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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Revamp for the Summer in 5

This summer seems like the perfect summer to take chances with your deigns. Have you been feeling a little blah in your house? Or wish that just for once it looked like those we see in Simply Southern? If you’re wondering how to get there, the answer is here! Here’s a few tips from us interior design experts that’ll take your house to the next level in 5 days.

Clean, Purge, etc.

We’re sorry about this one, but in order to get the cleanliness of a model home, you’re going to have to walk in and around every room in the house with a trash bag (or maybe a few) and throw out any unmatched decor or useless items that are laying around. Try to be unsentimental about this, it makes the whole process go quicker; at the end of the day, you’ll feel amazing, like a great weight was just taken off your shoulders.

We wish all playrooms look like this.

Time for the Bins

Now that the unnecessary stuff is gone, we bet you found a lot of items out of place. Today is designated to designate everything to a spot. To do this, you’ll need lots of bins and maybe even a label maker. Our pro tip: be creative when it comes to your storage and labels. Today leaves no time for the usual clear plastic bins. Make a trip to your local Homegoods, TJMaxx, or Micheals and pick up various sets that’ll uniquely match each room in your house; just be sure to keep them within similar tones to unify the house. There are even labels made to match every personality and size needed, so feel free to vary up the look with those then keep the bins simple.

We loved doing this MUA’s room revamp!

This is the Fun Part

Time to decide what style best suits your house! Take to day to scroll through Pinterest, Houzz, or scour hashtags that interest you on Instagram. If you’re new to the whole social media scene, better get used to it today. Look up “boho, country chic, or beach house design” on Pinterest and Houzz to immerse yourself into these style ideas, then narrow your favorite from there by screenshotting or adding the picture to your account. Don’t be afraid to not like something! Something we always tell our clients is that “no’s” are a lot more helpful than “yes’s.” This will define your space, making it more catered to your true style rather than just copying a staged picture.

Take a detour over to our Houzz to see some project photos!

Source Your Style

When it comes to choosing  what you want, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Some of the best ways to do this are turn to a certified designer (like A.Clore Interiors 😉 to head the buying and installation, which frees you from the stress of the two last, sometimes least fun, steps. The benefits of doing this is getting the items for wholesale price, access to designer-only available collections, and assurance that your project will come out looking picture perfect. Check our services page for more information! Other than this, ask neighbors and friends whose houses you admire where they went. Pinterest also now has a shop feature that leads you right to the checkout cart for the item pictured that you need. And last but not least, tour your local furniture stores and look online for deals for easy shopping.

Find vases that speak to you for easy decor!

Execute and Relax

Whether it was a small project or large renovation you planned, coordinating and placing everything can be tricky. Taking it one room at a time helps, like one room a day. This timeline will assure everything gets done efficiently; by planning this around shipment dates and availability, it’ll get done smoother. Be creative when placing the furniture, maybe follow the footprint of a room picture that you admire. But by choosing your own things, this will keep the candor of your house.

Make sure you have a plush chair to sink into after its all done!

We hope this simplistic timeline will help motivate you to take a second look at your living quarters this summer. If any assistance is needed, be sure to ring into our studio! Happy designing!

 

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