5 Reasons Floral Patterns Will Make You a Happier Homeowner

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Florals make a bold statement, which is why so many of us shy away from them when choosing home decor. The thing is, florals are one of the easiest ways you can brighten your home’s interior and add happiness to your life. Whether you currently flip for florals or verge more on the edge of being a wallflower, here are 5 reasons you may want to give florals a try.

1. Florals make you feel. 

At the core, designing a home is about how you want to feel when you’re there–and flowers, have a penchant for capturing feelings in a very special way. From whimsical and romantic to dramatic and energizing to fun and playful, florals have you covered. Think about what feeling(s) you want to encapsulate and then find a floral that will deliver.

Decorating tip: Large-scale florals in bold and vibrant hues will energize the space, while small-to-medium-scale florals in lighter tones will make the space feel relaxed. To enhance the drama, try dark or oversized florals.

2. Florals give you color.

There are many psychological effects of color, which is why incorporating it in any way you can will be beneficial. Florals are a great way to achieve this–even more so if you have a neutral space. Additionally, because most floral patterns feature several colors at once, it’s easy to set a color scheme based off of a pattern you love.

Decorating tip: Figure out how much color you want or need and let the florals do the work. Some ways to feature florals for color include upholstery, wallpaper, art, window treatments, and headboards.

3. Florals are fun!

Flowers are full of charm and have a happy disposition that just comes naturally. Simply put, flowers are fun! Floral patterns effortless bring a splash of whimsy to the space, which is sure to make you smile. Think about the areas of your home that could allow you to be a little more playful and then get to work.

Decorating tip: Pieces of art, throw pillows, and floral-covered accent chairs are just a few ways you can bring in more fun without putting in too much effort.

4. Florals are flexible.

Florals are one of those patterns that can easily be used in a variety of ways–big, small, seasonally, year-round–making it a cinch to decorate with them. There’s really no shortage on how they can be incorporated into your decor!

Decorating tip: Florals can work in any season simply by mixing up the hues. Think softer hues for spring, brighter hues for summer, earthy hues for fall, and neutral or shimmery hues for winter.

5. Florals are [always] in style.

Florals have always been in style, but in recent years, they’ve been one of the hottest design trends. Because of this, floral patterns are more exciting and more accessible than ever. With the versatility and visual interest they provide, is it any wonder they’re so popular? No matter what your design style may be or what colors you enjoy most, you can be guaranteed that there’s a floral to suit you.

Decorating tip: Even the smallest amount of floral has an impact so there’s no reason to avoid them. Try incorporating florals into your space with items like decorative pillows, upholstered seat cushions, or an eye-catching area rug.

 

7 Fresh Ways to Decorate with Shiplap

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If you’re familiar with Joanna Gaines and her love of farmhouse style, then you’re probably familiar with shiplap as well. Although this grooved wooden board is nothing new, HGTV’s show Fixer Upper has certainly brought it front and center for its viewers. Even still, what you see on television is only a snippet of what can be done with it. So, let’s look at 7 fresh ways this versatile and charming material can be used in your home.

  1. On a single wall. There’s no reason you have to fill an entire room with shiplap. Instead, consider using it on a single wall that you’d like to showcase. The wall behind your sofa or bed is ideal, as is the hallway or wall opposite the door in a dining room.  
  2. In the mudroom. The mudroom is a hardworking space that deserves a little style. And what better way to achieve that than with beautiful shiplap walls? Some built-in cubbies will add to the charm while fulfilling the functional need within the space.  
  3. In the kitchen. With the warmth and cheer they bring to a home, it’s no wonder farmhouse kitchens are so popular. Even if your home is newly built, shiplap in the kitchen can add that fresh farmhouse vibe you love.
  4. On a vaulted ceiling. There’s something very appealing about a vaulted (pitched) ceiling, and shiplap is the perfect material to take that appeal to a whole new level. Creamy white shiplap up above will make the space feel open yet welcoming. Adding wooden beams–faux or the real deal–will add contrast and warmth.
  5. In a finished basement. A finished basement adds both value and living space to your home. To keep it feeling as welcoming as the rest of the house, however, can be challenging. White shiplap walls can solve that problem easily by giving the space a light and airy feeling that matches the rest of your home.
  6. In the laundry room. Looking for a way to make the chore of washing clothes a bit more fun? Shiplap can take care of that. It’ll be harder to look at laundry as a dreary task when the room looks so cheery. To keep with the theme, add vintage-styled shelving and accessories.
  7. Partway up the wall. Just as you don’t have to cover an entire room in shiplap, you don’t have to cover an entire wall either. Consider using shiplap just as you would wainscoting, leaving the top portion of the walls available for paint or wallpaper.

Tip: Shiplap can be painted! Shiplap in color is just as charming in color as it does in white.

Ready to usher farmhouse charm into your home? Be sure to complete the look with some Joanna Gaines textiles, such as her pillows and rugs, which we carry in our stores and online.

Build-a-Room Series: Luxe Living Room

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Isn’t this living room gorgeous? To me, it’s a prime example of how to use neutrals in a non-boring way. When done right, neutral colors–like the ones above–can be very elegant and actually really exciting!

I thought a neutral room would be a good starting point for this new series in which we’ll discuss how you can mimic style from a variety of images in your own home. Hopefully, having a visual, as well as product suggestions on hand, will be helpful as you design your home.

If you’re one for color and pattern, hang tight–we’ll get there. The colors above may be tame, but they’re anything but “safe” due to the depth.

OK, let’s get started…

A crucial part of any welcoming living room is a comfortable sofa. Because the sofa is usually the biggest piece of furniture in the room, picking one in a neutral color is a wise choice. Neutral means more than just white or beige. Sandstone, khaki, grey and even black, are all suitable options. With a neutral sofa, you’ll be able to change up the look of your living room quickly and easily with smaller, more colorful, and less expensive decor.

Our Dobson sofa, topped off with oversized custom pillows, is ideal for a living space like this. It also comes in a loveseat option, making it easy to round out your seating area. While a number of our fabrics would be suitable for a sofa, I just love the look of Wisper, which has the look of linen but the softness of chenille.

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For chairs, our Clancy is perfect, especially when covered in something like our Folly, which has a microfiber leather suede finish. Pictured below is the chocolate brown, but it also comes in rust and peat.

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Time to talk finishing touches…

First of all, the rug. Did you notice how the charcoal color complements the black frames on the wall? This is what I was talking about earlier. When you layer in other neutrals you create depth and a lot more interest. Our Lotus rug, which is part of our Joanna Gaines collection, is a great pick. Just look at those striking patterns and beautiful colors of fog and beige!

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Now, the drapery. To me, in a room like the one pictured above, only silk draperies will do. Therefore, to dress your windows, my top pick is our Smooth Silk fabric. It comes in a variety of colors, but to mimic this particular space, I suggest it in the color Bikaner.

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Add light colored furniture, some paint or wallpaper, great lighting, and some accessories, and you’ve got a beautiful room. Be sure to come back for more in this series.

 

Pantone’s Top Color Picks for Fall 2017

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start talking about seasonal colors. And of course, that means a peek at Pantone’s Color Report for Fall 2017. Although generated based off of colors shown by fashion designers during New York Fashion Week, this color palette is just as usable throughout the home as they are within your wardrobe.

Here’s what this season’s palette looks like:  

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(Photo by Pantone) 

“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth,“ says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades including a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterum and Tawny Port.”

I have to say, I agree with her and think this fall palette is my favorite thus far!

Now that you’ve seen the palette, let’s take a look at some fabrics that can help bring it to life. Below, I’ve laid out 3 swatches from our collection–both solids and prints–I feel would give you the opportunity to introduce these colors into your home this season.

Grenadine

Powerful, evocative, and dynamic, grenadine is not for the faint of heart.

Tawny Port

Formal spaces could benefit from the elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful Tawny Port.

Ballet Slipper

Soft and flattering, this rosy hue would look lovely wherever you need a whisper of color.

Butterum

A chair or ottoman covered in this warm and toasty shade will make those cool nights feel cozier.

Navy Peony

This classic navy is solid, stable, and always in style, making it a perfect choice anywhere.

Neutral Gray

Use as an accent or let it make a statement–no matter what you choose, this pretty neutral won’t disappoint.

Shaded Spruce

This intense green makes it easy to bring the outdoors in and can look just as nice in a softer shade.

Golden Lime

Accent pillows will certainly pop with covers featuring this twist on a traditional earth tone.

Marina

Fresh and bright, Marina is the perfect shade of blue for areas you want to appear fresh and bright.

Autumn Maple

If a space needs warmth, this tawny and russet hue will deliver.

We have plenty of other fabrics that can bring this fall palette to life in your home, so be sure to browse our selection online or visit one of our showrooms.

How to Decorate for Fall Even Though it Still Feels Like Summer

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If you live in a climate that’s warm year-round, you may have missed the memo that fall is right around the corner. Not to worry, there’s still time to add a taste of fall spice to your home this season. How? By focusing on smaller and more affordable decorative details that can be changed in and out easily. You may not think small touches of autumn are enough, but they really do make an amazing difference!

When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want is for your home to feel bogged down. This is why it’s best to focus on adding a few splashes of autumn-inspired color rather than an entire seasonal overhaul. There are two main ways you can do this: paint and accessories.

Paint

Paint is a pretty popular go-to when a home is in need of a pick-me-up. Golden and tawny tones are perfect for this time of year but don’t feel limited. There are actually a lot more colors that work–many of which can be kept around well beyond the season. Take Pantone’s fall palette for example. This year includes robust reds, bold blues, gripping greens, and even rosy pink. Accent walls, chairs, dressers, shelves, cabinets, stairs, and more can all benefit from a fresh coat of color, so don’t hold back.

Accessories

Swapping summery accessories for fall-inspired ones is another popular way to effortlessly decorate your home for the season. Usher in fall with cinnamon-scented candles, bowls or baskets overflowing with pine cones, leaves, or gourds, and rich-colored pillows and throws. Even as something as simple as a vase filled with branches can give your home a more seasonal feel.

The artwork on your walls is another accessory to keep in mind during this seasonal change. A pretty print rich with warm hues can easily set the mood inside even if it doesn’t feel like fall outside.

Live in a home that has a fireplace that never gets used? Forget the wood and fill it with candles instead. The glow of flickering candles a fun way to mimic the glow of crackling wood without actually heating the house up. And don’t forget the mantle! Mantles are the perfect spot to house seasonal decor.

Textiles such as accent pillows, throws, and rugs are another wonderful way to bring the season to life. Layer in fabrics rich will autumn color and beautiful texture.

We have a beautiful selection of fabrics that will help you meet your seasonal expectations. Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or browse our products online.

 

Decorating with Midcentury Modern in Mind

Midcentury Modern Design Styles Defined

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Over time, certain design styles seem to come back full circle. Partly because of widely popular show Mad Men, and just partly because it’s cool, this is exactly what has happened to Midcentury Modern. Midcentury Modern, or Modern, as it is more commonly referred to, is often used interchangeably with the term “Contemporary”, and while they do have similarities, they are not one in the same. Modern design is a set style that is defined by its own trends and largely unchanged for several decades.

Elements of Midcentury Modern Design Style

— Clean, uncluttered look

— Graphic patterns with pattern and texture

— Accessories such as graphic or geometric-style wall art, starburst clocks and metal mobiles

— Wood trim

— Classics furniture pieces uniquely designed to blend with contemporary lifestyle

Interior Design Ideas

You can tell a Midcentury Modern design by its clean and unadorned interior. Natural materials are predominantly used for furniture, fabrics, floors and accents. Floors are generally bare, and in the times area rugs are used, they are typically made of wool and neutral in color.

MidCentury Modern Furniture

The major characteristics of true Midcentury Modern furniture pieces are clean lines, vivid colors, unique materials and excellent quality. Sharp, geometric shapes and crisp lines are typical of this type of furniture. Vivid colors like red, yellow, blue, green or black and white combos are also common. Most designers preferred to use unique man-made materials such as fiberglass and plastics, but woods like teakwood, walnut, oak and rosewood were also used. Top designers of the area include, but are not limited to, Arne Jacobsen and the Danish Designers, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Milo Baughman, George Nelson, Paul McCobb and Alvar Aalto.

Choosing Colors

Although vivid colors are a Midcentury Modern trademark, there is a certain “coolness” that needs to remain within the space. Pastels in teal, yellow and blue, paired with neutrals is a popular color palette for living spaces. Other colors that can be found in this design style are mustard, tangerine and avocado. Bright colors that are often incorporated include turquoise, lemon yellow, red and chartreuse.

Textures and Patterns to complete your Mid Century Modern Look

Fabric is the ultimate way to add texture. It doesn’t really matter if the fabric is solid in color or saturated in a graphic pattern sticking with subtle, neutral hues will make the space feel cohesive. To offset the sleek lines of furnishings, soften the space with fabric drapes, rather than blinds.

Visit either of our two Tempe, Az area locations located inside of SWITCH Consignment to check out the latest designer upholstery fabrics available at amazing prices.

How to Get a Designer Look in Your Home for Less

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Many people who want to have a high-end home simply don’t have the high-end budget to go along with it. Thankfully, there are tips and tricks for getting the designer look for less. With careful planning and selective buying, fueled by a “high-low mix” mentality (blend of high- and low-end products), you can achieve the look you desire without overspending. Here are some of our favorite ways to add those designer touches in an affordable way.

Crown Molding

When it comes to making your home look high-end and custom-made, details are key. Crown molding is one of those important details that can take your decor to the next level, making it appear elegant and complete. Fortunately, crown molding comes in a variety of sizes and prices, making it easy to find something that suits both your space and your budget.

Large-Scale Art

A variety of artwork on the walls is nice, but to get the most dramatic impact, opt for a single, large-scale piece. One painted canvas or print can give an entire room more drama and color than several smaller pieces can.

Oversized Mirrors

Mirrors are a great addition to any space–and because of the natural light they reflect, spaces feel more open than they really are. For a high-end designer look, invest in a large, oversized mirror that will enhance the drama and boost the style of your other decor.

Statement Lighting

Good lighting is an essential part of home decorating–but statement lighting is really where it’s at. The right pendant or chandelier can elevate the entire space, taking it from a design that’s nice to a design that wows. Lighting comes in such variety these days, it’s easy to find something that looks expensive without actually having the bill to match. Take capiz fixtures, for example. The shells are the perfect material for creating a high-end look affordably.

Custom Pillows

Accent pillows punch up a home’s decor while providing additional comfort and coziness. And although it’s easy to find accent pillows in-store or online, you want to be very selective if you wish to achieve a high-end look. A good rule of thumb is to avoid standard 12-18 inch pillows. Instead, invest in something larger like 22 inches or above. Large, overstuffed pillows, especially ones made with handpicked fabric,  will give you a plush and elegant appearance (bonus points for down filling).

Marble Accessories

Marble certainly has the price tag to match its high-end look but that’s no reason to avoid it altogether. Instead of decking out your kitchen or bathroom with countertops made of the material, opt for using it in smaller doses. One or two beautiful accessories such as a serving tray or cutting board made of marble will still a have presence within the space if if it doesn’t appear anywhere else.

Hardware Finishes

Drawer pulls and knobs don’t usually get much thought, but they are an excellent way to get a designer touch without investing too much. To minimize stress, skip those big chain home improvement stores altogether. Instead, find your elegant, more expensive-looking pieces in places like smaller hardware stores, antique shops, flea markets, and online hot spots such as Etsy. You’ll have a much greater chance at finding something unique and affordable.

Window Treatments

Last, but certainly not least, are window treatments. Yes, there are times window treatments aren’t necessary, but in most cases, they are the finishing touch to any design. When selecting window treatments, make smart choices. For instance, avoid treatments without lining and stick with elegant materials such as silk, linen, and cotton. Woven bamboo shades, custom Roman shades, or wood blinds are also some other options for dressing your window.

 

Build-a-Room Series: True Blue Dining Room

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I don’t have a formal dining space, but if I did, this would be right up my alley. Light and airy, with primarily subdued colors and a splash of bold. I also really like the layout–how it looks into the family/living room. Open, but not so open to where I’d have to work at defining each space…

At first glance, the colors are what caught my eye. My favorite color is blue, so naturally, I was drawn to that bold pop of color at the top of the walls. Not only is it a beautiful shade of blue, all that white trim and wainscotting really makes it stand out. Oddly enough though, as much as I like blue, I tend to prefer it in smaller doses–which is why I was pleased to see they didn’t go overboard. I think the touches of blue they used throughout are just right!

OK, so let’s break down a few elements of the space and talk about how you can mimic this look in your own home.

We’ll start with the rug. Next, to the color, that gorgeous rug had my attention. While we offer a variety of beautiful rugs, there are two I feel would work perfectly. The first is the Ella Rose, in the color bone, from the Magnolia Home collection. It has those faded colors that give a vintage look. The second is the Layton. It’s a bit richer in color, but I think those tawny shades mixed with the blue would look amazing in that space. It really is all about your preference, so be willing to be flexible in certain areas.

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In regards to dining chairs, our Victor is a perfect choice. It has an Old World look, complete with heavy carved wood legs, and comes available with and without arms.

For upholstery, my top three fabric choices are Indeed, India, and the Wanda. Here’s what they look like:

The thing is, you don’t necessarily have to go with a geometric print. Any blue and white fabric could work–even something as classic as stripes!

Finally, let’s address the window treatments. In this space, they went with a floral pattern on the valances, however, I think any garden-themed pattern would work. Take our Hargrove, Hayworth, and Hermes, for example. Each has a unique garden theme that would blend effortlessly with this space.

I hope this helped fuel your inspiration. Be sure to check back for more in this series.

5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Decorating With Color

 

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Are you afraid of color in your home? If so, have you ever stopped and wondered why?

Maybe it’s because neutrals are “safe” or you’re just unsure of what to do. Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to do nothing than make a (potential) mistake…

Whatever it is, it’s time to rethink color and squash those unnecessary fears.

Did you know that color affects our brain? It’s true! There are actually many noted psychological effects we experience as humans that are rooted in color. While certain colors can have a negative effect, overall, the majority are positive. The right colors can boost our moods, our productivity and even our ability to concentrate! Without it, we can be left feeling restless or unsettled without even realizing why.

So, how can you break away from the old beige habit confidently? Here are 5 ways that may help.

Begin with things you love.

Decorating with an item you love is a great starting point when you have a desire for color. If a special piece stirs positive feelings in you when you see it, chances are that it’s perfect for your place. Your special find can be something as simple as a colorful basket or vase, something in-between like an abstract piece of art, or something larger like a fun accent chair or an eye-catching rug. Whatever it is, use it, and then expand on the color scheme each time you feel braver to do so.

Let nature inspire you.

Nature is full of colorful inspiration! For many, being outdoors brings about a feeling of ease, which is how we usually want to feel inside our home. Think about what moves you and makes you happy. Is it the ocean? A flower garden? Maybe an international landscape? There are so many wonders in nature that are ready to guide you!

Mismash, not match.

Sure, matching can create a beautifully curated look, but decorating is not one-size-fits-all. Today, it’s all about blending colors together–no matter what they are. If you enjoy colors that don’t typically “go together” don’t worry about it–anything goes! It does help to have something that ties all the colors together, but that doesn’t equate matching. Seriously, it’s okay to think outside the box!

Give something a makeover.

Upcycling old or unused pieces with a vibrant makeover is an easy way to add color to your home. Try your hand at recovering a worn out chair in a fabric of your choice or paint an old side table in a bold hue. Giving something a makeover is a perfect way to test how much color you are willing to tolerate without investing too much time and money.

Take on textiles.

Textiles, like fabric, wall coverings and rugs are a few effective ways to add color, set the tone, and make a statement in your home. Accent pillows and patterned rugs are an easy, interchangeable way to add personality and create visual interest. To keep it tailored to your preferred style, find your own fabrics for pillows, chairs, headboards and other custom pieces. Once you’ve chosen the color palette and vibe, narrow your choices to fabrics that meet the criteria while offering up ample color.

Be sure to stop into one of our showrooms or browse our fabric and rug selections online. We also offer custom pillows and furniture, making it easy to get the perfect pieces for your home.  

4 Ideal Rug Choices for the Busy Household

 

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An area rug is a beautiful thing—and often very necessary for busy households. Sorting through the endless choices, however, can make the process of actually picking, let alone purchasing, one a really big challenge. No matter what kind of traffic you have—roommates, kids, pets—it’s important to find a rug that can hold up to the wear and tear it will receive. Here are 4 ideal choices that are durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of pretty options that will suit any décor.

1. Cotton.

Is it any surprise this is on the list? Cotton is one of the most low-maintenance options out there. When it comes to rugs, ones made of cotton are sometimes called “flat-weave”. Cotton fiber rugs are softer to the touch than other natural fibers (which we’ll talk about next) and very easy to clean. Additionally, with its porous nature and thin threads, cotton can be dyed in rich tones and woven into stylish patterns, making it a wonderful choice if it’s a pop of color you’re looking for.

2. Jute, Sisal, and Sea Grass

Natural fiber rugs are one of the best choices for a busy household. Not only are these rugs extremely durable, they’re well-priced. Overall, the strong fibers of these kinds of rugs make it easy to clean—sometimes, with no more required than a blotting. You can also find these natural-fiber rugs in a variety of rich textures, patterns, and hues.

3. Wool

Wool rugs can be quite costly but rightfully so. With their durability, softness, and versatility, wool rugs are the cream of the crop. Although certainly an investment, wool rugs can last up to a decade or more, unlike synthetic rugs whose life span typically only reaches two to three years. Wool rugs are a favorite for many reasons, some of which include their luster, ability to repel spills, beautiful colors, and intricate woven patterns.

4. Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that indoor-outdoor rugs aren’t just as suitable for interiors as they are for exteriors. Rugs like these have come a long way, so if you have a busy household, consider them as you shop. Many indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials, making them stain-resistant, easy to clean, and affordable. They also come in bright, bold colors and various patterns that suit a wide variety of decorating styles.

Ready to complete your home’s interior with a rug that will suit your busy household? Stop in one of our showrooms or browse our beautiful rug collection online.


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