Spread the love: 5 design tips to fall in love with

With the holiday of love upon us, I can reflect on the two things I love most- my family and interior design! Throughout my career, I have studied and experimented with countless design tips and techniques; and have narrowed down my favorites that work best for me.

Let me start by saying there is no secret rule book designers use. We are all creative by nature and love to imagine, explore and follow our intuition by pushing the envelope at times. We do this because we all strive to create our own design style that sets us apart from the rest.

For instance, as most of you already know, I am not a big believer in designs based on “trends” of the season. Mostly because trends come and go at a rapid pace and your home style shouldn’t. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of taking classic pieces and mixing them with modern elements to transform them into one classically current design.

Keep reading to learn a few of my favorite design tips that are easy to fall in love with.

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Not Your Basic Bookshelves

I like to think of bookshelves as a giant puzzle. How can I fit all my favorite finds into one cohesive design statement? The endless possibilities can seem overwhelming, but don’t be discouraged. If you take your time and have fun with it, you can transform boring and cluttered into a design masterpiece. Plus, I change mine all the time and even rotate items in and out seasonally!

To start you on your styling journey, here are some of my favorite items I use when styling a bookshelf!

P.S. There will be a lot of moving around of items until you get them just right, but even then, as your collection of mementos increases, you will find yourself constantly updating your shelves with ease.

Dining Room Bookshelves

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Stay Classic, Be Current: 2017 Hues

Finding the perfect color combinations for my designs is one of my favorite aspects of the design process! I strongly believe design should be timeless and not solely based on the trends of the moment. In fact, this belief is the basis of my “classically current” design philosophy. However, the “current” part of this idea leaves room for modern updates that will stand the test of time.

Each year around this time, the design community begins discussing the new colors of the year, which I find truly inspiring!

Magazine recently shared its favorite 2017 hues and helped spark some new year color inspiration of my own! My personal favorites are shades of blue (navy, cerulean), earthy greens, rich amethyst purple, matching pastel shades (rose, taupe, gray) and a bold sophisticated accent color (yellow).

Here are my tips on how to incorporate these fab colors into interiors while achieving a look for the ages!

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5 Ways to Create Livable Luxury in 2017

Welcome to 2017! In the spirit of new beginnings, I think it’s time to add one more resolution to everyone’s list. Choosing resolutions that focus on health and wellness are important, but don’t forget about resolutions to improve organize things around the house. I mean, what better time to revamp or upgrade certain aspects of your home than at the start of a new year?

Here are some easy life hacks that have made a big difference for me in my own home, and all are very simple. To start 2017 with an organized home, read on!

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2016 Designs in Review

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us and a new year ahead I can’t help but look back – with a fantastic feeling of accomplishment – at everything my team and I were able to achieve in 2016. From the completion of one stunning project after another to the list of awards and recognitions we scooped up, this year was certainly one of the best yet.

I am so fortunate to work each day with a fabulous team that pours so much passion and creativity into each and every design project. Throughout the year, this dedication to our craft has produced some of my favorite designs to-date.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list of the gorgeous works that resulted from the collaboration of the Ohorona24.in.ua team in 2016, here are four of my favorite masterpieces that I keep going back to as I reflect on the past year.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Cozy Home

It’s about that time to break out the h throws and curl up with your favorite book, because as the temperatures fall and the holidays quickly approach, you can’t help but get in a wintery spirit! If you wish to enhance the cozy factor in your home without sacrificing sophistication, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to “cozify” interiors and create an escape during the hustle and bustle of December.

Here are my go-to’s for a fab, cozy home this holiday season:

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Glitz, Glam, Metallics & More

The final stretch of 2016 has arrived and New Year’s Eve celebrations are right around the corner! So, before we begin the new adventures of 2017, and as a nod to the glitz and glam of the holiday season, let’s take a look back at some of the glamorous metallic pieces that have made their way into our designs.

Read on to see how my team and I have blended gold, silver, brass, nickel and copper into our client’s designs in both big and small ways. If an interior design makeover is on your list of 2017 resolutions – prepare to be inspired!

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What’s in a Renovation?

Every home has so much potential to be beautiful! As an interior designer, it is incredibly rewarding to see the transformation that occurs during a major renovation. When walking through a home that has been lovingly cared for over the decades but has never been updated, I dream of all that can be done to bring it up-to-date so it functions perfectly for a young family. While I love designing homes from the ground up, my heart lies in a gut renovation project.

Looking back on one of my favorite projects, I remember the importance of both looking at every detail and stepping back to see the big picture throughout the entire process. The design of this home was a collaborative endeavor between me and (our principal designer), , , , and the lovely homeowners. This dream team created a gem of a home!

Follow along with me as I go through the transition of this gorgeous home from start to finish.

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Statement Stairs: 3 Ways to Take a Design to the Next Level

A little fun fact about me: I’ve always been fascinated with space planning, layouts and the structure of homes. I even spent several years studying architecture, which culminated in a Master of Architecture degree. I love it that much!

With this background, I often approach a new interior design project with an architectural eye: seeking opportunities for big changes. However, our clients’ homes can often be vastly improved with just small cosmetic updates. While each project is unique, one area that can have the most impact on your home and the way you live is your staircase.

Read on to see how to take stair design to the next level without a total renovation.

classic-interior-design

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Fall Fashion Trends: A Chat with Elaine Turner!

Fall is here! My favorite season has finally arrived, and I could not be more excited. Every year, I eagerly await the changing of leaves, cool fronts, cozy interiors (my house is already decked out in gourd décor!) and new styles. While I love cute booties and comfy cashmere, I am certainly no expert in the fashion department, and I typically let my fall style come out in my interior designs, rather than my wardrobe.

Luckily, I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Houston’s own “handbag queen,” , about fall fashion trends, and she was kind enough to give me the scoop on what’s hot this season. We had a fabulous time swapping knowledge over a glass (or two) of wine at , and I learned so much about fall styles, Elaine’s (impressive) entrepreneurial journey and just how much we have in common (Elaine is also a mother of two and runs her company with her husband, Jim)! Sound familiar?

Needless to say, I am very excited to share all of the fashion-forward insight I learned during our happy hour. Read on for all of the details about Elaine’s amazing new fall collection, her take on white after Labor Day, and some inspirational advice from a lady who knows a thing or two about turning dreams into reality!
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