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Celebrate Dad in his Man Cave

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Celebrate Dad in his Man Cave

June is the month that we celebrate dear old dad.  In honor of Father’s Day, let’s discuss Man Caves!  A Man Cave is defined as a male sanctuary.  Every man has a basic, primal, instinctual need to have a space to call his own. It’s his territory; a place where they can recharge their batteries after a long day on their job, and a place where they can hang out with their buddies.

Man caves have multiple purposes: they are a place to be alone, to be away from women and from female sensibilities, to indulge in hobbies, and to hang out with male friends. It is, loosely, a male-only space to retreat to watch sports or play video games.   In a sense, it is a way to recreate some of the space and freedom from their bachelor days since it was like a “pad” similar in feeling to a frat house game room, a college dorm or  like tree houses from your childhood: no girls allowed.

These traditionally male-only spaces are enhanced with improvements and masculine aesthetic choices. Man caves can be equipped with accessories such as refrigerators,  putting greens, giant TVs, pool tables, and entertainment centers. A man cave may also be fitted out with a bar and sports memorabilia.  These are fan caves.
New trends include moving the caves out of the basements and garages.  Here is where they’re going:
Transform closets of all sizes into mini man caves. Converting men’s bedroom closets into mini man caves is a growing trend, from large walk-ins to more common sizes. Some guys create cozy reading nooks, others simply make a space to hide away with prized possessions. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed.
Backyard Bar Sheds are becoming quite popular. You can get as creative and elaborate as you’d like. Transform your own basic shed into a mini-backyard pub that’s sure to impress. It is easy to add new doors, a bar, seating, a little porch and some fun pub games.
Hide Out in the Attic. Convert unused attic space into a man cave with lots of entertainment options. Cover the ceiling with the right material to help with the acoustics.
Does your Dad have a space that he Creatively Transformed

Pops of Color

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Pops of Color

Some of the trends for the season include ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, and super zingy color pops.

Bold pops of color is one of the strongest trends this season. A variety of strong shades will transform any living space and help reflect a personal style. This trend is all about mixing bright colors together. It’s strong, but easily manageable if you have one or two main colors to start with that ‘ground’ the rest of the look.

Gelato colors are a huge trend in both interiors and fashion. Choosing your favorite flavor of ice cream can be a bit like choosing your favorite paint color. Introduce these pretty colors on a single wall or multiple if you feel brave, and accessorize with pastel hued vases, dining chairs and tableware.

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With increasing news of health benefits, the humble houseplant is fast becoming the must-have buy for our homes. And it seems the more the merrier, so pop down to your local garden center and invest in some stunning plants. Place them in each room, use hanging plants for shelves and mantelpieces and some lovely leafy beauties for bare corners and coffee/side tables.

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Last year the metallic trend started to filter through into paints and metal finishes, this year gold is the key color. Softer than silver, it brings its own elegance together with a sense of decadence. You’ll see gold detailing like door knobs and handles, gold lamp bases and picture frames. For a more subtle take, gold accessories are a sophisticated yet understated addition.

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Any of these colors can Creatively Transform a room in your home.  Remember to always love the home you live in!

Decorating with Oriental Influences

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Decorating with Oriental Influences

Good luck for the year of the dog!

Oriental interior decorating ideas are a modern trend.  Chinese decor is appreciated for its blend of rich colors, intricate detailing and elegant simplicity. The trick to any kind of ethnic decor is in staying true to the design principles without getting carried away and straying into caricatures of the style. Red symbolizes good luck in China, so it’s never more prevalent that in the Chinese New Year.  Travel with me to the Far-East for some Asian inspired decorating ideas.

Sticking to simple lines and lack of clutter, enhanced by rich colors and one or two intricately carved or painted pieces is the most authentic path toward a classically beautiful Chinese room. Chinese interior decor items give rooms an Asian feel, creating comfortable and peaceful modern home interiors.

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Oriental interior decorating ideas, timeless Chinese interior decor items, wood furniture and decorative screens.

Chinese interior decor is similarly striking. Ornate pieces are complemented by simple lines and low furniture design. The use of natural wood and traditional bamboo adds an authentic feel to oriental interior decorating. Chinese interior decor is inspiring and meaningful.

We have previously discussed using bamboo.

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Mix traditional and Asian elements into your design scheme for an elegant yet eclectic look.

 

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Remember to always “Love the home you live in!”

Don’t be SAD

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t be SAD

Decorating can reduces Seasonal Affective Disorder. Redecorating your home can make a big difference in the quality of light there and may help contribute to improving the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. The level of light in a room is not just determined by light through windows and skylights but also by how much is reflected by the surface of the walls and ceilings. The percentage of light which reaches a surface and is reflected back from it is called the reflectance. This percentage is higher with a white and cream walls, 60 to 70% and is much lower with darker colors which absorb available light. Pale shades will be about as effective as white and can give a room a warmer feeling. Choose lighter accessories and furniture too along with adding cool colors. Mirrors are a great addition along with lamps to brighten things up.

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Look around your home to invite direct sun, color and clean lines into the space. The National Institute of Health reports that natural light improves mood and energy, so open the curtains and raise the blinds. The science of using color to boost well-being, called chromotherapy, has been around for centuries and also is extremely helpful in healing depression. Take a look at your existing color palette of your home. Is it outdates, bland, or even washed out? Try introducing color by scattering candles in varied hues which will invite different colors to brighten your room.

Clean

A study from Intelligent Buildings International shows that clean lines, open areas and uncluttered space promote relaxation, so try to keep your home tidy. Not only can cleaning, in itself be therapeutic, but once your home is clean, it allows you to place less worry about the organization of your space, as it will already look and feel clean and tidy.

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SAD can be alleviated by exposure to a suitable artificial light source that mimics sunlight. Exposure of the retinas to this light seems to be important; the therapeutic mechanism may involve brain chemistry (neurotransmitters) affected by this exposure. There is at least some scientific basis for the idea that light can improve an individual’s health and well being – in turn Interior Decorating to Fight Depression

Earthy greens, soft purples, and rich blues has all been proven to enhance your space and deplete depressive states. Blue light calms the nerves and contributes to reducing depression.  Red increases the potency and physical strength, while violet rejuvenates us with the help of hormones of that color, such as melatonin.

Plants

Bring green plants to your environment. Gardening has been proven to be therapeutic for many individuals. Bring your plants inside for inspiration or create a garden out back and create your own tranquil space.

These tips are easy to accommodate for the outcome of a less-depressing and more enjoyable home this winter. If you can dedicate a few minutes daily to them, very soon you will feel more energetic, invigorated, and happier than you’ve ever felt.

Love the home you live in!

 

 

The Home Decor Trend for Fall is Velvet!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Home Decor Trend for Fall is Velvet!

Long sleeves, knit sweaters, jackets and scarves: Fall fashion is all about adding layers for maximum warmth and comfort. The same goes for the home, and with pieces that are just as cozy. Let’s focus on our favorite cool-weather material—plush velvet.  It is ideal for giving your home its own seasonal wardrobe update.

Sofas, accent chairs, headboards—velvet furnishings come in a variety of forms, and for good reason. The material is a fail proof way to add a layer of luxury to a room (it’s long been associated with nobility), due in large part to its beautifully subtle sheen.

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Surprisingly versatile, velvet can lean either modern or traditional. Velvet brings a note of bold glamour to a classic space while maintaining the overall refined ambiance. Even though the fabric feels especially appropriate for fall, we say velvet, at least for the home, works in all seasons.

If you’re not keen on diving headfirst into velvet, a single pillow on the bed is an easy place to try out the trend—and to instantly warm up your sleep space for the cooler months.

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There are thousands of great choices available here or at many local stores.

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How to Create a Comfortable Home

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How to Create a Comfortable Home

Creatively Transformed has been using the #LoveTheHomeYouLiveIn for years.  Our homes have the ability to make us feel comfortable. This unique appeal draws us home every day. What is it in our homes that make us feel at ease? From the beginning of civilization what humans call home is a mixture of comfortable living environments, decorative touches and optimal climatic conditions.

Falling in love with your built environment: We often take for granted the color of our walls, the amount of windows we have, and the welcoming wood flooring below our feet. The reality is, there is a reason we enjoy living with soft textures and patterns, rather than four walls of solid gray concrete. In order to feel comfortable your built environment should show a reflection of you and your family’s lifestyle. Bring in colors that remind you of your childhood, or spark an emotion that reminds you of your last vacation! Whatever is your inspiration, bring it into your built environment.

Feel comfortable with the climate: The climate in your home can make the difference of how comfortable you feel. Natural light and fresh air are also factors of comfortability. Homes that have more operable windows to let in fresh air and natural light tend to be more attractive than the contrary. If you tend to stay uncomfortable in your space, see if any of these factors may be the culprit.

Bring in nature: Natural elements are the easiest way to make humans feel comfortable. Water in the home is tranquil and meditative. Consider a fountain or even looking at a pool out your window can bring comfort. Natural materials such as wood, natural stone, living plants and natural textiles feel good to the touch and are visually appealing. If you can’t bring in the physical natural elements, bring in the colors that remind you of it. Blues, greens, browns, and neutral colors make for a comfortable environment that very few humans don’t like.

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Surround your home in you: Quite simply, find your favorite decorative style and bring in touches of yourself. Find a way to reflect you in every room. Homes that have kids are easy to personalize, with their artwork, and personal belongings, kids naturally bring comfort to a home. The sky is the limit, comfort starts with you.

A comfortable home is the number one mission of most humans. We want to come home from a day of stress and unwind, play, and relax in comforts of familiarity. From the décor you choose, to the climate you keep, your home can evoke a sense of calmness or excitement. However you choose to live, it is what will keep you comfortable and content in your home.

The Perfect Seat

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Perfect Seat

Finding the perfect seat for your seat is a personal decision!  Think about all of the television shows that have characters with “their spot to sit in.”  Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory has his spot on the couch.  Archie & Edith Bunker’s chairs are displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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We recommend sitting a while in the chairs that speak to you. A chair’s purpose can determine the look and feel. Your reading and napping chair will look and feel different from that extra seat you buy for the guestroom.  Accent chairs are perfect for adding personality to your space. Placement is key. Creating a sense of ambiance in a room is important. Your new accent chair should make the room look more inviting — not cluttered.

 

Our best rules to follow are to first ensure you pick the right patterns. If your sofa is a solid color you can enhance it with accent chairs in bold patterns and prints. A room that is lack-luster can be Creatively Transformed!  Zing-up a dull room by adding patterned accent chairs.chairNext is the style, which must not be too divergent from the style of the rest of the room. Pick the right style that compliments your other furniture. You’ll need to decide whether it should be a recliner which works well in a contemporary setting, wing chairs if you have classic style furniture or slipper chairs that can transform your home décor setting into something out of the Victorian era.

Finally, you must pick the right kind of material with the right kind of texture. If your sofa is upholstered with leather, for instance, your accent chairs can be color coordinated velvet, damask, cotton, or wool.

Styles of Accent Chair

  1. Slipper chair (armless)
  2. Wing-back chair (winged sides, tall backs)
  3. Recliner
  4.  Tub chairs
  5.  Bergère (wood frame surround, upholstered seat, and back)
  6.  Club chair (deep armchair)
  7. Chaise lounge
  8. Rocking chairs
  9. Occasional chair (usually arm-less, easy to move around)    accent+chairs                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Add a touch of class and comfort to your room with an accent chair. Always love the home you live in.

 

Dorm Decor

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dorm Decor

tassle1With the graduation ceremonies and parties finished, it is now time to focus on the Dorm-Ward Bound students. Getting ready for college can be overwhelming enough, and shopping for room decorations can add to the anxiety. Everyone wants to have a cool dorm room. We researched  how to make the most of dorm living. With these decorating hints, you’ll have the best room on the hall.

Rearrange your space. The first thing that the experts recommend doing is rearranging the furniture in your room. Before unpacking, move everything around to give the room a whole new look.

Start with decorating your bed. The bed is really the centerpiece of the room. That’s where you can bring in a lot of personality. By putting your bed flush against the wall for a daybed look. The bed takes up less space and doubles as a couch.

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Raise the standard. Elevating beds onto risers, allocating a minimum clearance of 24 inches above the floor. The added height allows space for storage bins underneath the bed. Plan on purchasing an extra-long bed skirt between 24 and 30 inches in length to hide risers and storage containers.

Work with a neutral color. Using a neutral color throughout the room can bring the room together. You (and your roommate) may have different tastes, but if you have one unifying color it looks more cohesive.

Maximize your space. Making the most out of minimal space by brining in accessories with double uses. Ottomans are great for seating and inner storage. Utilize the closet doors as another option for storage. A hanging shoe rack doesn’t take up floor space and can also be used to store socks, t-shirts, and undergarments. Be sure to purchase a closet rod extender with adjustable height and width to maximize the height of the closet. Organizational or decorative baskets are a must in any closet.

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Use your walls. Creating a gallery wall with pictures adds an easy, personal touch to any room. Temporary wallpaper jazzes up a plain white wall or ceiling.

Hide dorm floors. Provide panache underfoot. Don’t be afraid to add personality from the floor up. Decorative rugs, carpet squares, or bound carpets make an eye-catching focal point and bring warmth.

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Creatively Transform your dorm for a successful semester!

How do you Get Inspired?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How do you Get Inspired?

With Father’s Day this Sunday, a lot of Dad memories are on our minds.  You wouldn’t think that a man who wore socks with sandals could inspire a design theme for a room, right?

This ship was my “inspiration.” A replica of a sailing ship handmade by my husband’s father and was very special to my husband.  Also, inspiring was this favorite picture hanging over the bed.bed

I created a “sea ” theme using the ship and the picture as the setting, then adding in bedding that represented the water gently washing into the shore. The decorative pillows represented the underwater sea life, shells, sand and pebbles. The “sand” colored draperies brought in the sea theme to the window treatments, and the design was finished off with accessories on top of the dresser, a seashell with potpourri and a hurricane candle holder.

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I recovered the directors chair with “pebble” fabric from one of the pillows, and because this was a room redesign (previously it had been our son’s room changed into a guest room, for when he comes home to visit) I kept a little nostalgia (bears on the seat) from a time past.

Still don’t feel that you can create “the look” you would like for your project?   I can help you Creatively Transform and achieve the look you desire, by creating an aesthetically pleasing space you will enjoy until another inspiration comes or a change is desired.

Love the home you live in!

Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Mother’s Day

Women. They are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, aunts, and friends.

They inspire us, raise us, teach us, nurture us, protect us, and so much more. On the second Sunday in May, children of all ages treat their mothers to something special. It is the one day out of the year when children, young and old, try to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers.  Moms work hard all year long caring for their children. They fix meals; help with homework; wash clothes; clean house; heal physical wounds; sooth emotional hurts; teach lessons of life; attend recitals, concerts, and sports games; host parties; act as chauffeurs; etc. One day a year, it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered.  Mother’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1915.

Taking Mom out for Mother’s Day lets her enjoy a lovely meal that she doesn’t have to shop for, cook or clean up after.  It is a great way to show your appreciation for everything that she does.

Mom is queen of her castle.  A unique gift for her would be to have a room or two Creatively Transformed.  Interior redesign, is a budget friendly solution to bring new life into a space in need of a change. Go shopping in your home – removing pieces from one room that has held more than its share of furniture and giving them new function in another room can change the look of both rooms. Adding new accessories, changing the wall color and a new window treatment, can add new life to both spaces, extend the life of the re purposed pieces and is a budget friendly interior redesign!

How will you honor the women in your life this Mother’s Day?