Curating Your Space

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As the curator of your own living space, you are constantly selecting and evaluating what you want surrounding you in your home. Even if unconsciously, you choose items, colors and patterns that have value to you, all related to how they make you feel. Ideally, your home can be a sanctuary and place of retreat away from all the demands of our busy lives. This is why it’s important to take the time to consider what we include in our living spaces.

If you think of your home as a carefully curated space, not solely for the purpose of being appealing to other people, but for the purpose of offering you rest and peace, this will help guide you as you decorate. Whether decorating is a one-time project for you, or an ongoing hobby, carefully choose the furniture, finishes, art, and items that fill your rooms, based on what is meaningful to you.

As you make selections for your home think about not only the initial appeal to your senses, but also what speaks to you about your passions, desires and unique personality. You’ll find when you think deeply about what goes into your home, your personality will be reflected in your design and you’ll find more rest in your space.

It also helps to know a little bit about art theory and design principles as you’re creating a space. If you educate yourself about how colors interact with each other, the elements involved in creating balance and harmony, and how to use texture and shape to create a unified space, you’ll have a better grasp on achieving looks you like. You’ll be the curator and artist of your own home.

“Allow yourself the patience to know it will all come together in time and enjoy the process! For me home décor is not a goal, but a continually evolving and kinetic art project.” –Amy Butler

As you look at your home as a series of blank canvas, a gallery of who you are, be thoughtful, educated and brave as you make your home into a place of rest and enjoyment for you and your loved ones. Embrace your inner artistry, have fun and take charge as you curate your space.

Decorating a Dining Room

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Dining rooms should be an intimate space you share with your family and friends. Find out how to decorate the space to spark a loving dining environment!

Mix wood tones. Wood evokes a feeling of warmth and comfort. In dining rooms feel free to use a wooden table, paired with a different wood species for the chairs. If you prefer your table to match the chairs, select a different wood species for the china cabinet. Lighter to medium wood tones are easier to mix than dark woods.

Chair selections should be comfortable and easy to clean. Leather is a great option for this particular space. Be warned that flaws in the leather or scuffs can be seen more easily in white or cream leather.  Opting for colorful or dark leather will help to hide inconsistencies.  If you would rather choose a different material, select a stain resistant fabric. Fabric with tight patterns do a better job at concealing stains. Make sure above all that the chairs are comfortable!

Choose intimate lighting. If possible, install a chandelier that can be dimmed by a dimmer switch or have one installed. Being able to dim the lights allows various levels of light and promotes an intimate setting. To enhance the mood, add a pair of white candles to the table. This helps the room to sparkle in the low lighting.

Select a darker paint color for the walls. The dining room should have a warm feeling. This can be achieved by using a darker tones of the same color from the neighboring rooms. Stay away from bright colors and look for colors that have warm undertones.

Make sure there is a rug under the table. A plush rug adds a comfort level that is necessary in a dining room. This is especially pleasant if the flooring is a hardwood or tile. Rugs highlight the seating area and help to keep the space pulled together.

Do you have a favorite trick when it comes to decorating a dining room?  Let us know in the comments!  

Pantone’s Colors of the Year: Using Rose Quartz and Serenity in your Zen Décor

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If you love following the trends and incorporating them into your home décor, then you already know we’re excited to have been endowed with not one, but two colors of the year from the powers at Pantone. The lovely Serenity and Rose Quartz interplay with each other allows for a variety of interpretations in styling your home.

We will be offering a series of posts offering ways to add touches of these colors to your décor, specific to your personal style. Since these colors make us feel so peaceful, we chose to start with the Zen style.

This is your style if you love surrounding yourself with natural elements of the earth. You enjoy situating rooms in a way that provide a sense of harmony, balance and flow. You likely already have hardwood floors, cotton and linen fabrics, natural wood furnishings, and accessories from the outdoors. As a lover of all things Zen, you likely prefer a neutral color pallet. Serenity and Rose Quartz play well with the blonde woods and even dark woods you may already have in your home.

If you are crazy for these colors and want to do a total makeover, your Zen style will offer you the perfect backdrop, and you might not even need to replace big items like furniture and larger art. Start by removing all of your accessories, blankets and pillows, anything easily replaceable. Assemble them neatly in one location of your home, away from where you are redecorating. Survey the whole lot and pick a few items you need to keep to be anchors of vignettes you’ll be recreating on tables and bookcases. These should be items that you feel the closest connection to, and cannot think of ever parting with.

Place these back in the room. The rest, you can either store for future use, sell, or give away.

Now, it’s time to shop! Scour flea markets and vintage shops and antique markets, looking for items that make you feel that connection to nature you value in your home. Of course, internet shopping is great, but shopping in places where you can pick up and feel items will help you make better, enduring choices.

 

Some things to look for with this year’s colors:

Stone and ceramic vases of different sizes

Throw blankets & pillows

Original art works

Area rugs

Accent lamps

As you gather your new collection, play around with different placements until you find the right balance and the colors are interspersed peacefully throughout your home.

 

Happy, harmonious decorating to you! Do these colors inspire you to redecorate? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

8 Outfits to Wear With Your Blazer

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Blazers aren’t just for work! It’s easy to view them as all business and no fun when you’re skimming through the closet, but they are by far one of the most versatile items you can have in a wardrobe. In fact, you can throw a blazer over pretty much anything if you’re careful about coordinating it well.  Take a look at our list of suggested outfits, and then go visit your closet to review your blazers. We bet you’ll be able to wear them at least five new ways after reading our tips. Enjoy!

  1. Unbuttoned black blazer with white cuffs folded back, wrist full of bangles, basic black v-neck t-shirt, distressed denim ankle length jeans, black leather bag, white sneakers.
  2. Hip length fuchsia blazer unbuttoned, black high-waisted pencil skirt with white polka dots, black bustier, large gold bangle bracelet and gold hoop earrings, basic black pumps.
  3. Black blazer unbuttoned, over top of un-tucked, long, wispy white t-shirt, narrow black denim jeans, floppy black hat, brown leather bag, a couple of tiered, dainty necklaces, a watch, and brown suede ankle boots.
  4. Thigh length dark navy blue blazer unbuttoned, cream lace tank top, tucked into burgundy maxi skirt, skinny brown belt, dainty gold necklace, chunky gold bangle, simple nude sandals.
  5. Hip length black blazer with cuff flipped back, taupe shell, black dressy shorts, black tights, large silk fringed statement scarf, solid color bag that matches most prevalent color on the scarf, black ankle boots.
  6. Thigh length charcoal grey blazer with sleeves rolled up to elbows, burnt orange high waisted skater skirt, ivory lace and silk blouse tucked in, skinny black belt, charcoal tights, black velvet pumps.
  7. Red hip length boxy blazer, off-white button up rayon blouse with pockets, tucked into black and white herringbone short flared skirt, cinch skirt paper bag style with embellished skinny red belt, opaque black tights, black suede round toe pumps.
  8. White blazer with black polka dots, black and white mini houndstooth button up shirt, distressed boyfriend jeans rolled to show the ankles, brown leather belt, black kitten heels.

The Top 16 Best Home Decorating Items That You Can Always Find In a Thrift Store

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Thrift stores are famous for the variety and scope of their offerings. They are overflowing with randomness and bizarre little items that are sometimes hard to pass up. While this is certainly fun, it can prove a bit challenging when you’re hoping to truly rely on the thrift store in order to complete a home decorating project.

To keep your sanity during the process, we suggest only planning for items that have been proven over time to always be present in thrift stores. Purchase and make the best use of these, and then rely on standard retail for other items that are necessities.

If there’s anything time sensitive you need to buy, such as a matching set of dishes, you’ll find a standard store is the place with the least headache. If you simply need dishes for utilitarian purposes then you can rely on the thrift store. Make sense? Here’s our list of items that we’ve found to be present in thrift stores nearly all of the time.

  1. Book shelves
  2. Dressers
  3. Chairs
  4. Vases
  5. Picture/art frames
  6. Bed frames
  7. Mirrors
  8. Figurines
  9. Candle holders
  10. Miscellaneous accessories
  11. Tables
  12. Entertainment centers/Armoires
  13. Lamps
  14. Mismatched dishes
  15. Kitchenware
  16. Holiday décor

The key to making these easy-to-find items work well for you is to do one of two things. If you’re not a fixer-upper, crafty type, only buy items that look exactly as you’d like them to in your home. If you know you’ll never get around to a project, don’t buy something that needs your attention.

However, if you are a DIY type, you’ll want to make purchases based on how well an item can be transformed into the vision you have for it. Even if you’re a master of disguise when it comes to repurposing things, you’ll soon tire of thrift store finds if they become exceptionally difficult to manage. Stick with things that you can control easily and still enjoy when the project is done. Happy thrifting!

Creating an Eclectic Interior

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An eclectic style interior looks so easy, yet intriguing. It keeps the mind guessing while making the body feel comfortable within the environment. Many people desire to create an eclectic look, but fail because the look turns out messy and cluttered. This look can be easy to pull off by keeping a few ideas and concepts in mind.

Mesh proportions together using different styles of furnishings. Furniture and accessories carry a certain weight within a room. Meshing proportions means to group like sized items. Size is the common interest both pieces have in common, therefore allowing them go together.

Coordinate art and textiles within the space. By doing so the items become the color palette of the home. This style allows you freedom to display your collections. Anything vintage will fit in to this category: books, records, jars, boxes, plants – the list goes on and on. For example if you collect crystal perfume bottles, display them. If you only display the best, the clutter cannot take over and destroy the look you are working towards.

Textures play a major role when creating an eclectic decorating style. Textiles provide the softness that make guest feel at home while Items of various textures add interest to a space. Add texture by finding unique textures in different flooring, furniture and fabrics.

Most importantly remember to group furnishings together by combining likeness in weight. Don’t pair an oversize chair with a small, dainty accent table. The two items would look off balance sitting next to one another. If you have a chunky item, pair it with another chunky piece.

When designing eclectically, remember less is more. When in doubt take it out! If you have any questions about the best flooring to use for your space, please feel free to contact Dolphin Carpet or visit one of our showrooms.

6 Genius Ways To Create Drama With Your Décor — Part 3

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Part 3 – Textiles and Technology

Think rich

By rich we mean textures. When it comes to textiles in a dramatic room, luxurious fabrics are a must. They should also be used amply because they add warmth and depth to a space. Good choices are brocade curtains, antique quilts, chenille chairs, velvet settees, leather sofas, and so forth.

Look for ways to incorporate as many textiles as possible. The room will look far more elaborate if there numerous textures and designs. Try including pillows, tapestries, blankets, and ottomans. Another nifty way to accomplish this is with a thick luxurious carpet. High pile, real wool carpeting in a color such as plum would do wonders! Carpets are also available in patterns so you could take it up another notch with a dramatically patterned carpet.

Future-drama

The modern world revolves around technology and entertainment so including this consideration is way to make your dramatic space state of the art. When selecting electronics to include buy the best that you can afford. For example, mount an oversized television on the wall and cleverly disguise the cords so that is aesthetically pleasing. Increase the enjoyment factor of the television by installing a top-notch surround system.

If your dramatic space happens to be an office, purchase a high tech monitor that makes the space feel like an awesome “headquarters.” Again, big sound is dramatic so use excellent speakers with your computer. If you are adding drama to a kitchen, try including a futuristic home monitoring system. You can now buy systems that do everything from control exterior surveillance cameras to tell you the status of your preheating oven. There are even “smart refrigerators” that feature USB ports, built-in wi-fi connectivity, and an iOS app. Seriously? You bet! They really exist.

Don’t forget to go back and read Parts 1 and 2!


6 Genius Ways To Create Drama With Your Décor – Part 2

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Part 2 – Ceilings and Scale

Look up

If you want the room to astound people you simply cannot skip the ceiling. Drama is impressive in part because it is a little overwhelming, which means that every inch of the room should be considered. Painting the ceiling is an easy fix, but avoid a single, solid color. Explore faux finishes such as those that resemble plaster or leather. To add a fan tastical touch use glimmer paint that reflects light similar to a very fine glitter.

Or, paint the ceiling a solid color, and then use a contrast color to hand paint an elegant design across it. Keep in mind that people will be seeing it from further down than the level at which you’ll be painting. Be sure the design is large enough to be clearly seen by people who are seated in the room. Another fun option for drama is a ceiling medallion around a light fixture in the center of the room. Last, if your ceiling has an apex point and the sides are slanted, do some research on room tenting. It’s a specific art that you will likely need help with, but it is a spectacular result!

Go big or go boring

Furnishings in a dramatic room should most definitely be large scale. Not all of them however! To keep proportion on point it’s best to intermingle smaller, unique pieces with lager items such as a couch or bed. When buying large furniture look for pieces that are not only big, but also well designed. A sizable, plain couch won’t have near as much effect as an oversized antique couch upholstered with velvet. The hand carvings and lines of a large scale antique couch will make it seem even bigger than its true size and will add to the imagination of the space. Don’t forget to consider fixtures too.

An enormous chandelier would be an excellent way to add drama. The same could be accomplished with a statement mirror. Choose a mirror that is exceptionally well designed and watch as it transforms the entire room. Not only with its loveliness, but also because it will reflect all the other beautiful features of the room including light and metallic finishes.

Next read  Part 3 Textiles and Technology


How To Add Texture To Your Home Décor

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Texture is one of the most overlooked aspects of home decor. DIY decorating gals rule the roost when it comes to following advice about color, furniture arrangement, accessorizing, etc. But, most people don’t give the idea of texture enough consideration. Yet, it is very important! Why? Because texture helps influence mood, comfort, and visual interest. It is often the detail that draws you into a room to inspect it a little more closely. You ask yourself, “Is that faux fur bed throw as soft as it looks?” Or, “Are those granite countertops as smooth and glossy as they seem?” Then you move closer to find out. Texture is a very exciting element of décor because it is so detailed and intriguing. 

There are two approaches to texture. One is to work with elements that have permanence and a lasting impact on the room. For example, wood floors, stone tiles, and wallpaper. If you own your home and you have the autonomy to go big, we recommend starting with changes such as these. The second approach is to rely on temporary or intermittent decorative items – things that you can easily remove when it’s time to do so.

If you wish to make large-scale changes, such as new flooring, your next step is to connect with an expert and seek help and design guidance. We are happy to help you start on this path

On the other hand, if you want to make small, easy changes, here are a few simple ways to incorporate texture into your design scheme.

  • Rugs: Incorporate both small functional rugs and large area rugs.
  • Pillows: Don’t just mix colors. Mix fabrics and treatments, such as, tweed, faux fur, sequined, etc.
  • Natural sources: An easy and lovely way to enjoy texture – candles and plants!
  • Paint: Create depth by working with multiple shades of the same color, rather than a hodge-podge of different colors.
  • Wall art: Avoid flat framed items, and try 3D art pieces. For example, box frames that allow space to set thing in them. Rather than hang a framed photo, set it inside a box frame hung on the wall. Same photo, different textural aspect due to depth.
  • Lighting: Add small light sources to the room to enhance light and shadow. So, a boutique mini-lamp or a moody sconce.
  • Accessories: An obvious suggestion. Use plenty of unique and visually interesting pieces such as vases, decorative balls, and so forth.
  • Blankets and throws: The trick here is to be less concerned with function and more concerned with touch. Add more than one. Try a knit blanket, a chenille throw, and a traditional quilt.

Complimentary vs. Analogous

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When choosing color schemes it can be useful to help yourself and use a color wheel to determine what will work best for your home. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing too many color schemes in the beginning—this will only end up cluttering your final vision and may cause indecision down the road. Stick to two or three color schemes you truly feel best about, and stick with those as a jumping off point.

 

There are two different types of color schemes that you will work with when choosing which is best for your space. What space you are decorating will be very important in deciding which of the two color schemes is going to work for which rooms. Of course, if you feel inspired by one and it is not recommended for the room you imagined it in, feel free to explore your creativity and see where your color scheme takes you! You never know when the unexpected will pleasantly surprise you.

 

The first type of color scheme is the complementary color scheme. Complimentary describes colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. Color combinations such as blue and orange, purple and yellow or red and green. However, this is only a loose guide—for instance if you choose green and red you do not have to go with the “traditional” hues of green and red.

 

Play with shades of each color such as lighter green accents mixed with red and pink accents. Or you could use a soft coral orange in tandem with a beautiful iris hue. The key is that they are in the same family, not that they are exactly that shade.

 

The second type of color scheme is the analogous color scheme. These are colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. These color schemes tend to feel more muted because they are colors that will match closely with one another, offering a more soothing environment because of the cohesion the analogous colors provide.

 

Analogous colors bring the room together and don’t make your eye work to understand the color scheme in a complex manner. These colors simply flow to your mind’s eye. This color scheme will work best in rooms where you wish to recharge and rest. Places like bedrooms, family rooms and even kitchens will work well with these types of color schemes.

 

If you have any questions about your decorating, feel free to ask or browse our website for ideas and inspiration!