For the Perfect Patio Picnic

With summer slowly rolling in and people slowly being able to gather again, make sure you have the perfect space to reunite! A beautiful outdoor patio is a perfect spot to catch up with friends in a safe way. We recently went on Fox35 Good Day Orlando to share some trendy tips on just how to do this.

Catch the full segment here:

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Our main takeaways:

  1. Bring color in! We created the perfect centerpiece by picking up citrus fruits, cutting them in half, then placing them near some palms. Open spaces are the perfect opportunity to play with bold colors, so don’t shy away here! Our favorite ones together are jewel tones; you can incorporate these in on a budget with just some new pillows, plate mats, or an outdoor area rug!

    A beautiful flat lay of our tablescape taken by the talented Ariel (IG: @arielpcox)


  2. Level up your lighting! Florida gets so hot in the summer, make sure you don’t forget to give your patio some space. Solar-powered lighting strips create the perfect amount for those evening dinner parties. They charge all day, so you can save on the energy bill, too. To avoid the bugs, be sure to light some citronella candles that will add ambiance while being practical!

    Lighting can make or break an area!


  3. Focus on being eco-friendly! So far, the fruits can be composted and the lights are solar-powered. Gather scraps of multiple fabrics from your inventory or from a local fabric shop to have as reusable napkins! This reduces the amount of work you have to do in the future to set up. Pair nicely with coordinated tassels on wine glasses.

    Clever hosting detail and setup


  4. Pull all this together with the perfect cold drink and some good friends. We hope you have a great time!

    The Summer Melon Cooler, perfect refresher for your dinner party


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How to Avoid Common Interior Design Mistakes

There are important things to consider when designing an interior space, for instance: scale, proportion, emphasis, color scheme, accessorizing, and budget!! Here are some tips from our a.clore interiors’ team . . .

Budget Before Buying + Shop Around

Have a budget first, so plan first and shop later. It is important to have an idea of what you really need for your space instead of going to a showroom and falling in love with every item you see… and thinking they will all match.

Buy Furniture, Paint After

You know when you fall in love with a piece of furniture because of its unique characteristics? But then realize it wouldn’t match your room theme or just blend in with the walls? Yeah we know too, so that’s why it’s always smart to get furniture picked out, then decide what color walls would compliment your belongings. It is easier to place your pieces of furniture first, and then try to find the perfect color for your interior space. There is a huge variety for paint color so it is better to paint after because it gives you more flexibility.

Include Masculine AND Feminine Pieces

We’ve all been there. You fall in love with some tassled, fluffy, or glittery accessory at HomeGoods. You impulsively bring it home to find your husband rolling his eyes at your new buy; add this to the list of knickknacks that only suit you. A good design will incorporate some heavier, masculine decor that adds more variety and interest to the room. This may be a small wooden sail ship, or trendy antlers that we’ve seen popping up on room walls these days. The key is to create a harmonious atmosphere by finding the right balance between masculine and feminine pieces!

A neutral palette with some accents create harmony and balance inside the space.

Adding Your Personal Touch to the Design

Right now, everyone wants white on white; and while this is a timeless design choice, it may not really suit you. We advise adding more of your personal finishes to your house. Just because you love the spotless, polished look of something at your friend’s house, doesn’t mean it should find a home at your place. Pick your own color palette, something you’ll love as trends change. Accessorize with things that have meaning. Maybe the colors you’ve chosen were your wedding colors and you display an old chest passed down from your grandparents. These sentimental touches are timeless and make your house a home, not a showroom!

On this creation, our client wanted to keep her personal collection of crosses and pillows, so we incorporate those personal items into the design! It is impossible not to fall in love with the amazing outcome!


Picking the correct size rug!

All too often someone picks a rug that is too small for the space. As a basic rule of thumb, your rug should extend under all legs of furniture and be centered in the room. In a living room you want the rug to extend underneath the sofa and the surrounding upholstery pieces in order to proportionally ground the space. When in need of an oversized rug, see if your local carpet fabricator can create a one out of a broadloom product. This tends to be an inexpensive alternative to sourcing a large handmade rug.

As our design shows, all the elements of the dinning room fit perfectly inside the rug area! It is harmoniously delightful for the eyes.


Less is more!

We all love furniture, right? But sometimes having a lot of pieces together in the same space can be overwhelming. Consider the size of your room and use the right scale of furniture accordingly. Measure the room before buying furniture pieces, and you’ll decrease the chances of making a mistake. It is important to create different heights to create a more interesting space. You can accomplish that by having window treatments, wall art, and small or big unique pieces of furniture, it all depends the atmosphere you want to create! Remember that most importantly, you should pick furniture that fits your personal style!

This bedroom is interesting, sophisticated and fascinating! Just by playing with the height of some pieces you can create such a unique interior space!


Mistake: Lack of color

White is a beautiful and elegant color; however, if you have kids or pets or you feel that your wall is too empty, probably white is not the best option. Sometimes you need vibrant colors to transmit diverse ideas. It can be fun to play with colors and their different schemes! Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to paint all the walls a vivid color and upholster everything in bright prints. A single wall of an accent color can add a real punch to room, even when the palette is neutral. Don’t be afraid of adding color to a room because it adds fun and life! Incorporating color can take many forms: a colorful rug, a vibrant array of accessories, bold artwork, or saturated textiles. Pick your favorite color and let it brighten a space in your home!

On this space, we decided to add color by placing a blue color scheme reflected on art and fabric. Who doesn’t love blue, right?


Avoid Matching Everything

A page from a catalog is misdeceiving because people don’t really live that way!  It’s designed to sell furniture and give you an idea of what you might have in your house, but you shouldn’t be closely copying the look. So how can you avoid this situation? By creating a lived-in look! Make your room’s design eclectic — not like a showroom you can’t live in. As you look around the room, you should see different pieces and accents that capture the eye and add interest.

As you can see, this creation is beautiful even though not all pieces belong to the same line or match perfectly. However, sometimes not matching pieces is what you want to look for when creating your space!


Don’t show your clutter

How do can you achieve this? Three words. . . STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE! Get basic furniture pieces that have built-in storage like benches with liftable lids, cute baskets on shelves, and hooks to hang ready-to-go items. Have a designated space to put things when people come over.

Having a specific space for shoes helps you to keep everything neat and organized!


Strategically Placed Art

If you want to emphasize artwork, put it on a wall where nothing else will steal its thunder: the TV, a big window, or a door. Reserve a spot for your inspiration piece that gets good light and is noticeably a conversation piece.

This artwork transforms this space by making an impact on every guest! Who wouldn’t notice such a beautiful piece?! Perfect excuse to start a conversation!

We hope that these tips give you an idea of the do and don’ts you should consider when creating your space! This creative process can be very complex and overwhelming, but no worries! The a.clore interiors team will always be there to guide you over the whole process of  designing your amazing space!


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