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

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

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

 

 

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