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 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.

Vegas Market Trends Summer 2016

Cozy Fringe

Fringe and Poms are everywhere right now from jewelry to clothing and now on throws and shams. The cozy fringe we've seen is fun and playful adding a little something to your everyday blanket or pillow. Kate Spade designed a bright line of fringed throws for one of our favorite lines Jaipur, which we were able to touch and feel in person. Dress up a guest room or just your living room sofa with these easy accessories.

Charred Wood

Charred Wood looks like the aftermath of an accidental wildfire, however this effect is a carefully designed finish and is showing up in some very creative forms. From furniture to decorative pieces, the charred wood look is rustic yet refined. This layered accent wall we noticed at Gold Leaf Design Group was painted white yet still showcases the unique charred texture adding an element of interest to any space. The lacquered table from Palacek is a beautiful example of how designers are crafting with charred and petrified wood allowing you see the beauty of the wood without damaging it through use.

Transforming Furniture

This unique leather sofa piece from Dovetail transforms easily into a tete' a tete' - needless to say, we had a lot of fun with this one! The kitchen island from Four Hands extends to seat an extra two to five guests and works great for small spaces or in homes of those who are only occasional entertainers. Another great piece we witnessed in action utilized automation with the click of a button to transform a sofa into a bed without the cumbersome mechanics of your typical pull-out sofa bed - genius! We noticed a lot of other cool mechanics in the sofa world, if you're interested in hearing more about it, come and chat with any of our designers.


Upgraded Style & Function in Outdoor Furniture

These funky wingback patio chairs were not only super stylish, but pretty comfortable as well. The elastic cord is a big trend in outdoor furniture and comes in every color imaginable. The glowing stools and planter pots from Zuo Mod were definitely eye catching and fun for summer nights. We also really loved the look and functionality of Seasonal Living's new line of cordless ceramic and stone outdoor lighting.

Interior Design Stars

Yes, we met the Property Brothers! Jonathan and Drew traveled all the way from their home in Vegas to the Vegas Market for their book release Dream Home. The Scott Brothers towered over us at 6'5" and we spent a wonderful 2 minutes with them!

Shea McGee on the other hand, spent a little more time with our team chatting about the business of Interior Design and her quick launch into success and minor celebrity. She owns the design firm Studio McGee out of Salt Lake City, Utah - a studio we adore and follow on social media.

Last but not least, Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper on HGTV - while not present at Market, had a big presence at Loloi - a company we love and use in our projects. Joanna worked with Loloi to design a special line of rugs and pillows from her collection Magnolia Homes.


The Rumor Team learned a lot at Vegas Market and we were able to bring back a few fun things we really loved. Our new line of sheets and pillows from Malouf just came in and are out on the shelves ready to take home. We also brought back a few gorgeous decorative pieces from Accent Decor. Stop by our showroom to see all of the goodies we've collected for you Steamboat!

4 Green Interior Design Materials We Love

Rumor Team going green!

Rumor Team going green!

“Going Green” certainly isn’t a new term - yet we as consumers are starting to recognize the importance and long-term benefits of the current green trend in interior design. This general awareness has finally impacted the decisions of manufacturers resulting in more innovative materials available to us today.

You may have already gone green with your choice of household products and cleaners, which is a great first step, but now it’s time to consider the home itself. Have you ever thought about which design products in your home effect your immediate environment? Probably not, but we’re not here to scare you. Just be aware that even your floor and wall covering can drastically effect your personal ecosystem and air quality - something that can be taken for granted within your own home.

Our goals for sustainable design are to advocate safe and sustainable products, sourced locally when possible. To reduce overall impact, emissions and improve indoor air quality, in turn positioning our clients to live in a safe environment with long-term health benefits and energy savings.

In our respective field, we are able to identify the manufacturers and materials that meet the standards of green living to help execute sustainable design principles for a variety of projects. Whether you’re remodeling your space or building from scratch – interior design materials for all areas of your home can be sourced from green minded companies.

We are often faced with a common theme of confusion from our clients: "Why would I spend that much money on a green product when I can find a regular product for half the price elsewhere?" Our response is unanimous; "you get what you pay for". Inexpensive materials are such because of the quality of construction and labor put into creating the product. They are often laden with chemicals and harmful off-gassing properties. This doesn’t mean that sustainable design is outrageously unaffordable or design in bad taste.

In fact, green design must still be good design and that is why we have selected a few our favorite (green) things to inspire and help you make changes with sustainable design in mind. Treat this as an opportunity to design or redesign with greater knowledge of the products going into your home. You should feel good about the floor you walk on, the light you flick on every night and be at ease when spending time around your kitchen island and counter tops.


We can’t be the first source you’ve heard this from, but it is time to make the switch to light-emitting diode or LED bulbs. It is well known that LED bulbs have a longer lifetime than the average household bulb, eliminating the need for frequent replacement. These bulbs contain no mercury, lead or glass and they produce less heat. LED bulbs also save more energy with reduced power consumption and emit light more efficiently and directly to the desired location. Although the downside to LED bulbs can be the upfront costs, you will save more in the long-term and can slowly integrate bulb by bulb until every light in your home is up to standard.

We love the look of an Edison bulb for a funky vintage touch in a modern lamp or chandelier. We source our bulbs from a local shop – Light Works of Steamboat and use them in our showroom and in our own homes. Try the Satco Vintage LED bulb to achieve a unique look in any modern light fixture.

Wall Covering

There are many options for wall covering from zero emissions paint to wallpaper made from recycled materials. From a design standpoint in a mountain modern setting, we love the idea of adding an accent wall made from reclaimed barnwood. Recently we moved our studio from 4th Street to the front of Lincoln Ave. We pulled up all of our gorgeous wood flooring at the old studio and re-purposed it in our new showroom as an accent wall.

Installing a custom barnwood siding can really add up after labor costs are involved. For you DIYers we recommend Stikwood, an easy to install product made from real reclaimed wood. This innovative product allows you to be the designer by customizing easy to cut pieces in any pattern and in almost any area of your home. All Stikwood products are responsibly sourced and FSC certified plus they only use European oil finishes and VOC-free paints.


Hans from Provenza sharing the latest styles with the Rumor design team

Hans from Provenza sharing the latest styles with the Rumor design team

At the base of our homes, flooring installation has proven to be a harmful process. Whether it’s carpet or wood covering – unless you know these products in your home are reclaimed or certified green in some way – you may be at risk to chemical off-gassing. Don’t start to rip up the carpet just yet, off-gassing typically occurs within the first year of its installation. So for your next flooring remodel we’d like to make you aware of suitable replacement options.

These green products are typically a larger upfront expense, however our resources have comparable price points depending on the style and finish. We turn to The Carpet Shoppe for the latest green carpet technology and feature a green friendly wood flooring brand right here in our showroom. Provenza provides a wide range of hardwood floor products with a variety of finishes for any palate. Their ecotech collections are made compliant by the CARB and LACEY act green standards.

Counter tops

We are fortunate that counter top trends have been focused on natural stones and less of man made products – however, Lapitec is a special combination of natural minerals fired into many textures and finishes that can withstand extreme temperatures, impact and scratches. The material is also non porous and anti bacterial. The benefits of this product help to reduce other potential hazards in the heart of your home where family meals are cooked and shared.

Additionally, Lapitec uses renewable energy in its manufacturing – thanks to the 13,000 sq./m of solar panels fitted to the roof of Lapitec’s headquarters in Treviso, Italy and the company does not use any raw materials obtained through petroleum processing. We also feature this product in our showroom and love to share samples with those looking for something a little different than the average stone counter top. Lapitec works for any room of the home, and can even be used on exteriors at around the same price point as a stone with less added benefit.

Happy Earth Day!

We hope you have found some inspiration in this blog post and learned a few things about green interior design. In celebration of Earth Day – we felt it was important to inform our friends and family about the importance of green design and products available to you today. We are here for you on your next home project or remodel, stop by and see us soon!