After a long winter, the first few days of warmer weather bring a glimpse spring. These early spring days are met with excitement and anticipation from everyone who lives in a northern climate.
But these previews of spring remind us that it is definitely time to do a little work on your home’s interior.
Here are a few Design Tips and Ideas for refreshing and updating you home in the Spring.
1. Do a thorough spring cleaning. Add a few tasks to the normal cleaning routine, Washing down baseboards, lighting fixtures, and windows. Professionally clean your area rugs. winter takes it’s toll on the inside of your house as well as the exterior. Doing a complete cleaning will make everything look great. Clean out closets and cabinets, you’ll feel great once everything is cleaned and re-organized.
2. Change out your throw pillows on you sofa or chairs. A new mix of colors and patterns, using vibrant spring colors can really add some energy to the room. These can easily be switched out, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Add a decorative throw to pull the look together.
3. Move your accessories around. As you might be doing a bit of spring cleaning, this is a great time to create some new accessory arrangements. Add a few new pieces or just move the pieces that you have into a new arrangement. Show off some collections that might be hidden away in cabinet, a grouping of colorful vases or glass can freshen up the space.
4. Update your living room room with a few pieces of new furniture and custom window treatments. The options are endless. This will be less costly than a complete renovation but will totally transform your space.
5. Add flowers or greenery. Fresh flowers and greenery are great to incorporate into your spring decor when you can, even a few well chosen faux florals can add a little long awaiting Spring color to your room.
6. Organize your mudroom or entry area. Winter boots and coats can be cleaned, stored and relocated. Update or clean the entry rug. Plan and create some much needed storage with bins or built in cabinetry, so that next winter you will have this area a bit more organized. Change out batteries in all smoke/carbon dioxide detects since they are often located in these areas.
7. Update the master bedroom. Change out the bedding or plan a complete bedroom re-design. With a quick design meeting, we can help you plan and implement this project quickly, creating a luxurious master bedroom. changing or updates your colors in this space can give your bedroom a completely different look.
8. Add a few new decorative lamps, or just change out those old lampshades. This is a great tip to freshen up any space. Replace any light bulbs that might need replacing.
9. Prepare for your next renovation project. Spring and summer is a great time for kitchen and bathroom renovation projects. The warmer months allow for some outdoor grilling and dining while that new kitchen is being constructed. Also, planning that bathroom renovation around you vacation might allow you to avoid some of the inconvenience and coming home to a nearly completed renovated bathroom might be a great way to end your vacation. Meet with design professionals now to start designing that new kitchen or bathroom space!
10. Don’t forget to decorate your front door. A fresh coat of paint a new front door wreath can remind you and your guests that Spring is here. Also, this a a great time to replace the welcome mat, try something fresh and colorful. Show your personality with your selection.
After the holidays, it always seems a little sad to see all the holiday lights and decorations disappear from your home.
Even though as a design professional, I have been installing holiday decorations since October, I still don’t like seeing the Holiday colors and lights fade from my own home.
I’ve found that it is really helpful to have a few small ideas ready to infuse some color and texture into a home this time of year.
1- Re-arrange your furniture – this is a great time to re-arrange some of your existing furnishings, giving your room a whole new look. Start with your largest piece of furniture and place it differently in the space, then re-arrange the smaller pieces, until the perfect arrangement falls into place. Maybe it is time to pull that sofa out from the wall, depending on your space and the size of your furniture, this could work to create a more inviting arrangement. Some simple changes could be very affordable and could really improve your furniture arrangement.
2- Add Fresh flowers- I love using fresh flower this time of year. I try to bring highly fragrant varieties of flowers into my home, a single bloom can look very modern and sculptural. A beautiful winter flower arrangement made with a mix of flowers and greens could last for a few weeks and will give your home a beautiful splash of color during the cold first few weeks of the new year.
3- New accent pillows – this is a great time to try out a new color combination. Bright bold colors with highly textured fabrics can add a warm feel to your space for the remainder of the long winter months. Another option is is try a variety of highly textured neutral pillows. The texture creates a warm and inviting feel for your room.
4- New accessories- If you packed up and stored some of your accessories while displaying your Christmas decorations, then unpack and use these accessories in a different location. Create some new groupings mixing in a few, well chosen, new accessories with existing pieces. This can give your accessories a whole new look.
5- Add Lighting- This is a great time to add some ambiance with lighting. New table lamps can be a great design element while providing additional lighting. As an example I have a great collection of candle holders and decorative lanterns that I group together and create interesting displays to enjoy during the winter months. This is a great time to enjoy the glow of candle light in your home.
I hope these tips help you to refresh your homes decor!
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Happy Thanksgiving from Designs By Gia
I just wanted to take a moment to share this year’s Thanksgiving table setting! This year, the color scheme for the table is cobalt blue and white. I added lots of metallic silver with small touches of gold. Velvet pumpkins line the center of the table, mixed with hydrangeas in various shades of blue. My china in a mix of various vintage pieces and some newer pieces, all blue and white. I added silver mercury glass and cobalt blue glassware, and of course lots of sparkle. After Thanksgiving, a few changes will transform this table to coordinate with the Christmas decor in this room this year.
Explore the blog for some tips on decorating your holiday table, and check back for some Christmas decorating tips.
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
I am so thankful to my family, friends, my crew, my wonderful team of contractors and craftsmen, and of course our many clients!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!!
Tip #1-Select Your China
When decorating a holiday table, I suggest always select the china first, before deciding on all the other table elements. This is similar in concept to designing an entire room, choose the large elements first, and this will give you much more room for expanding the design with the smaller design details. Consider mixing and matching china, I love using a mix old and new china. Vintage items, mixed with contemporary pieces will give your table a unique and personal look. Look for items with similar colors and patterns with similar scale. Try shopping at flea markets, antiques stores, or even garage sales for vintage china and unique serving pieces, this will add personality and pattern to your table. This is the time to pull out any items that were passed down from previous generations. Reproduction china will give you that vintage look, without having to hunt for each individual piece. New, inexpensive plates, and china, will modernize the entire look when pattern and scale are mixed properly. Find all of the serving pieces that you will use and be sure you have enough for each table setting.
Tip # 2- Choose your color scheme
After choosing your china for your holiday table, now you can begin to create a color scheme.Try using complementary color, a monochromatic color scheme or just a pop of color. Work off the colors of your china and don’t be afraid to be daring with color selections. This cobalt blue, pink, and gold color scheme is one that I really enjoyed creating for my own home. This selection of colors allowed me to showcase by beautiful blue and white china collection.
Tip # 3 – Designing your centerpiece
Designing your centerpiece! Here is where you can really have some fun! Play with various items, check to see if size and proportion of your centerpiece or arrangement works for the size of your table. Use groupings of items, this looks great especially on a long rectangular table. If your table is round, a grouping of items of varying heights or one center vase of flowers will look beautiful!
Pull in the colors from your table color scheme. Use fresh flowers or even a bowl of ornaments to coordinate with your decor, will look great. I hope you have fun creating your centerpiece!
Tip #4- Add something from nature
Add something from nature- So many natural elements can be used as part of the decoration of your holiday table. A touch of nature adds an organic element to your decor. I have used everything from pinecones, fruit, vegetables, branches, tree bark, and every nut, berry, and greenery variety that I could find in my area to enhance my table. Some of these elements add fragrance as well. Fruit combined with greenery can make a great centerpiece. Small arrangements of flowers or greenery at each place setting can add a touch of nature to your table. Add paint, ribbon, candles, be creative, just remember to clean everything thoroughly before bringing it in from the yard. I little goes a long way with natural elements, stick with one or two items in multiples.
Tip # 5- Add the glow of candlelight
Add the glow of Candlelight, this is a great way to illuminate your holiday table. Candlelight bouncing off glassware and china will create a soft glow and add sparkle to the holiday table. Vary heights and sizes for a more interesting table. Several candles of the same height will give a more contemporary look. Carefully place candles as not to interfere with chandelier decor and table greens. Anchor your candles by securing them to the base, a dab of hot glue will allow you to do this easily. This will prevent taper candles from tipping. Also, buy quality candles as the wax will melt a little more evenly.
Tip # 6- Make place cards
Use place cards. This is a great way to make your guests feel welcomed at your holiday table. When my children were little, I always involved them in creating place cards for everyone. A simple fall leaf can be transformed into an elegant place card with a marker. Have fun and get creative, everyone with be trilled to see their name at their place setting.
Tip #7- Creative Table Linens
Table linens include table clothes, napkins, runners and placemats. Mixed together properly, table linens can pull together the entire look of your holiday table. When choosing these items, it is important to size them properly to your table. Measure your table top and be sure you find a table cloth that is bigger than your table. I like quite a bit of overhang on a tablecloth, be sure the overhang is even on all sides of your table. If you use a runner, be sure it is long enough for your table, these should overhang as well. Mix patterns and fabrics together but be sure to keep your china as the focal point. Use unexpected fabrics for your table, beautiful wool blanket, a scarf, some crisp casual dish towels, if the colors coordinate,these items can make a beautiful unique choice for table covers, placemats, or napkins.
Tip #8 -Add decorative details
Add personality to your table by adding decorative details. Heirloom salt and pepper shakers, ornaments, unique items that pull together the entire look of your table. I have a large selection of napkin rings and display pieces in my collection that often show up on a holiday table in different ways depending on the overall plan. It can be fun to incorporate meaningful items from family members, like great grandma’s crystal bowl, filled with candy, flowers, or ornaments. Just be sure it all ties in together in theme, color and proportion. Too many different things together will look cluttered and messy. Layer your table carefully, and just like putting on jewelry, if you are not sure, remove a piece. A little decorative detail goes a long way when mixed with the other elements of your table.
Tip # 9- Use a mix of glassware
When talking about a beautiful holiday table design, we can’t forget about the glassware. I believe that glassware one of the most important details of your whole table design. Whether you are doing a simple table setting for a casual gathering with just one piece of glassware per table setting, or a formal dinner with numerous pieces, this adds sparkle and dimension to your table design. If numerous pieces of glassware are being used, I like to vary the heights as much as possible,but keep all glassware pieces proportioned to each other, this creates movement and balance across your table. Choose clear glassware or a color that complements your table, I like to mix colors to create a nice balanced yet interesting look. Glassware doesn’t have to be expensive, there are so many options to choose from when purchasing, think about your china colors coordinate your selections with items tat you already own. Sometimes I use different items at each place setting, don’t be afraid to mix and match. You might only have 3 glasses of one style and 3 of another but if you alternate each place setting, it will look cohesive. Have fun creating a beautiful holiday table!
Tip # 10- Decorate The Chandelier
If you have a chandelier over your dining table, consider decorating it as part of your holiday table decor. By hanging just a few ornaments, greenery , or flowers you can give the chandelier a very festive look and tie it in to the overall look of your table. Just use some wire to attach your greenery and some ornament hooks for a few ornaments. Be sure to place the centerpiece first, if you are using one, then you will determine just how much space you have between your finished tablescape and your chandelier.
Have fun decorating your table!