Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Here’s How to Decorate Your Home as a Renter


If you're a renter, your lease probably tells you what you can and can’t do to decorate your home. Some might say you can't paint the walls or create holes to hang artwork, while others may say you can do whatever you want — as long as the place looks exactly like it did before you moved in. Meaning if you paint your walls a deep red, you will have to paint over it in white before you move out and you will have to fill in any drilled holes with spackling paste. You know you want to decorate, but how do you effectively do so while staying within the guidelines of your lease? Here are a few ideas.
Removable Wallpaper Exists!
Don't want to paint your walls? Can't paint your walls? You may want to try Swag Paper, which has been seen on Refinery29, Redbook and HGTV. This amazing video showcases how easy it is to transform a boring white wall to something fancy you’ll want to admire. All you have to do is peel and stick!
Decals Can Be Used on Your Walls as Well
Decals require less work than removable wallpaper -- it's an easy and instant way to upgrade your rental from boring to bang! The removable wall decorations come in a variety of designs and patterns suitable for all tastes. You may also purchase 3D decals, which are an unexpected way to decorate your walls. These butterflies in the photo below look like they’re about to take flight right into the hallway!

Buy Washi Tape
If removable wallpaper and wall decals require too much DIY work, you can use washi tape to brighten up almost any surface. Try adding it to tables, candles, clear glass jars or vases
Get a Bar Cart
If you’re in a rental, chances are there aren’t enough places for you to store your belongings — especially your wide collection of wine and spirits. Instead of sticking them on a rack in a crowded closet, why not make your space more fun by displaying them on a bar cart? The cart will definitely prove itself useful if you frequently entertain guests at home!

Change the Hardware
Cabinet handles and doorknobs in rental units are basic and boring. You can purchase your own with fancy, elaborate details to brighten up your space. Just make sure you keep the original pieces and switch them back before you move out.
You NEED to Accessorize
Will a home full of white walls, you will need to brighten up the space to make it seem like a true home. Accessorize with everything under the sun… carpets, throw pillows and blankets, art, real or fake plants, statues… the list can go on. You can take a look at some luxurious ideas here.

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Virgie Vincent is an interior designer based in California. You can read this blog and other similar blogs on her website here

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to Design a Room with Metallics


Virgie Vincent, a high-end interior designer and real estate agent, originally posted this blog on her website here
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When it comes to decorating a home, the easiest way to upgrade it from lovely to luxurious is to add metallic details. Regardless of how much experience you have with interior decorating, these ideas will give you the guidance you need to turn your home into a metallic, futuristic palace worthy for a celebrity to live in.
Get Crafty
Are you hands-on type with your interior decorating projects? Something as simple as gold, silver or copper spray paint can go a long way. You can paint nearly anything — a table, vase, picture frame, chair, etc. It’s an easy and fast way to upgrade an old or damaged piece into something new that you’ll love again.
There are also more complex projects to upgrade your home. As I was scrolling through the internet a few weeks ago, I came across an article about a woman who decorated her bedroom floor by covering it in pennies. It looks stunning! In addition, this penny vase can also add a classy touch to your breakfast nook table.
Incorporate Small Pieces First
Although metallics can easily transform a home into something magnificent, it can be daunting to decorate with it if you’re not familiar with the best way to incorporate the concept. You can start by using accessories such as a silver tray for the coffee table or a bronze vase. You can easily to move these pieces around until you can find the perfect balance in the room. As you’re getting more comfortable with the concept, you can move on to bigger projects like installing a brass lighting fixture, or a copper-tiled kitchen backsplash.
Remember the Color Scheme
The color scheme is the most important thing to remember about designing your space. Colors on the warm end of the spectrum, like red, orange, yellow and brown, go with with warm metals like copper, brass and gold. Cooler colors, like green, blue and purple, go with silver, chrome and steel.
If your space is already decorated with warmer colors, then you should incorporate warmer metals. The same goes for rooms decorated in cooler colors, then cooler metals should be used. Neutral-colored rooms are where you can have fun — you can mix and match all the metals you’d like!
Yes, You CAN Mix Metals
Forget about everything you’ve been hearing about sticking to one metal — you can mix them if you do it right! Make sure you:
  • Have a neutral environment. White, beige and black allows you to have more creative freedom with color.
  • Pick a dominant metal, then use the other metals as accents. Do you like gold? Consider a coffee table with a gold finish, gold lamps and gold pillows, but accent the room with silver candle holders and picture frames.
  • Use different finishes — like matte, polished and hammered — to tie everything together.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

20 Reasons To Hire An Interior Designer

Virgie Vincent's 20 reasons to hire an interior designer. 

Virgie Vincent originally posted this blog on her interior design website here
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It’s no secret that hiring a professional to help you with your home renovations and decorations can save you time and money. Here are twenty reasons why hiring an Interior Designer should be high on your to-do list!
1. Save Money
Hiring a professional to help you revamp your home might not seem like an obvious way for you to save money. But by hiring an interior designer, you’ll benefit from his/her expertise in the industry. This means you won’t make lukewarm purchases that don’t fully work in your space. Investing in quality furniture, art, and room accessories can be a great way to add value and comfortability to you home. But in order for you to win big, you must love the items you utilize.
2. You’ll receive a home evaluation
An interior designer has seen dozens, if not hundreds, of houses and can provide you with an unbiased assessment of your home. This can be beneficial if you’re looking to embark on major renovations. Hiring a professional to help you think of ways to restructure your space can pay off big.
3. Helps You Budget
Moving into a new home or redesigning a room can often lead to fluid budgets. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to overspend without realizing it! Enlisting the help of an interior designer can be extremely beneficial in sticking to your original budget. It’s his or her job to make sure your room turns out beautiful on the budget that you’ve allocated.
4. Liaison
If you’re renovating several rooms in your house, an interior designer can act as a natural liaison between the other contractors. More than the other paid professionals who are working on your home, your designer will have an in-depth understanding of your style and your needs. A good interior designer will leverage their power to make sure the right decisions are made and that you, as the homeowner, come out the winner in the endeavor.
5. Opportunity for more resources
This goes hand in hand with the previous benefit. Designers often have access to an abundance of resources and opportunities for you to purchase items in your home for less money than retail value. Because they’re constantly purchasing items for the home, a good designer has forged deals with local or national retailers that she can use for your benefit! You won’t be able to make these deals on your own!
6. Contacts for other areas of home renovation/improvement
Working with a designer may spark you to renovate other rooms in your home. If you’re new to the area or unfamiliar with house renovations in general, you can utilize your designer’s connections in the industry. Tap your designer for her recommendations for builders, contractors, painters, electricians. Chances are, he or she will be able to offer you a list of reputable services in the area.
7. Tell your home’s story
When you find a great interior designer, you’ll spend a lot of time discussing your preferred style and its evolution. A designer will listen to this and begin crafting the narrative of your home. Perhaps she hears you speak of a love for the ocean. A good designer might gravitate towards cool blues and an aqua color scheme. Take advantage of this super power! The more you’re able to share with a designer on your likes and dislikes, the more successful she’ll be at creating a space that is uniquely yours.
8. Develop your style
Maybe you’re just starting out or you haven’t had the time or need to prioritize style in your home before? Here’s where a great designer will shine! She’ll provide dozens of resources and examples to help curate your style preferences. It’s not uncommon that people fall within six or seven different overarching styles. Your designer will be able to place your preferences within one of these niches.
9. Simplify your life
Hiring a professional to re-design your space will often lead to you paring down your existing belongings. It’s never a bad idea to simplify your life and  
10. Improve your Mood
Good design in a room can dramatically change your life! You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed. You’ll come home from work, greeted by a beautiful space. This can do wonders on your mental health.
11. Get the project done!
Far too often, ambitious homeowners will tackle a home improvement project only to leave it uncompleted. Working with a professional will help you finish a project in an efficient manner.
12. Refresh a space without renovating
Refreshing a space with new furnishings can do wonders for a room! You’ll avoid the costly renovation prices and still benefit from an entirely new and recharged area! Interior designers are experts when it comes to accessorizing a room and finding the right furnishings.
13. You’ll learn new skills
Working with a designer will introduce you to a new industry where you’ll learn the ins and outs of design. Ultimately, it will be your choice at how closely you’ll wish to work with your designer, but a good designer will welcome your questions and will educated you in the process.
14. You’ll save time
You’ll save countless hours by enlisting the help of a designer. Your designer will handle all of the tasks that take the longest to complete, like finding and purchasing your furnishings, assembling rooms, and adding or replacing the right accessories. While you’re at work, a designer will be hard at work to turn your house into your dream home.
15. You’ll develop an eye for detail
The hallmark of a good designer is his or her focus and attention on the small details of a room. Whether that’s finding the right rug to tie a room together, or choosing the right shade of white for your trim, you’ll learn the tenets and the power of focusing on the details.
16. You’ll want to host more!
After your room is completed, you won’t be able to hide the room away from the world! You’ll most likely find yourself wanting to host more parties, dinners, or holiday get-togethers. Hosting events can be a great way to celebrate the special events in your life and to prioritize time for your family and friends. Filling your house won’t bring you everlasting happiness, but seeing more of your loved ones certainly will!
17. Repurpose your old items
A decorator can help you see the potential in some of your items that have been kept in storage. While you may not be able to see the potential in these items, a designer will be able to guide you in finding new uses for these items. By repurposing your existing furniture, you’ll be able to save money or utilize your budget in better ways.
18. You’ll be saved costly mistakes
While you may be tempted to accessorize with the latest trends and colors, an accomplished designer will veer you in a better direction. Under her guidance, your house will be filled with furnishings and pieces that will last the test of time and trends.
19. You’ll be able to decorate with items that are safe and durable
A good designer will have a strong working knowledge of the products and brands that will offer you the most value long term.  Depending on the designer’s specialty, she will also be able to discuss the merits of choosing eco-friendly or organic products and furnishings.
20. You’ll be able to list your home for more
Finally, working with a designer will improve the value of your home. The right staging can attract more buyers that can result in a higher sale for you.  Don’t assume that prospective buyers will see the potential in your home. Make it easy for them and show off the best assets your house has to offer.