Decorative Styling Tips Using Odd Numbered Items

Decorative Styling Tips using Odd Numbered Items

This short video adds visual animation to help illustrate decorative styling tips using odd numbered items.

1. Start with a large focal item (vertical art).

2. Second item (horizontal book stack) grounds #1

3. Third item (glass jug) shortens the height gap

between 1 + 2

4. Add something organic and sculptural (faux mint leaves) that breaks the plane across a few items.

5. Add something fun and quirky (octopus sculpture)


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Decorating Disasters-5 Fail Safe Solutions

decorating disasters-5 fail safe solutions
Last week we talked about the five most common and popular decorating disasters. If you missed it you can read it HERE. This week will help you look like a decorating pro and not a sad decorating newbie. I have five fail safe solutions to avoid your decorating disasters.
1. If you have the dreaded ‘boob’ light fixture in your home and ceiling height restraints require a flush mount fixture, try a flush mount light fixture that is not round and protruding. There are many stylish light fixtures that are square or star-shaped. Like the Lotus fixture below.


2. In place of an all-acrylic coffee table, save visual space and your shins with a coffee table constructed from mixed materials such as acrylic and wood, or acrylic and brass. This provides some visual substance but remains light and airy.


3. To achieve the styled all white shelfie your bookshelves crave without turning the spines of the books inward, try removing the book jacket and turn it inside out and put it back on the book. Then with a black, gold, or silver sharpie-whatever works for your decor – write the titles of the books on the spines for a color coordinated and fail safe decorating solution.


4. If your heart is dead set on a deep button tufted sofa or ottoman and you don’t want to be permanently attached to your Dyson, a fail safe solution to this decorating disaster is to purchase a sofa with tufting only on the back of the sofa and not the seats where dust and dirt can be trapped. All the look with much less lint.


5. A recipe to warm up your all white on white kitchen is to take that monochromatic look and inject it with some personality by varying the slick white surfaces with warm wood tones. Wood is a key ingredient to add to your kitchen island, or bar stools. Prop or hang personalized art and keep pots of evergreen herbs nearby to cook with and add a splash of color.

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5 Decorating Disasters to Avoid

You want your home to be as stylish, low-maintenance , and pulled together as possible. You want your friends to feel welcome (and to think you’re a decorating diva). As a designer, I’ve seen some popular decorating trends become big fails. To avoid looking like an amateur design enthusiast and more like a decorating pro, here are some newbie decorating disasters to avoid.
1. If you bought your first place, are renting, or inherited the basic flush mount round protruding ceiling light fixture that looks like – well, a boob. You know the ones, with the nib in the center you untwist to access the light bulbs. A decorating disaster because…boob. Need I say more?


2. In an attempt to make a small space appear larger, acrylic furnishings have become all the rage and considerably more affordable. All acrylic tables do tend to disappear in space. However, after your mother in law turns and careens over the top of it, face-planting into the sofa beyond, you’ll see how its disappearing act is not worthy of applause.


3. Styled bookcases look great. They provide a nice place to showcase books and collectibles. To obtain a uniform color palette, books have been placed on shelves with their spines facing inward and the white pages of the book facing outward for color continuity. This is all well and good and doesn’t become a decorating disaster until you want to curl up with your favorite book and beverage and have to dismantling your bookcase to find the darn thing.


4. Deep button tufted sofas and ottomans are revered for their stoic and neat appearance, especially when they’re upholstered in all white. Button tufting tends to have a no-nonsense approach to life. The problem with those deep button tufts is they become a magnet for lint, crumbs, and pet hair. That’s not a good look for anyone.


5. Pristine white on white kitchens are the darlings of Instagram these days. The appeal is timeless and fresh but can easily become a decorating disaster because the look can be boring, feel cold and sterile, and lack personality without the perfectly styled farmhouse sink full of  pink peonies portrayed on social media.

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