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Funky Friday

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Happy Funky Friday Everyone! Below is a fun colorful dining nook that we found from http://whimsicalhomeandgarden.com and we here at J Hill Interior Designs adore it!  As you can see below sometimes just adding a bit of color can create that spunky, funky, fun touch your looking for without breaking the bank.

Funky Friday Space of the Week: Colorful Breakfast Nook

Funky Friday Space of the Week: Colorful Breakfast Nook

 

 

 

 Set of 2 Urban Outfitters Cafe Chair

Set of 2 Urban Outfitters Cafe Chair $149.00

 

 

 

Emily Round Dining Table : Living Spaces $395.00

 

 

 

Prestige Fuchsia Pillow: Embroidered

Embroidered Fuchsia Pillow: Moroccan Prestige $135.00

 

 

 

C Wonder Home Decor Throw Pillows : C Wonder $20.00 – $49.99

 

 

The Importance of Décor Styling

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The importance of decor styling is a topic of conversation we have often. One question that many of our clients ask is, “How do you coordinate all the little details and finish the space off so well?” The answer lies is creating a careful balance between the principle components of the home (larger items or influences), with the smaller components (décor and accessories). Examples of the principle components would be the rug, couch, accent chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, paint colors and the tone/stain of the flooring and cabinetry. Examples of the smaller components would be lamps, art, table accessories, pillows, curtains, wall décor and plants. The principle components are what grounds a good design, whereas the little details are what bring a space together, and creates the “pop” in the room. We call this décor styling.

Décor styling is what creates character and interest in a space. We always strive to pick pieces and concepts that speak to the client, their lifestyle and what is most important to them. I’ll start with saying that coordinating pillows, rugs and curtains in a cohesive manner is one of the biggest ways to make a room come together.  We suggest buying the rug first, and then selecting pillows and curtains thereafter. The second most influential decision in décor styling is selecting the proper artwork. Especially If the client’s artwork is priority, strategically selecting pieces of sculptures or wall artwork first throughout the home is necessary. If artwork is a priority for you, I would suggest selecting a piece first, and then basing the rest of the room off of the colors and feel of the art piece.  Pay attention to the stronger tones/colors in the art piece, and also the secondary colors of the artwork.  I recommend using the artwork’s secondary colors as a main color in the home such as in the wall paint color, color of couch, or curtains/rug.

For smaller décor pieces, if the client is a reader, stacking books on shelving and coffee tables would be appropriate. With families, we typically use a lot of picture frames to give color and personality to the home, which also allows them to display family photos. We also highly recommend adding plant life to areas. It immediately creates of homey, soften feel.

In conclusion, the best advice we can give you is to mix elements when styling. Use tall pieces mixed with foliage, books, and decorative sculptures. Use modern pieces with traditional pieces. Use bolder colors with lighter colors. Don’t be matchy-matchy. Use all different tones of a color to prevent it from looking like a “model home”.  Mix wood tones, and neutral colors (blacks with browns, crèmes with whites, grays with blacks, etc). Most importantly, go out on a limb, and don’t play it super safe. Our best designs have come out when we took a risk. It’s worth it! See a few examples below of how to implement décor styling.

Check our website, http://jhillinteriordesigns.com/project-peeks/, for how we implemented “decor styling”!

Happy Styling!

 

 

The “How-To”: Creating a Picture Wall Collage

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We have been hanging pictures for decades, but it seems an old trend is dissipating and a new one is emerging! The trend is this: there is no end to ways you can hang wall collages, but there is definitely a formula to this task.

The key to having a successful wall collage is to make sure you take the time to lay out your collage before hanging the pictures. Lay all your frames on the floor to configure which frame goes where. The best way to achieve an organized  look is to have the same distance between each frame all around. You can also develop a formula to where just the widths between photos are the same, or just the heights between photos are the same. The key is to create a calm chaos. You want to arrange the photos in a manner that is different and achieves interest, but also has uniformity to the layout, or else it may look unfinished or too chaotic.

To hang the photos, always take a picture of how you laid it out, because you will forgot. Start with the frame in the middle. Hang it on the desired location of the wall. Next, choose a second frame that is adjacent to the middle frame. Start working your way out and around until they are all hung! A level, pencil and wall laser are your best friends. The wall laser especially is incredibly helpful to hang pictures in a straight line, horizontally or vertically.

Lastly, there are endless things to items you can put in the frames. You don’t have to put anything in the frame, achieving the shabby sheek, minimalist look. You can put scrapbook paper, stretched fabric, sentimental items such as movie tickets, love letters, or post cards or even paint the wall behind the frame.  Here are some great examples of how to hand a collage of photos!

Check out a few different wall collages below:

You can have a playful look to your collage or a more refined look. To get a more refined look, change the prints to all black and white photos with a thick matte frame,  and organize frames into a very clean layout such as the idea below…

Some like their collages more playful! It’s always fun to grab multiple different styles of frames for a more eclectic feel.