decorating

Choosing the Right Rug Size For Your Room

Rugs are a wonderful way to tie a room together. With texture, color, and pattern, you can really make a big statement and also bring more coziness and comfort to both your indoor and outdoor spaces. One challenge that many people have when selecting a new rug is size. It's the classic Goldie Locks situation--this rug is too small, this rug is too large, this rug is juuuuust right! So, what rug size do you need to make your room look just right? 
Here are a few visuals to give you an idea of the size rug you will need for your living room.

This is typically what you see when someone is using a 5x7 rug in a living space. The rug seems to be floating and none of the pieces are connected as they should be. 

This is typically what you see when someone is using a 5x7 rug in a living space. The rug seems to be floating and none of the pieces are connected as they should be. 

This look is typical of an 8x10 rug in a living room. It's comfortable, and the rug anchors the space, creating a real harmony in the room. 

This look is typical of an 8x10 rug in a living room. It's comfortable, and the rug anchors the space, creating a real harmony in the room. 

This look is typical of using a 9x12 rug. You'll get more of a statement from using a larger rug. It often even makes rooms look larger to use larger rugs! Just be sure that you have at 18 inches or more around the perimeter of the rug so that your room does not become cramped.

This look is typical of using a 9x12 rug. You'll get more of a statement from using a larger rug. It often even makes rooms look larger to use larger rugs! Just be sure that you have at 18 inches or more around the perimeter of the rug so that your room does not become cramped.

Comfortable, Peaceful Interiors: How to Achieve the Mood

I've told Christina this many times, but the way she captures the light in a room makes me want to nap in all of them. Perfectly lit dining room? Perfect place for a nap! However, the napability (I'm pretty sure that's a real word) of a room is not just about the capturing of soft, serene light, but is a result of the designer's careful selection of colors, textures, and patterns to weave together the perfect room. 

napability: nap-uh-bill-uh-tee - the quality of being a comfortable, beautiful, space that causes one to feel at home and at ease when in the room

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Let's take these spaces by designer Jennifer Schoenberger Christina shot earlier this year. They're just stunning. The use of patterns and colors throughout the connected spaces tie them together and make the home feel like one continuous, harmonious space but with a few distinct characteristics in each room to keep them interesting on their own as well.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

First, let's look at the fabrics. You'll see the colors on the fabrics echoed all throughout the spaces and a variety of textures layered on top of one another all over. Layering textures creates such a rich, inviting setting. When freshening up your own place, don't be afraid to mix patterns to achieve this warm textured appearance. Here's a handy guide for pattern mixing

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Jennifer got these beautiful lamp bases from Scott Antique Market which I adore! I love mercury glass and Scott Antique Market. It is a wonderful place to go if you enjoy the hunt. This brings me to another design element to consider. Metallics. Every room has a little, but making a statement with a metallic goes a long way. Aren't these lamps beautiful?!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Neutrals become more than a backdrop when they are also a bold pattern. See how beautifully one room transitions into the next above? The neutrals ground the room with pops of color moving your eyes through the space. I love an unexpected bright color splash like the painting and stool.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This may be my favorite part of Jennifer's spaces. The light blue in the backs of the cabinets is so lovely and the touches of tomato red are so charming amidst the calm neutrals with the bold patterned wall.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This stenciled wall has me considering a nap in a bathroom, too. So beautiful and serene! A bathroom is a great place to do an impactful wall that may be a bit more labor-intensive since generally you will not have super large walls to cover. 

Thanks to Jennifer Schoenberger for sharing her beautiful work with us! 

Designers' Pick, Our Favorite Stores for Decorating the Home

When decorating your house, half the battle is knowing where to shop.  I can't tell you how many clients I have who have great taste, but just lack the knowledge of where to go buy the things they see in their head.  

Despite the popular belief that all designers shop at the Mart, ADAC, or only order straight from the vendor for their clients, I am here to tell you that a lot of items are not sourced this way.  In order to purchase this way, designers must meet a price tier of minimums, shipping costs and storage fees.  

For the designers who run a smaller business or have clients with smaller budgets, retail actually is more cost effective for both parties.  So I am here to tell you where to get the goods, for the best price and the best designer look.

Home Decorators Collection:

A lot of people don't know it, but this little gem is actually an entity of The Home Depot.  Having backing by one of the largest companies in the US gives them the ability to order a lot of stock and extend great prices to the customer.  Their regular sale rotation and free shipping deals allow you to jump on or easily wait for a great deal.

This catalogue company does most of their business online, however they do have a showroom off of Northpoint Parkway in Alpharetta as well as a few others around the country.  Home Decorators Collection is a great source for the large item portion of your decorating adventure ( i.e. furniture, rugs and lighting, and bath vanities).  

Don't be overwhelmed by the thousands of options in rugs, furniture, and lighting.  Sometimes the website can be a little confusing, but stick with it because it is totally worth it.  For example, the table pictured in this shot is...wait for it... only $310.00!  With multiple style options, and deep discounts, it is a no brainer for the stylistically traditional mom and her modern daughter to shop together to decorate their respective homes.

Home Decorators Collection Strengths:  Furniture, Rugs, Bath Vanities, Mirrors, Lighting.  All Styles

West Elm:

West Elm is my go to for the modern to transitional client.  While the store offers many options, there are even more online.  In my opinion West Elm is best for pillows, textiles, accessories, lighting and mirrors.  

Lighting is also a great value for the look, you can score some really unusual pieces without breaking the bank, with table lamps like this one for only $69.00.  Rugs and draperies are also a great way to add some spice to your space from West Elm, especially when you are looking for a world beat or graphic stylistic flair.

The furniture at West Elm, is also very nice, but for the price point, in most cases you are not getting the most bang for your buck.  Which leads me to our next place to get a deal... IKEA.

West Elm Strengths: Bedding, Draperies, Rugs, Decor Accessories, Lighting.  Style: Modern, Transitional, World Beat

IKEA

I use Ikea for multiple levels of clients, anywhere from the DIY client who just wants a few a-la-carte selections, to the entirely custom, full service client.  Ikea is a great resource for furniture staples, like seating and tables to really affordable draperies and lighting.  

Another thing that I hit up Ikea for on a personal level is kitchen wear.  Believe it or not, Ikea has great knives and their kitchen organization tools are top notch and extremely affordable.  If you are like me and only purchase white dish wear so that when one breaks you don't have to match the set perfectly, Ikea is an endless resource for white dish wear and serving pieces.

IKEA Strengths: Kitchen accessories, basic furniture pieces, inexpensive draperies.  Style Modern, Transitional, some Traditional

Ballards

Last but not least is Ballards.  This is a great resource for all things custom (well semi-custom).  Not only is their website very user friendly, but the price points are very competitive on custom upholstery and drapery. 

Ballards Indoor/Outdoor Sofa

Ballards Indoor/Outdoor Sofa

My favorite part of using Ballards for upholstered pieces of furniture is how they show very piece online, in a neutral fabric.  This way you can really compare the bodies of the sofas and chairs, and then select your fabric.  The selection of fabrics is quite robust for furniture and draperies.  Its also a plus to notice whats rated indoor and outdoor.  A surprising amount of furniture is indoor/outdoor which is a real plus for those who have munchkins running around.  All in all Ballards is winning the custom upholstery category for selection and price.

Ballards Strengths: Custom Upholstery and Draperies.  Style: Traditional to Transitional, Rustic Chic.

 

Hope this helps on your next decorating endeavor!

 

Frugal Friday: Scandinavian Modern Dining on a Budget

So I am a total sucker for Scandinavian Modern design.  It's such a clean, sophisticated look, but still relaxed.  When I look at a room in this style I imagine myself with horn rimmed glasses, an all white outfit, a booming career, 3 perfectly styled children and a spotless home.  Does this style make anyone else think that if they just mastered it everything would fall perfectly in place?!  Ok, so maybe there is more to it than that... but seriously this style rocks, and it's even better if you can put it together on a budget!  Check out this dining inspiration and where to get it without having to sell your first born to afford it!

Isn't this dining room wonderful?  It's clean, relaxed and inviting... Here's how you can create this look:

Yep, it's that easy!  Click through below to see where you can order it!

Yep, it's that easy!  Click through below to see where you can order it!