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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Design is in the Details.  And that’s one of the things I love about design.  The fact that you can take a basic ordinary architectural element, accessory, furniture piece or decorative element and use it to create something unique and beautiful for your home.  I’m working on a project that is requiring me to think about details and how they can be used to transform a space and save money at the same time.  With details on my mind I thought I’d share 11 of my favorite ideas, ideas you can use in your own home.

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Every design client I work with is looking for ways to make their décor unique and different. Along with paint, fabric and personal touches, one of the ways I share with them to achieve a unique decorative statement is by using pieces in unexpected ways. 

Tables are a staple in most homes but when placed in unexpected places they can help create a space that stands out and meets the goal of unique and different. If you can’t think of where to use a table beyond the living room or dining room, here are SEVEN unexpected places where tables can fit into your decor.

 

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1) Tables next to the tub add a fun accent to a bathroom.  I like the idea of using the table surface to hold bathroom luxuries like fragrant soaps, bath decanters and flowers.

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2) Everyone can use a little extra surface space in their closet.  How about placing a small accent table at one end and using it to hold folded sweaters or accessories.

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3) I know it hard to think about giving up storage space in a kitchen but a table as the center accent can be so much prettier than an island. And a table becomes a great serving area for casual meals or buffet settings.

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4) Ok, most laundry rooms are not this grand but if yours is, why not place a table in the center.  Boy would this make sorting and folding easy and what a great spot for gift wrapping too.

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5) I love an accent at the foot of the bed and a small-scale table can be just as practical as an ottoman or bench.  Make sure the table height fits the height of the bed so that it doesn’t become a visual block within the room.

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6) Have you ever considered a table on the porch?  If you have a covered porch, the addition of a table is a great way to add personality and create a seasonal display area.

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7) If your kitchen island wasn’t made to fit stools, how about adding a table to create island-side seating?  I absolutely love this look and think it is a great way to create a unique statement in your home.

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Sometimes decorating your home is thinking about things in new ways and using pieces in new places.

Looking for more unique decorating ideas, check out my post of unique ways to decorate with mirrors.

Shelly

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Good day to you all.  I’m thrilled to see the sun out today and can’t believe that after all the snow and cold we’ve had it’s going to be 70 degrees on Friday.   Madness I tell you.  I am so ready for spring and nothing puts me in the mood for warmer weather more than the idea of ENTERTAINING…spring style!

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I’ve been looking for new entertaining/party inspiration and came across some awesome ideas that I knew I had to share with you.  And to make todays post even more thrilling, I thought I’d also share a few entertaining tips to keep in mind for your next big shin-dig!

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When you look through your favorite design magazines have you noticed that many of the rooms featured showcase some of the same design elements?  It’s no accident because there are a select group of design details that designers continually rely on, design details that never fail.

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BLACK FURNITURE

Classic, timeless and works with just about every design style

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PAINTED CEILINGS

Color over head is a great way to add visual interest, warmth and highlight a key color used within the design plan

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STAIR RUNNERS

Not only are stair runners great for comfort and security but they soften the rigid architectural lines of stairs

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POPS OF COLOR

Color is the easiest way to add personality and energy to a room

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PAINTED BOOKCASE BACKS

The easiest and most stylish way to dress up a bookcase and allow the decorative accessories to stand out

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BLACK LAMPSHADES, MERCURY GLASS & STARBURST MIRRORS

A touch of black in every room helps to ground it

A touch of shine in every room makes it feel more elegant

Starburst mirrors add visual interest and a classic design detail to any space

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FLOOR MIRRORS

Mirrors of any shape and size will enhance the size of a room, improve the light in a room and make beautiful details really pop

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GOLD FRAMES

Gold frames work with any photo or art image and when hung in groups they are just darn pretty

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If you’re looking at doing any updates to your décor, changing out some of the design details might give you the refresh you’re looking for!

How many of these design details have you incorporated into your décor?

Shelly

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Last week I wrote a post on The Power of  Accessories and Accent Furniture.  The post highlighted how the accent furniture and accessories you select for a space can define that space and create the personality of that room.
 
I recently completed an e-design project for a client that revolved around a strong color palette and a favorite accent piece.  The client wanted to use navy as a foundation color and had to have this gold drum  as part of the design.  The goal was to create a space that is dynamic, has a sense of sophistication and comfort.  The accent furniture pieces, the rug and the mirror grouping will add a bold statement while the gold finishes and mix of materials add that sense of sophistication.
{the mirror grouping idea was inspired by my friend Jen over at Vreeland Road…thanks Jen!}
 
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The power of accessories and accent furniture is evident in the final design plan.  I love creating spaces that with a fresh and modern feel and am so happy the client loves it all.
 
If you’d like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about my in-home or e-design service.
 
Have a fabulous weekend!  I’ll be back next week with a full week of design, entertaining and gifting post.
 
Shelly
 
 
 
 

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Styling bookcases and table surfaces are two of my favorite things to do and that often results in constant changes with my personal décor.  My coffee table décor is a great example.  I change the look on a frequent basis, switching out decorative elements, moving books around, adding flowers and re-working the arrangement.  While there are no set rules for decorating a coffee table, there are certain types of items and a few design tips I use that have proven themselves time and time again.

1)  LAYERING is one of the most important elements in achieving a great layout for  your coffee table décor.  Stacking books and using decorative elements that are different heights and widths  are ways you can create layers. In my current coffee table arrangement I’ve layered the gold spike sphere, decorative jar and small silver urn on a tray which gives the smaller items more impact.

2) TRAYS are one of my go to coffee table décor items.  I am constantly collecting them and changing them out from season to season.  The animal print tray above is one of my all-time favorites and was an awesome find at a thrift store for only $7.00!  Using a tray in a contrasting shape from your table shape is another tip I like to use.  A round tray on a square table provides visual contrast.

3)  BOOKS are always a good thing!  I always have books on my coffee table, sometime several stacks at one time.  Use books that reflect your personal interest and stack graduating sizes together to create layers and to use as risers for other objects.

4)  When it comes to the DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES you use on your coffee table the only criteria I have is to use things I love or things that I use.  Candles are a must and I often place them in decorative jars which still allows me to use the candle but adds a decorative look to the table.  I almost always have a decorative box on my coffee table too.  It’s a great place to store the remotes, matches and coasters. A few other things to keep in mind with your coffee table accessories…use a variety of items, incorporate different finishes and texture and add something unique and interesting.  Your coffee table décor should be a reflection of you.

5)  FLOWERS are one of my other go-to coffee table accents.  They add volume, color, texture and visual movement while softening the entire table arrangement.

Like I said, there is not right or wrong way to decorate your coffee table. Spend a little time pulling together the items you want to decorate with and have fun creating an arrangement that speaks to you!

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BOOKS:  Soiree, Vogue Living, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Inspired You, Decorate, Vintage Remix, The Perfectly Imperfect Home
Wood Slice–HomeGoods (similar HERE// Tray–thrifted (similar HERE// Magnifying Glass–HomeGoods (similar HERE) //  Z Gallerie Gold Sphere //  Silver Urn–thrifted (similar HERE) // Ceramic Jar–HobbyLobby (similar HERE// Cloche and Base–Smiths Home // Vintage Spool–(similar HERE) , Sheet Music–my vintage collection
 
Favorite Candles: 
Nouvelle Crepe Myrtle
Archipelago Eucalyptus
Votivo Red Currant
 
Shelly

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Happy Weekend!  I hope wherever you are the temps are warming up and the sun is shining.  This is the first of new series I’m starting here on the blog.  Each Saturday I’ll bring you a bit of Inspiration and a Design Tip.
 It may be something grand or it might be something small but it’s something I find inspiring along with a tip or two.
Enjoy and be inspired!

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Tip:  A room designed around just a few colors can be really stunning when you incorporate different patterns, textures and scales all within that color family!

Shelly

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One of the main reasons I started my blog was to share my love of design with others.  I wanted to write about the tips and techniques I use when I’m designing a space for a client or myself and inspire others to create the home and parties they dream of.  In the 3 years of writing this blog (I can’t believe it’s been 3 years) I’ve shared lots of design advice from decorating outdoor spaces and bathrooms to creating work and hobby spaces that fuel your creativity, to entertaining and gifting ideas and tips.  As we head into a new year, I have so many more tips and ideas I’ll be sharing with you but for now I thought it would be fun to take a look back as some of the most popular design inspired post here on ConfettiStyle!

Enjoy and be inspired (again)!

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Design Tips to Live By

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8 Easy Tips to UpStyle Your Bedroom

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The Anatomy of Accessorizing a Bathroom–10 Tips

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5 Decorating Rules I almost Never Break

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10 Design Tips {that also apply to life}!

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Timeless Design Elements

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Entertaining Inspiration

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Gift Wrap Design Ideas

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Fashion…The Little Black Cardigan

By the way, I’ll also be continuing my 101 Series on the ConfettiStyle Facebook page so be sure to like the page for even more design, gifting, fashion and entertaining tips and ideas!

Thank you for stopping by the blog today, I look forward to having you along for the ride in 2014!

Shelly

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