9 guidelines that will inspire your next accent wall choice

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

An easy way to introduce tonal variation and overall depth to any space with maximum flexibility is through an accent wall.  The virtually infinite color, texture and material selection allows the accent wall, the greatest degree of personalization and creativity.  In case you are pulled in too many directions when it comes to your accent wall, here are some guidelines and inspirations to make that choice a little easier.

1. Use bold colors for the accent wall but make sure that the rest of the walls are muted and accompany the color of your accent wall with harmony.

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

2. Don’t limit your accent wall to just paint color.  Expand your options to wallpapers, wall tiles, and panels.

Jerez dining table by Cattelan Italia

Jerez dining table by Cattelan Italia

Meeting platform bed by Presotto

Meeting platform bed by Presotto

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Color Story: Earth Tones in the Family Room

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

What’s more welcoming than a palette that signifies warmth and coziness?  Decorating with earth tones is easier than ever with the addition of modern colors that have minimal yellow and orange undertones but instead have delicate hints of grey, an example of which can be seen with the exquisite leather upholstery of Sunset sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti.  Additionally, reinvention and reintroduction of precious metal finishes like bronze and copper inserts a new dimension to everyday objects like the Kadoo coat rack and the Apollo chandelier both of which have dynamic natures thanks to their metallic finishes.  And finally, natural influences like the walnut wood of Lingotto coffee table, cotton chenille of the Delhi area rug or the cooper stone facade of Presotto’s I-ModuleArt wall unit allude to the inviting and softening aspect of organic textures in the realm of modern decor.

Earth tones in the modern family room

3 hot examples of red room decor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

These hot red rooms are not the kind from “50 Shades of Grey” but rather are steamy illustrations of exceptional unification between the powerful and the subdued.  Red is an inspiring and highly influential color that sets the ambiance in any room around the house, evocative of passion, power, and elevated emotions.  In interior decor, red color is at its best when used subtly and conservatively with understated hints of warmth and exhilaration.  When introducing a new iteration of the Basket platform bed, the Basket Air version by Bonaldo was depicted in a subdued room with primarily grey color scheme and red accents in the form of the Icosi end table, select bedding elements and the frame of the Alfie accent chair.

Basket Air platform bed by Bonaldo

Red color increased in its intensity in the red and white library, showcasing impactful architectural elements with predominantly red colored Wally bookcases by Cattelan Italia.

Wally bookcase by Cattelan Italia

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Top 5 ways to turn a rental into a home

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

While renting can be a short or long term arrangement, it is not a permanent living solution and comes with its own decorative constraints mainly revolving around the level of personalization and “ownership” of the space.  Nonetheless, a year-long rental for a job, a summer rental or one for just a few weeks can still feel comfortable, welcoming and simply like a home.  These 5 easy and low cost solutions will help any temporary living situation feel like a home in both practical and emotional way.

Utensils and dinnerware – regardless of how fancy or unpretentious, new plates, mugs, cups and flatware will always make you feel like you are eating at home.  The key here is “new” so any charming option from retailers like Crate and Barrel, Target and Ikea is perfect.

Utensils and Dinnerware

Area rug – rugs add coziness and completely change the room’s perspective in the most positive and welcoming way.  On the practical side, rugs cover unattractive floors, minimize noise and help define functional spaces in open layout floor plans.  In case of hardwood or tile floors opt for shag rugs or anything that feels plush and soft on your feet like wool, viscose or bamboo blends.  Layer low-pile rugs on wall-to-wall carpeting; choose from flat weave options like 100% jute, cotton, sisal or leather for maximum surface coherence.

Area Rug

Greens and blooms – adding life in the form of living or silk plants will ultimately make any space feel more energetic and cheerful.  Choose from low maintenance plants like terrarium, succulents and cacti, opt for fresh flowers that alter on a weekly basis or just settle on silk options in the form of exotic fig and lemon trees to tropical palms. Read More

7 tips to sell your house fast

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

If you are selling or thinking of selling your house then you might already know that in today’s highly competitive real estate market, it can pay off to follow a few staging tips and tricks in order to get an advantage that is not based on a lower price.  Having personally gone through this process recently, I can tell you first-hand that all of these are definitely inexpensive, easy to do and require minimal investment that yields desirable outcomes.

1. In-house inspection – Before officially listing your house for sale, walk through the house with a critical eye and make a list of all the problem areas.  Prioritize them in accordance with your budget and keep in mind that fixes like touching up unsightly wall scrape marks with paint or changing burned out bulbs are low-cost and very easy to do.

2. Less is more – Declutter your house as stage one of the pre-sale process.  Simple removal of personal items may single-handedly decrease majority of clutter.

3. Define spaces properly – Rooms should have core dispositions.  If you have used one of your bedrooms as a storage room or your dining room as a home-office, time to convert these spaces into their originally intended functions.

4. Add lighting – Dark spaces are simply unattractive, bordering depressive.  If there is no natural light in a room, add accent lighting by purchasing inexpensive fixtures that are visually appealing.

5. The greener the better – An easy way to liven up any space is by adding plants, trees and/or flowers.  Green is typically associated with freshness, cleanliness and newness; resort to places like Michaels and AC Moore are great for artificial greenery while live plants and trees are available through national retailers like Home Depot and Walmart.

6. Neat, not just clean – This is almost a rhetorical tip that should go without being said.  Once the house goes on the market, the possibility of last minute or short-notice showings is inevitable so make sure your house is in a constant guest-hosting mode with made-up beds and neatly organized coffee tables.

7. Take good pictures – This is the most overlooked part of staging.  Some realtors dispatch their own photographers to take pictures of your house and some realtors rely on the pictures taken by the home-owners to be used as the main marketing material and sadly, many of the pictures posted on main real-estate websites are just misrepresentative.  Regardless of who is photographing your house, it is essential that the images are high-resolution and are taken from flattering angles (try not to alter the furniture or the room).