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If you haven’t experienced The House of Figs blog, then you need to take a moment and do so. You won’t be disappointed. Bethany Dufilho has a beautiful eye for design, which is really showcased on her Instagram. Get ready to feel inspired!
Find out a little more about Bethany and discover what she’s all about.
1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?
I was inspired to become a designer after my oldest child was born and I became a stay-at-home mom in 2008. While decorating his nursery, I just had so much fun getting creative. I thought, Why can’t I be this creative in the rest of my house? I started reading design blogs and realized I didn’t need specialized training or a degree in design to make my home how I wanted it. I just needed to take some risks, paint some wall, and experiment a little. So that’s what I started doing and I was hooked! Our first home became like design school for me. I can’t tell you how many times I painted and repainted, how many times I rearranged furniture, and how many nail holes I put in the walls. It really was the training ground for me to discover my style and learn things like scale, contrast, and how to plan a room from start to finish. During that time, I had a few friends and family members reach out to me and ask for help with projects in their own homes. My business grew from there!
2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I work with clients with all different types of homes, but my favorite is really a modern farmhouse look. For example, I just love when something really old, like a rough wooden farmhouse table, is paired with a really modern stark white chair. Can’t get enough of it!
3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?
My favorite project was for a dear friend and client and I call it the “Montgomery House” on my blog. It was a custom home that I helped design from start to finish, so that was really fun. It has a farmhouse aesthetic with lots of craftsman detailing – a new home but with lots of old home charm. The homeowners really trusted me, which I think is so important when working with a designer.
4. What’s your favorite trend right now?
I don’t know if you’d call it a trend, but I love to decorate with books! I love to read so I enjoy having books around my own home and I feel like they bring so much life and color to a room. I hate for things to be overly matchy and books are like their own little works of art that don’t have to fit in with a color scheme.
Karly M. chose Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades.
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Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” He may not have been talking about home décor, but it certainly applies. Decorating your home, no matter the room, can be a hit-and-miss game. You try mixing patterns to create a more dynamic space, but perhaps it turned out too complex or eclectic for your taste. Trends come and go. What is trendy today may look outdated and odd a few years down the road. But while these trends are temporary, you can reach true sophistication and style when you focus on simplicity.
Home décor simplicity can stand the test of time. It can create a space that is the Audrey Hepburn of rooms: stylishly simple and classic. It comes down to that well-known saying, “Less is more.” Perhaps there is more wisdom in those words than we generally give it credit for. Home décor style is closely linked to fashion. You’ll see similar trends and interests circulate through someone’s wardrobe and then their home. So it only makes sense to look at the most famous fashion icons for inspiration, the fashion icons who left a legacy of style and simplicity.
The Fashion Greats
Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror, and take one thing off.” The same goes for your home. Instead of cluttering your home with trends and accessories, take a step back and remove an item. Then reevaluate the room and the style you’re conveying. Don’t be afraid to keep things simple.
When Audrey Hepburn was asked how other women could achieve her idolized look, she simply said, “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” With just a few adjustments, any woman could have an Audrey-inspired look. If Audrey were still with us, perhaps she would have offered the same type of advice for your home décor: a few minor changes and simplicity. Simplicity brought an understated elegance and sophistication to Audrey, and it can do the same for your home.
A Starting Point
So how do you now take these long-lasting ideas of simplicity and incorporate them into your home vision? To follow Audrey’s line of thought, start with just a few simple changes:
Window Coverings – Choosing the right blinds or shades for your windows may not seem like a noticeable change. It may be subtle, but it can pull an entire look together. The window blinds you choose should have the right feel. So, if you want a clean rustic feel, consider faux wood shutters to add lightness to a room. For a deeper elegance, try a real wood blind with a dark stain, which would be a great contrast with light-colored décor.
Color Palette – Attaining simplicity doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate color into your décor. It does mean, however, that you should be aware of how that color affects the feel of the room. Color is great, but a little black dress never goes out of style, and both Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn embodied that idea. The trick is finding a color palette that is your home’s little black dress.
From there, you can find new ways to add simplicity and sophistication into your home, whether that’s by making a few small adjustments, like Audrey Hepburn, or taking one thing away, like Coco Chanel.
Kimberlyn T. chose the 3 1/2″ Premium Smooth Vertical Blinds.
“I am EXTREMELY pleased with my vertical blinds. They look fantastic in my bay window, plus the cats no longer destroy my blinds by trying to get to the window.”
Sherrie G. chose the @Home Collection 3/4″ Single Cell Light Filtering Shades and the Select Double Cell Blackout Shades for her client’s home.
“I love my designer program with Select, and getting to talk with Ethan and Al! Both have helped me so much with my projects! They are so knowledgable, friendly, and helpful…don’t know how I would order all that I do without that support! Below find a remodel project before and after. The top down bottom ups are in the whole room, including the eat-in. I also designed the draperies from Select, with great help from both Ethan and Al! They are gorgeous! Everyone comments! The last pic is the same client’s bedroom, which has blackout top down bottom up plus blackout draperies. Again, beautiful! Thank you, Select Blinds! Love, love working with this team!”
Layering your window coverings will bring extra style into your home, but it’s also a great way to have more control over privacy, insulation, and natural light. But knowing why you want to layer your window coverings and knowing how to do it right are two different things. But don’t worry. It’s actually easier than you think.
Start with Blinds or Shades
First, cover your windows with your favorite blinds or shades. You can choose anything from wood blinds to bamboo shades to cellular shades. It doesn’t matter what you choose. Just make sure you love them.
Add a Cornice
Then, you can add a cornice, depending on how much layering you want, but adding a cornice isn’t necessary. Some like the finished look a cornice gives a space, but you may not. Using a cornice is just another way to add depth to your window coverings.
The final step is to use drapes or curtains. This will complete the layered look. And don’t be afraid to mix patterns, textures, or colors. Layering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a unique look, a look that perfectly reflects your style and your personality.
And that’s it! Just take it one layer at a time and you’ll find a combination that you love.
Take a look at some other ways to layer window coverings:
Will N. chose the Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Cellular Shades.
“I have been a repeat customer with Select Blinds for several years. We absolutely love the versatility of the top down/bottom up cellular shades. The option to go cordless is necessary in our household of 3 (soon to be 4) young kids.”
Cheryl C. chose the 1″ Premium Aluminum Blinds.
Looking for an easy way to spice up any room? It can be as simple as thinking outside the box when it comes to your closet doors. Traditional closet doors are great, but you can change the entire look of your room by using window coverings instead. Using curtains, blinds, or shades as your closet doors can give your room a more elegant, sophisticated, and even modern look and feel. And some of the great things about using window coverings are that they’re versatile, stylish, and easy to use for all ages. Find your style muse in these examples:
With the right draping, curtains can look soft and elegant or bold and act as a statement piece. Curtains are great for closet doors because you can pull them open to showcase your organized closet or pull the closed to give the illusion of organization without the required effort. Out of all your window covering options for closet doors, curtains give you the most design choices, including patterns, colors, textures, and fabrics.
With roman shades, you get the look of curtains but with usefulness of traditional blinds and shades. You can raise them all the way to give a nice frame to the top of the closet or you could lower them halfway for more closet coverage. When you need to, you can let them down completely. Roman shades give you the ability to choose the look you want when you want. You can further customize your look by choosing from one of the four available folds: European, flat, hobbled, and classic.
These are also easy to use, which makes them perfect for a child’s room. You can raise and lower according to your needs. It really is as easy as that. You can choose from different patterns and colors to make it fun, exciting, and lighthearted. You could even choose Disney roller shades to add a little oomph to your child’s room.
Want a more natural feel with lots of texture? Woven shades are the answer. This will give a fun, modern, and rustic vibe, which is perfect for a contemporary home or even a teenager’s room. Make your closet and your space unique. Woven shades are the perfect way to do that. If you like the look of roman shades, but you want natural texture, woven shades actually raise and lower just like roman shades, so you can have the best of both worlds.
Paneled Vertical Blinds
Traditional vertical blinds are a great choice, but paneled vertical blinds are better suited to be used as closet doors. The panels are much wider than the traditional vanes, and it create a cohesive streamlined look.
Show your closet some love with new, modern closet doors. Closet doors don’t have to blend into the walls anymore. Make a statement that reflects your personality. And if you ever want a new look, simply swap them with something new. For double closet doors, you’ll need to use multiple shades on one headrail, but that’s easy to do.
“Hi there, Select Blinds! I LOVE the shades & blinds! Have used them at my home (in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) and my rental property (an awesome landmark brick building in Ridgewood, Queens). They’re amazing! Thank you for maintaining the quality, ease of install, and reasonable prices!”
Gail C. chose Express Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades.