Best 4th Ever: Dazzling Decorations for your Gatherings

We know you love the fourth of July, so we’ve got some ideas to make it the best one yet! Decorating for the 4th is relatively simple: add red, white, blue and American flags and you’ve got a patriotic home. While that’s true, we’re here to make sure your décor looks clean and tasteful, not cheap and tacky!

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Tasty Tribute:

Who doesn’t love a tasty treat? Decorating with candy is a clever idea that’ll keep your guests smiling. We have a few ideas for you on this topic. For starters, use some glass jars or vases (which can be used as décor for all seasons by the way). Next, fill them with red, white, and blue M&M’s or gumballs. In addition, patriotic colored tootsie pops in small metal buckets is another favorite of ours! If you’re a treat expert, you know you’ve got to have both salty and sweet. Try using different sized vases for yogurt-covered pretzels, licorice, and blue candies. Finally, wrap your treat filled vases in a pretty ribbon or top with an American flag and you’ve got yourself a wow-worthy treat station!

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Forever Florals:

It’s likely you’re going to be outside for some, if not most of your 4th. Therefore, you can’t forget about adding some outdoor symbolism! This can be done relatively quickly by first purchasing some vases or metal buckets and tubs. Next, head to your favorite floral shop for some red, white, and blue flowers. Then place your pretty flowers near the front door or on your steps, and top them with an American flag to welcome your party guests with great declaration! You can even take this cute idea to your tabletops by using smaller floral arrangements. Here’s a tip: if you’re having trouble finding patriotic colored vases, you can use clear vases you already own and try putting food coloring in the water, thus adding those celebration colors to your décor!

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Symbolic Setting:

If you’re anything like us, you absolutely adore a beautiful place setting at the table. Don’t worry, you don’t need to go out and buy all new dishes and tableware to be patriotic this summer. If you have a patriotic colored table runner, tablecloth, or napkins lying around, you can start with one of those items and then work around it. Be warned, there is such a thing as too much red, white, and blue – so make sure you create a good balance.

Layers, contrast of colors, and a centerpiece are the ingredients to a pretty place setting. Place mats are a great starting point. From there, begin layering plates by color or size. If you have plates that are all the same color, you can break them up by placing a cute bandana or napkin in-between the layers. Next, place a small decoration or treat at each place setting. This can be a bag of candy with a flag, utensils wrapped in a pretty napkin, or anything you can imagine! Lastly, you’ll need a good centerpiece. For an affordable route, baskets filled with confetti, flowers, and flags are sure to spruce things up. In addition, lanterns, candlesticks, or vases are also a great way to go for your symbolic centerpiece!

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Dazzling Décor:

You have a lot of options when it comes to patriotic décor and accessories – how do you choose? While we believe you can make inexpensive 4th of July décor look cute, we want to ensure your 4th of July decorating looks fabulous! That’s what here for, after all. Accessories are important; they are the little details that bring everything together. Dollar store decorations can go terribly wrong, or incredibly right. Thus, we recommend using them as small additions, not the grand look. For example, rather than purchasing a flimsy sign, be looking for cute chalkboards you can write messages on and add some décor around. You should also opt for a few wooden or metal decorations rather than poor quality lanterns or pinwheels that are likely only going to last you a few hours!

Here are some dazzling decorations we recommend: Wreaths, wooden signs, block letters, throw pillows, chalkboards, candles, wooden or metal stars, patriotic place settings and napkins, and small American flags! As a reminder, not everything needs to be red, white, and blue. Make sure to keep the look clean and tasteful by breaking up these colors and patterns to avoid creating a cluttered look.

Most importantly, don’t forget to have some fun! Decorating and designing for various holidays should be a joy, not a burden. If you find yourself stressed over interior decorating, schedule a consultation with our in-house experienced interior designer and feel all your worries melt away! Ready to get out there and start shopping for your 4th of July décor? Stop by our shop to browse all our unique and high quality accessories.

We want to hear from you! What is your favorite way to decorate for the 4th of July?

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between, Brenda Weber.

 

CH Interior Designs

10 North Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH 45068
937-545-9171

 

 

 

 

Displaying Collections: Show Your Personality in Style

Displaying collections tell your story – what you love, where you’ve been, who you are – and, they can quickly become a chaotic mess. But you can display collections in style! Here are 6 easy steps on how to display your collections. The following tips will have your prized possessions taking center stage in no time.

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  1. GROUP OBJECTS BY THEME

Grouping objects by theme, a common element (E.g. color or style), or subject matter helps to connect them. If your collection is bigger than your space, pull out your favorites to display, box up the rest, and rotate them every few months.

  1. CREATE A GALLERY WALL

Use that wall space! You have empty canvases throughout your home. Don’t waste the real estate. For example, whether you collect crosses, plates or cutting boards, display your favorite collections by hanging them on a wall. You can also stagger each item according to size and subject matter.

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  1. SHELVES, CABINETS, BUILT-INS

With little nooks throughout the grid, built-ins and cabinets are a great way to display your collections! Displaying collections on a shelf, paint the back wall a contrast color to bring more attention to your collection. If your items are mostly solid colors try adding pattern behind them to add more visual interest.

Display old glass bottles, glass perfume bottles on a deep window sill or on a shelf in front of a window and see your collection sparkle! In addition, think about the horizon. Create visual triangles at varying heights so your eye travels from item to item.

  1. MAGNETIC ART

Whether it’s a vacation trinket, your veterinarian’s emergency information or your child’s artwork, magnets are everywhere! Don’t cringe every time you open the refrigerator door. Even magnets can transition into a fun artistic element. Take back your fridge, and give those magnets a home! Sheet metal can turn mismatched magnets into a piece of art. Keep it simple with a strip of sheet metal or spice it up and have it cut into a shape, for instance the United States, and showcase your travels.

  1. SEE THROUGH

Whether you’re showing off shells from the beach, vintage dice, or your collection of wine corks, glass jars and lanterns offer great storage and beauty. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Get creative and turn your favorite collection into a focal point.

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  1. FRAME IT

Lastly, display small items like shells, buttons or jewelry inside a frame. Or, hang old metal keys inside an open back frame (You can just remove the glass and back from a frame you already have too!). For those precious mementos, or fragile items like clothing and printed material, protect and display in a shadow box!

These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing, however the possibilities are endless. Tell us about your displayed collections or which tip you’ll try to create your visual masterpiece!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber

Located in Cobblestone Gift Shop and Home Décor Shop

513-897-0021

Let’s Get Personal: It’s All in the Accessories

If interior design is not your thing (or maybe you love it but you’re doubting your ability), you may struggle with accessorizing your room. What do you put on the coffee table, your sideboard or buffet? And the bookshelves, they’re for books, right? Wrong! Mix up books and your favorite things.

Adding accessories to a room is your chance to spice it up with your personality…. a chance to tell your story and fill your home with what you love! Check out our go-to accessories and tips for an easy transition.

Check out our list of go-to accessories that will enhance any room.

  1. Floral Arrangements – From casual to contemporary, fresh or silk flowers will bring vibrancy, and life into any room. Pick coordinating colors, or bring an accent color into your room through your arrangement for added interest. Look for unusual containers that can also enhance the theme of the room.

While fresh flowers offer many benefits, they may not always be a feasible option for some. Faux flowers have gotten a bad rap over the years. Forget the fake ferns from the 50’s! Silk arrangements can look just as beautiful as the real thing.

  1. Accent Rugs – Area rugs have a lot of responsibilities. They define spaces, add warmth and comfort underfoot, reign in the elements from a room and tie them all together, and add pops of color and style to any room in your home. Take colors from the rug and add coordinating throw pillows and a throw to your sofa. Area rugs can make or break a room. Choosing the right area rug is the key to success.

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  1. Wall Art – It’s in the eye of the beholder. Start with a large-scale piece over a sofa, bed, or fireplace. Choices could range from an over-sized clock, a starburst mirror, a metal decorative medallion, to the more traditional framed art or canvas. You can also group together smaller pieces of art to create a focal point.

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  1. Ceramic and Pottery Pieces – A beautiful bowl, vase, or charger can stand alone or be paired with other items to add a focal point. Add decorative spheres to a ceramic bowl to incorporate color and texture. Use a ceramic vase to hold those fresh or faux flowers (Make sure your vase is made for water!) Chargers are perfect for displaying an array of candles. Or, using plate hangers, chargers can quickly transition into wall art. Choices can range from modern to globally inspired rustic looks.

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5.   Blankets – Get cozy and add a touch of softness to your room with blankets and  throws. Drape over a sofa, chair, or ottoman to easily add color and texture. Layer with pillows for more depth or stack several blankets in a basket beside a sofa or under a table. Let’s face it, on a cold rainy day, who doesn’t want a blanket close at hand.

6.  Candlesticks -Display candlesticks on a sideboard, or entry table. Choose similar ones in varying heights, or use a grouping of different candlesticks for a more eclectic vibe. Oversized candlesticks are a stunning addition to a fireplace hearth. Add colorful candles for a pop of color.

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  1. Branches – If you love nature, bring the outdoors in with branches! These low maintenance accessories come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And, there are a variety of ways to display them. Arrange branches in containers, hang them directly on walls or display them on a pile of books on your coffee table. Add a small upward light on the floor to shine through the branches at night for a dramatic effect. It will be stunning!
  1. Family photos/Collections – Displaying family photos or your favorite collections show guests who you are, where you’ve been and what you love. Rather than randomly scattering them throughout your room, group clusters on a table or shelf for a more organized and clean look.

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You’ve got the bling, now think about these three tips to dress your room right.

  1. It’s all in the numbers. Use odd numbers when grouping items. When all else fails, think three! Grouping three items together will keep your space clean and balanced.
  2. Think about the horizon. Placing items at varying heights will create a horizon that takes your eye from one item to the next. Pull those books off the shelves, and use them to add interest and height. Stack one, two or three books to give your accessories a lift.
  3. It’s time to clean! Cleaning and maintenance are often overlooked when accessorizing a home. Think about what it will take to maintain the beauty of your accessories.

Get more ideas and inspiration here. You’ve got this—now, start accessorizing!

Got questions? Email me!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber

Located in Cobblestone Village Gift and Home Décor Shop
513-897-0021

 

Entryway Ideas You Will Love!

 

Your entryway is an area in the home that tends to be forgotten about when it comes to interior design and style. It’s not surprising why; this is often a practical area for taking off shoes and coats, and often gets a bit messy. However, your entryway is one of the first areas visitors will see and is a great place for getting creative while remaining functional. One size does not fit all – entryways should be designed with sizing and family needs in mind. Here’s some clever ways to begin dressing up your entryway while keeping it practical to get you inspired!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Let’s begin with an accessory that adds a pretty statement while also making your entryway look bigger. Mirrors come in all shape, sizes, colors, and varieties – so there is a lot to choose from! If you’re wanting to make a simple addition, try adding one large mirror over a console table or bench. In contrast, if you’re feeling your entry way could use more pizazz, adding a few smaller mirrors will create more dimension and grab attention. Whichever look you’re going for, you have a lot of options to choose from. For example, trending in mirrors are antique gold or brass frames, white frames with unique designs, and hanging mirrors. Above all, mirrors are great for last minute hair checks, and most noteworthy, they brighten the look of a room!

Wow – I Love That!

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When you’re starting any interior design project, you’re imagining people stopped and adoring your taste – right? People like seeing something a little different. Hence, wallpaper is crawling back into modern interior design, and we don’t think it’s a bad thing! Although it has returned, the use of wallpaper has changed. Currently wallpaper is being used more for accent walls, rather than entire rooms like it was in the past. Therefore, with an accent wall you’re free to have some fun with a bold print. Floral and geometric prints are trending this year and are a fantastic way to add an eye-catcher in your entryway.

In addition, a brightly colored table, chair, or bench is sure to add some personality to your entryway. If you’re hoping to add a statement without drawing too much attention, a navy blue or gray piece of furniture are easy to decorate with and will add a little pop of color. Whereas, if you’re looking for a statement piece, opt for red, turquoise, yellow – or really any color! Just make sure you’re planning your accessories accordingly, these colors are a little more challenging to design with.

Welcome to our Gallery

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Gallery walls are a hit, and we love them too! While mirrors are more common and simpler entryway accessories, we think a gallery wall is worth considering. Gallery walls are a great place to be creative – but make sure you’re planning carefully! That’s right, beautiful gallery walls don’t come without some planning and preparation. If your frames and art aren’t evenly spaced and well planned out, it simply won’t look right. Luckily, there are many templates and space planning ideas you can be reading to get an idea of what you want.

From there, begin preparing by making paper or cardboard cutouts and picking up painters tape. Next, lay out your design on the wall before you begin hanging. As a result, you will have a well-crafted gallery for all to adore. From uniform and clean, to abstract and creative – there’s endless options when designing your gallery wall. If you’re in need of some inspiration, stop by our shop to begin picking out a few wall accessories you love, then design the remaining look around those picks!

Let’s be Practical

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We’re understanding that every house has different needs, which is why we’re recommending that you be practical with your entryway. If you have a front door that is rarely used, it is easier to fill it with pretty and delicate things. Whereas, if you’ve got kids and pets using your entryway all day long, you may not want to start putting expensive vases and breakable details around. However, just because your family actually uses your entryway, it doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of decorating. Some practical additions to your entryway includes benches, tables, hooks, umbrella holders, and storage tables.

If you’re thinking your entryway is always cluttered, a storage table with bins to hide the clutter is a great way to go. From there, simply dress it up with a mirror (or gallery!) and a pretty mail organizer. In addition, hooks are fantastic for entryways – and they can actually look really beautiful. Many people start placing hooks on the wall by themselves, but we like to dress things up here at CH Interiors. Therefore, we’re recommending getting hooks nailed to a pretty painted board instead. This will have a more expensive and tasteful look, plus they’re much easier to hang!

Feeling inspired yet? Visit us at our shop to start picking up some entryway accessories. If you’re wanting to re-vamp your entryway without all the hassle, schedule a consultation with our experienced in-house interior designer Brenda Weber.

What is your favorite entryway accessory? Let us know by commenting below or send us an email. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page to see images of furniture and accessories in the shop along with deals and events!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber

Located in Cobblestone Village Gift and Home Décor Shop
513-897-0021