How to make your home look magazine ready

If you’re like us you probably love to relax with a cup of coffee and new magazines. Have you ever flipped through a home magazine and dreamed that your living spaces were worthy to be on those pages? There are many factors that go into making a room picture perfect, however there are elements that all those beautiful pictures have in common that you can apply to your home!

 

Rule of Three 

The rule of three is a widely known and used guideline in all forms of design. When things are arranged in odd numbers such as 3,5,7,9 it is visually more appealing than when things are grouped evenly with numbers like 2,4,6,8. When arranging the top of things like coffee table, side and accent tables, look for three items that compliment each other. This means taking into account size, proportion, color, and functionality. (For example if you want to put a small box on your living room coffee table be sure to get one large enough to house all your remotes that way it is functional and not just decorative.) You can see below how we executed the rule of three in a few projects.

Go Big or Go Home

All too often we see spaces look incomplete or lacking and not because of the amount of items in a room but rather because of size. When you use smaller elements such as vases, mirror, lamps, and art it can make a room seem underwhelming. A space needs a balance of proportion to feel whole and look like its ready for its close up. (Tip: when shopping always have a tape measure handy so you don’t choose something too large and overpowering. You want a nice balance) So don’t be afraid of large mirrors, and grand pendents. They are your friend and possibly the key to making your room feel whole.

 

Florals, Florals, Florals

Like jewelry completes an outfit, accessories complete a room. One of the most important accessories you can add is a natural element like a floral arrangement. We’re practical people, we know keeping  fresh flowers in your home 24/7 is unrealistic. Thats why we love to incorporate beautiful faux floral arrangements into our designs. The faux flowers look just as lovely as fresh flowers without the up keep. (Keep in mind not all faux arrangements out there are winners. Be choosy and find one that would make someone do a double take if you told them it was fake)

Books, Blankets, and Pillows Oh My

If you look closely at those perfected magazine images you will see numerous fluffed pillows, large strain out throws, and stacked books galore. These are the finishing touches that really complete your room. Like they say “its all about the details”. Make sure all of your pillows look full and have been chopped down the middle (Amber is beautifully demonstrating the “pillow chop” move below) Lay out a nice throw blanket on a chase or the end of a bed. This is a practical accessory because who doesn’t love to wrap up in a blanket. Lastly, don’t be afraid to stack and layer books. You can put a candle on top that will add height and interest to any table surface. (If you don’t want to buy a ton of books look at what you already have. Maybe you can take the book jacket off to reveal a pretty blank book underneath!!

Light those Candles

Candles are one of the oldest design features that we still use today. Many people light candles for their fragrances. But candles offer a-lot of design perks as well. They can set the mood for a room and offer ambient lighting. You can even get candles in unique decorated cans/jars that will add to your design. (Tip: Look for candles that are soy based. Soy based candles are much better for your allergies and they have a much longer burning life.)

Declutter

One main thing all magazine spaces have in common is: no clutter. What a dream I know right. With busy lives, jobs, kids, and pets it can seem impossible to keep the clutter hidden far far away (where we want it). One big step to making things appear more organized is hiding all tv and electronic cords. This can be done things like baseboard strips or you can even see about running your wires behind the wall so its like they’re not there at all. Another way to keep organized to to have plenty of storage for your stuff to go in. Ottomans that have storage are a great place to store unwanted shoes and toys lying around.

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Canal Contemporary

When the clients of the Canal Contemporary project reached out to the design team, they had a lot of ideas in mind for their 1960s river front property (that they grew up in!!). Furthest from their minds was a complete tear down and remodel. That is just what we did! Down to the slab, the project was a complete over haul!

Facade of the house we completely transformed!

What began as a one story, modest 3 bedroom, grew to this vaulted ceiling beauty! Taking 2 years to get from conception to completion ensured that every inch of the home was built with great pride and intent. Environmentally green products were used where ever possible and the latest technologies in construction were applied to ensure all codes and regulations were met, or in most cases exceeded.

The clients relied on the design team to create an interior that reflected their laid back lifestyle but would exude a sense of elegance and style. The design evolved to become a “coastal industrial” take off by using a mixture dark metals combined with white washed wood finishes. The aqua-blue color palette creates an open-airy feeling which makes the perfect setting for casual entertaining.

From first entry, beautiful hardwood floors run throughout the home with tile accents in the wet areas. One favorite design element is the marble herringbone floor installed in the master bathroom. Every room in the house has a view to the river, making for prime real estate when you see all of the plush seating. The design team also specified light-weight dual roller shades on the windows for maximum daylight and dolphin spotting.

To the client, the kitchen was the most important element because they like to cook. To create their dream kitchen, a lot of thought was put into every element. Cambria quartz and a taupe stone backsplash make the perfect backdrop for any chef, while a well organized cabinet system is enough for anyone to get excited about making family dinner!

Beautiful kitchen with plenty of room for circulation! Rich countertop adds a sophisticated addition to the space!

Some of the beautifully custom-designed elements in the home include the barn door, master bath vanity, stair railings and guest loft bar. Working with the builder, the design team and the client were able to create pieces that will begin and grow with the home.

Custom Design Barn Door generating a rustic feeling.

Master Bathroom Vanity creating contrast with the focal while adding a unique touch to the space!

A bathroom is a special place in a house, where we renew ourselves and get ready for our routines. It is wonderful to start the day happy and full of energy after a fresh shower. Likewise, there is nothing quite like coming home from a long day and relax after a hot shower! Therefore, we were committed to dedicate this space to inner peace, serenity and positivity. Beauty lies in details; thus, to achieve a bathroom that evokes nature and positiveness, we carefully pick stunning natural stone tiles to create a focal point for the shower! We simply had to highlight our selection of clean and warming tones of ceramic tiles for the master bathroom.

We used a mixture of neutral tiles to create a natural feeling and the illumination highlights the stone and tiles! Dark Floor tiles contrast with the natural stone and resembling real nature!

Customized Stair Railling articulating interior spaces and providing a warming atmosphere!

 

 

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