Styling with Houseplants: Adding Balance, Color, and Texture

Styling with Houseplants: Adding Balance, Color, and Texture

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, Fun Report, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Houseplants are trending right now. And for good reason! Not only are they beneficial for your health and the air quality in your home, but they’re a stunning addition to your home décor. Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, loves houseplants for the life they breathe into your home. And besides looking beautiful, houseplants play an important role in your home design by adding balance, color, and texture to your room plan. Balance Balance is key in interior design. And it’s one of those somewhat indefinable elements of design. Without it, your room will look off but you may not know why. Using houseplants to create structural balance in your home is a unique and fun way to create interest in a space. For example, placing a tall floor…
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Creative Kids Bedrooms: Designing for Fun and Functionality

Creative Kids Bedrooms: Designing for Fun and Functionality

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
When you’re decorating a kid’s bedroom you have the opportunity to inject some whimsy into the design. Their bedroom should reflect their style, interests, and hobbies. However, it’s also important to choose quality furniture that will stand the test of the time and grow with your children. We spoke with Cheryl Harrington, from our Pembroke showroom, to get her expert tips on how to design a fun and functional children’s bedroom. Go classic and neutral Setting the groundwork for a kid’s bedroom is all about choosing pieces that will carry them through their childhood and possibly into their adulthood. Cheryl explains, “Kids change their minds constantly about their favorite color and their interests. It’s a great idea to have a neutral wall color and timeless furniture and then you can…
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Cozy Reading Nooks: A Book Lover’s Dream

Cozy Reading Nooks: A Book Lover’s Dream

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, Fun Report, General, Tips and Tricks
Book lovers all over the world dream of having perfect reading nooks in their homes. Sometimes, it seems as if these are a privilege of the wealthy, but thanks to DIY creative ideas, making your own reading nook is becoming a global trend. There are many benefits of having an isolated, comfy, and relaxing place that never stops tempting you to grab a book and engage in endless reading. Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your reading nook the dreamiest place ever. Surround the reading corner with bookshelves With bookshelves surrounding your reading place, you're guaranteed to be protected from disturbances. By placing bookshelves around your reading nook, you're sending a clear message – this is a place for reading. Start small, and don’t be put…
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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Sally Swivel Chair

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Sally Swivel Chair

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, Pick of the Week
Our pick of the week comes from Carolyn Ricciardi, a Design Consultant in our Pembroke store. It’s the Sally Swivel Chair, a chair she loves so much she bought 2 for her home! “The nice thing is that someone like me, at 5’4, is comfortable, as well as someone who’s 6 foot tall.” Because it’s transitional you can change the look with the fabric, opting for something classic like coastal stripes or a funkier look. You can also choose custom fabric to really personalize it. “It’s transitional so it blends with any décor. It’s just a good, classic chair.” Carolyn chose the Sally Swivel for her own living room. “I wanted chairs that could float without closing off the room. I love that you can see over them. And everybody…
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Houseplants 101: Cost, Care, and More

Houseplants 101: Cost, Care, and More

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Fun Report, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Bringing plants into your home is beneficial in so many ways. Countless studies, including one from NASA, have been conducted about the stress-relieving, soothing, and purifying properties that plants have in the home. And from a design perspective, the appeal is clear: houseplants bring the outdoors in and add texture, dimension, and color to your home. We also know that learning to take care of plants in the home can be a challenge. We spoke with Lindsey Swett, the owner and founder of Niche Urban Supply Plant shop to get her expert take on bringing plants in the home as a beginner. Let’s start with the basics Why should you bring plants into the home? Lindsey says, “We believe plants support your creativity and allow you to experiment and embrace…
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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Camilla Dining Table

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Camilla Dining Table

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Pick of the Week
This week’s pick of the week comes from Kelly Sullivan, a Design Consultant in our Acton store. She chose the Camilla Dining Table, a new table from Gat Creek. She says, “I love this classic and versatile pedestal table.” At 36 inches around it’s the perfect, petite size for many uses. She explains, “It can be used as a bistro table in a small kitchen, or you can place it in a large foyer with a beautiful floral arrangement on top. You can also pair with an L-shaped banquette to create a cozy space in the corner of a kitchen.” The multi-functionality doesn’t stop at dining areas, you also place it in the corner of a living room with a big lamp and display picture frames. She describes, “The best…
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Interior Design: Small Changes, Big Impact

Interior Design: Small Changes, Big Impact

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Tips and Tricks
Home design can sometimes be an entire project—one that needs a space plan, a budget, a time-frame, and a waiting game. And it can yield incredible results. But in this world of instant gratification sometimes you don’t want to do a massive overhaul. We’re taking you room by room to show you the many small changes you can make to your home that have a big reward. Dining room and Kitchen Beginning with the dining room, Catherine Willey, our Framingham store manager, suggests bringing in pops of color or trendy patterns using art or accent pieces. “It can be as simple as changing the upholstered seats on your chairs,” she says. A fun pop of color on your dining chairs or kitchen stools that ties into your carpet or artwork will…
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