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Cohesive Home Design

A mood board with fabric, flowers, and paint swatches for interior design

How to Make it Work.

It's challenging enough to figure out colors and furniture and design a room, let alone make the whole house flow together. But it is possible to do. I'll admit that when I first started designing my home I didn't really focus on this. Gradually over time I'm seeing how I can make the rooms talk together and not feel jarring when you go from space to space. There have been a couple of small tweaks I've made that have made a big difference. 

I'm talking on the podcast this week about how to a create cohesive design style throughout your home. I'll go into greater detail about it on the podcast, but I wanted to give you a few ideas to get you started. 
 

  1. Find your interior design style. When  you hone in on your style and create a mood board that gives you the overall design plan for your home it means making decisions become so much easier. You have a plan to guide you. The picture above is a mood board I created for a Scandinavian inspired home. It is full of natural materials, handmade items, and muted colors with a splash of something bold. That mood board guides all of the furniture and accessory choices for the home. If you need help finding your interior design style then check out my class. Use the code JustForYou for 20% off the class. 
  2. Use color to create cohesion. You don't have to pick one color and use it on everything throughout the home, but I recommend picking a palette of colors. For example, my living room colors are green and pink (I'm actually in the middle of changing things up!), the dining room has a bit of green, green/blue and hints of pink and the kitchen is green/blue with an orange rug that also has some pink in it. There are touches of the color palette in every room. 
  3. Use furniture styles or accessories to create cohesion. For example, I have an Eames plywood molded chair in my living room and an Eames plywood molded leg splint from World War II hanging as art in my dining room. I also have Scandinavian pottery and glass pieces throughout my house that have a very distinct style. 
  4. Finally use what nature gave you. Use rocks, birds nests, feathers, wood and antlers throughout your home. A bit of nature is always a good thing. 

I hope that inspires you to see what you can do to create some cohesion in your home. Tie things together through style, color and materials. 

Have fun designing!! 

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The 2018 Interior Design To Do List

photo collage of framed artwork in dining room

Or, what needs to be done in my home

Last year I revealed my interior design to do list. Man, was it long! Let's see what I managed to get done.  I started this list because I kept feeling overwhelmed and scattered. I admit that once I did the brain dump it felt like I started moving forward on things.

DINING ROOM

  • Standing light for by the chair and lamp for workbench.
  • DONE! New Curtain Rods (mine actually broke)
  • DONE! I went with different curtains though. Sheer Curtains to layer under curtains (I tend to leave the curtains open and it would be nice to have some privacy)
  • DONE! Art- I moved most of the art to my office and bedroom
  • Refinish dining table- I got it on Craigslist and it just needs to be sanded down a bit and re-stained.
  • Style the workbench- It's this huge expanse of empty space. I don't want it to be cluttered, but it definitely needs some fun stuff.
  • Sell and replace dining room chairs-I have a pair of Philippe Starck La Marie chairs in Orange, but want white. I'd like to replace them with something that has a similar low profile to the Bertoia wire chairs I have. 

LIVING ROOM

    • DONE! Paint Hallway
    • softer more comfortable chairs
    • DONE! Except, now I want new curtains! New curtain rod
    • hang plants
    • change up the coffee table? (I've had the same coffee table for over ten years and I like it but it may be time for something new...maybe)

    KITCHEN

    • Clean and organize 
    • Paint it teal
    • Clean out and put more shelves in the pantry closet (I'm scared to open the door!)
    • Get a new soap dispenser
    • Style the counter tops
    • Hang film on windows (this room gets almost no light and I'd like to top part to be open, but my neighbors can see in when they walk down the back stairs)
    • Small lights for over sink
    • Rewire small lamp
       

    BATHROOM

    • Clean and declutter
    • DONE! Rug
    • Plant
    • DONE! Another piece of art
    • Added: Hang driftwood jewelry storage piece

    STUDY

    • Make a slipcover for the chaise 
    • sew pillow cover

    What's on your list? 

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