Cohabitation With Design

December 22, 2015

Pattern Pattern Everywhere

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We live in a very busy world. BUT, if you take the time, you can awaken from the mundane daily slumber and begin to notice so many patterns all around you. It is actually pretty amazing! We are conditioned to go through our daily routines and feel that we are just getting by, we know, but open up your eyes big and wide and view the beauty around you and your soul will be re-energized. With 2016 on the horizon, there is no better time to start fresh and get inspired for the year ahead.

We would love for you to share any patterns you come across. If you are versed in photography, that is great. If you are not, taking a photo with your phone works just as well. It will be so motivating to see what different patterns each of us picks out of our daily surroundings!

Here are some beautiful and alluring images of patterns to get your ready to capture your own…


December 10, 2015

Holiday Decor

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With the holidays upon us, what is your biggest holiday décor obstacle? What is your favorite item to incorporate into your holiday décor? For many, decorating for the holidays feels like an obligation instead of a want or desire. In addition, one may get locked into the habit of recreating the same “look” year after year. If they happen to be asked about their holiday décor, they may truly not have an answer as to why it looks the way it does. Let’s change that!  There has never a better time to start new holiday décor traditions than NOW and give your holiday your own personal touch.

Let’s start by finding an item that “speaks to you,” that you feel you would love to include in your holiday décor. It can be anything really. This item gets you started and acts as a “base” for you to grow your design. For example, you may be in love with a gold antelope head with antlers and feel it is the perfect starting point. Take a look at this design below…


Another item to consider is how you want to display your tree (speaking if you celebrate Christmas). Do you want to have a traditional tree or possibly try something a little different this year…

Lastly, do not forget the outdoors, even if it is just adding some holiday fun to your balcony. Believe us, the glow from the lights will make you feel warm and bring a smile to your face.

 Remember, we are always here to answer any design questions you may have. You can send us a message here or take a look at our website and message us that way. Happy Holidays!

September 10, 2015


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Camping indoors!

Camping indoors!

We just cannot get enough of kids rooms! Interior design has become quite common for these spaces and it shows. It seems the overly themed rooms have seen their better days and more uniquely designed rooms are leading the pack. We could not be happier with this turn of events. Kids rooms do not have to be the standard blue for boy and pink for girl. Let’s mix it up and have some fun! Wallpaper, rugs, bedding, lighting, storage, and accessories have all become quite intentional in regards to design for these rooms.

Have you recently worked on your own or with a designer on a child’s bedroom design? Did you let your child have a say in what they wanted for their rooms? Why or why not? We would love to see! Please feel free to share pictures and/or start a conversation!

September 3, 2015

Surface Art Fun: Concetto

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We love Concetto! An amazing way to dress up your space with your own individual style. Concetto– The Italian word for “Concept”, combines nature with technology to create luxurious surfaces. Concetto is created by fusing natural hues and designs with individually cut semi precious stones, some of which are translucent and can be backlit to make your space beautifully dramatic.These surfaces are heat resistant, stain and scratch resistant and extremely low maintenance.
Concetto can be used for furniture, vanities, kitchen counter tops and so much more. We truly believe that this product can create a “WOW” factor for any home or commercial space.
Take a look at some of the fun applications below…

August 14, 2015

Wall Treatments…how to decide.

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How do you decide on what to do with those blank walls in your house? For many people trying to figure this out is very overwhelming. Honestly, there are so many fantastic options for wall treatments that the decision can be excruciating. As always though, my first bit of advise if you find yourself in this situation is to consult with an interior designer. That is what we do…consult with many different types of people to help them find the best solutions to their home design.

Next, really think about how you best want to represent yourself in your home design. Ultimately, that is what it becomes…a representation of who we are as individuals and what interests we hold dear. Remember that your house is your sanctuary and the main place you go for relaxation, comfort, family, friends, and to make memories. Be sure to select carefully in order to ensure you will love the outcome. Nothing is set in stone, but getting it right the first time will save you time and money. Consult your interior designer and enjoy how awesome your house looks! 🙂

Here are a couple ideas for wall treatments…wallpaper (permanent and removable), chalkboard, gallery wall of your favorite art, murals, paint, wood design, and tape design.

July 14, 2015

Design a Unique Kids Room….GO!

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Kids rooms are no longer the long-standing tradition of pink for girl and blue for boy. Oh, no. The sky is the limit with designing kids rooms. But, where do you start?

It is always best to start with a rug or another bold item that is to stand out in the room. For me, I have selected a great wallpaper for my son’s room that is going to be the “star” of the room. I am still planning on adding fun and funky elements in other areas, but this wallpaper is bold, so I want to let it stand out, as it is meant to do.

Next, select your furniture items to ground the room. Depending on the “bold item” you selected for the room, you may either want to stick with clean lines OR use this as an opportunity to add a bit more fun with a more ornate bed, such as a jenny lind style. After these items are selected, go ahead and work on your bedding, pillows, paint color, window treatments, and accessories. As we said before, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to décor in a kids room. Take a look at some of these great kids rooms and please feel free to share your own!

June 24, 2015

Magical Wallpapers

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Wallpaper was often used as a basis for the décor of an entire home during the 19th and 20th centuries. The mood of the room was greatly affected by the choice of wallpaper selected. Wallpaper was seen as a luxury item and proved a homeowners wealth. Homes were thought of as a lasting investment, as opposed to the way the world works now in the 21st century, always on the go and moving from here to there. Regardless of its application though, it has been notated that “wallpaper has proved to be a most durable fashion.” By durable, we are discussing the long-lasting desire for homeowners and businesses alike to use wallpaper as part of their décor.

We are great fans of the use of wallpaper in the correct applications. Even using a small amount of paper on one accent wall can make a huge difference in the look & feel of a room.

A new line from Cole & Son has emerged that is a lot of fun. The collection is called Whimsical and is said to be roughly based on “classic childhood stories and fairy tales of our youth.” Enjoy!

Cole & Son Whimsical

June 18, 2015

Back after a long hiatus…

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Cohabitation with Design is back and better than ever! We are now a partnership between myself and another designer. We have joined design forces to not only practice interior design, but to dedicate time and energy to our blog, sharing great new design finds, answering questions, and sharing our love of interior design.

Design Thought/Question…we think a lot about how nature can inspire every aspect of our lives, especially when it comes to design. Whether it be color, texture, pattern, shape…nature is the root of it all. When it comes to color, there are too many inspiring aspects of nature to limit this discussion, we know, but one we would love to focus on is feathers. Take a look at these beautiful pictures of feathers and determine for yourself how inspiring these colors, textures, and forms can truly be.

What do you find most inspiring in nature? Please feel free to share!


October 21, 2012

Think on this…

Before interior design became a profession that almost anyone thought they could do; there was a greater learning curve and insight into the profession that I wish I could have been part of. It saddens me today that schooling and learning the “vocabulary” and very important “rules” of interior design are not a foundation for this craft present day. I run into many decorators on a daily basis. In my opinion, many of us can decorate, but who among us in this profession really design. Who among us do not just enhance a look, but a function. Both interior designers and interior decorators create beautiful spaces, but they are separate professions.

To design, one must know and understand the immense history of interiors  A great source of this history is, Elements of Interior Design and Decoration” by Sherrill Whiton. I ran across this book while antiquing with my husband recently. It has the look of an old library book and the weight of a very heavy coffee table book. Upon glancing through this book, I noticed it was word heavy and picture light. This was intentional by the author. He felt that there were so many books that were composed of pictures, but not many books that covered the actual elements, history, and basis of interior design.

When I was ready to check out, the owner of the antique store commented on my purchase. She informed me that when she was attending interior design school, this was her textbook. She said that she has read this book from cover to cover, all 852 pages. I could not help but feel a bit jealous. I had a great interior design education, but I do wonder at times why education does not start with a book of this nature. It is an enormous value of information that I feel anyone would gain insight and knowledge from.

It may be possible that your local library has this book. If you are an interior designer or a decorator, I recommend this book. We are always learning. Once we figure we know it all, we have only just begun.

October 9, 2012

Animal Print

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When I was younger I came home one day to see my room transformed into an amazing world of leopard print. I was in love! My mother had spent the day creating new bedding and window treatments for me, as she knew I loved animal print, especially leopard. About 5 years after this time, I was no longer an animal print enthusiast. We decided to take it down for a while and go a bit more neutral in the room.

Now, more than 10 years later and after graduating from design school and practicing interior design for more than 7 years, I am once again becoming obsessed with animal print. I no longer want to see it in every aspect of a room, of course, but I do love the pops here and there. My newest idea is to take my carved Victorian settee and have Perennials City Kitty upholstered on the piece. This pattern is a tiger print and is not only durable, but soft and cozy.

Do you enjoy a bit of animal print once in a while? How do you like to use animal print in a space?

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