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Fool-Proof Formulas for the Perfect Styling Side Table

Plus The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table

 The 5 Basic Rules of Styling a Side Table These are the rules that apply to any surface in your home that you’re looking to accessorize. All of them are meant to make flat surfaces as dynamic and aesthetically interesting as possible. And of course: all rules are meant to be broken, once you understand the function they serve. 1. Rule of Threes When in doubt, revert to the rule of threes: Pick three types of objects to use as your jumping off point. Might we suggest: A plant, a candle, and perhaps some books? Think High/Low levels Work on multiple planes. Think: Tall candlesticks or plants offset by shorter picture frames or catch-all dishes and decorative boxes. Add some Life Tables are both literally and metaphorically flat surfaces. Fix that by adding a little life, including personal photos or plants. Add Contrast to Side Tables High contrast is incredibly pleasing to the eye. Think opposite colors & mixed metals. Pick One Side or Corner of the Surface to Decorate The eye loves some negative space, offset by careful, uncluttered organization and sometimes less is more! How to Style Your Nightstands Emphasize personalization with picture frames containing family photos. Pro Tip: Stagger your picture frames, but keep all frames front facing, rather than displaying them on a slant. This will give your tabletop a much cleaner look.   Include an organizer, tray, or cute decorative catch-all for all your personals, and a clock and/or phone & tech docking station to charge up overnight. How to Style Entryway Console Tables Keep this area welcoming and abstract-- we suggest saving any family photos or anything super personal for down the hall. Include fresh flowers, catchalls for keys, coffee table Books to express the personality of your home. Pro Tip: For a super clean look, we suggest organizing everything in one tray. How to Style Fireplace Mantles Emphasize warmth, elegance, and symmetry with obelisks and other architectural art objects. Fireplace mantles are also a great place to display objects collected from worldly travels, as they often add some texture to an otherwise more formal space. This is also a place where we inherently expect symmetry so don’t be afraid to be bold and break from tradition by only decorating one side or the floor underneath.

Hygge Your Home in 3 Easy Steps

Create the Coziest Spaces this Winter with this Danish Decor Trend

 What is Hygge? Hygge is central to Danish culture and its influences have begun taking the US by storm. Hygge is a Danish term for coziness, particularly as it relates to communal space.  The Danish term hygge, pronounced “hue-gah”, roughly translates to the feeling of coziness, warmth, and simply enjoying the small things in life. When using hygge to describe design, it is known as the art of creating intimacy within a space. The Danes do a wonderful job of incorporating hygge into every aspect of their lives, including of course, their living space. After discovering the concept of hygge, it is no wonder the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world. They are constantly reflecting feelings of togetherness and calmness in everything they do. Here’s how to Hygge your Home in 3 Easy Steps: First, get into the hygge mindset. Think: wearing uggs, sipping chamomile by the fire in an oversized cream knit sweater (like a scene out of a Nancy Meyers film set in a cabin!) Hygge spaces emphasize warmth, naturalness, and community. Some examples of these hygge moments include bundling up on the couch by the fire with a cup of tea, enjoying a hot bath surrounded by candles, or gathering with friends for a home cooked meal.  One of the most important aspects of adding hygge to your home is the presence of candles. Click here to shop hygge home products that won't break the bank. 1. Warmth The first key component to crafting a perfectly hygge home environment is making sure it's warm! When it comes to Materials, be sure to include lots of cozy cushions and layers of drapery and natural linens and wicker baskets filled with alpaca throws or super soft knit blankets. You may even want to include fuzzy socks or slippers for guests to slip on when they're over. While cozying up to the fire, you might want to add some fur pillows. To mix this texture with some others, you can add a velvet pillow and textured throw blanket as well. This allows for more tints and patterns, while maintaining the same soothing shades of colors throughout the room. Lighting + Fire Elements You want dimmable lighting--More tungsten than blue-- so the space has a warmer tint. You should have candles aplenty in warm, rustic scents like vanilla and tobacco or pine. And be sure your fireplace is fully functional and you have plenty of firewood stashed. Catch me and the other #DesignBloggersTour designers on the webinar today, Thurs. 2pm ET! • #Trends Talk 2018 - Review the hot styles of the new year with the #DesignBloggers Tour team. Explore their insights and discoveries from Fall #HPMKT as well as their trend predictions for the new year on Thursday, Jan 18, at 2pm ET.  Moderated by the fabulous @TrimQueen, Jana Platina Phipps! Register today at highpointmarket.org under “Products & Trends” 2. Natural Earth Elements The 2nd element of any hygge space is its emphasis on natural, earth elements. Hygge color palettes are warm, inviting, feminine and are often monochromatic, warm, winter whites or pastels or earth tones. Natural Textures and Scents Include succulents or some other low-maintenance greenery. And you can never go wrong with sachets of lavender or calming essential oils. Include a set of natural, wooden coasters to continue the rustic theme throughout. And trendy crocheted accessories provide a twist on your grandma's favorite material. 3. Community The third, but perhaps the most important aspect of a hygge space is its emphasis on community. Achieve this through the layout of the space, and accessories that encourage conversation. No hygge space is complete without a little something sweet: a candy dish with dark chocolates or toffee and a tea & espresso or hot cocoa station for a little after dinner pick me up. The Danes will tell you that the cure for anything is tea. So, add a unique teapot to the area for decoration and easy access to a refreshing cup of tea.  Click here to shop this article. Layouts for the Perfect Hygge Home Built around warmth and conversation. More seating, less electronics. To create a truly hygge space is not to optimize the layout of a room around the flat screen TV but rather a card table or surface for dining becomes the center.  Include coffee table books that set the mood, a guestbook where visitors can write sweet notes, and board and card games that encourage guests to stay engaged.  Click Image to shop this article.   This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

10 Home Decor Trends You’re About to See Everywhere in 2018

Style Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Keeping It Cozy Coziness: That is really going to be THE buzz word heard around the globe when it comes to trends in home decor. Hygge, the Danish word that loosely translates to coziness is already a popular design style overseas and has been in design circles for a while, but is just now making its way into mainstream American homes. The palette of a hygge space can go a couple of ways: Think monochrome with hints of millennial pink OR layers of tobacco and other rich earth tones, but ALWAYS layers of blankets and pillows by the fire. (More on 2018 color trends later on!)   Make It Fashion! This year we’re going to see an increasing amount of high fashion and home decor crossover. Gucci Home, Badgeley Mishka, Louis Vitton all launched home decor collections recently, with eclectic, quality furnishings existing at the perfect intersection of European high style and coziness. Even H&M and Zara are getting in on the game. And of course, we’re no strangers to the growing home decor collections of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Color Trends in Home Decor for 2018 Cosmic Explosion: Ultraviolet Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet has a cosmic, futuristic vibe, but is a relative of the popular millennial pink, which, while complimentary, has a more vintage vibe. As more millennials become homeowners, you’ll be seeing more home industry designers and retailers catering to their needs.  We expect to see minimalism to be taking strong hold in modern bedrooms, where you’ll likely see ultraviolet popping up quite a bit. Cabin Fever: Rich Earthy Tones This past year, we had the incredible opportunity to report live from the High Point Design Bloggers Tour, where we really got to see how the sausage is made: We can tell you first hand what retailers will be stocking their shelves and showroom floors with in the upcoming year: Namely warm, rich, earthy colors, paired with jewel tones: think mustard, burgundy, forrest green. Expect to see these tones in cozy communal spaces, small parlour rooms, man caves and she sheds, and home offices. Color In Unexpected Places We’re so excited more homeowners are getting over their fear of color and are starting to request color in unexpected places like kitchen appliances and cabinets, ceilings, and on upholstery like sofas or dining chairs. UPDATE: This funky modern kid's room we designed has been featured on Shutterfly!   Blasts From The Past: Vintage Home Decor Trends Making a Comeback! Vintage Lighting: Updating a room’s lighting is arguably the best way to instantly upgrade a room! Although, this year, we may be going back in time: Antique lighting like aged copper pendants and candlestick sconces add a stylish, warm, lived-in vibe to any room. Double Rachel Wall Sconce from Dunes & Duchess This is one trend we’re particularly excited about, as we love the architectural shapes that lighting features bring to a space. Uplights will also be making a comeback to showcase beautiful landscape architecture and enhance outdoor entertaining spaces at night. Prints & Chintz! Wallpaper is coming back in the big way! The gorgeous patterns from the latest Osborne and Little collections, for example, are the perfect way to make a statement in a powder room or a liven up a stuffy formal, dining room. And we’ve already been placing orders for traditional, detailed, custom bedding and drapery, complete with all the bells and whistles: trims and fringe galore! Design Trends that are Here To Stay! Modern Farmhouse: From industrial lighting, to deep farmhouse sinks, the modern farmhouse design trend has been taking over the past couple years, and has mutated a few times: from the homespun version made famous by Joanna and Chip on HGTV to the industrial chic version you often find in suburbs surrounding cities to the coastal twist on the modern farmhouse. We don’t expect this trend to go anywhere anytime soon, but expect to see a few more versions of it in the upcoming year! Statement Backsplashes: We love tile and are so excited to see homeowners daring to make a bold statement with exciting kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms: The backyard features adding the most value to the home are not pools or built-in golf courses, but *cozy* (there’s that word again!) and frequently used outdoor kitchen, dining, and living room areas complete with full kitchens, stocked bars, gorgeous fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas and cabanas! What home decor trends do you anticipate seeing in 2018? Which are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

2017 Year in Review: Top Design & Travel Trends

  2017 Was a Wild Year Full of Travel & Design Inspiration  As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect back on this busy year and think about what exciting adventures 2018 has in store! From the warm Atlantic waters of Miami to the chilly, misty mountain tops of Da-Lat Vietnam, we found inspiration domestically and abroad. My Family and Me Overlooking Da-Lat Vietnam South Beach Estates Some of the funnest homes to design are beautiful South Florida estates, like those on Palm Beach Island. Architectural Marvels Around the World! Vietnamese architecture is varied and fabulous: In the mountains, French influences are abundant and glass structures resembling flowers bring a little bucolic charm to the urban cities. Our partner company wrote in greater detail about the absolutely life-changing experience that was exploring Vietnamese Architecture, which you can check out here. Roy and I in front of the King's Palace, Vietnam French-Inspired Chalet in the Woods The "Crazy House" which operates as a bed and breakfast with 10 rooms Monk’s house at Thien Mu in Hue “Purple City” The emperor’s residence in the Imperial City in Hue Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist Temple in Hue   Hawaiian Churches Similarly, in Hawaii, I found myself drawn to the patchwork quilt of architectural styles: beach shakes next to churches, made to withstand misty spouts of rain and sandy beaches.. Indoor-Outdoor Style in Mexico As a predominantly Southern California and South Florida designer, I cater towards home owners with indoor-outdoor lifestyles, which nowhere has perfected quite like Mexico! Every time I visit I’m sure to get in some morning yoga on the beach! High Point Market: Traveling for Work or Pleasure? I had the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at High Point Market as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour, where I got an exclusive look at what’s to come in the world of home design and furnishings. Playing trend predictor is fun, but it is even more exciting when you get to travel with an awesome group of designers and bloggers and experience how everything is made and designed first-hand. Social Media Design Trends Social media algorithms sometime have a way of making trend predicting so much easier! Our most shared images on Pinterest included photos from our bright, colorful contemporary Lake Sherwood project and from our monochromatic coastal chateau at Lemon Ranch. It would seem that monochromatic spaces with pops of vibrant colors were the crowd favorites! Instagram favored an entirely different design style: Our sleek, ultra modern Bond at the Beach and Hollywood Hills homes were the biggest hits over there. So What’s To Come in 2018… This past year I also had the privilege of working on a couple of exciting new design shows (but can’t reveal much more at this point so stay tuned!) And solidified some incredible new partnerships with some of our firm’s favorite companies like Amazon and Wayfair and Minted, who we’ll be working with to bring YOU exciting new curated art and home decor collections in 2018! Happy New Year Everyone! Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Read About It Here

The Best Gift Wrapping Techniques on the Internet

The Best Gift Wrapping Techniques on the Internet Now that you’d finished all your holiday shopping, it’s time to wrap those puppies up! From Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens to DIY’ers on Pinterest and around the blogosphere: we’ve scoured the internet; mining its best gift wrapping and creative styling techniques. We love a great presentation almost as much as finding the perfect gift for someone special, so we’ve compiled all of our favorites here: If You’re Ambitious... Try out the 1 piece of tape trick, a Japanese Gift Wrapping technique meant for efficiency! (We've yet to perfect it)   If You’re All About Appearance... Try wrapping with double sided tape for a perfectly seamless look. And if you’ve Always Wanted that Perfect Bow check out this incredible tutorial: http://janemeansblog.com/tie-perfect-bow-gift-wrapping/ Image Via Martha Stewart If You’re Lazy, but Still Want Your Packages to Look Chic... Skip ribbon and op’t for decorative tape instead. (This looks super cute, especially on kid's packages!!) Image Via Tumblr If You’re Compulsively Organized... If your a fan of systems and efficiency, consider color coding your packages by who they're for. This makes passing out gifts at holiday gatherings way easier.  Image Via Martha Stewart If You Prioritize a Zero-Waste Wrapping Philosophy... As a designer, I always have leftover scraps of wallpaper or fabric samples, repurposing these into giftwrap is a great way to live true to our sustainable philosophy AND creates a unique gift wrap style. Newspaper or used tablecloths (paper or otherwise) are also great ways to keep with the zero-waste philosophy. Image Via Food52 Image Via Martha Stewart Gift Wrap Style Tips If You Want to Be Personal... Add a monogram to packages or gift tags for an extra personal touch. Making the monogram letter tags the primary focus of the gift wrap (as in the photo below) is another technique that makes it easy for passing out presents at a holiday party. Image Via Pinterest Image Via Minted If You want Your Packages Sturdy, but Still Chic... Plain kraft paper is sturdy and chic. You can customize Kraft paper packages with rubber stamps, doilies, ribbons or other fun package garnishes. Image Via Mr. Kate Image Via Pinterest If You Want an Elegant Designer Touch... Wrapping in linen rather than paper adds an elegant, rustic designer flair! Tie it off with a monochromatic satin ribbon. Image Via Pinterest  

It’s Electric! Pantone’s Color Of The Year: Ultraviolet Is THE Trend Of The Future And Here’s Why.

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year   What Is the Pantone Color of The Year? How Is The Color of the Year Selected? amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Ultraviolet Pantone"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "HomeGarden"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "5ce7e8683639ecba681aeab0edeb6e46"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "1055398"; How Is Pantone's Color of the Year, Ultra-Violet Used? We are so excited about pantone’s new Color of the Year selection. And though it may seem unusual, we found we actually use ultra-violet frequently.  It’s Electric: Modern Stylings of Ultra-Violet Pantone's Color of the Year in Film and Television Commonly used as a lighting scheme in highly-stylized, neo-noir action adventure film and television like Jessica Jones on Netflix, Atomic Blonde, or John Wick. Pantone's Color of the Year in Art In modern spaces, we noticed ultra-violet popping up quite a bit in our design portfolio as an accent in abstract paintings. Ultra-Violet’s Softer Side Pantone's Color of the Year in Floral Arrangements Thought our inclination is to associate the color with modern, futuristic spaces, ultra-violet also has a softer, romantic, regal side. In more traditional styling, ultra violet is frequently featured in floral bouquets or in homes as silky and soft textiles: like the rug in our traditional dining room or the lush bedding in a master bedroom.   Common Color Combos  Complimentary Pantone Colors for Ultraviolet The purpose of the Pantone color of the Year is to be used as a jumping off point to create original palettes you may not have ever thought of using previously, rather than just using the color in its purest form. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Ultraviolet Pantone"; amzn_assoc_default_category = "HomeGarden"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "5ce7e8683639ecba681aeab0edeb6e46"; amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "1055398"; We've utilized violet in combinations with oranges and greens and blues. Where do you expect to see or use Ultra Violet in the upcoming year? Do you love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments below!

Where To Buy Affordable Art You’ll Value for Years to Come

Art makes a house a home. Without walls adorned in art, a house never feels quite lived in or personal enough. A great art collection can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! So we sought out to remedy that. We went on a mission to furnish the walls of a gorgeous coastal-chic pad with accessible, affordable artwork and wound up partnering with the wonderful people at Minted.com to curate a gallery of the best independent artists with prints starting as low as $21. Each piece in our Lori Dennis curated collection was hand-selected by our team to comprise an eclectic mix of coastal photography and abstract paintings and etchings.  You can Shop the collection here. Minted Art connects consumers like you and me with independent artists from all over the world bringing a fresh, affordable perspective to the market.  GOING FOR A SWIM by WHITNEY DEAL | There is nothing like taking that first dive into the pool for a swim -- going from dry to completely immersed in water. The Lori Dennis curated collection includes pieces from artists and photographers with severe cases of wanderlust, like Dallas-based photographer Erica Connolley or San Francisco-based graphic designer and painter, Paper Dhalia. SUNRISE SUNSET by PAPER DAHLIA | I enjoy drawing and I am inspired by the beauty of nature. I was inspired to create a piece that depicts the beauty and sameness of sunsets and sunrises. I choose to do this in a minimal style that will suit many different types of home decor. More Highlights from the Lori Dennis Curated Collection PINK FOLIAGE by FERNANDA MARTIEZ | Pink foliage born from the idea of contrasting vivid and bright colors with shadows in grey and black. This art work is the representation of a dreamy dessert scene where a pink plant is reflecting the sun light. The original work was created with gouache and acrylic on paper, to give it a matte finish. FONTE MOURISCA by HEATHER DEFFENSE | ABOUT THE WORKGrowing up, my husband spent almost every summer in Portugal visiting his extended family. It was his home away from home, his favorite place in the world. He took me there for the first month of our marriage, and I too fell in love with that incredible country. I was inspired by everything from the hand painted tiles to the fresh ocean air. Fonte Mourisca (meaning "Moorish Fountain") was taken in the beautiful town of Sintra. This piece is part of a series titled "Verde", which explores variations of the color green in and around Lisbon. MOTEL CALIFORNIA by SETH SMITH | ABOUT THE WORK The familiar feeling of ocean wind hitting your face and hearing the wind lapping a palm high above your head...and as you open the door to your darkened motel room you can faintly make out the sound of waves hitting a shore...Soft summer sun hitting a white washed and time worn motel facade. PINK HAWAIIAN by THE ONE WITH WANDERLUST | ABOUT THE WORKWhile on Christmas vacation in Oahu with my family, we went for a walk down Waikiki Beach on Christmas Day. We stumbled across a predominately pink hotel and my photo radar led me astray. I walked the entire circumference of the building shooting the tropical plants against the pink edifice and finding inspiration around every corner. I loved the contrast of the deep green tones from the plant against the soft pink wall. ARCHES by Ilze Lucero | I have passion for photography and capturing world as it draws me in. This beautiful architecture is timeless in its simplicity and elegance. Leading lines and gateway draws the eye into the far doorway. Bright and neutral palette works great for clustering with other art pieces, either in neutral colors or with pop of color. Since this image is monochromatic and light, it will work great as an accent with darker interiors, or subtle highlight in brighter interiors. COLORFUL BEACH by Baumbirdy | During an early morning walk I stumbled a cross this wonderfully vibrant citrus beachfront property. Its tropical exterior and beachfront location give me an instant sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.This color photograph makes for a wonderful statement piece, or a beautiful addition to any existing collection.

Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone On Your List

Holiday Gift Guides 2017 This year we've put together gift guides for all those who are difficult-to-shop-for  in your life: from husbands and friends who have  it all to millennials and mere acquaintances. The best news: It's all on one place-- we're using Amazon as our one-stop-shop to streamline our holiday shopping this year. Scroll down to check out all of our holiday gift guides and click on the images to shop even more! Millennial Gift Guide Millennials are among the toughest to shop for (is all they want gift cards?). Think: dorm room decor, kitschy trendy clothing, and tech accessories. Here are all of our #productpicks in one place! https://buff.ly/2ndiOAK Home Gift Guide Create a cozy holiday home with these product picks: Chic kitchenware, bar accessories, DIY kits and more: Luxe Gift Guide Need something more sensual and luxurious for your wife or girlfriend? Spa sets, designer travel sets, or collectibles are a great way to go.   Gifts For Him Dad, boyfriend, son: Think office accessories, smart home tech, grill sets, luxe golf clubs. Our Gifts for him guide is packed with leather and mahogany. Shop here: Holiday Host Gift Guide Host gifts also make great gifts for coworkers or acquaintances. We love a comforting candle or kit that won't take up too much space.

15 Reasons We Love Interior Design

We Asked Instagram, Here's What You Had to Say

We’re Thankful to Be Part of an Incredible Design Community and we continue to be inspired by our Instagram followers, a collections of designers, artists, DIY’ers, and other creatives. We asked why they love interior design and received some inspiring feedback. Here are some of the fascinating responses we received that provide some insight into why design goes beyond aesthetics and has the capacity to change lives: @daysieann: I love interior design Bc it is my passion it makes feel alive and happy. Interior design is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. I love to help clients turn their home into something beautiful and it warms my heart and makes me happy to see them excited at how their home looks. I love to make people happy that way it is a true blessing . And I spend my time doing what I truly love . 💕 @pratastudio: My go to phrase "We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us....", said by Winston Churchill in 1944...I do it for the philosophical/sociological reasons and because I see life through rose colored glasses! @jasmina_dj3Creating a unique and personalized environment is important for our emotional well-being. @peytonhomedesign: We love seeing how our designers can have a completely unique approach to transforming a house into a home! Love design because it is personal. @sheadolce: It allows me to be utilize my creative spirit while raising my family. It allows me to explore many facets of design- something new with every job. It has afforded me many opportunities and friendships; the design community is wonderful. 💪🏻🤘🏻♥️ @manciniakmade: They keep me making things and advance my skill set! @elissagrayerinteriordesign: Love the ability to make a space entirely your own @tomlrealtor: Makes selling easier! @805interiors: I love the feeling of making someone's space more beautiful than they could have imagined or achieved on their own. It truly touches people's lives. And it's so fun to see my own visions realized. @4ptdesignbuild: It chose me... I just listen. 💕 @entessarinteriors: Because beautiful designs can change lives.❤❤ @denaburtonhomes: Love the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful things. @aliciapaleyhomeinteriors: Because I can't afford to own every style of house or every style of furnishing. 😜 Being a designer lets me live vicariously through my clients. @manuela_guerrero_renova: Because I enjoy creating #selecspaces where their owners feel absolutely identified!!🙌🏻🙌🏻 @aidymarkowitz: creating fantasy ideas into a living reality 💙

50+ Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas From Amazon

The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving

The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving It’s that time of year again: Family and friends gathered around a beautiful table to give thanks and share a beautiful meal. I love decorating and entertaining for the holidays, but am always looking for ways to cut down on the preparation stress that accompanies the holiday season, while still throwing an incredible holiday extravaganza! This year for Thanksgiving, I’ve turned to Amazon to be my one-stop-shop for crafting a beautiful modern, rustic holiday tablescape. From turkey-prep necessities and eclectic dishware to silk Fall floral arrangements, candles, extra seating and other holiday decor: Here’s everything that’s going on my Thanksgiving table this year:   Shop everything in my Thanksgiving shop or browse Amazon for more Thanksgiving decor ideas here. Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Table Prep Ideas Quick Tips for an Elevated Thanksgiving Table Keep these 5 tips in mind to help you tailor your elegant Thanksgiving table.   Cozy Linen Layers: One thing that will instantly elevate your Thanksgiving table are layers of textured table linens: Look for linen napkins, tablecloths, and table runners, coasters, and placemats in your desired color palette. Which brings us to our next tip: Click the Image to for more Thanksgiving Table Linen Ideas Get Creative with Color: Don’t feel confined to having to use orange, yellow, and red because they are “Fall Colors.” Consider experimenting with a softer color palette of blues and purples which can seamlessly transition your table from Fall to Winter. Click the Image for More Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Involving all the Senses: Combining candles, flowers, and food creates a truly ambient experience. Thinking like a designer means thinking not just about how thing looks, but how they function and appeal to all the senses. Click Image for More Fall Candles & Candlesticks Avoid Turkey Fatigue: Don’t go overboard with the pumpkin or turkey motifs: Choose a select area or two in which to include a pumpkin, turkey, or two. Maybe just the coasters, or napkins? Click Image for More Cute Ways to Include Pumpkins in Your Table Design (without being tacky!) Polish It Off: Give your table a polished look with candle sticks, elegant flowers, and classic dishware (like the classic Spode Thanksgiving collection) Click the Image to Shop Everything In My Thanksgiving Store  

Furnishings for an Elegant Holiday Home

All our favorite finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

Imagine Your Holiday Home with All our Favorite Finds from the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour In anticipation of the holidays, we have clients wanting to freshen up the spaces in their home used to entertain family and friends. Some want to give their living room a glamorous update, spruce up guest bedrooms, or make sure their dining rooms are ready for a Thanksgiving feast. Just in time for the holidays, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you some of our favorite findings from a recent furniture sourcing trip, as part of Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Tour of High Point Market Cozy, Glamorous Living Rooms Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Green Apple Home Style was a refreshing surprise at this year’s High Point Market. The Portuguese-based company has the perfect pieces to add a bit of elegance and glam to your living room Duralee, www.duralee.com If you’re interested in recovering some of the fabulous furniture you already have, be sure to check out Duralee’s fabrics or give your walls a daring update with one of their wallcoverings. They have the best selection of colors and prints, and partner with the best designers to make luxe designer collections accessible. Guest Bedrooms: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com A piece from Century lasts FOREVER. It truly doesn’t get much better than a Century bed. Be careful-- you guests might get so comfy they never want to leave 😉 Highland House, www.highlandhousefurniture.com And complete your cozy contemporary guest suite with the breathtakingly beautiful silhouettes of Highland House Furniture. ModShop, modshop1.com If its super trendy accents you're in the market for, look no further than Modshop! We love their boho chic collections and their super glam millennial pink pieces! Dining Rooms: Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com When it comes to designing a jaw-droppingly gorgeous dining room, it doesn’t get much better than Bernhardt! The 125 year old, family-owned furniture company has the perfect, polished pieces for a formal dining room you’ll want to entertain in year-round. Scott Living, www.scottlivinghome.com For a more casual or modern dining style, look no further than Scott Living, which blends the Property Brothers, Drew & Jonathan Scott’s distinct twin-personalities into one with trendy, wooden, mid-century pieces. Phylum Design, PhylumDesign.com The industrial chic trend is alive and well! But none's mastered it quite like Chris Dunker of Phylum Design who turned a fascination with industrial culture into a gorgeous art collection.   California Christmas: Creating Your Outdoor Oasis (Even in the Winter!) Lloyd Flanders Industries Inc., www.lloydflanders.com Now, if you’re in California, you’re all about that indoor-outdoor living year-round! You’ll want to sip eggnog around your outdoor firepit in Lloyd Flanders beautiful outdoor furnishings. Sunbrella, www.sunbrella.com And you’ll want to cover your outdoor seating with Sunbrella fabrics-- the most durable and stylish outdoor fabrics. They’re GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, OEKO-TEX® Certified, and have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval.

5 Common Design Disasters & How to Avoid Them

STOP! Read this before you try to DIY!

When you try to do everything yourself and rush through a room design or home renovation, important things fall through the cracks. It can be really easy to make expensive and time-consuming mistakes. From choosing the wrong shade of paint to the more devastatingly expensive construction mistakes, here are just 5 of the common design disasters we get called in to fix and the best ways you can avoid them.

New Design Trends Everyone is Obsessed With

#TrendTracking at High Point Market

This High Point Market we were honored to be a part of Esteem Media’s prestigious Design Bloggers Tour! We got an exclusive behind the scenes preview of what’s to come in the home furnishings market and now we're sharing our findings with you! These are the design trends you’re about to see everywhere this Holiday season: Bend Goods - LA Made showcased in the Salon at HPMKT (www.imchighpointmarket.com/salon) Color is Back in a BIG Way! The last few years, we’ve seen lots of grey and white, lots of ship lap. Gone are those days! It’s all about jewel tones now, baby, and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for rich, colorful fabrics: velvets and suades, reminiscent of the 90’s. You’re likely already seeing a lot of this in the fast-fashion industry. They’ll be trending soon in home furnishings as well. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWtOvLg5uE/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920021431492251649   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919958122801844225 Relaxation & Glamour Galore in the Bedroom! Think: chaises, daybeds, ottomans, loveseats: functional and comfortable pieces that create cozy seating areas in oddly-shaped small spaces or, conversely, form vignettes to make a large room feel more intimate. All of these pieces made with plush textiles with attention paid to every detail for a luxe, but handmade feel. https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920036052366131200 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919952479357464576 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919926014691639296 Boho-Urban Chic in Public Spaces & Kitchens Coastal-influences are making their way to land-locked locals: That doesn’t mean everything is going to be blue and white and nautical (although, we wouldn't be complaining if it were!), we’re talking about that bohemian urban aesthetic that used to be exclusively associated with artists’ lofts or midcentury modern homes. Now you’ll be seeing more of that look infused into otherwise traditional or suburban homes. Maybe we have the millennials to thank for that? Look for this trend in kitchen decor and dinning sets. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUvW9pAn41/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920018075285622784   Family-Friendly, But Still Luxe! Designers have so many clients who want a child-proof home, but one that doesn’t compromise on design. That can often seem like a daunting, if not contradictory task, but now our favorite furniture vendors are helping us out with improved technology to create stain-resistant materials or chic ways to display children’s art (rather than with tacky magnets on the refrigerator). These fabulous modern frames from Wexel Art, for example, make for excellent presents! https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919566517901111296   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919700846065127424 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920003141097148417 Product Lines Featured: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com Duralee, www.duralee.com Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com Tomlinson, www.tomlinsoncompanies.com Wexel Art Displays, www.wexelart.com Younger Furniture, www.youngerfurniture.com  

10 Ways to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

  How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen There are many benefits of including eco-luxury products, building materials, and technology in the design of your home ranging from environmental to convenience and sanitization. These qualities are especially important in the kitchen where you’re preparing and eating food. Pin this Image to Pinterest to Read Later Take a tour of a Hollywood Hills home kitchen with Lori Dennis that prioritizes sustainability that is seamlessly integrated into the design of the space. Watch here: 10 Quick Tips for Making Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly in a Flash 1. Swap wood and plastic with sustainable bamboo 2. Utilize natural light as much as possible, and include fluorescent lights which use less energy 3. Use natural-fiber textiles on dining chairs and barstools 4. Buy Energy-Star Appliances to save energy 5. Opt for Top-Bottom style refrigerators over side by side models so that less air escapes 6. Repurpose Takeout Containers as Tupperware 7. Include Plants as Decor to refresh the air and add a living element to the space 8. Use solid wood or other non-hazardous materials for cabinets 9. Choose faucets with aerators to save you hundreds of gallons a year 10. Include tile wherever possible or if you must paint, op’t for water-based paints

6 Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

How to Create the Perfect Guest Room Your guest room should be homier than a hotel room, but still less personal than the rest of your home. Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance! These are the elements you need to create the perfect guest room or guest house so that visitors feel right at home. With these guest room essentials, they may never want to leave! Welcome Housekeeping Upon entry, you’ll want your guests to feel right at home. So you’ll want to take care of housekeeping items that let your guests know where they can find everything: Consider including some form of a placard with important instructions (ie: how to use the TV, where to find extra pillows and towels, and, of course, include the coveted wifi password!). Guest Room Amenities Save your guests late-night or early-morning trips to the kitchen by including a coffee station and/or small mini wet bar: We recommend including a coffee/tea maker with some local brew and teas, or a basket or mini fridge stocked with local bottles of wine or beer. Decorate your mini-bar with something living (a little green goes a long way!) and something that smells good -- we love a space with a signature scent! So consider including a pillow mist or some luxurious scented candles. Guest Room Bedding Keep a closet or bed-foot storage stocked with easily accessible, extra pillows and blankets in neutral colors that are always welcoming and easily washed. The bed may be the one area where it’s always a good idea to take note from your favorite hotel suite, complete with: Multiple high thread-count flat sheets, with a light blanket sandwiched between them Plenty of cozy, down feather-filled pillows! (Shams, pillows, and throw pillows) A plush duvet and blankets Lounge Seating in Your Guest Bedroom Creating a lounge-like atmosphere akin to that of a hotel room: Consider including poufs or small cocktail tables with cozy seating or benches or trunks that can function as seating, tabletop, and storage. Decorate with coffee table books and magazine/city guides that pertain to activities to do around town! This is also a good place to include a catch-all for keys or jewelry, and an additional phone and computer charging station. Guest Room Closet & Laundry In the closet, you’ll want to include an empty set of hangers, laundry baskets or a hamper, and for added hotel vibes, a luggage rack (like this super styling one from Dunes and Duchess)! Guest Bathroom Include travel-sized toiletries or bubble baths and oils for an added luxe element, and extra toilet paper and towels rolled in a basket for easy access.

Rugs Shopping 101: Your Checklist for Shopping For Rugs

How to Shop for Rugs Like a Designer

How to Shop for Rugs Rugs are responsible for the overall sense style in a space. They ground and define the space; add color are work wonderfully as a jumping off point to create a color palette in the room. From how to shop ethically to what materials are most durable: we’re answering the top 10 Questions we get about rugs: How Do I Choose a Rug? Color is often a good place to start, then consider style (traditional, modern, global), price point, and how much foot traffic a room gets (which often cen help you determine price point): Using a rug as a room’s anchor point, you might want to op’t for a monochromatic /neutral colored rug. Or perhaps you want something splashy! You’ll also want to look for ethical labels that prevent child labor in other countries, like Good Weave: https://goodweave.org/ What Size Rug Should I Buy? A few rules of thumb: In larger rooms, you want to be sure all the furniture can fit comfortably on the rug, without feeling cramped. In a mid-sized or smaller space, you want at least the front legs of your couches and chairs to fit on the rug. What is the Most Durable Type of Rug for High-Traffic Areas? Jute, Sisal, Woven rugs made of recycled material are known for their durability! Outdoor rugs made to withstand weather and spills are great for indoors too, since they’re easy to clean up messes from kids and pets. How Do I Care for My Rugs? When you vacuum, turn off the spindle to prevent the rug fibers from breaking down faster.  Vacuum on bare floor setting, rather than the carpet setting, and be sure to include rug pads beneath your rugs! Be mindful of the pile height as well-- shorter piles are going to be easier to maintain and clean.   Why is Pile Height Important? Important to look at pile height and be sure to always include a rug pad underneath, especially when pile height is thicker. Flat weaves are durable and thin, making them excellent choices for high-traffic areas.  General pile sizes include: less than 1/4″ (short); 1/4″ to 1/2″ (mid-sized); 1/2″ to 3/4″ (luxe and shaggy). Some shags, including wool, can be up to ½” thick. Though longer, shaggy rugs can feel very luxe, they’re susceptible to crashing. Shorter piles will last a lot longer. Do I Really Need a Rug Pad? Rug Pads are important. They give cushion to the rug, making it easier on your knees. They also add traction so the rug doesn’t pull off the floor, and you don’t slip. You definitely need them in hallways and in kitchens. They’ll also help maintain your rug: They allow for more air circulation, which prevents mold and mildew in the inevitable case of spills. What Materials Are the Healthiest? When rug shopping, look for natural fibers, rather than those made of synthetic materials: Wool, Cotton, Jute, Hemp, Silk Blends, Sisal. That said, for some purposes, synthetic rugs may be the way to go: Viscose, for example, is synthetic but looks like silk, and is much more affordable. Which Materials to Are the Most Toxic? Health Concerns: Polypropylene Rugs can be very affordable but are also toxic, made of gasoline and can offgas (that’s how you get that ‘new carpet’ smell!). We wouldn’t recommend synthetic rugs for children’s rooms, where they are sleeping, or could be crawling on the rug with their faces near the rug. (The same goes for pets that lick their paws and the carpet at the same time). How Come Rugs Are So Expensive? How Come Some are So Cheap? Rug prices are generally determined by a few different factors: the materials they’re made of, the process by with they are made, and their country of origin and how ethically produced they are. Rug-making processes are fascinating! Rugs can be stamped, hand woven, hand loom, machine woven, or flat weaves-- which can account for disparities in price. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "loridennisi0b-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "Rugs 101"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "269d4a4e9fc68ca010298907d1c83760"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00OHYQ47I,B01GS0CV2U,B0044MRFO4,B01HDWIOUK"; What are Common Types of Global Rugs and What’s the Difference Between Them? When shopping globally, we source a lot of rugs from South America, Africa, especially Morocco, the Middle East, and India. Dhurries are a type of flat-woven rug, and they're generally very affordable, Kilims are a popular type of flat-woven wool rug similar to dhurries, except they're more tightly woven. What’s Trending in Rug Design Right Now? Themed, novelty rugs are adding a youthful vibe to every space, not just children’s rooms! They’re also great for game rooms, man caves, and outdoor spaces. Coastal, tropical rugs are still trending as Palm Springs Desert Glam style continues to be popular. Modern, graphic, abstract rugs are trending as modern statement pieces! Natural Fiber, over dyed, ikat print rugs are richly textured and durable and are perfect for achieving that ‘California Cool’ aesthetic.

Meet the Movers & Shakers of High Point Market

Stay in the Know: Design Trends, Quality Home Furnishings, Designer Exclusives

  In the design industry, it's important to stay in the know and there's no better way to do that than a trip to the High Point Market! We’ll keep you updated throughout on the Design Blogger's Tour, but we wanted to give you a sneak preview of what’s to come. Here's your sneak preview of the designer exclusive home furnishings we'll be sourcing this October market: More about the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour A couple weeks ago we were finally able to announce the High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour in partnership with Esteem Media! Along with 10 other style spotters, we’ve been selected to participate and we couldn't be more excited to bring you the latest in home furnishing trends live from High Point Market. Read on to familiarize yourself with all the movers and shakers of the home furnishing industry and for our trend predictions: Bernhardt Furniture, www.bernhardt.com Bernhardt is a 125 year old, family-owned furniture company with something for every style! What we can expect to see: Exquisite, polished finishes and mixed metals. Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com Gorgeous wooden casegoods and beyond! Their motto: “Nothing is more wasteful than disposable furniture” so they create products of such impeccable quality that they’ll last for generations. What we can expect to see: Classic lines mixed with more contemporary shapes for an elegant, yet eclectic look. Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com The best fabric for families and households with pets and in rooms for entertaining-- spill and stain-resistant technology. What we can expect to see: Cool, casual, inviting family-friendly spaces. Duralee, www.duralee.com Unafraid to be bold: Duralee partners with innovative textiles designers to create luxurious signature patterns and prints and is a go-to fabric company for color! What we can expect to see: New designer collections, large scale prints, tone on tone.  Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Leaders in elegance and sophistication, Green Apple Home Style is a Portuguese-based company bringing their international style to High Point! What we can expect to see: World-glamour! Gold accents! Modern, luxe designs. Huntington House, www.huntingtonhouse.com When we think of this North Carolina-based company, visions of plush cushions and sturdy frames come to mind! What we can expect to see: Classic, contemporary furnishings, neutrals, tone on tone color palettes. IMC – SALON, www.imchighpointmarket.com/salon  The SALON at High Point Market features trendy companies’s latest designs in the furniture, lighting, rugs, wall art, home textile and decorative accessories categories. What we can expect to see: Funky, fearless, urban designer collections from coastal designers like Bend Goods and Flitch. Lloyd Flanders Industries Inc., www.lloydflanders.com Lloyd Flanders features quality woven furniture--some of the best, classic outdoor furniture you’ll find! What we can expect to see: Luxurious outdoor furnishings with the luxe shapes of formal interior living room furniture Scott Living, www.scottlivinghome.com Scott Living blends the Property Brothers, Drew & Jonathan Scott’s distinct twin-personalities into one with trendy sectionals, wooden cocktail tables, and midcentury-inspired sofas. What we can expect to see: Comfortable, modern, commercial furnishings.  Sunbrella, www.sunbrella.com Sunbrella fabrics are used for the most durable and sustainable umbrellas, outdoor furnishings, and awnings! They’re GREENGUARD® Gold Certified, OEKO-TEX® Certified, and have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval. What we can expect to see: Durable outdoor fabrics, luxurious to the touch! Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com Over 4000 designers craft every piece of Theodore Alexander’s elegant case goods, beds and upholstery by hand. What we can expect to see: Bold, gold glamour! High contrast and lots of drama! Tomlinson, www.tomlinsoncompanies.com Crafted domestically, one piece at a time, Tomlinson partners with some of our favorite, fabulous designers like Barry Dixon and Bea Pila to create some of the chicest home furnishings in the game! What we can expect to see: Attention to detail! From chair legs to sofa arms, in the Tomlinson showroom, we'll be looking out for the detailing on the upholstery. Universal Furniture, www.universalfurniture.com Universal has a lot of incredible, functional, practical furnishings complete with stylish, built-in features, making their pieces excellent choices for media rooms and other entertaining spaces. What we can expect to see: Neutral, tone on tone palettes, clean lines. Wexel Art Displays, www.wexelart.com Wexel art frames’ modern, sleek design make it easy to change up the art in your space! They’re super easy to install and also make for excellent gifts! What we can expect to see: Modular, modern, customizable designs! Younger Furniture, www.youngerfurniture.com Younger upholstery is casual, comfy, and fuss-free. We particularly love their vibrant, retro Avenue 62 collection (a great source for teen rooms and plat rooms!) What we can expect to see: Fun, family-friendly durable home furnishings!

3 Elements You Need to Design Monochromatic Rooms

“How to Make Your Monochromatic Room Not Look Like a Snowstorm”

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Lori Dennis Selected to Participate in the Elite High Point Design Bloggers Tour 2017!

 Welcome to High Point Market This October, I’m headed to High Point Market to join an elite group of 10 style-spotting professionals on the Design Bloggers Tour in partnership with Esteem Media! What does that mean, exactly? What is High Point Market? Think of High Point as the fashion week of the home furnishings industry! It’s the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world: 11.5 million square feet of showspace, 75,000 attendees, and 2000+ exhibitors. High Point brings together retail buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry from over 100 different countries. The best part about this design bloggers tour is that it allows me to bring you on a virtual furniture-sourcing trip with me so you, too, can get a peek behind the scenes with me and the other designers! We’ll be covering all the hot spots at High Point Market, featuring the most innovative interior styles, shapes, colors, and materials defining the current state of design.   Sounds Great! Who Else is On This Awesome Tour? From interior designers, to product designers, bloggers and editors, this tour is packed with awesome points of view from across the country: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, www.thedecorologist.com Cecillia Cannon, Home with Keki, www.homewithkeki.com Brittany Chinaglia, The Vintage Rug Shop, www.thevintagerugshop.com/blog Deborah von Donop, dvd Design, www.dvdinteriordesign.com Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors, www.indetailinteriors.com/stories Courtney, French Country Cottage, www.frenchcountrycottage.net Jana Platina Phipps, Trim Queen, www.trimqueen.com/trim-queen-chronicles Ann Sage, annsage.com, www.annesage.com Sarah Walker, The Curated House, www.thecuratedhouse.com/journal   Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis, Inc., www.loridennis.com/greenblog (me!)

The 10 Commandments of Designing Small Spaces

One surefire way to open up your small space is to op’t for a bright, light color palette, but we love color so much and break that rule all the time and, when done correctly, can still achieve the same desired results: Another option is to op’t for a monochromatic palette, whether light or dark. Or, if you simply cannot help yourself from including prints and patterns (we’re guilty!), a small space is perhaps a good place to get more matchy matchy with your walls, floors, and furniture, so everything blends.


Lori Dennis is a top Interior Designer, speaker, best selling author, star of HGTV’s The Real Designing Women and co-founder of Design Campus.



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