Design Book Review: The Magnolia Story

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The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines is an inspiring, easy read of a truly hard working couple who are comparable to rock stars in the Interior Design world.

Do you ever just want to watch a romantic comedy because you know it will make you feel good? Or more specifically, do you ever put on HGTV’s Fixer Upper just to watch the genuine compatibility of Chip and Joanna Gaines? We are all about the good feels and savored the story behind the success of Magnolia Home.

Visualizing Joanna’s descriptions of Waco, meeting Chip and starting their first retail shop, will come naturally if you've ever binged on Fixer Upper. Get ready to transport yourself back through 2008, a time of uncertainty for many, yet full of passion and prayers for Chip and Joanna.

They had endured a lot on their way to the top of the Interior Design world with plenty of unimaginable and hilarious bumps along the road. In this 184 page book, you’ll quickly read through their journey and start planning your trip to the Silos before you know it.

We are well aware that Chip and Joanna have retired their reality TV career, but also know that this was only one chapter in their life story. If you miss them already, their “theme park” home décor travel destination in Waco, TX should be added to your bucket list immediately. You can purchase curated pieces from Joanna herself at your local Target and shop online at the Magnolia Market.

Chip and Joanna are not going away any time soon, so pull up a cozy chair and get to know these two beautiful people through their book The Magnolia Story. You’ll be inspired to pursue your own passions, be kind to others along the way, and maybe even hire a professional to renovate your home or brave the project yourself! We find ourselves asking now, "what would Joanna do?"

Available at Bud Werner Library + Amazon

 

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Fall Vignettes for your #roombyrumor

The season of Fall is naturally inspiring for changes around the house. Such as weather proofing and switching out your wardrobe, changing up your vignettes is another priority in our book. In the world of interior design, a vignette is "a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects together". This arrangement should tell a story about you and your home, what you value or use daily.

We are always inspired to rearrange our spaces to accommodate the new mood of the season and compliment each vignette with a home fragrance that truly captures the story of our home. Below are some inspired vignettes with home decor and accessories you can take home today from the studio.

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This cozy vignette encapsulates Fall in Steamboat for any style of home. 1. The buffalo pillow provides a touch of Western flair complimented by 2. a more contemporary houndstooth patterned throw. When the temperature drops, all we want to do is grab a cozy throw and snuggle up to watch a movie or read a good book. 3. This gold grid tray adds even more of a modern feel to envelop this vignette when rearranging for Fall. 4. The Pumpkin Pomander LAFCO is the perfect fragrance to tie the entire experience together. It is a spicy mélange of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove, set atop a floral heart of heliotrope, muguet, and white pumpkin, with a mix of cinnamon, pumpkin and lily of the valley.

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1. These table top sculptures remind us of winter constellations like Orion and Gemini. When it's too brisk to star gaze outside, 2. wrap yourself up in this tassel throw and cozy up under your skylight or in a window seat. 3. The aroma of the new LAFCO Starry Night will put you in the mood to study the stars with its soothing winter aura that blends the scents of ginger and stardust magnolia, a mix of bergamot, stardust magnolia and quince.

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Bring the outdoors in with this rustic vignette and the smell of chestnuts roasting through the air. 1. The new LAFCO Golden Chestnut fragrance is a Holiday classic, warm chestnuts, hazelnut cream and vanilla sugar create a seasonal gourmand presence at the heart, with a mix of lemon zest, chestnut and sugar pine. 2. These jute baskets are perfect for storage of any kind and add a contemporary touch with the two toned design. 3. All of these elements play harmoniously with the natural flow of the kazu wood sculpture. Made from roots, 100% natural and hand assembled, it is an art piece made by Mother Nature herself and a statement all on its own.

Design Book Review: Styled

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves By: Emily Henderson

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You may know Emily Henderson from her win on HGTV Design Star - Season 5 or when she starred in her own show, Secrets from a Stylist. We know Emily from her daily stories and posts on Instagram at @em_henderson. She has a vibrant personality and eclectic approach to design that can be helpful to any set of style preferences.

The team at Rumor Designs is always on Instagram @rumordesigns. We post daily stories from the jobsite and curate content from our projects and musings on our feed. We also find and follow other designers that we admire and are inspired by, like Emily.

We love her daily styling tips and inspiration pics, so I decided to pick up a copy of her book at the local library. I enjoyed the fact that her book also makes a great styling prop, which she encourages using throughout your home to enhance any space.

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The book is great resource for getting your feet wet in the design world. It focuses primarily on the visual elements of design, arranging a living room or dining room and vignettes at your entry or on a bookshelf. Her intensive style quiz will point you in the right direction according to your results, however all of her “rules” and advice can be applied to a variety of tastes.

We have to agree on the many design “rules” she has spelled out and shares examples of through beautiful rooms and vignettes. Layering, balance and scale all play into the overall aesthetic of a space.  Her “rule of 3s” translates across any artistic medium with something vertical, horizontal and sculptural that ties everything together.

I am confident this book can be utilized in any home, for a fun snowy day project or when you tire of the current state of your home. Emily encourages the readers to work with the things they already own, pieces they love, and to get creative with artwork. At Rumor, this is the perfect guidebook for a styled photoshoot after completing one of our projects. We loved the book so much, we just purchased a copy for the studio.

Let us know what you think of the book, or if you have any recommendations for our next design read. 

 

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10 Things you can do after work today to prepare your home for Fall

As the seasons change, the utility of your home will change as well. Your home will turn into your retreat as the daylight dwindles earlier each day. You may not even notice a dramatic change in weather until winter, so Fall is great time to prepare for these needs.

The 10 Things below will inspire you to make small changes in this season of opportunity to ensure your home is cozy and welcoming for your family and guests.

1. Harvest your Garden

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photo via Julie Blanner

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photo via 100 Layer Cake

Hearty decorative produce is a great way to bring the outdoors inside in a way that feels organic and fresh. It’s time to harvest the squash and adorn your home with these fall fruits instead of the go-to summer citrus.

2. Plump your Pillows

Pull out the occasional pillows and reintroduce them to fresh air before the snow falls. Down filling can absorb moisture over time and flatten in shape. If they've been packed away for most of the year, you'll want to plump them back up with a few shakes, or even toss them in the dryer with a tennis ball for about 10 minutes. Your cozy cushions and pillows will provide enticing seating areas for any rainy day activity.

3. Relocate a Cozy Throw

That cozy blanket you've been staging in the guest room can become a game changer in the family room. Drape a throw over your ottoman, or layer it over the back of your sofa, which can change up the color scheme completely. For example, these two throws bring out the fall colors of this contemporary art creating a cozy, inviting space to watch holiday movies or read a classic novel.

4. Add a Toe Warmer

The "Toe Warmer" has been a signature style of Rumor Designs since our founding in 2008. Typically known as a "bed scarf" we've come up with our own name for this design hack to prioritize function over fashion. Fold over an extra blanket or patterned duvet at the end of your bed until needed as the temperature drops overnight.

5. Catalog Your Coffee Table Books

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photo via Pinterest

photo via Pinterest

photo via Pinterest

Rotate your cookbooks out of the kitchen and pull down your dusty classics from the library. Swap out your coffee table art and fashion books for more approachable reads that will provide warmth through the winter nights when nothing on Netflix will suffice.

6. Create Fall Feels with a Home Fragrance

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photo via Pinterest

Diffusers, essential oils and candles are a great way to bring mood enhancing scents into your home. LAFCO candles are our favorite option for a home fragrance that will burn 90 hours, made with natural essential oil-based fragrances. Add one of these scented candles into a catch all tray with a book of matches for autumn ambiance in a snap.

7. Stage your Mudroom

The entry way into your home sets the stage and tone for the rest of your evening. Set out your muck boots and umbrellas to prepare for mud season conditions while creating a Pinterest worthy vignette for Fall. You may even decide to walk the pup after dinner more often - rain, snow, or shine.

8. Create a Command Station

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photo via Trendir

The whole family is running around now that school is back in session, from winter sports club schedules and dance rehearsals, so it's important to remember that communication is key. Replace one or two pieces of artwork on your gallery wall with a chalkboard command station. If your household already has one, you can script autmn poems and tack up daily affirmations or incoming holiday cards.

9. Stock up on Brown Booze

Refresh your bar cart or wet bar with seasonal spirits and accompanying mixers for a fabulous fall cocktail at a moments notice. Brown booze goes a long way in the winter months, from hot toddy's and baking, to holiday parties and last minute gifts.

10. Keep your Greenery!

An olive branch or magnolia foliage can adapt to any seasonal decor- and florals don’t have to die out by winter. Keep them around and in every room, these greenery pieces and stems can single handedly refresh any space. Invest in faux florals that look and feel organic no matter the season.

If you're not ready for Fall by now, get in the mood with a few leaf peeping excursions. The aspens and ferns are already changing colors and they will be covered in snow before you know it!

Rumor Designer Home Tour

What does the interior of an interior designer's home look like? We are proud to be able to share the unique, inspired home of one of our own designers, Lindsey Jamison.

Her home has been featured in not one, but two national publications. Lindsey was living in Casper, WY and designing a range of client's homes, all the while renovating her own home with a little more hands on approach, also known as DIY.

At work, Lindsey styles rooms with high end furnishings and curated art pieces while at home she replicates those same design styles and inspirations on a budget. Lindsey adds color, creativity and playfulness to every project she is on, including her own home which she sold in 2016 when she moved her young family of five to Steamboat.

Come on in, look around and ask any questions! Photography by David Patterson.

The grid design behind the banquet was hand painted using a yardstick and pencil, then traced over with black paint.

A mix of vintage chairs surround a large dining table to seat six.

These two vintage chairs were revived after finding them next to a dumpster. Lindsey spray painted the legs to replicate a two toned dipped look.

A handy stencil, paint and patience helped transform this door into a portal for fun.

Lindsey used the same chandelier that was once hung over the dining room table. 

Lindsey and her husband Josh took on the challenge to tile a herringbone backsplash to create this light, clean look that makes this space fresh and inviting.

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Lindsey moved with her young family of five to Steamboat in 2016 and immediately joined the Rumor team. Lindsey fell in love with design while earning her degree in education from Missouri State University.

Her passions for design eventually lead her to obtain a degree from the Interior Design Institute. She enjoys working with textiles, incorporating pattern and color into each design, and loves to mix old with the new.

Lindsey was the co-owner of the interior design studio MASH in Casper, WY up until moving to Steamboat and also has her yoga teacher training certification. We are lucky to have such an experienced and inspired designer on our team.

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Summertime "To-Do" List in Steamboat Springs, CO

Designing homes in Steamboat Springs is a full time, year round job.  A lot of our clients are either new to town or second homeowners who visit Steamboat during the ski season and again in the summer. We feel lucky to live in a community that celebrates the summer season as much, if not more than the winter months. In the summer, there is only so much time to squeeze in all of the incredible activities and events going on right here in Steamboat Springs, CO.

You’ve seen our jam packed Chamber Calendar and you’ve read plenty of lists titled “What to do in Steamboat Springs” but you still can’t decide on an activity for the weekend. Maybe there are too many choices, yes it's possible. As designers, it’s our job to hone in on the best options and ensure you're well equipped to make a selection. Here you have it, a “to-do” list designed just for you - so that you maximize your time here and enjoy what we feel is the best of summertime in Steamboat.

Arts & Entertainment

At Rumor we are advocates of arts & culture, we appreciate all of the diversity these events and performances bring to our community.

When such events are set on a stage combined with the natural beauty of our outdoors, the level of enjoyment is amplified. Here is our top list of things to do for Arts & Entertainment:

 

 

 

 

Free Summer Concert Series – this gem is on the top of our list for things to do in Steamboat, period. On concert days, we close the studio early and head over with the whole team. The series brings in nationally recognized artists to Howelsen Hill Amphitheater and crowds of local families lay out blankets and camp chairs to relax and enjoy the music.

Movies on the Mountain – another fun, free event at the base of the mountain. Enjoy family friendly movies and snuggle up with your own picnic for a great date night.

 

 

Music on the Green - this free concert series is held every Thursday from mid-June through mid-August. The concerts start at 12:15 p.m. and are about 45 minutes. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and enjoy the Colorado sunshine.

 

 

Balloon Rodeo & Glow – held in early July each summer, this weekend event is a must see. The vibrant hot air balloons against the summer skies during the day or night events create an incredible photography opportunity and memorable visual.

 

 

Festivals & Events

There is a festival or event going on almost every weekend for every type of interest. From the Mustang Rally to the Rodeo, you’d need to be in five places at once to do it all. We’ve come up with a list by month and selected our favorite events throguh the summer below:

June

Steamboat Marathon and Half Marathon

- is the best way to kick off summer. Run alongside the roaring Elk River through the emerald green pastures on Country Road 129 with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Colorado all around and find out why the Steamboat Marathon was ranked as one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America.”

July

Kitchen & Garden Tour

- is a designer favorite of course. This is a self-guided tour inside Steamboat’s loveliest kitchens and gardens. Presented by String Music Festival where you'll start your morning with live music and a continental breakfast before heading to homes around Steamboat. VIP tickets include transportation with a Master Gardener, door-to-door service and a gourmet luncheon.

August

Steamboat Wine Festival

– not your average wine tasting festival, this annual event breaks off into many activities throughout the day. Choose from events that incorporate the Steamboat outdoors such as hiking and biking, as well as painting, farm to table pairings, and much more.

 

 

September

Literary Sojourn

- is an annual event in Steamboat that sells out within minutes of going online. An esteemed slate of authors and book lovers from all over the country gather for a presentation by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books held at String Music Festival.

 

Shopping & Drinking

These things go hand in hand, don’t they? Both can be relaxing or exhilerating and the design team certainly appreciates a good sale and happy hour. This list combines the best of shopping and drinking options.

Farmer’s Market

– we love strolling the market each week for fresh produce and handcrafted goods. The market runs each Saturday from 9am-2pm from June through September.

This is a great place to stop for morning coffee and a pastry, or lunch and live music.

 

 

Sunset Happy Hour

– after a day of shopping, take a relaxing ride up the gondola to incredible sunset views from Thunderhead Lodge. Bring your season ski pass and you ride for free, otherwise $15. This weekly event is held mid-July through September, featuring live music and sunset selfie moments.

Art in the Park

– a weekend filled with unique vendors and artists from the surrounding areas who showcase their artwork, sculptures and other handicrafts. This is a great shopping event to source artwork for your Steamboat home.

 

 

Steamboat Breweries

– Check out a couple of our favorite breweries for our recommended brews:

o   Butcherknife – Rob’s Blond or Buzzcock

o   Storm Peak – Mad Creek or JOON Kombucha brewed in Fort Collins

o   Mountain Tap – Passion Pedal or Mountain Macaroon

 

Relaxing Activities on the Water

We may not be located oceanside, but the surrounding river, lakes and hot springs could be considered comparable in our minds. There are plenty of activities to do on or near the water.

Yampa River Botanic Park

- had to fit on our list somewhere! This relaxing waterside activity is free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Stroll the gardens and find a patch of shade to share a picnic.

For more information about Yampa River Botanic Park, visit their website: www.yampariverbotanicpark.com

 

Paddle Boarding

– one of our favorite water sports! Rent or purchase your own Paddle Board, supplied and made locally. Paddle down the Yampa or enjoy a more leisurely outing at Fetcher’s Pond or the surrounding lakes in Stagecoach or Steamboat Lake.

Rent: Paddleboard Adventure Company

Buy: Hala Gear

Hot Springs

– venture out to Strawberry Park for a relaxing soak or stay close to town at Old Town Hot Springs – fully equipped with waterslides, lounging decks and BBQ grills.

We also enjoy an early morning workout or group fitness class at the fitness center inside.

Tubing the Yampa River

– relax on a mostly lazy river cruise through town in the comfort of an inflatable tube, available to rent and includes a shuttle service.

This is one of our favorite summertime activities to cool off and spend time with friends. 

For more information on tube rentals - visit the Backdoor Sports website: www.backdoorsports.com

 

Hiking & Biking

We enjoy an early morning hike with our four-legged friends and then hit the trails on two wheels. Electric, Mountain or Road Bike – there are so many ways to enjoy the surrounding hiking and biking trails.

Core Trail – the easiest path from one side of town to the other. Rent a Pedego Electric Bike and cruise with ease along the path or to the base of the other scenic trails.

Points of Interest and Activities Accessible from the Trail

 

Fish Creek Falls – a gorgeous destination to view the falls or hike even further to Long Lake, about a 13 mile trek round-trip.

Spring Creek – an easy trail for hikers and bikers with generous patches of shade and well maintained terrain.

Steamboat Bike Park – offers a variety of experience levels from easy to extreme with the option to downhill only after loading the gondola. Hikers enjoy the feat of climbing to Thunderhead or Four Points, 9.716 ft. above sea level. Bring lots of water for yourself and your pup.

Emerald Mountain – a great trail to hike with the pups, or bike on trails ranging from easy to difficult.

Other Mentionable to-do’s:

Chief Theater

– this venue was built in 1926 and is continues to entertain the community from locally organized performances, to outsourced musicians and entertainers from around the country.

Rumor Designs is a proud supporter of The Chief Theater and our lead designer Valerie also serves on the board for this non-profit organization.

The Rumor Team also performed last winter at the Annual Lip Sync/Air Band Fundraiser.

For Information about the Chief Theater and Events Schedule, visit their website: www.chieftheater.com

 

Strings Music Festival

- presents performances of classical music, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass, world rhythms and many other genres every summer providing the perfect date night outing.

Rumor Designs is a proud supporter of Strings Music Festival, find us in the annual program.

Steamboat Movement Festival

– held during the same weekend as Wine Fest, this is transformative four-day experience of Consciously Connecting through movement, music, and the great outdoors, while showcasing Steamboat’s talented community of movement teachers, speakers, musicians, and artists.

Yampa River Festival

– held during the first week of June, this event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. The weekend kicks off with the Fish Creek race Friday evening. Saturday events are at Charlie's Hole at 13th Street with downriver races, freestyle competitions, the SUP Cup, crazy river dog contest, tubing and raft races and more. A slalom race wraps up the weekend on Sunday.

We hope you are able to utilize this curated list of activities that should keep you busy for the entire summer. Let us know if we missed your favorite or you've found a new gem not mentioned here. Thanks for reading and sharing!

Mother's Day for the Steamboat Mom

Mud Season Exodus

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­The Steamboat Mom is unlike any other woman in town. She has more hats in her closet than anyone can imagine. From her active lifestyle to her practical taste, she exudes confidence even when life throws her a curve ball. She manages to be an active member in the community, and a role model for her children. She leads by example in everything she does, from what she eats and feeds her family to how she balances her work, family and social life. And like all moms around the world, she has an innate ability to make a house feel like home.

We can appreciate the talent mothers possess for setting this mood as home decor is our specialty. Clearly this feeling goes beyond decor and no matter what home looks like to you, the feeling of home is undeniable. We have a few ideas of ways to show your appreciation for Mom and the home she has built for her family. These items were selected with the Steamboat Mom in mind, to compliment and enhance her home.

 

4. Selenite Stone to match Mom's Magnetic Energy. 5. Upgrade Mom's Tablescape with This Stylish Server Set. 6. Ski House aromatics for the Steamboat Home.

Moms should be celebrated everyday, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we are happy to have this designated time to say “Thank You!” Thank you for everything you have done for us. Although everyday isn’t perfect through the eyes of a mother and the house isn't always HGTV ready, the memories we keep as children are truly special moments in life.

Transformation Tuesday: Bear Claw

Location, location, location. That was pretty much all this slope side condo had to offer. We gutted the entire space and re-imagined what could be. The design is contemporary sleek from real hardwood floors to faux steel beams which all help to achieve this look and feel of slope-side chic.

A few of our favorite amenities include the automated wet bar, located to the right of the kitchen in the dining room area. The bar is controlled by remote to lower a top shelf selection of liquor. We love the additional master bedroom fireplace and the 3Form privacy panel and custom closet in the Jr. Master Bath. You would never know you were inside one of the oldest condominium buildings in Steamboat Springs.

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Kitchen After: Wet Bar Addition

Kitchen After: Wet Bar Addition

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Bathroom After: Built in closest system with 3form privacy panel   For more photos from this project, click below:

Bathroom After: Built in closest system with 3form privacy panel

 

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DIY: Terrarium

Spring Terrarium - inspiration for an off-season activity.

In Steamboat Springs, our off seasons are affectionately referred to as “Mud Season”. It’s a quiet time of year where the busy wave of tourism has died down and locals either vacate for greener, drier grass or withstand the gray skies and muddy patches to enjoy the silence. In this silence, interior designers also enjoy the change of pace. We actually do Spring Clean our office and homes, and revamp for the upcoming busy summer of home and garden.

In celebration of Mud Season, we encourage you to play in the mud! Or just a small amount of it, by designing and building your own terrarium. We love these DIY terrariums because you can nurture a small ecosystem with a sense of accomplishment and enjoy it for the beauty that is simplistic, natural décor. For the little ones, this off-season activity can be extremely fulfilling and a fun learning experience for the whole family.

If your mud season includes a passport to Mexico, try this simple recipe for a modern terrarium that requires no watering. While you're soaking up the sun and fun, this zero maintenance terrarium will be waiting for you back in Steamboat!

Modern Terrarium Recipe:

$5 - white pebbles             +

$20 - ball candle                +

$35-90 Terrarium

Fear of Decorating + Tips to Overcome It

This client used our last tip to achieve the result above.

This client used our last tip to achieve the result above.

Believe it or not, there are some people in this world who have a fear of decorating! We believe this stems from a place where most fears are rooted, in change. It's not uncommon to fear change especially in your private, personal space. You've kept up this "look" for a long time, you're not about to change it all on a whim. We get it, change is hard for everyone, however, as we evolve, our homes should too. We are here to help with a few tips and steps you can take now to clear the clutter, streamline your style and finally overcome your fear of decorating.

You might have gathered, it is our job and passion to assist homeowners in decorating and re-decorating their homes. For those who find terror in the task, our design team jumps at the opportunity to ease this seemingly life-changing transition. We advise our clients to fear not, as we are here to help. If hiring a professional isn’t number one on your list, here are some other easy, low cost options to overcome a fear of decorating:

  • Start with a blank slate. Your space is piled with books and nick-knacks and sure it's "tidy" enough but how do you really know what you're working with? If you haven't read Marie Kondo's "The Art of Tidying up" we'll give you the cliffs notes: go through every single shelf, drawer and corner of the room and ask yourself if these items truly bring you joy. If they do, put them in a box labeled "Home Decor" that you'll use later to accessorize your new space. If they don't, donate, gift or toss!
  • Create an old school vision board. Tear out pages from magazines and place sticky notes on what you love; specific color schemes, furniture styles, patterns, accessories, and architectural details. 
  • Get a Houzz account! Inspiration is at your fingertips with Houzz, Pinterest and endless free online resources. Save your pictures in galleries labeled by room and take the time to write meaningful captions on why you pinned the photo you’re saving. These freebie apps and websites can help reveal what style suits you best. Before you know it, you’re a “mid-century modern” maniac or a “shabby chic” shoo-in!
  • Start small with color. Ready to take the next step? You’ve pinned a wall color you love but are scared to use it. Consider using a piece of art you love, small accessories, or accent pillows in this specific color. These are all small ways to bring in color without making a drastic change or breaking the budget. Leave these color accents in the room for a few days to help ease the visual transition. Also, remember paint is paint, try it. If you don’t like it after a few days, paint over it!
  • Break out your "Home Decor" Box. When you're ready to accessorize, use those items that you love and are meaningful to you such as artifacts, family heirlooms, children’s art, or items from travels. If you use what you love and what inspires you, there is no fear in that!
  • Just do it. If you have a decorating idea but you’re unsure, just go for it! You will never know until you try it, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work, but it could be a grand idea and before your know it, you’re pretty good at this whole decorating thing.
  • Hire a designer. Yes that's where we come in! “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur”. Check references in your local area on Houzz.com or work with an i-designer and meet via FaceTime to save time and money in your design contract.

We've been called decorators, magicians, therapists and hand-holders - we're also pretty fearless when it comes to home decor. Sometimes you have to jump in with both feet.