Interior Design Faux-Pas!

We all have opinions that govern our style and interior-desing-faux-pasapproach to life and culture. Our unique perspectives are what give the design world its dimension and excitement.

I will argue, however, that there are also some objective truths concerning interior decorating and design. For example, if you live in a small space and your goal is to make it look bigger than it actually is, then using small decorations, dark colors or heavy drapery is going to work against that goal. Paying attention to these basic design principles will help you tremendously, after all, the amount of thought you put into designing your space should be reflected in the end result. If you want to get the most out of your space, avoid the following interior design faux-pas!

Over-doing a theme. Ok, you’ve thought about it and you’ve chosen a source of inspiration for your home, or maybe
just a single room, lets say its birds. Suddenly birds are everywhere, they are on everything from ceilings to chachkies, and while there is a clear theme here, it lacks delicacy and intrigue. Using a theme to decorate your space can be a great way to brainstorm, but the key to using a theme without going over board is to 1. Take into account sub themes (trees, eggs, nests, ect..) 2. Don’t forget about color (too much or too little) 3. Space is key (provide breathing room between theme elements).

Impulse Purchases. Shopping is fun, but leave the impulse buys for cosmetics and clothing! Scale and proportion are almost always ignored when you buy home décor on the fly, and the item you purchase will most likely do just as much harm to your ambiance as good. If you know that this will be impossible for your buying habits, at least take a measuring tape with you on those random shopping excursions and keep photos of your rooms on your camera roll for reference.

Check back for more tips on avoiding interior design faux pas and plenty of other fun facts!

Expecting company for the holidays? 10 No-Cost Tips for Sprucing up your home

If you don’t have money to spare after buying your gifts this year, redecorate for friends and family by making your space feel warm and inviting with these tips for improving ambiance without breaking the bank!

  1. holidaysKeep your front porch clean and well maintained.
  2. Greet guests by opening the door for them promptly, invite them in with a smile!
  3. Offer your guests a cold drink on a hot day or a hot drink on a cold day.
  4. Spend 5 minutes a day putting away clutter.
  5. Spend 10 minutes every day cleaning something. Day one: vacuum one room, day two: dust and clean surfaces, day three: clean the kitchen counters. 
  6. Open drapes and blinds during the day to let in natural light.
  7. Experiment with different combinations of lighting in your home to find one that suits you. For entertaining, the lighting should be even and not too bright.
  8. Open doors and windows to let fresh air in.
  9. Make sure that your guest bathroom is properly stocked: At least 2 rolls of TP within reach, and a hand towel by the sink.
  10. Turn off the TV and silence devices, instead put on some music that suits the mood!

If your lucky enough to be invited to someone else’s home for the holidays this year, feel free to share these simple pointers with your host!