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Design Trend | Black and Gold

If this black and gold kitchen doesn't make your jaw drop like it does ours, this trend just might not be for you. But, here at Whitestone Design Group, this Design Trend has snagged our attention and we don't foresee this trend going anywhere soon. Black and Gold will be huge in 2018.

Kitchen Designed by Fox Group Construction 

Kitchen Designed by Fox Group Construction 

The black and gold design trend is a versatile color combinations that lends itself to a lot of different design styles and is capable of making your home look and feel exclusive. Black and gold is generally identified as a luxurious color combination, and its certainly setting the bar when it comes to interior decor at the moment. With the presence of black and gold in your space, your home will most definitely gain a unique look that is sure to distinguish it from others. The two colors together are perfect for creating wonderful sense of an elevated interior.

Below, we will highlight to you some of the reasons why the combination of the two colors is taking over and making waves in the Design Industry as one of the hottest trends for 2018. 

Style

If you ask interior designer about what it is that black and gold colors bring to their work, the answer would be: Fabulousness!  The two colors combined together to bring a touch of elegance to a space. The colors can be used together exclusively or in addition to other colors when decorating a room to give it a vintage style vibe and can be utilized with furniture and accessories to exude that "Art Deco" feel seamlessly.  Farmhouse, you got it!  Modern, black and gold can be added with ease.  It's that perfect color duo that works with all design styles and rarely disappoints. 

Who doesn’t love a little bit of luxury? Everyone wants to have the feeling that they can buy whatever, whenever. Using a color combination that has been frequently found in palaces and high-income homes is a no brainer when attempting to achieve that "life of luxury" look you might just be going for.  Add a little... Add a lot!  How far are you willing to push your style?! 

As seen in Decorholic.org Designed by Carlene and Michael 

As seen in Decorholic.org Designed by Carlene and Michael 

Home Appliances and Utilities

Using the colors black and gold to decorate the powder room or a master bath, for example, makes it look entirely different from 2017 dominate design trend of an all-white lavatory. Some of our favorite examples of how impactful the color trend is has been in kitchens and, of course, bathrooms. Who knew bathrooms could be so exciting?!  There really are no limits to the use of these colors.

Furniture and Accessories

If you have taken a good look at the homes that make people stop and stare lately, we're noticing that it's the furniture and decor that really makes it stand out. Especially in neighborhoods where the homes are starting to use the same floor plans and construction materials. Using the two colors – black and gold – in a combination seems to bring out the value and quality of the furniture.  The two colors are timeless and definitely make one heck of a DIY project.  The same thing goes for accessories.  Gold accessories have been nudging their way in for awhile, but the combination is fresh and new.  In our opinion, every room looks better with a bit of black.

What are your thoughts?  Is this trend for you?  Could you make the black and gold design trend work in your home, even if just in a small way?   Share your projects with us!  We'd love to see them and share how our readers are making moves in the 2018 Design Trend that we are crushing on! 

Happy Designing! 

Whitestone Design Group Team 

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SETTING YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR A RENOVATION

WSDG - BLOG - WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A RENOVATION

At some point in the middle of cooking your family dinner, you may decide that you hate your kitchen.  Perhaps nothing seems right in your dining room anymore?  Or maybe it's your formal sitting area that has your mind churning.  Hell, perhaps you should embark on total renovation your entire house!  I mean, what is the worst that can happen? Nothing can surprise you at his point. Right? 

Well, before you go swinging the sledgehammer, there are some unexpected things which may occur during a renovation.  While a renovation can do your home a lot of good, going through the process of remodeling might not be awesome every step of the way.  We would like to provide you with a little insight to a few things that might make you a little uncomfortable here and there, while giving you the confidence that you can do it! 

1. Your regular day-to-day life will be disrupted

While the construction team may not be around all the time, keep in mind that renovating the house is a 24-hour contract. You would have to deal with the noise of saws and hammers by day and by night suffer in the hands of saw-dust and bear the emptiness of the house.

The disruption to your life might not be limited to the areas with all the appliances. Planning on renovating the master bath? You’ll have to find somewhere else to sleep.

2. It could get messy

If you are an extremely neat person, this might be your worst nightmare yet. The dust, coupled with the disorderliness of everything could consistently strike a nerve. Your contractor might be extremely careful, but you should know that covering your floors won’t be enough to keep the place clean. The extremely small particles would become air-borne and get attached to everything in the house.

Storing clothes in a sealed plastic bag far away from the site is extremely helpful. You also need to be prepared to clean every area of your house after the construction.  We generally recommend figuring a professional cleaning service into your overall budget. It's well worth the cost! 

3.  Prepare to be stressed out

You might not be doing any heavy lifting of your own, but there's a strong possibility you will be exhausted mentally and physically. You will be worried about deadlines, cost of the renovation. And remember this: while your contractor might do all the work, you are still in charge of making all the decisions if you aren't working with a professional designer or architect - from something as imperative as the type of flooring to a seemingly mundane one as the color of the paint.  

4. Its cost might surpass your expectations

You surely will have a price estimate before the work begins, and a reputable contractor would try stick as close as possible to the estimate. But you should be prepared for the worst when budgeting for a renovation project.  Beware of being infatuated with several features which were not part of the initial plan.  

Or you might even decide to change your mind when something is finished, and you don’t fancy it like you thought you would. Then you go ahead and “spend more” to get another one done. To prevent being overwhelmed financially, a backup amount should be available beyond the estimate. Or extremely cautious planning should be done.  Here at Whitestone Design Group, we factor in a 15-20% contingency cost depending on the scope of the project.  So, if you're going it alone, try to keep that number in mind. 

WSDG - BLOG | What to expect during a renovation

Renovating your home is something we urge you to be fully prepared for.  While it may seem like a tedious process, you feel it’s worth when you see the project come together. It’s like seeing a painting which only existed in your mind finally come to life!  You’re creating a life you love just for you when you renovate.  Here at Whitestone Design Group, we say “You can do it!” with full conviction, and we are here to help if you have questions. 

Happy Designing,

Whitestone Design Group Team 

 

 

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MISSION TO MINIMALISM | WEEK 3

LET'S SELL SOME STUFF! 

As a professional Interior Designer, when I start a project with a new client that already has a furnished home, I almost inevitably get asked, "What should I do with all my old stuff?"  I often give a long sigh because I personally know how overwhelming it can be to have a room full of furniture that you no longer need, but feel your heart break thinking of just setting it out at the end of your driveway with a "FREE" sign on top of it.  I mean, even if it was starter furniture or pieces that worked great in your old home that just don't fit into your new space its nice to get something for your past life furniture and decor! Now, if its a beer stained, cat scratched, POS you've had since your fraternity days, the street corner will do just fine. 

As I've been digging through each room, storage space, and you know... Those nooks and crannies that things just seem to pile up in, I realize that same position my clients are always in. Therefore, I get to do exactly what I advise my clients to do... Craigslist that shizz.  And yep, it is, in fact a daunting task.  I know that in order to get it done successfully and profitably, you do have to be committed to doing it right.  So, I thought this would be an excellent time to share some of my best tips with you! 

TIPS

1. Take EXCELLENT photos. Seems lame, right?  You're getting rid of it!  It's possibly even hanging out in your garage or storage shed, but dusting that bad boy off and putting it in some good lighting will pay off in the end.  I like the make sure the items look "staged."  Think of a home being staged in order to get top dollar.  Your furniture or decor items will do best if you treat them the same way. 

2. Give great detail. Don't hesitate to be wordy.  You can mention where and when you bought it, but avoid mentioning what you paid for it.  I find that it often backfires, so I avoid it all together.  I always think its a great idea to let people know why you're selling it too. All to often, people assume that items are broken, damaged, or undesirable if you're selling it.  My coffee table looks like a death trap for my new tiny human, so I put that simple detail in my posting so that people can relate and assume that if I didn't have a little one running around, I'd be happy to keep it! 

3. Be HONEST.  Don't get yourself into trouble by saying that your item is in great condition thinking you'll get more bang for your buck.  You'll probably have to deal with a lot more potential buyers and wind up being disappointed with zero cash in hand.  People should wind up knowing exactly what they'll be getting when they arrive so that the price is already finalized before they arrive.  No surprises please! 

4. Keywords! Keywords! Keywords!  Think of the words that your potential buyer is going to be looking for.  Vintage. Retro. Mid Century. Rustic. Tufted. Drexel. West Elm. DWR.  Think about what makes the piece noteworthy and throw it in BOTH your title and body of your listing.  You can search for keywords on Google pertaining to your particular item if you're creativity just isn't working on that particular day.  

5. Create a "Garage Sale" feel in your posting.  I like to list the other items that I'm selling in each individual posting!  Why not, right?  If someone is in the market for an end table and coffee table and they see that I do have both in the same posting, I may have just sold two pieces much easier than all the items individually.   After I do my write up on the item that I'm listing, I'll but a note at the bottom that says something like this, "Also selling, matching vintage nightstand, two West Elm Ottomans, Brass Schoolhouse Electric Lamp, and a glass top contemporary coffee table."  People can search you as the seller and then see all the items that you're selling.  

6. Price Fairly. Yes, people are going to try to negotiate with  you, but that doesn't mean you should start your price so high that you don't get a single hit.  Take a quick peek at what others are selling similar items at and price accordingly.  If you feel your item should sell at a higher dollar mark, just be sure to share why its priced higher.  

7. Delivery.  Obviously, if you're willing to deliver, it helps A LOT.  But, to be honest, I don't do that anymore as my vehicle size has shrunk! 

8. Posting Time.  My most successful time to post is on Friday evenings.  When people are willing to run around on the weekend to look at items or pick them up, they are generally the most available on the weekends.  So, Friday when people are getting home from work or Saturday mornings when they might be feeling fresh is the time to make your move.  

9. Be Clear.  If YOU'RE only available on the weekends, say so.  If you only want cash, share that info.  It often helps to weed out scammers anyway.  Let your potential buyers know what your expectations are for having the item(s) off your hands.  If you don't feel like dealing with a bunch of emails, you can be straight forward and let people know that only serious calls welcomed.  

10. Lastly and most important. BE SAFE.  I only allow people to come pick up large items from me when my husband is home.  Even if I'm meeting someone on neutral ground (very public place), I bring someone with me.  Call me paranoid, but better safe than sorry.  

Now that I've gathered up quite a few of the items I'm looking to sell, I'll be making a big Craigslist Ad this weekend.  Here is an example of what one of my post will look like. 

PAIR OF FAUX VELVET, TUFTED ARMLESS CHAIRS - $100

  •  faux velvet chairs
  • armless
  • tufted
  • brown fabric
  • dark brown legs
  • 28" wide x 28" deep x 30" tall 
  • $100

I bought these two chairs about 5 years ago from Target when I was living in a smaller apartment.  I've loved them and they have moved with me between 4 homes now!  I have decided that it is now time for me to get a pair of chairs that have arms since the scale will suit my current living room more appropriately.  They are a really nice dark, chocolate brown and the fabric is super soft to the touch.  I have two dogs now, but they have spent a lot of time without pets or children and therefore are in great condition! I've always paired them with a mid-century sofa, but they also have a classic feel too. I'm only selling them as a set and am only willing to take cash.  Their replacements will be here within two weeks, so I'm looking to have them gone before hand.  

I am also selling 2 nightstands, 2 gourd lamps, 1 gold lamp, 2 coffee tables (1 contemporary and 1 rustic), 2 large area rugs and a baby changing tray. 

Keywords - pair, tufted, mid-century, armless, small-scale, apartment furniture

Hope you find some of these tips helpful! To read more about my Mission to Minimalism, click here.

Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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GENDER NEUTRAL NURSERY

A NIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR OR A PRETTY, PRETTY PRINCESS? 

I LOVE baby spaces!  I also love a challenge...  So, designing a nursery in which the gender of the new baby is unknown creates such a fun opportunity for me to push myself! It can become such overkill to do the predictable pink nursery for a little girl and the typical blue nursery for a boy time and time again. Time to get creative!

My personal design style is tailored, but soft and inviting, which I was really able to apply to this particular room.  It goes without saying that it's so important in a gender neutral nursery to strike a good balance between masculine and feminine.  I used heathered wool drapes and the bold accent color of black to give the space that "menswear" look I'm so fond of.  I threw in softer elements such as the adorable Norwegian rocking sheep and the sheepskin rug to pack a punch of that softness  I wanted to accomplish. 

"Themes" aren't really my thing, but while browsing the Land Of Nod, I came across a changing pad cover that was just too irresistible to pass up!  It was covered in the most adorable little tan sheep, making me have one of those swooning "awwww" moments.  It was certainly the right color palette to work for this baby space. Paired with a few sweet sheep art prints I found on Etsy, it was just enough without feeling like I was throwing sheep around everywhere!  I needed to find balance between the organic and earthy feel of the sheep, so I mixed in strong geometric prints with a large area rug and designed custom crib bumpers with a strong Nate Berkus fabric that I couldn't be happier with!

With the defining design elements established, I was now free to fill in the blanks on all the important, functional pieces.  A gorgeous crib, a ridiculously comfortable rocking chair, plenty of storage, and great lighting.  Lastly, it just wouldn't feel like a space that I designed without mixing some metals, so you better believe I found all kinds of wonderful accessories to put the finishing touches on this adorable nursery! 

Naturally, once the little bundle of joy arrives, we'll be able to add some touches of that are more indicative of a sweet baby girl or a handsome baby boy!  I've included some images and links below for some of the fun ways to personalize it come June! 

I can't wait to share the pictures with everyone of how this Gender Neutral Nursery came together.  This has truly been one of my favorite projects to work on to date!  Check out additional baby spaces I can't get enough of on my Baby Spaces Pinterest Page!

If you are interested in Professional Interior Design Services, please contact me at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com.  

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY FRIENDS!  HEATHER-SCHERIE

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DESIGN TIPS | MIXING PATTERNS 101

Mixing patterns in your home is a great way to add color, interest and depth!  It is also my favorite way to give it that custom touch and make it 100% your own.  While so many want to be able to achieve that perfect balance in their patterns, it can be a little daunting. I want to share some tips to ensure that you can get that designer feel on your own!  Keep in mind, as a Designer, I love breaking rules, so think of these as basic guidelines to ensure that you get it right the first time. 

image found on Pinterest

Today, we are going to work as if though we are designing a living room space and we will primarily focus on a sofa.  While all of the fabrics I'm sharing with you could easily go onto one sofa, they most definitely could be spread out around your room as well.  An accent pillow on a chair, a dab of color thrown over the top of a blanket basket... You get the drift!  And while there certainly is an art to mixing patterns, we'll just go over five basics that anyone can master!  If you love it, let me know and I will write up or do a short video on getting a little more in depth, taking your space on step further!

GUIDELINES FOR BEGINNERS 

1.  Your largest pattern is best on your largest piece. Some put their largest pattern on their floor via an area rug.  Some put it in their print on the draperies.  But, for this tutorial, we'll strictly be talking pillows.  So, a major key in getting the pillows right on your sofa or sectional, is choosing different sizes of pillows for your furniture piece and allowing your largest pillows to don the largest of your patterns.  A good rule of thumb for the sizing of your pillows is 22" square, 20-18" square, and 18"-16" square pillows.  Varying the sizes allows for the viewer to really see all the prints and patterns presented. 

2. Vary the scale of your patterns.  While I don't often mix two floral patterns together, you can get away with it if one of those patterns is an extremely large, open print, and the other is a very small, uniform print. The key to any great design really is getting scale and proportion right and where that applies to furniture and decor, the same reigns true for mixing patterns.  You can mix two of the same style of pattern, it just needs to be a dramatically different size.  

3. Stick with a consistent hue. Working exclusively with brights, neutrals, or jewel tones, etc. will help you immensely.  It's fun to play around and mix them up once you have a really good feel for getting your scale and pattern down to a science, but to get started, staying within a palette will be great practice to getting it right. 

4. When in doubt, throw in a solid. If you've got your large scale pattern, and small graphic picked out, yet you still can't seem to get that third pattern in between just right, go with a solid. Pick a color out that you love and ties the other two together and you just can't lose!  The best part of going with a solid, is that even if you eventually found another print to mix into your patterns, solids can usually find a home pretty much anywhere! My insider designer tip when going with a solid, try a crushed velvet!  It always looks rich and expensive and has tons of texture and movement all on its own!!  Velvets come in tons of colors, so many colors in fact, I wish you luck picking one out! 

5. Let your large pattern dictate your color palette.  This large print, that we now know we are going to put on our largest patterned piece or pillow, is a wonderful tool to help you drive your entire rooms look.  If you want to achieve a tailored, monochromatic space, select a beautiful, bold print that has a multitude of values in the color you're sticking with.  If you want a playful room with a lot of color, select a print that is full of life and texture.  

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MAKING IT HAPPEN

Time to show you how to make it happen!  I've broken some examples down into some aesthetic groups that I love to help make it easier to grasp how to accomplish "looks" inside your home.  If there's a certain style or look you'd like to achieve thats not below, feel free to leave a comment and let me know! 

MODERN MONOCHROME 

love monochromatic spaces!  In this palette, we are going to let our large scale pattern set our stage.  It's so very important when you're designing minimal spaces to use dominant patterns such as fabric one to avoid the space from getting boring.  Our second pattern is a playful animal print that is of medium scale.  Animal prints are classic and tend to work with whatever the style you're trying to accomplish!  The variance of values in this particular animal print really goes from the dark end of our color spectrum all the way to the lighter end.  The third is a small scale geometric.  This is still visually interesting and adds a lot of texture to this pattern mix.  The fourth pattern is another medium scale pattern in a luxury fabric.  It includes our darkest color here and our medium neutral color.  This is really the gem on top and adds a lively punch to the grouping!  

Styling - If I were styling a sofa with these patterns, I would go for a balanced, sophisticated look.  I would have two large 22" of the first pattern, two 20" of the second pattern, two 18" of the third pattern, and one of the luxury print in a lumbar pillow to finish it off! Yummy!!! 

GLOBAL GLAMOUR

Time to play with some color!  This whimsical print on fabric one is the epitome of a large scale pattern.  It's full of phenomenal color to pull from and makes a statement all on its own.  I'm choosing my medium scale pattern on this eclectic ikat print. Because I've chosen such a bold color for my medium pillow, I love this small scale leopard print thrown into the mix!  it ties back to the most dominant color in our first print, the black, but the scale is so much smaller, it could stand on it's own with just our anchor pattern.  Lastly, I figured we were having so much fun with this palette already, why not add a touch of the wild in there!  I can't get enough texture in spaces and sheepskin will certainly add a dollop of just that into your space.  

Styling - If I were styling a sofa with this print palette, I'd probably go asymmetrical just to compound on the fun!  I would do two large 22" pillows in fabric one, and probably do a gorgeous gold welt just to amp up the eclectic vibe.  I would do two medium 20" pillows in fabric number two.  I would do one 18" in fabric number three an put it on the side of the sofa that makes the most sense to have visual weight on.  Typically that's the side thats nestled into a corner or has a large to medium piece of furniture to the side of it.  Lastly, I would do a crazy, fun lumbar pillow in fabric number four and let it wander wherever it may! 

MINIMAL MENSWEAR

For me, when I'm working with spaces with a masculine feel to them, symmetry is everything.  I feel that in some instances, symmetry can come across as boring, so selected powerful prints can make all the difference in the world.  Fabric number one is an ikat inside of a chevron print!  I love navy in this look, crisp and mature.  The next pattern almost reads as a solid, but if you look closely, it's a herringbone, which is where we capture our texture.  I like this modern plaid in this palette because its lighter weight than so many plaids, but what says "mancave" more than a plaid?!  It's tonal values really tie all of the fabrics together brilliantly.  Lastly, leather.  Leather pretty much works in any space, but here, I think its going to serve as our perfect accent pillow.  

Styling - I would lay this out much like our first palette.  Two large 22" pillows anchoring the corners of our sofa in fabric one.  Two medium 20" pillows in fabric two. Two smaller 18" pillows in fabric 3 and finishing it off with a lumbar pillow in this delicious leather.  

OUTDOORS OCEANSIDE 

I love outdoor fabrics and actually find myself using them indoors as well, especially in homes with little ones!  Again, these fabrics could all be mixed up in a variety of ways due to the size and scale of the patterns, but for the purposes of this blog, I'm suggesting that the first serve as your statement pillow.  It's a bold, fun, geometric print that would stand out as your largest pillow to anchor your patterns.  I'm suggesting here a playful colored solid pillow to mix in.  It gives an unexpected twist to the palette, but the jewel tones are all natural coordinates.  The polka dot print serves as our small scale print.  For me, a polka dot seems to work well with both geometric and more organic, curvilinear prints because they are structured and typically only consist of two colors.  The fourth print here makes for an excellent accent pattern! It's playful for your outdoor seating area and because it as well as the polka dot only consist of two color that are pulled from our anchor fabric, it won't compete with the geometric pattern.  

Styling - With outdoor spaces, there really are no rules!  You could do your bench or chair cushions in any of these and any of them could be your lumbar pillows.  You truly couldn't mess this up, so have some fun!  

 

 

So, there you have it! Mixing patterns 101, brought to you by us here at The Whitestone Design Group.  We'd love of you to share with us what patterns your mixing.  Drop us a line and send a picture to our email, hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com, or leave us a comment below.  I you want more suggestions or styles you'd like us to touch on, let us know that as well!  We aim to please.  

heather scherie

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