Dollhouse Inspiration

Comment

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. 

Comment

Designing With Pets in Mind

Comment

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. 

Comment

Black is the New Black

Comment

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. 

Comment

How to Decorate with Peach

Comment

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...

Comment

Perfect Housewarming Gifts

Comment

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. 

Comment

Notable American Homes

Comment

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?

Comment

Opal Book Club: June

Comment

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.
 

Comment

5 Designer Hacks You Need to Be Using

Comment

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. 

Comment

5 Ways to Dress up a Hallway

Comment

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.

Comment

How to Decorate with White

Comment

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.

Comment

Opal Designers Spotlight

Comment

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. 

Comment

Spring Decorating Ideas

Comment

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. 

Comment

Our Favorite Off the Shelf Table Lamps

Comment

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.

Comment

5 Great Interior Design Apps

Comment

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. 

Comment

Top 5 Design Mistakes To Avoid

Comment

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.

Comment

Design Details: Built-ins

Comment

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. 

Comment

Design Detail: Decorative Throw Pillows

Comment

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. 

Comment

Design Details: Millwork and Mouldings

Comment

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.

Comment

Design Details: Window Treatments

Comment

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. 

Comment