How to Accessorize Your Home the Easy Way

Do you want your home to look pulled together, but when you look around you notice that it looks disorganized and mismatched?  There are many ways to create flow in your home and the one especially important way to do it is with accessories. Home accessories complete a space, give it character, add vibrancy, and create a sense of cohesiveness. Without these little extras, a room has no soul. As important as they are, many of us throw our hands up in frustration when choosing and arranging accessories.

Accessorizing your home appropriately will create an interior that is pleasing to the eye and the senses. In this blog I’m going to share some simple and easy tips on how to rearrange and decorate with many of the accessories you already have in your home. Many times what you have will work wonders if done in a way that looks appealing. However, it may be necessary to purchase a piece or two to get the look you want. By employing tricks of the trade and following a few basic design principles you’ll be successfully accessorizing your home in no time.

A Clean Slate

Whether you are using your existing home accessories or purchasing new ones, when it’s time to accessorize a room, start with a blank slate. Remove all the small and mid-size items including lamps, decorative items, artwork and pillows. This step helps avoid distractions and allows you to visualize placement of accessories. This also gives you the opportunity to place the furniture in an optimal layout before accessorizing the room.

Integrating your personality into a room involves decorating from the inside out using layers. Take individual elements and place them in an orderly fashion to create a balanced and pleasing look. The last and most fun layer is to add your personality to the room with your favorite things placed in such a way to showcase each one.

Balance, Weight, and Scale are Important

This step is important from the standpoint of making sure your home accessories complement each other with balance, visual weight and color which should be consistent throughout the room. To achieve this step, be sure the item’s mass, color and pattern are balanced. If you want to create balance with an arrangement on a mantel anchor one side with one large object and a grouping of smaller objects on the other.

Home accessories of different shapes and sizes can work together in an asymmetrical arrangement as mentioned above. Asymmetrical refers to visual balance with different objects. On the other hand, symmetrical balance is creating balance using the same or similar objects. For example, in an symmetrical composition, use a tall lamp on either side of a console table and add a smaller accessory such as a candle holder or bowl in the center of the table. This creates a very organized look. Another way to create balance is to choose items from the same color palette to unify the composition.

Remember to choose oversized accessories for grand spaces. This is where many mistakes are made.  A collection of tiny, delicate figurines looks out of place in a spacious room. Conversely, large-scale accessories can easily overwhelm a small area. In addition, allow the eye to travel around a room by adding a tall mirror or piece of wall art. This adds vertical interest and works well with high ceilings. The eye naturally moves up the mirror or artwork, then down to accessories and furnishings.

Have Fun with Color

Accessories are the least expensive way to introduce color. Purchasing new colorful furniture or painting the walls a certain color could result in an expensive mistake. However, incorporating vibrant accessories to a room tends to be much easier to interchange throughout your rooms. This also allows you to switch them out or even discard them if you tire of them.

Choose home accessories that make the most of your room’s color palette. Blend them into the overall color scheme or introduce contrasts of an accent color. Start with accessories in two colors that coordinate with walls and upholstery. Throw in a third to add a jolt of unexpected color to your room. Decorative pillows provide one of the best ways to play with color, pattern and texture when styling a room.

Mass Objects Together

There’s nothing that looks more out of place than a single vase sitting on the shelf of a bookcase. Make a design statement by placing decorative accessories in groups. An easy interior designer tip to remember is to group odd numbers of objects together to provide greater visual impact. Group items together to create continuity by color, theme, or both. In addition, make your vignettes interesting by mixing items of varying heights.

Any type of table or shelf provides space to display a variety of objects such as coffee table books, floral arrangements, and decorative pieces. For a clean uncluttered look, but visually satisfying, use trays to group items such as candles or ceramic figures.

Keep collections neat and tidy. Disorganized collectibles strewn about a room doesn’t allow you to focus on any one item. Simplify your collection by choosing the most interesting pieces and group them by similar size and color. Additionally, mass the items together and display them in one spot to create an orderly grouping.

Get Started

Accessorizing your rooms can be easy and fun. If you want to create a home that is tastefully done with an organized look remember to start with a clean slate, make sure your items compliment each other with visual weight and balance, whether you prefer asymmetrical or symmetrical groupings. Keep in mind, large rooms require large scale accessories to help balance out the room and smaller objects work well is smaller rooms.

When introducing color in your room use colorful accent pieces so you can change them around or discard them if you tire of them. And finally, keep collections neat and tidy, to showcase the uniqueness of each item. I hope you’ll find that these tried-and-true techniques will bring about a unified look to your home, be pleasing to the eye and fun to experiment with!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH  45068

937-545-9171

New Design Trends for 2021!

For many people, 2020 couldn’t be over soon enough. But with hope on the horizon, a better year surely lies ahead. And with it many new design trends and ideas have emerged to make living at home more comfortable and functional. As a matter of fact, the pandemic has changed many things, especially how we think about and use our homes. During this year we were all forced to take another look at how we could bend and conform the spaces to allow us to work from home, teach our children from home, exercise, and do many other things from home that we have never had to do before.
So, let’s explore those home design trends we expect to be seeing more of in 2021.

Start with Color!

Pantone, the leading global color authority, chooses colors and design trends that reflect what we see taking place in our global culture and serves as an expression of mood and attitude. Pantone has chosen two Colors of the Year this time, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. It’s a combination of dull, familiar gray and the bright yellow of lemon skin. Gray is the choice for the past year of quarantine and symbolizes the dull and monotonous. The bright yellow color symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel, the sun rising over a dark landscape, and the dawning of hope. According to Pantone’s press statement, “Illuminating (yellow) is associated with optimism and vivacity, while Ultimate Gray encourages feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.” This combination speaks to the optimism and hope and positivity that we need, as we reset, renew, re-imagine, and reinvent.

Kitchen Style

When it comes to kitchens, most of us agree that it has been used as a multipurpose room this past year.
That’s a great reason to make it feel cozy and inviting. One kitchen style that is becoming popular is a custom look with a collected-over-time feel. This style usually features a mix of grays, creams and light woods with dark, moody accents for a soothing yet refined palette. A mix of textures, materials, cabinet styles and architectural details makes the style feel as if it was pieced together bit by bit over the years. It’s reflects a desire to want to spend time in it.

Kitchen Cabinets

In a year that felt heavy, with many people sheltering at home, they seemed to yearn for interiors that exude lightness. And many people found that light wood mixed with other neutrals like whites and grays is a great way to create an airy palette with a dash of warmth. This is especially effective in a kitchen, where the white blends beautifully with brass hardware, multi-tone marble countertops and backsplash. Using wood instead of white on some of the cabinets allows for the addition of white in other accents without creating a sterile look.

Larger showers

While most renovating homeowners choose to keep their bathroom size unchanged, a majority are making their showers bigger. And why not?  People who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for rest and relaxation. While taking long showers helps them relax and rejuvenate, a larger shower also increases the comfort level as well as the aesthetics of a bathroom.

Living Space -Open Floor Plan

Rethinking the open plan. The open plan room was put to the test this year more than any other room. Anyone who had multiple family members attempting to participate in detailed office work and video meetings in an open layout quickly saw the disadvantages to a lack of walls and privacy. The open plan is going to stay, but many people are considering making adjustments like adding sliding doors or partitions that can close off rooms for much-needed privacy.

Laundry Room

Soothing style. The laundry room isn’t a space that people often see.  Except for the on-duty laundry person in the household! For that reason, many homeowners and designers see this space as an opportunity to create something bright, bold and playful. While that option remains, we’re seeing many homeowners gravitating to calmer, more restful laundry spaces. In addition to color, adding extra space is high on the priority list.  There are many ways, other than remodeling, to create more room and make it look larger. Some ways to do this is to organize the space you have with shelves, closets, cabinets, hang racks and baskets to create an organized and clean look to your laundry room.

Bedroom Retreat

Channel-tufted headboards. A headboard offers an opportunity to introduce something interesting in the design of your bedroom. Most walls that beds sit against are flat, plain surfaces, and a headboard brings in texture and color and can serve as a focal point in the room. The channel-tufted option seems to be taking off. The design offers the look of ship lap or wood slats, but its subtle curvature and fabric give it the softness and comfortable look you want for a bedroom.

Moving Forward

2020 was a year of unprecedented situations that compelled change and adaptions in our homes in ways we would have never thought possible.  With those things in mind, design trends for 2021 are looking bright with color and new innovative ways to continue with the changes that we found beneficial in this past year. From dressed up kitchens to functional laundry rooms, I think we can all agree that our homes are a special place and should reflect the elements that bring beauty, functionality and comfort to us and our families.

Have a wonderful New Year and Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber, Interior Designer

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH  45068

937-545-9171

Create a Polished Style in Any Room

Here are some tips from designer Brenda Weber on how to create a cohesive and polished style in any room.

Choose a Palette

Working with clients over the years, I have found that the best way to start a new design and create a polished style is to choose a color palette and the mood they want the room to convey. We begin by looking at materials samples such as paint color, flooring, countertops, fabrics and textures that will bring their palette to life. This can be a time consuming part of the process but it is well worth it.

Mix it up

Once we establish that choice, we move toward creating interest and balance by mixing soft with hard, dark with light or warm with cool, or in some cases mixing straight with round. Another great combination is using rustic textures with a little bling to create a casual elegance look. This takes some thought and creativity to blend these elements masterfully to create a polished style.

Create Rhythm

How do we create rhythm and flow in a room? The best way to do this is to repeat the same textures, colors, and finishes a few times so that the room looks unified. A random finish or color used by itself, leaves the room looking imbalanced and accidental. For example, repeat the same color in wall art, accent pillows and a piece of pottery or another accessory.

Don’t Toss Everything

Know what to keep when redesigning a room. Not everything has to be replaced even if you don’t like it. In a new context, tired details can look fresh and new. However, don’t cut corners on an important design feature of the room. If it’s something that unifies with the rest of the home it may be worth keeping. Aged wood flooring for example, can complement many different styles and save on the price of the project.

Each project is different and deserves special design attention and planning. The completed project is always worth the time and effort that is given during the process.

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

CH Interior Designs

designer@chinteriordesigns.com

937-545-9171 Call or text Brenda Weber

The Perfect Way to Decorate Your Home During a Pandemic

No need to worry!

For many of us, interior design and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s only natural if you’re among those who want to make improvements to your home to be frustrated by this halt. People want to refresh their homes now more than ever and are aiming to make the most of their homes since we are spending more time at home. There has been an increase in people desiring to make home decor purchases over the past months. And many are asking for professional design assistance with home offices or asking for workstations to be incorporated into other rooms. In addition, there is a general trend of people trying to make their homes feel more comfortable and functional and don’t want to put projects on hold any longer.

It’s hard to find a silver lining, but if there’s one good thing that’s come from being quarantined, it’s the fact that  we are being forced to slow down, reflect and get reacquainted with our homes. In doing this though, we are becoming more aware of the things that need updated or redecorated in our homes! In the past, we would typically spend most of our waking time at school or at work, but since classes and work meetings shifted to a virtual plain, we’re in our homes more now than ever! As a return to normal life seems uncertain, with the help of an interior designer there is still a way to complete your home decor projects and in a timely way. Interior Design Virtual Consultations are now being offered by some interior design companies and it’s a simple and easy way to get started.

The Perfect Way

The perfect way to decorate your home during a Pandemic is to work with an interior designer who offers complete interior design virtual consultations. There is no personal contact involved so they’re safe but comprehensive. They provide you with the tools, knowledge and products you need to proceed with your home decor projects during this new era of social distancing.

How it Works

Interior Design Virtual Consultations are similar to in-home consultations, only everything is done virtually via email, video, text and virtual chats, and in a less time restrictive way. This is especially helpful during the COVID Pandemic where you can accomplish your decorating goals without leaving home and wherever you live in the country! It is also helpful if you have a busy home/work schedule and prefer to work on your design project at the times that best suit you.

Here’s what is typically included in a interior design virtual consultation. Suggestions and ideas on how to improve your rooms with furniture placement, color choices, lighting, accessorizing, window treatments, procurement of products that are needed and editing your existing accessories and furnishings. For more involved projects, 3-D renderings of your space is provided. This is a great way to learn how to update the appearance and functionality of your home. If you’re hoping to get your home decor project under way or if you’re in the middle of one and don’t want to put it on hold any longer, try an Interior Design Virtual Consultation. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home during a pandemic!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs
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Modern Design Style

Many people hear “modern” and think cold, stark, and rigid. In truth, this design style is brimming with possibilities. There are many opportunities to use different colors, shapes, materials, and fabrics. If you’re planning on updating a room in your home, it’s important to consider how, when, and why you use the space, too. Check out the following modern living room decor ideas to get you started.

Modern Design Style Room Colors

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Monochromatic Color Scheme

1. Use a Monochromatic color scheme. One of the simplest ways to give your room a modern feel is to use a single color. Crisp ivory or exquisite ebony is a great place to start a room color palette. If you like more color try shades of cool blue or fiery orange. From there, find modern furniture in tints and tones of the same color. Mix up patterns and textures while maintaining the motif for a well designed look.

2. Bold is Better Although black and white decor are a modern design room staple, this style can also feature a vivid and varied palette. Keep the drama contained to some pillows, or proudly display a bright red sofa. To mimic the striking contrast as black and white, try other high-impact pairings like orange and blue.

3. Mixing Materials While classic rooms typically stick to one type of wood or metal, modern style room design offers more freedom. Warm things up and create some visual interest by combining contrasting finishes, such as a cool ash floor and a deep walnut entertainment center. Mix shiny, burnished brass with blackened, matte steel accents or bring together silver and gold for a hint of glam.

Modern Design Style Furniture

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Use bold colorful accessories

4. Comfy but Classy Structural backs and straight arms are defining features of modern furniture, but there is still plenty of room for comfort, too. A linen upholstered sofa with clean lines and soft cushions offers the best of both worlds. Stylish armchairs covered in supple leather are another easy way to incorporate cozy sophistication.

5. Make a Statement Create a focal point by adding a bold, unexpected element to your modern living room. Complement contemporary furniture by mounting a large sculpture or wall art over the sofa. Asymmetrical placement of a bold, geometric coffee table or bookshelf can also produce an eye-catching look that’s undeniably modern.

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Add unique accessories and glass tables

6. Mix and Match Think outside the box by combining natural and unique items.. An eclectic, textured mixture of stone, cotton, glass, and steel keeps your eye moving around the room. Highlight the convergence of different materials by positioning mirror-finished end tables alongside a maple television console.

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Modern Design Style Accessories

7. Keep it Simple During this time of having low-key gathering of friends, people always seem to congregate in the kitchen or living room. A big sectional sofa provides plenty of space to sit and chat. Position a few end tables within arm’s reach for guests to place their drinks. Glass tops and metal frames maintain a streamlined, modern look to the room and they’re easy to clean!

8. For the Kids If you have children, you know they factor into every decision, especially home decor. Take the stress out of the inevitable spills and messes with easy-to-clean leather upholstery. Spread out a patterned or plush performance area rug so the kids have a safe place to play. To keep things tidy, use a hidden storage ottoman as a place to stash toys at the end of the day.

9. No Place Like Home If you would rather stay in than go out on the town, a comfy modern living room is perfect. Bring the movie theater home while maintaining the sleek style of your space with a floating TV console. Mount the television over a fireplace for a laid back focal point, and toss some colorful throw pillows onto the contemporary reclining sofa to lounge in luxury.

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Pulling it All Together

The list of Modern Style room design ideas is endless since it’s all about finding what works for you. Begin by applying the basic principles of modern design: clean, not fussy, and open. Then, let the creativity flow. Pick from the vast pool of colors and styles to develop your modern living room.

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Happy Decorating

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs, Waynesville, Ohio
937-545-9171

Can a pop of color make you happy?

How color affects us-mind and body benefits

Color has been around forever it seems, but it was the early Egyptians who studied the power of colors and applied it to every aspect of life and their lives. Color art that we practice today, whether it’s adding a pop of color in the paint we choose for our walls, the fabric we choose for fabric for our draperies, or the wall art we add to our living room wall, has its origins dated nearly 2,000 years ago.

There are three components of color. The actual hue or color such as red, blue, or green. Then there is saturation which is how rich and pure a color is and finally, brightness which is how close it is to white. Highly saturated colors are energizing while brightness is calming.

So just how does adding a pop of color affect our lives? The components of color affect our lives by making us feel happy, calm and energized. Add a pop of color with a large, medium and small dose of color in every room. Here are some to tips on how to use your favorite colors when decorating your home.

Warm Up with Yellow

If your house is drafty or the area you live in is chilly or your room is oversized, use yellow touches to warm things up. Using a sunny shade can make you feel warmer which is why using yellow for entryways or mudrooms is a great way to make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in!

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Warm yellow entry

Create with Green

If you look at nature, you’ll find that the main hue is green, the color of creativity. Green has been known to bump up people’s performance on a creative task. From soft sage to Kelly green, all shades have been linked to creativity and creative thinking.  So, before you start that project, take a walk in nature or paint your craft room a shade of green. And be sure to place your office desk near a window for a brain boost!

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Rich saturated green office

Energize with Red

Red is a very emotionally intense color. It is associated with energy, strength, power and passion. Use red in your home where there is activity such as the family room or in your workout room. You can even paint an accent wall and pair it with neutrals in the bedroom.  Green is a compliment to red so you can use green to balance out red in a room.

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Warm red feature wall in family room

Cool off with Blue

Genius ideas sometime come to you “out of the blue”. The reason is blue has been linked to a sense of openness and problem solving. So, when you’re looking for an answer to a difficult problem or dilemma, look up in the sky on a clear day. The answer may just pop into your mind! Blue is also associated with tranquility because we relate it to the ocean and the sky. In addition, it can influence your body by making you feel cool when you walk into a blue room.  Think about adding blue to your home where you want a relaxing and open feel.

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Blue walls create calm and tranquility

Get excited with Orange

Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, and success. It also promotes emotional energy. This color works well in kitchens and dining room where the energy is usually social and active. Try painting a feature wall in your kitchen or dining rooms to entice the appetite! Orange is also associated with heat as in the summer sun or autumn harvest. If you have an extra-large area that you want to “warm up”, try a rich saturated shade of orange.

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Orange wall creates excitement and warmth, great for dining

A pop of color is wonderful but remember it’s OK to love your white walls! You can always add a splash of color in your accessories. There is no right or wrong color.  It’s what you love that makes for a happy, beautiful and comfortable home.

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

Email-designer@chinteriordesigns.com

Perfect New Hues for 2020-which one will you choose?

A new decade demands a new vibe, a reflection of how we live and feel as a society moving into 2020. A new year also brings a new color palette for interior design around the world. Whether it’s time for a total transformation or you’re just in need of a few new splashes of color, these are the new hues you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2020.

Lighten Up!

Overall, things seem to be lightening up. Design experts are using color as a way to express optimism for the future. The hues of 2020 are the soft and muted, light and airy with a nod to nature as well as a look ahead to a bright future filled with technological advancements. Pink is one of the hottest hues of the new decade. Soft, muted blushes will steal the show in home design. Benjamin Moore named First Light, a pastel pink, its color of the year. Here, pink is re-imagined as a new neutral, being featured in living and dining rooms. Stylists are pairing pink with natural beige and white and bursts of gold to keep the hue modern and sophisticated. To add a more masculine touch, use navy and deep green to balance the look.

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Move Over Gray!

Benjamin Moore isn’t the only one betting on a pink in a new decade. Other paint experts are handpicking a dozen soft and earthy hues for 2020. Gray is taking second place for 2020.

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Mix it up!

Sherwin Williams is seeing the future a bit more bold as mentioned in a previous blog, with their Naval, a rich blue, as its color of the year. The fabulous blue sets a fabulous backdrop for earthy greens and brown as well as bright white for contrast. Pairing it with the new pastel pink adds a surprise element to the mix.

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Neo-Mint?

Another color that global experts expect to see is Neo-mint, a futuristic color that blends nature and technology in a unique way for 2020. This hue for 2020 will brighten up any room especially the bedroom.

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Whether you are looking to refresh a room or two with a new color scheme for your home or starting over, these new hues or 2020 will be an easy start for something new!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

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Amazing Decorating Trends for 2020

The start of a new decade is a perfect time to try fresh decorating trends. Whether you’re thinking about a minor refresh or a total renovation, you’ll want to take a peek at these trends to see if any of them will play a part in your home decorating for this year. You can make a very simple change by adding a new piece of art to your gallery wall. But if you want to make a more impactful change then try one of these hot home decorating ideas. After researching many of the trends that we will be seeing this year, I’m sure there will be at least one idea you’ll want to try.

Color of the Year!

One of the most noticeable decorating trends for 2020 will be color! Sherwin Williams and Pantone, two of the nation’s leading paint companies have both introduced the color of the year to be different versions of navy blue.  Yes, it’s back but in a different way. Sherwin William’s version called Naval is a “rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence”. On the other hand Pantone’s version called Classic Blue will be “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Navy provides the perfect amount of contrast in both traditional and modern interiors. In addition, it is considered a dark neutral, so it pairs well with a variety of other colors.

Color of the year

Floral Wallpaper

If you cringe at the thought of floral wallpaper, then this may be the year that changes your mind. Floral wallpaper has been a classic for years, but now you will see the pretty pattern with a twist. Large scale patterns in bold color and even some with metallic versions will be quite noticeable this year. You’ll find these pretty colors and patterns in foyers and in bathrooms primarily. But don’t skip over a beautiful dining room if it calls for a statement look with this decorating trend!

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Floral Wallpaper

Free Standing Tubs

Another trend that is emerging is the enlarged shower stalls, free-standing tubs, and painted bathroom cabinets. These are a just few of the new bathroom trends you’ll see in home decor and remodeling for 2020. Whether you love trends or will typically go to great lengths to avoid them, these changes will add value to your home and give it a very updated look. So, get started!

Free standing bathroom tubs

Rattan and Wicker Furniture

Another decorating trend for 2020 is the come back of rattan and wicker. Rattan and wicker are popping up everywhere! I love to see this trend re-emerging. From furniture to baskets, to round ottomans and lighting, this look warms up a space with texture in a fresh and exciting way. It’s a great balance between modern and traditional style. This is another way to start fresh for 2020.

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Vintage Accents

Don’t expect to see vintage everywhere, but you will see accents showing up in spindles, spooled legs, and other details from the early 1800’s and 1900’s. History has a way of repeating itself, but always in fresh new ways! Use it sparingly instead of incorporating it into the entire style your home.

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This year will bring fresh decorating ideas and unusual elements to the interior design world. I’m very excited to start the new year with these trends in mind. Keep your eye out for these big changes!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

10 North Main St., Suite D

Waynesville, OH 45068

937-545-9171

Transitioning Your Home from Summer to Fall Decor

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Autumn Beauty

When the days start getting shorter and the nights cooler more than just your wardrobe needs to start transitioning from the “Dog Days of Summer” to the cool days of Fall. Here are a few quick and easy ways to transition your home from summer’s cool decor to the warm earthy fall decor.

Fall Vignette

Want to start small with introducing fall decor into your home? Then try adding a vignette in your foyer. Use a mix of beautiful ceramics and vintage pieces with accents of natural elements, including pine cones and rustic items like twigs from outdoors. In addition, vary heights and colors to allow the eye to flow easily across the vignette.

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Fall Table Décor

You don’t have to go over the top to bring a fall-inspired look to your interior space. It can be as simple as decorating your dining table with small pumpkins and a pedestal dish. Place a tall floral centerpiece with autumn colors in the center to add height to the space.

Autumn table centerpiece

Harvest Elegance

Although fall decor is normally associated with a rustic design scheme, it can still bring elegance to your home. Instead of the expected orange pumpkins, try displaying white pumpkins at varying heights for a more sophisticated look. Stagger pumpkins on a stack of old books and vintage candlesticks to add visual interest to a mantel or table.

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Getting Cozy

With cooler temperatures in the air, now is the perfect time to add a fur throw to your favorite chair or sofa. Layer some pillows in this fall’s popular colors to stay trendy. Fall decor doesn’t have to be pricey or extravagant. A touch here and there can set the tone of the season.

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Add Seasonal Color

Do you want to add a punch of fall color to your home? Hang a colorful tapestry on the wall or invest in a colorful chair or sofa for starters. You’ll be amazed how it changes the feel and energy of a room. And don’t forget to add a colorful rug to tie it all together! Remember to add a few accessories in the same colors to unify the space. This will help achieve a smooth transition from summer to fall decor.

Colorful Accent Chair

Now that your home is all ready for fall you can enjoy spending some time outdoors during this wonderful time of the year.

Happy decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St., SUITE D, Waynesville, OH 45068 937-575-9171

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Classic or Modern Farmhouse Style?

What’s the difference?

Almost everyone loves the look and feel of a cozy farmhouse style. Back in the day the early settlers utilized elements from their surroundings which satisfied their need for sturdy, practical furnishings. Farmhouse style has stood the test of time and evolved into a more modern but still very functional look.

Here are some defining differences between Classic Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse style.

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Natural Wood Furniture

Characteristics of Classic Farmhouse Style

  • Natural wood accents: The very first element is wood! It was abundant and therefore, became the natural building material. Many farm homes had paneled wood walls, wide-plank floors and exposed wood beams. The current classic farmhouse style often uses barn board or ship lap for paneling and wood for countertops.
  • Kitchen Apron sinks: The kitchen was the gathering place and still is today. Most kitchens had an apron sink. In a classic farmhouse, this sink is usually porcelain.
  • Furniture and accessories: Vintage furnishings are an easy way to decorate in classic farmhouse style. It’s best if they’re not in perfect condition and they could even have weathered finishes. Vintage style lighting looks ideal in a classic farmhouse especially the ones with a little bling!
  •  Fabrics Selections: Floral and paisley, ticking and plaid echo Classic Farmhouse for sure. Use them on window treatments, pillows or slipcovers.
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Ship lap has many applications
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Classic farm house table
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Perfect for farmhouse fabric on windows or furniture.

Characteristics of Modern Farmhouse Style

  • Modern Touches: Take the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style and add a cleaner look.
  • Accents and Accessories: To achieve this look add smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral color schemes.
  • Use Contemporary Design: Modern farmhouse is more sophisticated and uses contemporary design elements like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and sleek lighting and cleaner lines in furniture.
  • Practicality: When designing a Modern Farmhouse design, keep in mind, furnishing and accessories should be comfortable and practical. In addition, you want them to welcome you into the room, and things shouldn’t be too fussy. The room should look like it evolved over time.
  • Stay with a neutral palette: Choose a neutral palette to make the room appear fresh and open. Cool or warm neutrals such as cream, beige, silver and grey all work well and balance natural elements. Equally important, is to keep patterns simple and contemporary and be sure to bring depth to the space with a variety of textures. Rugs, baskets and natural objects work well here.
  •  Industrial touches: With modern farmhouse style you can also add touches of the industrial style for an updated current look. For example, use a stainless-steel apron sink and appliances. The same goes for lighting, add a chandelier and pendants that have a sleek and more modern look.
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Modern farm house appeal
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Farm house neutral color palette
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Modern industrial farmhouse furniture

Whether you prefer the Classic or Modern version of the farmhouse style, they both offer a cozy, comfortable and welcoming feel to a home! If you need help pulling it all together to achieve your Farmhouse look, give me a call!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

937-545-9171

CH Interior Designs

10 N. Main St. Suite D

Waynesville, OH 45068

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