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!