Aug 01, 2018
4 ways to refresh your living room
Have you ever walked into your living room only to find yourself feeling unsatisfied by the setup that you’ve had for years? Perhaps the lighting is off, the color scheme doesn’t seem right or the entire furniture arrangement is bothering you. Maybe you’ve been feeling this way for a while, or you simply want to make a few adjustments before the season change. Regardless of your reasoning, remember this: The smallest changes can have the biggest impact on the overall atmosphere in your home.
Here are a few ways to refresh your living room design scheme:
1. Improve your lighting
The atmosphere can make or break how comfortable you and your guests are in your living room, an area of the home that’s supposed to welcome everyone with open arms. If the mood seems dim and grim, you may consider updating your lighting arrangement. A new, modern geometric lighting fixture that uses abstract shape and design can light up the room while giving your space a hint of personality. Adding different lighting fixtures to your living room is the easiest form of a pick-me-up, and it takes such little effort.
2. Change your window treatments
If your current lighting arrangement seems fine, but you want to play around with natural lighting instead, reconsider your window treatments. The right design will let the sunshine flow in throughout the day, allowing the mood in the living room to evolve depending on the time. Plus, there’s something so bold about dressing your windows in new treatments. While it may seem a small adjustment, the tone of the space can change completely based on the style, texture, hue and shape you choose.
3. Exchange your accessories
Take a look around the living room. Do you have enough accessories to complement the color scheme and overall feel of the space? Are you lacking expression, or do you simply need to rearrange your current accessories because they seem outdated? Swapping out old accessories for new ones can be the perfect dose of change in your living room. Try adding a decorative tray to your coffee table and fill it with a few candles, vases, flowers and coasters.
4. Add a new area rug
One element that can completely transform your space and bring the room together is an area rug. This is a simple and cost-friendly way to change things up without going overboard. What’s best is how easy it is to exchange one rug for a new one if you outgrow the color, texture or pattern in the design. Plus, you can move it from room to room when you’re ready to change things up again.
Sometimes, making even the smallest adjustments can seem overwhelming if you’re not experienced. To ensure a seamless transition between living room design schemes, contact us! We will come to your home for a free consultation to assess the space and discuss some of the ideas you have. From there, you’ll receive advice and assistance to transform your living room with only a few adjustments.
Jul 01, 2018
6 refreshing details for the guest room
Having the space to accommodate guests is so satisfying. Not only does it allow you to help friends and family feel more comfortable while visiting, it also gives you the opportunity to design and spruce up another room in your home. Making even the smallest adjustments to the guest room can completely transform the space and keep your visitors from ever wanting to leave!
While the idea of refreshing this room can sound intimidating and overwhelming, it certainly doesn’t have to be. With a few ideas and assistance from a personal decorator, you can make your guest room more cozy and inviting than ever. Here are six details you should revamp in your guest room before your visitors make their next trip to town:
Natural lighting has a way of making a room more calm and serene during the daytime – the ideal atmosphere when you’re accommodating guests for days at a time. Reconsider your current selection of window treatments for something with more flow that invites the natural light in with ease.
Modern lighting fixtures can elevate a room almost instantly, so you may consider this adjustment for the guest space as well.
Does the bedding arrangement in the guestroom have a headboard? If not, now’s the time to reconsider. A headboard makes an appealing feature in a bedroom, offering personality and style. Take things up a notch and invest in a piece that’s functional as well – a headboard with a top shelf can save you space along the bed, a detail that’s ideal for smaller guestrooms.
Bedroom with gray,white and silver color scheme.Consider adding lounge furniture to the room to accommodate guests during the day.
3. Ample blankets and pillows
It’s natural for guests to feel less comfortable when they’re not sleeping in their own beds, so try to make the bedding as cozy and inviting as possible. Offer ample blankets and pillows so that your visitors can adjust the bed based on their personal comfort level.
4. Lounge furniture
If the space in your guestroom allows it, consider adding more furniture than the bed. A stylish lounge chair can accommodate guests during the daytime when they want to relax, and it adds a hint of flare to the space, elevating the room to the likes of a modern day hotel.
5. Accent decor
The walls, floors and hard surfaces of the guest room shouldn’t be ignored – bareness can make your guests feel less comfortable during their stay. Add accent decor throughout the space that complements the mood you want to achieve. A stylish area rug can help bring the room together and provide comfort to the feet of your guests. Wall art and table-side accessories can brighten up the room and give your visitors something to talk about.
6. The finishing touches
Do you want to go the extra mile and impress your friends and family? Leave toiletries, snacks, beverages and other treats in a basket at the end of the bed to greet guests upon arrival. This makes the perfect finishing touch that’s bound to leave quite an impression.
If you’re already overwhelmed by the thought of refreshing your guest room, take a deep breath and call a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate the space. From there, your design consultant will go over your ideas and offer insight based on the theme and decor you’re interested in.
Jun 01, 2018
How to use natural textures throughout your space
There’s something so inviting about using natural textures throughout your home in decor and design. Using elements like wood, stone, clay, mud and other materials inspired by the environment can liven up any room.
Bringing the outside in is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your house, no matter what time of year it is. Here are a few ways to use natural textures throughout your space:
Stone countertops bring the colors, veins and speckles of the earth’s minerals to life. Consider placing them in the kitchen, bathroom or both.This is a simple yet subtle way to incorporate earthen beauty into your home design.
Distressed wood furniture
Wooden accents in the form of living or dining room furniture make for a rustic yet elegant statement throughout the house. It’s a more rugged take on traditional style that embraces the outdoors for all its worth. Try a farmhouse table in the kitchen, dining area or entryway of your home.
Leather – a timeless texture that turns any room into a chic and sophisticated space. Leather sofas and chairs can add a fun and traditional yet timeless touch to your living areas. Place a leather lounge chair in your office or entryway as an endearing statement piece.
Marble home decor is trendier than ever, and it stands as a great way to embrace natural textures throughout your space. Whether you’re in love with marble coffee tables and desks, or you’d rather take advantage of bowls, lamps, candle holders and other accessories, there are dozens of ways to utilize this material. Even plates, cutting boards and flatware with marbleized design make a sophisticated statement in the kitchen.
Greenery was all the rage in 2017, but we believe the trend of decorating with natural foliage throughout your home will continue on. From fresh flower arrangements to winding vines and shrubbery, you can embrace the great outdoors year-round and play with different accents in various rooms. Fill pillar holders with candles wrapped in green sprigs – real or fake – for the perfect centerpiece. A mantle adorned with a small eucalyptus tree looks as captivating as its natural fragrance. Succulents are popular as ever, and they can be placed near any window in your home to create a modern and refreshing indoor garden. You can even go simple and place fresh flowers throughout the house. Your options are endless.
Place greenery in clay pots to maximize the use of natural textures in an efficient space. Clay is a beautiful option that can easily bring the outdoors into any room in your home in a subtle yet endearing way.
Are you ready to turn over a new leaf in home design, but you’re not quite sure where to get started? Call us! We can come to your home and provide a free consultation based on your ideas and the allotted space you have to work with. A personal decorator makes the perfect helping hand when you envision a room filled with natural textures, but can’t execute it on your own. We can help you turn all of your decor dreams into a reality.
May 01, 2018
How to Welcome Spring into Your Home
Spring is upon us, and beyond all of the time you'll spend outside, giving this lovely season the proper entrance into your living space is a must. As the temperature continues rising, you'll be more than delighted to welcome spring into your house with open arms. Here are a few simple ways to make that happen:
Take care of the spring cleaning
If you haven’t already taken care of this task, now’s the perfect time to put in some elbow grease and spring clean your home. Beyond general sanitizing, mopping, vacuuming and cleansing, take this opportunity to purge and reorganize. Get rid of all of the loose papers stacked up in the home office, donate the clothes that haven’t left your closet in a year and encourage your children to go through their belongings and get organized. This is a great time to consider investing in new shelving or a custom storage unit if you need help keeping things in place.
Bring the outdoors inside
The flowers are blossoming and the grass is getting greener outside, so why not bring that same liveliness indoors? Invest in new potted plants, flowers and indoor trees and spread them throughout your house. Indoor greenery is beneficial for the mind, body and soul, and it’s a great decor touch that can complete the style and atmosphere of your space!
Embrace bright colors
Winter was all about warmth, making rooms more cozy with deep, dark hues. Now’s the time to embrace change and bring brighter colors into your home. Pastel shades, such as millennial pink, lavender and robin’s egg blue are perfect for the season. You can spread them throughout your home in the form of tabletop accessories and accent decor.
Use lighter bedding
Gone are the days of getting in bed with a shiver thanks to the bitter temperatures of winter. This season, you won’t need the wool socks, heavy blankets and flannel sheets. Instead, take advantage of lighter bedding. Not only will it make your sleep more comfortable, but a new set of sheets, complemented by throw blankets and an upgraded comforter, is the perfect way to liven up the mood in your bedroom.
Let the natural light shine in
The days are getting longer; the springtime sun rises before you wake up and goes down long after dinner time. Take advantage of this natural lighting throughout your home by investing in sheers. This style of window treatment offers enough privacy without taking away from the natural beauty of the outdoors. Plus, it can help you save on electricity because you won’t have to turn on the lights until much later in the evening. Stylish, functional and efficient – what more could you ask for?
No matter how you decide to transform your home for spring, you might need a little help along the way. That’s when we come in handy. We will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your space and ideas and provide suggestions based on your conversation. We can ensure your spring decor ideas come to life.
Apr 01, 2018
Start Planning Your Patio Setup
Patio season is officially on the horizon! Now is the perfect time to start planning your indoor or outdoor patio space. Consider the following tips:
Come up with a patio purpose
What do you want to get out of your patio this year? Do you envision a cozy personal retreat or an entertainment space? Think about how you want to use your backyard and put your plans on paper – creating a blueprint, if you will. This gives you a great look at your project ideas before anything is set in stone.
Choose your focal point
If you’re having trouble coming up with a design theme or deciding how you’ll use your patio, pick a focal point and let the creative ideas flow from there. Think of it as the heart of your outdoor space. Perhaps it’s a lovely bird bath, potted plant or patio furniture. Choosing one beautiful statement piece might be all you need to get the creative juices flowing.
Decide how you'll arrange your furniture
Speaking of outdoor furniture, use your purpose blueprint to decide how you’ll arrange your patio pieces this spring. How you plan to use the outdoor space will determine how you place your outdoor furniture. If you’re expecting to entertain regularly, place pieces strategically for easy foot traffic. If you’ll be spending the majority of your time alone, you have more leeway when it comes to furniture arrangement.
Grab accessories in advance
Once you have a clear idea of the patio furniture and setup you’re going to choose, don’t hesitate to start grabbing accessories! Many of your favorite stores likely already have outdoor patio pieces on display, which means you don’t have to wait to start grabbing stuff. Give yourself some relief from the cabin fever and start looking for accessories and statement pieces that’ll complement your patio furniture, theme and setup.
Develop a cleaning schedule
Whether you’re using your patio as an entertaining space – for your friends, family or the kids – or it’s going to become your own personal oasis, you still need to keep it clean and tidy. Start thinking about which day of the week you’ll give the space a quick pick-up, and which day of the month you’ll dedicate to deep cleaning the area. This is also a good time to think about whether you’ll store the patio furniture inside or keep it outside while it rains.
If you want a second opinion on any of your ideas, just contact us! We will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your patio space and design ideas and offer some tips and tricks to create your backyard oasis with ease.
Mar 25, 2018
Home Expo in Woodbury!
Come to the Home Expo in Woodbury on March 25, 2018 - 10:00AM-5:00PM!
Visit my booth which will be focused on designing your outdoor spaces. I will be doing a 1/2 hour presentation at 2:00 PM on "Designing Outdoor Spaces". You will learn tips on how to design and furnish the "5th Room" in you home - the square feet on the outside! Join me for this fun session!
More information at http://www.mediamaxevents.com/woodbury-home-show-spring-2017/. Come free with one non-perishable food donation!
Mar 01, 2018
How Your Window Treatments Can Set The Mood
It's easy to dress your rooms in seasonal decor, color schemes and accessories, but will these moves help you fully achieve the right mood? Lighting plays a key role in channeling the atmosphere in any room, and choosing specific arrangements of shades and window treatments can make or break the vibe you're hoping to achieve. To fully encapsulate the right feel throughout your home, you may consider reaching out to us. With our help, plus the following suggestions, you can make the best window treatment transition based on your living arrangement.
The right fabric
For a warm and cozy feel, opt for heavy materials such as velvet or wool to bring warmth to your room, in the form of comfort and insulation. Plus, this option can offer total privacy in the morning, daytime and night if necessary. For a more light and airy feel, go with sheer drapery panels. This type of fabric was created to let an abundance of natural lighting in.
If your motives are purely aesthetic, find a bold set of window treatments in a beautiful warm shade to complement your current color scheme. This move will bring comfort to your space. For a more modern and simplistic look, select a neutral shade like ivory or gray.
No matter which texture and color your decide on for your window treatments, make sure you select a length that will follow your design style. Long treatments maximize elegance, while roman shades and top treatments are a more contemporary, simplistic approach.
With an abundance of different options on your mind, choosing the best window treatment can be difficult. If you need more direction or assistance, reach out to us. We will come over to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your windows and provide guidance on which window treatment type would work best based on your space and style.
Feb 01, 2018
Color Trends For 2018
2017 is a thing of the past, and with 2018 comes new beginnings, goals and aspirations. What better way to ring in the new year than with a vibrant color scheme in that room you've been meaning to update? Here are a few color trends to consider in your home for a bright new year:
Blush is a pink shade that's classy and sophisticated. Bring it into your living room in the form of a new lounge chair, and then pair it with neutral tones like olive and khaki.
Red has a way of brightening things up, and it can do so effortlessly and elegantly with an accent wall. Complement the shade with bold black accents throughout your space.
Soft, washed shades of green, pink and blue work in harmony and make the perfect trio for livening up a space.
A gold accent wall, partnered with a bold hue of your choice and dozens of gold accessories scattered throughout the room, makes a dramatic yet chic statement.
Contact us for help incorporating these design trends into your home this year!
Jan 01, 2018
Why Should I Own An Area Rug?
Have you ever finished decorating a room in your home and it still seems like something's missing? As if there's one final piece of decor that could potentially bring the room together, but you can't quite put your finger on it? Here's a hint: Look down. If your hardwood – or fully carpeted – floors seem dull or too exposed, perhaps an area rug is the finishing touch you need.
Not sure if the investment is worth it? Here are four reasons you should own an area rug:
To tie everything together
You can easily address that "something's missing" feeling you have after decorating your space by placing an area rug in the room. This piece of decor can tie the room together by bringing furniture ends to a common meeting point, and also by creating an overall cozy feeling in the atmosphere.
To add a new element of style
Does your room seem dull and lacking in style? With an area rug, you can make a statement where it matters most. If you're not interested in going big and bold with wall colors, furniture or lighting fixtures, make it happen with a colorful area rug. This piece of decor can help bring out your wild and creative side.
To bring comfort to the space
While hardwood floors are timeless when it comes to style, they can fall flat in the comfort department. An area rug can help make your guests feel more comfortable on a cold winter's day, and more relaxed when you want to spend the night in, curled up on the couch.
To make a change without going permanent
Perhaps you're looking for a simple way to make a big statement in your home without committing to any serious renovations. Investing in a fully carpeted living room may transform the space, but it's going to take a lot of time, effort and funds to achieve. By purchasing a stylish area rug instead, you can still make a statement in your home, but it won't cost you nearly as much. Additionally, it's not a permanent change – area rugs can be moved around a space, or even to a different room. Plus, you can take them with you if you move into a different home! All of these reasons make it a worthy, versatile investment in the long run.
While it may come across as a simple piece of decor, choosing the perfect area rug can be an intimidating venture. If you need help finding one that fits your space, get in touch with us. We will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate the room's size, style and atmosphere to provide area rug recommendations.
There's no need to stress about bringing your space together. We can help you complete any room in your home!
Oct 06, 2015
Business News for Decorating Den Interiors by JT, Inc.
FACE-LIFTING” Your Home for a Fresh New Look
Sprucing up your home can happen at any time of the year, but with Minnesota’s cold months and more hours spent indoors, now is a good time to make some changes. You can start with simple color changes, new accessories, sleek storage ideas, or new furniture or window treatments and breathe some new life into a tired old space!
Here are a few ideas guaranteed to “uplift” any tired room:
- Accumulation Elimination – Clear out the clutter! Would your home benefit from some closet or pantry organizers? Are your current storage spaces maximized? The key to storage is not only the ease of access, but the ease of returning items to their designated places - “A place for everything, and everything in its place”.
Create spaces to store things you don’t want to see every day. Versatile and adaptable storage units can be created with decorative woven or fabric baskets, shelving units with drawers and doors, pantry organizers, and storage ottomans to fit your home’s specific needs.
- Rearrange Your Artwork, Displayed Photos, & Collections –Change out your artwork for the season. You do not have to display all your artwork all the time! Put different pieces on your walls or your shelves throughout the year to create interest and a fresh look. Create a gallery wall of your family photos and special memory pieces. Centralize your collections into one space for a dramatic look.
- Refresh Your Accessories – Change out a lamp or even just the lamp shade. Add lighting to a dark corner. Add accent pillows in bright colors and patterns, coordinating fluffy throws, and colorful decorative vases to pull the colors of your room together. Maybe an interesting sculpture or some botanicals is needed to create a desired aura for your room. Would an area rug warm up the room and connect furniture into conversational areas?
- Start Your Own Decorating Notebook - If a whole new look is in the future for a room or rooms in your home, plan now! Save pictures of rooms you really like – what are your favorite things, preferred colors, style of décor. By including personalized notes in your Decorating Notebook, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time, but your design professional will be thrilled with the thought you’ve given to your project!
Your home should be your retreat where you can take refuge to seek clarity, relax, and do life with family and friends. As your neighborhood designer, I am happy to help you with a “facelift” or a full redesign of your spaces to help you retreat in your home!
Article featured in the Woodbury Bulletin - Local Focus - October 2015:
Holiday Décor Ideas for Every Home
By Julie Disselkamp, Interior Designer/Decorator
Decorating Den Interiors by JT, Inc.
It is my pleasure to serve the areas of Woodbury and Cottage Grove as your neighborhood designer and decorator. I have lived in Minnesota for three years, an “implant” from Sioux Falls, SD, and have been a designer and decorator all of my life while I served many years as an educator. I want this article to get you thinking about Holiday décor. The holidays will be here before we know it, so start your engines!
As a child, I couldn’t wait to bring out the boxes of ornaments and decorative things that would fill the house with seasonal joy. Fondly, I remember the shiny tinsel as we tediously added one string at a time to the aromatic tree. Arranging tabletops and displays with traditional trimmings was so fun to do with my mom and sisters. Preparing for holiday gatherings is half of the fun as we create lifelong memories for the people most important to us.
Festive Fruits, Vegetables, & Nuts
Put “green” in your holiday decorating by using nature’s bounty decoratively! Adding cloves to oranges, lemons, and limes will create a beautiful and fragrant pomander. Stack colorful fruit like limes, lemons, and oranges in a tall glass hurricane to make an impressive statement. Display gold and silver spray-painted walnuts in the shell and gourds in a decorative basket. Fill a large crystal bowl with red and green apples, sprinkled with cranberry twigs. Make a basket or wreath arrangement filled with pine cones, evergreen sprigs, cinnamon sticks, nuts, limes, and lemons. Your local grocery store can provide you many essentials for the accents you need.
Chic Table Tops
Setting a beautiful table can set the mood for all your holiday entertaining. Decorate your wine glasses with bows or miniature bulbs, place gold tassels around your napkins, and add garland, holly, or metallic ribbon to your chandeliers. If miniature pumpkins are included in your table décor, they can also accent a dinner setting if the top and center of the pumpkin is carved out and used as mini-vases for appropriately scaled flowers. Or, you can make the opening large enough to accommodate votive candles. For Christmas, the same concept works equally well with artichokes. When you use coordinating shades of chargers under you china, you’ll add a dramatic finish. Pull it all together with a table runner that ties the color theme together.
Glowing Candles Everywhere
If one pair of candlesticks on your fireplace mantle is good, then collections are even better! If you collect crystal, for example, pull together a grouping in all sizes and shapes, old and new. Add candles of varying heights and use glass beads or small hobby store stones to hold them in place. Nothing softens a room more than the soft glow of candlelight. From tall and tapered to short and stout, candles set a celebratory tone. As the seasons change, just change the colors of candles! Do not be afraid to mix and match the style of your candles. An eclectic collection invariably says something about your personal style making your decorating scheme more memorable.
Mirrors, silver and gold ornaments, picture frames, decorative boxes, and candles make your rooms shine. Mixing metals is stunning and adds visual interest. Nothing says “Holidays” like the twinkle of hundreds of tiny lights in any number of colors to match your color theme. Whether they are added to small or large plants or draped inside silver or gold netting or garland wrapped around your staircase or outlining your doorway, adding sparkly items will always accentuate you holiday décor.
Home Consultations Are Complimentary
Do you have a home decorating project ready to be launched? Call and schedule a complimentary home consultation for all of your decorating and design needs. I can take the risk out of decorating on your own. Working with your lifestyle, taste, and unique home design, Decorating Den Interiors is ready to take you from the idea stage all the way to the delivery and installation. No project is too big or too small!