Let me tell you a little story. Jane started reading the INTERIORStyle by Kiki blog and following INTERIORStyle on Pintrest, She got super excited and inspired to finish the decorating project she’s been putting off forever. Jane looked at the furniture and decor she’d accumulated over the years. She noticed her things didn’t really make sense together. And more importantly, she didn’t particularly love the things she had and they didn’t really reflect her personality. Jane was suffering from a major decorating identity crisis. Does this sound like you? Don’t worry. It can happen to the best of us. There are so many interior design styles out there, it’s easy to get confused about which one suits you. On top of that, knowing which styles can be mixed can be even more confusing. Don’t worry, your condition is totally curable. The first step is pinpointing your personal interior design style. How you decorate your space should be a reflection of your personality and your style. Not sure what your interior design style is? Take this What Is My Decorating Style quiz to discover which interior design style suits you the best. (more…)
My passion for “making things pretty” doesn’t stop at interior decorating. Having a pretty work space is must for me. My black and white floral print day planner, my damask mouse pad, or my “Strong Woman Never Settle” plaque somehow, give me that extra push I need to conquer tight deadlines, email overload, and marathon conference calls. Whether you have an expansive office with a panoramic view, an officle (i.e. cubicle/office) like me, or a home office, adding a few whimsical, chic office supplies that are functional can give your desk a jolt of energy – and a touch of style.
1. Divoga Pink Glitter Composition Book – Office Depot ~ Take It or Reef It Notebook – Modcloth ~ Day Designer Planner – Anthropologie
2. Nate Berkus File Folders – Target ~ Kate Spade New York File Folders (Set of 6), Gold Strip – Casa.com
3. Nate Berkus™ Desktop Organizer –Target ~ Parfum Bottle Coin Bank – Z Gallerie
4. Pineapple Pencil Holder – Anthropologie ~ Paisley Kaleidoscope- 8″ Round Mousepad – Amazon
5. Snip in Style Gold Scissors – See Jane Work ~ Nate Berkus™ Limited Edition Swingline 747 Staple – Target
6. Everyday I’m Hustlin’ – Gold Dust | Spiral Notebook – Red Bubble ~ 2016 Kate Spade New York 17-Month Agenda – Swoozies
1. See Jane Work® File Folder Set, Pack of 6 – Office Depot
2. Day Designer Planner – Anthropologie ~ Boss Lady Notebook – Journal & Company
3. Diamond Bookends – Z Gallerie
4. Hello Gorgeous Mug – Joss and Main ~ Vintage Teal Damask Mouse Pad – Amazon
5. Diamond Pen and Paperweight – Z Gallerie ~ Kantek Acrylic Stapler – Amazon
6. See Jane Work Faux Leather Portfolio – Office Depot
7. Navy Stripe Magazine Box – Emily Ley ~ See Jane Work Binder Clips – Office Depot
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Let’s face it, most of us aren’t lucky enough to live in airy, palatial mansions. We often find ourselves trying to cram our lives and belongings into tiny spaces. But just because a room is short on square footage doesn’t mean it has to be short on style. Follow these designer’s tricks to make small rooms look larger and much more inviting.
How To Make Small Rooms Look Larger
Tricks From the Design Pros That Work!
Select a light or neutral color scheme and add a few bold accent pieces. Light colors reflect light which will make small rooms look larger.
Hang ‘Em High
Hang drapes 4-5 inches above the actual window. This draws the eyes up and creates the illusion of higher ceilings and a more expansive room.
Castro Design Studio, Photography by Rodolfo Castro
Mirror, Mirror on the wall
The reflection of a large framed mirror on the wall can make your room appear twice its size – and brighter.
Fall in Love with Lucite
Clear lucite or acrylic tables and chairs help create an illusion of a brighter, airier space. And they add a touch of elegance to the room.
Show a Little leg
Opt for sofas and armchairs with raised legs, which creates a sense of light and space.
via Apartment Therapy
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For many of us, April means a nice little gift from Uncle Sam – income tax refunds! It’s a perfect time to start a new decorating project or complete an existing one. You’ll be happy to know that finding your dream pieces doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole tax refund on one item. It’s quite possible to find gorgeous, expensive-looking pieces at super affordable prices. Don’t believe me? Take a peek at what I’ve found – beautiful furniture and decor to help you create the look for less in your home.
Get the Look for Less: Expensive-looking, Affordable Decor
Engstrom End Table ($167.95) – Joss and Main
Ina Arm Chair ($360.95) – Joss and Main
Gourd Table Lamp with Seagrass Shade ($49.99) – Target
Golden Mosaic Vases ($23.96 – $31.96) Pier 1 Imports
LABORG Rug 4’4″ x 6’5″ ($19.99) Ikea
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I’m not a neat freak with a Type A personality. I don’t have to have everything in its place at all times. But I do try not to allow my home to become overrun with “stuff.” Living amongst clutter makes me feel uneasy and disorganized mentally. It puts me in an overall funky mood. That’s why every few months, I purge my home of the extra stuff. Decluttering my home really gives me a sense of peace. I spend less time cleaning; less time looking for things, and less money buying things I already have because I can’t find them. Today, I’m sharing six things you can do right now to declutter your home.
Pink has been my favorite color every since I was a little girl. It still is! My love of pink inspired this super-girly bedroom design. The kid’s size dressing table is perfect for playing dress-up and the mirrored nightstand adds a touch of sparkle any little girl would love — it’s a room fit for a princess.
5 Things Every Stylish Home Needs
Just like every stylish wardrobe needs a well-tailored suit, a little black dress and jeans that fit you like a glove, there are a few key things every stylish home should have.
A Well-Styled Coffee Table
Your coffee table should be functional space that also adds visual interest and personality to the space. A unique serving tray, your favorite coffee table book, and few decorative items = Instant style.
My coffee table (shown below) reflects a few things that I love – anything gold, vanilla scented candles…and Jay-Z (that’s his book, DECODED). Click here for more tips on How to Style a Coffee Table
A Curated Bookshelf
The key to a perfectly curated bookcase is incorporating items with different textures, heights, and finishes – think books, small plants, framed artwork, photographs, baskets made of natural materials, etc. After moving into my home, I knew I wanted a bookcase that was not only sturdy, but also unique. After 6 months or more, I found this beauty (shown below) made of re-purposed doors from Tibet. To create an artsy vibe, I removed the covers from all of my books and arranged them by color. Vintage photographs of my great uncle from the 1930s add a touch of classic style.
A Pop of Color
Whether you paint the walls, add vibrant throw pillows or bold artwork, adding unexpected bursts of color here and there really brings a room life.
McGill Design Group
Items With Personal Meaning On Display
Integrating a few personal items into decor instantly turns a house into a home. Objects you have collected during your travels or antiques that have been passed down through generations reflect who you are and what you love. Although my mother’s vintage Louis Vuitton handbag is a little too small for me to carry, It’s the perfect addition to my entryway table that reflects my eclectic style and my love of vintage fashion.
Bathroom accessories (that aren’t plastic)
Say “buh bye” to the toothbrush holder and soap dish from the Dollar Tree and upgrade to heftier, more polished bathroom accessories like these from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.