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How to Refresh Your Home While You’re Stuck at Home

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Staying in these days has many of us noticing things we’d like to change about our homes. And I’m not just talking about a new kitchen to handle all that cooking we’ve been doing (although that would definitely be nice). I’m talking about the little things, like sprucing up our coffee tables, showing our mantels some love all year, instead of just during the holidays, taking our bookshelf styling up a notch, making our foyers more welcoming, or finally getting that guest room ready for the guests we hope to have later this year.

In my post today, I’m sharing several of the areas in our homes that are easy and affordable to tackle and offering a few tips to get your creative juices flowing. And if you need help? We’ve got you covered with our new Virtual Design styling services or by the hour virtual design.

 

Coffee Tables

Does your coffee table need a bit of a refresh? With the right styling, a coffee table can become a focal point in your room. Think stacks of books, candles, flowers, personal items, or even something quirky, such as fun objet d’art. And remember to vary the heights to add interest. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

DESIGN TIP: Trays are your friend when styling a coffee table. They serve as the base for everything and add stability when using an ottoman as a coffee table.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

 

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

DESIGN TIP: Coffee tables don’t have to be tables, and they certainly don’t have to be a place to put coffee. I actually don’t use “tables” so much in my designs as other objects, such as ottomans or stools. I like furnishings that can do double or triple duty: someplace to put your feet up, serve as extra seating or place a glass of champagne (or coffee). Up to you 😉

Here are a few examples from recent projects of ours.

Marcia Moore Design | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

Marcia Moore Design | Photo by Suzy Gorman
Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Bookshelves

Bookshelves always seem to puzzle people. It seems easy at the start, I mean, books go on bookshelves, right? Well, kinda, but not always, and maybe never? It all depends on what you want to display. Have books? Great! Include them, but also add some cool artwork, a few framed photos, maybe a decorative box, sculpture, whatever you have that means something to you. I think composition is what makes it hard for most people; making sure the items all play nicely together. We can help with that 😉 Here are a few bookshelves that have it going on.

DESIGN TIP: No matter what you’re styling, a bookshelf, coffee table, mantel, whatever, it’s important to find balance with size and scale. If an item is too big, it could overwhelm the space, and if it’s too little it will get lost. Remember to vary the sizes, shapes and heights of all the items you use.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob
Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Alise O’Brien

 

Mantels

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, then you most likely have a mantel, but maybe you don’t. Some contemporary fireplaces are sans mantels. But if you do… there are so many fantastic ways to give them style and personality all year round, not just during the holidays. Most people think mirrors and paintings and stop there. But no! Mirrors and paintings are a good start, but they are just the beginning of a great mantel. Here are a few stylish ways to makeover your mantel and make it a pop of perfection in your room.

DESIGN TIP: So what if you have a TV above the fireplace? I know. The struggle is real. If you have to decorate around a TV, using neutral colors in the décor will keep the items from clashing with the TV when it’s on. Trailing plants are also a good idea, since their vines bring the eye down to the main attraction, the fireplace. You might want to consider container candles, too, since a taper with a flame next to the TV might be a little scary. Yikes!

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Foyers

You had me at “hello!” Is that what your foyer says to all who enter your home? Is it welcoming and inviting? Or is it just a passageway, maybe with a table or console strewn with keys, papers and perhaps a stray Starbucks cup? After the front door, your foyer is the first impression a guest gets of your home, so best make it a good one. Here are a few foyers that do it right.

DESIGN TIP: If you console table is not long enough for your space, flanking it with a pair of chairs on either end is a perfect way to extend its width and also adds symmetry.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Karen Palmer

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

Open Kitchen Shelves

So the debate about open kitchen shelves. They are trending big time right now, and for good reason. Losing upper cabinets can certainly make your space look bigger, and you have the opportunity to show off your pretty plates, stoneware and serving dishes. They can also look like a hot mess if you don’t style them correctly. Here are some examples of open kitchen shelving that look polished and put together.

DESIGN TIP: When styling open shelving, try pairing the same or similar colors together, varying heights, repeating the same item multiple times in a row or even incorporating art or some other non-kitchen item to add interest and mix things up a bit.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Matt Hughes

China Cabinets

Does the mere term “china cabinet” conjure up Thanksgiving at grandma’s? Do you cringe because you have one and don’t know what to do with it to make it look fresh, new and modern? Here are a few ways to style a china cabinet that I think might make you change your mind about having one in your home.

DESIGN TIP: I love china cabinets filled with all white dishes. The look is clean and simple. But I also love a china cabinet filled with pattern. And remember, china cabinets can hold more than dishes. Adding a few books, photos or art pieces can add personality. If you really want to amp up the look, try painting or wallpapering the inside back of the china cabinet!

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Art Walls

Have art that you’ve been wanting to hang for awhile? Now’s the time! Creating a focal point in your room with artwork can really bring the space to life. It’s all about knowing how to compose the wall properly that makes it work. Here are several different types of art walls. Which one appeals to you the most?

DESIGN TIP: Floating wall shelves are a modern alternative to the traditional gallery art wall. Try layering multiple pieces for a multidimensional approach. And, if you have a large art piece of art, consider propping it against the wall instead of hanging it for a more relaxed vibe.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

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Guest Rooms

Love to play host? Then a proper guest room is a must! Creating a restful space that is also memorable for your guests is fun. But where do you start? One of the most important things is make sure it’s a cozy space, free of clutter. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch, as is a basket of toiletries, candles, magazines, books, even simple snacks or a water bottle.

DESIGN TIP: Since you don’t use a guest room every day, you can have a little more fun with the décor if you want. Try a new paint color or wallpaper. Layer the bed with whimsical pillows or add some quirky art.

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Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Suzy Gorman

 

So have we inspired you to tackle a few “smaller” design projects while you’re at home? Any of the looks we’ve shared today aren’t difficult to achieve. If you’d like some help making it happen, please give us a call at 314.560.0830 or CLICK HERE  to send us an email.

And remember, we don’t have to come to your house to help you make design decisions. We’re still fully functioning and can totally get your project off the ground while we’re all social distancing. In fact, right now, for a one-time, flat hourly fee, we can do a virtual consultation with you over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. Call us at 314.560.0830 for more information about our new SIMPLY THE BEST VIRTUAL DESIGN SERVICES.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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