4 Steps to Becoming More Organized

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January is National Get Organized Month and we’re getting involved. Sure we’re designers; we’re organized – by color as a matter of fact! However, even the best of us need to back away from the scene of the crime and assess the situation. Truth, we’ve been working within the same space plan for the past three years, we are well overdue for a re-design.

Executed effectively, getting organized can help you keep on track with all of those big resolutions you made. Maybe getting organized was one of those resolutions - either way,

An organized life helps ease the stress of other obstacles you’ll encounter throughout the year.

And just to be clear, we’re not talking about being tidy. We’re talking about being organized, which is substantially different. Being organized is arranging items of similar category or subject matter in the same areas. Being tidy is just one step further, and we’d like to save that for another month. Being tidy is narrowing down those items to only the things you must have, those items that speak to you and in the words of Marie Kondo “spark joy.”

It’s in our name to re-design and with that comes serious organization tactics. So how will we take on the challenge of National Get Organized Month? We are taking ourselves on as the first design client of 2019! All hands on deck, brainstorming in progress, “wait till you see what Rumor did,” kind of design work. Ok, we won’t oversell it, but our step-by-step design process can help even the most disorganized, chaotic personality types.

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  • First things first, consider these variables: What is the space used for, who will use this space and how do you want to feel in this space? Other considerations, where do you feel most inspired, happy, at peace? How you can implement your feelings from that place into your own space?

  • Secondly, sharpen your pencil, use crayons if you must and draw out the shape of the room. Drop in the essentials of your space, in our case – we’re working with desks, meeting tables and display cabinetry, the big items. Also, keeping in mind dimensions and precise measurements. Here’s a great tutorial for “How To Draw A Simple Room Layout”.

  • Thirdly, if possible, take everything out of the space – especially those big pieces of furniture that can prevent you from achieving your desired flow. Option to move everything to one side of the room while you work on the other, it’s flexible.

  • Lastly, put the pieces back together while you nudge, fluff, and mess with it a few more times. These first and last steps require the most thought, attention to detail and will require more time within the process. Be prepared for this mental excerise and further, the physical requirements of the project. Do you need to hire help? Maybe save it for a weekend when there are more hands to help around the house. If possible, complete the installation in one afternoon. Take your time with the rest if you need to purchase specific items to fill in new spaces, or storage solutions.

This fresh perspective of your space will inspire you to organize even more parts of your life and start the new year off right. As far as our space goes, we're spending extra time on Steps 1 & 2 and will be executing Steps 3 & 4 come February. Stay tuned!

Improve Your Mood + Sleep in the Bedroom

There are many factors that go into getting a good night’s sleep, and for a lot of people, it’s still a big mystery. With some basic math, you’ll realize that you spend about one-third of your life sleeping. We think that’s a pretty significant amount to take stock of, so how can we help?

Our solutions stem from the function of your space and the design aesthetic of your surroundings. Ultimately this space affects your day-to-day mood, and in turn affects the quality of your sleep. Does your bedroom function in a way that provides you with optimal sleeping conditions? Good news, there are a few key pieces below that you can get to work on today!

Imagine - your bare feet on a soft, warm rug. Your eyes adjust, restful in the ambient light, the smell of fresh cotton sheets invite you in, and the sound of this quiet space allows you to finally relax.

If you’re ready to explore this type of environment, let’s start from the floor up.

On a hard surfaced floor like wood or tile, we suggest a large area rug that spans the border of your bed. Carpeting can be left alone or enhanced with a fun textured rug. Choose a low pile made of soft quality textiles and a pattern or color that physically brings a smile to your lips. You’ll look down at this rug twice a day, when you slip in and out of bed.

Furniture

Furniture in this space is all about function, so please remove any chunky, creaking, sticky drawer armoire you might still be holding on to. We want to keep this space clutter free with space saving solutions and reliable, curated pieces.

A sturdy bed frame with a headboard will serve as a backboard for reading and prevent any stains or dents on your accent wall. A slim bench at the toe-end of your bed will provide a sitting area to take off your shoes or store extra blankets for cold winter nights. If your space allows for a reading nook, use these four pieces to create a serene oasis - a cozy chair with ottoman, a floor lamp for task lighting, and a side table for your book, hot tea and/or a small vase with flowers – items that make you happy!

Closets

Your closet can be so much more than a rod hanging across an eight-foot opening. A personalized closet system keeps you organized and ultimately minimalist, prioritizing space for things you love. Shelving, drawers, hang bars, jewelry trays, pant hangars, tie and belt racks, are all helpful tools to simplify your routine and improve your overall mood morning and night.

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Color

Color can absolutely affect your mood and your sleep, so we will typically play it safe here with a calming, neutral tone of white or gray paint. Accent colors or wallpaper can be placed on one wall at the headboard that will add to the aesthetic but not detract from your line of sight while lying in bed. You can play around with textured papers and woods as long as there is not too much movement, patterns or variations in color.

Color variation between the walls and your furnishings should compliment each other. Complimenting colors can be found on opposite sides of a color wheel, and pop more effectively on a neutral pallet. If your walls are a soft gray with a wooded accent wall, use a dark navy headboard to enhance a rich, luxurious feel. If you’re going for something more casual and bright, try black and white with pops of orange, yellow or pinks. The combinations are endless, but balance is key!

Lighting

A successfully designed room will include three types of lighting, ambient, task and statement. Can you identify each in your current space?

  • Ambient lighting is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare such as can lights, strategically placed within the ceiling.
  • Task lighting is for specific activities like late night reading with bedside sconces, which will ease strain in your eyes and your sleep.
  • Statement lighting can add to the room on its own, or in a small space, be a combination of ambient or task lighting within a chandelier or floor lamp. This type of lighting is like tasteful jewelry, which should enhance the overall aesthetic, and not take away or distract.

We won’t leave out shades and window treatments in this category as they serve to block or allow in natural lighting, something extremely coveted in the bedroom. Keep these items light in material and color to minimize heat absorption and maximize an open feel.

You Can Do It!

Believe it or not, these simple checklist items can improve your mood and your sleep overnight! Or within a few nights if you take these tasks one by one. If you need more help with your bedroom makeover, overhaul – you know who to call!

3 Easy Decor Tricks for Renters

If you’re renting, more than likely you are not able to achieve all of your HGTV décor dreams. Landlords typically don’t appreciate any significant modifications without them knowing, and why spend your own money on a rented space?

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t live in a beautiful surrounding that inspires you daily. As we transition into a new season, we love to refresh our spaces. Use these three tricks to maximize your style this summer, rented or owned.  

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1. Lean your artwork against the wall without spending too much time hanging it precisely and patching it up afterwards. This method allows you to layer various sized pieces on any dresser, console or mantle.

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2. Layer your area rugs. This will add texture to the floors, warmth and cover up potentially unpleasant flooring. Pair mismatched shapes and sizes, patterns and colors to create a wow factor.

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3. DIY furniture. If you’re really itching to decorate more of your space, use a few found furniture pieces to refinish or paint. You can always take these pieces with you or sell them if you move.

These chairs were salvaged on their way to the dumpster. The legs were painted black with a gold dipped look. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on this fairly simple diy project.

Let us know what design projects you have in the works, stop by the studio for inspiration or advice Monday-Friday 10-5pm.

Currently Obsessed: Seeking Summer

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1. Phases of the Moon - Home Decor Charm. We are always amazed and inspired by celestial mechanics and how it affects the world around us. This charm is a subtle way to embrace the lunar calendar and invite a little magnetism into your daily life. 

Find this charm on TheCitzenry.com or DIY with this easy tutorial

2. Wire Geo Planter. Put your plants on a pedestal this summer! These outdoor planters are a great way to make a statement on the patio or even a small entry porch. A touch of green can go a long way especially in these short summer months.

Find these planters on Hayneedle.com and more pedestal planters on WestElm.com

3. LED Sound Lantern. We hope that you have a birthday coming up this summer, and make sure to put this on your wishlist. This LED Sound Lantern creates perfect moments with audible and visual ambience while camping, BBQing, or just relaxing.

Find this lantern and other outdoor lighting options at Lumens.com

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4. Sunbrella Mud Cloth Pillows. If you didn't know, Sunbrella = Outdoors! This magical fabric is all-weather, high-performance with a hand feel like no other. We love the mud cloth prints in black, white and indigo that will up the ambiance in any setting.

Find these Sunbrella Pillows in Mud Cloth and More Prints at RestorationHardware.com

5. Rosé Cider. Yep - we rosé-ed all day last summer, but in the spirit of trying new things in 2018, we are ready to embrace a new drink of the summer - even if it’s same same.  You can find Rosé Ciders at craft breweries, the local liquor store and even online!

Find your favorite ciders locally or online at TotalWine.com

6. Not Just an Outdoor Rug. Indoor/Outdoor and reversible?! We love this simple modern design that will last through the seasons. Handwoven in India and made from recycled water bottles - plus tassel fringe ends for an extra chic touch.

Find this amazing outdoor rug at WorldMarket.com

Hashtag Blessed

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There are so many things to be thankful for when you work as a creative team, serving clients who love this town and the Steamboat way of life. We appreciate this time of year when we can express our gratitude and share how truly #blessed we are to live and play in this beautiful place.

The holiday season can be a stressful time of year, with friends and family coming into town and so much activity going on. We notice this in the interior design world as deadlines approach and every last sub is booked and overworked. Yes, we take on a lot of stress as well managing back-ordered furniture, recovering from shipping accidents and pressing on to make sure our clients have a place to call home on Christmas Day.

Most days we find time to laugh and share stories and then immediately get back to work. However, in the hustle and bustle of our busy days it’s just enough to keep us sane. We must remember the reasons we do what we do and the sense of accomplishment and pride we take in each of our projects.

Here are 5 things we are thankful for:

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The Rumor Team: Cameron, Vicky, Lauren, Cassie, Valerie, Deb, Lindsey, Leslie (missing: Bruce, Sierra) at the Best of the Boat 2017 Annual Awards Show

growing the team:

At the beginning of November we brought on two incredible humans to the team, Lauren and Cameron. They are superstars who specialize in order management and warehouse organization. This means that every item we select gets placed, tracked, received and stocked with extra care and supervision. Now our designers are able to focus in their creative work and spend more QT with our clients.

Best of the Boat 2017:

On November 10th we attended the annual Best of the Boat Awards and were so honored to be announced First Place – Best Interior Designer. It was great to hang out as a team outside of the studio and celebrate our win. We are honored to have been recognized for our work and know that our community appreciates our talented team.

Closed for Thanksgiving:

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, the day after. We are so thankful to take some time for ourselves, to enjoy our own homes and spend time with our families. Thank you Steamboat and our clients for allowing us this time off and understanding that a healthy, happy designer is the best kind.

Start of Ski Season:

With the celebration of Thanksgiving comes the kick-off of Ski Season! Again, this is why our team lives in and loves Steamboat. We are a mixed bag of skiers and boarders who take advantage of Powder Days and savor the sweet smell of snow.

Exciting Projects in 2018:

2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Rumor Design + reDesign. We have grown and evolved into the amazing team we are today and are looking forward to the upcoming and ongoing projects through the New Year.

Let us know what you are thankful for in the comments. Any tiny thoughts of gratitude should be shared with the universe! Thank you for reading!

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. 

 

October's Design Book:

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November's Design Book:

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