2013: “Green” With Decorating Opportunity

All my sources are telling me that nature’s favorite color green will be a huge trend in the 2013 New Year. Green offers so many inspiring decorating opportunities. It’s an incredibly versatile color that can be playful or sophisticated, masculine or feminine depending on what shade you choose and what you pair it with. As long as you know how to work with it, you should be able to create a room with beautiful decor that will suit both your and your family’s sensibilities. Perhaps we should all start “thinking green” in 2013? ;) Here are some ideas for decorating with green:

For a PLAYFUL look…
Pair green with splashes of white and yellow.  (Photo: My Design Dump)

For a SOPHISTICATED look…
Pair green with black and gold metallic accents. (Photo: Lemonade & Mason Jars)

For a MASCULINE look…
Pair green with black and rich wood accents. (Photo: IMI Design Studio)

For a FEMININE look…
Pair green with pink accents and fun patterns. (Photo: HGTV)

Hope these ideas have inspired you and that you all have a fantastic New Year. Maybe 2013 find us all well!

Warm regards,
Megan

DIY Decorating Ideas for Your Dining Room

That time of wonderful year is almost here when the holidays arrive that inspire the most parties and gatherings. I personally LOVE this time of year for a host of reasons, mainly because it is a time when family and friends come together to simply celebrate what we have and being together. It’s also so much fun to decorate the house for the season and put on my creative hostess hat to plan some fun parties that everyone can enjoy.

To kick off this season, I’ve gathered five easy and beautiful DIY projects for the dining room to set the festive mood as you dine with your nearest and dearest.

Good Housekeeping

Here’s a very simple yet chic way to create your own personalized centerpiece. Just find a plain white, retangular serving dish (these are EVERYWHERE right now — you can get them very inexpensively at places such as Ross or HomeGoods) and place three candles (two medium-height, one tall looks best) in a row in the center of the dish. Next, surround the candles with a candy of your choice that will suit your color scheme. For Christmas, Good Housekeeping cleverly chose red and white peppermints, but you could easily use this same concept for other color schemes and seasonal themes. For Halloween, for instance, you could use candycorns or black licorice. You could also substitute the candy for other items such as seashells, sand, marbles, pebbles, flower petals, etc for everyday decorating.

Life Without Expectations

We’ve all seen those little 12×12 tile sets at home improvements stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot that are meant for laying tile in bathrooms and kitchens. But have you ever thought of using them as placemats? They’re the perfect size and shape and add a perfect natural touch to a dining room table. Such an inspired and clever idea!

Celebrations At Home

NapaStyle sells this very cool table runner ($24-$38) that looks like a chalkboard and can be used to display your food and the name of each dish to your guests. You can easily make your own, however, by purchasing black chalk cloth at a fabrics store for a fraction of the cost. The blog Celebrations At Home suggests cutting 1 yard in half lengthwise and then laying the 2 pieces end to end to create your runner. This could even be a fun alternative to placemats that your guests can write on beside their plates. It’s especially perfect for a kid’s party! (Though I don’t doubt that adults would have a blast with it, too.)

The Family CEO

Another great and easy centerpiece idea: fill clear, glass vases of varying heights with twigs and water, then place floating candles in them. Such a beautiful effect and so simple to do. Just be sure to use the right kind of candles that are meant to float in water.

Interiors by Kenz

You’ve probably seen these DIY plates circulating Pinterest. Why? Because it’s such a fun and easy idea. All you do is get plain oven-safe dinnerware (which you can find at the dollar store, Walmart or IKEA) and draw your illustration of choice on any size plate, bowl or even a mug. Next, you bake them in the oven at 365 degrees for about 30 minutes and then let them cool and voila — you have your own customized plates, bowls, or mugs! It is recommended that you don’t wash them in the dishwasher because it will make the ink come off, so it’s best to use these as part of just the display on a table or only for food such as pastries that won’t get terribly stuck to the ceramic.

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you. You can check out my Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook for more great ideas like them.

Warm regards,
Megan

Inspiring Hotel Decor Part 3: Outdoor Lounges

This week I have shared 5 inspiring hotel suites and 5 inspiring hotel lobbies. What’s next? Outdoor spaces! While we might not all have Olympic-sized pools in our backyards or a view of the Atlantic, there is still some wonderful design inspiration to be found on the patios and poolsides of hotels. Check out these beautiful examples to see what I mean…

Delano Hotel South Beach
Photo via Delano South Beach

Petit Ermitage Los Angeles
Photo via Tablet Hotels

Viceroy Santa Monica
Photo via Tablet Hotels

Mondrian South Beach
Photo via Mondrian South Beach 

Sedona Rouge Arizona
Photo via HotelSavings.com

I hope these posts on inspiring hotels have given you some ideas. There are so many amazing hotels out there, I could practically do this series every week! Good luck and happy decorating. :)

Warm regards,
Megan

Inspiring Hotel Decor Part 2: Lobbies

My last post was about finding decorating inspiration in hotel suites. Today, I’m bringing you the second part which features some of my favorite hotel lobbies. Often the most extreme and interesting design elements are used in hotel lobbies, while the rooms are generally simpler and designed more around comfort. You can draw some really fantastic inspiration and ideas from hotel lobbies, helping you to think outside the box.

Here are five examples of inspiring hotel lobbies…

The Tides South Beach
Photo via King and Grove Hotels

Palmer House Hilton Chicago
Photo via BonVoyage Travel & Tours

Hotel Deluxe Portland
Photo via Huffington Post

Chamberlain West Hollywood
Photo via Chamberlain West Hollywood

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona
Photo via InteriorDesign.net

All these hotel lobbies have that “wow” factor. There’s so much inspiration to be found for your living room or any other room in your home.  Hope these have inspired you! Stay tuned for the third and final part of this series: hotel outdoor lounges…

Warm regards,
Megan

Inspiring Hotel Decor Part 1: Suites

Have you ever walked into a hotel room and instantly felt at home? The goal on most interior designers’ minds when decorating for a hotel is to make every guest feel like they are in a home away from home. The decor is often elegant and comfortable, but there are thousands of hotels out there with varying designs to fit everyone’s taste. That’s why hotels are a great source of inspiration when decorating or staging your own home. Most hotels will let you take photos of the lobby and restaurant(s) and tour the hotel without being registered, and sometimes they will even let you preview a room.

To start off this series of posts on inspiring hotel decor, I’m going to show you some of my favorite examples of beautiful hotel suites…

 Connoaught Hotel in London
Photo via Offset Architects

St. Regis Hotel New York
Photo via St. Regis NY

Hotel Castille in Paris, France
Photo via Chillout Spot

The Tides South Beach
Photo via King & Grove Hotels

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Photo via TimeOutDubai.com

Is your mind already churning with great ideas? If you’re decorating a home for yourself, hotels can offer great ideas for color schemes and decor. If you’re staging, there are little touches that hotels have like a fresh towel hanging over the tub or a coffee pot and cups situated on a tray near the bed. These touches bring warmth to a space and make anyone walking into it feel like they are someplace special.

Stay tuned for our next post on inspiring hotel lobbies!

Warm regards,
Megan