When most people think of Southwest style, “rustic” immediately comes to mind. But, here in the Phoenix valley, we boast a variety of unique styles. One of our favorites is the clean, classic styling of Mid-Century Modern.
Here are some great local resources if you love this style too:
Phoenix Metro Retro is located near Central & Camelback. They have an awesome selection that changes all the time.
Red Modern Furniture is another great source, located right down the street. They also have locations in NYC if you’re in that neck of the woods 🙂
Another fun place to window shop is MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain – stop by and grab a snack and then check out their vintage shop next door!
The most well-designed rooms always have an element of the “unexpected”. So this 4th, declare your Independence from safe design!
- Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to purchase a matching bedroom set. Mixing pieces actually gives you a more eclectic and livable look. If you love the nightstands from one group, choose a coordinating dresser from another. Or, if you’re tight on space, consider using a desk for a nightstand!
- Lampshades don’t have to be white or ivory – mix it up by using a fun pattern or color.
- Don’t forget about the ceiling! A simple coat of an accent paint, or a fun wall paper can transform this easily-ignored surface into an amazing focal point.
- Floors need a pop of color, but you’re stuck with neutral carpet? Why not add an area rug OVER it? Yes, it can be done! There are special pads out there that will help with buckling, but in most cases, that’s not even necessary. You get your color, without having to change out your existing flooring!
DO Decorate with the rich hues of Autumn.
Mix golds, browns, oranges and reds into your current decor.
DON’T mix too many patterns.
Allow your special occasion dinner ware to take center stage. Use a solid color tablecloth that picks up one color in your dinner plates. You can then use a patterned napkin to accentuate without having too much for the eye to take in.
DO use one main piece as your inspiration for your tablescape.
This can be either a beautiful heirloom bowl or vase. Fill with gourds of all colors to freshen it up.
DON’T crowd your space with a lot of “cute” things; it distracts the eye from looking at one nice thing.
Simple is better when it comes to your Thanksgiving table!
Check out our November newsletter – we can help you get your Dining Room (or any other room for that matter) Holiday ready just in time before your guests arrive!
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Families are opting to dine-in more than dine-out in these tough economic times – and for good reason. However, a boring or bland dining room can make the idea seem less than appetizing.
We have some interesting ways to spice up your dining room and keep your family coming back for seconds:
1. Paint. This is the easiest designer trick to transforming a space. Use an appetite stimulating color, such as red, green, or brown.
2. Updating the light fixture will instantly brighten your space. Choose a fixture where the light bulbs face the ceiling so you’re not seeing an exposed bulb while dining.
3. Find a character piece to use as a sideboard or buffet. Even in contemporary settings, mixing in a few ethnic pieces will make the space come alive – and provide an interesting conversation piece for guests.
4. Choose a table that fits your family comfortably. There’s nothing worse than bumping elbows while trying to enjoy a wonderful meal.