How to throw a last minute Holiday Party!

Christmas is fast approaching but there’s still time to plan a Holiday party!

Start with the Table

When planning a holiday party, start with your table decor. Toss on that pretty red table cloth or table runner you have stored from last year. Dust off that tiered cake stand and layer it with a variety of cookies and candies. Snip off some fresh pine branches and layer around the base of it for a natural look. Nestle some pretty ornaments or pine cones in the branches for a natural look.  Or if you want a little bling, colorful bulbs will do the trick!
Whether you use paper or china, decorate the table with pretty holiday Christmas plates, napkins and cups. In addition, add some real or battery operated candles for ambient lighting.

Use your favorite table decor

Then the Food

Stick with your favorite finger foods. Fresh foods that needs little or no preparation are a great start. A veggie dish can be easily made to elicit the colors of the season. A festive beet and arugula salad takes about 10 minutes to throw together but looks beautiful as a holiday dish. Still have grandma’s old sugar cookie recipe? Whip it up and shape them into candy canes with some sprinkles. In addition add a charcuterie plate with some exotic cheeses and meats. Present these choices on holiday serving dishes to wet the appetite!

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Don’t forget the Scents

The holiday scents abound this time of year. From pine and balsam, to cinnamon and spices, an easy way to add holiday fragrance to your party is to simmer some apple cider on the stove with mulling spices. This will make guests feel comfortable and create mingling. To welcome your guests in the living room try adding some pine and balsam potpourri in a bowl near the front door.

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Always add Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nothing lifts the spirit and sets the mood more than holiday music. Stream some of your favorites and let them play throughout the entire party. The classics are always a favorite but mix in some contemporary as well to appeal to everyone present.

Remember to add music!

Most of all-Enjoy!

Of course, a party is for enjoying the time spent with the people you love. Even more important than the decor, food, scents and music! So, remember to keep your last minute holiday party simple and fun. Yule be glad you did!

Happy Decorating!

CH Interior Designs

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between

The Holidays are Coming – Don’t Stress Out!

The holidays are coming! Start here with some easy tips to keep in mind for your holiday decorating.

With so many things to do around this time of year, try not to stress out getting them all done. The purpose of the holidays is to make memorable experiences for you and your family and guests. It’s important to stay relaxed during the planning period.

Start with your front entrance

The holidays are a great time to make it festive and impressive! Take a walk outside and collect natural elements such as pine branches, pine cones and branches.  Tuck them in some large vases or metal buckets or oversized baskets. Then add some colorful bows and ornaments. In addition, weave some pretty strand lights throughout the design to brighten up this entry area. And remember to hang a pretty wreath on the front door!

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Step inside!

Once inside your home the entry area should be welcoming as well as an introduction to the look and feel of the rest of the house.  Go a little bold here with a painted console table and an oversized mirror or wall art above it! Flank the console table in holiday elements such as pine branches, holiday lights, scented candles, and other holiday collectibles.

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Showcase the Christmas tree

Make the Christmas tree the focal point in your home for the holidays. Whether you have one or many, make each one stand out in the room. Try giving each one a different theme. Whether it’s a flocked tree or a fresh green one, treat each one as a project by itself and get creative! How about a gingerbread tree or and candy cane tree, or a vintage tree? Let your imagination flow and surprise yourself and your guests with some unusual holiday designs!

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Most importantly…

Remember to relax and have fun with your family and guests during the holidays. Throughout December make your home a warm and friendly place to be with scents from baking cookies, creating cinnamon rolls for breakfast, as well as simmering potpourri on the stove or fireplace.  Turn the lights on the trees in the morning and let them glow all day. Everyone will remember the warmth and relaxing ambience of your home for years to come

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Happy Decorating, Brenda Weber

From Classic to Contemporary, and Everything In Between

CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

CH Interior Designs is Now Open!

New Home Decor Boutique Opens in Waynesville, Ohio.

See the latest in interior design and home decor at CH Interior Designs

It’s official!  CH Interior Designs home decor boutique is open at 10 N Main St Suite D, Waynesville, Ohio. Thank you to everyone who attended our grand opening. We’re thankful for all the support! It was wonderful to see friends and family and meet new people, too. After months of planning and preparing for this new venture, we are happy to have opened our doors for business this past Saturday.

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CH Interior Designs is a full service interior design business.

We will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am -3pm and by appointment. We’ll also be adding furniture and home decor items to our boutique on a regular basis, so you’ll be sure to find something new each time you visit. Follow us on Instagram  and Facebook for information about new arrivals!

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Hand made furniture

Stop in!

We invite you to stop in, take some photos, and see how the pieces you’re eyeing can fit into your home.  We have something for every style – from classic to contemporary and everything in between. If you don’t see it in our boutique, no worries, we have many resources available to help find just the piece you are looking for.

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There’s more!

Our home decor boutique is only part of what CH Interior Designs will be offering the greater Dayton/Cincinnati and Waynesville area. In addition to the retail boutique we will work with you on a consultation basis or an entire project plan. Most importantly, we  will work with you every step of the way on your design project.  As an interior designer with over twenty years of experience, I offer a variety of home interior services.  As a result you will find everything you need to transform your home.

Custom Window Treatments

– Floral Arrangements

– Lighting

– Bedding

– Furniture

Interior Design and Color Consultations

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Not sure how to start?

Have you always thought about updating your living room?  Or maybe adding a pop of color to your bedroom? We’ll work within your budget and help you achieve the look and style you want. We want your home to reflect your personality, as well as be a comfortable place to come home to.

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I look forward to seeing you during your visits to our new boutique and of course, I always look forward to helping you transform your house into a beautiful home.

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Brenda Weber

Fall Trends That Are Taking over This Year:

The stores are clearing their shelves of summer décor to make room for fall. Thus, It’s time to get ahead of the game and start preparing for your fall décor makeover! A great way to get started is by reading my list of 2017 fall trends!

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Hue of the Season: Dark Green

Dark Green is going to be a big hit for fall this year, and lucky for me, it’s one of my personal favorite colors. How do you pull this off with success you might ask? Try pairing this hue with brown leathers, natural woods, and cream. In addition, I recommend starting small with this hue and see how you like it in your interiors before adding more. A few small dark green additions I suggest looking for are: candle sticks, lanterns, window treatments, throw pillows and blankets. Stop by my new showroom or send me a message if you’d like more help implementing one of my favorite colors to your home!

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Add Mood with Matte Black

Ah-ha, another color to keep your eyes peered for this fall! This one can be rather easy to bring to your fall style this year. I love matte black light fixtures and recommend looking for these if you’re wanting to add some matte black this season. The black color adds a dark tone of fall, while lamps and lighting add warm hues to your interiors during those chilly days and nights!

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Cozy Up the Bedroom with Prints and Fur

My favorite way to add new style and flare to a bedroom is with bedding! My advice if you’re wanting a fall bedroom look like you’ve seen in the magazines, is to mix and match. Bedding sets are on a decline, while mixing and matching colors and textiles are on the rise. By creating your own look you will add a sense of unique style to your bedroom – plus it can be a lot of fun! I recommend trading your white sheets or coverlet for patterns or monograms. Also, if you’re like me and love a cozy retreat, faux fur throw blanket or pillows are a fantastic way to complete your cozy oasis.

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Get Homey with Quilts

Quilts have slowly been making a comeback for some time, and this season they’re taking over the bedding market. I love quilts of all kinds and believe there’s a quilt for every season. Therefore, I encourage you to add an old classic by picking up a cozy quilt this season!

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Out with the Copper, In with the Brass

Copper has been trending this summer and spring, and while copper is quite timeless, the trend has recently changed to brass. Although brass is quite similar to copper, it does have a lighter tone to it. Similar to the copper trend, you can add brass to your décor through kitchen appliances, furniture accents, and accessories.

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Smooth and Silky Velvet

Velvet is a luxurious looking and feeling fabric that you just can’t keep your hands off of. This fabric is sure to be a perfect way to welcome fall into your interiors! The thing I love about velvet is that it doesn’t take much to make a statement. For example, by adding one piece of velvet furniture or a couple accessories the mood of your interior will change. Furthermore, if you’re seeking to add a visual wow factor, a little luxe and a sense of coziness, velvet is the way to go.

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photo source- www.homedit.com

Hide Clutter with Hidden Appliances

This trend is likely to carry on past fall, winter, and into the New Year. There has been a lot of buzz in the interior design industry about hidden appliances. While this is likely to be an expensive project, it’s worth considering and preparing for. From the kitchen, to laundry room, and living areas, designers are desperately seeking ways to hide those pesky appliances and televisions. It’s clear to see why; there is nothing like having a beautifully designed living room with a giant black flat screen right in the middle of it all! It can be frustrating to work around, so I suggest, “why not just hide it all?”

Remember, your home and interiors are most importantly about your style and what you like. Just because these are trending, doesn’t mean you need to go and throw out all of spring’s trends. Nor do you need to implement every trend every season. Similarly, some trends you will like, others you won’t, and that’s okay! In contrast, trends are a great way to keep up with refreshing your style and trying new things. Finally, I hope you enjoy some of the fall trends this year, and let me know how I can help you with transforming your home for the fall season.

Tell me what you think! What is your favorite way to get your home ready for fall? Are you ready to start a new design project but not sure where to start? Send me an email or call to schedule a consultation today!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber
937-545-9171

 

 

Yikes! 5 Common Interior Design Mistakes to Learn From

Check out our list of common interior design mistakes before starting your next project and spare yourself the painful interior design mistakes!

1.  Ignoring Function

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A well-designed room is great, but if it is dysfunctional and frustrating, it will hardly be worth it. Believe it or not, functionality is often overlooked when planning interior design projects. For example, an entertainment room lacking rugs, window treatments, and other sound absorbing materials, is likely to be a pain. Likewise, a beautiful office lacking good lighting isn’t going to be of much use.

Furthermore, make sure you’re considering where your guests will sit and move about in your common areas. Will they be able to walk easily throughout the home? Are there plenty of places to set a cup of tea or a snack while watching TV? These are all things you must consider when designing your interiors.

2.  Drab Color Scheme

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Another common mistake we see is a poor color scheme or lack of one entirely. While the crisp and clean look is desirable, you need to consider a color scheme to ensure your bright and airy room doesn’t end up looking boring. Adding a color scheme can be rather simple by adding in throw blankets, throw pillows, curtains, and accessories. These are all easily interchangeable and add something interesting to your interiors. While it may be simple, it does take time and planning in order to be successful.

Look around your room; is there a color you can easily mix in with your current look? Should you get rid of a few items to clear a slate for a new color scheme? From there, decide on a color scheme you want to incorporate. In addition, take photos of your interiors to reference back on while you’re shopping. This can be helpful in visualizing what your new look will be, and help when deciding how to place items throughout the room. Lastly, pay careful attention on placing your color scheme throughout your room, rather than on one shelf or area. A color scheme is meant to tie your room together into one cohesive look.

3.  Too Much In One Place

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One of the most dangerous interior design mistakes you can make is over furnishing and over decorating. Some individuals have so many wonderful collections of furniture, lamps, and accessories that they want to show it all off! While we understand wanting to show off all your beloved items, we encourage you to choose less.

One technique you can try is making a list of all your favorite home items, circle 10 of your favorites, and then choose 5 of your top favorites. From there, make sure to highlight those top 5 items while keeping the rest for another room, another time, or it may even be time to sell them for new items! By choosing less, you’re able to really highlight those favorite items by keeping clutter around them at bay. We know this may be tough at first, but we assure you those favorite items will be noticed a lot more when you’ve cleared some room to let them shine!

4.  Outdated Accessories

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Whether we like it or not, there is a time for getting rid of the old and adding in the new. Likewise, if you have outdated cabinets, accessories, drapes, and lighting, it’s really going to date your interiors. Many of our clients often overlook the importance of the little details. For example, they paint the walls and get new furniture and accessories, but don’t understand why their interiors don’t look quite right. The reason is often all those little outdated accessories getting in the way. Therefore, the solution is often replacing old lights, and updating curtains, cabinets and hardware.

We understand there’s a time and a budget for everything, but make sure you consider updating those outdated details when you’re trying to re-design. Plus, updating your lights, hinges, and cabinet hardware doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. If you’re willing to spend a little time on it, there are many spectacular spray paints you can purchase and easily update those rusted gold details with a fresh gold, silver, or bronzed copper!

5.  Not Hiring a Professional When Necessary

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As we previously mentioned, there are many simple and affordable ways to update your interiors. However, big or advanced projects often require a professional for the best planning and execution. Or if you’re just not sure where to start, a professional can guide you along to help you avoid these mistakes along with many others. In addition, professionals will help ease the stress and uncertainty of a re-design and can instill confidence in you about your project. To read more about what a professional can provide, check out our blog on Interior Designers!

Send us an email if you’re looking for a little more help on your interior design project. Have you made an interior design mistake we can learn from? Tell us in the comments below!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber
937-545-9171

 

 

5 Fresh Farmhouse Accessories to Add to Your Homestead

The farmhouse style has been trending for some time, and we don’t anticipate it going away anytime soon. What’s not to love? This style is all about bright and fresh colors, lots of plants, and cute signage! If you’re looking to add the farmhouse style to your home, then look no further. We have listed out all the accessories you need to get started.

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  1. Farmhouse Lamps and Lighting:

One easy way to begin adding new or additional farmhouse pieces to your home is with lamps and chandeliers! This takes minimal effort and lighting can be found in a variety of price ranges. Furthermore, lamps and chandeliers are a great place to add a lot of personality in the room. For the farmhouse look, you’ll be looking for one of the following:

  • Wood
  • Black metal
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • White or cream lampshades

In order to attain the rustic look, wood lamps should not be a shiny and polished color. Rather, they should be flat in color, have texture, or be whitewashed. In addition, rustic glass tends to have wood accents, black wiring/netting, or a print/color that is similar to mason jars. Lastly, for ceramic pieces, you should be sticking to white bases with a simple design.

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  1. Baskets and Bins:

We are firm believers that you cannot have too many baskets and bins. Due to the fact that they are fantastic for hiding your things while keeping your space looking clean and organized. Therefore, for the farmhouse look you need to be on the lookout for these storage accessories:

  • Black Metal Wire Baskets
  • White Wooden Bins
  • White Washed Baskets
  • Wooden bins
  • Wooden crates
  • Totes with farmhouse animal prints
  • Light colored woven baskets

In addition, if you top any of these off with a chalkboard sign, you’ve really succeeded the farmhouse look!

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  1. Galvanized Accessories:

Metal tubs, buckets, pails, and accessories are sure to bring the farmhouse look to your home. However, it’s important to note that galvanized décor adds a very rustic look. Thus, depending on how rustic you want your farmhouse look to be, you will add more or less. For example, some clients prefer a more cottage farmhouse look, which requires more white and wood tones with minimal metal décor. On the other hand, some prefer a more outdoor farmhouse rustic look requiring more galvanized décor. So, whether you’re adding a lot or a little, here are some galvanized items to look for:

  • Clocks (this is a great way to add a lot of rustic appeal with one piece)
  • Tubs
  • Planters
  • Wall Baskets
  • Dining Chairs
  • Mirrors
  • Trays (for kitchen treats or your coffee table!)

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  1. Express Yourself with Signage:

A farmhouse sign paired with galvanized planters and fresh flowers is a match made in heaven. First of all, when it comes to farmhouse signage, the sky seems to be the limit. From bold words to a favorite quote, there are many options to choose from. Farmhouse signage tends to be black, white, or gray with a wooden frame. Furthermore, they should have a clean and fresh appeal that brightens up a room. In contrast, any signs with bright colors or busy patterns are harder to design around and will stray from the simplicity that is farmhouse style. Here are a few examples of signs to look for:

  • Big bold Lettering (BATH, LAUNDRY, FAMILY, MARKET)
  • A quote or phrase in pretty scripted lettering (blessed, our nest, happiness is homemade)
  • Farmhouse Phrases (freshly baked pies, fresh eggs, farm fresh dairy)

From big to small, you can find farmhouse signs in all shapes and sizes. Also, signs aren’t just for hanging. You can also place small wooden or metal signs to accent shelves and end tables to complete the look.

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  1. Freshly Picked Florals:

A farmhouse style isn’t complete without some flowers or wreaths. Likewise, to achieve the fresh and simple farmhouse style you should stick to florals and plants such as:

  • Cotton
  • Large white flowers
  • Ferns
  • Sage
  • Olive Branches
  • Ficus
  • Boxwood Topiary

Place any of these in planters such as a wire basket, reclaimed wood box, galvanized vases, or as a wreath. Flowers bring the fresh outdoors to your interiors, and farmhouses simply aren’t complete without them!

These 5 accessories are sure to bring the farmhouse style to your interiors! Remember, this style is all about simplicity and keeping things organic. Also, mixing and matching these accessories is essential to achieve the farmhouse look. However, if you’re not sure where to start, try finding an accessory from each of lists above and build your farmhouse style from there! If you’re feeling uncertain or would like additional help, simply contact us! Our experienced interior designer, Brenda Weber, will be happy to work with you and achieve your desired look.

Do you have a favorite farmhouse accessory? Let us know in the comments below!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber
937-545-9171

 

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,

CH Interior Designs-Brenda Weber

Located in Cobblestone Village Gift and Home Décor Shop
937-545-9171