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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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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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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Top Summer Decorating Trends

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Freshen up for summer!

Need a change? Try these Top Summer Decorating Trends

Summer has officially arrived, and this is a good time to start thinking about bringing the top summer decorating trends into your home for easy room updates.

Begin this season with some of CH Interior Designs’ top summer home decorating trends that are sure to brighten your summer days and nights as we move towards the warmer months ahead.

Here’s a look at some of the things you may want to consider when taking in the top summer decorating trends of this year. Whether its adding splashes of color on your walls or switching out your window treatments to painting your front door, you’re bound to find something that will brighten your home for summer!

Energize with Color

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Which one will you choose

Open the drapes and blinds to allow all the natural light in. Then add a vibrant splash of color to bring summer indoors. This season, summer home decor is all about bright, saturated colors and you can achieve a summery decor look without having to spend serious amounts of time and money.

It could be a new set of bold, patterned throw pillows to liven up your chairs and sofas, a colorful one of a kind lamp to make a change from the usual neutrals, or a refreshing piece of artwork that focuses on your favorite summer color combinations. If too much color isn’t your thing, try blending some soft neutrals with some unusual textures and just a hint of your favorite color to make your space interesting.

Who loves Animal Prints?

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Safari print Chair

Even if you’re not an animal lover, striking animal prints are a great way to bring the feel and energy of the outdoors into your summer home decorating updates. Nothing reminds you of the sun more than a vibrant animal print, like leopard or zebra. Think accent chair or an accessory with a playful take on animal prints.

You could even go for some animal themed wall art to set off your space perfectly with a touch of the exotic for a refreshed take on everyday glamor. Keep the look minimal with your animal prints, so the look stays clean and pared back. A little goes a long way!

White Wood is a Great Summer Decorating Trend

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Brighten up with white!

 A great way to brighten a room and embrace summer home decorating trends is to switch out your dark wood furniture for fresh white options. Go for white painted wood if your in the market for new furniture or cabinets so your home feels lighter and brighter. But if you want to make use of your current furniture, then it’s time to get out the paintbrushes and start some easy ‘Do It Yourself’ updates.

If you don’t want to go through all the work, opt for some white throws to drape over dark wood sofas and chairs, to give your room a brightness boost. This way, any room in your home will also appear larger.

Summery Patterns

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Try colors of the ocean for a summery change

A summery pattern is a great way to get on board with summer home decorating. Choose bright colors and bold patterns and prints, allowing you to bring a splash of summer in throughout your home. From pretty florals to fresh yellow-green geometrics to bold and eclectic prints and patterns, the options are endless. Step out your comfort zone here and have some fun with it!

Consider some fresh throw pillows or switch up your upholstery. Or you can even amp up your summer outdoor home decor with some new lounge chairs. Opt for a more season-less approach when it comes to outdoor décor.  Go for a more minimal look on summer prints and patterns by sourcing muted pastels and soothing watercolor-inspired prints.

Sunny Yellow

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Decorate with yellow for summer

Yellow, what a happy color! It is the undisputed dominant color of summer, so use hints of it everywhere throughout your home. Don’t be shy, go for yellow soft furnishings, yellow accessories, and yellow wherever else you can squeeze it in. From soft, light yellows, to bold citric and strong mustard tones, there is so much scope for yellow in summer home decorating trends.

Perfect for an accent wall and entire rooms alike, yellow is the epitome of summer. But since the season unfortunately passes so quickly, I suggest going for minimal splashes of yellow, like in pillows and ceramics as well as fresh flowers. These touches ensure that it’ll never go out of style or look out of place, no matter the season.

Oh, That Front Door!

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Perk up your entry door!

Does your front door need a face lift? So many of them take a beating from the weather. A fun summer home decorating trend that I’m seeing more of, is vividly painted doors. Doors are often overlooked when it comes to interior design. While this idea offers something not often thought of, it will liven up the entire entry of your home as it’s such a unique option!

Choose an inviting lively yellow, or blue or even something like an orange or a pink. You don’t have to go for a color which is too bright here, as it’s not something you see every day. Even pastel shades will work wonders for updated summer home decor. If your  front door  is in good shape try repainting it to really make a defining statement.

Brighter Window Treatments

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Light and Bright Sheers! Lets in the light

Summer is the time to shed those heavy, insulating curtains and replace them with something light and airy to let the sunshine in. You want to be able to let the light in but still be able to block out the sun when it’s hot that comes with summer days. I love a soft flowing sheer white curtain when it comes to a savvy summer home decorating idea for the windows.  

This look gives you the lightness and brightness, you’re craving while blocking out the worst of the midday sun. And the best thing about sheer white window treatment panels is that they make for an affordable update that will never go out of style.

This is the Easiest Way to Brighten Things Up for Summer

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What a difference paint makes!

Just remember when it comes to updating your summer home decor, a lighter color scheme will always feel refreshing and soothing while revitalizing the energy. One of the least expensive and most effective ways to completely transform any room is through a fresh coat of paint.

Whether you go for soothing neutrals, or an accent wall featuring a completely unexpected, mood-enhancing color, you can almost never go wrong with a fresh coat of paint. And I say almost because while it’s great to bring in a unique hue, you’ll almost certainly tire of it and you’ll find that it limits your other summer home decor choices. So, opt for something with a timeless appeal that won’t affect a potential resell of your home.

If you need help pulling it all together give me a call!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

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CH Interior Designs

Waynesville, Ohio

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937-545-9171

I Feel Overwhelmed With Decorating My Home!

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No worries! You’re not alone.

Are you one of the many people who feel overwhelmed with the decorating process of your home? Over the years I have helped many clients design and decorate their  homes. Some projects were large and some were “just moved in” projects.  And do you want to know the number one thing every single one of them had in common? The feeling of being overwhelmed.

Decorating and designing your home, whether it’s one room or the whole house, can be an overwhelming thing to do on your own. There are so many things to consider and coordinate.  Where do I buy things? Where do I hang wall art? Which patterns compliment each other? What color palette do I want to begin with? How do I arrange my furniture? And, although there are some exceptional design resources at our fingertips today, all the checklists in the world do not take away the feeling of being overwhelmed when doing it on your own.  Having someone who is like a good friend to walk you through it can smooth the way through whole process!

You Don’t Know What You Can’t See

Redesigning the interior of a home or room looks so easy on The Learning Channel.  I too watch with amazement at how everything seems to just miraculously fall into place!  But I also know, that nothing miraculously falls into place, ever! There are many steps in between the photo shoots that you don’t see to make the project come together.

It would be fun to have one of the star-studded designers come into your home while you stand by and watch as their team disassembles and then reassembles the entire place while being filmed. But trust me, most people prefer to sit down with a professional and explore ideas of what is possible for their space, on their budget, and in their time frame.

Talking with a professional interior designer should not be a difficult task.  It is our job to break down into step-by-step increments all that you wish to accomplish.  And no two projects ever have the same details, so don’t feel discouraged to ask more about what you don’t understand or what you really want to happen.  It is your home, your life and what you do inside of that space should fit you, your budget and your style.

What Actually Happens When You Meet With a Professional Interior Designer?

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Selection of colors and materials for design and home renovation

Many people are afraid to seek the expertise of a professional interior designer because they think it will be difficult to get the look they want, over budget, and time-consuming. After twenty years of designing interiors, I assure you that every project needs a plan, and that is where I begin.

Step One:

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Whether you have a large or small project, I begin by asking questions and listening to your design needs, budgetary concerns, and desires for your home.  This is our chance to get to know one another and fully embrace who you are and what you are hoping to achieve in your project.

Step Two:

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Once we have a general idea of your design goals I create a design concept plan and organize that plan and present options to you. Then the fun begins!  We start by choosing color schemes, furniture layouts, and determining the products and styles that will fit with your plan. I continually help guide you through the decision making process. The greatest part about working with a professional interior designer too, is that we have so many resources to choose from that are not available elsewhere. This helps tremendously in getting the look you want for your home. And that is the part of the process that is like the TV shows; professional designers understand what you need and know exactly where to get what you want!


Step Three:

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After working to put together products, materials and a layout that meet your needs, we begin to finalize your project. However, many times these ideas and suggestions spark a whole new plan or an idea you haven’t considered before, especially if you find something in the mix that is a must have! We can always make adjustments along the way, all you are doing is making the choices that are right for you and your home.  I cannot stress how amazing this part of the process is for clients because they realize how much time and energy they have saved instead of struggling on their own. That is why projects can be completed with a set framework. It is not just “weekend shopping”, it is a professional designer’s full-time job to get your project done so you can really start living in your home!

Where Do I Begin To Plan My Project?

It’s as easy as 1,2,3! If you feel overwhelmed by all there is to accomplish in your home or if you just need some tips and guidance for your DIY project and would like the guidance of a professional and experienced designer to sit down and talk with you about your design goals,  please reach out to me! Below is my contact information.

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Brenda Weber~CH Interior Designs~10 N. Main St. Suite D~Waynesville, OH 45068 937-545-9171  

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5 Ways to Make Your Rooms Pop with a Touch of COLOR!

Decorating with color

col·or  /ˈkələr/ noun 

the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
 
The magic of color is knowing that it is all about light! It is that little “oomph” that is missing when you walk into your room.  We tend to spend so much time selecting furniture, paint, flooring, etc. but then the room still feels just that little bit of flat, am I right?  Well, enter the world of color!

Add color without a major makeover

Color is an amazing design element that doesn’t have to break the bank.  In fact, it is one of those wonderful details that can be added in a variety of ways, simply.  Spring is the perfect time to think about makeovers and I have a few tips to share with you on how to do that with color – simply! So let’s work together to find a few new ways to bring it all together with a POP of Color!

1. Go for big, colorful art…

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Add color with oversized wall art

Don’t be afraid to add large colorful accessories to your walls. One large piece may be all you need to get the juices flowing. A colorful canvas, wall tapestry or beautiful framed photography are good places to start.  Or try arranging several smaller ones in a wall collage to create an impressive composition.

2.  Use pillows and throws…

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Throw in some colorful pillows

This is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make your room pop with color. There are so many different patterns and colors that you can pair together. Try a chevron pattern with a floral or a diamond pattern with a stripe. Layer different sizes and shapes as well. Throw in a “throw” in your favorite color.  This will even more interest to your room. The pairings are limitless!

3.  Forgo the neutrals and go for window treatments in a crazy color…

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Colorful window treatments make your room pop with color!

Window treatments can be very versatile and serve as a soft backdrop to a room or add that pop of color and pattern that can’t go unnoticed. Try utilizing neutral colors in your large pieces of furniture and pop the color on the windows! There are so many styles of window treatments to choose from.  If you’re looking for something minimal, valances or toppers may do the trick or if you want something more elaborate, try long panels that flank the sides of the windows. Decorative rods and rings add to the impact and complete the total look.

4.  Don’ forget to add a colorful area rug to pull it all together…

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Pop in some color with area rugs

An area rug can be the inspiration piece just as a piece of wall art. Begin or finish your ‘pop of color project’ with a colorful area rug. Rugs serve purposes other than adding color and texture to a room. They also add acoustics and comfort underfoot. Too many hardwood or tile surfaces in a home can create a cold feel and the echoing of sounds.  Continue to add accessories and furniture using the colors from your inspiration piece in the ways mentioned above.

5.  Fill your home with plants and floral arrangements…

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Add some natural beauty with plants!

I have found that this simple earthy addition of indoor plants creates warmth to a space and brings the outdoors in.  Whether it’s live greenery or faux flower arrangements, this accessory creates a comfortable and relaxing feel to a room. Live indoor plants have been known also to create health benefits. So, don’t skip this step!

Pulling It All Together

Adding color to your home doesn’t have to be just bright and bold. If you’re not a big fan of bright colors, try some subtle touches of earthy warm colors to do the trick. Get creative and use your imagination to create the look you want and have fun with it! Open the curtains and let the light shine in and see just where you need a little brightness and pop to pull the whole room together.  Adding color can add a statement or let every other element fall into place.  It’s your home, so do it your way!

If you need another perspective or just want some advice on making a particular room more inviting, I am happy to help.  I have some great sources for unusual artwork, window treatments, and accessories – and that may be all you need to get started, so just give me a call!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber~Interior Designer

CH Interior Designs

937-545-9171

email-designer@chinteriordesigns.com

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Design trends for 2019 – What’s in and What’s out- Here are my Favs!

Is your home on trend? Check out these new design trends for 2019!

The beginning of a new year sparks fresh ideas and a reboot personally as well as for our home. Always remember to stick with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out. If your goal  is to refresh your home with a new coat of paint or to add a pretty piece of furniture or to update your kitchen or bath, here are some trends that I found emerging for this year. You may want to try one of these top design trends yourself!

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Live Edge custom designed table

What’s In – Natural Accents

This year, there is great interest in the relationship between nature and people and how bringing the outdoors inside creates a welcoming and refreshing interior of a home. Anything that reminds us of nature such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life will make you and your home feel more comfortable and inviting. With our machine and technology driven society, we are also nostalgic about past craftsmanship and handiwork, and appreciate hand made products. Opportunities to use custom mill-work and crafted materials are very important and never go out of style.

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What’s Out – Accent Painted Walls

In the 80’s and 90’s accent walls were an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated.  But instead, try incorporating a textured wall or wainscotting made from milled wood or wall paper on one wall in a room. Our color consultation services are available to help you discover a pop of color for your home.

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Sherwin William’s Cavern Clay is a soft but bold color

What’s In – Bold wall Color

Our clients are getting much more adventurous. Sherwin William’s Cavern Clay is an ideal color for flattering and design-forward aesthetics. It’s a warm and earthy hue that is both casual and refined. It can be a backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room or kitchen. Pair this color with some bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery for a fabulous look and feel to your home.

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Mid Century Design with a softer look

What’s out – Mid-Century Everything

Mid Century Modern style is a fun and casual look and can bring back memories of days gone by,  but it can be overdone and seem like a time capsule. I prefer to mix things up a little to make your decor style look more interesting.

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This bedding set invites you to enjoy a comfortable resting place

What’s in-Comfort Everything

From soft carpets underfoot to luxury bedding so comfortable you’ll want to lounge for hours. Add soft pillows and window treatments to create a look that invites you into your special space. Spending the money to get these basic things right are very important and are incredibly gratifying.

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Cool grays are heading out

What’s Out-Cool Grays

I’m seeing a trend now of grays being replaced with white and warm neutrals. Let’s face it, gray can be a little boring and drab! If gray is a must have for you be sure to mix it with white and warm wood tones. You can also add a splash of color in your accessories.

Do what you Love!

Regardless of what’s in or out in design trends, its important that your home reflects who you are and what you love! From beautiful accessories to your favorite color palette, every home can be designed to look and feel fabulous!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Happy Decorating!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

10 North Main St., Suite D

Waynesville, Ohio

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. Try making No Bake candy or cookies. They save time and are delicious. This coconut candy recipe is one of my favorites!  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

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Fall Trends That Are Taking Over This Year

It’s time to get ahead of the game and start preparing for your fall home décor makeover!

The stores are clearing their shelves of summer home décor to make room for fall. A great way to get started is by reading my list of 2018 fall trends!

Bolder and brighter hues are on the horizon for this fall

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Blue and Orange what a complimentary combination!

Brighter and bolder are going to be a big hit for fall trends this year.   How do you pull this off with success you might ask? Try pairing this blue hue  with cinnamon and orange, 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 additional items in  these colors I suggest looking for are: candle sticks, lanterns, window treatments, throw pillows and blankets. Stop by my new retail boutique or send me a message if you’d like more help implementing one of these colors to your home!

Add mood with matte black

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Beautiful Farmhouse fall decor

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 lanterns, lamps and lighting add warm hues to your interiors during those chilly days and nights!

Cozy up the bedroom or living room with prints and fur

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Colorful pillows and cozy throw

My favorite way to add new style and flare to a bedroom this fall is with pillows and throws!  If you’re wanting a fall bedroom to like you’ve seen in the magazines, 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 solids.  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.

From copper to brass

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Brass Coffee table adds brightness to a room!

Copper has been trending in home decor for sometime now, 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 home décor through furniture accents, and accessories. This is a great way to start a new fall trend in your home.

Smooth and silky velvet

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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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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!

Brenda Weber

CH Interior Designs

10 North Main St.

Waynesville, OH  45068

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.

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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

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.

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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 and updating your spaces. 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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Go Coastal! Bringing the Beach to Your Interiors

It’s that time of year we’re heading to the coast for a vacation with some surf and sand. But don’t you know that you can also bring the coast to you? We’ve got the scoop on all things beach house for your interiors. By adding in beachy colors, accessories, and wall art, you’ll feel like you’re already on the beach!

Splash in Some Beachy Color:

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First thing’s first, in order to go coastal with your interiors this summer, you need to get the color scheme down. This season, popular beachy colors include white, gray, light blue, cream, and navy! The coastal theme is all about looking bright, open, sunny, and relaxing. Therefore, try not to focus too much on any one of these colors. In order to pull of the beach house look successfully, you’ll need to mix and match and have some fun with it! Otherwise, your project won’t turn out the way you’ve been seeing in pictures. As a result, by paying attention to this color scheme while doing your shopping, your new beach house look is sure to be a success!

Anchors, Starfish, Whales – Oh My!

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The coastal look demands that you be more neutral with your colors. However, it also allows you to go big with your wall décor. You should be hunting for adorable anchor pieces, along with whale, ocean, and fish wall prints. Try searching for beachy prints in crisp white frames to add a higher quality look. In addition, shadow boxes with shells and sand dollars are a great way to go! The coastal look has become quite popular in recent years, so you should have no problem finding some unique wall décor.

Throw In Some Fun:

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The best thing about throw pillows and blankets is in the name. You simply purchase them and “throw” them in! While we all know you can’t just throw in pillows and expect it to look nice, you get what we mean! As a result, you’ll need to intentionally place your throw accessories to make it look effortless, yet pleasing to the eye. Likewise, by throwing a blanket over the sofa or bed, and adding in a couple of coastal print throw pillows, you’ll quickly pull together the coastal look. Throw accessories are that simple!

Don’t Forget the Seashells and Sand:

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Remember what we said about bringing the beach to you? Adding beachy accessories is a great way to bring pieces of the ocean to you while adding to your coastal theme. For a centerpiece, try looking for glass containers that you can add sand, shells, and a candle to. In addition, a couple beach accessories that tend to be forgotten are roping and baskets. For example, candlesticks with roping and small wicker baskets will instantly add a beach vibe. Finally, another easy idea is to find some cute bowls and fill them with shells, sand dollars, and starfish!

Ready to go coastal? Visit us at our Home Décor Shop to find our beachy rugs, throws, accessories, and more! We want to hear from you – what is your favorite way to bring the beach to your interiors? Tell us in the comments below or send us at Designer@CHInteriorDesigns.com!

From Classic to Contemporary, and Everything In Between,

CH Interior Designs
Designer@CHInteriorDesigns.com
Waynesville, Ohio
937-545-9171

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