- Month: May 2013 -

My Love Affair With Black and White Stripes

I don't quite know when my steamy love affair with black and white stripes began, but they certainly have entered themselves into my life with a bang. At first it was just a school girl crush, a few innocent pins here and there. But then suddenly I find myself in the midst of a committed relationship, my head swimming - filled with profound love and emotion for this delightful pattern. "While this gorgeous space may not typically be of my taste, one cannot argue with the stunning beauty of these giant black and white striped curtains. " -Nate Berkus   Along with black and white striped, I also seem to be in love with Emily Henderson because I feel like I use a lot of her interior design work as examples. I love this…

How to Enlarge a Space

via Emily Henderson As an apartment dweller, I am constantly looking for nifty ways to make the space that I live in feel larger. No one wants to feel crammed into their space! I love using these interior design tips and tricks to enlarge the feel of my space. Hang Floor to Ceiling Curtains Utilize Mirrors Pay Mind to Your Color Palette Cut the Clutter Hang Oversized Art Hang Floor to Ceiling Curtains Always hanging curtains at ceiling height is one of my tried and true design practices. Hanging your curtains at ceiling height brings the eye upwards and creates the illusion of a taller room. Likewise, hanging your curtains just above the window can make the space feel compressed and much smaller than it really is. Additionally, hang each panel wider than the actual…

Tried and True Interior Design Rules

Every good interior designer has their own set of go to design practices and personal pet peeves preferences. This list is not that. These are the go to rules that EVERY designer (hopefully) follows. Want to design your living room but have zero idea how to give it a designer's touch? This post is for you! Use the Rule of Three Groupings of anything, may it be patterns or decorative objects, look better in  groups of three, five, or seven. It balances the visual arrangement while not appearing too symmetrical or forced. When you use an even amount of objects, the mind automatically looks for the third object in the sequence. "Why isn't it there? That's so weird that Megan only has two decorative balls in that bowl. CLEARLY she needs to get with the…

Creativity With Decorative Accessories: Part One

Decorative accessories are my favorite part about designing a space. They're the visual icing on the cake. A well designed space is nothing without the perfectly placed little details that give it personality. Whether it may be a sleek chrome accessory from Z Gallerie, or a whimsical vintage find from your local flee market, these items inject your personality into your space and give it a unique touch that can't be found anywhere else. While there are oodles of beautiful items out there that would be that perfect finishing touch on your credenza in the living room, not everyone can realistically afford to throw caution to the wind and buy an abundance of those pricey pieces. I've found it a fun challenge to create a unique space with truly lovely accessories without sending my…

Design Breakdown No.1

Hello all! For my first Design Breakdown I wanted to choose a space that I feel reflects my style and the things that I'm loving right now. This is a fun, colorful living room designed by Naomi and Andrew Stein of Design Manifest, a Philadelphia based design firm. The large doses of color paired with the white walls and white sofa were the elements that originally drew me to the space. After first discovering this beautiful living room on Pinterest, the most addicting thing since the creation of Ben and Jerry's, the cellular phone, and Breaking Bad, I have been truly infatuated. I find myself pulling this room up on my phone frequently throughout the day just to covet its beauty. Yes ladies and gentleman that is obsession with interior design at its prime.…