubbed bronze became a hugely popular finish for lighting, hardware, and bath fixtures, paving the way for black as the new "it" finish. We've seen a chic matte black popping up so much more in modern interiors in plumbing fixtures, window frames, and lighting. Check out how these interiors highlight black finishes and accessories. 

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