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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Design Trends That Carry into 2016

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Design Trends That Carry into 2016

Our new year is of to a running start. Now that we've had time to recoup from the holidays we thought we would share some of our favorite design trends that carry into 2016.  We often warn against trends, and their ability to become dated references to cheesy design ideas from the past. But this list we've compiled is a simple nod to some trends we really feel are here for a while. Not just because they look good, but because they embrace the path that design is already moving toward- simple, casual spaces you feel at home in. 

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Choosing the Right Dining Table

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Choosing the Right Dining Table

Selecting a dining table can be a challenge. Whether you are placing one in a breakfast nook, or a formal dining room there are so many shapes and sizes to consider. When selecting a dining table, there are two main points to keep in mind: the size of your room and the number of people you would like to accommodate. We've rounded up some tips to help you choose a dining table that is comfortable for both the room and your lifestyle. 

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BRINGING SKI LODGE DESIGN HOME

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BRINGING SKI LODGE DESIGN HOME

When we escape our homes for the winter season, it's usually to head to the mountains and hit the slopes. Or for some of us its to sip some cocoa by the cozy lodge fire.  We love ski lodge design, and while it won't work in every space, even the most luxe ski lodges have some decor elements in common, and its those exact things that you can bring back with you for the coziest transformation your home has seen yet.

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Nursery Art Ideas

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Nursery Art Ideas

One of our favorite places to display art is in a nursery. In a nursery or small child’s room you can have fun, be whimsical, and take yourself a lot less seriously than in the rest of the house. We wanted to break down our favorite ways to inspire you to display art in a kid's space. In a nursery, the message or images in your art is more a statement for you and any visiting relatives to enjoy. But to ensure it appeals to your child, too, find a piece with letters, a favorite character from a book/movie, or something with cheerful colors. 

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Four New Year's Resolutions for your Home

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Four New Year's Resolutions for your Home

The holiday season is slowly coming to an end, and the New Year is upon us! It's the perfect time for new beginnings and making resolutions. Most of the time we make resolutions that focus solely on ourselves or our immediate family. But this year why not incorporate your home in those resolutions? We've come up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.

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Our Favorite IKEA Hacks

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Our Favorite IKEA Hacks

We live in a DIY age. With the birth of the internet came do-it-yourself guides, like youtube, blogging, and our favorite distraction- Pinterest. Now we have such easy access to the tools we need for any DIY we want to take on. The only down-side is sorting through things that really should never be DIYed- I'm looking at you decoupage light switch covers! But lately on our late-night Pinterest binges we've seen some pretty amazing IKEA hacks. Basically someone buys a regular piece of furniture from IKEA and turns it into something that looks luxe, for less. We wanted to break down our favorites. 

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4 Elements to a Good Closet Design

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4 Elements to a Good Closet Design

Many of us dream about having a walk-in closet with built-in storage to keep us neatly organized. We even get a bit blown-away at some of the closets we've seen on Pinterest, and in celebrity homes. But the reality is, many more new homes are equipped with walk-in closets which help eliminate clothing storage pieces in your bedroom- and we are all for simplifying the bedroom design! But there are a few element we think you should include in your closet, whether you have a simple walk-in or an entire room devoted to dressing. Here are 4 great closet "must haves" to incorporate into your own closets at home!

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Christmas Decor, Simplified

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Christmas Decor, Simplified

This year we have embraced enjoying the simple moments in life. And treasuring time spent with loved ones. We've had some new additions to the Opal family, this year we want to keep our holidays simple, so we can continue to cherish traditions nd make memories with friends and family without getting caught up in the chaos that sometimes accompanies the Christmas season. By choosing not to freak out in August, not shop until November or December, and instead to leave room in your schedule for those magical moments of togetherness, your holidays can be simpler and happier too. We'll show you how! 

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Opal's Favorite "Holiday" Things

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Opal's Favorite "Holiday" Things

Every year we love to see what Oprah comes up with in her "favorite things" list out each holiday season. Just last month they announced a few of her favorites and we think some of them are so fun! (We can't wait to hit the sledding hill in those buffalo check rubber tubes.) In the spirit of Oprah's Favorite Things list we have created out own list of holiday favorites. Whether it be something for your home or to give as a gift we have got you covered this holiday season with some fun, festive favorites. 

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Creating the Perfect Guest Room

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Creating the Perfect Guest Room

Even the simplest of spaces can feel like a luxurious retreat for guests when every detail has been carefully considered. When you start to plan your guest room, think about what you'd expect to find in a 5-star hotel and try to make your room measure up to that standard in any way you can, understanding that it obviously won't be perfect. Your budget may not have enough in it to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can clear the decks, arrange what's necessary, and provide a quiet home away from home for company. 

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Thanksgiving Hosting Tips

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Thanksgiving Hosting Tips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and hoards of people will be gathering together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the season. And whether you have been elected, or volunteered to host we are here with a few simple tips to help you navigate the chaos that can ensue with large gatherings. 

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How to Mix Wood Finishes

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How to Mix Wood Finishes

A common decorating question we often are asked is, "How can I mix different finishes together in the same room, shouldn't I just buy the 3 piece set?" Well the days of matching wood furniture sets are a thing of the past.  One of our favorite ways to decorate is to include pieces that add depth and make a room feel collected, rather than staged. When all of the wood surfaces in a single space share the same tone, nothing stands out and the room falls flat. When you begin to mix wood tones in a room you add the warmth and texture that makes a space feel organic and collected. There is no correct answer when it comes to mixing wood furniture finishes, but here are a few guidelines that may help you begin curating your space. 

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OPAL FAVORITE: Winter Throw Pillows

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OPAL FAVORITE: Winter Throw Pillows

As temperatures outside drop, it's time to bring some warmth back into your home. Today we want to share our favorite  throw pillows to cozy up your home for winter. Selecting warm textures are the key to creating a pillow story that will enhance your decor, and remember to choose accent pillows in colors and patterns that match your existing decor to ensure you don't have to make any other decor adjustments. Here are our favorite styles this winter:

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DIY Natural Room Scents

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DIY Natural Room Scents

It's only October, and we're already itching to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in at home. But with months of cold weather still in front of us, we've discovered the next best thing: natural, DIY air fresheners, made using just a few fresh ingredients. Some store-bought deodorizers can contain harmful chemicals. So why buy it when you can make your own, risk-free? Here are a few DIY room deodorizers that will transform the scent of your home!

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OPAL FAVORITE: Gold Frames

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OPAL FAVORITE: Gold Frames

We are about to share one of our favorite design secrets. We love gold picture frames! At a recent trip to the framers we asked if they had anything more narrow and gold. Basically we were looking for the most narrow gold frame they had. The Framing consultant informed us those were "out of style" or they "don't get too many people asking for them". Hmm... We beg to differ, you can find thin gold frames in all the design magazines!

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Creating a Functional Basement

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Creating a Functional Basement

As  designers, we’ve noticed that it’s common for basements to become the “catchall” for things you can’t find places for in other in other areas of the home. It’s easy to do, especially because basements are easy to close off and hide. However, this “out of sight, out of mind” mentality also creates a TON of wasted space that could otherwise be a great aspect of your home. Lower-level spaces can just as stylish and useful as any upper-level space! Here are 3 ways to help you use your basement more:

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The Best Sink Material for a Kitchen

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The Best Sink Material for a Kitchen

If you have ever taken on a kitchen renovation, or new build you know what it can feel like to make so many overwhelming decisions. Having a designer, contractor, or builder explain the pros and cons of your choices can help cut down on some of that stress. Today we wanted to share with you our thoughts on sinks, and the choices you have when it comes to materials.  

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Opal Portfolio: Aroma Tools

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Opal Portfolio: Aroma Tools

The vision Alan and Connie Higley had for the new building of Aroma Tools was to create a warm and inviting space for their customers to shop and host their own events. The Architect, Kris Pasker, designed a 22,100 sq. foot building that takes advantage of the gorgeous mountain views in the East and creates a juxtaposition between the event center and retail experience that draws people in and creates a sense of community. Opal Design Group aided in the careful selection and coordination of the finishes, space plan, and decor. Big D Construction provided excellent craftsmanship and communication during the entire construction process.

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