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Source: Crate and Barrel

Source: Crate and Barrel

So of course, I was surfing around online looking for accents for my home and landed on Wayfair.com.  This site has so much stuff!  It’s a bit overwhelming, but you can almost always find what you are looking for, or get inspired by some funky products.

Anyway, today I noticed an “Ideas & Advice” link on the home page that offered insight as to what types of pieces people should be spending money on while home decorating, and what pieces you could save on.

This is what I always tell my clients!   It was so great to see it broken down on such a large website so I got pretty excited and decided to post about it (thanks Wayfair!).

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

1. The Sofa-

“Sofas should be durable and comfortable. Choose a neutral sofa without a lot of embellishments to ensure that it will fit with your changing style and tastes.
Look for cotton, wool, and leather sofas that will stand the test of time (and kids!). While linen upholstery gives off a casual feel, the fabric wrinkles easily and won’t withstand lots of wear and tear. Silk is delicate and must be cleaned professionally when it gets dirty.”
2. Rugs-
“Since they’re usually placed in high-traffic areas, it’s important to choose a durable rug. Handmade, 100% wool rugs can last a lifetime, while less expensive rugs made from synthetic materials will fall apart after a few years of use.”

Source: valeriederoy.com.com

Source: valeriederoy.com.com

3. The Bed-
“We spend nearly one-third of our lives in bed. So, why not make it the most luxurious and relaxing experience possible?
Selecting a comfortable and long-lasting mattress is the first step. After that, soft and cozy bed linens (such as sheets, duvet covers, and shams) will create a lavish spot to rest your head at the end of the day.”
Source: Arhaus

Source: Arhaus

4. The Dining Table-
“There are two reasons why dining tables make this list: 1. They’re the focal point of a dining room or kitchen. 2. From spills and hot dishes to scratches and nicks, dining tables take a beating, especially if they’re used every day.
Pricier tables can often be the most durable since they’re usually made with solid wood (instead of veneers), thick metal, or even topped with stone, such as marble or granite.”

Source: Elle Decor

Source: Elle Decor

5. Window Treatments-
“Rooms feel complete and more sophisticated with correctly fitting drapes or curtains adorning the windows. Whether you prefer the simple panel, or a more ornate curtain and valence pairing, find the window treatment that’s right for you!”
Yes!! I completely agree with all of these things, and the reasons why!  When it comes to artwork, lamps, pillows, window hardware, etc, it’s O.K. to go the less expensive rout if you are on a strict budget.  These are the accents that are easily changed when you get board and crave new color anyway.

Source: sheridanfrench.blogspot.com

Source: sheridanfrench.blogspot.com

To see the complete post from Wayfair.com and their list of where to save, go here.
If you need help designing your own space, contact me!
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Source: javacupcakes.com

Source: javacupcakes.com

I have this amazing client who just moved to DC from Jordan!  He owns a cupcake shop in Jordan and plans to open up a branch here in DC too!  … and you all know how much I love cupcakes, I even posted about it here!  Once its open (hopefully this year!), I will definitely share pictures.

Anyway, Fadi contacted me while still living over seas and we pulled this gorgeous design together through tons of phone calls and emails.  Considering we were designing for a space neither of us had actually seen yet, it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Below are some before and afters!

Before

Before

This bright, cheerful, and elegant room reflects his personality perfectly!  What cupcake flavor would I call this?… Definitely not vanilla.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Love this art collage we grouped together above the sofa, such a great focal point!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

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Source: Casa Sugar

I recently had a client come to me who needs help designing the family room in her new condo.  Kim has just turned 28, started a new government job, and feels like it is finally time to buy some “big girl furniture” and to get rid of the ol’ Ikea and college hand-me-down junk.

Designed by Julien Macdonald for Graham & Brown

I decided to post about this project because Kim and I have a very similar aesthetic and I really connected with what she has envisioned- “mature”, “sophisticated”, and “elegant” were the three words she said when I asked her to describe what she had envisioned.  In other words, she likes a feminine yet refined look with a modern twist.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Designed by Lauren Racowsky

(I want to point out that she did not want the TV to be the focal point in the room.)

Kim’s Famly Room floor plan

I just love taking traditional pieces but updating them with a modern and graphic fabric and bold paint!

Source: Ethan Allen

I achieved this look by combining clean modern pieces and dark woods with accents (like the floor lamp) that have a more organic shape.

Source: tables and accents-Ethan Allen, sofa-Holly Hunt, chair- Jaxon Home, rug- Fabrica, paint- Ben Moore

What’s your take on modern meets traditional?

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Source: Houzz

One large source of social controversy all around the world is graffiti.  Traveling from city to city you see it everywhere.  It is accepted as an urban artistic expression but viewed as property vandalism and is completely condemned.

Source: Elle Decor

But what happens when graffiti is taken off the streets and applied to interiors and thus, used in a totally different application?  Here are some highly creative ways graffiti can be applied in a more “accepted” way.

Source: artist Reyes

Source: artist Reyes

Source: Ethan Allen

Source: hotel au vieux panier by Tilt

These artists truly are very talented.  I love the vibrant and modern feel the freeform art brings to a room!  And how cool is this furniture below?

Source: designers Burke and Hazelden

Source: Luis Alicandu

Source: Luis Alicandu

I wil add some fun pictures I took of a skate park in London this summer….

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I finally got around to taking pictures of my client, Gina and Chuck’s, new Living Room… and it turned out gorgeous (well I think so anyways)!

If you couldn’t tell by now, purple is clearly one of my favorite colors and it just so happens that this was the accent color they selected!  I promise I didn’t sway them in this direction, they just wanted something unusual and elegant- I think that is what we achieved.  See the finish product below.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

I love the clean taupe and ivory palette we did with the saturated pop of purple!  And how fabolous is the purple zebra print ottoman with the silver nailhead trim?

I know, we are getting around to window treatments soon.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If you need help with your own interior design project, contact me!

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Source: Real Simple

Ahh I love fall time!  There is just something about the crisp morning air and the warm colors on the trees that just gets me, and I know I’m not alone here.  The leaves changing start to bring about the feeling of coziness that has been missing all summer.

Fall inspired color schemes are really starting to pop up everywhere!  Some colors with that “fall vibe” are coppery reds, pumpkins, burnt yellows, forest greens, and chocolaty browns.  If selecting a paint or accent color from these, be aware of the feeling you are trying to create…

Source: Design Seeds

Design Seeds

Red can be a strong color that evokes energy, but with such a wide range of tones (from cherry, to crimson, to wine) there are lots of options to incorporate the color into any space.   There are tones that you can even be comfortable with year-round.

Source: nedesignbuildcom

A burnt Orange can be warming but a more vibrant shade can be super modern and lively.

Source: BHG

Forest Green is a great way to create an outdoorsy feeling and if accented with other warm fall color will create a “homey” feel as well.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If a more neutral color is desired for a main color, warm or rich brown will evoke a natural feel of wood or stone.

Source: creamylife.com

A strong note I will make is, do not feel obligated to use all these wonderful fall colors in only one space; Doing this will actually feel very chaotic.  There is a 3 color max rule for interior design and yes, this includes your neutral!

Source: Country Living

A way to incorporate these colors is to use them throughout the whole house or floor , and to add hints of the color in accents to create a smooth transition between rooms.  Adding pillows on the sofa and candles on the fireplace mantle, and then artwork on the dining room wall, and a rug in another room is how to create flow in color.

Source: BHG

I hope this guide helps you to create the feeling of whichever aspect of fall you are trying to evoke in your home, whether it be the falling leaves, a forest stroll, or a harvest celebration.

Source:cocokelley.com

So what is your favorite time of year?  Does it inspire your color palette?

If you need help defining the color scheme in your own home, contact me!

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Source: ruemag.com

Black is a color that just never seems to go out of style.  Just like that “little black dress” that has been in your closet forever and can be worn for any occasion, black in interiors can feel timeless, classic, or a little bit daring.

Source: Horchow

Source: HGTV

Source: caldwellflake.com

Whether you add black as a dramatic paint color or infuse it in accents, you are sure to have an elegant and timeless product!

Source: Benjamin Moore

Source: Martha Stewart

What do you think?  Timeless or not?

Need help using black in your space?  Contact me!

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