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  

www.chinteriordesigns.com ~ designer@chinteriordesigns.com

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

Don’t miss these New Year’s Tips on Organizing Your Home

Out with the old to organize your home

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Easy organizing with shelves with baskets

If you’re sick and tired of your disorganized home, and you’ve resolved to finally do something about it, the first thing you need to do is clean out. Take a day (or two) to go through closets, shelves, boxes and overflowing drawers to get rid of items you don’t need. A good rule of thumb is, “if you don’t use it, lose it.” Give to charity, pass on to friends or family or sell it. Once you get rid of useless items that just take up space, you’ll be amazed at how much better every room in your home looks.

Add storage solutions to every room in your home

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Organizing with decorative shelves will will please the eye and be functional as well.

Once you’ve cleaned out your unused items, it’s time to find storage solutions for items you do have. Time to tidy up the books and magazines piled on desks and coffee tables and the clothing piled on the bedroom floors. Rather than drowning in clutter, invest in some book shelves for your must-reads.  In addition, consider installing floating shelves for collectibles or placing belongings in nice baskets under tables or on shelves.

Find storage furniture

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This storage ottoman is a great way to store pillows and throws

Think about investing in furniture that doubles as storage units. There are beds, ottomans, coffee tables and more that have ample space hidden within to instantly eliminate clutter. This is especially useful if you have young children — just pop the toys into an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table to tidy the living room in no time. Do you have an old shelving unit in the garage that you’re not using?  Give it a fresh coat of paint and a new home in a room that needs organized.

 

Use wall space to keep your home tidy

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Save space with a wall organizer

Maximize vertical space by adding hooks and shelves where you can. This will get things off the ground and create more space. Everything from laundry bags on a hook behind the door (rather than in a basket on the floor) to extra coats on hooks in the hall. This beats shoving things into the closet and makes for a much tidier home.  You can even hang up extra blankets in the guest bedroom if there’s no room to house them elsewhere. Think of unusual spaces and places you can use for storage.

 Keep it going

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Keep It organized

If you want to  really stick to your resolution to be more organized this year, try to stay consistent and keep it going. Just doing it once and then immediately falling back into old patterns won’t get you anywhere.  For example, do a little bit every day and when you’re in the mood! Promise yourself that once you have storage solutions you’ll actually use them. Equally important, let your family members know too! This means no more clothes on the floor and no more books on the kitchen table. Get rid of what you don’t use and make sure you stay committed to staying organized.

Happy Organizing!

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!

Brenda Weber

Need some help? give us a call 937-545-9171

CH Interior Designs

 

 

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

From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between

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

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

 

 

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!)

sign life

  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!

Sweet cake pops

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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Custom Floral Arrangements

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!

Happy Fourth of July dining table place setting

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!

patriotic buckets

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