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 It is not a color that tires easily or becomes outdated.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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How to Decorate with Peach

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How to Decorate with Peach

Peach. Poor peach. For some reason, this color often gets a bad rap. Somewhere between orange and red, peach is there waiting for some love. It’s a beautiful color that mimics sunshine, and in a light tone, it will give your space a subtle radiance. Something about the way the color reflects on skin softens hard edges and seems to add the flushed glow of health. It is the reason women wear blush, nude heels and pink lip lacquer, and it’s also a solid argument for decking your bedroom or bathroom in barely-there pinks and corals. Just see what we mean...

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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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