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    How to Design an Open-Concept Space

    A question I get on my family room is how I designed and decorated the space given the open floor concept.  One of the first things I did when we were designing our home was to figure out functionality of each of the rooms. I knew that we would prefer a more open concept for our family room, dining, and kitchen space given that we cook a lot and spend time the most in those areas and entertaining. It was important to create a space that was symmetrical with lots of natural lighting, while being functional and comfortable. Here are a few tips that I kept in mind when designing the family room and could be helpful to you too. 

    Furniture Layout Leverage Pinterest or other social media platforms for inspiration and then use Canva or a similar platform to design the layout for your family room. I had a few different design layouts for our furniture placement. One of the decisive factor on layout had to do with the huge sliding doors we have that gives a view of our backyard. Another decision point was figuring out how best to transition from our kitchen/dining room to our family room since it is one long big room. Eventually, I settled on a sectional furniture because I wanted to maximize the beautiful view we have of our patio and backyard without having to pick two couches that could block the view altogether. Adding two chairs, two ottomans, a foyer table and a few decorative pieces to the mix completed the space.  

    Invest in Quality or Comfortable Furniture Invest in furniture that is comfortable and good quality. I knew we will get a lot of use out of our sectional and I wanted a piece large enough to accommodate our family but also to entertain. If price is an issue, then find a piece that is comfortable and make sure you do your homework on how well it does with wear and tear.  Based on the paint color of our walls, I chose neutral and solid colored furniture pieces. Settling for custom fabrics for the furniture, the chairs, and the ottoman, I am now able to add patterns and other solid throw pillows in the mix each season and still retain the classic look I was aiming for.  The swivel chairs are one of the pieces I love the most, and they have a deeper blue/grey undertone while our ottoman has a more earthy brown color which ties in with our white oak wood floors and the coffee table. 

    Mixing Material Elements Mixing material elements is a simple way to create a mood in your home, whether it’s seasonal or just creating an all-year atmosphere to the space. Layering rustic or glazed ceramics and textured details creates an inviting cozy feel. Decorative pieces is a great way to infuse personality and if you have shelving like we do, then organic, earthy glazes and shapes can play nicely with some of the larger-scale pieces on shelves. Texture, warmth, and calming palette can all be intermingled into your design. Adding pillow details or something colorful can add a unique charm to the lounging area. 

    The Lighting Lighting is a crucial aspect of interior designing. Natural lighting is always ideal, but not always possible. To brighten a family room with a soft look, consider adding a floor lamp to a larger area or a table lamp to create ambience. I have loved our Visual Comfort Chandelier in our home because it is aesthetically pleasing on the eye, in addition to our  Target lamps which has been integrated into this space. 

    Photography credit: @angiegarciaphoto

    xo,
    Louise

    Designing Your Dream Home Office

    Working from home has become the norm for many individuals, making it essential to have a home office that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The interior design of your home office plays a significant role in boosting productivity and creating a space that feels welcoming and inspiring. In this blog post, we will discuss how to interior design a home office with beautiful decor, home design, and interior design.

    • Choose the Right Color Scheme The first step in interior designing a home office is to choose the right color scheme. The color scheme should complement your personality, work style, and preferences. For instance, blue is known to boost productivity and focus, while green promotes calmness and relaxation. Additionally, lighter colors such as white and cream can make your office space feel more spacious and airy. I chose a pink ginger back wall color that complements the cream wall tones of the surrounding walls. It is a warm color and I love it. It’s essential to choose a color scheme that suits your work style and personality, as it can have a significant impact on your productivity.

    • Invest in Quality or Comfortable Furniture Furniture is an essential component of interior designing a home office. Invest in quality furniture that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A comfortable chair with proper lumbar support is crucial to help prevent back pain and reduce stress levels. Additionally, invest in a desk that is the right size and height for your needs. The right furniture can significantly enhance your productivity and help create a space that is comfortable and welcoming. My office desk is from CB2 and my chairs from Target.

    • Add Decorative Touches Adding decorative touches to your home office is a great way to infuse personality and warmth into the space. Decorative touches such as artwork, plants, or motivational quotes can help create a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere. You can also incorporate personal touches such as family photos or souvenirs to make the space feel more personal and inviting. The right decorative touches can create a space that is both functional and beautiful. I kept my home office minimal of decorative touches. My back wall felt like an art piece in itself and the opposite wall has a piece of artwork. When designing my home office, I also added a storage space with a single barn door and shelving for office supplies.  Some of this shelving has family photos to make it not feel too much of a storage space.

    • Focus on Lighting Lighting is a crucial aspect of interior designing a home office. Natural lighting is always ideal, but not always possible. If your office doesn’t have access to natural light, consider investing in bright and adjustable desk lamps that provide enough light without causing eye strain. Additionally, use light colors for walls and decor items to reflect more light, making the space feel brighter and more spacious. Lighting plays a significant role in creating a space that is both comfortable and functional. My home office have 2 tall windows that provide a lot of natural lighting. I also have recessed lighting in the ceiling along with a wood beaded chandelier which I absolutely love.  The chandelier creates a different ambience at night. 

    • Optimize Space Optimizing your office space is another essential component of interior designing a home office. A cluttered and disorganized workspace can significantly affect your productivity and stress levels. Consider investing in storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, or filing cabinets to help keep your workspace clutter-free. Additionally, try to develop a system for organizing your paperwork and files that works for you. Optimizing your office space can help create a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I always need my office desk devoid of a lot of things. This is the reason I chose a desk with no drawers so that I am not forced to store too many things I can’t see in drawers. I keep most of my organization in the storage space and only use what I need to be productive.  It keeps me focused and a simple decluttered office looks aesthetically calming.

    Interior designing a home office can help create a space that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. By choosing the right color scheme, investing in quality furniture, adding decorative touches, focusing on lighting, and optimizing your space, you can create a space that enhances productivity and creativity. A home office should be a space that inspires and motivates you to do your best work. With the right interior design, your home office can become your favorite room in the house.

    xo,
    Louise

    Styling Your Mantel for Fall

    I can’t believe we are already in the month of October! It certainly feels like the earlier part of the year went by rather quickly and now we are in the month of pumpkins and a little spooky decor.

    If you’re new to my page, WELCOME! I am so happy you stopped by and can’t wait to share with you a few simple ways to style your mantel for any season, including Fall! I usually tend to lean towards a more minimalist design. Also a little confession, I have been gradually packing for the move to our new home in a few months and most of my recycled, and usual seasonal decor are in boxes somewhere in the house. With that said, I discovered that the mantel is a great place to start since it is most usually the focal point of a room and can make a big statement with minimal effort. Whether your mantel feels cluttered or bare now, these styling tips can help elevate the space. Another point to keep in mind is that preference is a big factor when decorating your mantel.

    Symmetry & Composed Assymetry

    Usually the easiest way to style a mantel is with a symmetrical design, meaning whatever is on one side of the mantel, is mirrored on the opposite side to sort of create a balanced appearance. This gives a clean and aesthetic look. Symmetry can work well in a formal room that is symmetrical in nature. Similarly, a composed asymmetry can work well in any room. 

    To style a mantel in this way, you need to keep it simple. Larger accents and some faux or natural plants can add a layer of warmth and depth to your mantel. A tip here is to start with a focal point above the mantel. This could be a large mirror or a painting, and then work around the focal point to include other pieces to give your mantel an effortless quality. To break the monotony of symmetry, you can layer a few unbalanced pieces at the bottom of the mantel. For an asymmetrical decor, you can add a few offset pieces on each side of the mantel while keeping the focal point.

    Layered Informal

    I absolutely love this design concept and it is very similar to how I’ve designed my fireplace. Symmetrical designs are seamless but we’re all different and with that, our preferences may differ when it comes to decor. A layered informal mantel design is more casual with added layers. The secret is to maintain a fine visual balance so that it doesn’t give the appearance that it’s heavily offsetted.  

    Styling Tip 1: Add Layering to your Mantel Decor

    Create an illusion of a focal point by adding anything from vases to candles to give it an almost asymmetrical but balanced look. By mixing and matching styles and grouping pieces together in front of another, it can create a unique look.

    Styling Tip 2: Color

    Select pieces that compliment your current mantel and don’t be afraid to paint your mantel if you feel like the color doesn’t work with your space. Sometimes all it takes is a coat of paint to change the ambiance in a room. Neutral toned mantels are a lot easier to style because you can play with bold or lighter accent pieces and either will work. It also makes it a lot easier to work with seasonal decor. I had my fireplace painted and absolutely fell in love with it! 

    Styling Tip 3: Few Larger Pieces

    I can’t stress enough how pretty a mantel is when it has larger pieces. Now if you do have smaller pieces, I would recommend having them on the top of the mantel with the larger pieces on the bottom. Sometimes less is more. 

    Styling Tip 4: Cheap Finds

    I usually like changing my mantel decor from time to time especially with the chaging seasons. There are many stores like HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, Target that have some of the items I search for and are reasonably priced. 

    Styling Tip 5: Adding Nature or Faux Plant

    Some key pieces to adding warmth to a mantel and budget-friendly is to incorporate a real or faux plant. It encourages visual movement and adds another element of texture.  

    While creating the perfect mantel display, keep safety top of mind since you’re dealing with a fireplace. Most of all, have fun decorating and let me know which look your try for your mantel!! 

    @LOUISEMILLEN