Saturday, June 11, 2016

Father's Day: Man Cave Must-Haves

Father's Day is drawing near and that's got us thinking about all of the handsome men in our lives.
Whether his style is sporty, preppy, office chic, or outdoorsy, every man needs his space, and we believe that space should speak his language.

Here are a few spaces with a sophisticated take on the modern man cave along with some must-have pieces that are sure to spruce up your man's masculine domain:

1. The Vibe
Gone are the days where all masculine spaces were expected to be dark and moody.
These days it's all about structure. Keep the architecture of the space sleek and streamlined and select furnishings that boast strong lines and richly-appointed fabrics. Lastly, accent and accessorize with an industrial flair if that suits your man's style.

2. The Bar
What's a man cave without a handsomely stocked bar?
And this doesn't have to be a built-in bar either; get creative and opt for a bar cart that can be moved around the room as needed or a console table that can stand in as a bar throughout football season.

[check out Architectural Digest's list of the "Best Bar Carts on the Market"]

3. The Hobbies
From novels and music to sports and travel, every man has a special interest, and it's fun to think of new ways to show off those hobbies in his favorite space.

4. The Entertainment
Whether it's a custom built-in media center or a handsomely appointed console, most men are looking for entertainment that wows!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Inspired Design: Beach Style in 5 Easy Steps

Feeling the beach vibe but nowhere near the tide? Here are a few tips that will make your land locked home feel like you're spending the day at the beach.
1. Textured Wallcoverings
Incorporate interesting textures on your walls and ceilings to make any room feel lively and organic without the mess:

2. Shiplap Paneling
Ahoy matey - shiplap isn’t just for ships!
Using shiplap on your floors, ceiling and/or walls can offer you that light and airy coastal vibe you've been looking for.

3. Coastal Accents
For just a touch of that seaside vibe, hunt for interesting art and accessories that remind you of your days spent near the surf.

4. Beachy Blues What is a coastal room without a hint of blue?


5. Natural Elements
Sometimes channeling that ocean spirit is as easy as incorporating a natural fiber rug or rustic wood elements throughout your space. 


Friday, June 3, 2016

Get the Look: Spa-Inspired Master Bedroom

This richly textured master bedroom exudes warmth and sophistication, making it the ideal spot to unwind after a long day.

Our team had a blast custom-designing many of the elements in this space, ensuring that our clients received unique home d├ęcor that fits their personal needs, but if you're not going the custom route, here are a few pieces you can pick up on your own that will help you achieve this spa-inspired vibe in your earthy master suite:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Million Dollar Decorating: A Conversation with Marie

What an honor to be interviewed by James Swan for his ingenious Million Dollar Decorating podcast!
Click here to learn more about where I got my start, how I grew my business despite a nationwide recession, and what I love most about delivering beauty to the lives of others.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

3 Tips for Achieving the Perfect Sunroom

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people.
I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”
Whether you call it a sunroom, Florida Room, conservatory, or garden room,
these sun-drenched spaces are designed to pull us from the confines of our home's interior out into a bright and airy haven where we can be surrounded by Mother Nature in all her glory. 
With summer upon us, it's the perfect time for a sunroom daydream and we thought we'd share our expert tips for mastering the concept in your own home:
1. Steel Doors and Windows
Installing steel doors and windows can dramatically enhance the look and feel of a porch space, and we love that they gracefully define your line of sight without feeling intrusive.
2. Go "Au Naturel"
Let the beauty of the outdoors steal the show by keeping your interior space clean and well-edited. Incorporate natural colors and bold organic textures that celebrate your view versus compete with it.
3. Keep it Functional
We believe that gorgeous rugs should adorn every floor and we love using crisp whites and creams. These used to be huge no-nos in areas of high traffic or indoor/outdoor use, but modern fabric companies are now offering durable, stain-resistant fabrics that are also super soft, and some of the indoor/outdoor rugs we've seen of late can rival those Oushak beauties we've all been saving up for.
So, go ahead and build the light and bright sunroom you've been visiting in your dreams and we promise you'll enjoy every last peaceful, joy-filled minute you spend in it.

Looking for more inspiration?
Check out the sunrooms in a few of these sun-drenched Floridian properties to get your creative juices flowing.