With the night’s finally cooling down in the Phoenix valley, my thoughts have been turning to outside living areas – but I was looking for a funky twist on the typical metal seating pieces we’ve grown accustomed to here. Enter the following…
Let’s be honest…having children means having to make some sacrifices when it comes to decorating. But, if you sent the kids off to college this year, now is the perfect time for the makeover you’ve always wanted!
- A fresh coat of paint is always the best place to start. Have a favorite art piece, fabric, or area rug? It’s a great way to determine your base/accent colors.
- Start with the largest pieces. Always wanted that cream fabric sofa? Now is the time to splurge on exactly what you want!
- The sky’s the limit when it comes to accent tables. We have 2 rules of thumb – don’t purchase a matching set and mix materials when you can (think metal side tables with a wood coffee table).
- Lighting makes the room. Think of your room in “zones” when considering lamps (i.e. reading versus task). Again, don’t purchase in sets. We’re loving all the mercury glass lamps available now – they add a great pop of sparkle to any room.
- Always wanted a space of your own, but not ready to completely transform the kids’ bedrooms just yet? Why not create a small reading nook in your living room, master bedroom, or even kitchen nook? Don’t forget a comfy chair and proper reading light though! 🙂
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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!
It’s hot – there’s no debating it. If you’re looking to cool down – try using cooler colors, like blue and gray, in your interior spaces.
Check out some of these awesome bedrooms:
We have some amazing restaurants here in the Phoenix valley. Why not take home some design-cues with your left-overs?
Chelsea’s Kitchen is one of our faves – both for the food and the decor.
Bring home this decor style by using:
- A reclaimed wood dining table mixed with woven rattan chairs.
- Linen texture drapery panels with a bold floral pattern.
- White dinnerware, with chrome flatware and white napkins.
- Metal accents, such as heavy metal drapery rods, metal-work as artwork.
To make it yours:
- Add a dramatic crystal chandelier to add sparkle and contrast the other natural finishes in the design.
Another great relatively new spot – The Arrogant Butcher. The interior has a great, urban-chic atmosphere.
Bring home this decor style by:
- Using industrial elements, such as simple metal barstools in an antiqued finish.
- Adding an open framework track lighting fixture – would work great in a kitchen!
- Using bold, striped fabrics in neutrals.
- Adding linen texture shades on your lighting fixtures and lamps.
Make it yours by adding:
- A bold accent color on the walls to contrast the neutrals.
What’s your favorite Phoenix valley restaurant?
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 Have use multiple “levels” of light in your room.
Use a combination of overhead lighting for general illumination and table lamps to create a glow and warmth around the room.
DON’T Purchase “boxed” matching sets of lamps.
Matching is a thing of the past. Use one common “theme” to coordinate your different lighting elements. Shop around for great sales on singular lamps, just make sure at least one element is the same in all – such as finish or lampshade.
DO Make sure the bottom of the shade is about even with your cheekbone when you’re sitting on the chair or sofa that the lamp will be placed next to.
No one wants a light bulb in their eyes when trying to read.
DON’T Forget to take the dimensions of your table with you when lamp shopping.
The diameter of the lamp shade should never be larger than the table it’s sitting on.
The correct lighting plan can improve the vision of the aging eye. As we age, natural changes of the human eye diminish our visual abilities including our ability to read. The cornea becomes more opaque because of increased fat deposits making it more difficult for the eye to recognize the visual images, weaker ciliary muscles and an increased rigidity and hardening of the lens reduce our ability to focus and to adjust to different light levels easily. In dark adapted conditions, the 20 year old eye receives about 16 times more light. In comparison to younger people, it is as though older persons were wearing medium-density sunglasses in bright light and extremely dark glasses in dim light.
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