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Four Ways to Love Yourself Through Your Environment

 

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It is often said that your home is a reflection of your personality.  This Valentine’s Day consider a few changes in your home décor can cause a big change in your attitude and is a great way to explore and love yourself.  It gives you a chance to indulge in creativity and channelize your thoughts.  Our interiors elicit emotions like happiness, joy and peace which truly equates to loving oneself.

1.  Discover your likes and dislikes

The most important aspect of loving yourself through your environment is to learn more about your interior environment is to learn more about your likes and dislikes.  Spend time looking at pictures on the internet and in magazines and identify your interior style.  Follow your instincts and create a home that truly reflects your persona. There is no right or wrong in interior design, it is after all your home!

2.  Choose colors that help you feel motivated.

What would life be without colors?  An important aspect of your interior environment, different colors are linked with different feelings and emotions.  Pink is the color for love and promotes a feeling of comfort in uncertain times.  Decorate your home with accents of pink to feel the love.  Similarly, orange is a beautiful color to use when you want to feel younger.  Light purple is the color for spirituality and will deepen your sense of gratitude.

3.  Create a gallery wall

Happy photographs will stimulate an emotion of happiness and contentment.  Print pictures from memorable events in your life and create a gallery on a blank wall.  This will give you a reason to smile every time you look at the photos.

4.  Indulge in a cozy corner for yourself

Every now and then we all need some self-indulgence.  Create one such corner in your home where you can retreat to be with yourself.  Choose a corner in your home and place a comfortable chair, a reading light and a stack of books.  Once in a while, give yourself the liberty to cozy up in a throw with a mug of hot chocolate in your little corner.

I was fortunate to be one of 75 great authors who co-wrote the book the Art & Science of Loving Yourself First:  Cause Your Business Should Complete You Not Deplete You.

In this book, I wrote a chapter on “Supportive Space.”  To purchase a copy of the book click here:

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On Sunday, April 6, 2014 I will be doing a special book signing for the Art & Science of Loving Yourself in Washington, DC.  Stay tuned for details!

 

 

 

Sustainability: A Design Trend for 2014

Sustainability in itself is a trend for 2014.  With a lot of focus on green design and living an Eco-conscious lifetyle, interior designers like me are moving towards using recycled and sustainable materials at every step of the design process.  By contributing towards an eco-friendly environment, you will be able to live peacefully without the worry of leaving a carbon footprint on the environment that your home remodling will generate.

Here are five great eco-friendly trends to look forward to in 2014:

1.  Bamboo cabinets-

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Bamboo is technically classified as grass and hardly requires water which makes it easy to grow.  It is durable, resistant to insects and sustainable because it grows quickly.  Bamboo is being widely used for flooring, backsplashes, and even fabric.  The light color of bamboo cabinets in the kitchen will create a sense of airiness and openness.  It lends a minimalistic feel which is chic and suave.

2.  Recycled glass tiles-

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The great thing about glass is that is recyclable, not once but can be reused many times over.  The use of recycled glass helps in limiting the waste that goes into landfills.  From translucent to creatively textured, glass tiles are like jewelry for your home.  Due it its reflective surface, glass tiles can help add a luxurious look to your bathroom or kitchen.

3.  Organic cork flooring-

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Cork is gaining popularity as a material choice for flooring because of its natural and eco-friendly origins.  Natural bark is produced from the barks of cork trees.  The trees regenerate their back and therefore it is a renewable resource.  Consider cork flooring because it feels great to walk on, is naturally warm and is a great shock absorber.  It is especially good for homes with children because it does not collect dust and has a natural substance saves the cork from rot, mildew and pests.

4.  Paper composite counter top-

An interesting development in the area of Green living and eco-friendly designs are recycled counter tops.  Made with a combination of waste paper and non-petroleum based resins, these are much sturdier than you can imagine.  Durable and easy to maintain, paper composite counter tops are lighter than stone making them easier to install.  These are available in medium to dark colors in a matte finish that will give your kitchen a stylish character.

5.  Reclaimed wood furniture and accessories-

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There is a growing appreciation for reclaimed wood that is slowly finding home in modern design.  The imperfections and rich patina that forms on the wood as it ages is a testament of its fine character.  Reclaimed wood radiates a feeling of warmth and is being used to create dining tables, beds, benches and even wall decor.  Reclaimed wood from deconstructed buildings is being mixed with a variety of modern elements to add texture and layers to the interiors.  It works well with metal and adds chic industrial look.  You can also place an antique cabinet to bring in the time honored feel of reclaimed wood.

If you need some ideas or looking for ways to incorporate eco-friendly design into your home for 201, contact us today at interiors@kreativeways.com.

Top 10 Ways To Use Trims on A Budget

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Undoubtedly, the use of exquisite trims, borders, bandings and fabrics not surprisingly, scream luxury and sophistication. They set your home apart from the standard, the norm, the everyday, the run-of-the-mill. So, when you want something special, something that you just can’t find anywhere else, something not found off-the-shelf, or ready-made, or what your neighbor or sister in law put up, you need trim! Designer rooms incorporate and pay very strict attention to detail. They play up those seemingly insignificant details to add visual interest, beauty, and harmony. When you buy ready-made, you may be paying less money upfront, you’re also getting a lower quality product, a dummied down version – be it pillows, drapery panels, slipcovers, table skirts, bedding, etc.
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However, in the real world of budgets, rising gas prices, home repairs, braces, school supplies, and more, custom made products using luxury fabrics and trims can sometimes cost more than the budget will allow. So what to do? Give up on the lovely fabrics and trims? No sirree! Go ahead and plan your budget for the high quality custom items, then read below the 10 ways you can get that ‘custom look’ through the use of trims in your home.
1. Pillows Whether your pillow is a small rectangular accent pillow or a larger bed sham, it’s easy to add a flat braid to the face of your ready-made pillow with the use of fabric glue.
2. Trim Lush Terry Towels Add ribbon or braid to your towels for a custom look without much work. Make sure to pre-shrink the towels AND the trim before attaching the trim to the towels.
3. Table Runner or Tablecloth Flat pieces are always easy projects. Even if you don’t sew, use an iron-on fusible webbing or fabric glue to attach ribbon, gimp or braided trim. Be sure to test your preferred technique on a scrap of fabric to make sure you get the look you desire ahead of time.
4. Valance or Cornice Many moons ago valances were typically gathered onto a curtain rod using lots of gathers (and lots of fabric). But Valances and cornices have come a long way and are much simpler now. A beautiful decorative trim at the top of the valance or on the hem is a perfect way to add detail and show off your trim. See our promotion below on how you can get FREE trim on any Valance you order.
5. Drapery Border The leading edge of your drapery is the edge closest to the center of your window. Dress this up with a row of trim. You can sew it onto drapery panels. A great look, for less.
6. Border or Hem Whether you decide on a contrasting hem for a bed skirt, drapery panel, or a tablecloth, borders are a great way to use the beautiful trims around your room.
7. Set a Pretty Table Add braid, bandings, cord or tassels to accessories such as tablecloths and table runners or pretty fabric placemats and napkins.
8. Chair Cushion Using decorative cording or a contrasting welt is a fabulous way to customize your chair cushions.
9. Flat Panel Café Curtain Forget the fussy gathers and measured pinch pleats. Next time you need to cover the bottom half of a window (for privacy or just for color), consider designing a flat panel curtain. It will not only be easier to sew, you’ll get the full benefit of any pattern, since it won’t get “lost” in the gathers.
10. Trim up a Lamp Shade Give a boring lamp a fresh, up-to-date look with trims coordinated with your decor. The best styles are ones that have some element of dangle for this project. It’s hard to get flat trims such as gimp, ribbon, cording or bias tape to lay down straight enough.
The dangly kind is much more forgiving. If you’d like help adding trim throughout your home, contact Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC at http://www.kreativeways.com for more ideas and to view her selection of beautiful decorative trims.

Decorating Your Home In Style

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Creating a cohesive design for you home isn’t difficult if you know the basics. In fact, decorating your home so that all the various elements combine to create the look you’ve always wanted can be a lot of fun. Following are some proven tips to get you started:

Take the first step

As they say, let’s start at the beginning. Chances are good that your home is a mish mash of furnishings, art, accents and accessories that have been collected over time. To create the perfect designer look, you want to first consider the purpose for each room, how you want it to look, your personal tastes, features that can and can’t be changed, and finally, the budget you have available.

Start with the key elements

The success of a room’s design lies in the balance you create. The basics of good design are proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern/texture and harmony. Knowing how these elements work together will help you design your space so that it’s not only beautiful, but comfortable and functional as well.

 

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Proportion

Scale is one of the most important things to consider when creating the look of a room. A room that is proportioned correctly will feel welcoming while an incorrectly portioned room will just feel crowded and unfriendly. The trick is to match pieces in terms of their scale. A large overstuffed sofa needs an equally large end table or coffee table; otherwise, these accents simply disappear as the sofa dwarfs them proportionally. When considering scale, look to the other rooms in your home for furniture that may be a better fit with the focal pieces you have in your room.

Balance

When creating balance, there’s two ways to go here. The first is symmetrical design, where everything is perfectly balanced. With symmetrical design, there’s roughly two of everything or items are mirrored in the room. For instance, one chair is placed exactly opposite another one just like it. While this creates balance, it can also make a room look static and lacking any visual interest or energy. Experienced designers use asymmetry to create this interest. Objects balance well because they are judged by their visual weight, not pairings. For instance, you may have a large sofa on one side of the room that is balanced by two large overstuffed chairs with an accent table in the middle and floor lamp behind. These pieces balance the sofa visually, even though they aren’t equal in size or shape. The design works because there is balance in the asymmetrical layout of the furniture.

Contrast

Imagine walking into a white room with white carpet and white furniture. Pretty boring, huh? Contrast helps draw the eye around a room through the intelligent use of color. Bold use of color creates energy while the use of muted shades in complementary tones creates calm. The more contrast you create, the easier it is for the human eye to follow the intended design of the room, moving visually from one space to another, guided by the use of color and contrast.

 

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Rhythm

While creating contrast with the use of light and dark tones can be effective, it can also create boredom. To keep the room connected, you want to use rhythm. This means reusing specific colors, patterns, textures or themes throughout the room. Pick a couple main colors and repeat them in different ways in your paint scheme, fabrics and accents.

Pattern & Texture

As the eye moves about a room, it picks up specific patterns. These are grouped together, so a blue wall is combined with a striped piece of fabric that has the same blue in it. Patterns that don’t fit create conflict in the mind, compromising the appearance of the space. Again, you want to pick one or two primary patterns or textures and vary them within the color palette you’ve already created for the room. Right alongside the elements of contrast and rhythm in home decorating is pattern/texture.

Harmony

If you’ve ever heard three singers sing different parts that sound amazing together, then you already know what harmony is. The same is true for the harmony in your home. Different colors, different designs and different proportions combine to create a new look that was never there before, just as new notes are created by singers singing three different parts. The room is suddenly complete. It has a look that if you remove just one element, won’t have that harmonic feel to it any longer. When you’ve achieved harmony, you’ve achieved your design goals.

If this feels overwhelming or you’d like help with this process, please contact usl.  KWS is experienced in this process and would enjoy working with you. Don’t wait! Call today! – 1-888-280-8318 or interiors@kreativeways.com!

 

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