It’s a Design Free-fall into the Change of Seasons

For those of us still suffering daily temps in the 90s and with no changes in the color of surrounding cacti as a clue, it’s kind of hard to fall into step with everyone who actually lives in an area where you have a change of seasons (other than hot, hotter and hottest). Fortunately, we have connections with some incredible interior decorators and designers around the country. So we reached out to see what they were seeing and doing design-wise to make the transition to fall. Here’s what we learned.

One common thread was a trend away from the use of more traditional colors associated with fall, such as oranges, reds, browns and black, to neutrals like Kirsten Yanasak of the brightyellowdoor in Washington state uses.

“I just love the changing seasons, and fall is absolutely, without a doubt my most favorite season of all. I love the changing of the leaves, the excitement of the crisp mornings. I love seeing all the Halloween costumes show up in the stores, and I have to admit, I absolutely adore pumpkin spice lattes! What I don’t love, though, is chaos. And I don’t love messes and feeling boxed in. What bright oranges and lots of yellows and too many black and white checkers patterns do to me in decorating is make me feel stressed, boxed in and itching to pack up my fall decor weeks too early. That’s why my solution has been to decorate with calming, soothing, simple neutrals.  I find when I do not decorate with overly bright colors I am happy with my fall decor right up until Christmas time. And I find I can add a lot of it, like A LOT of it!”

Another trend is pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Besides buying pumpkin spice creamer for her coffee, Andrea Francavilla of Pineandprospecthome in Michigan shared her super simple way to get ready for fall.

“I’ve always loved the look of fabric pumpkins, and last year I actually attempted to make some, but I didn’t like the way they turned out,” admits Andrea. “When it was time to throw out all of the mini (real) pumpkins I purchased last fall, I decided to save all of the stems for another attempt at cloth pumpkins this year. I don’t know if the real stems made all the difference for me, but I just love the way that these pumpkins turned out this year! Plus they were so easy and fun to make!”

Our neighbor down in Tucson, Natalie Kolter at myvintageporch, shares our pain about it still being “blazing hot” here in Arizona, but she also shared how she was using one of the coolest trends in home decor, hand-made wooden signs, to bring a feeling of fall inside. “I’m not much of one for measuring, so I eyeball where the lettering should be,” she said [a woman after my own heart :-)]. “Sometimes I use my finger for measuring or my pencil to measure the area. I know, I’m real professional.”

 

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Maybe not, Nat, but the result sure looks professional. Here’s how she did it.

 

Cooler fall temperatures in Texas inspired Southern Farmhouse DesignsAshley Moore to create a simple yet classic fall table. Her secret to creating this stunning masterpiece? 

 

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“Don’t over think it.  There is no need for fancy, or extravagant spending.  Keep it simple and classic, but most important, don’t stress,” she advises. “Less is more in my opinion, and the less time it takes to put together the better.  The most important thing with any dinner table is to enjoy time with the people around it. Putting forth a little effort to make it look nice is just one way to make your guests feel welcome and loved.”

 

Of course, the best thing about the change of seasons is ushering in the holiday season. To kick things off, citygirlmeetsfarmboy Kelly Ballard, showed us some of her creepily creative Halloween decor.

 

“Ribbon – I love it! You can do so much with fall decor by adding small strips of ribbon to your pieces. Try tying them in little knots for a rougher look, or bows for a more dressed up feel. I love to shop my local dollar store to find some simple steals that aren’t very expensive. Adding a few plastic rats or creeping cloth can totally add a new element to your Halloween and fall decor.”

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas as much as I have. (Makes me miss fall even more now.) Many thanks to our Inspiring Decorators for sharing. How have you decorated for fall? Leave us a comment with some of your tips!

Why Wood Still Wows in Interior Design

 

Since the Stone Age, wood has been the go-to construction material for builders and designers. Compared to steel and concrete, writes Clay Risen of Popular Science, it’s “cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars [who knew??]. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and it’s a carbon sink, sequestering the carbon dioxide it absorbed during growth even after it’s been turned into lumber.”

More simply put, because wood used to be a living organism, it contains a spiritual energy that affects us in a positive way and helps create a relaxing environment. (Don’t believe me? Search “forest bathing” to learn about the benefits of walking through a forest of trees.)

Wood’s Zen-like presence can be found everywhere in interior design. Its natural organic properties make it one of the most versatile elements evident in all good design, and a simple way to bring nature to every room of your home.

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In addition to its soothing effects on your senses, wood is one of the only materials that can be finished to look like shiny marble, or in almost any way you can imagine. There are lots of techniques for texturizing, smoothing, painting and staining wood to give it the look you want. Or left in its natural state, wood can be crafted into truly gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs that showcase its unique imperfections, knots and grains.

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Wood can be used virtually everywhere – inside and out – as a design element to complement any style. In addition to the durable, classic beauty of fine wood furniture, envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios and in accessories throughout your home.

‘Woodn’t’ this look spectacular hanging in your home? You can see why Pinterest users have pinned this gorgeous wooden pendant light to so many lists.

Nail any décor from country to contemporary, traditional to transitional by mixing and matching wood finishes. Sustain your look for years with reclaimed and refinished wood used in doors, windows, flooring, ceiling beams, and as a decorative accent almost anywhere.

Can’t afford to re-floor with wood? Reach for it on your windows with natural woven wood coverings (like our new Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood in luscious Lomaloma), or real-wood blinds like our 2” American Hardwoods (shown here in Old Mahogany). 

 

Need some more inspiration? Here’s a link to 18 incredible DIY ideas (like this sweet little side table) to create your own unique wooden designs. Let us know how they turn out. Post your projects in the Comments section here on The Blinds Spot blog.

Coastal Creations

Think “coastal” and what springs to mind? The beach, right? And who doesn’t love the look and feel of the beach? Coastal is a style all its own and one you can easily own whether you live by the coast or not.

Coastal design is a sensory experience. Creating your own seaside oasis – even in a Manhattan walk-up – takes just a few touches to evoke the feel of an ocean breeze, the sound of crashing waves and that sand-between-your-toes sensation. Coastal elements can complement any style, from Cape Cod cottage, to shabby chic beach bungalow, to minimalist, modern glam interiors. Combine coastal colors, textures and natural accents to create a zen-like summer sanctuary or casual year-round family vacay vibe anywhere.

Color – Get inspired by the changing ocean tides in creating a coastal color palette that works with your style. Paint a backdrop of soothing sage or sea foam green, cloud-white, aqua blue, soft gray. Pull in one or two contrasting or coordinating shades and pops of color with furniture and favorite accent pieces.

Texture – Borrow texture from the rugged shoreline or soft, sandy beach. Mix natural textiles like coral and driftwood with smooth ceramics and glass. Blend nubby, fuzzy fabrics with teak, rattan, bamboo, woven jute and grasses, or classic white wicker.

A smooth white dresser contrasts cleanly with a shaggy, soft silk rug and varying hues of silvery blue and gray in this master bedroom. The textured wallpaper and two-toned drapes effortlessly draw you through the room to the oceanfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Coastal exteriors aren’t limited to Adirondack chairs and hammocks anymore. This modern beachfront patio features sleek teak, burled wood and woven rope textures atop a blue/gray-toned patterned rug. Remember to choose weather and fade resistant fabrics for outdoor spaces to keep your coastal theme looking like new longer. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

 

Clapboard walls and siding are a coastal classic. Love how Melissa Michaels topped it with wallpaper and tied in more texture with bamboo shades. And those litte anchor hangers are too cute! Photo credit Melissa Michaels, The Inspired Room

 

Accents – There’s more to coastal accents than pictures of fish and seashells. Look for unique nautical and marine-inspired items to complement a favorite piece of art. Pick up a piece of coral from the beach, roll up comfy throws and towels in brightly woven baskets. Treat your windows to the look with white or weathered shutters. Complete the sensory experience with fresh beach-scented candles.

 

A stunning industrial-style chandelier anchors the modern coastal look in this condo. Large scale art, accent pillows, patterned wood credenza and real coral bring the space’s neutral base into focus without distracting from the beachfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

2017 Pantone Color of the Year & the Home Decor You Need

It’s finally here! Pantone announced their 2017 color of the year. Say hello to:

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute shared some of their motivation for choosing this yellow-green color.

“…Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Not sure how to incorporate this new color into your home decor? We’ll make it a little easier for you. Here are some home decor items that you just have to see.

Window Coverings

Take a look at these window coverings. On the right of each picture, you can see a color option that’s close to Greenery. Whether you like the exact 2017 Pantone color of the year or you’d prefer something closely related, but not an exact match, we have you covered.

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Decorative Pillows

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Surya Green Solid Decorative Pillow

Bedding

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Hudson Luxury 12-Pc Bedding

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Luxury Checkered Quilted Wrinkle Free Multi-Piece Coverlets Set

What do you think of the 2017 Pantone color of the year? How will you use it in your home?

Creating a Glamorous Space

Who doesn’t love a touch of glamour in their lives? You may not want to live in a glamorous home. After all, there are times for some glamour and there are times for just relaxing and kicking your feet up. So instead of making your whole home glamorous, just focus on one space for now.

Here’s how to get started:

Pick the Right Color Palette

The easiest way to create a specific mood or feel in a space is by the color palette. To create that glamorous feel, you can choose whites, pale pastels, rich, deep colors, or bright jewel tones. The colors by themselves won’t give you pure glamour. It’s what you do with the color that makes the real difference.

Add Drama with Furniture

 

Adding visual interest and drama with your furniture is the perfect addition to a glamorous room. Add a tufted accent piece or choose a piece with dramatic, extravagant lines. Remember that including an extravagant piece doesn’t mean your living room will look over-the-top. With the right balance, glamorous can also be elegant.

Make a Statement

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Whether it’s a piece of beautiful artwork or it’s your area rug, a glamorous room must make a statement. What that statement is exactly is up to you. Don’t be afraid to be bold. One quick way to make a statement is by choosing the right window coverings. Roman shades have a natural elegance and glamour, and they’re so versatile, they complement every style, just like the ones pictured above.

Mix and Match Styles

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A glamorous room can be modern, traditional, or even Mediterranean. With that in mind, mix and match styles and even style eras to create a layered, complex, glamorous feel. Like a piece from the 1920s? Perfect! Add it alongside your favorite décor item from today. Mixing and matching styles also gives the feeling that you’ve worked on that space over a period of time rather than throwing it all together. And that can give it even more glamour.

A glamorous room is right around the corner. Don’t be afraid to make décor mistakes. Making mistakes is how you learn what works for your space and what doesn’t. And the great thing about home décor and even wall paint is it’s all easily changed, no commitment necessary.

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind

If you have an amazing view from your home, would that change how you decorate your home’s interior?
Well, it should.

Consider your view a part of your décor. In fact, it’s not just an accent; it should be the main focus. Not everyone has a beautiful view from their windows. But if you do, it’s time to accentuate it and take advantage of the unique sights your home offers.

Solar Shades

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Depending on where you live, you may need sun, light, or heat blockage, especially during the summer. If this is the case, it’s not a good idea to leave your windows uncovered. This can raise your electricity costs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t accentuate that view. Instead, choose solar shades. The right solar shade will not restrict your view at all, but it will still provide you the sun and light blockage you need.

Sheer Shades

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Sheer shades are designed for a light, flowy look and feel. With just a soft layer over your windows, you can still enjoy the view, but the sheer shades will diffuse and filter the bright light so you get a soft glow. Sit back and enjoy the view from your window, all while keeping your home looking modern and stylish.

Simplify in Order to Accentuate

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If you really want to make your view stand out, simplify your décor. Too many bright colors or too many knick knacks will distract from your view. Choose clean lines and simplify. Simple doesn’t mean boring. You can still add flair to your home décor, but choosing to simplify will highlight your windows.

Make the View the Star Attraction

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Place your furniture so the window is the focus of the room. When you have guests, you’ll want them to appreciate and enjoy the view. So turn chairs and couches toward the windows. Make it the star attraction, just as it deserves to be.

The view from your windows may be an external benefit, but why not center your entire home’s interior on that feature? It’s just one more way to add personality, individuality, and uniqueness to your home. You don’t want your home to be like every other home. So, find what makes it unique and emphasize it. In this case, it’s your stellar view!

What’s Your Design Style?

Decorating your home is one more way to express yourself and show your personality. But understanding how your personality fits into a design style can be confusing. Sure, there are straightforward styles and definitions, but many people find themselves torn between two or more styles. Don’t feel as though you have to limit yourself to just one style. You’re unique and complex. Your style can be multi-sided, too, no matter if you identify with two or more design styles.

Here’s a basic breakdown of styles. Which one best describes and reflects you?

Contemporary

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The contemporary style includes softened, rounded lines. Even though some of the contemporary lines are rounded, it still gives a clean look and feel. The contemporary color palette is mainly made up on browns, whites, and grays, with pops of colors throughout. There are also metallic elements in many contemporary designs. Contemporary, geometric patterns can also be included, and you’ll commonly find those designs on decorative pillows, wall art, and even on rugs.

Traditional

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The traditional style is reminiscent of the European countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and England. Warm colors are traditionally used, creating a cozy glow throughout the space. Traditional style is all about detail, and a lot of them. The furniture looks plush and it can be difficult to resist sinking right into them.

Modern

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The modern style is all about polished sleekness. Much like the contemporary style, this style’s focus is on clean lines. One important aspect of a modern style is asymmetry. Instead of warmer metals, like bronze or gold, modern spaces are generally adorned with chrome and steel. This is one aspect that gives a modern home that sleekness.

Mediterranean/Coastal

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The Mediterranean design style is also called Spanish modern. Just as you might expect, this style uses blues, greens, and yellows to represent the ocean and the sky. Don’t forget about mosaics and terracotta. Many homes in the Mediterranean style opt for textured walls to create depth and visual interest.

Romantic

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The romantic design style focuses on softness and whimsicality. Think lace, pastels and muted colors, and dainty floral patterns. It also centers on femininity, with just a few touches of masculinity to create some depth. The romantic style is about grace and refinement through fabrics and colors.

Don’t feel you have to stick solely to one design style. Be yourself and let your personality and style preferences show you the perfect styles for you. Mix and match until you feel you’re properly represented. Your style will change with time. It’s natural. It’s normal. Don’t limit your style. Instead, let it develop and morph naturally.

Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

Winter is on its way out, and spring is taking its place. You may be ready for warmer weather, but is your home ready?

You don’t have to change your whole house, but just a few adjustments or updates will give your space a new look and feel, just in time for spring.

1. New Window Coverings (of course!)

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With the variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics, you could create the perfect spring-ready home. From floral and stripes to bold solids and soft neutrals, the style options are endless. But upgrading your window coverings is more than just looks. It’s also about function.

Now that the days are getting longer, and that sun will get warmer, you’ll want to take advantage of that. Light filtering shades, for instance, takes the best part of the natural light and gently diffuses it. This gives your home a soft, flattering glow.

And no matter if your spring is still cold or starting to get a little too warm already, like here in Arizona, you can keep your home’s temperature comfortable with insulated shades.

2. Lightweight Bedding

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As the weather starts to slowly heat up, you’re going to want more lightweight bedding. The beginning of spring can be hard, however, because the temperature can shift so suddenly. An easy solution is layering. If you layer the right way, you can pull up more blankets if you’re chilly or push blankets down if you’re too warm, all without having to get out of bed or completely remake your bed.

3. Fresh Flowers

Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Nothing says springtime more than fresh flowers throughout your home. Not only will they give your décor a little boost of color, but the soft fragrance will make you wish that spring would never turn to summer.

This addition doesn’t have to be pricey. Stop by the side of the road and pick some wildflowers. That’s all it really takes, and you’re going to love the change you see in your home.

4. Decorate with Fruit

Image Credit: FreeImages.com

Image Credit: FreeImages.com

One easy way to bring the beauty of spring indoors is by decorating with fruit – fake or real, it doesn’t matter. Fill a lovely glass bowl with lemons or limes for a quick burst of color in your kitchen. Or add apples to a vase for a unique look. For a one-of-a-kind look, opt for the most unique, exotic fruit you can find.

We want to hear from you! How do you decorate your home for spring? Tell us or show us in the comments!

Preparing Your Home for Holiday House Guests

The holidays are fast-approaching and that means your home will soon be filled with family, friends, parties, and holiday house guests. Don’t get overwhelmed just yet. You can prepare your home for your guests with just a few simple changes and upgrades. Don’t worry; there’s still time.

New Window Coverings

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By simply adding or swapping out your current window coverings, you’ll give your home a whole new look, from the inside out. It doesn’t matter which window coverings you choose, as long as it works with your style and your personality. Need help deciding which window coverings are best? Check out our buying guides, which cover different styles, materials, and room functions and then shows you the perfect complementary window coverings. If you order now, there are some products from SelectBlinds.com that are even guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas or they’re free.

New Bedding for Guest Rooms

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Whether you want your home to feel like an expensive luxury hotel or a part of a cozy cottage, you can find the perfect bedding, and you don’t have to spend a fortune. New bedding will not only give your guest room an instant facelift, but it can even make you feel better about the space and more comfortable with having loved ones stay at your home during the holidays.

Prepare the Bathroom

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Stock up your guest bathroom with toiletries and fresh flowers. You can pick these up at the dollar store or even if you’ve stocked up yourself while staying in hotels. Your guests will probably bring their own toiletries, but it’s nice to have them there just in case. Your guests will feel spoiled and loved.

Childproof Your Home

If your guests have young children, it’s time to make sure you place is safe for the entire family. Put baby gates at the stairs and make sure electrical outlets are covered. If you have corded window coverings, you can request free cord cleats so you keep those dangling cords out of the reach of children and pets.

Now just bake some cookies, decorate for the holidays, and play some soothing music. And don’t forget to relax before the hustle and bustle of house guests begins.

Simplicity is Sophistication When Choosing Window Coverings

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

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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.