Design Defined: Monochromatic

Design Defined: Monochromatic

Monochromatic

Monochromatic:

A monochromatic color scheme is one that uses varying tints, tones, and shades of one color.

I think that monochromatic color schemes are very chic and sophisticated when done well.  For me, the key is using differing tones and shades of the same color to create depth.  If you only use the same shade of the same color, the space will look one dimensional, but using differing tones and shades of the same color will create real visual interest.

Here is a video detailing a monochromatic color scheme from ArtistsNetwork:

DIY monochromatic color scheme from House & Home:

Tips for creating beautiful monochromatic rooms by Pricilla J. Designs:

Are you ready for your own monochromatic color scheme?  Would you incorporate any of these ideas into your space?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Have a great day!

3 Ways to Spice Up Your Master Suite

3 ways to spice up your master suite

Is your master suite falling short of sweet?

I understand.  You are busy.  You work hard.  The last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is think about decorating your bedroom.  That’s why I’ve created 3 tips to help you spice up your master bedroom.  Take it from faux pas to fabulous in a jiffy!

1.

Paint.

You have heard me say it before, and I’m sure I will say it again.  Nothing renews a space like a fresh coat of paint.  Nothing.  Color is so powerful and it completely transforms the feeling of a space.  Light colors feel airy and spacious, while dark colors appear mysterious, cozy, & even moody.

Allow your personality to come through in your master suite… after all, you are the master of the house and it should be a place you love to rest in, so make it one.

Note: If painting your whole bedroom seems overwhelming, consider painting a feature wall.  Make sure that the paint color you choose is complimentary of the color already on the opposing walls, but I guarantee that this will make a HUGE difference.  There are SO many ways to go about creating a feature wall. – Numerous painting techniques, wall papers, even temporary feature wall art that you can use to show off your personality.

Here are a couple ideas:

A metallic feature wall…

A wall mural that you purchase…

www.muralsyourway.com Wall Mural

www.muralsyourway.com Wall Mural

2.

Purchase new bedding.

This is a super simple, quick fix with a high impact.  Here are a few things to consider…

  1. Purchase high quality bedding.  You spend much of your life sleeping and its in your best interest to be sure it is high quality sleep.  Great, comfortable, high quality bedding will aid in that.

2. Are your walls plain?  Purchase bedding in a fun pattern and color.

3. Are your walls doing the talking?  Purchase simple bedding that doesn’t distract from the beauty of your walls.

4. Remember, this is YOUR sanctuary, so pick out lovely bedding that you will truly enjoy.

Here are a couple of my favorite resources for affordable, high quality bedding:

West Elm

Pottery Barn

Bed, Bath, & Beyond 

3.

Buy lamps for your night stands.

Have you ever heard a frequently photographed celebrity say that, “Lighting is everything” ?  Well, its true.  Light IS everything in a space.  Not only is it functional, but it also sets the tone of your space.  Choose lamps for your nightstands that reflect your personality.

Do you like modern lines?  Purchase something edgy and rectangular.  Are you boho chic?  Purchase something with texture and maybe even a pattern.  Are you Hollywood glam?  Purchase a metallic lamp that packs a punch.

There is something for everyone in the world of lighting!  Buy something that makes you smile.  Again, you spend a lot of time in your bedroom, so why not treat it with the respect it (and you) deserves.  That way, when you sit down on your fresh, soft bedding, in your newly painted room to read that New York Times best seller that you have been wanting to dive into, you can do it in (your) style.

Below are some lamps I absolute love!

http://www.lightingloft.comSonneman Lamp

http://www.lightingloft.comSonneman Lamp

 

www.clighting.com Trans-Globe lamp

www.clighting.com Trans-Globe lamp

 

www.zgallerie.com Devon Table Lamp

www.zgallerie.com Devon Table Lamp

 

www.zgallerie.com Gabrielle Table Lamp

www.zgallerie.com Gabrielle Table Lamp

 

Extra credit: Get an area rug

Rugs are something I spend a lot of time considering in my career.  I often begin the designing of a space by picking out a rug.  They are THAT important.  Not only are they a soft place to land, but they add so much depth and interest to a space.  Here are a couple examples of how a rug can add so much to your master suite.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Eleanor Roper)

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

What do you think?  Are these tips helpful?  I would LOVE to hear from you!

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

Have a fabulous day and a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving week!

Design Defined: Tetrad

tetrad

Tetrad:

A tetrad is a color palette that combines two, complimentary pair of colors for a total of four colors.  An example would be incorporating orange, blue, yellow, and violet into a space.  Orange and blue are often seen together just as yellow and violet are, but put all four together and you create a very unique, customized color palette.

For more detailed information about tetrads on the color wheel, visit this Watercolor Journal post.

Here are a few examples of a tetrad color scheme in action:

Houzz.com Tetrad, Original, Painting

Houzz.com Tetrad, Original, Painting

Staples.com Brave Space Design Tetrad Flat Shelf; Multi

Staples.com Brave Space Design Tetrad Flat Shelf; Multi

found on Pinterest.com

found on Pinterest.com

found on Pinterest.com

found on Pinterest.com

Tetrad color palettes are not for the faint of heart.  What do you think?  Do you like them?  Would you use a tetrad color scheme in your space?

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

Have a fabulous day!

5 Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving

5 tips for a stress free Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is JUST around the corner and in sweet anticipation of this very special holiday, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite tips for a stress free celebration.

Let’s kick frustration and anxiety to the curb and welcome this joyous occasion with open arms!

1. Decorate your dining room the night prior to Thanksgiving.

Sometimes Thanksgiving decorations are an afterthought (sadly), or if you are like me, they are something you obsess over!    I can literally spend ALL day decorating a dining room table, so I’ve found it very helpful to do this task in advance.  That way, on Thanksgiving day, I can simply enjoy the decor and not fall behind on my cooking schedule.  This is something that could also be done several days in advance (can you say over achiever?!?!?)… which would allow you even more time to enjoy that lovely table scape you created from your Pinterest board.

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2. Buy a fresh turkey (from a butcher) so you don’t have to worry about thaw time.

Let’s face it, thawing a turkey is a pain.  Its totally confusing, AND that thing takes up a lot of valuable real estate in your freezer.  So why not buy a fresh turkey?  Fresh is ALWAYS better, right?  RIGHT.  You and your guests will be so pleased when your fresh turkey comes out of the oven golden brown, perfectly cooked, and ready to devour as opposed to hopefully thawed, hopefully cooked, and hopefully safe to consume.

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3. One word: Delegate.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be one of those perfectly put together I-can-do-it-all-just-call-me-Bobby-Flay people in the kitchen on the morning of Thanksgiving?  If you are, skip this tip and move on to tip number four.  If, like me, you are not, then delegate, delegate, DELEGATE.  I absolutely LOVE to cook and fancy myself a pretty good one at that, but I also have a demanding day job that requires much of my time.  I don’t have the time or energy to pull out all the stops by myself so I have found delegation to be one of the easiest ways to prepare for Thanksgiving.  I make a menu, choose the dishes I love to make, and then delegate the rest to my loved ones.  Easy as pumpkin pie. 😉

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4. Make all the dishes that you can ahead and then prep, prep, prep.

As I said, I love to cook.  However, I do not like to cook when I am under the gun.  So, to ensure I am able to enjoy my ENTIRE Thanksgiving celebration, I do a lot of prep work ahead of time.  I prepare all the dishes I have chosen to make and that can be prepared in advance (after delegating of course) the night before Thanksgiving.  I also chop vegetables and ready as many ingredients as I can so that when its time for me to cook the day of, all the hard work is done.  If you are a real planner and over achiever, only choose dishes that can be prepared the night before, then the day of, all you have to do is pop those yummy concoctions in the oven!  Again, easy as pumpkin pie.

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5. Take a breath, relax, and enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

This tip is my favorite.  Thanksgiving only happens one time a year, and for many of us, may be the only time we see cherished loved ones.  Enjoy it!  Don’t worry about everything having to be perfect as nothing ever is.  Take a breath, relax, journal about all the things you are thankful for, and simply enjoy your loved ones… and be grateful for all these tips you implemented in advance so you could have a stress free celebration!

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I’m THANKFUL you stopped by today to read my blog.

 

From my heart to yours, I wish you a fabulous THANKSGIVING!

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Design Defined: Brocade

brocade

Brocade

Brocade is a thick, heavy textile with a raised design that resembles embroidery.

It is usually composed of silk, rayon, nylon, or polyester.  Brocade dates back to the middle ages and is still relevant today – talk about timeless style!

Here are a few examples:

www.1stdibs.com Chinese Hill Tribe Brocade Pillow

www.1stdibs.com Chinese Hill Tribe Brocade Pillow

 

www.etsy.com FabricSupplier Black / Silver Metallic Paisley Brocade Fabric

www.etsy.com FabricSupplier Black / Silver Metallic Paisley Brocade Fabric

 

www.rugs-direct.com SURYA · BROCADE · BRC-1009 · RUST, MOCHA, TEAL, MOSS

www.rugs-direct.com SURYA · BROCADE · BRC-1009 · RUST, MOCHA, TEAL, MOSS

 

Depending on your interior design preferences, brocade may or may not be for you.  I find it works quite well in more traditional spaces, though in the right pattern and color, it can work in contemporary spaces, as well.

What do you think?  Do you like brocade?  Have you used it in your interior?  I would love to hear from you!

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

Have a smart, stylish day!

Great throw blankets for every budget

great throw blankets

It is that time of year again!!!  Bring on the throw blankets!  After a stiflingly hot summer in Atlanta, one of my absolute favorite fall activities is snuggling up on the sofa with my kids to watch a movie under a soft, warm throw blanket.  Not only are throw blankets functional, but they can also be a beautiful, eye-catching addition to your space.  I love switching out my throw blankets according to the season to keep my space looking fresh and festive.

Below I’ve compiled a list of fabulous throw blankets for every budget.  So no matter what your price point is, there is one for you!

Under $40:

www.target.com Adam Lippes for Target Reversible Throw Blanket - Black & White Plaid

www.target.com Adam Lippes for Target Reversible Throw Blanket – Black & White Plaid

 

Under $60:

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw

www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw

 

Under $80:

www.potterybarn.com OVERSIZED TRIANGLE THROW

www.potterybarn.com OVERSIZED TRIANGLE THROW

 

Under $100:

www.shopterrain.com Tasseled Linen Throw

www.shopterrain.com Tasseled Linen Throw

 

Under $160:

www.potterybarn.com FAUX SHEEPSKIN THROW

www.potterybarn.com FAUX SHEEPSKIN THROW

 

Under $200:

www.restorationhardware.com LUXE MOHAIR THROW

www.restorationhardware.com LUXE MOHAIR THROW

 

Under $300:

shop.nordstrom.com Vera Wang Cashmere Throw

shop.nordstrom.com Vera Wang Cashmere Throw

 

Under $400:

www.barneys.com ALICIA ADAMS Alpaca Wool Throw

www.barneys.com ALICIA ADAMS Alpaca Wool Throw

 

Under $500:

www.restorationhardware.com ALPACA THROW

www.restorationhardware.com ALPACA THROW

 

Designer (splurge $3,375):

usa.hermes.com Double Face Throw

usa.hermes.com Double Face Throw

 

I hope you settle down, cozy up, and enjoy one of these fabulous finds!

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

Have a smart, stylish day, everyone!

Design Defined: Return

return

Return:

A return is the distance from the face of a curtain rod to the wall casing where the rod bracket is attached.

The standard length of a return is four inches and the reason this information is so useful is because it will help you determine the type of curtains and/or bracket you need to purchase.  If you have very thick, large curtains, you will likely need a larger return.  If you have a more standardized curtain, a four inch return will most likely fit.

Here is a short video detailing what a return is:

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May you have a smart, stylish day!

Love your home! 3 Easy little tricks that add bliss

3 tricks that add bliss

We spend a lot of time in our homes.  They should be a place where we feel safe, comfortable, even inspired.  Has it been a while since you updated though?  Have you lived in your home for many years?  Are you feeling a little bored with your surroundings?

It may be time for an update.  And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to fall back in love with your home.  By implementing my suggestions below, you will feel utterly blissful!  And you deserve it! 😉

1. Paint

A fresh coat of paint transforms a space.  I liken it to putting on makeup.  You may not need it, but once its on, you feel like a million bucks.  Its the same with paint.  With the right color palette you can transform your space from boring to palatial.

What colors do you gravitate toward?  What colors do you continuously find yourself wearing?  You want to love your home, so choose a color that you love.  I will say that bright colors look dated quickly, so if you tend to like bright colors, I would recommend you choose a muted version of that color.  It will look much more sophisticated and contemporary.

I personally love grey right now.  It is the new beige and it works so well in pretty much every space.  And if you are repainting all the rooms in your home and want a cohesive style, choose different shades of grey throughout. It will give your space a sense of uniformity while still maintaining visual interest.

Here is a post I wrote recently about my favorite shades of grey.

Not 50, but 4 Shades of Grey

2. Change out lighting

Lighting is such an important aspect of a space.  Not only does it provide a much needed glow so we can see when it is dark, it can also double as a beautiful piece of art/focal point.  Every room needs a focal point, so why not use a beautiful chandelier to do just that?

Wall sconces, lamps, and floor lighting also make a huge difference.  Incorporate lighting that fits your personality.  There are thousands of options to choose from!  Are you traditional?  Modern?  Eccentric? – There is a piece out there for you.  Find it, buy it, and love it in your space.  It will make a huge difference!

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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)

Collin's Lake Dining Room

(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

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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)

3. Update your accessories

Updating your accessories is one of the easiest ways to refresh your space inexpensively.  Purchase a new throw blanket.  Purchase new pillows.  Purchase new candles.  Purchase a new rug… There are so many options for updating your accessories, choose one that excites you.

Here are a couple ideas… Choose a set of pillows and throw blanket for each season, and then change them out quarterly to refresh your space every few months.  Have an old side table you love, but want to bring it into 2015?  Repaint it to match your new color palette.  You can do the same with your picture frames for an updated look.

www.restorationhardware.com 555-GRAM CASHMERE THROW

www.restorationhardware.com 555-GRAM CASHMERE THROW

 

www.restorationhardware.com GEOMETRIC SOUTACHE LINEN PILLOW COLLECTION

www.restorationhardware.com GEOMETRIC
SOUTACHE LINEN PILLOW COLLECTION

 

www.zgallerie.com Mercer Hair On Hide Rug

www.zgallerie.com Mercer Hair On Hide Rug

 

With a little creativity and elbow grease, the possibilities are literally endless.  Cheers to making your space one that makes you feel positively blissful!

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

Have a smart, stylish day!

 

Paint, change out lighting, update accessories