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!

2015 Decorating Trends At a Glance

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2015 Decorating Trends At a Glance

We’ve are well into the third month of the year so now is the perfect time to explore ways to design and decorate your home according to the hot trends for 2015. Spring will soon make its debut When it comes to home improvement projects, it is the time of year when we are typically most inspired to revamp our digs. If you love to be surrounded by colors and design elements that are very “of the moment” you will love this blog post!

There’s so much to consider when incorporating a new design aesthetic. So, rather than ramble on in endless paragraphs we are giving you the key to unlock the basics through a bullet point list of quick reference guidelines that you can explore on your own. Simply read through the list, extract what intrigues you and run with it by doing an internet search for ideas that elaborate on the theme.

Color:

  • Pantone color of the year – Marsala 18-1438 “naturally robust and earthy wine red”
  • Light: soft, powdery pastels (that happen to look incredibly chic with Marsala) – think muted versions of pinks, lavenders, blues
  • Dark: navy, plum, burgundy, raspberry, midnight blue, teal
  • Nudes and flesh tones as neutrals
  • Pop color: burnt umber, buttery yellow, soft aqua
  • Kelly green plant life

Concepts:

  • Modern, futuristic
  • Minimalism
  • Experimentation, quirky, unexpected
  • Nature mixed with science

Shape & Form:

  • Geometric
  • Angular
  • Asymmetrical, lop-sided, tilted, off balance
  • Pattern in the form of 3D shapes

Raw materials:

  • Bamboo
  • Rattan
  • Wicker
  • Birch
  • Pine
  • Metal
  • Tinted glass
  • Crystal

Synthetic materials:

  • High gloss plastic and acrylic

Arrangement

  • Suspension, hanging
  • Stacking or interlocking

Methods:

  • Dip dying, bleeding, blotting
  • Stark contrast of materials

Hanging on the walls:

  • Large prints of digital art

This list should be plenty to fire up the right side of your brain and get the ideas flowing. Try making your own bullet pointed list. Include the bullets from our list that you like most, and then elaborate on them with your own ideas and what you find during your internet search. Don’t forget to come back and share a comment about what you accomplished!

Color Pallet: Inspired By a Simple Table Setting

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Have you ever considered decorating a room based on inspiration from something other than a photo of a room? It’s a fantastic way to come up with unexpected ideas that will make the rooms in your home unique and innovative. For example, take a look at the photo below. It’s a simple table setting at a restaurant, so your first inclination might be to mimic the table setting at your next dinner party. We suggest using as a reference for color and accessory selection in any room in your house!

To teach you how to do so, we are going to break down the elements of the design that make it appealing. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning this inspirational technique a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each style aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Jet Black, Dark Brown, Camel Brown, Daisy Yellow, Light Forest Green, Grass Green, Punchy Pink Lemonade

 

What makes the colors work well together?

  • Pink and green are complimentary, and the natural green hues allow the yellow to pop without clashing.
  • The browns are well coordinated, also inspired by nature rather than synthetic colors.
  • The black is unexpected and thus interesting, while also being very sparsely used so as not to cause imbalance in the overall color plan.

What makes the design elegant?

  • Glass and crystal
  • It’s understated
  • Formal white linens

What makes the design approachable?

  • Simple wood furniture with clean lines
  • Plant life

What rooms in the house might best benefit from this design inspiration?

  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
  • Indoor porch
  • Kitchen

Color Pallet: Space Age Sitting Room – Orange and Gray

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Remember when everything on the cartoon The Jetson’s seemed far out and impossible? It’s sure been a wild ride ever since, with the dawn of the technological revolution! Along with that has been a transition into post modern decorating schemes that now look quite normal. Certainly this style existed in the past, as you may recall from the 70’s, but even then it looked rather futuristic. Now it just looks clean, simple, and chic. So if that’s your goal for a room you’re designing, read on!

To teach you how to achieve this sort of aesthetic we are going to break down the elements of the room into sections. It’s usually easier to understand them that way. If you happen to be a novice, this approach will make learning our design a breeze! Just read the bullet points for each aspect of the décor and extract what works best for your personal vision.

The color pallet: Light Steel Grey, Light Jade, Black, Camel Tan, Sunset Orange, Dark Taupe

 

 

What makes the room post modern?

  • Glass and metal
  • Very smooth, un-textured surfaces
  • Rounded corners
  • Sparseness
  • Gray, tan, orange color pallet.
  • Just one pop color, orange, rather than a complex color scheme
  • Straight lines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Minimalism
  • Simplicity

What makes the colors work well together?

  • They’re all warm.
  • Orange can be tough. This is simplified by spotlighting it rather than trying to coordinate it. It also packs a punch this way.
  • The green plants break up what could seem monotonous, and it works because it is an eco-green rather than a synthetic.

What makes the room seem comfortable and inviting?

  • The wood floor.

What would we change?

  • If you love this room but feel it lacks some panache, we’d definitely throw down a zebra patterned rug! But, FYI, it would change the vibe and slightly reduce the post modern element.