What's Your Style Series: Glamorous Style

What's Your Style Series: Glamorous Style

Glamorous Style…

What is it?

Elegant and opulent, glamorous design incorporates classic Hollywood style with individuality and imagination.  There is a mystique to glamorous style that makes it coveted yet achievable with a little drama and enchantment.  Custom furnishings, beautiful fabrics, exotic woods, and precious metals all work cohesively to transport lovers of this interior design style into their own version of Hollywood’s heyday in the 1940’s.  Glamorous design explores elements that bring this time period to life: exaggerated scale, bold color palettes, enormous fireplaces, and dazzling chandeliers… interiors that are not just a home, but a destination.

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Color:

The color palettes used in glamorous design are very dramatic.  Think black and white, or dark purple and gray – each color palette is bold, yet not overdone.  Palettes tend to be composed of only a few colors, though each color may have varying shades that are incorporated throughout the space.   Earth tones, and soft, subtle colors are rarely used in glamorous design as they can look conservative, while one of the main tenants within glamorous design is its tendency to be over-the-top.

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Fabric:

Velvet, silk, and showy fabrics are trademarks of glamorous design.  Eclectic fabrics with an emphasis on luxury are also commonly used as well as sculpted carpets.  All kinds of textures can be incorporated, from faux fur or real fur to different types of leather to cow hides – nothing is off limits as long as it has a little glitz and glamour to it.

OneKingsLane.com Hollywood Regency-Style Chair

OneKingsLane.com Hollywood Regency-Style Chair

 

Furniture:

Furniture found in glamorous design is a mix of vintage and modern styles, and totally tailored to the individual inhabiting the space.  Acrylic furniture is also very common.  Pieces designed by Dorothy Draper and William Haines are the epitome of perfection for this design style and are a real point of pride for their owners.  Pieces tend to be unique and ornate with a mix of both textures and colors.  Overall, glamorous furniture is designed and placed to impress, there is nothing ordinary about it.

 

 

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Lighting & Accessories:

Lighting is often over-the-top and can be seen in form of large scale chandeliers, acrylic lamps, mixed metal or metallic stand-out sconces, or even boldly colored or patterned lamps or lights.  As far as accessories go, again, attention to detail and luxury is of the utmost importance.  Gold accessories are common as they exude opulence and draw the eye toward them.  Pieces that are shiny or reflective are also common – sparkly objects and glass or mirrored objects are also used frequently and incorporated throughout glamorous spaces.

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In sum, glamorous style focuses on grandiose scale and Hollywood luxury.  While glamorous pieces may speak of a bygone era, they are, at the same time, incredibly modern and relevant.  Glamorous design exudes a sense of opulence that makes people want to have a cocktail and throw a wild party as there is an element of risk involved.  Nothing is understated or overlooked in glamorous design, but rather each space speaks loudly and clearly for itself – just like the iconic stars of the 1940’s that are still admired today.

If you are interested in redefining your space into something a little more glamorous, contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com, and visit our Hollywood Regency Style Pinterest Board for inspiration!

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Design Defined: Tailored Pleat

Tailored Pleat

A tailored pleat bed skirt is made from one or more flat panels of fabric. Compared to the gathered type, its flat design offers a clean, more streamlined look. It usually has splits in the corners and a pleat in the center.

Here are a few examples:

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from BedBathandBeyond.com

Photo from BedBathandBeyond.com

Photo from BedBathandBeyond.com

Photo from BedBathandBeyond.com

 

For any inquiries regarding tailored pleats or smart, stylish living, contact me at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a fabulous day!

3 Tips for Creating a Home Away from Home

Change can be difficult, but as Bob Dylan said, “there is nothing so stable as change.”

Its inevitable.

Whether you are relocating, changing jobs, getting married, getting divorced, having children, or saying goodbye as they leave for college – there are few things more important during times of change than the space you call home (well, that, and a nice glass of wine).

So in this spirit, I’ve created a list of 4 tips to help you create a homey, safe haven no matter where you are or what your circumstances may be.

So without further adieu, here they are:

1. Personalize the space.

Bring photos of your family and/or pets.  This creates a sense of familiarity in a new space.  Also, bring your favorite throw… there is nothing like cozying up in your favorite blanket after a long day.

Photo from PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo from PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

2. Bring your own pillow.

This is essential – especially if you are one that likes to sleep in your own bed.  Having your pillow can make any foreign bed feel a little more inviting and comfortable.  Not to mention, you will sleep better – and who doesn’t need a good night’s rest?

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

3. Rearrange the furniture so it works for you.

Aren’t satisfied with the flow of the space?  Rearrange it to create your own feng shui.  This will immediately make the space feel more like your own.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Minhnuyet Hardy)

4. Bring your favorite candle or room spray.

This is so easy, yet so easily forgotten.  Scent is incredibly powerful.  Isn’t it amazing how you can smell something and it immediately takes you back to that time in high school with your friends, or that great meal you had while on vacation in Europe?  Its the same with a home – fill it with a scent you love and that comforts you.  There is also something really relaxing about the soft glow of a candle…

Photo from Thymes.com

Photo from Thymes.com

Change is part of life.  But it can be a really positive thing if you let it.  And when it comes to making a brand new space feel a little more like home, my hope is that these tips will help you get well on your way.

For interior design inquiries, smart home technology inquiries, or for questions about creating a home away from home, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

Design Defined: Vignette

Vignette

Vignette:

A vignette is a collection of bits and pieces arranged purposefully with varying heights, textures, colors, and shapes to create depth.  They are usually tied together through a common theme while also adding visual interest by creating a focal point in your space.

Here are a few examples of vignettes.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

For any interior design inquiries, please contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a wonderful day!

10 Tips to a Smart, Stylish Interior

Below are some of my favorite tips to create an amazingly smart, stylish space.  Enjoy!

 

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Tip #1: Every room needs a little black – it helps to ground the space.

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Tip #2: When choosing a colorful paint color for your walls, go with the muddier version.  Trust me on this. 🙂

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Tip #3: Always pick the paint color for your space last.  First, select fabric, then upholstery, then rugs, & then art work.  Then select the pain color to coordinate with those selections.

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Tip #4: Edit and group your collectables.  It is more pleasing to the eye and keeps your space from looking cluttered.

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Tip #5: Vary your lighting.  You need overhead task lighting, sconces, and lamps to create a beautifully lit room.  Light creates the ambience of your space, so make room in your budget for various types of lighting.

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Tip #6: Install dimmers everywhere.  Lighting, again, is everything! – Go bright to “lighten” the mood, or dim the lights to set the tone for a relaxing evening.

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Tip #7: Vary size and scale to mix and match patterns.

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Tip #8: Over scaled lighting looks better than under scaled – when in doubt, bigger is better!

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Tip #9: Scale art work to the wall.  The center should be hung at 68 inches high.  A small piece of art on a large wall looks out of place, so make sure the size of the piece is in scale with the size of the wall.

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Tip #10: Rugs should be sized appropriately and not too small.  The front feet of the sofa and chairs should be on the rug.  In a dining room, when chairs are pulled away from the table, they should still be sitting on the rug.

For any additional interior design inquiries, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Design Defined: Welt

Welt

Welt:

A fabric covered cord that follows the seam of a cushion or pillow.  A welt cord helps give upholstery a more finished, tailored look.

There are two types of welt chords – a self-welt and a contrasting welt.  A self welt is when the chords is made of the same fabric as the cushion or pillow, and a contrasting welt is made out of a differing fabric from the cushion or pillow.

Designers love to use cushions and pillows with welt as it creates a custom, tailored, and finished look.

Self-Welt Photos

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Photo from PotteryBarn.com

 

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Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Contrasting Welt Photos

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Photo from PotteryBarn.com

 

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Photo from PotteryBarn.com

 

I hope you find the perfect welted cushions and pillows for your space!

For additional interior design inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Low Maintenance Plants Perfect for the Busy Professional

There is something about having a plant in your home that makes it feel lived in – like its really YOUR home – like someone actually lives there.  Even the most sterile of environments can be made warmer by incorporating plants.  Most plants, though, like most relationships, require nuturing, but nurturing takes time, and for the busy professional, time is a hot commodity – So, I’ve compiled a list of plants that require little maintenance, but still provide a bit of color and oxygen to liven up, and warm up, your space.

1. Air Plants

These particular plants require maintenance in the form of a  weekly dunk in water – talk about easy… You can set a weekly alarm in your phone to remind you to give your plants a dunk.  A few minutes tops.  And done.

Here is a useful article from Better Homes and Gardens online about growing air plants.

Air plant sold by The Air Plant Shop on Amazon.com

Air plant found on Amazon.com

 

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

This lovely plant needs lots of light, but interestingly enough, not much water. It looks great due to its large, dark leaves and it can get quite tall making it a great plant for filling in an empty corner of a room.  Here is an article with tips on caring for your fiddle leaf fig tree from Gardenista.com.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree sold on Amazon.com by Nearly Natural

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree sold on Amazon.com by Nearly Natural

3. Jade Plant

This plant is a low-water, treelike plant with gnarly branches and succulent, fleshy leaves.  If water is a limited resource in your community, this is a great plant for you.  It is interesting and eye catching, but will not abuse your water bill (or your time).

Here is a video on jade plants and the best way to grow them.

4. Succulents

This particular plant species is almost criminal its so easy to grow.  They require little water, so again, if water is a limited resource where you are, go with succulents.  They grow fairly quickly, are really interesting to look at, and a bi-weekly glug of water will keep them perfectly healthy.  Here is a helpful article on how to water succulents from Succulents and Sunshine.

Happy planting!!!  And for any additional interior design inquiries, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Design Defined: Fan Deck

Fan Deck

 

Fan deck:

 

This is the ultimate tool in an interior designer’s arsenal. It is a paint selection tool with a variety of colors and their different hues that allows a designer to build the decor of a room around a particular color.  It is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for EVERY interior designer.

 

Picture from Sherwin-Williams.com

Fan decks from Sherwin-Williams.com

 

Fan decks from benjaminmoore.com

Fan decks from benjaminmoore.com

 

Fan decks are so helpful in the designing of a space from beginning to end.  They provide hundreds of options to choose from for clients to pick the perfect color for their home, and they are a handy tool to ensure all your decor and accessories are in the right color family throughout the entire project.

For additional inquiries regarding your interior design project, please contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a smart, stylish day!

What's Your Style Series: Eclectic Style

Eclectic Style

… What is it?

And what defines Eclectic style when it comes to interior decorating?

Eclectic Style

Eclectic Style combines elements from differing time periods and origins into a single space.  Typically, there is a specific element that connects the space so the differing elements and pieces do not feel chaotic.  That common element has endless possibilities but is often seen in the form of a color, furniture style, or fabric type.

My Eclectic Style Pinterest Board

My Eclectic Style Pinterest Board

Color

Color use in eclectic spaces varies widely, however, neutral elements are usually used to ground the space.  If for instance, the specific element that is tying the space together is a blue couch and silver accessories, then one might have neutral colored walls and flooring to keep the eye focused on the blue couch and silver accessories.

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Fabric

Fabric plays a large role in eclectic style.  Multiple patterns, textures, and design elements like trims, tassels, and fringe are commonplace, so keeping a neutral color palette in the background is important to prevent the room from feeling disoriented.

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Furniture

There is no specific style of furniture seen throughout eclectic style, however there are elements that are frequently observed.  Roughed up finishes, fabrics with similar color palettes, and differing types of furniture in the same color scheme are expected.  So for instance, one might place a chartreuse colored, vintage velvet couch in a room filled with chartreuse colored contemporary accessories, but the design feels cohesive because the chartreuse color is featured throughout the space.

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Lighting & Finishes 

Part of the beauty of eclectic style is that most anything goes.  In regard to lighting and finishes, the grounding force is usually, again, a common color or accentuating color to the color that is common throughout the space.  As far as shape goes, lighting & finish style varies based on the decorator or home owner’s preference.  The pieces  could be vintage or antique, or they could be modern, or glamorous, or they could be a combination of all of the above.


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Eclectic style is a fusion of multiple styles made cohesive by a common design element.  It is perfect for those who wish to mix old with new, and bold with commonplace… Think of it is a personalized cocktail made up of your favorite flavors…  unique to you, and unique to time.

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If you are interested in redefining your space into something a little more eclectic, contact us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Keep it Smart, Keep it Stylish,