Cohabitation With Design

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! ūüôā

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.


June 24, 2015

Magical Wallpapers

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Wallpaper was often used as a basis for the d√©cor 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 d√©cor.

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

July 19, 2012

Wallpaper…trend or lasting tradition?

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I have been a long-time fan of wallpaper as decor in almost any space. The selections are endless and inspiring. Do you feel that wallpaper is a trend that comes and goes with the seasons or would you say that wallpaper is a long lasting tradition? I would say that it is a bit of both.

Wallpaper has been around since as early as 200 BC when the Chinese glued rice paper to their walls. A machine for printing wallpaper was introduced in 1785 by a Frenchman. By the end of the 18th century, Philadelphia became the center of wallpaper production for the United States.  In 1862, William Morris began making patterns for wallpaper that we still know today.

Today, wallpaper is seen is many different applications. It is used in the traditional sense of adorning walls in living spaces, but is also found applied to cabinetry, closets, and furniture. Wallpaper is used in both the traditional sense and in an artistic sense. It can be vibrant and stand out in a space or hidden in a room full of textiles and patterns.

Below are some examples I found while researching this blog. Enjoy the different styles and applications. Feel free to share any wallpaper ideas or trends you may have run across or designed yourself. I would love to see!

July 26, 2011

Mixing colors, patterns, and textures in design

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How many of you are afraid to mix colors, patterns, and textures for fear of either your room just looking like you had no idea what you were doing or due to the fact that you really do not know what you are doing when it comes to design? I can understand this concern. I am actually asked on a weekly basis what the rules are for using colors, patterns, and textures in interior design. Many people want to know if they can mix say a paisley with a stripe, along with a small geometric. I say, as long as there is a good design plan and these items are representing your own personal style, then there are no other “rules” which need to be followed. This is not to say that everyone should mix and match anything under the sun. If you are in doubt, it never hurts to enlist the help of a trained professional to make everything make sense and flow seamlessly. As an interior designer, I have to say that I love these challenges.

Below are some inspiring examples of mixing colors, patterns, and textures. Enjoy and feel free to share some pictures of your own!

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