It's the most famous house in America, and December's Architectural Digest took us inside for a look at the private residence for the President and First Lady. We wanted to share the tailored space designer Michael Smith put together for the first family, as they begin their last week in the home. The solarium and dining room are our fave- what's yours?
Holiday clean-up can seem overwhelming. Especially because you only had these decorations up for a month (we hope) and now after all the holiday hub-bub has come to an end real life is back in full-swing, the kids are back at school, you are back at work, and the idea of packing it all up sounds like no fun. But don't fret, we have some tips for even the most busy or unorganized when it comes to taking down and storing your holiday treasures.
Many new-year goals include, decluttering, or cleaning your home. But you can clean once and be back in the same habits that got you in this mess in the first place. We've got some helpful tips to keep your resolution clutter-free.
As 2016 comes to a close and we reflect on "resolutions" we want to implement in 2017, one big thing stands out to us, the idea of living slow. Really soaking up time with family, and filling our lives with purpose, making our actions matter, and making time for the things we've always wanted to do. Whether that means reading that book that always felt like a chore on your morning commute, laying in bed with the kids for 30 more minutes, leaving the dishes until tomorrow... Look for ways you can stand back and appreciate your life and the people in it, and focus less on a constant to-do list.
“We know what kind of world we are living in: one that is very stressful and very tense. This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to.” —Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
It has been a decade since we'd seen the new episode of Gilmore Girls, and as soon as the revival came out on Netflix we were reminded just how much we love Stars Hollow. One thing I've always loved about watching the show is that they have decorating moments that are to die for. And here are some of our favorites.
We love play rooms. They are the perfect space to catch and corral all the toys, games and clutter than can sometimes accompany being a kid. But what if you don't have an extra room for your kids? Well setting up a play area is still possible, even in the smallest of homes. Explore your home's nooks and crannies to give your children the room they need to play.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.