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I love a beautiful closet and think it’s one of the easiest ways to enhance your life.  A beautiful closet makes your clothes and accessories look better and I believe it can also make you feel your best each and every day.
Many of the design clients I work with struggle with making the most of their closet, from organizing it to making it a design statement like the rest of their bedroom.  No matter how big or small your closet is, there are some design tricks you can use to make it a beautiful, functional and inspiring space.

1.  CREATE A POWERFUL FIRST IMPRESSION

If you don’t have a walk-in closet, don’t let that stop you from creating a dynamic first impression with your closet.  Painting your closet doors, adding trim work or using wall paper to add a graphic punch is a great way to up-style your closet.
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2.  ADD PAINT OR PAPER

Adding a little pizazz to the inside of your closet will not only energize the space but your clothes will look more glamorous surrounded by pretty paper or paint.
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I love the idea of wall-papering the inside of a closet door.  It creates such a pretty backdrop to display outfits against.
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Paint your closet walls your favorite color which is sure to lift your spirits.

3.  ORGANIZE BY COLOR

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Organizing your clothes by style first (shirts, pants, skirts etc.) and then by color will give your closet a stylized feel and make getting dressed easier.
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And don’t forget that the hangers are part of your style statement so use all one style of hanger to give your closet a streamlined and  cohesive look.

4.  KEEP IT ORGANIZED

I can’t stress how important an organized closet is to starting your day on a good foot.  Keep like items together and use shelf dividers to keep things tidy.
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5.  USE STORAGE BOXES AS A STYLE ELEMENT

Storage boxes are another great organizing tool.  Invest in study boxes with stylish details.  Storage boxes can become part of your closet style!  If you come across plain boxes at the thrift store, an inexpensive roll of wrapping paper and double-sided tape  can transform them into decorative boxes in a flash.
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6.  PUT THINGS ON DISPLAY

I love to incorporate decorative accents into a closet space.  Hanging a piece of art or displaying accessories or personal care items on decorative risers can transform your closet into a special space.
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7.  MAKE IT PERSONAL

If space allows, why not incorporate a small vanity desk or chaise into your closet space.  It my not seem like you’d hang out in your closet but I promise this will become a special retreat for you.
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8.  ADD A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR

One of the easiest ways to up-style your closet is by hanging a chic chandelier or pendant light.  This change alone will make your closet feel special and personal.
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9.  ADD SEATING

Ok, who wouldn’t want this gorgeous ottoman in their closet.  Seating, whether a chair, stool or ottoman will give you a place to put on your shoes and turn your closet into a salon.
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10.  ADD A RUG

Adding a decorative rug as a style layer in your closest is a quick and easy up-style tip.  Go bold or stay classic but layer a rug to give your closet a sense of warmth and coziness.
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If you’re looking for ways to make your closet a more inspiring space, try one or more of these Closet UpStyle Tips!

Happy Decorating!

XO Shelly

If you’d like help creating a home your absolutely love, CONTACT ME about my design services!
all images can be found on MY DREAM CLOSET pinterest board.

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If you’re looking for a quick, easy and impactful update to your décor, try using wallpaper in unexpected places!

Wallpapered closets doors.

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this is such a cute idea!  Now I need to find some wallpaper or fabric sample books stat!

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Old door with floral wallpaper

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Im thinking my kitchen cabinets could be greatly improved with this wallpaper decoupage idea...

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Craft of the Day ~ Wallpaper a filing cabinet - Kitchen Table Forum - GardenWeb

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Wallpaper your stairs to add color and pattern to a space

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XO Shelly

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Whenever I’m designing a space, my goal is always to enhance or create a focal point within the room.  Often times that is done by making one wall stand out from the rest. There are lots of ways to make an impact in design but when it come to making a statement on a wall, these are the best ways to make an impact!

 

1.  WITH WOOD

If a rustic look is your thing, using reclaimed wood to create a statement wall is ideal. 

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I love the texture and visual movement this plank wall brings to the space.

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 Painted planks add a rustic and charming feel.  Mix in a few antiques and your room comes to life.

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This look is for the true artist and someone with a lot of patience!

2.  WITH PAINT

The cheapest and easiest way to create a focal wall in your home is with paint.  Pull the color from a dominant pattern within the room to connect the dots.

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Bold walls make a dramatic impact.

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In a smaller space, stripes can work wonders to make the space feel larger.

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I love this chevron pattern which add instant style!

 

3.  WITH STENCILS OR DECALS

For a more artistic approach, stencils or wall decals will do the trick.  With more intricate patterns you can just accent one wall or be bold and paint the entire space.

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This accent wall draws you into the space and serves as a perfect backdrop to the table vignette.

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A stenciled wall is the perfect accent for a foyer!

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I love how this long foyer was given some visual interest with a wall stencil.  The pattern adds interest without overwhelming.

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Even a simple statement like this wall decal can have big impact and save you lots of money.

 

4.  WITH CURTAINS

One of the best ways to soften a large space or one with lots of angles and wall is with curtain panels.  Use them to frame a piece of furniture or hide a vast expanse of windows.

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The curtains behind this bed give the sleeping area more impact and actually make this super large bedroom feel more quaint.

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A full wall of curtains is a great way to add visual interest and color.

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I love the soft sheer drapes scalloped along this large wall.  Not only do they add softness but they fill this large wall which would be hard to do with art or other wall decor.

 

5.  WITH BOOKSHELVES

There is nothing more that I love than a wall of bookcases.  I love the personality they add to a space in addition to the organization and structure they bring to a room.

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These leaning bookshelves are fab.

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Such a great way to create an informal library or office feel in your home.  And of course adding an accent color to the back makes the shelves pop!

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Another great bookcase wall using the Billy Bookcases from Ikea.

 

6.  WITH WALLPAPER

Once a staple in the design industry, wallpaper is making a come back.  Whether you use it in a small area or to decorate an entire room, wall paper is ideal when design, color, impact and style are needed!

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Wallpaper added above a chair rail adds just the right amount of impact!

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In a rental space, wallpaper panels (applied to foam core or sheets of plywood) are the perfect solution to adding impact to your walls.

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Framed wallpaper makes a great headboard alternative!

 

There are so many great ways to create an impact wall within your home.  The hard part is deciding which of these ideas is right for you!

 

 

 

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When it comes to making a great first impression, this foyer knocks it out of the park!

The high gloss black door is the first element that captures my attention.  I love the stylish door knocker and elegant handle, positioned a bit higher than normal. 

The recessed and arched entrance wall is an unexpected architectural detail and the bold floral wallpaper is chic and whimsical all at the same time.  The color and pattern make a statement without overpowering!

As for me and a foyer, I love an oversized mirror and a simple console table.  This table painted white is another unexpected but beautiful statement.

A foyer space like this definitely draws you in and makes you want to see what the rest of the house holds….that stunning black and white stripe chair for starters!

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Design is in the details and this foyer space got it all right!

 I’m heading to Scott Antique Market today for some shopping and will be sure to share the highlights next week.

Happy Weekend!  See you back here Monday!

 

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  1. DECORATING WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT
  2. WALLPAPERING THE CEILING
  3. DECORATING WITH BASKETS
  4. ADDING FUN KNOBS TO A SIMPLE FURNITURE PIECE
  5. HIDE THE TV WITH SLIDING DOORS
  6. USING TWO SHOWER CURTAINS INSTEAD OF ONE
  7. PAINTING YOUR FRONT DOOR A FUN COLOR
  8. HANGING A FLOATING SHELF IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
  9. CREATING WALL ART WITH BUTTONS
  10. TRANSFORMING A BASIC LAMP WITH A UNIQUE LAMPSHADE
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Chalkboard DresserChalkboard Table, Wallpapered Ceiling, Baskets, Drawer Knobs, Sliding TV Doors, Shower Curtains, Painted Front Door, Floating Shelf, Button Art, Lampshade
 

 

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Creating a sophisticated space comes from a clear point of view executed in a dynamic and interesting way.  The range of silver and grey tones in this dining room give it depth and dimension while at the same time exuding elegance and understated style.  A mix of materials, finishes and patterns are the details that give this space character!

Grey is the perfect color when you want a room to say something without screaming it!

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Good Design Takes The Most Mundane of Acts—Such As Entering A Room–And Turns It Into An Experience!

I’m working on a design project for a living room, but because of the layout of the room, I also have to give great consideration to the foyer.  I’ve been pulling my ideas together and thought it was the perfect time to share a few design tips for decorating foyers.

Whether large or small, the design goals for any foyer should be  to Define It, to Personalize It and to Enhance It

 

Try Paint

Painting your foyer walls is a great way to define the space while at the same time setting the tone for the rest of your home.   I love how the bold orange wall of this foyer plays off the furniture and art that sits within the home.  The color captivates you upon entering and will continue to engage you as you move through the home.  And, those glass doors, while not for everyone and not workable in every home, help to make the foyer space more intimate.  ( I wonder how may times someone has run into that glass??)

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Wow them with Wallpaper

If you’re looking to define your foyer in a more stylized way, wallpaper might be the right solution.  Wallpaper works great in foyers with a single wall  and can provide the visual backdrop that sets this space apart from the rest of  the home.

I tend to love a larger, bolder print for a foyer but,

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The mix of black and white patterns with a pop of red really give this foyer space a distinct personality.

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a smaller scale pattern can be just as effective.  When using a patterned wallpaper in your foyer, keep the other elements solid or more toned down and let their shape and design details stand out. 

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Add Fun Furniture

Walking into a foyer where a “fun” or “unique” piece of furniture has been placed really gives the vibe of that home an exciting feel. 

A thrift store furniture piece painted a bold, vibrant color is a good option for a foyer,  just as a  piece of furniture with lots of architectural details is.

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I see this style of  table in Goodwill all the time, but imagining it is a bright color gives it a whole new appeal.  Or, think about wallpapering the table for an even bolder statement.

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 I also love the idea of a beautiful chest to define a foyer space.

Designer Tobi Fairley had this piece painted for her foyer and set it against a dynamic black and white floral wallpaper pattern.

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If space is at a premium in your home, try a skirted console table in your foyer that offers storage underneath while still keeping things stylish.  This is a great option for an open foyer because the boxed in skirt helps to create a visual boundary within the space.

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Artful Accessorizing

Just like every other area of your home, accessories can make or break the design impact in your foyer.  Be a bit more adventurous and use an eclectic mix of accessories to make the space really personal.

Instead of table lamps, why not opt for floor lamps flanking a console table.  I love the simple details of these lamps and the understated color palette for this foyer.  Also notice the layering of accessories that make the tabletop visually interesting.

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Foyers are a great space to create a gallery wall setup.  A mirror combined with artwork  or a collection of framed photos will have lots of impact.   The stacked art and tall mirror play up the visual height of this foyer while still keeping the space interesting.

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Framed family photos are a great way to make your foyer personal and warm.  Keep the frames similar for a stronger impression.

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I love how this round mirror serves as the focal point of this foyer arrangement and the layered photos and accessories on the tabletop combine to create a beautiful vignette.

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Even in a narrow foyer, a small piece of furniture, a long rug and mirrors hung opposite each other help to make this space look larger and more dynamic.

 

Whether you define your foyer with paint, wallpaper, furniture or wall decor, the result is to create a welcoming environment that makes your guest feel right at home.  Be bold, be adventurous and turn your foyer into an experience!

 

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One of the questions I know every designer gets asked is,“where do I start when designing a room?”  Put five designers in a room and you’ll probably get five different answers to that question.  Some would say wall color, others would say artwork, and yet someone else might say the rug.  While there may not be a right or wrong answer to this question,  there are some pros and cons to the most common answers that you might hear.

 

ART, WALL DECOR & WALLPAPER

Encompassing the largest visual area within a room, the walls definitely influence the overall look and feel of a space.  If the artwork you’re placing in a room is oversized or unique, you can use this as the starting point of your design plan.  As a general rule of thumb, I like to interpret the lightest colors within the art onto the main pieces of furniture, and keep the bolder tones for the accent pieces and accessories.   

In the photo above, the exact colors from the artwork were used for the pillows and in the side chair fabric. A tone of the lightest color within the art was used for the sofa fabric.  The bright yellow garden seat provides a vibrant punch and the white rug and tabletop accessories serve as a visual contrast to the overall color palette.  All of the colors (or tones and shades of) are in the artwork so the story of the room is tied together.

Again, the boldest color within the artwork is pulled down into the room and used for accent pillows.  A shade of the darkest color forms the pattern within the chair fabric.  The white matte surrounding the artwork shows up in the chair fabric, coffee table top, mantle and accessories.  The gold framed floor mirror is just another tone of the yellow gold found in the art and rug. 

This oversized and very intricate piece of wall art is composed of  just two colors. By using white as the key color in the room, the dark background of the art helps to ground the room and give it depth.  A few darker pops are incorporated with the accent pillow, rug and throw to balance the visual impact.

Wallpaper with a defined pattern and theme can definitely serve as the jumping off point for your room design.  The accessories are a direct interpretation of the wallpaper and the white table, lamp and garden seat connect the wall paper to the decor.  Whenever I add an accent color into a space, I always try to use it, or a version of it in three places within the room.  This way the color addition looks intentional.  Can you spy the three “red” accents?   (mirror, apple arrangement, terracotta pot)

If your wallpaper showcases a specific theme, let that be the foundation for the decor.

 

THE RUG

As with wall decor, bold patterned rugs can and are often the starting point for a rooms design. Pull key colors from the rug pattern and use that as the foundation for your furnishings and accessories.

The dark teal wall color is found in the rug pattern and allows the more vibrant colors used within the room to pop.  The berry tones are scattered around the room via the accessories, and the white within the room helps to soften the overall look.

The blue and white striped rug not only defines the color palette of this room, but the vertical stripes visually enlarge the space and create movement for the eye.  The deepest shade of blue from the rug is the color used throughout the room, creating a very seamless and cohesive design statement.  White keeps the space light, airy and modern.

 

YOUR FURNITURE STYLE

Is your furniture retro, contemporary, antique, cottage or maybe some other distinct style?  If so, you furniture will definitely define how your room is decorated.  You want the space to feel unified so everything you place in that space will connect back to your furniture style and communicate a clear message.

A retro styled sofa and coffee table call for vintage modern wall decor and sleek flooring.  The room has a focused point of view and design style.

Shabby, worn and rustic furnishings in white call for walls and floors in white.  Bolder colors mixed with the white furniture would look harsh and forced.  Using subtle, washed out tones keep the space soothing and calm.

 

ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

Today, many people are building distinct architectural elements into the design of their rooms.  Arches, beams and millwork give the space character and define the rooms style.

The shape of this hanging pendant light plays off the shape of the overhead arch.  A longer, slender light fixture would have diminished the arch detail and made the entire space less appealing.

This india inspired arch was clearly the starting point for the design of this space.  The fabrics, furniture and colors all play off the shape of the door opening.

 

COLOR

For many people, a key color is what they base their design plan on.  If you are using a strong, bold color, don’t be shy.  Make a statement with it and make it intentional.

Using subtle variations of a strong color will add visual interest while keeping the design theme in tack.  White or off-white is best as an accent color so the bold color does not overpower.

Hot pink on the walls shows up again in the window treatments, throw and within the art and accessories.  Again, white is used to keep the space from being too jarring.

A bold color plays off  black really well, but creates a more dramatic statement overall.  Repeat the touch of black in multiple places within the room to tie it all together.

 

FABRIC

If I’m designing a room from scratch, fabrics typically serve as my starting point.  The sofa fabric dictates the fabrics for the window treatments, accent chairs, rugs, pillows, accessories, and paint color. 

Once I pick my fabrics, I then select the wall color and go from there.

The light turquoise in the chair fabric is pulled in via the ceiling paint and the neutral sofa color shows up again in the rug, wall color and other accessories.  This space connects the dots beautifully.

In this space, the window treatment fabric provides the dominate visual statement.  The terra-cotta color defines the color statement for the room, with darker, richer shades within the same color family found on the sofa, table cubes, pillows and lighting. 

 

The bottom line on finding the starting point for a room design is to pick the most dominant visual statement,  use that as your launching pad and tie your colors, accessories, furnishings and wall decor back to that dominate element.  This approach will ensure a cohesive & beautifully decorated space.

I’m off to meet with a client this morning to begin work on a design plan for her basement.  I wonder what the starting point of this plan will be?

Have a great day!

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