Monthly Archives: October 2016
Gorgeous, welcoming, and tranquil bedrooms: you pin and re-pin them on Pinterest, sigh over them on interior design websites, and drool over their images in glossy home décor magazines. But if you are like many people, you shrug off the idea that you could have a bedroom just as beautiful, just as peaceful, just as cozy, and most importantly, just as much the room of your dreams. And you can do it without spending a fortune. In fact, with the great advice from top interior decorator Lindsay Pennington, you can do it yourself, whatever your budget and whatever your favorite decorating style. Read on for Lindsay’s five steps for a top-to-toe bedroom makeover that can be completed in a weekend.
Look around your bedroom as if seeing it for the first time. Is it a restful and attractive space, or is it a mess? Lindsay says, “Too often, bedrooms become the storage units of our homes, where we hide dilapidated furniture or that never-quite-right lamp away from the eyes of guests (who usually only venture into more public spaces, like the living room and kitchen).”
The first step of your makeover is the edit. Consider your bedroom with a critical and objective eye. What do you love? What is worth keeping, and what is better off donated or sold? What belongs in another area of your house? As Lindsay puts it, “The bedroom should be a soothing retreat that both relaxes and recharges you at the end of the day. Start the makeover process by eliminating anything that you don’t need and love. And the best part of editing? It’s free!”
A home makeover is like a road trip in that without a map or clear directions, you might not ever reach your destination. In step two, you’ll reconfigure your bedroom furnishings to match the vision in your mind. Start with basic questions: Does your furniture really suit your tastes and needs? Is your bed large enough (or is it too big)? Does your bedroom “work”? The answers to these questions give you a guide for creating your dream bedroom.
Once you are clear on the basics, take another look around your room. Now’s the time to get more detailed; ask yourself if the furniture is positioned properly and accessories are shown to their best advantage. According to Lindsay, it all starts with your bed: a simple rule of thumb is to place your bed on the longest wall in the room, and then place your remaining pieces of furniture in the most complementary position around it.
So many special things happen when people come together over a meal. Whether it’s with family or friends, a special occasion, or that special someone, there is something remarkable about sharing a table. It becomes even more special when the table itself is a thing of beauty. One of the best ways to transform your table into an enchanting moment is to accompany your table settings with an elegantly folded napkin.
If you have always loved intricate napkin folds but have felt that it required some special skill, don’t fret. It’s all very simple once you you learn some basic napkin folding methods. See our easy tutorials on how to create 12 different napkin folds. You’re sure to find one you love.
Have you ever gone to a party where the hosts have taken the time to make the table look really special? Didn’t the napkins, folded to a pretty shape, add to the total feel of the setting? Some napkins are arranged so beautifully that you don’t want to use them.
In your own home, a special table says that you really value your guests when you make the extra effort to set the table beautifully.Even if you’ve never folded a napkin in your life, these photo tutorials will make it all simple.
The napkin folds presented here are not complicated or difficult. Each one will take only a few minutes, and you’ll be pleased with the results.
Start out with the easy ones and attempt something a bit more complicated when you’ve mastered one. Some are easy, and some more complicated, some use napkin rings, and all will look more presentable if you have the iron out when you’re working.
Try all the folds to decide which one you prefer. You might feel that one style is more casual and another more formal. Choose your favorite for the occasion.
The Easiest Folds
These are the folds to start with when working to develop your skills at creating eye-catching napkin decorations. You’ll be amazed at the number of different folds, tricks, and variations that are out there. But before you get to those, you’ll want to know these basic folds:
- Scarf Napkin Fold
- Traditional Napkin Fold
- Rolling Napkin Fold
- Goblet Fan Napkin Fold
- Knotted Napkin Fold
- Tailored Napkin Fold
Slightly More Complicated Folds
Once you’ve gotten the hang of the basics, you’ll be ready to branch out into more complicated feats. Some of the most popular you’ll find are the:
- Wings Napkin Fold
- Pocket Napkin Fold
- Stand Up Fan Napkin Fold
- Three Point “Hat” Napkin Fold
- Cuffed Roll Napkin Fold
- Tulip Napkin Fold
- Cat’s Paw Fold
- Triangle Pocket Napkin Fold
The most interesting homes are those that are designed with innovation in mind. Those where out-of-the-box style reigns. That’s the kind of design that you see in the work of Loczi Design Group. The San Francisco-based firm is known for creating one-of-a-kind spaces. And this modern San Francisco home in SOMA is no different. Formerly two separate units that were merged together to create one home, Loczi Design Group had one mission for this interior – to design a space where there client could entertain and throw large or small gatherings with ease.
The interior design project was the perfect complement to the home’s unique architecture. A twelve-foot skylight and a striking steel staircase meet you at the center of the home. Flanked by the client’s collection of mid-century Russian art, the interior design took direction from all of the architectural elements in this eclectic interior.
Unconventional, funky, and with a love of geometrics, Loczi Design Group was able to put their stamp on the newly designed space. Just as their client asked, spaces were designed with entertaining in mind. In this lounge, low-seating was placed beneath a skylight. The perfect place for party-goers to enjoy a cocktail, and even a look up at the stars and moon when the sun sets. And just like in the home’s living room, the lounge is home to a fun mix of hues. Turquoise seating and a subtle shade of lilac on the wall form a striking color palette, a perfect reflection of the colorful art on the wall.
Beyond the lounge area, this contemporary dining room can easily seat eight. The furniture is so sleek and sophisticated. Perfect for an evening of entertaining in the Bay Area. Beyond the stone table, it’s the art that catches the eye in this dining room. Alcoves are the perfect fit for abstract pieces that add to the home’s rich color palette. Fuchsia, lilac, soft blues and the greens that are in each piece literally jump off the canvas and onto the furnishings in the living room that’s home to a hot pink sofa and purple side chairs.