When it comes to designing your bathroom, you may feel a little lost as it is so much more involved than selecting furnishings and accessories like you would for your bedroom or living room. There are a lot of things to consider for your bathroom, especially how you use it. Next to the kitchen, it is the second most important space in the house. It is also the only room where hot steam from a running shower circulates in the air where condensation can occur if there isn’t proper ventilation.
Most people want to come home to a space that feels like they just entered an elegant, relaxing, and meditative day spa full of wonderful aromas and soothing music. You too can create your own personal spa retreat. Start with visiting a bathroom showroom to see what kind of bath fixtures are out there. Ask them questions. If you still feel overwhelmed with the endless options or don’t know what questions to ask, consider working with a designer who can help you by making recommendations and guiding you through the selection process. There is a lot of information out there today from books to online articles, so start familiarizing yourself with different types of bathroom fixtures and think about what would fit your needs for function, style, and mood. Let’s look at some below.
Bathtubs are still very popular even though some bathroom designers and experts would say that its out of style and the new trend is modern showers. Bathtubs are soothing, relaxing, and a meditative experience especially after a long day at work. They have personality whether it’s a clawfoot, freestanding, whirlpool, or alcove tub shower combination. There is nothing better than soaking in a tub surrounded by fragrant candles and soft music of nature. If you have a whirlpool tub, you can get a nice gentle massage too while enjoying your reflective experience. It’s quite a different experience bathing in a bathtub compared to taking a quick shower and that is why bathtubs are still very much appealing to the consumer.
Winter can be disheartening, as the winter days are long and possibly gloomy with not enough sunshine (depending on the geographical location of where you live). The good news is that there are ways you can brighten up your home this winter season. By making your home cheerful, you can make winter more tolerable and warm! So, what are some ways you can get rid of winter blues and brighten up your home? Here are some simple interior design tips to help you or to spark creative ideas on your own.
Not only is hanging art great for your home, it is also a great tool to brighten up your space during winter. If you already have some art on your walls, you can always add a few more pieces just for winter. Vibrant, colorful artwork will help brighten up your space and you can choose paintings, photos, or prints with sparkling landscapes or floral cheer.
February is the month of love and whether you are excited about Valentine’s Day or not, it can be fun to incorporate some of the things Valentine’s Day is known for into your interior decor. Simple things such as candles, flowers, artwork, and the color red can really liven up your space and make it feel warm and inviting setting the tone for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.
What’s Valentine’s Day without hearts? It’s everywhere from boxes of chocolates, throw pillows, balloons, clothing, cards, and so much more. They are all shaped in the form of hearts to bring home that lovely warm Valentine’s mood. You can incorporate hearts into your design without it being tacky or too overwhelming. Something as simple as a small wall hanging or a wreath can add some love to your space without being too much.
As an interior designer and business woman, I can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of meeting new clients, following up with past clients, preparing proposals, and designing spaces that are magical.So this week, I’m slowing down so I can tell you more about myself and why I chose the path of becoming an interior designer. Knowing a little bit more about the person behind the design is important because you want to work with someone who has the appropriate training, understands design, and most importantly understands you and your lifestyle.
If you are finally taking on the task of getting rid of clutter and organizing your space this year, before you decide to give old items away, see if you can come up with creative ways to upcycle it and make it unique! Re-purposing an old item into something new and different is becoming quite a popular trend these days. Don’t think you have a use for old plastic folding chairs or old hangers? Think again! So, don’t throw away those used wine bottles just yet. You can upcycle them into light fixtures, wall decor, or accessories for the home. Below are some great ideas for re-purposing your give-away items into something stylish, fun, and creative!
Use wine corks as mini planters
Hollow out old corks to create miniature planters. You can even paint the corks in different colors and create patterns to make it sparkle!
Interior designers love to find unique items when designing spaces. Some interior designers go to flea markets in search of antique pieces, travel to other countries to find cultural objects, seek local artisans to create handcrafted items, or go to interior design showrooms to find upscale custom furnishings and accessories only available to the trade. While there are so many different ways for interior designers to look for unique items that fits the needs of clients, I especially love finding stylish home decor products that is a reasonable price for anyone to purchase and I’d like to share some of them with you. Below are a few of my favorite sites for affordable home decor products.
I love West Elm for their colorful products and creative use of patterns. Plus, they feature and support handcrafted work from artisans around the world and they are one of the first home goods retailer to make rugs certified by Fair Trade USA. Their prices may be higher than other home decor sites, but West Elm always has a sale going on and sometimes offer free shipping on select items. I especially love their variety of textured bedding and drapes!
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